Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Constable Joe E. Howard, Sr.

Harlan County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, April 1, 2008

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Reflections for Constable Joe E. Howard, Sr.

Constable Howard

You will be be sorely missed! You are a Hero and have served your country bravely protecting the community. May you Rest in Peace and continue to serve in heaven above.

Douglas W. Bennett
Juvenile Probation Officer Ky Dept of Juvenile Justice

April 5, 2008

When God Made Peace Officers
Unknown Author
When the Lord was creating peace officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one"

And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this order?" A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle his uniform."

He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses and testify in court the next day."

He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of way."

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems." said the Lord, "It's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through the bulge in a pocket before he asks, 'May I see what's in there sir?' (When he already knows and wishes he'd taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of the head for his partner's safety. And another pair of eyes here in the front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say. 'You'll be all right ma'am.' When he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't" said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident, and feed a family of five on a civil service pay check."

The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly. "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet." said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crime scenes; recite Miranda warnings in his sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop...and still keeps its sense of humor."

"This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell; coax a confession from a child abuser; comfort a murder victim's family; and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her fingers across the cheek of the peace officer. "There's a leak." She pronounced. "I told you that you are trying to put to much in this model."
"That's not a leak," said the Lord, "it's a tear."
"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.
"It's for bottled-up emotions; for fallen comrades; for commitment to that funny piece of metal called his badge; for justice."
"You're a genius." said the angel.
The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there." he said.
This poem I guess says it all. You will be in our prayers and thoughts. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Marilyn Robinson
CC-Pirate Internet Radio

April 5, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Constable Howard. Rest in peace, sir. You will not be forgotten.

Cpl Jean Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP Service, Traffic Unit

April 5, 2008

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service.


April 5, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Constable Howard. Rest in peace, sir, thank you for your dedication and sacrifice. You will not be forgotten.

Linda Lamm - LEO wife and sister of
Jay Balchunas EOW 11.05.04

April 5, 2008

My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, and your agency at this difficult time.May you rest in peace Constable Howard

Pa State Constable

April 5, 2008

G-d Speed My Brother

ODPS-Inv Unit

April 5, 2008

Thank you Constable Howard for your dedication to service. May your Family, Friends and Police Family come together in prayer and communication. May your name and memory be everlasting. R.I.P.

Dept. of Defense, Retired

April 5, 2008

God bless you and your family. You are in our prayers.

St. Louis City Police

April 5, 2008

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Constable Howard. God Bless him for his service to his country and Harlan County Constable's Office. He will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

April 5, 2008

Rest in Peace, brother. May you be at home in the Lord's kingdom.

Det. R. Castelhano 160
Mount Vernon NY PD

April 5, 2008

Your watch is ended. May our Heavenly Father watch over your family and friends during this tragic time. May your soul walk carefully and proudly into everlasting life. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in God’s peace my friend, you deserve it. These are "American Heroes" who just yesterday were women and men just doing their job!


Chaplain Michael Grinnals
Camillus Police Department

April 5, 2008

Rest in Peace...

Syracuse Police Dept,NY

April 5, 2008



April 5, 2008

Sincere condolences to the family, friends, and department of Constable Joe Howard. May he rest in eternal peace, and may God bless and keep you all.

Leo J. Kennerson #2814

April 5, 2008



April 5, 2008

God Speed, Brother.

Union PD, NJ

April 5, 2008

Godspeed Sir...Go in Peace

Ptn. R. Murphy

April 5, 2008

Rest in peace brother. God loves his warriors!

Officer K.J. McNatt
Millbrook Police Department

April 5, 2008

May you rest in peace Constable Howard. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, and your agency at this difficult time and those to come. Rest now, your brothers and sisters will carry the watch from here.

Communications Officer
Floyd County Sheriff's Department

April 5, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with those friends and family members that are left behind and cannot follow. Rest in peace my brother in blue...we will take it from here.

Officer Adam F. Laser
Westminster City Police Department

April 5, 2008

Rest in peace may God bless your family.


April 4, 2008

Rest in Peace Constable Howard, thank you for your service. "In Valor There is Hope!"

Aaron Sparks
Newbury Police Department

Ofc. Aaron P. Sparks
Newbury Police Department NH

April 4, 2008

Rest easy brother...We will take it from here.

April 4, 2008

Thank you for your faithful service. Peace be with your family, they will remain in my thougths and prayers.


April 4, 2008

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