Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Herman Wayne Brooks

DeRidder Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Friday, February 17, 2006

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Reflections for Lieutenant Herman Wayne Brooks

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

February 17, 2020

Rest in peace Lt. Brooks.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 30, 2019

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

The fact that your killer never faced trial makes me sick.

My heart and prayers are with all who love and miss you today.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 17, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

Rest In Peace and I'll see you on the other side.

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen

Don P Jensen
Milwaukee Wisconsin Police, Retired

February 17, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 17, 2010

Always remembered & honored for his ultimate sacrifice.

Mother, daughter, sister & granddau. of LEO's

February 13, 2010

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 19, 2009

Thinking of your loved ones today and everyday. I know the daily struggles they face without you and the terrible pain within their hearts. God, wrap your loving arms around them and help them with their grief and let them feel your presence.
Your sacrifice has not been forgotten.
Brenda Lucas
Mother of Chief Anthony D. Lucas, EOW 2-4-2005


February 17, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 17, 2009

RIP.You will never be forgotten.


September 19, 2008

Rose & family,
Words can not express how much it hurts to know that you have lost a wonderful husband. I was Herman's dispatcher for several years. After my dad passed away, Herman was like a second father to me. I talked to him and with him about things all the time. I know how much I miss my dad so that gives me a little bit of insight to how much you miss Herman. I still get tears in my eyes everytime someone talks and laughs about things that he did or said. Also when I look at his picture in our lobby. I will always have you and the family in my mind and heart.
Love always,
Peggy Peavy

Peggy Peavy
DeRidder City Police Dispatcher

April 20, 2008

Rose, Kate & Jeff,
I can't say all of what Herman meant to me when we worked together, but I loved him like an older brother. He always made shifts so much fun whether he was clowning around or in a bad mood. He would always be Herman. He used to tell me all the time that the only people who drank diet coke were fat people. He was right! Ha! Ha! But what happened to him was a tragedy and I will never forget it. It was so unfair, but you of all people know that. He is greatly missed and will always be remembered. He was a great man in uniform and out.

Love to you all,

Dispatcher Barbara Bartlett
DeRidder Police Dept

April 15, 2008


Van Den Berghe

February 11, 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

February 2, 2008

I never got the chance to meet you but I'm your sister Freeda Haimes grandson. I heard about the accident after my graduation of the San Jose police academy. I've thought of you often and I hope now your in a better place. Some of my deepest regreats are never getting a chance to know you and my extended family. Love, James Brooks

James Brooks
Great nephew

July 23, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this first anniversary of your EOW. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Your loved ones and the Blue Family will never let your memory die. Keep watch over your loved ones, come to them in their dreams to let them know that you are close to them. You will never be forgotten.

Bpb Gordon
Father of Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

February 17, 2007





February 17, 2007

God Bless you. Yours is an amazing story of love and dedication to "the job" and to life. Although we are seperated by miles, we are bound by this thin blue line...I can promise you will NEVER be forgotten!

Rest peacefully Sir.

911 Dispatcher
Sterling Heights Pd

Friend of Mark Sawyers EOW 6-5-04

February 17, 2007

As the first anniversary of your end of watch approaches you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. You will always be remembered as a hero. Rest in certainly deserve it.

Linda Lamm - LEO wife and sister of
Jay Balchunas EOW 11.05.04

February 12, 2007

You have a great Christmas with the Father in Heaven... Thank you for serving the Badge.

Chris Maes

December 22, 2006

Herman, I say "Thank You" for the 33 plus years and the two children that God Blessed us with. You were always there for us when life threw us curves, but especially when there was joy, laughter, fun and games, and the quiet times that we shared. You were always concerned for the ones that had less, needed help, or a hand up, and without fanfare you gave all that you could. I think I loved you more during those times. I know that I never loved you less. You have given your three children something to aspire to, even if only a little. I know that you are walking beside our Lord and doing the neighborhood thing that you did so well here on earth. I shall see you when my time is due for me to come home. I love you, Wayne.
Your wife in this life.
Rosemarie Hart Brooks
W/LT BROOKS, EOW 2/17/2006

Rosemarie Hart Brooks

December 3, 2006

Dear Family&Friends of Lieutenant Herman Brooks, May the love of God surround you today and the coming holiday's. Your loved one "fought a good fight and ran a good race', now at home with our Lord. May you find peace in knowing the Law Enforcement Family is lifting you up in our prayers. Herman is now with other Fallen Hero's,walking on streets of gold,no more suffering, no more tears. Just watching over those he left behind and forever will, till you meet again. Love&Prayers, Carolyn Moore mother-in-law of Sgt. Jeffrey T. Hewitt EOW 04-04-04, Asheville,N.C.

carolyn moore

November 12, 2006

Sir, I honor your service and your sacrifice. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9.


August 29, 2006

Peace be with you always...

Mrs. Natalie Jensen
wife of Detective Jared Jensen EOW 2/22/06

July 15, 2006

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Lieutenant Brooks. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading all the reflections left for Herman, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Herman's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Herman's life was about so much more than the way he died. Herman will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Lieutenant Brooks, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been three years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis Ray McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

June 6, 2006

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