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.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you on this day, we visited your gravesite today. Please know how much you are deeply missed. Thank you for watching over all your fellow deputies. Love & Prayers

Wife to a BCSO Deputy

March 22, 2007

One year has passed and have been thought of every single day by those that love you dearly. You will never be forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those officers still out on patrol. Wrap your wings around your loved ones and help them with their grief. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 22, 2007

Never forgotten.


March 5, 2007

McGrane family-
As we go together to the National Memorial, we honor Jimmy, and pray for his survivors. You all have inside each of you, a precious part of James to take and share. I am priviledge to know you, and I wish we never met this way. My best to give is my request to God, our Father for strength and comfort. We are connected, and you will never walk alone.
God bless you,


February 28, 2007

Let us never forget how Deputy James McGrane was taken from us but more important let us never forget how he lived. His service and dedication to the "Work" will serve as a standard to all in Law Enforcement. It's now our turn pickup where he left off. God Bless the Family as they stay Strong and contiue to inspire us.


February 6, 2007

As a retired New Mexico Police Officer, I wish to pass on my condolences to the family and friends of Officer McGrane. Though I did not know him, my prayers are with you in your next duty.

Police Officer William Flint
Dpt of Veteran Affairs

January 21, 2007

To the family of Deputy McGrane - With the first anniversary fast approaching, I want you to know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Kathy (McGrane) Haws
wife of a firefighter

January 17, 2007

To the family of James McGrane, Jr. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember you, Jim, having a photo of your son in your office at the District office. What a tragedy, such a senseless, brutal crime. Your son will never be forgotten, Jim, May he rest in Peace, safe in the arms of our Lord.

January 9, 2007

Deputy James McGrane,
I know how tough it is to be a police officer, I have been one for 2.5 years, the one thing that I hope is that the suspect that killed you may know that he will hopefully not be getting out soon, I want to tell you & your family that, every time I go out to work I think of you and try to imagine what you where thinkin those last few minutes of your life. I will keep your family in my prayes. May you rest in peace.

Undercover Deputy
San Jaun County

December 23, 2006



December 4, 2006

My thougths and prayers are with you and your family always. I never knew you, but I do know that you are a hero and and damed good officer. Thank you for your bravery and courageousness! We miss you down here!

Officer J. Ornelas

November 22, 2006

Hey man, I passed that o course in spo3. I was gettin' scared that day before because it was so windy. I couldnt have asked for a better day yesterday bro, thanks for hooking me up. I'm glad youre there with me as 82. I miss ya man and think about you every day. I'll see ya later bro


October 28, 2006

Jimmy, I wanted to wish you a happy Birthday today. We miss you with all of our hearts and know that you are watching over us now. I want to thank you for your sacrifice and am very grateful that you are watching from above. (Especially on that one night in May when my daughter was held up by gun point at the fast food restaurant where she works, all she could think was "Jimmy, I wish you were here." and just a few minutes later the guy ran off.....I know you protected her and all I can say is THANK YOU!!!!) This is a very difficult day with your birthday and us missing you and that it also is 9-11 and there are a lot of people missing their loved ones. We will always remember you and the love you shared with your family...especially your wife.

Debbie Wilson

September 11, 2006

May god bless your family in this time of sorrow and long road ahead dealing with your loss and trying to answer questions of why?. And to all the officers of BCSO and fellow officers who have the courage to put on the badge and risking your life everyday, I would like to say thank you and God Bless and keep you and the love ones you have in your lives. Rest In Peace Deputy McGrane.........


September 4, 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

On March 22, 2006 in the middle of the night at work, I recieved a phone call from a loved one. Telling me that an BCSO Officer was fallen down.. So many officers went through my head, worried, scared, lost!! I dropped to my knees when I found out it was you! I sobbed in my hands, feeling weak. Asking to myself "Who would do this, Why would they do such a thing?" Its now been months since you past, not a day goes by do I rememer you calling in on the radio "251-SO...54" two years with you on grave yard shift, workin east radio was the slowest radio, but all you seem to make it interesting. For all the BCSO officers that know me and dont know me.. I love you all!! May god protect you all and know #251 is smiling down on each and one of us!! I miss you #251 we will meet again.. My final dispatch to you.. "SO-251... go X-Ray I miss you!!!

Crystal Abeyta
Former Dispatcher-BCSO #778

August 22, 2006

It has been 4 months since your tour of duty ended and I know the many tears that have been shed for you by those that love you, enough to have their own pond to reflect on those special memories of you. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten because heroes never die. Wrap your wings around your loved ones and protect them and help them with their grief. Visit them in ther dreams to let them know you love them and that you are doing okay. Protect those still out on patrol walking that thin blue line.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Retired Asst. Chief

July 20, 2006

A Prayer has been said in Oregon for this officers colleagues, family,and friends.
Thanks to all the other officers that put their lives in harms way to save anothers.

July 17, 2006

Peace be with you always...

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

July 15, 2006

Rest easy BLUE ANGEL! We have your watch from here.

Police Officer

June 25, 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 Deputy McGrane, especially to his wife. 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 James, 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 James' life and the MAN that he was. Remember that James' life was about so much more than the way he died. James will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Deputy McGrane, 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 7, 2006

When my wife and I were vacationing in Albuquerque in March, 2006, you pased away. I was deeply touched not only because you were a law enforcement officer but because I had just started Catholic RCIA classes in Monroe, Louisiana. When I heard on the news that on your person at the time of your death were religious objects I assumed were a scapular and a rosary, I was overcome. Here was a man who could make criminals subservient to his will displaying objects honoring God and showing his obedience to God's will. While I have a sponsor who will be guiding me through the RCIA class, Deputy James McGrane is my honorary sponsor. And when I am hopefully baptized during the Easter Vigil Service in 2007, I will have your photograph in my pocket and your memory in my mind. God bless you.

J. Randolph Smith
Monroe, Louisiana

J. Randolph Smith
An Admirer from Louisiana

June 4, 2006

When God was creating peace officers, it was the sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And God said, "Have you read the specs on this order? Peace officers have 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 uniforms."

"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 shock his head slowly and said, "Six pairs of way."

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said God, "it's the three pairs of eyes the officer has to have." "That's the standard model?" asked the angel.

God nodded. "One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before the officer asks, "May I see what's in there, sir?" (When they already know, wishing they'd taken that accounting job.) "Another pair here in the side of the 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 all right, sir,' when they know it isn't so."

"God," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't," said God, "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 a civil service paycheck:"

The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly, "Can it think?" he asked.

"You bet," said God. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop...and still keep its sense of humor."

"This officer also has phenomenal personal control. It 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 his finger across the cheek of the peace officer. "There's a leak," he announced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said God. "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 a flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

God looked somber. "I didn't put it there," He said.

Justin Hadrych

May 21, 2006

Thank you for protecting and serving and for making the ultimate sacrifice. May God be with you and look over your family and friends.

Dep. T. Cumbie
Escambia County S.O., Florida

May 12, 2006

Deputy McGrane, Your brother officers in New Mexico are now taking the watch from here. The man that did this is going to take responsibilty for his crimes. We will make sure that he is tried in court and face the punishment to the full extent of the law. God is now your Watch Commander and you have a new beat patroling the pearly gates of Heaven. Rest in Peace fellow Officer

Russell Rogers

May 10, 2006

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