Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Joseph Anthony Harris, Sr.

Sandoval County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Reflections for Sergeant Joseph Anthony Harris, Sr.

Sergeant Harris, Your courage and devotion to duty should be reflected by your fellow officers. You will reap the benefits of heaven while the suspect will reap what he sowed. My sincere condolences to your wife, and family. Rest in peace Sergeant. Terry F. Zech


July 20, 2009

You were one of the few really good guys that people meet in their lives. Fortunately you chose to touch thousands of lives and make a difference in the youth. Your passion for your work and the kids you mentored was obvious. My husband worked with you for 12 years in Rio Rancho and was devasted by the news as was everyone who knew you. The hurt runs far and deep. Rest easy now Sgt Harris and know that your brothers and sisters in blue will take care of your duty, your watch, the youth of Sandoval County and your family.

To the Harris family - may God in his grace grant peace and comfort and please know there will always be someone there for you in the law enforcement community.

God speed.

wife of Rio Rancho PD detective

July 20, 2009


Brother- only knew you for a short while playing on the Hogs Arena Football Team. It is a pleasure to stand with you on the team. I wish that my last words to you werent what I shared with you and the other linemen during practice on Tuesday before you were taken from us- made you laugh though. I want you to know that you represent what we are bred to be- protectors. continue to do what you do best..protect us....I will see you in the future and stand with you in the fight.

Sergeant Louis A Carlos
Santa Fe Police Department

July 20, 2009

you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. thank you for your many years of dedication and service - it will never be forgotten.

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

July 20, 2009

On behalf of the 5,350 members of the American Association of State Troopers (AAST), we extend our sincere condolences to Sergeant Harris’ family as well as the members of the Sandoval 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

July 20, 2009

Rest in Peace our Brother

Lt B Cole
Lake Charles Police Dept

July 20, 2009

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Sergeant Harris. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your Family.
You will never be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace Sir.

May the children of Sergeant Harris, know that their Dad is a HERO who we will not forget and will forever be in his debt for all he has done for us. Sergeant Harris. Thank You sir for your service and protection to us all, may you rest in Peace. God bless you and your family.

VIPS Jeff Claybern 750
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

July 20, 2009

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

July 20, 2009

Your dedication and service will not be forgotten. Your family is in my prayers. Rest in peace.


July 19, 2009

Rest in peace Sgt Harris, my prayers and heartfelt appologies go to your faimly and your fellow officers.

Sgt Robert Tornabene
Niles PD (IL)

July 19, 2009

Rest in peace brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and the entire Sandoval County Sheriff's Department.

Patrolman Nathan W. Fisher
Point Township Police Department Northumberland, PA

July 19, 2009

Everything still feels like a bad dream...this is so hard to accept that you're gone...I keep playing everything in my head, from the time I got the call, to the ER Room til now...again...feels like a bad dream....I miss you brother, just know your family is well taken care of and they will always be part of our family....Rest Sgt Harris...we love you and miss you so much...god bless

Deputy Jose Abeita
Sandoval County Sheriff's Office

July 19, 2009

I love ya man, you were like a big brother to me, and I thought the world of you. I remember the countless nights on graveyards, eating at IHOP and you giving me really great advice. Your advice was not just about the job, but about life and how you were so happy with Tonia and the kids, and that it was the Lords way to stay married. I will always cherish the fact that you were only a phone call away when I needed that advice, whether at the gym, the station or at lunch, you always made me feel better about my problems. Thank you for being there for me, as I will be there for your family to make sure those young men have what they need and to offer some of the same advice you always were willing to give me. Rest in Peace my brother, your work here is done. Forever in my heart, Forever my Brother

Officer Greg Fairhurst

July 19, 2009

Sgt. Harris, thank you sir for your service to this state. May god bless you and your family. Sir it is time for you to rest, leave the rest to us. We as a country, state and department will miss you and your service.


July 19, 2009

For SGT Harris' family, co-workers and friends, my sincerest condolences on such a sudden and tragic loss. My prayers are with you in this time of sadness.

SGT Harris will not be forgotten. Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ has welcomed him to his eternal reward. All the rest of us can do is hope to match the standard he set.

Officer D. Wiencek
Metra Police,Chicago, IL

July 19, 2009

In Memory of Sgt Joseph A. Harris.

You patrol with the Angles now. Rest in Peace my friend.

Trish Duranceau
(aka)Patty Desposito

Trish Duranceau

July 19, 2009



July 18, 2009

I check this site often and am always sad when I see another name added to this site. My heart goes out to the officers of Sandoval County Sheriff's Department, friends and family. May God be with each of you in this time of loss.

Becky Fann, Retired
Irving Police Department

July 18, 2009

Rest In Peace Sarge. Know that your killer has met his maker. My condolences to your Family and the Sandoval County SO.

PO Fred Nordt
Lake Success PD, Long Island, NY

July 18, 2009

So very Sorry. Sympathy, Thoughts and Prayers to all of
Sgt Harris's Family, Friends and all the units at the Sandoval County SO.
May God hold you all in His Care.

Deputy Rita Bierly
Grant Co SO Kentucky

July 18, 2009

Joe: Thank you for all that you have done for me. You have taught me alot to proceed with my future as a law enforcement officer. You will always be my hero now and forever. May you rest in peace my friend you will be missed and loved deeply S.O 208. May your family have peace in the days to come.....

Sandoval County Deputy
Sandoval County// Close Friend

July 18, 2009

May you rest in peace, Sir! We have your watch from here. You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

July 18, 2009

We lost a good man this week, an officer that made an impact not only in the community but also on other officers. Sergeant Harris inspired others without trying, he will be missed by us all. As I once read somewhere "Its not how he died that made him a hero, Its how he lived", Godspeed Sergeant Harris

Transport Officer Chris Lundvall
Sandoval County Detention Center,NM

July 18, 2009

For Sergeant Joe Harris:

None of us that wear the badge can count on starting our shift and finishing it to the end. While this might be true in any line of work it is proven many times over in law enforcement.

Joe Harris did his 20 years of serving the public. And, like a lot of us in law enforcement, the saying "once is not enough" has special meaning. It brought Joe back on the job. When this happens the public is doubly lucky. They get a new officer and they get a bundle of experience right from the start.

It is unfortunate that a dedicated person like Joe Harris should have his life extinguished by a low-life coward house-breaker. It is fitting that one who shoots a law officer be gunned-down (or even run over, for that matter) on the spot. Justice is served, tax-payers save money and the neighborhood is a whole lot safer.

Even so, the cost is too high. A good law officer is not with us any longer.

I pray for Joe Harris, his family, his friends and his co-workers. I know that a vacancy will remain inside them because of Joe Harris. Good people are impossible to forget. I did not know Joe Harris, but I know many like him. Hence, I feel the loss here.

So I am proud, as retired state trooper, and also a retired Lake County FL deputy sheriff, to render Sergeant Joe Harris a final salute.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennylvania State Police

July 18, 2009

May you arrive in Heaven on the wings of the Angels. Thank You, Sgt. Harris, for your service, dedication and the ultimate scarifice that you made so that we may live without fear. You are, and will always be, our HERO. We will never forget. God Bless and Godspeed.


July 18, 2009

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