Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Michael Kievernagel

Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Wednesday, July 13, 2005

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Joseph Michael Kievernagel

Rest in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

July 13, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 13, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 13, 2018

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 31, 2017

Kiev, you are missed every day! So good with kids, it breaks my heart you didn't get to know my daughters!!! So many more things I would have said and done if I had known you weren't going to be around!!!

Sgt E. McAtee
Friend: Best man at Wedding

June 24, 2013

You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service to others.

Bob Gordon, Retired Deputy Chief
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

July 13, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Kievernagel. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fifth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 13, 2010

To Deputy Joseph Michael Kievernagel, his family and his fellow officers with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Deputy Kievernagel’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Deputy Kievernagel and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members and Staff

July 13, 2009

You are not forgotten.Thank you for your service in making this world a better place. Hero's live for ever.

OFC. Carlos Cuellar
Miami Beach Police Department

October 14, 2008

You will never be forgotten on this 3 year anniversary. I will never forget that night i was able to fly with you and kevin especially the guy who tried doing the lawn job at the school and got stuck lol

thanks, Joe Rip

A Herman
Son Of Fallen Officer Lyle Herman EOW 6/1988

July 13, 2008

Deputy Kievernagel was a great man and an honorable officer. His legend carries on in the hearts, stories, and thoughts of his family and friends. He will always be missed and the world will never be the same again without him. Even those who never knew him are impacted by his actions today; he truly was a blessing to this world.

A somber friend

April 21, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 5, 2007

On the 2nd anniversary of Deputy Kievernagel's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Kievernagel is not forgotten.

Agent Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

July 13, 2007

Deputy Kievernagel,
Today marks the second anniversary of your EOW. Our thoughts are with your family, friends and community. Thank you for your bravery and committment.

Pennsylvania citizen

July 13, 2007

Thinking of you, especially during this memorial week. You are still deeply missed. Keep flying Joe.

Sacramento Co Sheriff

May 1, 2007

Joe,Remembering you on your birthday and always. I know you and Kevin will be celebrating! You are both loved and missed very much. P.S. Please watch over Kevin until I get there. With Love, Kathy

Kevins Mom

April 23, 2007



December 25, 2006


By John G. Magee, Jr.

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter - silvered wings;

Sunward I have climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed - wheeled and soared and swung.

High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.

And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


Police Officer

October 5, 2006

One year ago today, I started my career as a peace officer. One year ago today, was your EOW. I, with my field training officer,were first on scene to the crash site of Star 6. I know that everyone on scene did everything that they could for Joseph and Kevin. We all gave all that we could. To the families and friend of Joseph and Kevin, I am so sorry that you lost such wonderful men in such an untimely manner. I will never forget July 13. My prayers are with you and your families.

Jenny Turner SPR
State Park Ranger

July 14, 2006

Please know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers, but today especially I am thinking of you as you pass Joe's 1 year EOW date.


July 13, 2006

Thank you for your sacrifice. It is clear that you were loved by your family and cherished by friends and co-workers alike.

I hope you enjoy the real wings you earned when the manmade earthly ones failed. God lifted you in His embrace that day. May His peace and comfort fill all you knew with love today.

L Robertson
APD, LEO's Wife

July 13, 2006

Sleep safe with Our Lord and may He continue to comfort and strengthen your loved ones.

July 13, 2006

Remembering you on the first anniversary of your death. Time has not diminished your sacrifice. God
bless your family and loved ones.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

July 13, 2006

We will be in Washington with honor and respect to hear your name read.

Linda Rittenhouse, Matt's Mom
Matthew Rittenhouse EOW 9/16/04

Linda Rittenhouse

May 8, 2006

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