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Senior Corrections Officer Wayne Robert Clark

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, January 10, 2006

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Reflections for Senior Corrections Officer Wayne Robert Clark

“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

January 12, 2006

The Florida Police Chiefs Association would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sr. Corrections Officer Wayne Clark, and the New Jersey Department of Corrections. 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. Officer Clark, we thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Members and Staff
Florida Police Chiefs Association

January 12, 2006

To the Family of Officer Clark,
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this devastating time. It all hits home once again.

The Family of SCO Fred Baker, murdered in the line of duty 7-30-97

Cindy Baker Numbers
Sister of NJ SCO Fred Baker

January 12, 2006

Officer - your family - friends & co-workers are in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult over them & your fellow brothers/sisters in blue..YOU ARE GONE..BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN..REST IN PEACE & WITH EASE BLUE ANGEL!!!!

girlfriend of a dpd
detroit, mi

January 12, 2006

While it is no consolation for your loss, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Officer Clark.

While no member of our agency had the privilege to have known him personally, we are certain that he has found a place in heaven through his selfless service to those he swore to protect.

Rest in peace officer; those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.

Medicine Lodge Police Department
Medicine Lodge, KS

January 12, 2006

May God Bless The Soul of Brother Wayne Clark. May he always rest in peace. He served with HONOR on Earth, I'm sure he will do the same in HEAVEN. My condolences to his family. May God console them during these trying times.

Sergeant John A. Bartolotta
Essex County (NJ) Sheriff's Office

January 12, 2006

On behalf of the men and women of the Camillus Police Department, our deepest sympathy's to the family, friends and co-workers of Senior Corrections Officer Wayne Clark. Rest in Peace Brother, we now have the Watch.

Town Of Camillus Police Department, NY

January 12, 2006

My heart and prayers are with the family, friends and coworkers of Officer Clark. May God be with you all in this terrible time of loss. Thank you Officer Clark for your many years of dedicated service and protection.

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

January 12, 2006

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"


January 12, 2006

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers of SCO Clark. Rest in Peace Brother!

P.O. Paul Tillotson
Elizabeth, NJ PD

January 12, 2006

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Senior Corrections Officer Wayne Clark as well as to the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Rest in peace Officer Clark, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

January 12, 2006

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

January 12, 2006

brother wayne god bless you and your family.

sco michael koegel
njdoc trenton

January 12, 2006

I used to work in one of Michigan's largest facilties back in 2000. Working with convicted felons is not an easy job. To do it for 23 years is an awsome commitment to Law Enforcement/Corrections if I have ever seen one. You sir, I salute and pray for your family in this difficult time. May God watch over your family and all the dedicated Corrections Officer's of the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Your commitment to public safety and ensuring custody and security with in your facilty goes to show how you cared for your community and that sir will never be forgotten. I will share your story with my fellow Corrections Officer's at work. Those of us in Michigan will be praying for your family. Take care sir and God Bless!

RUO Edward Michela
Jackson Cooper Street Facility (MDOC) MI

January 12, 2006

Words can not say enough but, we mourn another hero that has been taken from us. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time. Remember these few verses taken from the KJB. In I Samuel 20:3 it says, And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly [as] the LORD liveth, and [as] thy soul liveth, [there is] but a step between me and death. And in Philippians 1:21 it says, For to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.

Joe Taylor
Missionary to Law Enforcement Officers

Joe Taylor (Former FL LEO)

January 12, 2006



January 11, 2006

Thank you for your dedication and service. Our hearts and prayers go out to your family, friends, and fellow brothers/sisters of law enforcement.
Amy & Bill Lang

Amy Lang, wife of CPD ofc. William Lang
City of Columbus Police, Ohio

January 11, 2006

May God be w/ your girlfiend, your kids, your sisters, your friends & your co-workers during this difficult time. A friend of mine (Officer Courtney Dickerson) was killed in an auto accident on 11/11/05 & I know this is a hard time for all of you but rest assured God will comfort you in your time of need, all you have to do is call on him! Wayne tell Courtney to show you around...RIP...

friend of an angel in blue

January 11, 2006

Brother Clark,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

January 11, 2006

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Senior Correction Officer Clark.

Shawn and Michelle Rogers
Sister and Brother-in-law
Sgt Jonathan Dragus EOW 10/20/05

Shawn Rogers

January 11, 2006

Officer Clark,
I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of the state of New Jersey. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


January 11, 2006

Rest in peace brother. Your sacrifice and service will never be forgotten.

Tfc Surowiec
Delaware State Police

January 11, 2006



January 11, 2006

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of a loved one in law enforcement. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support. As we personally know, sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network

January 11, 2006

Rest in Peace Brother

Henry County Sheriff's Dept. (Indiana)

January 11, 2006

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