Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Samuel Kent Brownlee

Weld County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Samuel Kent Brownlee

~~~When Tomorrow Starts Without Me~~~

When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn't get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time you think of me I know you'll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, try to understand, that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand, and said my place was ready in Heaven far above, and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all my life, I'd always thought I didn't want to die. I had so much to live for and so much yet to do, it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while, I'd say good-bye and kiss you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized that this could never be, for emptiness and memories would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things I'd miss come tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. But when I walked through Heaven's gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, From His great golden throne, He said, "This is eternity and all I've promised you. Today for life on earth is past but here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last, and since each day's the same day, there's no longing for the past. But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true. Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do. But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free, so won't you take my hand and share my life with me?" So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right there in your heart.

Moffat County

December 3, 2010

Thank you for your eternal service. Rest in peace, Deputy Brownlee.

Dispatcher Brooke Merkel
Golden PD

December 2, 2010

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Deputy Sherrif Sam Brownlee and the Weld County Sheriff's Office during this time. Thank you, Officer Brownlee, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

December 2, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with those friends and family members that are left behind and cannot follow. Rest in peace my brother in blue...we will take it from here.

PFC Adam F Laser
Westminster City Police Department

December 2, 2010

Rest in Peace, Brother.

OFC B. Grajek

December 2, 2010

Deputy Sam Brownlee and Brother Blue Knight - Thank you for your service and sacrice. I will keep your family, friends and co-workers in my thoughts and prays May you Rest In Peace.

President Michigan 1, Blue Knights - Metro Detroit

Chief Tim Sampey
Byron Police Department, MI

December 1, 2010

My thoughts and prayers go out to Deputy Brownlee's family. RIP.


December 1, 2010

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and colleagues of Officer Sam Brownlee. My husband, State Patrolman Tom Carpenter, was also killed in the line-of-duty (Dec. 1973), killed with his own gun and killed ckose to the holidays. I can remember the pain, shock and indescribable grief that was also intermingled with pride in the person that he was.Please be assured that Sam will always be with you in spirit and wonderful memories. I pray for God's comfort in the days and years ahead.

Phyllis Carpenter
Law Enforcement Widow

December 1, 2010

While it is no consolation for your loss, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow deputies of Deputy Brownlee.

While I did not have the privilege to have known him personally, I am certain that he has found a place in heaven through his selfless service to those he swore to protect.

Rest in peace my friend; those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.

Patrol Officer Ryan McNeil
Medicine Lodge (KS) Police Department

December 1, 2010

It's gut-wrenching when you hear about fellow LE killed in the line of duty... But ESPECIALLY so when it hits so close to home. I've known Sam in both personal and professional lives, and I got a knot in my stomach from the INSTANT I heard that one of my colleagues and friends was killed. It hits even harder when I listened to the service and heard his brother and son speak, and instantly thought about my own family and how it would've affected them, (tears welling up as I type this). Last call brought me to tears! I can't help but be torn between my current life outside law enforcement, and what I feel is my true calling. My wife understands that being a cop was what I always wanted. But I cannot put her and my kids through the pain and anguish that Heather and the kids now have to live with.
Even though I am a former officer, I have dozens of friends in LE in the Weld County area, and I will always keep a watchful eye out for them, and will always wish them the best for a SAFE return home at the end of their shift. I wish the same to ALL law enforcement officers through out.
To Heather and their children, I wish that I could have been there to help keep Sam safe. I am sure that EVERY officer on scene wished it would have turned out differently. I am sincerely sorry for your loss, and wish you continued strength and courage during this nearly impossible time. You should take it to heart that Sam was doing what he could everyday to make your, (and our) lives safe. He is a REAL HERO in a time that that word is used FAR too lightly.

Greg Z.
former Gilcrest/Platteville PD (in Weld Cnty)

November 30, 2010



November 30, 2010

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

November 30, 2010

Sam, we have now laid you to rest. Rest easy my friend, partner, confidant. We will carry on but will not forget. Each of us will cherish those special moments shared with you. Blessed for you truely were a peacemaker. Lean over and kiss the cheek of God for me, watch over us, and know we will continue your legacy here. You will be missed!

Deputy Chad Walser
Weld County Sheriff's Office

November 30, 2010

We'll miss you Sam, Rest in Peace.

Jeanine Jones

November 30, 2010

God bless you all in this tragic incident. I am so sorry for your loss. God is holding you in the palm of His hand and will see you through this awful time. I will pray for you all, and especially his family. Rusty Cox

Rusty Cox,Information Clerk
Asheville Police Dept., Asheville, NC

November 30, 2010

Thank you Sam for all you did in this world you are a true hero and I will always remember you. I am so sorry that your watch ended so early. To Sam's family our hearts and prayers are with you always.

It is not how these officers died that made them heroes... Its how they lived...

David Miller
Lasalle Police Department

November 30, 2010

Rest in peace, Brother.

Police Officer
Chicago Police Dept. - 24th Dist.

November 30, 2010

RIP Brother, and thank you for your dedicated service. My thoughts and paryers go out to your family and fellow deputies.


November 29, 2010

Thank you Sam for your service. You will never be forgotten. Love, prayers, and thoughts to your family, friends, and collegues.

Cori Buggeln Barrere
AIMS Peace Officer Academy

November 29, 2010

Rest In Peace.

U.S. Marshals

November 29, 2010

My heart goes out to friends, coworkers, and the family of Sam. I worked for the Sheriff's Office for eight years and it was a pleasure working with all the men and women who protect Weld County. All of them are great people as well as deputies. I have not worked there for ten years now, so I did not know Sam personally. I know the kind of person he was though by how much good he did in his life and by working with deputies just like him on a daily basis. You will all be in my prayers.

Jenny Teter

November 29, 2010

Rest in Peace Deputy Brownlee. May God watch over your family.

Sgt. Scott Jandro
Calif. Dept. of Corrections

November 29, 2010

RIP Sam. My prayers are that God sent a special hand-picked team of His finest angels to take you home. You, I am certain, will be missed...You are a hero of the Finest Kind!

My prayers to the family, friends and co-workers left with the personal emptiness your loss will leave in their every day lives.

God Bless your home.

Sylvia Salas-Aguilar - Colorado Fiscal
State of Colorado Fiscal Manager

November 29, 2010

Thank you Deputy Brownlee for you service to our state and country. My thoughts and prayers are with your family as they make their journey though this rough time. RIP and you will never be forgotten.

Surviving Friend of Patrick Kramer EOW 10/22/06

November 29, 2010

The Florida Police Chiefs Association would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Sam Brownlee, and the Weld County Sheriff's Office. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sadness. Please take comfort in knowing that your extended law enforcement family grieves with you. Deputy Brownlee, we thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Members and Staff
Florida Police Chiefs Association

November 29, 2010

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