Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Jason West

Cleveland Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 26, 2007

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Reflections for Officer Jason West

Hey Jason -

As we usher 2007 out, I am thinking of you. 2007 took you away from all who love you. You are in so many hearts on this night. I love you and I miss you. What wouldn't I do for more time with you. You will never be forgotten.


December 31, 2007

Happy new year,you are dearly missed


December 31, 2007

Merry Christmas Jason we are all thinking of you

December 27, 2007

I wish your family and friends a hopeful Christmas. I know this day is tough for them as it is tough for me. And tomorrow, the 7th month since you were taken from us, is going to be tough as well. You are so missed. From across the country, you are missed. As always, you're in my thoughts and dreams. I love you.


December 25, 2007

It wasn't Christmas this year without your smiling face present. A day doesn't go by that I don't think of you and miss you terribly. Much love to your family during this difficult time.


December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas Jason.
I was thinking about you today.
I know today is hard for your family
But they know your watching over them. =]
We miss you so much, Not a day goes by that
i dont think about you. I know my daddy misses you very much.
Thank you for protecting everyone. I have your picture in my room and i carry a card for you in my wallet. I am thinking of you and your family today.

Your Friend,

Melissa Mecklenburg

December 25, 2007

dropping a prayer off on this Christmas Day


December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas Jason. I miss you....

December 25, 2007

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer West. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Jason, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Jason's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Jason's life was about so much more than the way he died. Jason will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer West, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been almost five years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

December 24, 2007

I miss you friend. Thinking of you...


December 19, 2007


I remember meeting you when I came to the police station. You had such a great sense of humor and I can tell that my dad still misses you alot. It has been painful to be around all the officers and see how they still are trying to come to terms with you being gone. I hope you are continuing to protect us all in heaven. Miss you lots. XOXO


December 9, 2007

Jason -
I remember meeting you at the bank while you worked last thanksgiving so I could give you some candy, and you met my mom & grandmother while we were on our way to dinner. Not the meeting we had planned, but my mom fell in love with you anyway. You were so funny. I wish I could meet you again this year. I can't imagine how your family and your brothers and sisters in blue are coping without you this Thanksgiving day. I am so sad today, and every day that you're not here, but on Thanksgiving I am going to give thanks to God that you came into my life and I had years of friendship with you. Thank you for all that you were and for honoring me with your friendship. Thank you for everything you did in life. The world is a better place because you were in it. I love you. Happy tofurky day friend.


November 23, 2007

happy thanksgiving jason!! Miss you!!!


November 22, 2007

On Ohio State - Michigan game day, I miss our banter. I wish you were here to root against my buckeyes. I know that if the wolverines win, it is because you are looking over Lloyd Carr's shoulder and making it happen. I miss you so much.


November 17, 2007

I will never forget that horrible day. I didn't just loose a brother-n-law but a good friend. Know there is just an empty feeling that I have. Jason will be missed by all and there are things that I wanted to do with him, but that will never happen know. (I would like to thank all the Police Officers for there support during this tragic event.)

Erik Rehark

October 30, 2007

Its so hard for me to believe you are gone. I think about you everyday. I keep hoping I will wake up from this bad dream and everything will be back to normal. But its not happening. I miss you so much. I miss you telling me to relax. I miss that grand entrance you make at grandmas house and most of all I miss your smile. Hunter really miss you to. He talks about you all the time. He wishes you can come back from Heaven. We all miss you and love you.

love Annie ,Hunter, Hallie

Ann Rehark
Sister of officer Jason West

October 30, 2007

Today was especially hard. I really miss you.


October 17, 2007

May the good Lord assuage the anguish of this, your most outrageous fortune. On behalf of a grateful nation, a sober law enforcement community, and a saddened neighborhood, we pray that our heavily father takes Jason’s soul into his loving hands. Only you, the family of our fallen brother, fully understand the sacrifice that has been placed upon the alter of freedom.

Patrolman Todd James Vogler
CASE Western Reserve Univeristy Police Department, Cleveland, Ohio

October 12, 2007

I will see you again as i will all other warriors who fight evil in the next up coming Life.You will be at my side and we will continue our patrol together.

Semper fi Bro

investigator Martin B. Block
Cleve Hts PD

September 22, 2007

Happy new year my catholic friend!
As I take this day to reflect, you are consuming my thoughts, as usual. I miss you so much each and every day. You touched my life and heart, as you clearly touched so many others. Although we were all robbed of more time with you, I feel honored to have had you in my life at all. I would give anything to have you back. Thank you for sharing your life with me JW. I love you.


September 22, 2007

We miss you Jason.Ive been thinking about your family a lot, I hope they are doing better and starting to heal. Ive decided to become a police officer, you inspired me. I will do my best to live up to "officer West" standards and carry on in your honor.Keep watching out for your brothers and sisters in blue.

September 5, 2007

Jason, I know your in a better place now, watching down on everyone. I know your protecting your fellow police officers everyday. Although i didn't know you personally , you were a family friend. Its hard to imagine , that your gone and it hasn't been that long. I know you ment alot to my dad. And he misses you so much. I miss you too and I barely knew you. This has been a hard time for my father and stepmother. But i know that your helping then through it. I know your family misses you terribly and i feel their pain. Your funeral was the saddest thing i have ever been to. But your safe now. I think about you everyday and thank you for being a part of my fathers life , and mine. I miss you Jason. Your in my heart

Love ,
Melissa M.

Melissa Mecklenburg
Daughter of CHPD officer

September 5, 2007

Officer West,

You must be proud of your family and friends. They truly know how to celebrate your life. You are obviously missed by all! God Bless you as you walk those golden streets of Heaven...

Officer Margery Gerbec #2490
Cleveland Police Dept

August 16, 2007

Happy 1/2 birthday brother...6 months until 32.
Missing you every day.


August 10, 2007

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
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

August 9, 2007

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