Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Joseph George Schuengel

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, October 15, 2010

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Reflections for Sergeant Joseph George Schuengel

RIP brother Joe.

May God bless and be with your family, co-workers and friends at this very difficult time.

Det D. Bevenour
Gettysburg PD

October 15, 2010

Joe #970, you were one of a kind, a special guy who could only be liked by all. You were they guy who no one could ever say a bad thing about. You stood for everything that a Missouri State Trooper should be. You are a hero, a friend, a man at the right hand of God now. The 66th recruit class will never forget you... Shackles! :)

You're the man my brother. Keep God safe up there.

Sergeant Dusty Hoffman #944

October 15, 2010



October 15, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the family of Trooper Schuengel and the Missouri Highway Patrol for your loss today. To Trooper Schuengel Thank you for your years of service to the Great state of Missouri. Rest In Peace.

Reserve Officer Blok
Berryville Police Department Arkansas

October 15, 2010

"The Final Inspection"

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
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 awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just 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 unmanly tears.

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 had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Author Unknown

Trooper S.V. Buchheit
Missouri State Highway Patrol - Troop C - Zone 1

October 15, 2010

Thank you for your years of service and dedication. Bless your family. We now have the watch.

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

October 15, 2010

Rest In Peace.

U.S. Marshals

October 15, 2010

Rest in Peace

Patrolman Jeff Tripp
Marion,Ma Police Dept

October 15, 2010

Rest In Peace, Sergeant Schuengel.

Lt T Carr

October 15, 2010

Sergeant Schuengel, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

October 15, 2010

Rest in peace're service is done God bless family and the Missouri highway patrol. Prayers for my brother strong.

Lt Dean Bennett ret
Mass State Police

October 15, 2010

Our deepest sympathy to the dear family of Sgt.Joe Schuengel. God Bless him for his service to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Rest in Peace sir, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

October 15, 2010

Our day started with a memorial golf tournament for one of are fallen brothers (Tom Ballman E.O.W 2-7-08. We had just watched the St. Louis County Helicopter take off and I had just finished my first hole. On my team sister of Bill McEntee E.O.W 7-5-5. It was going to be great day. Then my wife called and told me that they had responded to your wreck, and we had lost another brother. The day took on a whole new meaning. As word spred. Everyone was now praying and thinking of you and your family. We will miss you. God Speed from all your brothers in Blue.

PO. Tim Brand

October 15, 2010

My sympathy to the family, friends, and co-workers of Joe. May God give you the comfort and strength you need during this difficult time.

Jennifer Patton
Troop D Comm

October 15, 2010

For Sergeant Joseph (Joe) Schuengel:

Our duty as law officers confronts us with an wide range of perils and the avaiation officer is among those at highest risk. The helicopter pilot has the added worry of creating a castastrophe when things go wrong in the air. We regret that Joe would be brought to face this, but recognize his courage and laud his efforts to protect others below.

We pray for Joe's family who surely will miss him, but very well might say he died doing what he loved - being an aviator and a soldier-of-the-law. May his friends, co-workers and all who care about him be ready to reach-out to one another in the times ahead,

I am proud to render Sgt. Joe Schuengel a final salute.

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

October 15, 2010

I am so sorry to hear of this loss. My condolences to your family. God speed my brother.

Asheboro Police NC

October 15, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Sergeant Schuengel as well as the brotherhood at Missouri State Highway Patrol. May you rest in God's eternal peace our brother!

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse (NY) Police Department

October 15, 2010

Another HERO called home. My prayers are with the Schuengel family, the friends and coworkers of Sgt. Schuengel. May God be with you all.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02


October 15, 2010

My heart goes out to the family of Sgt. Schuengel and my brothers and sisters of the MSHP during this difficult time. Thank you, Sgt. Schuengel, for your service - may you rest in peace. God Bless.

Indiana State Police

October 15, 2010

What a horrible day for the MSHP. The family of Sgt. Schuengel as well as our brother and sister officers at the MSHP are in all of our prayers.

North County Precinct

October 15, 2010


Provincial Constable Marty Lalonde
Ontario Provincial Police

October 15, 2010

A great man has gone to clear a safe path for those of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Missouri State highway Patrol. Rest in Peace Brother.

Chief Steve Marshall
Washington, NH. Police Dept

October 15, 2010

Rest in peace brother, god speed.

Cpl. D. Lambeth
Lake Winnebago MO Police Dept.

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 was fortunate enough to have Joe as my FTO. My deepest sympathies to his family and his brother and sister Troopers.

Rest in peace Joe.

Mike Rhodes

October 15, 2010

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