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

Your friendship is so missed in our house. I miss the Cox got me into another mess and had to work OT stories. You are a great man and a devoted, loyal friend and are missed more than words can express.


December 3, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 3, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You will never be forgotten!

Police Officer

December 2, 2007

A year later - we still remember you. And those who are still out there - may they keep your memory alive on every watch. RIP.

Seattle Police

December 2, 2007


It's been a year since you were taken away and I am one of thousands who will remember you today. You are remembered as a caring and dedicated deputy. The White Center community remembers you as not only one of their own, but also as a neighbor and community leader who single handedly made White Center a much better place to live. You showed the residents of White Center that there is hope, because you cared.

You are not and will not be forgotten.

Thank you Deputy Cox!

A Deputy

December 2, 2007

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones on this first anniversary of your EOW. I know the holiday season is not what it use to be and there are no magic words I can offer except to take one day at a time. Continue to watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

December 1, 2007

I didn't know you. About this time last year I remember hearing how you died. I was angered. I don't remember being that mad for a long time. Your death was senseless. But you are not forgotten. I have read a lot of the reflections and it seems that you were a GREAT man. You are the reason ordinary people, like myself, do not have fear when doing ordinary things such as going to the store. You are a protector and will never be forgotten.

WA Citizen

December 1, 2007


It is coming up on the 1 year mark and I wanted you to know I think of you often, I attended your memorial with my wife and daughter, I still carry the memorial flyer in my patrol car..... I hope your family is doing ok and I send them my prayers.

I am sure we will meet someday upstairs...

Ofc. Randall Russell
Colville Tribal PD

November 15, 2007

Steve, Bronson is growing up so fast. We just had his 2nd birthday party and Elmo was there, we had alot of fun, but it was not the same without you. Bronson is so full of life and extremely smart, you must be so very proud, I know you are watching over him and all of us too. Maria really misses you and is still trying to deal with her grief. Day by day your friends and fellow officers are helping her to cope, we tell each other lots of stories from the past. The anniversary of your death is coming soon and we are all busy trying to make plans so you will always be remembered for the good you did for the community. We miss you Steve and will continue to look out for Maria and Bronson for you as we know you would want us to. I know you love them very much and will continue to watch over things here. God Bless, you will always be remembered.

Deputy Mary B. Syson
King County Sheriff's Department

November 2, 2007

Deputy Cox, you were such a good friend to Mount View Elementary. I hope you realized what a tremendous, positive impact you had on all our students. Your constant visible presence in White Center is incredibly missed. I just wanted your family and friends to know how much you are always remembered. Last week, there was another tragic shooting death in White Center. One of our parents was killed, and we all thought immediately of you and that perhaps you would have been able to prevent this tragedy. Deputy Steve Cox, you were a hero and always will be to your community.

Dawn Lawson
Mount View Elementary School

October 25, 2007

I have turned to this website many times to read your reflections, and am always deeply moved by the kind words and loving memories your fellow officers and friends have shared. They really help me get through the rough days. I miss you so much, we all do, and can't bear the fact that you're gone. Today is a really bad day. I am mourning the loss of 3 officers from Texas. Senseless. How do we get through this without you, Steve? Please continue to let us know that you're watching over us. The void we feel in this family is often unreal. You are loved deeply, my brother.

Ingrid Cox

October 16, 2007

Steve, I think of you often. The Fallen Officer Memorial softball Tournament was in your honor this year, it was a huge success. Maria brought Bronson to the fields during the games, it was alot of fun. I could not help to think that you must be so proud of Maria and all that she has done. Bronson is so full of life and mischief, she is a wonderful mother and I will continue to watch out for them. I really miss you and think of you alot especially when I'm working patrol in White Center. I miss hearing you on the air yelling that you are in foot pursuit, always a hard worker and a go getter. I miss ya still Steve and imagine I always will. God bless you, Rest in Peace my friend, Mary B. Syson

Patrol Deputy Mary B. Syson
King County Sheriff Dept.

September 14, 2007

Tonight I was getting ready for another softball tourney when it hit me...the reason we are playing. This weekend is the King County Fallen Officers Tourney, played in your honor this year. I feel honored to play in this event and I hope your family will again be reminded that they are part of the Law Enforcement family.

Isaiah 57
1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

Lt. Cary Murphy
Federal Way PD

August 11, 2007


I sure miss you.

I'm sorry we never kept in touch like we talked about. I am SO GLAD your service was carried over the web, I missed the first few minutes but "lived through" all of the rest. It was respectful, honorable, and fitting for you and all you've done in White Center and everywhere. I wish we could have taken a second ride when I came back down last spring, but it wasn't to be.

I will ALWAYS remember you Steve; it is impossible to forget a person of your heart, drive, and character. You lead with your heart first and shield second. I know I am better in my career for having met and known you.

Rest easy, brother; we've got it from here.

Ofc. Alan Mitchell
Alaska Dept. of Juvenile Justice

July 11, 2007

Every week before I head to work in the Center I stop by to see you. You not being around never gets easier and everytime I go out I can't help but think how different things are. You loved the older cruisers and your car was just nasty inside. I truly believe I never got sick because whatever was in your car killed the common cold. Partnering up with you was the best thing that has happened to me in my career. I may not know what to say to your family but I know what you want to hear. I won't let the Center go back to how it was.

CCO Mike Schemnitzer

June 10, 2007

HERO! May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

April 21, 2007

About a week ago I was trying to figure out where a suspect lived because I only had vague information that he lived in White Center. My first thought was, "I'll check with Cox. He'll know where this guy is."

2 days ago I was talking to a suspect in a different case and he started telling me how much he used to hate you but that he left a flower at your memorial. I asked why he did that and he replied that you were the only person that seemed to care about him. He remembered that you had an ARY petition put on him when his parents couldn't have cared less where he was or what he was doing. He kept saying "Cox always used to arrest me. I hated him. Man I sure miss him, though."

We think about you everyday, Steve.

Det T Gillette

March 17, 2007

Brad and I are blessed since meeting your close friend Deputy Mark Brown. The memories of you that he has shared truly reflect how much you meant to him. Thank you for convincing him to hang up his hammer and tape measure to become what is so clearly his passion. I don't think White Center will have to look very far for someone to follow in your footsteps. You were a great teacher and laid down the foundation for all of us. Now it is our job to build on it.

One last thing. I went on a ride-a-long with Deputy Brown and had the experience of driving code. Going from Roxbury to 152nd in 1 minute & 37 seconds has made me a true believer that you guys are CRAZY!!! Next time I see you guys screaming up behind me in my rear view mirror, forget pulling over to the side of the road. I will be driving code myself to seek safer grounds.

Your friends at the WC Gravel Pit

February 27, 2007

Steve and Family
I am in week 8 of my training with the county but i can remember being at your memorial as if it was yesterday. It was the first one i had ever been too and it was one of the most amazing things i had ever seen. You were loved by so many people and did so many great things for the White Center community. This Thursday my fiance and I will be a ttending a fundraiser to help with your sons college fund. I can't think of any better way to thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the Sheriffs Office and community you served. You will never be forgotton. I just hope one day that i can live up to the standard that you set for all of the King County Deputies and law enforcement all over Washington. God Bless You and may God Bless Your Family!!!!

Deputy Azevedo
King County Sheriff

February 26, 2007

I just wanted to say how much your death moved me. I wept while reading some of the reflections on this page. It was absolutely heart-wrenching. I listened to parts of your memorial service on the radio and when the bagpipes started playing, I began to sob. I was driving on Interstate 5 at the time and had to pull over I was crying so hard. I am not a law enforcement officer yet, but I hope to one day live up to the high standards you set. I created a small memorial to you on my personal webpage so that I would think of you every day and I linked it to this site so that others may know of your story and understand what a great loss this was to your family, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the citizens of King County. We will never forget. God bless you.

Washington Resident

February 20, 2007

You will be missed!Thank you for your dedication and public service to our community. May god bless you and your family.Post#2999

Police Explorer Simon B. Laulu
Tukwila Police, WA

February 16, 2007

It's been nearly two months since you moved on to a better place; but not a day goes by that I (We) don't think about you. Every day when I got into my car for work, I see your memorial bracelet that sits on my dash board. It reminds me what being a cop is all about and makes me proud to have had the oppurtunity to work with you. You were truely a "Legend" to all who knew you.

Thanks for everything

Det. Todd Salter
King County Sheriff's Office

Det. Todd Salter

January 30, 2007

Steve Ü ~
I wonder if you have any idea what an impact you still have on those who knew you, and even those who didn't. You've been gone for nearly two months now...and I still think about you, your wife, and your son. I feel like I know you, because over the years, my husband would come home from work and talk about this guy he called "The Mayor of White Center". Nothing but accolades. He respected you, still repsects you, and your death has DEEPLY impacted him. He has changed. And for this, I thank you. Because of who you were, you made others around you want to be better. I attended your memorial service, and was completely enamored with the strength of your wife. What a beautiful wife and child you have (and weiner dog,too!). I wanted to say something to Maria, but I was at a loss for words. While my husband and I were downstairs in the reception hall, I stood next to Maria. Our eyes locked for a moment and I offered a smile... it seemed like such an insufficient gesture on my part, but she returned the smile and nodded as if she knew what was in my heart. COP wives all fear what she was going through. I just wanted her to know she is not alone. What an amazing memorial you had. Even the Seattle Firefighter Bagpipe & Drummer Corps said out of ALL the memorial services they've played at, yours was the most amazing. I think you should know that local fire fighters extended their ladder trucks across 99 with a huge American flag draped between the two ladders. Testament to the fact that your were a TRUE HERO! And, after the service, HUNDREDS of community members lined 99 on both sides as you drove by. You should have seen them, Steve! They were waving Amercican flags for you, banners that read "You are OUR HERO, Deputy Cox!" I know you would have been moved to tears as I was. But the most devastating moment that moved me the most, Steve, was at your memorial, when dispatch called out "IDA 41..." and you didn't answer... and it broke everyone's heart in that room that you will never answer up again. As the dispatcher said, Steve, "Gone, but not forgotten..." ~ Thank you for being the man that you were, for positively impacting the lives you touched, and for making others aspire to be HALF as good as you were. ~ Melissa Schauers

Melissa Schauers/Enumclaw, WA
Wife of Deputy James L Schauers/KCSO

January 26, 2007

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

Aloha Deputy Sheriff Steven E. Cox,
I have come back again to leave a tribute on your memorial page after facing death on 12/25/2006. I walked away with a renewed purpose in my life and it is being reflected below. I pray in the year 2007, I can successfully complete a tribute for every Fallen Officer from as early as 1836 to the current 2007 by 11/26/2007 in honor of Steve Favela, his wife, Barbara, daughter, Kiana, his three sons, Keahi, Matthew, and Jacob, The Honolulu Motor Patrol Officers and The Honolulu Police Department, in which he left behind. I, on the otherhand, was given a second chance. I choose to be that, “Light” that continues forever to honor the Fallen Officers here on the ODMP.

This is what, “Kahu La`a Kea” means; “Keeper of the Sacred Light.” I have found a purpose and a calling deep within my heart and soul that will shine so brightly, for the flame is bright and the light burns strong enough to guide others to find their way to each and every officer’s memorial page in hope’s of a tribute in their honor and in their memory. May God continue to bless those men and women that serve and protect us; 24-7-365.

Deputy Sheriff Steven E. Cox, I thank you again 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; a keeper 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.

This "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 a hero. The ODMP; Officer Down Memorial Page gives us a place to come together and share our feelings as one family. May we find solace as we give solace to the families who have lost a loved one.

Deputy Sheriff Steven E. Cox, God Bless you. You are a hero. As we say in Hawaii, “You are`Ohana.” “You are Family.” No one will ever be able to replace you for you were unique and very special. No one; not in this lifetime. May God allow you to rest in His Divine peace. I wish you, your loved ones, and your fellow officers, peace and love beyond all understanding. I honor you today. You have not been forgotten.

** May this Hawaiian prayer give all those who read it comfort. **


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
Kahu La`a Kea (Keeper of the Sacred Light)

January 22, 2007

I worked in KC and though I'm not sure if our paths crossed, I feel like I already knew you. I was there at your funeral, and let me tell you, you are a true hero, not only to your family and friends, but to your community! They had so much to say about you, what a leader you were. Godspeed brother!

Trooper Mark Holthaus
Washington State Patrol

January 16, 2007

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