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

I will keep your family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry that you had to go so soon.

July 14, 2005

Rest in peace brother your in a better place.

Det Pat Boylan

July 14, 2005

Rest is peace brother, you will not be forgotten.

Officer Shaun McCready
Greenfield Township (PA) Police Department

July 14, 2005

Law enforcement officers are, indeed, a special breed of people. Ask anyone on the street and they will tell you that they would not have our jobs for anything in the world. It takes something special to do what we do and at the same time be able to even contemplate retirement. We try to be optimists. Unfortunately, there are a few of us who will never make that date with retirement. By the very nature of our job, we are at risk everyday of losing our lives, either at the hand of some deranged individual or in some other situation that we, by virtue of our occupation, may be unable to avoid. Some people have recognized the hazardous duties we involve ourselves in, the risks we take, and the pride we take in accomplishing that job. There is National Law Enforcement Week, dedicated to us who gladly accept the responsibility of protecting the citizens in our respective jurisdictions. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day is dedicated to those who gave their lives in the line of duty. These are but a two examples of remembrances specifically for law enforcement personnel. Remembrances that come but once a year. We should remind fellow officers of another type of remembrance, one that will last a lifetime. Sooner or later, a doctor will pronounce us dead. It is inevitable. Regardless of whatever happens, death is the end we will all have to face.
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Jim Moore
New Orleans P.D., Retired

July 14, 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, Sutherlin, OR

July 14, 2005

Deputy Sheriff Kievernagel,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Sacramento County.


July 14, 2005



July 14, 2005

Myself and my colleagues were saddened to hear of the loss of these brave deputies. The Sacramento County Sheriffs Departments air operation is extremely helpfull and on a regular basis comes to our assistance.

On countless occasions STAR units have assisted our agency in taking violent offenders into custody, assisting in wehicle pursuits, critical incidents, and other duties, making our job much easier and safer. For an officer in trouble or looking for a violent suspect there is nothing better than hearing the sounds of the rotor and night becoming day with the STAR unit coming up on the air asking, "how can we help".

I personally have had the occasion to ride with these officers while conducting an investigation. I was extremely impressed with not only their knowledge, skills, and abilities but perhaps more importantly their friendliness and willingness to always help out when needed.

To their family, friends, and colleagues, please know that your loved one was performing an honorable duty. These deputies were making the streets safer for not only the community but also the officers down on the ground. They will always be respected and never forgotten.

Nathan Steele
West Sacramento Police Department

July 14, 2005

Rest in Peace...

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept,NY

July 14, 2005

Thank you forf your service, sir. You are a true hero to me and many others.

July 14, 2005

"Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they will be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9
Thank you for your service to your community, and may the Lord comfort your family at this difficult time.

Spouse of Deputy Sheriff
San Bernardino County

July 14, 2005

Such a sad story to read about. May you now be on aerial patrol in the Kingdom of Heaven. Rest in peace. To your family - I am sorry about your loss. May you be comforted by The Lord and given the strength to carry on. God bless you all.

Kevin Cannon
Brother of Keith Cannon 5/4/05

July 14, 2005

Rest in peace brother

Chaplain Mike Grinnals
Town of Camillus Police Department

July 14, 2005

To all the Men and Women of the Sacramento County Sheriffs Dept., We will continue to pray for the healing of your agency and for the third injured Deputy. God Bless the eyes in the sky.

Broward County Multi-Agency Honor Guard, Florida

July 14, 2005

The Florida Police Chiefs Association would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Joseph Kievernagel, and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sadness. Please take comfort in knowing that your extended law enforcement family grieves with you. Deputy Kievernagel, we thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Members and Staff
Florida Police Chiefs Association

July 14, 2005

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"


July 14, 2005

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