Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Ricky L. Bryant, Jr.

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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Reflections for Police Officer Ricky L. Bryant, Jr.

Our many thoughts and prayers are with your agency and family during this tragic time!

President Jim Gilbert
Fraternal Order of Police,Capital City Lodge #9, Columbus, Ohio

February 7, 2008

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Police Officer Ricky Bryant Jr.,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of Police Officer Ricky Bryant Jr. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Police Officer Ricky Bryant Jr. is a hero.


Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network

February 4, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Bryant. Rest in peace our brother.

The Patrol Men and Women of
Sylvania Township PD

February 4, 2008

For me to come home and hear on the news that two more officers were slain in a senseless manner devastated me. I am in training to become a police officer myself and worry about that daily. I know someone who you held close to your heart, and you to hers. She is hurting in the worst wasy because she will never be able to tell you how she really felt. She cared and loved for you deeply. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. May you be in a better place resting and watching down on your family and frends. You will be dearly missed.

R.I.P. Ricky Bryant Jr.

Officer in Training

February 4, 2008

God bless the family, friends and associates of this fallen officer.

Chief Jay Stripling
Andrew College Police Department

February 2, 2008

May God lay his healing hand upon the family of Officer Bryant an may they now he will never be forgotten. Thank you Officer Bryant for your dedicated service to the people of Georgia and the United States.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 2, 2008

You are gone but never forgotten.

N. Watson 27

February 1, 2008

To my fellow brother in blue. I too am from Rochester and serving the community many miles from home. I want to say Thank You to our Brothers and Sisters in Rochester who put together a wonderful homecoming for you. When I heard of the news I was deeply saddened. Losing two of our Officer's here nearly a year ago in a similar fashion, brought back vivid memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and the brothers and sisters you left behind. May you rest in peace.

Officer M. Kossick
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

January 31, 2008

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. -Albert Pine

Officer Bryant -- The sacrifice you made for your community will never be forgotten.

TTo all those touched by the loss of Officer Bryant -- To lose two heroes at once has got to be devastating. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Colorado Springs Police Protective Association

January 31, 2008

I just want you to know that I love you and that this is not the end for us. We shall meet again. I will always remember everything that you told me, to always stand for something and to do my best at whatever I do. You always knew what to say to bring a smile across my face. You always told me that I can be whatever that I want to be and I promise brother I will not let you down. You are the most wonderful bestfriend that anyone could ever ask for and I thank you. I thank you for always being there no matter where you were Rochester, Japan, Atlanta you were there for me. When a meet you back in 5th grade a #4 school I know that you were the older brother that I never had. Again I thank you and will ALWAYS love you with my whole heart. KEEP SMILING

Reshawnda S.
Bestfriend/Lil' Sis

January 31, 2008

The hardest thing being a radio operator is hearing the sound of a 63 go over the air. I was off that night but to wake up in the morning and hear Fox 5 News report two Dekalb County Officers slain was the most awful feeling. Haven't felt that since Stepnowski. You feel helpless and anger. It hurts to know that you have people that for one don't respect life and two don't respect law enforcement. Though I have never met neither Eric or Ricky I feel a loss. I feel a loss because I remember your voices and your unit numbers. There are even some units whom we remember badge numbers. That is just how close we are but are not. My thoughts and prayers are with your families. To the family know that you will see him again. Memories are priceless. Ricky and Eric you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace. Love, Radio


January 30, 2008

I met Ricky about 10 years ago in Rochester, New York he was a great friend when I heard he passed away it made my heart drop a young man who was on the right track in life. Every time I would see Ricky he was always smiling a life cut way to short....


January 29, 2008


We buried you yesterday. It was a moving ceremony, I can only hope your family including your Police family felt the love and concern we had for them. We tried to take good care of them for you. We will continue to do so. Rest in Peace, your brothers and sisters will take it from here.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance
VP WNY Concerns of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police /WNY COPS

January 29, 2008

Officer Bryant,
I would like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of DeKalb County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



January 28, 2008

Ricky when I first found out that you were involved in this incident, my heart dropped. I thought back to all the encounters we made as we worked on a daily while working for two different agencies. These uniforms brought us together, and I'm grateful for the opportunity of getting to know you over the past year and half. Rest on my brother along with your partner Barker and keep Heaven Safe!

M.O. Tarplin

January 28, 2008


Detective Shane Parrott
Gordon County Sheriff Office Georgia

January 27, 2008

Dearest Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Police Officer Ricky Bryant Jr., my prayers and condolences are with you all.

May you all be comforted in knowing, that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

May God's grace bring you healing, and peace during this difficult time of bereavement.

Officer Ricky Bryant Jr., thank you for making a difference in this world.

S. Burgess
Rochester, New York

January 27, 2008

You will be missed very much by the family. We will never forget you. Sincere condolences, especially to the children, your Mom and Dad, and your Grandparents.

A. Scott & Family

January 27, 2008

We didn't meet but we shared common interest and affiliates. I guess there's no such thing as too many angels in the heavens. Thank you for your service.

S.S. Thomas
Resigned dkpd badge#2268

January 26, 2008


Officer Stan Speaks#2164
Columbus Oh Div Of Poilice

January 25, 2008

May you Rest in Peace Brother. I was at the airport when you returned to Rochester. I was standing at attention on the tarmac with your brothers and sisters paying you the respect you deserve from very citizen for giving yourself to a higher cause. It was an honor to salute you as you made your way home. I pray for your families in their time of need. Both the family you were born into and the one you served with. You are a true hero for the way you lived, not because of the way you died. May God rest your soul.

Sgt. Wilson
Rochester Police Department

January 25, 2008

“I answer the heroic question 'Death, where is thy sting?' with 'It is here in my heart and mind and memories.” -- Maya Angelou

Aloha e Police Officer Ricky Bryant Jr.,
Thank you for your service and dedication to your community and your country. You and all officers that continue to lay your lives on the line and pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities and country safe will NEVER be forgotten.

I pledge to become a continuum of the "ODMP Light" in which Visionary Founder, Chris Cosgriff created for all Fallen Law Enforcement Officers. That light is in the form of an ODMP tribute. People from all walks of life regardless of age, race, religion, profession, education, and geographical location can share here on the ODMP a heartfelt reflection on behalf of a fallen officer.

Every fallen officer is a hero. The ODMP serves as a place where that continuum of "LIGHT" can be felt through the heart and soul of each and every person who honors our fallen heroes with a reflection.

May God comfort the family, loved ones, friends, and fellow officers who have lost their beloved one. May the reflections left fill the void until the light within shines again, as your fallen hero is at rest with Jesus Christ and his soul has been set free. Feel the warmth of his smile from Heaven, he’s watching your back now. He’s that hero who can never be replaced in this lifetime. I light a candle in your honor.

I wish you peace and love beyond all understanding. You are embraced as one of Hawaii's own with integrity, respect, and fairness as you are a fallen hero. You will never be forgotten. 24-7-365 THANK YOU BLUE.

Me ke aloha pumehana Police Officer Ricky Bryant Jr.
a me nani uhane.
(With warm aloha Police Officer Ricky Bryant Jr.
the beautiful soul.)

(A Hawaiian Prayer of Solace)


Peace be with you, All My Peace,
O ka Maluhia no me oe, Ku'u Maluhia a pau loa,

The Peace that is " I ", the Peace that is "I am".
Ka Maluhia o ka "I", owau no ka Maluhia,

The Peace for always, now and forever and evermore.
Ka Maluhia no na wa a pau, no ke'ia wa a mau a mau loa aku.

My Peace " I " give to you, My Peace " I " leave with you,
Ha'awi aku wau I ku'u Maluhia ia oe, waiho aku wau I ku'u Maluhia me oe,

Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace,
The Peace of " I ".

A'ole ka Maluhia o ke ao aka, ka'u Maluhia wale no,
Ka Maluhia o ka "I".

Moana V.C. Molale-(Hawaii & Japan)
Kahu Laakea (Keeper of the Sacred Light)

January 25, 2008

We were at your funeral procession in Rochester. It was an honor to salute you and your family. Rest in peace, brother. We will take the watch from here.

Rochester, NY Police Department

January 25, 2008


You came home to Rochester today. We welcomed you well. Close to 100 Police Officers from US Border Patrol, NYSP, Police Officers from every Department in Monroe County including Probation and Parole, and even some Departments from outside Monroe County came and stood in the cold and the snow to bring you home. What a touching escort for you as well, your Mother rode with us from the airport past your Mother's home and then to the funeral home. 15 Officers saluting and standing out in front of your Mother's home with their cars across the street with their lights flashing, neighbors from the airport all the way along the route standing outside saluting, holding flags. There are many more events this weekend as your hometown mourns our losing you. Most of us never knew you, but you will always be our brother in blue. Thank you for your service.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance Counselor
VP WNY Concerns Of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat VP WNY COPS
Gates Police Department

January 24, 2008

My heartfelt sympathy to Police Officer Ricky Bryant Jr. family and friends and to the DeKalb County Police Department.

Robert Wigton #9516
San Antonio Park Police,TX.

Patrolman Robert Wigton #9516
San Antonio Park Police

January 24, 2008

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