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Deputy Sheriff Steven E. Cox

King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, December 2, 2006

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Steven E. Cox

There is a giant photo of you hanging up in the KCSO training room at the academy. I looked at it every day as I went through training there, as do all new recruits.

Being done with training and being a newer deputy, I often reflect on you and others that the organization has lost. I am proud to wear the same uniform that you did and to continue serving our community.


September 30, 2021

As I closeout my day, I saw a FB post from KCSO about an arrest made at the park honoring you and your service to White Center. Fourteen and a half years ago, we met and I did a ride-along with you. We ate at the White Center substation/community center where you showed me pictures of you with Maria and Bronson; you were beaming over them. During the tour, you spoke of the issues you saw in White Center and all the ideas you had for what to do next. A part of me wanted to go right to work with KCSO so we could do it together. You didn't talk that much during the ride, but once we connected on something, we'd go a while. You were taken far too soon, brother; and so harshly, so tragically. I hope Maria and Bronson are well. I tried writing them through KCSO and never heard anything back. I will never forget you, my friend. Thanks for sharing those hours and your life with me. 'TCB'

Ofc. Alan Mitchell
Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice

January 6, 2021

Thought of you today Steve. Sad circumstances today reminded me of your loss and how incredibly painful it was. It hurts as much today as it did then. You inspired many of us to work hard and alway be and do better. You are missed Steve, each and every day by many. You will never be forgotten.

Retired Deputy
King County Sheriff's Office, Seattle

July 14, 2020

I don't know why, but I thought of you today, a lot. I worked across from you in Seattle. I pushed 'em your way, you pushed them back. I was with you that night, I still remember everything like it was yesterday. We all were crushed that night. You were a big part of White Center.

We all worked hard back then. Its all changed now. It felt like it was all for nothing, but then I think of your sacrifice and realize that they needed us. They will need men like us again soon. I hope two guys meet and push them back and forth again.

I hope your son and your wife are doing well.

Retired Officer Todd Wiebke
Seattle Police Department

August 13, 2019

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Cox.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 3, 2019

It seems like yesterday, that you were working your butt off, doing real police work. If only you could see what it is like now. Sending our thoughts your way and to your family.

King County Sheriff

December 2, 2018

Keeping your memory alive and protecting a K9. Bremerton Police Department’s K9 Esco has received a bullet and stab protective vest embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of KCSO Deputy Steve Cox I-41 EOW: 12/06”.

Friend Bobbie & Donna Kennett

January 11, 2018

Another year, another cold December, thinking of you, with nothing but respect and a sense of loss.

King County Sheriff

December 4, 2016

Steve my wife and i just talked to you earlier the day you were killed .You helped us move my vehicles so they wouldnt get towed. When we found out about your death we cried like others did,but i think it hit us hard because of helping us and talking to us

You Are Missed By All


December 3, 2016

I appreciate the service Deputy Cox chose to give and grieve our loss, for it is rare that a man will put his life on the line to protect the lives of others.

Rev. Dr. Jeff Larson
Vashon Lutheran Church

April 25, 2016

I am sorry this officer was shot while doing what was meaningful to him- caring for the community. I sure he is missed by many especially his wife and children. What a sad day that must have been, for her worst nightmare to come true. Deputy Cox is a hero.

David Pekarek, Vashon Island resident

March 20, 2016

Miss you like crazy Uncle Steve. I think about you everyday and hope you would be proud of the man that I've become. It's crazy to think that the last time I saw you I was 8 years old. I turn 18 in 10 days and I still think about our last conversation all the time. I wish you were still here more than anything, but I hope paradise is treating you well. Love and miss you

PJ Cox

September 28, 2015

Tonight I was sitting here reflecting back on the days we spent together working sde by side. Steve, you were and are such an inspiration to us all. I wanted to say something here to let you know that you are never far from my thoughts.....I will ALWAYS remember you and the great times we had in White Center. Thanks for tons of great memories and laughs (especially during your 3rd month FTO:P and you know what I'm talking about) your partner and friend

MPO Mary B. Syson
Field Trainer, Partner and Friend

March 2, 2015

Hi, Steve, another year has gone by, I just wanted you to know you and your family are not forgotten and always in our minds, thoughts, prayers. Sincerely, Precinct 4.

Deputy at Precinct 4
King County Sheriff

December 15, 2014

We miss you Steve! And of course Maria and Bronson! Thinking about you today! Your former neighbors Patti and Marissa.

Patti Johnson

December 9, 2014

I don't know any of the men here but I see the Sheriffs busy all the time. I am so sorry humanity shows its worst to all of you. I am speechless at why young people turn evil and take crime and human life so lightly. My heart hurts at even leaving my home. I feel a little safer knowing all of you are there......May the Lord bless and keep you safer.


August 29, 2014

Officer Steve,

You made my night one night when you fixed my car that was broke down in the middle of Albertson's parking lot. You were so friendly, and I was so happy to have my car start up again.

I was shocked the night I saw the news and heard of your untimely exit.

RIP and you are never forgotten.



December 28, 2013

Hi, Steve, just wanted to pay my respects. It's been 7 years. We all miss you and your presence. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult holiday season, sincerely, Deputy at Precinct 4.

King County Deputy, Precinct 4
King County Sheriff

December 21, 2013

I remember steve not only because he transported me to jail and the ride there he made sure that i was ok we even joked to each other as he took me in. Some time had passed and he came in to my place of employment and i recognized him of course i said you probably dont remember me he smiled I made the comment about the ride he smiled and said looks like your doing good he came in a couple of more times and i always felt like he was someone that cared asked me how i was doing and i always told him to be safe. well I moved on from that place of employment and moved out of burien. but steve was a positive attribute to me doing good today I just want to thank you and that your thought of

henry hagen

December 7, 2012

It was 6 years ago today, almost to the hour as I write this. Tragic loss of a good man. I think of Steve often, and my good wishes go out to his family. His brother Ron is a great person, and I'm proud to have married into the family. Let's not mourn today what we lost, let's remember and celebrate everything that was good.

Randy Querin
married Steve's lovely cousin

December 2, 2012

R.I.P. Brother, May God be with you on your new journey and God Bless your family and may he be with them at this time of hardship.

Chief Ronald J. Sharkey SR
Hastings Borough Police

December 3, 2011

R.I.P. Warrior, may God grant your family, and Deputy Cox's fellow Warriors, the peace that ONLY He can give.

He will be missed, God bless you.

CPL. JM. Shaver
Hinesville PD

December 3, 2011

Your brothers just wrapped up a case in White Center. We spent 90 days in the Center following up on what you started.
I felt you as I walked in your foot steps. You motivated me and my crew to work hard and to do good for your people that still to this day relate to you.
Your name still rings in the ears of criminals as a deterrent, and in the minds of officers as a role model.
Always remembered, Never forgotten.


November 13, 2011


It's been two years since I last wrote, 4 years since you were killed, and 5 years since I saw you last. Heading back down to Seattle for more work soon, the same reason we first got to meet; that sure was a good day. You sure did love both the job and White Center. I'm going to try to get a ride in with someone there when I'm down. It won't be you, but it'll be good. I sure miss you. Thanks for the talks and the good times, bro.

Miss you, my friend. Rest easy, we've got it from here.

Ofc. Alan Mitchell
Alaska DJJ

January 19, 2011

Steve was a member of my fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, at the University of Washington. He was considered the toughest guy in the house, and the second wildest, after his best buddy, the late Domingo Quiachon. He was selective about who he mixed with, but I'm proud to say that his best college friends, after Domingo, were Roger Epps, Dave Gruber, Jeff Babb and myself. We are all thankful for what Steve became, and we know that God is holding him close.

Barney Hartley

September 24, 2010

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