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Ordinance Officer Kathy Ann Cox

Gordon County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, August 21, 2008

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Reflections for Ordinance Officer Kathy Ann Cox

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

August 22, 2008

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Cox and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever.

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Officer Cox, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. Just as you were always with him when he walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that he will always be with you - wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Officer Cox is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know.

Special Agent
FBI New York

August 22, 2008

The most gratifying comfort will come from the Lord.

Celia Webb. Widow of SPA David Webb. EOW 11-03-06

Celia Webb

August 22, 2008

Rest in peace....

Patrolman
Pennsylvania

August 22, 2008

Rest in peace sister, you will not be forgotten.

Patrolman Shaun McCready
Altoona (PA) Police Department

August 22, 2008

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Cathy Cox. Thank you for your service and may God bless your family and friends and keep them safe.

Margaret Hood
Citizens Watch

August 22, 2008

On behalf of the 5,200 members of the American Association of State Troopers (AAST), we extend our sincere condolences to Ordinance Officer Cox’s family as well as the members of the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office. AAST members throughout the United States know first hand what all of you are going through right now. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken Howes, Executive Director
American Association of State Troopers

August 22, 2008

REST IN PEACE.

CHIEF E.J. MORRIS
RANDOLPH MO P.D.

August 22, 2008

Rest in peace Officer Cox. You have fulfilled your duty assignment here on earth, thus is laid up for you your treasure in heaven.

Police officer - retired Bob Lester
Midland, Texas PD

August 22, 2008

You've fought the noble fight and now God has called you home. Return to Him in honor, my brother, and rest forever in peace. Thank you for your selfless sacrifice. You are my Hero!

Jeff
Former GPD Officer

August 22, 2008

Rest in peace Officer Cox. You will be missed but never forgotten, such a terrible way to die...

Sergeant Chris DiToro
NYPD

August 22, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

K9officer Tom Summerville Jr
Eutaw Police Department

August 22, 2008

Gods speed to you Officer Cox.

Nancy Cadenhead
former St Louis County Police Dept. St Louis, MO

August 22, 2008

Our hearts and prayers go out your family and friends in their of sorrow. May God Bless and Rest in Peace!

Cpl.II David A. Murphy
TX DPS

August 22, 2008

Off Cox, you'll never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.

Sgt Rich Eckert
Town of Chester PD

August 22, 2008

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