Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff James Francis McGrane, Jr.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff James Francis McGrane, Jr.

Deputy McGrane, my heart and prayers are with you and your family and police family, I prayed everyday we'd catch the scum bag, I know now that you are resting in peace and your family feels a little closure. I pray everyday for your family as well as your police family to heal. It takes one day at a time. We are still trying to heal from our loss years ago, but together as a police family we can do it and help eachother, rest in peace brother.
Your sister, GPD Patrol Officer

Gallup PD

May 6, 2006

Our heartfelt condolences to Jim's family, friends and co-workers. He will be in our prayers.

Ptl. P.K. Harding (Ret.)
Binghamton (NY) PD

May 4, 2006

One month prior to your passing, we lost one of your brothers in blue. May god bless you and keep you and your family, colleagues and the citizens you served.

God Bless.

A proud Colorado Springs citizen

April 29, 2006

You are in my prayers.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

April 28, 2006

To the family of Officer McGrane,
Please know how sorry we are for your lose. We lost our son-in-law on 9-19-03 from a gunshot wound to the head by a 21 year old who had over 120 incidences on his rap sheet. We were lucky that a fellow officer shot and killed that human stain on the scene. We hope the person who took your beloved James will pay for his crime. There must be a special place in heaven for our heros, because they have earned it. Our hearts also go out to his brothers and sisters in blue...putting that uniform on everyday with grief tearing at your heart must be almost unbearable. Our officers certainly are a special breed...they've stuck by our daughter and her 2 little girls just as they promised they would, keeping them forever in their family of blue. May God help you thru this time of sorrow.

Father & Mother-in-law of Fallen Officer

April 18, 2006


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your passing saddens us greatly, but gives us an overwhelming sense of pride and dignity. Your courage gives us strength to continue our pursuit of maintaining law and order. We are blessed that we had the opportunity to know you and work with you.

Lt. John J. Guzman
New Mexico Mounted Patrol

April 16, 2006

On the night of your passing...I was listening to the dispatch. Once the call was upgraded and information passed on that this was an officer involved shooting, my heart sank. I raced to the seen to see one of my East Mtn. teamates lying on the ground. I felt rage...profound sadness and just plain empty.

Once I realized that you were now in on patrol with Jesus, I switched into the crime scene mode....I hope you will forgive me for leaving you at the scene, it was NEVER my intention to be disrespectful...I wanted that SOB to be caught and nothing to go wrong with the processing of the scene.

Now that the *%*tard is in custody, I wish you the ultimate peace and want to say thanks for your service and protection while you served here on earth. Your memory will NEVER be forgotten. One day I will be with you on patrol in heaven, it's just that I will be doin fire protection....God Bless James...Rest in peace.


Battalion Commander Corey Finch
Bernalillo County Fire & Rescue

April 14, 2006



April 13, 2006

I would like to express my condolences to not only the family of Deputy McGrane, but also an entire community. Everyone is extremely saddened at this loss and there is nothing to make it better or less painful. Looking ahead to days of hope and that justice will prevail. This is not only in reference to Deputy McGrane's loss but also to ALL fallen officer's present and past.


April 13, 2006

We are all deeply affected in this tragedy. Thank you for your dedication, all those times you watched our backs as well as our families. The term "ultimate sacrifice" just isn't good enough. All is well safely rest brother.

Frank McClellan Paramedic/FF

April 12, 2006

Well brother, the coward is behind bars. It makes those early days and late nights totally worth it. Your spirit was a motivator for all of us. Requiescat in pace. We will pray for your family daily.

Detective S. Marquez

April 12, 2006

Thank you, You served with Honor and Pride. For this I thank you. I thank your family, we will all remember your sacrifice and dedication. You have recieved your last call out , rest in peace James others will cover your watch.

Lieutenant D. Thomason
Bernalillo County Fire & Rescue

April 11, 2006

What a tragic loss.
My heart goes out to the family of this brave sole.
James will be missed and his service remembered.


Lieutenant J. Ironside
Bernalillo County Fire Department

April 11, 2006

We in New Mexico are all saddened by the brutal loss of Dep. Sheriff McGraine. Blue Knights New Mexico II offers their condolences for the family, co-workers and friends of Deputy McGrane and hope that they find solice and peace in the coming days.

Victor Lioce
Blue Knights New Mexico II

Victor Lioce, NMDPS Retired
New Mexico Dept. of Public Safety

April 10, 2006

Deputy McGrane,

You know by now that they captured the animal that took you from your loved ones and those you protected. I shed tears of relief when I heard that he was in custody...your fellow officers worked so dilligently and for many hours (as you know)...that's what I call love, honor, & respect! Scott Lo Badio, whose mission is to paint the American Flag on the rooftop of a 1 building in each of the 50 states before the 5 year anniversary of 911, painted your badge number on one of the stars. I thought, "Wow! What a tribute..." Rest in peace most gentle soul...keep us safe...God Bless You...

Anonymous in Albuquerque

April 7, 2006

Your job here on earth is now over. You served with pride, honor and you will always be remembered as such. Now, you start your new job patrolling the golden streets.

Detective Sergeant
Deming PD

April 7, 2006

My heart sank when I found out it was you that had fallen. It has left all of us that know you with sadness. I'm greatful to have known you and train together in the academy. Those were good times that I will never forget. We all had the greatest respect for you. You made those bad days in the academy not as bad as they had to be. Your humor and attitude helped bring us all together.
Every day before work I touch your memorial sticker on my car. It reminds me that you're still my 82. Keep us all safe brother. "Ten to the End" Our class motto still stands, you ride with all of us now....


April 7, 2006

Wednesday, March 22 began with freshly fallen snow in the East Mountains, as if to mark the passing of the soul of such a brave and selfless man; Deputy McGrane. Deputy McGrane, I thank you and deeply respect you for serving the citizens of the East Mountains, New Mexico, and everyone else that passed through your patrol area. Regardless of the uniform we wear, we all work together to try to make our corners of the world just a little bit safer. It really saddens me to know that is what you were doing the night you left us. Thank you for having the courage to deal with people, night after night, like the one that committed such a sickening act two weeks ago. We all wish you could still be here with us, but you can now rest in peace knowing that this cold blooded animal will not be able to harm anyone else on the street. Those of us that work to keep the "canyon" safe, will keep doing the job with you and your family always in our thoughts. Rest in peace.

Lt. C. Mayrant
New Mexico DPS

April 5, 2006

Deputy McGrane you will always be in our hearts. We have fought the battle in your honor and placed the coward who took our brother away behind bars. You can rest in peace now. We will always be here for your family, you need not to worry about them. Let our fallen sister Angelic know that we miss her and she now has 82. We will always miss you and never forget you.


April 5, 2006

My condolences to Deputy McGrane's wife and parents. I have watched you via the media coverage of this horrible event and prayed for you on many days as I continue to do. I have also watched with admiration the dedication and perserverance of the BCSO and other agencies as they went after this vicious person who has absolutely no regard for human life. Having served as a New Mexico Law Enforcement Officer for over 20 years prior to entering the Federal Service I unfortunately know the pain of losing a fellow brother. James, I hope your new patrol district on those golden streets of Heaven surpass even your wildest imagination of what you thought ever lasting peace would be.

Michael Pitts Law Enforcement Specialist
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Artesia, NM

April 5, 2006

We thought it better to save our comments until after the animal that committed this act were apprehended. Today marks the two week anniversary of your passing, and although every person in this unit attempted to apprehend the offender responsible for your death prior to the incident, no consoling excuse will ever present itself in order to make this horrific event easier to handle. Jimmy, know that each and every one of us gave our all to catch him, and yet all that we offered and committed to in order to find the offender after the fact will always pale in comparison to the sacrifice you made to your community and fellow officers. Although none of us had the opportunity to meet and know you, you will always remain a person near and dear to our hearts. God bless you and know that you will never be forgotten. You have our ever-lasting respect, honor, and admiration. Go with God and know that your family, friends, and fellow Officers will always love you.

Special Operations Unit
New Mexico Probation Parole

April 5, 2006

For the past week so many amazing men and women of the local law enforcement community have come together to catch the coward who took you from your family and us.
When we were tired we thought of you and your spirt gave us strength. Everyday when we began our search each of us thought of you and said a little prayer for you to be with us. We kept our black band of grief on our badges until we caught the coward. We finally feel we can take the band off and that you can rest in peace.
Rets in peace brother. We will take care of your family and we will forever honor your memory. I have the utmost respect for you and I will strive each day to be as amazing a deputy as you were.

BCSO #312
Bernalillo County Sheriffs Department

April 5, 2006

Deputy McGrane your sacrifice will never be forgotten. I am a dispatcher, my husband is a K9 officer, my father has been in law enforcement for many years and I had a great grandfather killed in the line of duty several years ago. The commitment you and your fellow officers give to the citizens is unmeasurable and I just want to say thank you for your service. May God bless your wife and family and may you rest in peace eternally.


April 4, 2006

May the reflections of all those whose lives you impacted with your kind and generous spirit be a comfort to your family and friends in their time of sorrow. You will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew you and loved you. Rest in peace, my friend you will not ever be forgotten. God bless you Deputy James McGrane

Sandia National Laboratories

April 4, 2006

Rest easy now brother. They have him at home. This evil person will pay for his crimes!!

Fellow New Mexican Sailor

April 4, 2006

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