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

I saw his story in a Rookies show on TV. I've been a police officer for almost two decades and while watching him, I told my husband " He looks like a kid!". Well, he is resting as a man. RIP.

Houston PD

January 18, 2013

I am very emotional after watching the episodes. Rest in peace my friend

jesn jeudy
cpt/ us army

January 3, 2013

Deputy Norris, I have seen the Rookie show of you several times.

I was very proud that you passed and were given your own Patrol Car.

Than to watch the countdown at the end. I knew what was ahead.

I know you are in a better place now. Rest In Peace my Brother.

Ed Bridges, Disabled
West Richland Police Dept

December 29, 2012

Thinking of you and your loved ones on this day, and what a wonderful man you were to be so loved by your future father-in-law who is so devoted to your memory. It is so tragic that you were robbed of life so young. I am holding your loved ones in my heart's embrace.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

December 29, 2012

Sorry Kid I have not written lately and passed by to visit, Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and looking forward to a New Year. Son you are never far from my thoughts and there is not a day that does not pass which I wish you were still with us. I was listening to a sermon and the preacher was discussing how funerals the words are focus on the recently departed, but the departed was the one who wrote that sermon before it was every needed. That their individual actions wrote the story which is given at the end and will be the one read when before God. Kid you may have had some up and downs in your life, but I know when our heavenly father called you, you stood proud when you short life was read and as you should have. For someone so young, you had a life one could be proud of. You’re a good kid and hold you in my heart as close as I do my three daughters, Matt and the grandkids.

John Latour

December 26, 2012

I must say the same thing the other poster "TLJ" said, I saw you on Rookies, after the episode that you lossed your life for the people of Jefferson Parish your name became entrenched in my head. I am a big supporter of law enforcement and I haven't completely ruled out the possibility of serving as an officer one-day. Deputy Norris, thank you, you are an inspiration to everyone who is considering a law and order career. I'm sorry that your life was taken so traumatically and your career ended so abruptly, though I'm happy you had the opportunity to be a police officer, being a lawman is one of the greatest achievements there is!

I. Chong
Honolulu, HI

November 29, 2012

Josh I am just a viewer of the show Rookies and I saw your episode and it truly upset me to hear that you died. I have to admit when I frist saw you I was like nope he aint gonna make it. But Josh you proved me wrong. I was really proud of you and you would have thought I was your mother, because I was smiling from ear to ear when you got your car. I am so sorry that someone took your life and dreams away. You were awsome and would have a chieved so mcuh more. RIP Josh RIP


November 1, 2012

Dear Josh, I watched your story on Rookies, just like a lot of other people who have left a reflection here, and as I watched the ending and the Honor Guard carry you to your final resting place, and see your FTO burst out in tears, it was a reality check to me to remind me that we're all human, and none of us are guaranteed to go home every night.

It may not have been the plaque you wanted, but you did get your name on the plaque. Such a tragic thing to have been killed a day after you got engaged and after a month of being loose on the street.

I shed a tear at the end of that episode, and I hope and pray everyday that I can go home to my fiancee and kiss her, and that I don't have to have my Captain or Major or Chief show up at our home and tell her that i'm never coming home again.

Godspeed, brother and God bless you, and each and every last one of us cops, agents, detectives, and anyone else who puts on the shield every morning.

Lieutenant EB
Patrol Officer

October 14, 2012

I didn't know Deputy Norris personally but I saw a TV show called "Rookies" that featured his training story. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Phil in California

October 4, 2012

God bless your precious memory.

Shiane Bellamy

October 4, 2012

Hey Kid

Lately it has been harder for me than normal, if you could place a good word with the big guy for me would be great. My cross seems allot heavier than before and worry I do not have any fight left in me. Take care boy and sorry for burden you with this

John Latour

October 2, 2012

It's taken me 5yrs to find the right words for this note that I've wanted to leave since your watch ended. Like most, my husband and I came to know you from Rookies and the posts on here left by the many people your life continues to touch. My husband is finishing school to finally achieve his dream of being a cop and I will hopefully continue to work as a 911 dispatcher but for now, we are both security officers. It may not be the same but we all bleed blue and we all hurt every time another watch ends. Our badges are currently covered with mourning bands as we prepare to say goodbye to another hero who recently joined the "force above". I hope you are able to see just how many people love and miss you as you keep watch from above. It's touching to see the extent of your reach yet heartbreaking as so many continue to hurt from losing you. I pray often for your family and friends because it seems to feel as if your EOW was just yesterday. As the wife of a future officer and a momma who lost a child, I live with the what ifs and what's to come daily. Fear and loss never seem to get easier, but simply easier to live with.

Jessica, I hope in time your heart heals. It may always be broken but I pray you found or find happiness in life. I cannot imagine the loss you have been forced to live with at such a young age. And whether Josh was your husband/fiancee/soulmate/friend or child, it all hurts the same. I also pray for you John and Josh's momma because your posts reveal parents who have lost a child they will forever mourn. It doesn't matter birth parent, father in law, or girlfriend's daddy because I see John that you hurt as badly as any daddy does for both Jess and Josh. Please know that anyone who has come to know Josh through Rookies not only keeps him in their hearts, but ya'll are there too. The show gave us a glimpse of the man in the uniform but you have shown the world the wonderful hero behind the badge.

Security Lieutenant
Northern California

September 12, 2012

Well Kid

The nation lose Officer O'Rourke with West Bloomfield Police Department in Michigan yesterday. Hearing it on the news last night and reading the incident report, his call was similar to yours with being a domestic dispute and old feelings of angry swelled up again for those failing to provide at least a warning that their love one is armed to the police. Have been asking God to help with those feelings and my heart goes out to Officer O'Rourke and his four children, since this one action will cause so many unforeseen and unexpected changes in their lives. After five years still cannot accept the changes which the actions Anthony Luke placed in action with two un aimed shot , which one found it's mark with you. Still feel you were robbed the chance of being a husband and father. Kid you will always be my son in-law in my heart, even if you did not have the chance to walk down the aisle with Jess.

in a similar call as yours with responding to a d

John Latour

September 12, 2012

I just watched the episode of Rookies where Josh received his patrol car. His FTO described the incident. So young and gone to soon. Rest in peace brother

Former aux. deputy sheriff

September 9, 2012

Rest In Peace Brother...

Deputy Wes McGullion

August 25, 2012

As you did, due to today's events, I too reflexes on those who gave all while protecting others in the line of duty. I could never compose such a compassionate letter to her son, asking for him to look out for the 2 deceased, as well as the 2 injured St John Parish Deputies. I am so sorry for the loss of your son 5 years ago. I was blessed to survive 4 gunshot wounds on 6/17/88 at a bank robbery in Kenner. Days like these effect me even after 24 years. Continue to remember Joshua by speaking of his incident as often as you can have someone to listen to your story of Joshua's unfortunate night, because Johua IS a hero.
God Bless your family, and especially you for giving birth to 2 brave public servants. Your letter above just made my evening a little less distressed.

Former Captain Peter .Pelitire, III
Kenner Police Department (Reserve)

August 17, 2012

Well Son

Looks like we have lost two from St John, please welcome them. Listening to the news report my heart went out to the families of those deputies and what they will be facing. Also two other are in critical condition, so please ask God to send his angles to stand beside them and all the families. Did the head check and all accounted for. Looks like Kenny is on the scene with St Charles SWAT, I know he is strong and a great cop, but watch over him and all there as they look for the shooter. Son news like this brings the day we lose you screaming back and all the emotions with it.

John Latour

August 16, 2012

Hey Kid

Just on my mind. Someone has asked me to write a letter of recommendation to go into law enforcement. After we lose you said I would not ever do it again, since a part of me feels I did not give you enough warning of the dangers of the job. Funny thing as I was debating it , I was coping Marine motto stuff on my laptop and some way your pic was saved under something I copied. I guess it is your way of giving me a thumbs up and ever thing will be ok. Take care boy

John Latour

August 14, 2012

I just finished watching your episode of "Rookies". I had never heard your story before, but I was saddened to hear. Thank you for your service to your community, you are a true hero. Rest In Peace Officer Norris.

Law Enforcement Supporter

August 4, 2012

Josh, thanks for your service.. You are a real inspiration to a lot of children and adults.. both Civilian and Officer.. Thank You and rest in peace.

Matt D.

July 28, 2012

Hey Boy

Just on my mind and today a little more reading Deputy Mast's write up, since it is very similar to yours. As much as I wanted you to be part of the family, I guess it is a blessing that you did not leave behind a wife and child. Well kid still having a difficult time with changes that happen with your death, but asking God to help me with them.

John Latour

July 27, 2012

Josh i cant say more than u have inspired me to become a police officer like most of the people that have left u a reflection they saw the show rookies bam like that u where gone killed in the line of duty just doing ur job.May u rest in peace and God bless all of the police officers.


July 5, 2012

He will always watch from above for his family, brothers, and sisters in blue. The department defiently lost a great hero this day and he will never be forgotten. God has a great soldier in his army.

Staci Faucetta CO

July 5, 2012

Hope we all know he's protecting us from above. Although I'm no longer with the department, I'll always be a cop in my heart, and Joshua's death at 22 was especially tragic. I pray for him and all the other officers who lost their lives while protecting us, as well as my brothers (cause I still consider them my brothers) who are out there today. RIP Josh, and you will always be a hero.

Mike Newell
Former JPSO deputy

July 5, 2012

Well Kid

Getting close to that awful date again, face book is lighting up with those remembering the date. I know it is done by all out of honor to you, but I would rather forget that day. It is day which just brings up the feeling of lose, of wondering what could have been and that a single day will adjust the lives of so many with one single act. Was think back in 2007 and how we were planning the trip to DC and how everyone was pumped up since it was the first trip you would be going with is, as part of the family. It was like a rite of passage, Matt came with us on a trip to Cancun before they were married. It was like the welcome aboard ceremony. Still thing back how at the table you were right in there with everyone else discussing what we would do. Actual the day before the 4th was getting access passes to Pentagon for us all and when your name came up life you as my son in-law. Amazing what a day makes and changes that can happen. Now when I go up there for work I stop to see your name on a wall.

John Latour

June 29, 2012

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