Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Merrill Bruguier

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Saturday, October 9, 2010

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Reflections for Police Officer Merrill Bruguier

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Officer Merrill Bruguier’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Officer Bruguier and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

October 9, 2011

Fathers Day has passed, we put out flowers... Son said live ones this time. This birthday is just around the corner, and Im totally lost without you to help me.
Its been almost nine months and seems like yesterday somedays. The tears sometimes fall, but we are getting stronger.. We have each other and Tyne, Stan nd the girls.
Your on our minds and in our hearts forever..
Our love survived so much, to end so abruptly with no goodbyes...
Memory, Ethan Nd Ryan..

Memory Cook
friend, spouse, nd co worker

June 24, 2011

still remembering you each and every morning and traditionally pouring your cup of coffee. miss your morning visits and coffee as you come in for a break from your midnite to eight shifts. i am sure your looking from above and still laughing with us or at us. love you and miss you. i was raised with you as a sister and had experience of raising you as a mother, love you and proud of you and i know you knew it. always in my thoughts.

elizabeth moran

May 16, 2011

Its been seven months and not a day goes by that someone doesnt mention your name, or something funny that you said or did. Ethan and I miss you so much... Im so grateful that I have our son to remind me how beautiful of a person that you were while you were here with us. You are truely an angel and will always be MY BLUE ANGEL.. you will never be forgotten my love. You are our hero 7 Union..
It was an honor to work by your side as a co worker and to and to love you as my spouse and father to our son.
Thank you for all you taught us, we will carry it with us for the rest of our lives. We love you. Memory & Ethan

Memory Cook
CRST Law Enforcement

May 12, 2011

Brother, I miss you so much i'm very proud to call you "MY BIG BROTHER" you are our "Blue Angel" your never forgotten.. Thank you for serving our counntry and our people your gave the ultimate sacrifice. You were a wonderful FATHER,BROTHER,SON,OFFICER and FRIEND ... ILOVE YOU and MISS YOU dearly...... Until we meet again

Nanalie Bruguier

April 3, 2011

Officer Bruguier,
Sir as fellow Marine I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but also for our Country when you served in the USMC. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
Fellow LEO/former Marine


January 9, 2011

on a day of giving thanks Merrill, I am thankful to have known you and thankful you were willing to serve your oyate

Lieutenant Robert Herman
Oglala Sioux Tribe

November 25, 2010

Our 1199 Inc. Families wish to express our sorrow that Police Officer Merrill Bruguier has lost his life. Thank you for your years of dedication and service to your country as well as The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Police Dept. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family, friends, and fellow law enforcement family. God bless and God's speed sir.

Sgt. Jeff Caudill
1199 Inc. for fallen officers

November 10, 2010

Thank you for being my angel in time of its my turn to do for your boy all that I can... Thank you for being you & your boy will be a good man that you'll be proud of <3

your boys angel on earth

October 30, 2010

Rest in peace Officer Merrill Bruguier I render a final salute.

North Greenbush, NY PD

October 29, 2010

To the family...
My husband, fell in 2002, and also worked for a tribal police department. Our son was 8 years old at the time. I was supported strongly by a group called Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS). Over the years, we have attended numerous events with them, and have never left weaker than when we arrived. I say all this to tell you that you are never alone out there, and Merrill will never be forgotten. We will always feel the pain, but maybe not limp as bad. My son is 16 now, and strong and handsome. I worried sometimes how he would do and let you know he is well, very well. My heart goes out to you and your family. You are not alone...ever...there is family out here who have walked in your steps before you...not the same steps, but similar hurt and pain...I will pray for your comfort and wisdom to go forward. Sincerely, Cheryl Schultz

suviving spouse
Spouse of fallen tribal officer

October 24, 2010

We all miss ya bro!!!

Deputy Tom McClelland
Dewey County Sheriffs Office

October 23, 2010

Brother Merrill,

Please keep the gates of heaven open for the rest of us.

R.I.P. my Brother

Cpl. Robert L. Padgett ( ret. )
Charles County Sheriff's Office, Md.

October 22, 2010

Rest in peace my Brother.

Deputy S. Yates
Covinton County Sheriff's Dept. (Ms)

October 18, 2010

God's peace and love be to your family. Your watch on earth is now over, rest easy my Brother In Law.

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

October 17, 2010

My condolences to your family for their loss. I know that they are proud of you for serving the community and serving our country in the US Marine Corps. There is no finer honor. Rest in Peace, Brother. Semper Fidelis.

Senior Constable R. Collins (Fmr USMC)
Western Australia Police

October 17, 2010

It was truly an Honor to work with your Agency and Family during this troubled and tragic time. You were an outstanding Officer, a wonderful Father, and your family was so proud of you. Words cannot express the sense of loss that is being felt by your family, your co-workers, your friends, and everyone in Law Enforcement across the State of South Dakota and beyond. You deserve every honor we humbly tried to display to you today as we laid you to rest my Brother. God's Speed, and Thank-you for your Service to Law Enforcement, the USMC, and to your community.

Sheriff Barry Hillestad
Day County Sheriff's Office

October 16, 2010



October 15, 2010

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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 (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, Sc

October 15, 2010

I had the pleasure of serving with Merrill while in the Marines (3rd AABn Echo Co, Maint Plt). My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his department. Merrill always had a smile and as a fellow LEO it breaks my heart to see another officer lost. God's Speed my friend and Semper Fi.

Officer Tracy Rimpel
McKinney Texas Police Department

October 15, 2010

Thank you for your dedication and service. Bless your family. God speed. Brother, we now have the watch.

Deputy R. L. Matthews
Father of Deputy C. Brian Matthews EOW 9-30-05

October 14, 2010

Rest In Peace Brother

Semper Fi

Officer Eric Newbury
California Highway Patrol

October 14, 2010


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

October 14, 2010

Rest in peace, your sacrifice will never be forgotten.....

Detective Edward Carlile
Northfield PD (OH)

October 14, 2010

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Police Officer Merrill Bruguier as well as to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Police Department. Rest in peace Officer Bruguier, you are gone but will not be forgotten... Semper Fi

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

October 14, 2010

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