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.



August 1, 2009

To Sergeant Joe Harris's family. May he rest in peace. I am sorry to hear about your loss. There are no words.

Nancy J Williams
Spouse of Officer Vernon M Williams EOW 09/28/2006

Nancy Williams
spouse of Deputy Vernon Matthew Williams EOW 09/28/06

July 30, 2009

I want to offer my condolences to this truly dedicated Officer and his family. It's a shame to hear that another officer has paid the ultimate sacrifice. We protect our communities from harm but take the risk of not coming home. I appreciate the service you have given us.

(10-7) Sergeant Joe Harris " You Will Deeply Missed And Never Forgotten.

Chief Jack F Harris
Phoenix Police Department

July 30, 2009

"We Remember the Officers"

We remember the officers who changed our lives,
The men and woman who protected us day and night,
People who respect for their dedication to the cause,
For when faced with danger, they never even pause.

We remember the officers who always stood true,
Whatever the color of uniform, brown gray or blue,
With pride and integrity they say "To serve and protect",
For the giving of their life, we offer our respect.

We remember the officers who we never really knew,
Persons strong enough to answer the challenge are few,
With heavy hearts we mourn the officers in eternal rest,
There's more to these people than the badge on their chest.

By Brad Miller

My deepest sympathy goes out to Deputy Harris' family, friends, and co-workers. As a department that has recently felt the pain from losing a fellow brother in blue I send my condolences. May you rest in peace you will not be forgotten.


Dispatcher Stephanie Huff
Chambers County Sheriff's Office

July 29, 2009

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

July 27, 2009

Rest In Peace, Sergeant Harris.

Lt T Carr

July 27, 2009

Rest in Peace brother

Sgt. R. Gregson
BART police Department, CA.

July 26, 2009

My family would like to send our condolences to the family, friends, and fellow co-workers of Sergeant Joe Harris~you're in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May God give you the strength to carry on and help heal your hearts. May you find comfort and support with those around you.
God bless you and rest in peace, Sgt Harris.

Gail M. Pabst
Aunt of a fallen MI P.O. eow 2004

July 26, 2009

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13


July 25, 2009

rest in peace brother


July 25, 2009

Rest in eace, Brother.

OFCB. Grajek

July 25, 2009

Sergeant Harris,

I heard the terrible news last Thursday and couldn't believe it. I remember you being the DARE officer at Rio Rancho Elementary in 1990 when I was a fifth grader there. I still to this day remember you coming into our class talking to us and teaching us about drug awareness, and drug prevention. I am proud to say that you were one of the reasons I to this day have never taken a single narcotic, and I have not wished to. My mom knew you well, and expressed how great of an officer you truly were. The state of New Mexico, the county of Sandoval, and the city of Rio Rancho have lost a great Officer, and there won't be another to fill your shoes. I wish I’d had the opportunity to shake your hand and thank you for all that you have done. My prayers are with your family through these hard times. Thank you again for all you have done, all the sacrifices you have made, and the people you have helped. Rest in Peace. You will be missed greatly by so many.

Jon Frankel

July 25, 2009

Rest in peace my brother in blue. Thank you for your service.

Reserve Sheriff Deputy K. Edge

July 25, 2009

We didn't know Sergeant Joe Harris but, it's hard not to feel as though we knew him. As I write this with much sadness and a heavy heart we'd like you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, your wife, children, family, friends and your Brothers in Blue. We truly appreciate and thank you for everything the men and women in blue do for our country. May your fondest memories bring you peace in your loss.

To Those Whom I Love And Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go
I have so many things to see and do
You must not tie yourself to me with tears
Be happy that I have had so many years

I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave me in happiness
I thank you for the love each have shown
But now it is time I traveled on alone

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust
It is only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories in your heart

I will not be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come

Though you cannot see or touch me, I will be near
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear
All of my love around you soft and clear

Then, when you must come this way alone
I will greet you with a smile and a Welcome Home

Andrew & Annette
Grand Rapids, Michigan

July 25, 2009

Rest in peace Sarge. My thoughts are with your family and the members of the SCSO during this most difficult and tragic time.

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret.
Jackson, NJ PD

July 24, 2009

Thank you for your time and dedication to the safety of your community. Watch over your family.

Rest well, your fellow officers will take the watch from here.

APD LEO's wife

July 24, 2009

Rest in peace, brother. May God be with the family of Sergeant Harris during this time of mourning. We've got the watch from here.

BL Mitchell, Patrol

July 24, 2009

Rest in peace Sergeant Harris, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you very much for your service!


July 23, 2009

Rest in Peace Brother. See you on the next watch.

Sgt. Marvin Tahmahkera
Arizona State University Police

July 23, 2009

I dont know where to start Joe. I will never forget our long talks at gym. You gave me valuable advice time after time. I regret that I wont have that any more. My wife and I are still in shock. It is an honor to have worked with you. It is an honor to have known you away from work. I am a better man because I knew you. I will miss you. Godspeed.

Sgt. David Portis
Sandia Police Department

July 22, 2009

I did not know Joe but know someone who does. No higher honor than being a police officer. Sgt Harris was performing his duty to the best of his ability when this tragic tragic thing happened. My prayers and condolences to all his family, not just immediate family but all brothres in blue, doing their jobs, putting their life on the line daily so that the rest of us won't have to. Making a difference in the most important kind of way.

Davis C. Bruce
former state and federal prosecutor

July 22, 2009

You had it right, God first, then family, the rest will fall into place.
I knew three very important things about you, you loved God, you loved your family and you loved being a police officer.
I know you heard our Lord and Savior say, "Welcome my good and faithful servant."
Rest in peace Brother.
Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God. Matthew 5:9

Director A. Casamento
Sandoval County Detention Center

July 22, 2009

Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice. Rest in Peace.

Ray Canales
Texas Game Warden

July 22, 2009

Joe’s Blaze

Emblazoned on the hearts they carry,
lies the simple name of Joe.
Owners of these hearts now tarry
when to him they will go.

Bittersweet the love of a man
driven to be as he was meant.
Love-driven by the Son of Man,
by that drive he was sent.
Great is the love of a friend
laying down his life as he did here.
Unflinching at a possible end,
love drove out any known fear.

He’ll be known beyond this age
by his act an evil was razed.
Standing against the hideous rage,
truly bittersweet was Joe’s blaze.

With honor,

R. N. B.

July 22, 2009

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

He gave his all, an American Hero!

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

July 22, 2009

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