Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Game Warden Justin Phillip Hurst

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, March 17, 2007

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Reflections for Game Warden Justin Phillip Hurst

I saw the video of the shooting incident, and I came here to pay my respects. Rest in peace, brother.

Officer R. Law
Rocklin PD

December 17, 2008

Having just received the link to this story, I felt compelled to say I was touched by all the kind words written by everyone. Justin must've really been a great soul.
May all the great memories carry you and your family forward during this holiday season.

Police Officer
Chicago PD

December 14, 2008

I cry with you and pray for you! I was at the Fishery in Athens at the Memorial Service for Justin. I remember you and your little boy. My heart broke for you and I can not imagine being in your shoes.
I get on here often and admire you so much. Your postings on this page show your continuous love for your husband.
You seem so strong and I know your faith in God is what gives you strength. But I also know that it is not easy for you and time doesn't make it better. Your life has been forever changed. I want you to know that as a Warden's wife, you and Kyle are thought and talked about often. You are continously in my thoughts and prayers. GOD BLESS YOU, Amanda!

Amanda West
Wife of a Texas Game Warden

December 6, 2008

I can't believe it's been over 20 months since you've been gone. The trial finished 3 weeks ago. It was a lot more difficult than I thought. Probably even harder than the funeral since there was no numbness. But now I know everything. I know the events that took place. I still don't understand why this happened, and will never understand how someone can look down the scope of a rifle and shoot a person. I miss you more and more. Kyle just turned two! He's the most handsome boy- and I'm so crazy about him. I never knew I could love something this much. And he looks like you- spitting image! He is talking so much! Now with the trial behind us, I feel we have crossed some closure, but still not sure where to go from here. People keep asking me if things are back to normal. I try to explain that there is no such thing- I lost any sort of normalcy when you died. I'm dreading Christmas a little bit- I know how much you loved that Holiday. I hope we're making you proud. Kyle is a really neat kid, and I couldn't be more proud of the little man he's becoming. i miss you!

Amanda Hurst

December 2, 2008

Saw the video which captured your death. That SOB will fry. God bless you and your family. God speed.

Police Officer

November 30, 2008


Godspeed be with you brother.

Rick Miles
Retired Officer

November 20, 2008


Your wife, brother, and parents are and inspiration to my family. The strength that God gives in weakness is amazing and shows through their smiles and tears. The show of support from Game Wardens and law enforcement in the court room spoke loudly to your character and I for one am forever changed. Not only as a person, but also as a husband and a father. I pray God's best for your family forever and always.


November 8, 2008

Your wife and parents presented a new award in your memory at the National Police Shooting Championship this year. She is a very couragious women and it was an honor to be able to set and hear your story. Thank you for your service and watch over all of us on earth as we continue to do the work that you gave your life for. May you rest in peace.

Ofc. C. Koelsch
Okla. City Police Dept.

October 1, 2008

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Game Warden Hurst. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your Family.
You will never be forgotten. God speed and God bless. Rest in Peace Sir.

VIPS Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

August 25, 2008

Always thinking of you Justin. Your presence is everywhere in the office - miss hearing your wise words!

Rachael Harryman

June 30, 2008

Congratulations, you are going to be an uncle again!!

We miss you JP.


June 21, 2008

Today was one of those days that you and I discuss alot about these days. I wish I could take away the pain that days like this sneak up on us. Just remember always that our husbands would want us to go on in life. Their memory will always be with us and that is all we have now. We have our Kyle's to always be there as a reminder of how wonderful their dad's were. We will meet with our first loves again one day. I am blessed to have met you, but I am so sorry it had to be under these conditions. Hang in there girl!!!

Love Ya

Elena Wagstaff Kelley
Wesley Wagstaff EOW 8-5-08

April 19, 2008



April 9, 2008

Although we are just one small family that has been touched by this event it has left our souls forever changed. Because of Justin’s enormous sacrifice we are reminded daily of how precious life really is. May we always remember Justin’s story and never pass up the opportunity to say “I love you” to a loved one, be kind to a stranger, or simply forgive; this is how we continue to celebrate Justin’s legacy.

Hartley Barrett, CBP Agriculture Inspector
Wife of a Texas State Game Warden

March 26, 2008

Thinking of you Justin on this sad anniversary. Rest in peace and watch over your fellow wardens.

nc game warden

March 19, 2008


To a great friend who inspired me in everyway. Thanks for your unselfish dedication and service while wearing the Blue Badge. You are a HERO ! You are deeply missed everyday and my thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family. You will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace Justin and always keep the ducks decoying in Heaven and on earth.


March 17, 2008

It's so hard to believe a year has gone by. There's not a second that goes by that you don't cross my mind. Today would've been your 35th birthday. We celebrated your life yesterday. I shared today with a few of your classmates and friends, telling stories, and remembering you. Kyle is such a little man! He said "uncle" this weekend which made your brother super happy. That kiddo doesn't have a chance to know a stranger. He'll go to anyone, and the odds increase if you're wearing a uniform. I've wondered what today will be like for a long time. Last week was the most difficult- especially Friday and Saturday. Everyday I remembered what we did a year ago. I can't do that anymore, because a year ago you were taken from us- a year ago my world shattered. You are by far one of the most amazing people I have ever met- and so glad I had the chance to be in love with you! I will always hold you close to me, and always love you - ALWAYS!

Amanda Hurst

March 17, 2008

today is mine and my LEO's anniversary... but the day means such a different thing to justin's wife and child and so many others. it saddens me to think of this. we, too, are survivors approaching an anniversary of a fallen hero we loved. all i can say is i'm sorry and i pray daily for your healing as you continue to grieve the loss of justin

LEO wife and survivor of peter grignon EOW 3/23/05

March 17, 2008

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Game Warden Hurst on the anniversary of his passing. My heart to his wife and son. Your husband-father was a true hero. He will never be forgotten.

911 Dispatcher

March 17, 2008

May you find comfort on this very hard day. Bless you and your little boy.

Daughter of Det. Kevin Orr EOW 11-22-06

March 17, 2008

Someone on a duck hunting forum reminded us today was the one year anniversary of Justin's sacrifice. The link was given to this page and I couldn't help but read all the messages left here.


Please know that your husband has left a lasting legacy. The strength you and your family have shown are very inspiring. You have many, many folks you have never met that are praying for you and Kyle. We wish you all the best and pray that you and yours are comforted every day by our Lord.

Texas Outdoorsman

March 17, 2008

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones on this first anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and protect them from harm, also those still out on patrol. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten. Happy birthday and St Pat's Day to you.

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

March 17, 2008

I will never forget the first time we met Justin.Amanda's friend was getting married near Waco.Justin got out of Amanda's car he was so nice and polite.I thought since that was the first time to meet Justin he was just being nice.Then Justin invited us to his home in Danevane all the courtesy continued.The day came when he asked us for Amanda to be his wife,that was a shock because Justin was so quiet.Then came Jake(the dog)he and Justin were such a pair.Justin Amanda and Jake came to visit us,I know Justin would like to have Jake come to the table and eat with us.So time passed and Justin got teased about changing diapers on the grandkids,Justin would just grin and change the subject(not the diapers).Amanda came home for a visit without Justin and told us she was going to have a baby.We told her we know Jake was going to have puppies,but to our suprise Amanda was going to have a baby.When Amanda went to the hospital Justin never left Amanda's side.With the arrival of Kyle Justin brought Kyle out and Justin had the biggest smile on his face.Justin took kyle to the nursery and he diapered Kyle with a big smile on his face.Thank You for the short time we had together as a family.

Jeanie Wilcox

jeanie wilcox

March 4, 2008

I just want to tell you what an amazing wife you have. Of course you already knew that. She is taking such good care of Kyle and making sure he will always know you. I know she misses you like crazy and it is one day at a time for her. Kyle, your little man, is just the cutest. My daughter and I love to watch him when his mommy is busy. He always brighten up my day. Your parents have been so strong as well. I think our church family has surrounded both of them, Amanda, and Kyle with an outpouring of love and support. Justin, we all miss you and I promise you we will continue to take care of your beautiful family.

Jackie Condra

February 14, 2008

I am sorry about your loss i never got the chance to meet Justin but from what i here i wish i would have. From all the stories he seemed like a great guy. Hes proably up in heaven right now swaping hunting stories with my dad or dads showing him how to hog hunt out of the state truck. To Amanda,Kyle and Parents you had a brave husband, father, and son and GOD BLESS

Kyle Wagstaff
Son of fallen warden Wes Wagstaff

February 6, 2008

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