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

My family would like to send our heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends, & fellow co-workers of Deputy Sheriff Joseph Kievernagel. You're in our thoughts and prayers. May God watch over all the brave men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line everyday as they serve & protect their communities. Your job is a difficult one and we truly appreciate all you do. God bless each & everyone of you.

Gail M Pabst

July 15, 2005

Rest In Peace

Ofc. Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department

July 15, 2005

Deputy Sheriff Kievernagel,

Our Prayers are with your Family. I Thank you for your Courage and Commitment with The Sacramento County Sheriffs.

God Bless

Correctional Officer
California Department Of Corrections

July 15, 2005

Nothing can be voiced which will ease the loss sustained by family and associates. You're in our thoughts brother.

Deputy Sheriff / Bravo Shift
Lake County Sheriff's Office / Florida

July 15, 2005

Rest in Peace Brother. Your work is finished ours goes on. We are grateful for your service and dedication to duty. Be assured your loved ones are not alone for we are but a phone call away.

Bob Johnson VA-VI

Bob Johnson U.S. Marshal's (Ret'd)
Blue Knights International Police Assn.

July 15, 2005

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

July 15, 2005 will be missed. Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher Kathi Hertzberg
Sac County Sheriff Dept.

July 15, 2005

In loving memory of D.S. Joseph
Kievernagel: You were only in your
mid thirties, but still had served with
honor for 16 years. How sad you never got to enjoy the retirement you
richly deserved. I'm sure flying was
in your blood as well as law enforcement, but you were tragically
taken too soon. Your family and friends are left to pick up the pieces
and only God can make them whole
again. It's a long road to healing ahead for everyone who will miss
your presence. May God grace them
with His comfort and love. He is close to the brokenhearted and grieves as we all do. Thank you for
your many years of service and for
your supreme sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

July 15, 2005


Reserve Deputy Enriquez
MCSO Montgomery County TN.

July 15, 2005

God bles sir, your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

July 15, 2005

Again we mourn as another hero is taken from us. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Kievernagel. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.

Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us to protect and serve others safely.

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service GA

July 14, 2005

On behalf of the men and women who serve with the Georgia Perimeter College Police Department, our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Joseph Kievernagel's family, friends, and co-workers with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Rest in peace our brother in blue. Now you can walk Heaven's beat.

Officer Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

July 14, 2005

To the family and friends of Deputy Joseph Kievernagel, our hearts and prayers are with you. Rarely does anyone work in an air unit that does not simply love what they do. We all know the risks, and pray that it never happens to any of us, but at least it would seem that Joe gave his life for something he loved.

Ofcr/TFO Howard Hawbaker
Palmview (TX) Police Dept/Texas DPS Aircraft McAllen

July 14, 2005

Rest in Peace. My prayers are with your family

New Orleans,LA

July 14, 2005

Rest In Peace Brother

Baltimore City Police Aviation

July 14, 2005

My thougths and prayers are with Deputy Sheriff Kievernagel's wife, children, family, friends and co-workers. May God give you His peace and comfort. Psalm 55:22

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

July 14, 2005



July 14, 2005

Rest in peace Brother Joseph, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten for your courage and service.

Son of G Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham Retired
Sand Springs Okla Police Department

July 14, 2005

God bless Deputy Sheriff Joseph Kievernagel, his family, and the
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

Corporal P.R. OLIVER
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

July 14, 2005

From our family to yours, may God give your family the strength to get through these difficult times. Rest in Peace

Detective P. Di Pasqua
La Habra Police

July 14, 2005

My heart and prayers are with the wife, children, family, friends and coworkers of Deputy Kievernagel. Another hero taken way to soon. God bless you all in this terrible time of loss for your family and the Sheriff's department. Rest in peace Deputy and thank-you for a job well done and your many years of service.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02

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 badges
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

Rest in Peace, your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Daniel Stokes
Roseville Police Dept. Ca

July 14, 2005



July 14, 2005

My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Deputy Kievernagel, as well as to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office. Rest in peace Deputy Kievernagel, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

July 14, 2005

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

July 14, 2005

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