Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff John Walter Sanford, Jr.

Northumberland County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, June 19, 2005

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff John Walter Sanford, Jr.

My sincere thoughts and prayers are with Deputy John W. Sanford, Jr. and his family, friends and coworkers. Your service to the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department will never be forgotten.

I knew John first as a mechanic and a firefighter. He later became a deputy sheriff and served for eleven years. I thank you, John, for your service not only to the citizens of Northumberland County but also to the entire Northern Neck.

Rest in Peace Brother and God Bless!

Officer First Class A. M. Robertson
Henrico County Division of Police, VA

June 22, 2005

God bless Deputy Sanford and his family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your friends, family, and co-workers. May you rest in peace knowing that you have done well and servied your community.

Deputy Daniel J. Luffman
Monroe County (NY) Sheriff's Office

June 22, 2005

A good man and a good friend. John, I will continue to look up to you. Thank you, Bro.

Nathan Ezzell & Family
Former Deputy NCSO

June 21, 2005

As a former resident of Ditchley, Northumberland County, Virginia our sencere condolences go out to the family of Deputy Sheriff Sanford and all the members of the Northumberland County Sheriffd Department.

Cpl. Jean A. Wypler, Retired
West Caldwell Police, West Caldwell N.J.

June 21, 2005

Rest in peace brother. God bless.

Collins Fire Dept.

June 21, 2005

My heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Sheriff Sandford. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May you find the strength to see through the pain and hold his memories near and dear to your heart always.

Stacy Cullinane Smith
Surviving Spouse of Patrolman Mickey Cullinane
EOW 8/26/92, Sea Isle City, NJ Police Department

June 21, 2005

Having just recently experienced the loss of our brother in an on-duty automobile accident, we truly understand the sorrow being experienced by your family. Please know that there are many praying for you and many that can lend a helping hand or a shoulder.

Sister-in-law of Sgt. Michael Scarbrough

June 21, 2005

Deputy Sanford,
Thank you for your many years of dedication and service to the community. We will continue to pray for you, your family and co-workers. God Bless.

Broward County Multi-Agency Police Honor Guard, Florida

June 21, 2005

Gone but not forgotten, rest in peace Deputy Sanford...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

June 21, 2005

Thoughts & prayers go out to all of John's friends and family, including the brave & courageous officers at Northumberland Co. Sheriff's Office. John was a true hero, and so are all of you.

Jada Bryant

June 21, 2005

Rest in peace my brother.

Police Officer
Burlington Township PD NJ

June 21, 2005

I am sorry for your loss which seems all too familiar to me. I pray for you and your family. It is a difficult process and I hope you find strength in knowing he was doing the "right thing." You are not far from my thoughts and prayers.

Tomya Cochran Allen
Daughter of fallen officer

June 21, 2005

Every time a law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty, it strikes at the heart of all of us and our families as we all realize it could have been any one of us. Bless his family and my he be with his "partners" who have gone before him.

Sergeant David Buckingham
Auburn ,N.Y. Police Dept.

June 21, 2005

Deputy Sanford you have served your community with honor and dignity. We will carry from here. To the family of Deputy Sanford you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Remember that you all are now part of a much larger family. To the men and women of the Northumberland County Sheriff's Office hold your heads high as you carry on. Remember that "We fall..So we learn to pick ourselves up..Stay safe and watch each others backs....Rest in Peace..Brother

Detective First Grade Robert F. Jackson
Metropolitan Police Department Washington D.C./Homicide Branch

June 21, 2005


Cops are human ( believe it or not) just like the rest of us. They come in both sexes but mostly male. They also come in various sizes. This sometimes depends on whether you are looking for one or trying to hide something. However, they are mostly big.

Cops are found everywhere-on land, on the sea, in the air, on horses, in cars, sometimes in your hair. In spite of the fact that " you can't find one when you want one", they are usually there when it counts most. The best way to get one is to pick up the phone.

Cops deliver lectures, babies, and bad news. They are required to have the wisdom of solomon, the disposition of a lamb and muscles of steel and are often accused of having a heart to match. He's the one who rings the door-bell, swallows hard and announces the passing of a loved one; then spends the rest of the day wondering why he ever took such a "crummy" job.

On TV, a cop is an oaf who couldn't find a bull fiddle in a telephone booth. In real life he's expected to find a little blond boy " about so high" in a crowd of a half million people. In fiction, he gets help from private eyes, reporters, and who-dun-it fans." In real life, mostly all he gets from the public is " I didn't see nuttin'."

When he serves a summons, he's a monster. If he lets you go, he's a doll. To little kids, he's either a friend or a bogeyman, depending on how the parents feel about it. He works " around the clock", split shifts, Sundays and holidays, and it always kills him when a joker says. " Hey tomorrow is Election Day, I'm off, let's go fishing" ( that's the day he works 20 hours).

A cop is like the little girl, who, when she was good, was very, very good, but, when she was bad, was horrid. When a cop is good, " he's getting paid for it." When he makes a mistake, " he's a grafter, and that goes for the rest of them too." When he shoots a stick-up man he's a hero, except when the stick-up man is " only a kid, anybody coulda seen that."

Lots of them have homes, some of them covered with ivy, but most of them covered with mortgages. If he drives a big car, he's a chiseler; a little car, "who's he kidding?" His credit is good; this is very helpful, because his salary isn't. Cops raise lots of kids; most of them belong to other people.

A cop sees more misery, bloodshed, trouble, and sunrises than the average person. Like the postman, cops must also be out in all kinds of weather. His uniform changes with the climate, but his outlook on life remains about the same: mostly a blank, but hoping for a better world.

Cops like days off, vacations, and coffee. They don't like auto horns, family fights, and anonymous letter writers. They have unions, but they can't strike. They must be impartial, courteous, and always remember the slogan " At your service." This is sometimes hard, especially when a character reminds him, " I'm a taxpayer, I pay your salary."

Cops get medals for saving lives, stopping runaway horses, and shooting it out with the bandits ( once in a while his widow gets the medal). But sometimes, the most rewarding moment comes when, after some small kindness to an older person, he feels the warm hand clasp, looks into grateful eyes and hears, " Thank you and God bless you, son."

Officer Dave Carroll
Choctaw, Oklahoma

June 21, 2005

Thank you for your service. You will be missed by your entire police family. God bless you and keep you always.

St. Louis City Police

June 21, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless and keep watch over us, We will keep the peace here. Matthew 5:9

Patrolman Ed Kraft
Grove Police Department, Oklahoma

June 21, 2005

Although none of us knew you, John, please rest easy and know that we have your family and co-workers in our thoughts and prayers. God will watch over all of them and help them.

We have the watch from here, brother.


June 21, 2005

My heartfelt condolences to the Family and to the Northumberland County S.O.
for the loss of a love one and a fellow Officer.

Thank you Deputy Sanford for your service to the community and for a job well done. R.I.P

Cpl Barry W Cannon
Center Hill Police Dept. Center Hill, Fla

June 21, 2005

It hurts everytime I read of a fellow Brother wearing the shield passing, I pray that the family and agency will be find strength during this terribly tough time, GOD Bless

Patrolman Brian Wyatt
Louisville Metro Police Dept.

June 21, 2005

On behalf of the members of the Sutherlin Police Department, I send to you, our heartfelt condolences and prayers in your time of sadness. May your fallen officer’s legacy live on in the memories of his friends and family. Rest now brother, after a job well done. We’ll take it from here.

Cpl. Justin Marquis
Sutherlin Police Department

June 20, 2005

My thougths and prayers are with Deputy Sheriff Sanford's family, friends and co-workers. May God bless you and comfort you. Psalm 55:22

Denise Nichols - surviving spouse
Alabama State Trooper Brian K. Nichols EOW 2/17/2002

June 20, 2005



SPPD Martin County FL.

June 20, 2005

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the Northcumberland County S.O.

Fallen but not forgotten.

Bryan Laurie son of Fallen Officer
Nathan Laurie EOW 7-29-04

June 20, 2005

It is so sad to learn of another officer's death. May the family know how much we care.

Mary Wilkinson
sister of fallen officer

June 20, 2005

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