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.

Gone, but never forgotten, Rest easy now my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is over.......

Sgt. John L Gulledge(Ret.)
Escambia Co. Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

July 22, 2009

Sgt.Harris you touched so many lives as a Dare officer and public servant, a big giant with a loving and kind heart. You will be missed. I will always keep your family in my prayers.

Captain Clinton Weatherpoon
Gallup Police Department NM

July 21, 2009

Everyone knew Sgt. Joe Harris. Although we were not close friends, I knew that he was a good man. He helped my daughter get through some tough times by giving her good advice and counsel. He truly cared about people, especially young people. I was so happy to hear Pastor Capehart tell how Joe had accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. Knowing that Joe is with the Lord in Heaven is the best comfort and peace that we can have.
I look forward to seeing him in Heaven. I want to personally thank him for the help he gave to my daughter and for his service to our community. He was a true officer and a gentleman. God has promised to be a husband to the widow and a Father to the fatherless. I know that He will guide them and sustain them through their time of grief.

Chaplain Jeff Carr
Rio Rancho Police Dept., Rio Rancho, NM

July 21, 2009

Sergeant Harris thank you for your service. May God Bless you and your family. You will not be forgotten.

Del Rio Police Department (Texas)

July 21, 2009

Rest in Peace and thank you for your service, my prayers are with your family

Deputy John Latour (retired)
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

July 21, 2009

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Sergeant Harris 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 Sergeant Harris, 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 Sergeant Harris 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.

Special Agent
FBI New York City

July 21, 2009

Rest in peace....


July 21, 2009

Chief Dean Strzelecki and the entire Niles Police Department send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sergeant Harris. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Godspeed.

Niles, Illinois Police Department

July 21, 2009



July 21, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for the service you provided to this community and you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Richard Doty
Rio Rancho Fire Rescue

July 21, 2009

A little over a year ago you helped with my father in laws service along with many other officers. I never got to tell you how much it meant to all of our family. I guess now Benjie can say thank you in person for me. I know you are truly walking in heaven with him and others who have sacrificed all that you did. Time away from your family, countless days of overtime and of course sleepness nights worrying about others as well as your family. Now you dont have to worry anymore and thank you for all you have accomplished and for all well accomplish because of you. God has blessed you and all of us already. Thank you brother.

APD 4447

July 21, 2009

Joe, you will be very missed. You are our hero. God bless and keep you. Things are taken care of down here, rest Joe.

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

SCSO Daughter, SCDC Wife

July 21, 2009

Joe, we ran into each other unexpectedly, and after many years of not seeing each other, at UNMH. You greeted me with a warm smile and a firm handshake. You had asked me to speak at your DARE classes about the real "CSI", something I was looking forward very much. Thanks for your friendship and guidance when I was with Rio Rancho, but mostly thank you for your continued service to you communities. Go no, find Rich, Mike, Jeff and the others - they've got a place saved for you. God Bless - You Will Be MIssed

Crime Scene Specialist Dean Ferguson
Albuquerque Police Dept.

July 21, 2009

Joe, you were a good friend, father, and officer, you will be missed.

Arron Julian
Iraq, Baghdad

July 21, 2009

Heaven needed a Police Officer. Thank you for your service. God speed.

Officer Deford
U.S. Coast Guard Police, Baltimore

July 21, 2009

Rest in peace brother. We've got the watch from here. May God bless your family, friends and fellow officers who all mourn the loss of yet another hero.

Motor Officer Dominick Marraccini
Easton Police Department, Easton, PA

July 21, 2009

To the family and friends of Sergeant Joe Harris and his comrades in the Sandoval County Sheriff's Office. I always feel hurt and sadden when I read or hear news about a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Sergeant Harris took an oath to enforce the laws of the State of New Mexico and the United States Constitution. He observed a miscreant break the law and he took action. He stood tall and did not back down. He is THE FINEST OF THE FINEST. May God watch over him and his family. He will never be forgotten.


July 20, 2009

God Bless this man and his family. He is what a true hero is made of. Rest in Peace sir, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, North Carolina

July 20, 2009

Officer Harris was an amazing person. Along with his wonderful wife, they brought their dog into my classroom, (who works with kids with speical needs) several times. He will be missed.

Paul Howard Friend
Enchanted Hills Elemenary School

July 20, 2009

Sergeant Harris,

You are a true hero. Out in the middle of the night, keeping your citizens safe, leading your troops from the front. I hope your family will be able to find peace and I hope your children will know what hero their father is.

Anne Arundel County Police, Maryland

July 20, 2009

Sergeant Harris, thank-you for your service. Rest in Peace.

Lt. Stephen A. Joy #980
Prince George's County Police, Md.

July 20, 2009

I was deeply saddened when my mother called and told me about Joe’s death.
Joe was a childhood friend of my oldest brother Anthony. Growing up in Rio Rancho, I didn’t know any police officers and certainly never thought about becoming one. That all changed when Joe became a Rio Rancho Police Officer. It had a positive impact on me as a kid and I can honestly say that if not for Joe Harris, I would not be where I am today.
My prayers go out to Joe and his family.

Deputy Jeff Madine
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

July 20, 2009


Deputy J.D.Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

July 20, 2009

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

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