Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Arlyn Crenshaw

Tippah County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, December 3, 2010

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Arlyn Crenshaw

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

December 14, 2010

Brother, thank you for your years of service and dedication. Bless your family and God speed. We now have the watch.

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

December 13, 2010

Rest easy my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is now over. I pray God will look down on your family, and friends, and comfort them with His love, and grace for now and always.......

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

December 13, 2010

Thank you for your service and your ultimate sacrifice..RIP Sir.

Deborah Yarbrough-Dispatch
Byhalia Police Department

December 13, 2010

REST IN PEACE, BROTHER THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

PROVINCIAL CONSTABLE MARTY LALONDE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

December 12, 2010

Rest in peace Deputy Crenshaw, my sincere condolences to your family and to your department. Godspeed as you now patrol the streets of gold. Thanks for your service Terry F. ZECH

OFC TERRY F. ZECH(RET) USN (RET)
VETERAN AFFAIRS POLICE DEPT, DETROIT MICHIGAN

December 11, 2010

Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Deputy Crenshaw. God Bless him for his service to the Tippah County Sheriff's Department. Rest in Peace Sir, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

December 11, 2010

R.I.P brother.

Randy Hutzenbiler
Montana Game Warden

December 10, 2010

RIP brother

Q132
LEO

December 10, 2010

May God bless your family, and look over them in this difficult time. Jeff Jaynes, Arizona Highway Patrol-Williams, Arizona

Officer Jeff Jaynes
Arizona Highway Patrol

December 9, 2010

dewayne crenshaw
how many times we look back on our memories of you in your time served with only one thing in mind.Our hearts and preyers go out to your family and friends you will be missed and memories will bring peace of mind to your family ......RIP MY FRIEND ........POUD TO CALL YOU MY FRIEND......

David Wilkerson
Falkner vol fire and tippah search and rescue

December 9, 2010

God bless the family of this hero. There are no words to calm the hurt this coward caused to this family. Bless the Department, all of the heroes who put on a badge & respond to DV each day. Peace of Christ.

Colorado Springs Officers Mother
Co Springs PD

December 9, 2010

Your service and dedication will forever be appreciated.

Deputy 404
PCSO

December 9, 2010

THANK YOU FOR YOU VALOR AND SERVICE. REST IN PEACE BROTHER, WE WILL CONTINUE YOUR WATCH.

SGT IN CHARGE MORRIS
HINSDALE PD

December 9, 2010

Rest in peace brother...to Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Crenshaw I render a final salute.

PO K J JONES
North Greenbush, NY PD

December 9, 2010

God bless you, your family and the men and women of the Tippah County Sheriff Department. You are a true warrior and her. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace my brother......

Officer E. Borghesani
San Francisco Police Dept

December 9, 2010

Rest in peace brother, you will not beforgotten by the thin blue line.

Ofc. Charles Robson (ret)
Ormond Beach Police Dept.

December 8, 2010

God has received another brave and heroic brother in His kingdom to serve alongside our brothers and sisters in the badge who have also paid the ultimate while serving and protecting His children in their communities. Those brothers and sisters left behind will keep your honorable and loving service alive in memory for years to come and they will care for your family. Rest in peace brother. In Christ.

Tom Bradley, retired
Phoenix AZ PD, AZ State Chap. FOP

December 8, 2010

Thank you Deputy Crenshaw for being a hero. Thank you for your hardwork and your sacrifice. Thank you for being one of the best. I will pray for your family that God will give them peace, strength and comfort during this very difficult time.

Now go walk the streets of gold for you have earned it. RIP my brother.

Sgt Dan Cheadle
Oblong Il Police Department

December 8, 2010

Dear Dewayne:

And yet another brother goes down in the line of duty. This scenario is an all too often occurring event, one that angers, yet makes us all the more dedicated to doing what we do best: Protect and Serve. At all costs.

Protect and serve. Three words, that for us in the Thin Blue Line, is a code to live by. Most people in America have no clue what we endure, or what we give up to guard them from the cry of the wolf at the door. And most people would NEVER do what we do...at any salary.

Your death shall not be in vain, oh no. You gave your life in the task of protecting those rights we, as Americans, have fought and died for...to live free, free from fear or want, and the pursuit of happiness. And you are one of America's Heroes.

As you patrol the streets of Heaven with our Father, smile and know you did your time in hell. May Almighty God bless you and your family, police officers everywhere, and God Bless America.

Officer Ron Tomassi
Lake Mary Police Dept.

December 8, 2010

The Florida Police Chiefs Association would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Crenshaw, and the Tippah County Sheriff's Department. 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 Crenshaw, we thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Members and Staff
Florida Police Chiefs Association

December 7, 2010

On behalf of the 6,174 members of the American Association of State Troopers (AAST), we extend our sincere condolences to Deputy Crenshaw’s family as well as the members of the Tippah County Sheriff's Department. AAST members throughout the United States know first hand what all of you are going through right now. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken Howes, Executive Director
American Association of State Troopers

December 7, 2010

Thank you to Deputy Crenshaw and the Crenshaw Family for your service.

Carol

December 7, 2010

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Crenshaw as well as to the Tippah County Sheriff's Department. Rest in peace Deputy Crenshaw, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

December 7, 2010

Rest in Peace Sir..Gone but never forgotten!

Ofc. Aaron P. Sparks
Newbury Police Department NH

December 7, 2010

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.