Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Assistant Chief of Police Jim Ray Kennedy, Jr.

Locust Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, March 13, 1991

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Reflections for Assistant Chief of Police Jim Ray Kennedy, Jr.

22 years have gone by and I can see you more each day in the actions of you children and grandchildren, although you never met your grandkids. Your son and daughter have grown up to be people you would be very pourd of. Their lifes reflect your influence and the influence of many of the officer that were there long after you were gone.
Always remembered never forgotten

Pattie
wife

March 13, 2013

It has been twenty years today yet only feels like yesterday. Since that rainy night so much has happened and so much has changed but not my feelings of loss at your death. I know one day I will see you again and I know we will once again laugh together. I miss you partner.

James Inman
Locust PD

March 13, 2011

I stopped by today to look at your picture even though another just like it hangs on my office wall. I think of you often and the many days of working together we shared and the things you taught me. It is so hard to believe that all these years have passed since that rainy night. I still feel as if I let you down, that some how I could have kept you alive if I had treid harder, found you faster...I just dont know. One day I will see you again. I love you partner.

James Inman

September 15, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 13, 2010

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

April 8, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 27, 2007

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE CITIZENS OF STANLY COUNTY, NC. YOU GUYS ARE THE ULTIMATE HEROES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE TO PROTECT AND SERVE.

GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY.

SINCERELY YOURS, CPL. LOWDER

CPL. JON LOWDER
UNION COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT

April 25, 2007

May you continue to rest in eternal peace forever.....

Senior Officer D. W. Reichhardt
Waverly, Va. PD

March 13, 2007

To Assistant Chief of Police Jim Ray Kennedy Jr. and his loved ones:

On this the fifth anniversary week of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

Assistant Chief Kennedy, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Assistant Chief Kennedy

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Assistant Chief Kennedy gave to his community and the citizens of North Carolina, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 13, 2005.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05




March 14, 2006

Gone, but never forgotten.

Detective
Arlington, TX police dept

February 28, 2005

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 5, 2004

MY BROTHER, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. A HERO NEVER IS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND CONTINUE TO BLESS YOUR FAMILY AS THEY LIVE THIER LIVES WITHOUT YOU. MAY WE ALL MEET SOME GREAT DAY. YOU SERVED WELL, NOW MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

March 13, 2004

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