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Deputy Kelly James Fredinburg

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Saturday, June 16, 2007

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Reflections for Deputy Kelly James Fredinburg

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

November 12, 2007

To a true friend,
You were always the first to respond and the last to leave. You were and still are a brother to me. I will always remember you Kelly. You will be known by my children as PAPA 34. You are not forgotten brother. I love and miss you Kelly.

David Drake
Former co-worker at PCSO

October 22, 2007

Though I did not know Kelly I do know that everyone in the law enforcement community sends their thoughts and prayers to the family regardless if they knew him or not, including myself. I just want to say thank you for everything and may god bless you in heaven. By reading all of the messages left on this site you were a great person, father, brother, and Deputy who touched many lives. The law enforcement community will miss you!!

Reserve Officer K. Roebke
Aumsville Police Department

October 8, 2007

Kelly, It's Hard to believe its been 3.5 months. I miss you messing around with us at CDO during breifing. tomorrow oct, 5 is your birthday. so i just wanted to give you an early B-Day wish.

we love you and miss you every day, thank you for watching over all of us.

Garrett Olson- Volunteer
Marion County Sheriff's Ofice Oregon

October 5, 2007


Although we were friends in high school, we drifted as people do over the years. Then..I would start seeing you at trainings when we both entered into law enforcement. And then I started seeing you at the jail if we both had a custody at the same time. It was always nice to see you and chat even if it was just for a few minutes. You always had that grin..because the job is a blast.

You were a good man, and a good cop. Your service was something to be proud of.

Rest in peace brother.

Deputy Matt Hagan
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

October 5, 2007

RIP Kelly. It was a priveldge to serve during your services, and I hope your friends and family find the comfort they need. God bless and watch over them.

Cpl. Mark Croll
Salem PD

September 27, 2007

Today is your third month you've been gone. I went to your crash site and left you some pretty awesome looking mums in a cool vase. I miss your friendship and you dearly.


Deputy David Black
Polk County Sheriff's Office (life long friend)

September 16, 2007

its not how this officer died that made him a hero....
but its how he lived that made him a hero.....

and to the family of this officer my heart and prayers are with you all as well as his department.just remember this HEAVEN MUST BE A GOOD PLACE,BECAUSE NO ONE HAS RETURNED BACK TO EARTH TO SAY ANY DIFFRENT. GOD BLESS YOU

peace officer non active

August 29, 2007

I had came across this story and seeeing that this tragic accident happened just last month tore me apart. my prayers are with his family.
To The Family:
I know the accident occured a month ago and the hurt is still fresh, but, some how you will go on but you will never foreget. I know how it feels to have someone you loved just ripped right from your reach. but, he will be always around you even though you cant see him... there will be a certain song that comes on the radio that makes you think of him. that is his way of telling you that he is there next to you and watching you. if you hear a familiar sound or smell a familiar fragrance that his way of letting you know that he is there next to you. I hope my words are words of comfort. take care and my prayers are with you.

ccriminal justice student @WWCC(Walla Walla)

August 5, 2007

You are in my prayers.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

August 3, 2007

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fredinburg family. Kelly was a very dedicated police officer who worked hard to keep the citizens of Oregon safe.

He will always be remembered.

Jack & Linda Rogers, friends of the family.

Jack Rogers, OSP retired

July 26, 2007

"Go Rest High on that Mountain. Go to Heaven a shouting."
May your family know that you are safe and in peace. They will be taken care of I'm sure, that's what the Law Enforcement family is about. God Bless You for your service.

Office Spec. Rachel Panter
Bandon Police Dept.

July 26, 2007

You are still in our thoughts and your family continues to be in our prayers.

Oregon Officer's Wife

July 22, 2007

With heavy hearts we send our condolences to the Fredinburg family. There are no words that fellow law enforcement officers can express to show the gratitude we have for the brave efforts of people like him. His dedication to duty and to protecting others is quite obvious and we are a stronger profession because of him.

Blessings to you Deputy Fredinburg and may you find the peace that you are well deserved.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of my department,

Officer Matthew Lewek
Menomonee Falls (WI) Police Department

July 21, 2007

You are truly a star that even after death shines brightly for us all. Know that we will always be there for Chris, Kaydin and Miranda and you WILL live forever. You have left your mark on all of us Kelly and for that I thank you. I know that you will always be with us, because everytime we look at the girls, we will see you smiling back at us. Love you my friend!

Terra Duncan
Wife of MCSO Deputy and friend forever

July 1, 2007

I didn't even know you, but I felt like I did. I lost a good friend 2yrs. ago on June 15th. He also worked for M.C.S.O. as a deputy for the jail. A#277, this has hit home for me once again. I was there at your service on the same day we had his June 21st. This was difficult but in my heart I had to be there for you like I was for him. As an agency we lost two precious people, who were dedicated to their job, loyal to their friends, loved their family and always gave 100%. The lives that you touched, the inspiration you gave, and the laughter you brought to those around you will never be forgotten. My prayers go out to your wife and daughters. You will always be in our hearts.

"Rest in Peace Kelly"

A Friend
MCSO, Oregon

June 29, 2007

CO Springs Officer's Mother


June 29, 2007

Knowing you has made me a better Christian, a better parent, and a better friend. I was so pleased to know that you had decided to become a part of Marion County. You are a wonderful person, and an awesome Deputy! It is unfortunate that we wait until we have lost the ones we love before we say how much we love them, but I think that you knew how to bring out the love in everyone!Although I want you to be here with your family and friends, I know that God has a plan for you, and that you are still with us and your family. God Bless you Kelly. Stay strong and smiling. We will never forget you or the impact that you have had on us!

Dep. Sarah E. Wassom A284

June 29, 2007

Deputy Fredinburg,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Marion County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



June 28, 2007

Our prayers are with your family and friends. We can never re-pay the debt we owe you.

Deputy James Coster
Kern County Sheriff's Dept.

June 28, 2007

Rest in peace brother.


June 28, 2007

i cant say how proud i am of you,died doing wat you loved most pepole cant say that. this is the hardes week and a half i have ever had, im really missing the calls ant the daily talks even if we hand nothing to say,life will be tought for all youer friends and famliy, but i will make you promise,i will alwas be there for kris and the girls for as long as i live and you know i will keep my pormis to you.the years will be hard, but i will think of you evey dat and night, as im spening time with family, camping, crabing,i will miss the hunting with you. you are by brother, i love you i wish we said that more but we both knew that, love you brother kevin fredinburg.

kevin fredinburg

June 28, 2007

Thank you Kelly, for being an inspiration to all. Thank you for waking up this County, this State and this Country. You have touched the hearts of many in life and in death. May God bless you and your family. I Thank all in the law enforcement family thru out this country for all you do. Rest in Peace Deputy Kelly Fredinburg.
Robert Hickman--------------Brooks,Oregon

Robert Hickman
Police officers best friend

June 27, 2007

Laughter in that sparkle of your eyes, and the smile on your face....a friend to everyone and not afraid to go to coffee or lunch with the "Broad Squad"...a genuine person that never put on a phony front...all of that and so much more Kelly...we will not forget you!!


Sr.Deputy BJ.Lumley
Marion County Sheriff's Office Enforcement

June 26, 2007

May you rest in peace!!!! You will not be forgotten!!!

Shift Leader, Rachel Prieto

June 26, 2007

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