Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Brian Keith Tephford

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, November 12, 2006

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Brian Keith Tephford

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cadets of the Basic Recruit Class 333 of Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, Tallahassee, FL, thank you for your sacrifice.

Cadet Strzalkowski
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy

April 24, 2008

Sometimes we dont understand why things happen, but everything happens for a reason,as I look as this fine young man I can see nothing more than joy. I'm sure he's smiling down on his loved ones from heaven. To his kids, one day you'll meet your dad in a place call heaven.

keeping you all in my prayers

Lt. H
Glades C.I

February 20, 2008

I did it!! I know youd be so proud and I know you had something to do with it! Miss you!

R. Keller
Leon County Sheriffs Office

February 20, 2008

Today is your birthday Brian, I wish you were here to celebrate it. It's hard to think what your mother is going through, losing her only child and not being allowed to see your three children. Brian you are always on my mind and in my heart. I hope you and Ryan Seguin watch over us as we move on each day.
I love and miss you


February 19, 2008

Just the other day we were talking about the kids at dinner. I can't help but think of the look on your face when we would talk about them. Corbett and I talk about you alot to the point where we just stop and stare and then change the subject. We all know you are watching over us with that rediculous grin. A couple of months ago some of us from Tamarac went to the cemetary to see you. It's nice, right by the water with lots of trees. It was a perfect morning. A nice warm breeze and the sun shining down on us. I believe, somehow, you may have had something to do with that day. As I sit here and write I can't help but cry. There are so many stories I wish we could share. I wish I could hear about the kids and see more pictures from the park. We will share these moments soon enough my brother. Until then, rest in peace and please do your best to take care of me and the rest of our brothers and sisters. I know you will.

Dep. K. Harris
Broward Sheriff's Office/Tamarac

February 11, 2008

I am about to go in front of my oral board and I am so incredibly nervous. I really wish I could talk to you right now. Then again I know what you would say... SUCK IT UP! YOU'LL BE FINE!! Please watch over me. Im gonna need it. Please. I miss you xoxoxo

Love me

R. Keller

January 14, 2008

I am headed out to see Joe in about 30 minutes when I get out of work. It may be silly considering ya'll didn't know each other and never met but I figure you are both running the streets of heaven together now. So maybe if I tell him something he can relay the message to you. Silly? Maybe... but I figure its worth a shot. Its just been one of those days... where I could just use someone to talk to and wish it could be you. I reordered a memorial bracelet for you the other day. You know me and my tiny bony wrists!! LoL The one I had originally made for you is way too big and gets caught on everything. Im sure you probably would scold me about officer safety if you saw it. So for now it is sitting in my room. I've got my fulltime oral boards in a week and you know me.. I am flipping out!! I wish you were here to tell me to calm down and chill out or whatever.... Take care Brian!! I miss you!!


Deputy R. Keller LCSO

January 5, 2008

Just wanted to say Merry Christmas. I still miss you and think about you constantly. Do me a favor and say hi to Joe for Andrew. Ya'll are probably running the streets of heaven anyways. :)

NEVER forgotten!


Deputy R. Keller

December 25, 2007



November 26, 2007

I am kicking myself for not writing on here 2 days ago. But I know you understand. It's been a year but it definitely doesnt feel like it. I still remember the phone call from my mom like it was yesterday. I miss you... always have and always will. Thank you for being you and thank you for watching over me. I still carry your picture in my vest..... you are my guardian angel. I love you.

Deputy R. Keller

November 14, 2007

Well its been a year and we still miss having you around. The city has posted a memorial plaque at the entrance to the station and your photo is next to Todd's in the roll call room. R.I.P. Brian

Detective Anthony DeGrace
Broward Sheriff's Office (Tamarac)

November 12, 2007

Brian, I can't believe a whole year has gone by. I remember that night like it was yesterday, every detail. We miss you Brian, none of us have been the same since you passed away. Rest In Peace.

BSO Deputy

November 12, 2007

We pause today and say a special prayer for your family and your fellow officers as they mourn you on this first anniversary of your death.
You are not forgotten
Chief John Roelandts (retired) and former Rivera Beach Police Florida Sgt
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts
Town of Oconomowoc

November 12, 2007

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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 2, 2007

I had the honor of serving in the multiagency honor guard at the funeral of this fine officer, who died in a hail of gunfire, saving his squadmates, and doing his job. You join the ranks of the hallowed few, those who gave their lives for their community.

Ofc. M. Weissberg
South Miami Police Dept.

ofc. M. Weissberg
South Miami Police Department

September 18, 2007

deputy brian,
you are a hero. i remember the night when all of this occured, my father (who is a bso detective) and I listined to all of this on the radio. r.i.p. you will never be forgotten

son of two bso deputies

August 13, 2007

You will never be forgotten, for you will always be a hero.

Law enforcement wife

June 27, 2007


Just wanted to let you know we miss you alot bro! Charlie shift will never be the same without your stories in roll call. I was hoping to make the trip up to Washington DC to the memorial this month but we wont have enough people on the road, so I think the wife and I are going to head up there sometime this summer. I know you are with us on every call we go on keeping all of us safe. Rest in Peace

Deputy Passman
Broward Sheriffs Office Tamarac

May 1, 2007

Deputy Tephford,

I wrote a reflection to you a while back. But now it is April, and I still remember that night like it was yesterday. I will never forget the little bit of you I knew. Out of all the deputies on the shift, you were one of the few who noticed me. I do miss you. And I will never forget about you. I am always wathing that memorial video they played at your services, because I just cannot get over the fact that such a one-of-a-kind is gone. Gone forever. I will never forget you, no matter what happens to me in the long life I have ahead of me, I will always remember you.

Chris Willoughby
DLE Explorer

April 17, 2007

I never got the chance to meet Brian. I am friends with his cousin Lorraine and when Brian was up in NJ visiting I was unable to stop by for work purposes. Lorraine speaks nothing lower then the highest regards about her cousin Brian. I had recently contacted Lorraine about the upcoming Police Unity Tour, in which I will be riding in. She stated she was in the process of finding a way to Washington DC for this great event. I wish I had the honor to meet Brian, but I feel as if I know him after speaking with Lorraine. R. I. P. Brian, you are missed dearly.

PO Joshua Wagner
Long Branch PD, NJ

April 12, 2007

I just found out that I will have the honor of riding in this year's Police Unity Tour for Brian. After I found out, I went through these reflections to try to get to know what kind of officer he was. The memories and stories that you all have left here brought me to tears. Just looking at Brian's picture puts a smile on my face, and I think says a lot about him. From all accounts, he was a wonderful dad, and excellent police officer, and I am humbled to get the chance to ride in his memory. I pray that all of you close to him will be comforted in knowing that Brian will always be remembered and honored on that wall in DC. When the days get long and the hills get tough in the ride, I will draw from your strength to keep me going. God Bless him, and God Bless his family and family in blue...........

Detective Jennifer Hardwich
Syracuse Police Department

March 22, 2007

Jason and I went to Versailles Gardens this past week when we were visiting my parents. I had to. We drove around the complex and I couldnt help but wonder if the people who live there even know the sacrifice you made for them? Do they even care? I grew angry as I thought about everytime a civilian is gunned down how the community erects a makeshift memorial... where was yours? There was no wooden cross... or poster or flowers or teddy bear or nothing..... Jason said maybe there was months ago.... for your sake I really really hope so.
My mom's been walking with Stefanie and the twins. They're doing great. And you can rest assured that they will grow up knowing what a hero their daddy was.. I promise.
Brian, we miss you! xo

Deputy R. Keller
Leon County Sheriffs Office

March 11, 2007

r.i.p. heros live forever brother.....u will never be forgotten i honored u that whole week with the black over my badge....may u watch over ur family as they need ur reassurance and guidance during these times

Police Officer A. Cabrera

March 8, 2007

The memorial bracelet I ordered with your name and id # on it came in last week. The first night I wore it to work it was surreal. (Dont worry your picture is still in my vest) A couple of people asked me about it and I got to tell them all about you.... about what a wonderful guy you were and how you were an amazing cop. Stefanie and the kids are doing great. Her and my mom keep in touch. Dont worry we'll keep an eye on them for you. Someone asked me the other day if I was going home to work at BSO and I couldnt help but think about the BSO/LCSO jokes. Guess what-- I AM GETTING MARRIED! His name is Jason.. he's a k9 cop in south carolina.. so that means no BSO for me. Everyone missed you Brian... please keep an eye on all of us... this year has already been a tough one on law enforcement. We'e got it covered! Enjoy your break! xo

Deputy Sheriff R. Keller
Leon County Sheriffs Office

February 28, 2007

It's not getting any easier Brian. We all miss you and wish you were still here with us. Every time I hear someone sign on at that detail over the air I get a weird feeling and can't help but think about that night. R.I.P. Brian.

Deputy Sheriff
Broward Sheriff's Office

February 27, 2007

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