Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

Steve is my cousin...I am the oldest cousin and I have a treasure trove of memories of Steve. He lived with my family in Kennewick when he first became a deputy prosecutor in Franklin County and I heard his frustrations with the "system" and his deep commitment to making this world a better place. I truly understood his desire to leave the practice of law, a relatively safe place, in order to get closer to preventing crime as well as getting closer dealing with criminals directly. I will miss our discussions and even the disagreements....I will miss his big bear hugs. My life is better for having known Steve and it is with gratitude and pride that I will always remember him as a hero. Our family appreciates all of the offers of condolences.

Sandra Leifeste Owen

December 6, 2006

God Bless and know your family will be taken care of.

Idaho officer

December 6, 2006

From our hearts to you, our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and sibling officers of Deputy Cox. God be with you, our in peace.

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse, NY Police Department

December 5, 2006

I've known Steve for about 13 years. He was the Best Man in my wedding. In fact if it werent for Steve I probably would not be married today.

While my wife and I were dating we had a misunderstanding and broke up. Steve knew how devestaed I was. One night he called to check up on me and he surprised me when he asked if I wanted him to talk to her.
Well, two lonnnng hours later she called me and the rest is history. I dont know what he said to her and to this day I have never asked.

I have spent the past few days in Seattle with Steve's wife and family. We all have discovered so much about a man who we all knew so well. Steve's commitment to community was unique. He was such a positive force to so many people in White Center and among his co-workers.

I miss my friend

Eric W.
Close Friend / Spokane County Reserve

December 5, 2006

Deputy Steve Cox

You where and are an inspiration to me and many others. You did everything for the right reasons. Helping people who needed it and changing peoples lives for the better in White Center. I will personally miss you as will so many others. I may have only spent a few hours with you but even then I knew i was in the presence of a special person. You where truly larger then life. I appreciate all that you did for my community and you are truly a hero to all those that you served.

I send my deepest condolences to your family and may your legacy live on

Rest in Peace

and thank you for all that you have done

White Center community member

December 5, 2006

I met Deputy Cox while attending a reserve academy in Renton. I admired his passion, knowledge and willingness to mentor. He was a very intense man who kept us awake during those late night law classes, but doing it with care and passion. I always thought that Steve was the perfect example of a law enforcement officer. He had the whole package. Steve was put on this earth to do what he did so well, protect and serve.

Being a father and husband myself, I know that Steve's wife and new son were the core of his heart and it saddens me deeply to know that they have lost such a man.

Steve, I'll never forget you. I'm proud of you! You are truly the man that "Talked the talk and Walked the walk". You did it right!

God bless to the King County Sheriff's Office and other nationwide law enforcement agencies. It's a very sad day when one of you fine men and women are taken from us.

Kevin Grant
Snohomish, WA

Son of retired AZ Detective
Grandson of retired AZ Officer
Brother of current Whatcom County Corrections Officer

Kevin Grant

December 5, 2006

Steve you are a hero. I am someone who has for awhile now wanted to be an officer and become a hero like you are. I never will be half the man you are. You are someone I never knew but someone I will always look up to and aspire to be like. I write this with Tears down my face. God bless your family Steve.

King County Citizen

December 5, 2006

Great men never truly leave us. We will miss him, but his memory will remain in our hearts always.
A WC resident

December 5, 2006

My deepest sympathies go to the Cox family, friends, and the entire King County Sheriff's Office and that your in my thoughts and prayers. Rest easy brother thanks for your serving and protecting here on earth and god bless. You were the best of the best and will be deeply missed, now you'll be patrolling the golden streets of heaven.

(Heroes Live Forever)
R.I.P Deputy S. Cox
10-42 Here on earth, 10-41 Upstairs in heaven
God bless, rest easy brother

Correctional Officer
WV Corrections

December 5, 2006

I also attended the Police Academy with Steve. He was a true leader. Not because of his experience in law, but it was just the kind of man he was. Those in class #472 will forever miss their brother. He will never be forgotten.

Lori Sheeley
Fmr K9 officer- Yakima Police Department, Washington State

December 5, 2006

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and department of Deputy Cox. I am very sorry you must walk this painful journey. May Deputy Cox rest in peace in the loving arms of the One who created him and loves him for eternity. He will not be forgotten. Heroes live forever.

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

December 5, 2006

Cox Family,
I am truly sorry for the sacrifice you have been forced to endure. I hope that you find comfort in the warm and comforting messages in this forum from friends and family and brothers from across the country. While I did not know Steve personally, I do know that he has assisted law enforcement rangers in the field and that King county, the State of Washington, and the people of the world have lost of their best members.

Rest assured that we will continue to fight for what Steve believed in, and we will not forget him.

Washington State Parks Ranger
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

December 5, 2006

To the Family of Deputy Cox and the King County Sheriff's Dept. I wish to extend to you on behalf of my family our deepest sympathy and prayers. I know that no words can help ease the pain that this family and dept. is going through. I hope and pray that God holds you tight during this time and somehow conforts this family. Deputy Cox will always be remembered for his dedication and duty to the community and it's for this that he will be honored for.

To all our LEO's stay safe,
Peggy Dreher
Sister to Patrick Maher EOW 8-2-03
Federal Way, WA

Peggy Maher - Dreher
Sister of Patrick Maher EOW 8-2-03

December 5, 2006

I never knew Deputy Cox, but my family and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family, friends and colleagues.
I have worked with police officers and have relatives that are retired law enforcement officers, and I knew first hand how hard and rewarding their jobs can be. Deputy Cox' death is so tragic, because he was one of "the great ones". My heart goes out to his wife and baby, a child who will never know the good man he was. May God grant you comfort and peace at this time, and may you draw strength from his memory.

Lisa Brewer

Lisa Brewer

December 5, 2006

Steve-Why did God have to take you so soon? I believe he needs to be surrounded by the best. The heart of a warrior with such a gentle way with your coworkers. Our hearts are broken and will never mend. My thoughts and prayers to you and your beloved family. I truly enjoyed working w/you. Your mark has been left in White Center-few people in life accomplish anything.

Deputy --Precinct 4
King County Sheriff

December 5, 2006

Deputy Cox, there are a lot of people in this world who are twisted, sick individuals. This incident that eventually took your life highlights this sad fact. You were doing your job and doing it to the best of your ability. Your family at home will now suffer because of this stain of humanity, and that is a horrific shame. My heart goes out to your family and the members of the King County Sheriff’s Office. I mourn your passing but take heart in knowing that you will always be there for your wife and child, and they will know it.

God Bless and Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

December 5, 2006

Thank you, Deputy Sheriff Steve Cox, for your Service to our Country. You lived in Seattle, Washington, however, many hearts here in Florida feel the loss and pain that your family is suffering in deep mourning with their terrible, tragic loss. May our Lord comfort your entire family at this time. In love and peace.....Dorothy Johnson and family

dorothy Johnson
a friend of

December 5, 2006

All my thoughts and prayers are with the family of Steve and to all his co-wokers. My heart goes out to all of you. I just lost my nephew in February to a murderous thug and will pray you. Thak you for protecting us and for making the ultimate sacrifice.

Pat (Aunt of Joe Corr EOW 2/27/06)

December 5, 2006

Rest in Peace, your partners have the watch. Our Prayers and thoughts are with Deputy Cox's family and the King County Sheriff's Dept.

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

"Step forward 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 ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
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.

Officers of
Harborview Medical Center
Department of Public Safety
Seattle, WA
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,
Though at time 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 a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

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

December 5, 2006

Deputy Cox - I did not have the oppotunity to meet you, but it seems as though you were what everyone should strive to be - strong, caring, passionate, and determined. Your dedication to the White Center area, and to everyone you met is more than admirable. You will be greatly missed, and thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, and your brothers in blue.

"the thin blue line grows thinner"

Former Dispatcher
Seattle Police

December 5, 2006

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this trying time. We know too well what it is like to lose one of our own.

May God bless you all. Officer Cox, sir, you have your wings now and it is your time to fly! Watch over us. Thank you for your service to make the world a safer place for our children.

A Female Ft Lewis Soldier

Ft Lewis Soldier
US Army

December 5, 2006

Deputy Cox, you used your life to make the world a better place. Few of us can say the same. Thank you for all you did.

King County Resident

December 5, 2006

To your family and the Department, Peace and comfort be with you. My prayers are with you! You will be missed and remembered.

Reserve Ron L. Evans

December 5, 2006

In honor of our fallen hero. My prayers to Officer Cox's family, I am holding you close in my heart.
For those who go above and beyond..I am thankful you have graced us with your presence.
C. Powell

Cindy Powell VR Counselor

December 5, 2006

As you soar with the eagles keep an eye on us.

Thank you for your courage and ultimate sacrifice while protecting us.

Please God welcome Deputy Steve Cox with opened harms.

Barbara Badger
King County WTD

December 5, 2006

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