Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Kevin Shumway Orr

Uintah County Sheriff's Office, Utah

End of Watch Wednesday, November 22, 2006

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Reflections for Detective Kevin Shumway Orr

Miss you every minute of everyday.

July 15, 2007


Miss ya. Drove past the house the other day while I was working. The kids were playing in the yard in their swimsuits... glad they can find a way to play once in a while. I couldn't stop... just couldn't.

Sure wish you were here. Wish you were here to talk with about work and family. We always enjoyed those conversations. As you know, the department has changed a lot. It'd be a lot better if you were still here.

Miss you a lot man.


June 21, 2007

Happy Fathers Day. I Love you sooooo much. You are the best dad you could ever get. I miss you. Its seems like it has been eternity, but it only seens like yesterday you never walked in the doorway in person. I know your spirit is with us alot. I just wish I could have you back. Daddy, I can't wait until we meet again, Heaven or Earth.

Tons of love

Jessica Orr

June 17, 2007

Imagine my shock to learn of your passing. It's taken a while for me to get the words together here. We met at the Rangely academy. We learned we were just miles apart on our missions, you in London and me in London South. Three years later, I unwittingly married one of your Shumway cousins. All along the way, I've admired you and often thought back to the example you were to me at the academy.

Odds are, you never considered your young passing when you boarded that helicopter. You never thought of the sadness many would feel if that bird crashed. But you did think about the work that needed to be done, and the potential for some type of success in your efforts. That's the focus, the drive, and the selfless loving devotion that gives people like you the right to be called a hero. Nevertheless, I'm sad for you and your loved ones that you are also titled a "fallen hero."

Kevin, keep up the good work. Keep an eye on your loved ones. Look forward to being with them again. Say a prayer for the rest of us, that we can live as honorably as you and pass from this mortal shell as nobly. Don't be nearly as proud of how you died. Be glad with how you lived this test.

To Kevin's survivors, we are all here for you. Call upon me when needed.

Sgt. Josh Warner
Mesa County (CO) SO / Academy Classmate / Cousin

June 14, 2007

I just finished my three hundred mile bicycle ride in your honor. You gave me strength, when I was tired I just looked at your picture and you helped me over those hills into washington dc. My heart was filled with pride, finishing the ride for you.

PO Brendan Cahill
Long Branch PD

May 16, 2007

Uncle Kevin,
I was still in the mission with only four months to go when I was told to call President Davidson. Naturally I was worried because of the urgency in the voice of my fellow missionaries who told me to make the call. I got to a phone and called him. He told me directly to call home because you had been killed in an accident. Between calling him and then calling home I couldn't help but first think of Aunt Holley and the children. I called home and recieved more details of what happened. It was too much to swallow at first. I was in shock. My faith was tested for a little while. But being in the mission didn't give me much time to spend mourning although inside I did alot and still do. I miss you terribly. I so looked forward to seeing you and thanking you for the wonderful example you are of how a person should live. You saved many lives. Your love is pure, real and sincere.
It has been six months now and I finally have gotten myself to really reflect on the matter by seeing all the articles and web pages about it. I'm sorry about that but I have been afraid. But your absence and the hole in my heart(and the heart of so many)prompts me to pay some much deserved respects. You are and ever will be a hero in my eyes. You helped me strengthen my faith in the great and perfect plan of our Heavenly Father. I know that you are gone, but certainly are not lost. I know that I will see you again. I look forward to that day. I love you. I miss you. Tale care uncle Kevin.

Skyeler Lucero

May 11, 2007

I have known Kevin for much of my childhood and adult life. He was such a kind and giving person. I can never forget all that he has done for me. My husband only got to work with him for a short time, but he got to see what a woderful man Kevin was. Kevin worked with my mom. She was a dispatcher. Kevin became sort of a big brother to me and my sister, during that time.
Kevin, you know all you did for me,and I thank you for being a great freind. I will never forget you. I know my grandpa will be waiting to meet you in heaven. He was an officer, and he too died in a helicopter while doing this job he loved.
We love and miss you.

Brandi Webb EMT-I

May 2, 2007

You have only been gone a few months but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I always tried my best to protect all of the officers in the Basin,but that one day there was nothing I could do to help you. I will always remember all the support you gave me after the death of my father, who was also a police officer that died in a helicopter crash. As we moved into the month of May and the upcoming memorials , know that your family is supported by a large group of "The Blue Line Family" and you will always be remember for the hero you were and the great co-worker,brother,friend,son,father and husband thats all of us had.I know they say that time heals all wounds, but we will help your family pull through this.I miss you Kev!!!!!!

Polly Rettberg(Former Dispatcher Uintah Co)
Surviving daughter LT.Thomas Rettberg (UHP) E.O.W 02/11/2000

Polly Rettberg
Summit Co Dispatch/Friend

May 2, 2007

I was thinking of you today, as I often do. I decided to visit your grave. As I sat there silently thanking you for all the ways you touched my life, I started crying. They werent only tears of grief and loss, but tears of extreme gratitude. I often wonder where I might be today, if it hadnt been for you. You touched my life in so many wonderful ways. I am a better person for having known you and I will be grateful for that blessing always. You were not just my drug court tracker, you were my FRIEND, mi amigo (as we used to say). You believed in me when I didnt believe in myself. I am a clean, productive member of society because of you. I feel a tremendous sense of loss with your death and I miss you terribly. However, I thank God for having been blessed enough to know you. You truly were the best of the best. I have never known and will never know a better man than you. You are an example to us all. My heart aches for Holley and your children, for the loss that I feel cannot possibly compare to theirs. I will love and miss you forever, my dear friend.

Drug Court Graduate

April 19, 2007

I will riding in your memory this May with the Police Unity Tour. I will pray for you and your family, as I train and make my ride to Washington DC.

Patrolman Brendan Cahill
Long Branch PD

April 12, 2007

My Love,
I can't go to bed tonight. I am missing you so much. Oh, I don't understand WHY it is this way. I thought that we were going to grow old together. Now I get to grow old alone. I thought that you were always going to be here to help me raise the kids. Now I get to do that alone too. WHY? I want this to be different. I would give anything just to have you back. I am trying to be strong but I have failed tonight. I love you more than words can say.

March 29, 2007

hey..... your missed


March 25, 2007

Happy Birthday. How I miss you. I was looking back the other day at how you would come home and say "Smelled ya first!" I love you so much!! I can't wait until that day we will be with you again.
Love, Jessica

Jessica Orr

March 22, 2007

My Sweetheart,
Happy Birthday! We sent letters and balloons today to you. It was Tylers idea. Jessica made a birthday cake for you. Tonight we watched home videos from our last family vacation. It was so good to hear your voice. But oh how it makes me ache for you. We miss you so much. But I know that you did what our Heavenly Father needed you to do by going home. That makes me love you even more for your obedience to our Heavenly Father. I know that we will be blessed eternally for it someday. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers constantly.
Kevin you were the greatest husband and daddy. We love you tons.
Love, Holley


March 18, 2007

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tyler Orr

March 18, 2007

My dear sweet Kevin, You would have been 35 years old today. Words cannot begin to express the sorrow I feel. We all miss you so much. No mother ever had a better son. Raising you and your beloved twin brother was one of the choicest experiences of my life. You always made such good choices. You gave us such a special daughter-in-law and four of the most wonderful grandchildren a family could ever have. How I miss your phone calls. I don't know how we can ever celebrate Easter, July 4th or Thanksgiving again. It will never be the same without you. We love you so very much. We know your spirit is in paradise and that we will see you again. Love, Mom

claudia orr

March 18, 2007

My Dear Eternal Companion,
Oh how I wish this were a bad dream that I would wake up from. But after 86 long days I know that it is not a dream. It is real. I miss you terribly! I did not think that life could possibly go on. But I have to for the kids. We all miss you so much. You were the greatest husband and daddy. You gave us everything. You worked so hard for us. Thank-you!! I hope that we can make you proud. We look forward to the day when we are all together as a family again. I love you with all my heart. Love you, holley

holley orr

February 15, 2007

I spoke with your wife the other day, she is a very nice woman. She has a long, hard, road ahead of her. Fortunatly, she has a lot of support. Your kids may not believe it now, but they will pull through as well. As a brother and nephew of law enforcement I pray for you and your family nightly. Rest in peace...

Survivor/Officer Slade C. Gurr
Logan City Police Department

February 4, 2007

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 Detective Orr, 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 the reflections left for Kevin, 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 Kevin's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Kevin's life was about so much more than the way he died. Kevin will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Detective Orr, 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 late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been four years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

January 15, 2007

Dear Orr Family

I am so sorry and shocked to hear of your loss. I met Kevin when he was serving his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the England London Mission. For a while, he was not very well and stayed with my family in Cambridge. My father at the time was Bishop and he, alongwith my mother took him in to our home so he could convalesce.

While he was sick, he and I struck up a strong friendship and had stayed in touch ever since. I have never forgotten him in all these years since I met him (14 years ago now).

My thoughts are with all of his family, especially his beautiful wife and children. I can't begin to imagine your feelings and emotions.

Kevin was such a wondeful, sweet and considerate person and I know he will have touched all those that met him, that he helped saved either with his job, in his church callings, or in his every day life. He was and will always be an inspiration to us all.

Rest in peace my dear friend.

With my love


Irena Giraud (nee Mlotkiewicz)
Friend from his mission years in the UK

January 11, 2007

kevin Orr was more than just a great detective he was a wonderful husband,father,son,brother,uncle,and friend to so many..he touched so many lives and He saved many lives too..I look back years ago when I was a kid and i remember kevin and damon when they were in high school and thought they were so cool,i loved to play fight with them,kevin showed me some good moves to pull on damon when he would pick on me. now i look back and think they were actually kinda dorky!LOL!but Kevin grew up to be one of the most respectful,kind hearted honorable man that i have ever met.. he is a true hero to me and i am proud to say he is my uncle!!! Uncle Kevin I Love You! it is so hard to believe you are gone but i know that you are in the loving care of our Father in Heaven and I know that I will see you again.

shalain lucero

January 2, 2007

my dear brother kevin,i miss you so much, you are so loved, this has been so hard . it was allways such a joy to see you and your sweet family. we have been so lucky to have a close family, i cant believe we will not get to hear you tell the hildalgo story at every family gathering . you told it so good. i look at your picture as i write this and still cant believe you are gone from us. we will see you touched so many lives and i know that we, jeff, me, larry,lisa,jolynn, and damon ,and mom and dad will miss you allways till we meet again in the blink of an eye. i love you, julie,

julie lucero

December 29, 2006

Aloha Detective Kevin Orr,
Thank you for your service and dedication to your community and your country. You and all officers that continue to lay your lives on the line and pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities and country safe, will NEVER be forgotten.

I personally pledge, (after one of Hawaii's own, Honolulu Police Officer Steve Favela, lost his life in the line of duty protecting our Commander in Chief, President George W. Bush), to become a continuum of the ODMP light. That light is in the form of an ODMP tribute. People from all walks of life, regardless of age, race, religion, profession, education, and geographical location can share here. That "LIGHT" comes from within the heart and soul of every person who cares to share a word or two on behalf of each and every fallen officer. Every fallen officer is an hero. The ODMP; Officer Down Memorial Page gives us a place to come together and share our feelings as one family. May we find comfort as we give comfort to the families who have lost a loved one.

As we say in Hawaii, we are`Ohana. We are family. God Bless this fallen hero. May we embrace him/her as our own, as one of our own family; our `Ohana.

---"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." -- Maya Angelou

May all who read this tribute take comfort in this Hawaiian prayer. I wish you, your beautiful wife, and four precious children, peace and love beyond all understanding.

Detective Kevin Orr, may you rest in peace.
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana.


Peace be with you, All My Peace,
O ka Maluhia no me oe, Ku'u Maluhia a pau loa,

The Peace that is " I ", the Peace that is "I am".
Ka Maluhia o ka "I", owau no ka Maluhia,

The Peace for always, now and forever and evermore.
Ka Maluhia no na wa a pau, no ke'ia wa a mau a mau loa aku.

My Peace " I " give to you, My Peace " I " leave with you,
Ha'awi aku wau I ku'u Maluhia ia oe, waiho aku wau I ku'u Maluhia me oe,

Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace,
The Peace of " I ".

A'ole ka Maluhia o ke ao aka, ka'u Maluhia wale no,
Ka Maluhia o ka "I".

Moana V.C. Molale (Private Citizen)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

December 25, 2006


About 11 years ago, Detective Kevin Orr was hired on with the Uintah County Sheriff's Office. He would call me all the time and tell of all the things going on with the job. Telling me that I needed to come out and go on a ride along with him. He told me if I did I to would want to get into law enforcement. He was right. Although it took me about 8 more years of all the stories and meeting his co-worker. To see the love he had for each of them. I new that I needed to be part of this BAND OF BROTHERS. I got hired of with the Uintah County Sheriff's Office, in July of 2003. I was only in Vernal for a short time before I got a job with the San Juan Co. Sheriff's Office. It is so good to be apart of this BAND OF BROTHERS, that all of law enforcement has. Most of all it was good to be Detective Kevin Orrs (twin brother) I will miss the 2 or 3 times a week that we talked on the phone. I don't how I will go on with out you, but I guess I will half to. Kevin I love you and miss you. You are my HERO.


Deputy Damon Shumway Orr
San Juan County Sheriff's Office

December 15, 2006

To anyone who knew Kevin, they know the type of person he was - passionate to the job, his wife, children and friends. He was a strong influence in our Department as well as the community and a wonderful human being. His smile was contagious as was his zest for life. He is strongly missed, by all of his breathern as well as his family. No doubt he was welcomed to heaven without any hesitation by "The Powers to be". He knows his family will be taken care of by his co-workers. May he rest in peace.

Lt. John Laursen
Uintah Co. Sheriff's Department

December 10, 2006

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