Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Assistant Chief Deputy L. Keith Lyon

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, May 9, 2006

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Reflections for Assistant Chief Deputy L. Keith Lyon

To learn of a fellow officer has been took away from us, we must not forget that he did not die in vein. His memory will always be with all of those who meet him, I am sorry that i am one of those who never did, someday i will! My wife and i both were deputys/ correction officers with the Cocke Co. Sheriffs Office. To his family and friends our heart felt simpathy goes out to them. To our brother Your "end of watch" is now over here on earth, rest in peace as your brothers and sisters will finish the job for you here. Leonard and Julie Grindstaff Newport Tn.

Leonard and Julie Grindstaff
Former Deputy Cocke Co. Sheriffs Dept.

May 12, 2006

My prayer's go out to the family & friend's of Assistant Chief Deputy Lyon. I know that he will be greatly missed by all! Deepest Sympathy!

Beth Anderson
Wife of Alcoa TN. police officer

May 12, 2006

During my carreer I had the privilege of working directly under Chief Lyon for a short period. I have never met an individual who cared more about his profession or more about his men. I am honored to have called Chief Lyon a co-worker, but above all I am honored to call him a brother in Christ. Rest well my brother and know you will be with us always.

John Huff
Knox Co Sheriffs Office

May 12, 2006

I remember the first time I met Chief Lyon. I was only working at the department for a short while and he called upon me to work some special assignments with him. During those times I worked with him he taught me alot about being an officer. Everytime I seen Chief he would always call me by first name and ask how I was doing. He was a mentor to many and friend to many more. He was the definition of a professional officer.

It does put an officers job into perspective. Never leave your loved ones mad and never go to bed mad. Always know that anytime, anywhere, and at any moment you may be called.

When God Made Police Officers . . .

When the Lord was creating Police 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 requirements on this
order? A Police 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 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 they ask, 'May I see what's in there, sir?'"
(when they already know and wish they'd taken that accounting job) "Another pair here in the side of their head for their partner's safety, and another pair of eyes here in front so they 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 on this 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 a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the Police Officer very slowly. "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord, "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 it keeps its 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 muder 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 Police 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, for justice."

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

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

Good Bye Chief.

Cpl. Benny Bailey

May 12, 2006

I would like to send my hart fell sorrow.I was shot
while on duty in 1981.I knew Keith I'am sad to here how Keith died GOD BLESS YOU. LT.COL Rick Grindstaff
Tenn.Wing Civil Air Patrol.

Ret.Rick Grindstaff
Knox.C0.Deputy/Transportation Off.

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May 12, 2006

Chief Lyons will be missed by all of us at Sheriff's Dispatch. He was a very dedicated man, good friend to all, good husband and he took care of all of the men under his charge. His voice on the radio will be missed and U7 will always be Keith Lyons to me. May you be at peace where you are. May your family find solace in the fact that you led an extraordinary life and saved so many children and others from the drugs and crimes you worked diligently to remove from the streets of Knox County. Your men will remember a great leader, one who never gave up, who was always there for them as well as someone who made one of the greatest contributions to our quality of life doing the work that you did. Hearts shall be healed with the knowledge that you watch us from where you are, knowing that we now have another angel taking care of us. Rest well, Chief, you earned it. You will be missed here until we see you again.

Susan Tracey/Communications Specialist I

May 12, 2006

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Asst. Chief Deputy Lyon deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Asst. Chief Deputy Lyon is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Tom Doyle
Cary Police Department, NC

May 12, 2006

may god bless dep.lyon and his family as well as his friend's and co-worker's.he will never be forgotten in the law enforcement family.god bless and r.i.p.

fairfield county s-o lancaster,ohio

May 12, 2006

So very sorry for your loss! May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Officer & Mrs. Chris Neville

May 12, 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

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

May 12, 2006



May 12, 2006

I have only been with the department for a few short months so I never had the pleasure of meeting Chief Lyon in person, but his voice was VERY familiar to me, a voice that will be truly missed. With his passing I am reminded that we should all strive to be as dedicated and determined as U7. My thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and brothers-sisters in law enforcement.

Dawn Reagan/Communications Specialist 1
Dispatcher KCSD

May 12, 2006

Keith was a good person who tried to help everyone.He really made an impact on my life. Thanks to his efforts I voided a four year prison term. My husband Johnny worked for him when he left the Sheriff's Dept. briefly. I still remember when we went to get Johnny's paycheck on Friday. Keith remember it was my birthday and gave $$$ and said go to dinner on me.I can't believe he is gone. I'm sorry I am not able to go pay my respects to his family. I have lost a great friend. I'll see you again in heaven someday.

Jennifer Lamb

May 12, 2006

Words at a time like this cannot ease the pain your family, friends and fellow officers are feeling. We feel the pain too, for we are all brothers and sisters in the badge. Rest in peace, Sir. We will carry on......

Sgt. A. Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, AZ

May 11, 2006

God bless to the family, friends and co-workers of Chief Lyon. Thank you for your service, RIP.


May 11, 2006

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Assistant Chief Deputy Keith Lyon as well as to the Knox County Sheriff's Department. Rest in peace Chief Lyon, you are gone but are not forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda Police, Punta Gorda FL

May 11, 2006

Rest in peace, Chief. You'll be missed.

Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Ptm. K. Kelly

May 11, 2006

Your service is a true example for us all. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for the honor of calling you a comrade in arms.

US Government

May 11, 2006

Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace. May God be with your family and take care of them always.

Tennessee Highway Patrol

May 11, 2006

Know that all the officers are in my prayers - I'm a US Army veteran (1983-85) - and this officer and I are very close in age. My heart goes out to his family (both blood & badge).
God Bless you all.
Ginnie Steele
Louisville, Kentucky


May 11, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

May 11, 2006

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of Asst. Chief Deputy Lyon. I am very sorry that you myst walk this painful, difficult journey. May he rest in peace in the loving arms of God.

Mary Kay Balchunas
Mother of Jay Balchunas, EOW 11/5/04

May 11, 2006

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