Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Eric E. Sutphin

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, August 21, 2006

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Reflections for Corporal Eric E. Sutphin

My sincere condolences to the family, friends, and the entire Montgomery County Sheriffs Office. Thank you Corporal Sutphin for your bravery, dedication, and service to your community. Your ultimate sacrafice will not be forgotten. Please watch over us. God Speed.

Ofc. Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department - Bayview District

August 29, 2006

What a true hero. I am so sorry and my condolences to the family of Corporal Eric Sutphin.

Amanda Powell
Cousin to Jeremy Chambers/Lost on 4/24/06

August 28, 2006

God Speed... another hero lost

Senior Constable Granger
VicPol crime operations branch

August 28, 2006

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corporal Sutphin. I attended Radford University and had met several Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office while visiting Virginia Tech. Having been on scene for several officer down calls I can understand the feelings and emotions that the family and friends are feeling. Being a Police Officer makes me feel like I am part of a large family and when one Officer dies a piece of our family dies too. Rest in peace Eric, you are a true hero.

Deputy Sheriff Cathcart
Broward Sheriffs Office

August 28, 2006

Rest in peace Brother. May God Bless you and your family. You truly are a hero.

Patrolman

August 28, 2006

Eric,

What can I say, my heart dropped when I heard that your watch had ended. It seems like yesterday we were in bike school. You will never know how much I learned from you during that week and how much you made me laugh. Rest in peace and watch over us from above. You are gone but never forgotten.

Officer M.S. Jenkins
Radford University Police Department

August 28, 2006

Once a hero always a hero, rest in peace.

Offc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

August 28, 2006

Another brave officer lost. Rest in Peace. The following is a poem which I fnd quite touching hope it is in order to share it.

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step foreword 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 aint,
Because those of us who carry badges
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,
Thought at times 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 silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step foreword now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Police Constable ORD
Cumbria Constabulary UK

August 28, 2006

Just a 'Brit' paying my respects

Ian Ramsay, UK.

Ian Ramsay
None

August 28, 2006

My condolences to the family and fellow officers of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, it is so hard to understand why these tragedies happen. Mrs. Sutphin I will keep you and your children in my prayers. Remember that your family, friends and Eric's fellow officers will be there for you and the children. Our family is going through the same emotions, it is very difficult for us and even more so for my sister, but with God's help we will all make it.

God Bless you
Jeanne Hoffmann
sister-in-law of Octavio "OX" Gonzalez EOW 6-16-06
St John the Parish Sheriff's Office

August 28, 2006

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

August 28, 2006

On August 20, 2006, I was woke up from a phone call. On the other end of the line was my friend, Eric Sutphin. He asked me if I remembered the promise that we had made to each other if one of us was ever to leave the shift we were on, that if anything major was to happen, we would call each other. I told him that I did remember, and he proceeded to tell me about the escape from the Hospital, and told me to get dressed and come to Montgomery Regional. I told him that I would see him in a little bit, and we hung up the phone. On August 21, 2006, I received another phone call, and I was expecting to hear Eric's voice on the line. Instead, I heard Ashley, our Dispatcher. She told me to get up and get to the Blacksburg Airport now. She said that Eric had been shot, and she did not know if he was dead or not. I started to shake all over and rushed to get dressed.
Writing this really gets to me, because Eric used to come into roll call once every month, and read us the list of Officer's that had died in the line of duty. If I would have only known that when he called me it would be the last time I would get to talk to him, I would have told him how much I loved him. He was a great friend to me and everyone else.
Eric and I, used to also work together on second jobs with Rocky Mountain Movers. We had such a great time working and laughing together. I had other obligations with another job that I had, so I could not work with him after he got the promotion to Corporal. We still kept in touch through the phone and every now and then, I would go meet him for coffee when he was working.
Eric is an inspiraton to us all. He has tought me so much about life, and how to be happy. I will never forget you Eric, and I will never forget your family. GOD BLESS YOU BROTHER.

Deputy C.R. Tomlin (41)
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

August 27, 2006

To a fallen friend and brother. May God bless you. We know as police officers that we must give our lives to protect others and on 8-21-06 you made the ultimate sacrifice. I will remember you as a great friend a partner with the Charlottesville police department. I will never forget your laughter, smile and kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and fellow officers. May God bless you.

Officer Tommy Farrer
Charlottesville Police Dept 1992-1995

August 27, 2006

I had the pleasure of attending training with deputy Sutphin he was a fine individual, and credit to Law Enforcement officers everywhere. Deputy Sutpin was a professional in every sense of the word, and a devoted family man he will be missed.
Our prayers go with him and his family.

Sgt./Investigator J. A. Alderman
Hillsville Police Department

August 27, 2006

Thank you for your heroic service you will never be forgotten. It's time to rest in peace now my brother in blue. Our prayers are with your family.

POLICE OFFICER RENE SANCHEZ
BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT, BOSTON MA.

August 27, 2006

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say.

But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from Heaven. Here I dwell with God above.

Here, there's no more tears of sadness; Here is just enternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.

Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through

God picked me up and hugged me and he said,'I welcome you.

It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.

As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on.

I need you here badly, you're part of my plan.

There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.'

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.

And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night the days chores put to flight.

God and I are closest to you....In the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.

Because you are only human they are bound to bring tears.

But do not be afraid to cry: it does relieve the pain.

Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.

If I were to tell you, you would not understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.

I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you, and many hills to climb;

But together we can do it by taking one step at a time.

It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you to;

That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain;

Then you can say to God at night...."My day was not in vain."

And now I am contented...that my life was worthwhile.

Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low:

Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind;

I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go...from that body to be free.

Remember you're not going...you're coming here to me.

I will always be with you!

Thank you for making the ULTIMATE sacrafice! God bless you and your family

PCO Stacy Carney
University of Mary Washington Police Department

August 27, 2006

"WE REMEMBER THE OFFICERS"

We remember the officers who changed our lives,
The men and woman who protected us day and night,
People who respect for their dedication to the cause,
For when faced with danger, they never even pause.


We remember the officers who always stood true,
Whatever the color of uniform, brown gray or blue,
With pride and integrity they say &;To serve and protect
For the giving of their life, we offer our respect.


We remember the officers who we never really knew,
Persons strong enough to answer the challenge are few,
With heavy hearts we mourn the officers in eternal rest,
There's more to these people than the badge on their chest.

*By: Brad Miller

Anonymous

August 26, 2006

To the family of Corp. Sutphin I can not tell you how sorry I am for your loss. You receive a phone call or a knock at the door and your life changes in a second and will never be the same. Someone you love has been taken much to soon and you don't understand. It makes you realize just how fragile and precious life is and that it is a gift from God. I know how your heart feels as though someone is pulling it from your chest and a part of you just wants to die. I know where you are for my youngest son Keith was killed last year in the line of duty. It is a day I will vividly remember for the rest of my life. I pray that God will give you the peace and comfort that He so richly and freely gave to me and my other son along with the rest of my family. From the reflections it sounds as though Corp. Sutphin was a fine person all the way around. Be grateful for the time that all of you had with him and know that he's only gone physically from your sight and will forever be in your heart and that someday soon you will be reunited. God makes no mistakes, and though we can not see the entire picture of our lives, God does, He has a plan and it is a perfect plan. Know that God loves you and His Grace is sufficient in all things and in our weakness God's strength is made perfect. Look to Him, lean on Him, give your burdens to Him and He will give you rest. We do not understand now but one day we will, trust Him and give Him praise and glory in all things.
Keith has been in Heaven now for almost 16 months and this is the first reflection of another officer that I have visited or written. I felt compelled to do so. Know that you are not alone and that you are in the prayers of many. Jesus is faithful, He will never leave you or forsake you.

Annie Cannon
Mother of Deputy Byron Keith Cannon E.O.W. 050405
Richland Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, S.C.

Annie Cannon
Mother of Dep. Byron Keith Cannon EOW 050405

August 26, 2006

Cpl Sutphin, You are obviously a spitting image of what myself and other officers long to be. You did the job of enforcing the law the way every officer should strive to do it. Now it is time for you to rest... Sr, I look forward to patroling the streets of Gold with you one day. Thank you for your services, and I will be praying for you and your Family... Cpl Sutphin, You are out of service, but never out of our hearts!

Deputy R. Headley
Williamson Co Sheriff's Dept (TN)

August 26, 2006

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Cpl. Sutphin and the members of the Montgomery Co Sheriffs Office. We will take the watch from here Brother. You are a true hero!

Deputy
Berks County Sheriffs Office PA U.S Marshalls Fugitive Task Force

August 26, 2006

Corporal Sutphin was an excellent deputy. He gave his life searching for the killer of my good friend Derrick McFarland (Security Guard at Montgomery Regional). He was also a friend to the community at large. He will always be fondly remembered.

August 26, 2006

Corporal Sutphin has left an imprint in our hearts forever. I worked with him on a previous shift and I knew that Eric would always make me laugh when I needed to. His heart was always in police work and his family. I knew if someone had to be caught, Eric wasn't going to stop until that person was aprehended. He was such a go getter and I wish that more people had his spirit and heart because this world would be a much better place. I've learned so much more about Eric by staying with his family all week and hearing his witty stories. I had to laugh and say "That's Eric" when his wife said that he always wanted a sticker that said "I'd rather be breathing" on his casket when he died. Eric always had a smile and something witty to say and I'll always remember that. Eric, we will see you again soon. You'll be in my heart for always and forever.

Deputy Julie Roop
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

August 26, 2006

Corporal Sutphin,
I feel so honored to have met you, for I truly knew a hero. We thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you made and we will remember you always. Go now to patrol your beat in heaven as we continue your watch here. God bless the family and the MCSO, my prayers are with you.

Deputy Christian Stoneman
Bedford Co. Sheriff's Office

August 26, 2006

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. My son was gunned down 6 months ago in Upstate NY and I visit this site frequently. I will shed tears for you today and always. God be with you to give you strength and to take care of your twins. Kathy Corr (New Hartford NY)

Kathy Corr
Mother of Fallen Officer

August 26, 2006

No words can express the sorrow I have in my heart for your family. I did not know you but my husband got to know you while riding on the Huckleberry Trail with you Saturday night/Sunday morning after the manhunt started. He came away knowing that he met a brother in Christ. That has brought us both comfort as I pray it will bring comfort to others in their time of mourning. Rest in peace my brother. I look forward to meeting you on the streets of heaven someday.

BPD Communications Officer T.L. Brewster
& Wife of Blacksburg Police Officer

August 26, 2006

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