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Police Officer Norvelle Brown

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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Reflections for Police Officer Norvelle Brown

by Jon F. Hooper

I stand with God. I fight not for glory or fame,
For they are momentary.
I fight for those who can't.
I fight for Justice.
I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden.
And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets,
For I serve to protect the innocent.
It matters not where or when,
For evil knows no boundaries.
Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny,
I will not flee.
Justice is my weapon.
Faith is my shield.
Hope is my armor.
Cry not at my passing,
For it was my Honor to fight for you.
Shed not tears of sorrow,
But tears of joy,
For now,
I stand with God.

It's always sad to hear of another officer who has lost his life in the line of duty; however, the circumstances of Ofc Brown's murder is of the very worst mankind can offer. "Ambushed." Killed for being who he is and doing what he chose to do. The badge that is pinned on our chest on graduation day is suppose to stand for justice, honor, and service. Saddly those badges have turned into targets for ridicule and violence that all LEO's know too well.

"In valor there is hope" Ofc Brown. I'll see you in Heaven.

Ofc BJ Horn
Adrian, MI PD

January 26, 2008

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 Brown. 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 Norvelle, 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 Norvelle's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Norvelle's life was about so much more than the way he died. Norvelle will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Brown, 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 30, 2007

Dear family of Officer Brown- I was married to a deputy for 16 years. Although we are no longer married I remember the pride I had for my guy. I remember the fear I lived with everyday. God bless all of you. Chris

Police wife

December 27, 2007

Rest in peace.

PO Sean J
St. Louis City

December 21, 2007

Rest in Peace Norvelle,we all luv you very much!

~Keep your heads up, he's in a better place now

Lil Cuzin

December 18, 2007

Please give your family, friends and co-workers the strength they need to get through the hearing and everything to follow.

Kathy McEntee
Sister of Bill McEntee EOW 7/5/05

December 14, 2007

Upon looking at your young face, it gives me such great sorrow to know that your young life was taken away. Although I worked in NYC, and you in St. Louis, we are all brothers and sisters on the job. I honor you as a hero, for your courage and braveness. You are now a soldier in Heaven, and an angel in my eyes. Your name, Police Officer Norvelle Brown, will never be forgotten by an officer in NYC. I pray that God will give your family strength and help them through these difficult times. May you rest in peace, and God bless you.

PO Cathy Williams
Retired New York City Police Dept

December 12, 2007

Norvelle and I always had kind words for each other. During the hiring process we became friends, and I admired his dedication for wanting to make St. Louis a better place. Norvelle is a true heroe, and he has made a positive impact on not only my life, but the Department, and the City of St. Louis as well.

PO Jason Collins DSN 7136
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

December 7, 2007

you were the best cousin that ever lived. I remember when iwas a little boy we were in castle point and your brothers were getting in a fight some other kids and they wanted me to go, but no you said i dont my little cousin to get hurt or in trouble so you took me home while they got in trouble.

i remember you came and took me to school for class field trip to jefferson city, out of every one who said they could'nt do you got up in the morning and took me tomy bus at school with no heisitation. you always tought me right from wrong, and me clothes when ineeded it. Avd from the bottom of my heart out of everyone that may die i willmiss and love you the most. RIP big cuzz love forever

Terrance clemons
baby cousin

November 27, 2007

I am displeased when any officer dies under any circumstance. I am angry when an officer dies under the circumstances that this officer died under. There is nothing worse than the apathy of those this young man swore to protect and serve. It is a shame that someone put in the heart of a 15 year old that killing was acceptable.

The support of our police departments are required to prevent what happened to Officer Brown from happening again. St. have been apathetic long enough. It is time to stand and do what is right.

Easier said than done...YES. But, it will keep us from laying another officer to rest.

Prayers to this young man's family. Respect to his colleages and friends.

Rest in Peace...Norvelle.

Anthony Wilson

November 23, 2007

Hey sweetie, I still can't believe that you are not here with us, but I know you are happy. It's crazy because I talked to you 2hrs before it happened so when I herd that you were shot, I hoped and prayed that I was dreaming, but I wasn't. The four years that we spent together were the best even though we had our ups and downs. Everyday that I go home, I remember when we first moved into our apartment and we ate Pizza Hut for the 1st month because we didn't have any money (lol). Anyway, as you should already know, I have decided to move back to DC I only came back for you so I think my time here is up. I love you and you will never be forgotten.

Tanika Chatman

October 29, 2007

Thank you for being my brother and best friend. We met in the police acadamey March 20,2006 and you have been a very special person to me. The last time we talked was on August 15, 2007 which was three days befor my wedding. The last time I saw you alive was an hour befor you was shot and you was excited that I was getting married and you was the best man. I want you to know hat I still got married on August18.2007 and you were still my best man. Don't worry about the family because we are going to be fine. WE LOVE YOU and you will always be in our hearts and life.
Greg and I picking up were you left off with Momma and the kids so like I said everything good.

Gregory Ward
Best Frind & Brother

October 22, 2007

St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa says the department plans to add 80 officers in the next two years to bring its staffing to 1,431 — a number he feels is enough to fight crime.

He said he had reassigned dozens of officers from two-person patrols to work on special teams — the Crime Analysis and Crime Suppression units — to reduce crime.

Mokwa said Saturday that he was considering restoring some two-person patrols, which could "give them an emotional and mental break to not always have to be by themselves and be on guard."

He said it was "logical" to think officers are safer with a partner, but said pairing them en masse was "not a panacea."

Officers with partners might feel a false sense of security in some cases, he said. Nicholas Sloan, the last city officer killed on duty, was with a partner when he was shot in 2004.

Mayor Francis Slay, a member of the St. Louis Police Board, said Friday that Mokwa had assured him the city had enough officers to fight crime.

Slay said having two officers to a patrol car was not necessarily the best use of resources — or a guarantee against officer deaths. The city has focused new resources on crime-prevention programs and expanding city jail space, moves designed to cut down crime, said Slay's chief of staff, Jeff Rainford.

The force has been trimmed from a peak of 2,200 officers in 1970 to 1,351 today. Even with reduced staffing, it still has about four officers per 1,000 residents, one of the nation's highest staffing rates.

Some cities with one-person patrols have experimented with two-person patrols, only to go back to lone patrols.

Phoenix police tried two-person patrols in 1999 after the fatal shooting of an officer, then reverted to one-person patrols.

The widow of George Cortez, a Phoenix police officer slain last month, said her husband would be alive if he had had a partner. Now the police department says it will deploy more two-person patrols if the public supported a tax increase on the ballot in September.

In nearby Mesa, Ariz., the police paired officers on the graveyard shift in two of its four districts for a 90-day trial period. Leaders believed the officers would be safer and wanted to test how the patrols affect crime fighting.

But on a given night, there were only four squad cars per district instead of eight, said Detective Chris Arvayo, a Mesa police spokesman. If one car stopped a drunken driver, it would leave only three cars for the rest of the district — a force too small to reduce crime — so the experiment was ended, Arvayo said.

Chief Joseph Mokwa
St.Louis Metropolitan Police Dept

October 11, 2007

On behalf of my brother, Officer Norvelle Brown I would like to thank each of you for all the support that has been given, the kind acts and words. It's people like you all who have kept us strong about our loss. Thank you.

Chanell Alexander
Younger Sister Of Officer Brown

October 5, 2007

Officer Brown,

I didn't know you, but I have the utmost respect for you. Someone missed/looked over the kid who took your life (a parent, a teacher, myself, a social worker, etc.), and you paid the price for our shortcomings. Please forgive us, and rest in peace.

Be Blessed,

RAVEN (non-violence education program)

October 1, 2007

Officer Brown, you wore a badge of honor for only a short time, yet you did make a difference in the lives you touched. You gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for your courage, strength and commitment for trying to make the city a safer place for all of us. God bless you and grant you eternal peace. Amen.

Linda M
wife of a dedicated officer, St. Louis, MO

September 25, 2007

God bless you, such a young man doing a great duty to serve the public, god bless you and your family, Sweet dreams

Just looking

September 22, 2007

Police Officer Brown you have served your city with the highest morals that a police officer can do in his or her time as a peace officer. I respect your service and hope you look down to protect your family and fellow officers. As police officers across this great nation honor you we stand with our glassess in one hand to honor you and your couarge in the other. Rest in Peace Brother.

Southern Califorina Police Department

September 12, 2007

The world is one hero less after your tragic death. Withholding much anger we can only say thank you for your bravery and your service to our profession.

We pray for your family, friends, and colleagues. May you find the peace that you are so very well deserved.

"Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

Respectfully submitted on behalf of my department,

Officer Matthew Lewek
Menomonee Falls (WI) Police Department

September 12, 2007

Rest in peace, you are a hero!

Police Officer M. LaFramboise #1270
Independence Missouri Police Department

September 8, 2007

Rest in peace

Ptl. John Moir
Boston College Police

September 7, 2007

To Off. Brown's family:
I understand your pain and sorrow. I am praying for you and just want you to know that there are people out there who understand what you are going through. I wrote this for an English class a few years after my cousin was killed and wanted to share it with you.

I remember the phone call
Telling us the horrible truth.
I remember the plane ride with my brother
Not sharing a word.
I remember my mom greeting us
Tears streaming down her face.
I remember the hugs from my dad
Trying to make it all better.
I remember the news clips
His face, his car, his step-mom running into the hospital.
I remember the face of the coward who shot him,
Who had been allowed to live.
I remember the amazing man that I knew,
Who was no longer among the living.
I remember the days before the funeral
Wondering how this could happen to our family.
I remember driving to the funeral
Thinking this is the last time I will ever see him.
I remember the tear-eyes hugs from the rest of the family
All of us still wondering "How?"
I remember trying not to cry
As my brother put his arm around me.
I remember seeing my uncles and my father together
All of them crying.
I remember walking out of the funeral home
To a sea of blue, all at full attention.
I remember the drive to the church
Seeing those who never knew him, all with heads bowed.
I remember thinking how amazing of these people
To take time out of their day to salute a fallen hero.
I remember the firefighters with their flag
Strung across the road in remembrance.
I remember pulling up to the church
Just to see another sea of blue lining the steps.
I remember walking down the aisle
Seeing people who never even knew this wonderful man.
I remember one woman in particular
With tears streaming down her face.
I remember the casket
Covered with the American flag.
I remember the ten mile drive to the cemetery
In complete silence, still unbelieving.
I remember the children on the side of the road
Holding sings saying "We will pray for you."
I remember walking once at the cemetery
Seeing police cars from as far away as Texas.
I remember thinking how amazing these people were
Not knowing him and still feeling they had lost a family member.
I remember standing next to my mother
And not being able to stop crying.
I remember looking over and seeing his partner
Trying to keep his composure.
I remember my mom reaching over
Trying to comfort him.
I remember them handing his wife
The flag that covered his casket.
I remember the 21 gun salute
Ringing in my ears.
I remember the bagpipes fading into the distance
Playing Amazing Grace.
I remember the police officers
All at salute.
I remember hugging my cousin
And not wanting to let go.
I remember the pain,
The sorrow and sadness.
I remember the change
In my family and myself.
I remember still not believing
This had happened to my family.
I remember feeling
I was missing a piece inside of myself.
I remember when it started to change
When there wasn't as much pain.
I remember when it didn't hurt
To see a police car drive by.
I remember when it didn't hurt
To see his face or hear his name.
I remember when the missing piece
Started to heal.
I remember wondering
If all this meant that I didn't care.
I remember realizing
I would always love him,
My cousin, my fallen hero.
-written Feb 2004


September 6, 2007

Officer Brown
You only had one year on the job and gave your life because, and only because, you had decided to give your life to your city. May that city respect you and the citizens respect your sacrifice as I do. Rest in peace Brother.

Sgt. John Fanning

September 6, 2007

It takes a special human being to become a police officer. Not everyone is suited for the job. Officer Brown, you performed your duty admirebly. Rest in Peace.

I never dreamed it would be me,
my name for all eternity.
Recorded here at this hallowed place,
alas my name, no more my face.
"In the line of Duty" I hear them say,
my family now the price to pay.
My folded flag stained with their tears,
we only had those few short years.
The badge no longer on my chest,
I sleep now in eternal rest.
My sword I pass to those behind,
and pray they keep this thought in mind.
I never dreamed it would be me,
and on my heavy heart and bended knee.
I ask for all those here from the past,
Dear God, let my name be the last.

CBP Officer - Port of Honolulu
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

September 5, 2007

To the family of Officer Brown, I am so sorry to hear about your recent loss. I will keep you in my prayers. There are no words.

Spouse of Deputy Vernon Matt Williams EOW 9/28/2006

September 4, 2007

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