Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Everett Norris

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, July 5, 2007

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Joshua Everett Norris

Hey Son

Was talking with a Marine in the office yesterday about police work , since he is looking at possible a career in law enforcement after leaving the Corps. I'm very carefully since your death to insure those I talk about police work understand that is a very dangerous job. Sounds crazy telling a Marine about danger, but feel I did not give you enough warning and all the stories you heard from Kenny, Gina and myself, even CawCaw may have down played the danger. It did not help that we as a agency had not lose an officer since 1996 with Clarius. Still feel I failed you son and wish I could change things. Well boy it is crazy hot and do not missing sitting on that bike in the heat, A/C is good. Ole duke is having it rough during the day and tends to keep everyone up at night wanting to go in and out of the house, since it about 78 at midnight. The decision you and Jess made in getting a Huskie while living in Southern Louisiana kills me. See the show is still introducing you to the world and they get a chance to see what a good man you were. That has to be a first for me using were and not are. It is also reassuring you will be remembered, but more so that you are making an impact on people lives still and teaching a new generation about the danger of the job. Hard to believe you would had 5 years on the job, possible a FTO or who knows what. Well the ole man is keeping up with these young Marines in the gym, up to benching 140 lb dumbbells for 5 reps of 5. Will try an tackle that 405 for 5 in another week on bench that you and Matt challenged me to. Take care son, always in my thoughts

John Latour

August 26, 2011

My condolences go to his family and close ones. I was watching the show with my wife and i'm an FTO myself, well just recently got this position. I was heartbroken to see that you passed in such a young age, with so much to live and it was taken away for no reason at all. You will always be in our minds thats for sure and I will definitely pass on to my rookies your life experience. Thank you for your service no matter what agency you belong to brother. Its all about the brotherhood and semper fi!

Officer E.L Cerpas
Houston Police

August 24, 2011

Deputy Norris, may your soul be at rest forever in the lords arms. He has brought you home to the kingdom of Heaven. For you will ever be in the hearts of those here now. We shall always remember your supreme sacrifice. Lest we forget.

Firefighter Kerry Bateman
Warrensburg Fire Dept. Warrensburg NY

August 19, 2011

Deputy Norris,
I recently watched your episode of Rookies. My heart sank at the end of it when I learned of your fate. RIP brother. We'll take the watch from here.

Patrolman Chris Hutchings
Hallowell Police Department, Maine

August 18, 2011

I was watching that "rookie" show tonight and and was in shock by the end of the show to see that Officer Josh Norris was killed. My condolences to his family and loved ones. May God keep a watchful eye over all who have the courage to wear the badge!

Constables Office

August 15, 2011

I just saw your show on tonight and the tears would not stop falling. I was watching the show with my 8 year old daughter. I could not imagine losing someone so special.
I am so sorry for all of the pain that this criminal caused. Josh seemed like a wonderful person. Although I have never met him, after the episode tonight, I felt close to him and his family. I still can't stop crying. For all of the people that were close to him, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss.
As a kid I wanted to be either a cop or a teacher. I did not pass the vision tests in one department and thought that there was a reason why I never became one. I have the upmost respect for all of the many people who put their lives on the line for us every day. Josh, you were a hero! Thank you for serving us. May you now be served in heaven. To your family and friends, they are in my thoughts and prayers.

Julie Smith
NJ Teacher

August 14, 2011

I was watching CI today and just realized that you did fulfill your dream and died doing it. My heart goes out to you I have a brother that is a Police officer in Puerto Rico and I pray to God everyday that he is ok and that while he is doing what he is pasioned about at the same time he is protected from all wrong doing. You guys are heroes on my book , thank you for all you do ! rest in Peace Police Officer of the Year!


August 14, 2011

My husband and I were watching Rookie Blue on netflix tonight. And my heart sunk when we came to the end of the episode and discovered that Josh had fallen to the hands of this coward. My husband is starting the academy this fall. God Bless you and your family.


August 11, 2011

I was watching Rookie Blue on netflix and I felt such sympathy for you and your family. You are a hero in my eyes and what a great loss it was to loss you.

God Bless You Josh


August 10, 2011

Morning Son we lost two in the nation this month that reminds me of you. Lost Deputy Dawson of NC who was 21 years old and only had 60 days on the road in an car accident and Officer Dawson of South Dakota which like you was ambushed, but during a traffic stop. He left behind a fiancée as well and was 28, which you would have been close to if you were still with us. Give them the grand tour of heaven and help them settle in. Left a letter with Dawson's fiancée that someone sent Jess and hopefully she will come out of this better than Jess did. Days like this makes your lose a little more painful than normal. Hate to see ya'll with so much future leave us and leave the story and your future possible achievements unknown, but God has plans which one day hopefully I will be able to know and be with ya'll in heaven. Take care boy

John Latour

August 5, 2011

My sympathies to Deputy Norris' familym, friends and colleagues. When I saw his picture on the JCPSO site I thought he looked awfully young and I came here for infomration. Way too young to die. As I say with young soldiers who have died recently, I gladly would have traded places with him. May he rest in peace.

SFC William L. Farrell, MP Ret
US Army

July 27, 2011

Well boy see you are the toast of the town and show is still introducing you to the world. Far cry from when you lived at the hosue and playing Halo on X Box live against little kids and talking trash with them. Still floors me, 4 years have passed, man the time is slipping away. Figure would of had 1 or 2 grandkids from you and Jess by now if things were different. Your just in my thoughs son.

John Latour

July 22, 2011

Hello everybody..

I'm a Rookie-viewer from the Netherlands, I'm 24 years old.. almost the same age as Josh has.. Yesterday i've watched Rookies for the first time.. Josh' show was on and today again.. I was very attached to the show.. The way he was growing.. inside was amazing! The end was heartbreaking!!!

I hope you'll remember him as a great officer, wonderfull son, brother, neis, grandson, boyfriend and fiancee..

Wishing you all the best and may Josh rest in peace!

Your sincerally,
Samantha Bos
(from the Netherlands)

Samantha Bos
Viewer of Rookies

July 21, 2011

I only had two close friends up until the age of 13 and josh was one of them...we would spend weekends in my treehouse,or play with nerf guns in each others yards.I hadn't seen him much after high school but that kind of connection,from deep inside when you needed the friends you had to cope with the things you've lived,NEVER GOES AWAY...I remember my father calling me and telling me he heard the news...he said "I'm sorry son"...I didn't have anything to say...memories fade,time corrodes the very ground we walk on,but friendships forged in rainy nights in oaks trees never die..I never got to know the deputy Josh Norris...but I knew the boy and the young man..and I was proud to have known him..I love you brother..
Ryan rigdon

Ryan rigdon
close friend

July 19, 2011

I felt the need to immediately come to this page and let you know how honored I am to know that you showed so much passion for your profession. As others I saw your episode on "Rookies" and was completely suprised at how it ended. It literally brought tears to my eyes for many reasons. I feel like I got to know you as well as share some of the same "rookie mistakes" we all tend to make. There is no doubt in my mind your name would have ended up on the "Officer of the Month" plaque if it hasn't already. I pray for you, your family and your agency and assure that you will never be forgotten.

Deputy J. Gonzalez
Harris County Sheriffs Office

July 19, 2011

My husband and I stumbled across "Rookies" on Netflix and had a good time watching it and remembering his own "rookie" experience years ago. My heart about broke at the end of the episode and I immediately came to ODMP.

You'll be in our family's prayers, Norris family. We're parents to five sweet babies and I can't even imagine losing one of them. May God continue to bless and comfort you with Josh's memory.

Officer's wife
California Highway Patrol

July 16, 2011

Recently watched an episode of "Rookies" featuring Deputy Norris and was excited to see the passion he showed for the job. I was completely caught off guard by the episode's ending in reference to his sudden and tragic EOT. Being that I'm also a law enforcement officer, I felt as if I'd lost a close family member. My condolences go out to Deputy Norris' family, friends and colleagues."Watch over us brother, for we will carry on the watch".

Officer K E Harris
Richmond Police Department

July 14, 2011

Well Boy
Had a chance Sunday to visit you, missed the last two months. See that Timmy stopped by an left you a smoke like he always does and Amber dropped off some flowers. Not sure who left the Mardi Gras beads with the deputy on it. I know Will and the guys visited you a couple of days earlier and said they past by Kevin as well. Figure since I visiting you, I swing by him also and it made me thinking back when I saw you and Jess at Kevin's funeral that I escorted on the Bike. I was thinking how young ya'll were to be at a peers funeral. Son cannot start to tell you how I wish you were still here. I know you and Jess would have been great together.

John Latour
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

July 12, 2011

My Heart goes out to the Jefferson Parrish SO, and Deputy Norris' Family. I just recently had the chance to see the show Rookies, and saw Josh's episode. I thought he did a great job, and seemed like an Outstanding Deputy. I was saddened to hear he was Killed in the Line of Duty. It hurts when ever we loose one of our own. I have been in Law Enforcement/Corrections for 10yrs, and am Currently a Member/Sgt at Arms for my Local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, so I have seen several Brothers and Sisters of the Badge have to be laid to rest. It never gets easier and never will. Rest in Peace Deputy Norris, We all have you Watch now. Thanks for your Service.

Sr. Corrections Officer
Travis County Sheriff's Office

July 11, 2011

Just watched the episode where Josh Norris was featured on "Rookies". The episode really took me by the heart. My condolences to his family. Just happens today is his death anniversary. Rest in Peace Josh.


Chris Evans
Distant Friend

July 5, 2011

From the messages your mother and your father in law have left for you on ODMP you must have been a really great guy. Obviously truly loved and very missed. Thanks you for sacrifice. To Joshua's mother: I am so sorry for your loss, I hope you are able to find peace and are able to really find joy in life again

Officer Mullen

July 5, 2011

To: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Family, and Friends of Deputy Norris,

It is hard to believe it's been four years already since Joshua lost his life in the line of duty. Our agency lost a fellow deputy in 2007 as well. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about how the loss effects those still working in our job as Law Enforcement Officer. I'm proud to say that I was able to be at the National Fallen Officer Ceremony in 2008 with our fallen officer's family. Even though I'm several states away there is a Brotherhood among Officers that spans the U.S.A. I know everyday that you are looking down from above Joshua. You WILL never be forgotten Brother in Blue!

D/S Andrew D. Roedel J-27
Jackson County Sheriff's Department

July 4, 2011

Well boy we are closing in on a date that I have come to hate. I try to focus on that last day which I saw you, the morning of the 4th when you came over the house asking to marry Jess. That evening for the last time to grab a fan since you did not have central air in the house and you telling Beth how good Jess's beef stew was , but that it did not match her stew. Hard to believe 4 years, some days it seems like a life time ago and others as if it was just the other day. Son you are still missed by us all, really wish things would have been different. I'm sorry if I gave the impression the job was not dangerous.

Deputy Latour Retired
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

July 1, 2011

I just watched the episode of Rookies on Netflix and for some reason after the part in the episode Josh was given the patrol car and before the words came across the screen I just knew deep down that something awful had happened. I don't know how I could tell but I just could. Then to have the remainder of the episode confirm that he was gunned down in the line of duty was heartbreaking. I'm very sorry for the loss of this brave deputy. God be with his remaining loved ones.


June 28, 2011

It saddens me to think that anyone would take the life from someone. It is even harder to imagine what it would feel like to lose a son, brother, friend, fiancee, etc... I will continue to hold Josh and all fallen officers in my thoughts and prayers. Utmost respect for law enforcement.


June 25, 2011

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