Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff John Charles Mecklenburg

Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, July 3, 2011

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff John Charles Mecklenburg

God bless you

Mark Mottola

July 3, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Mecklenburg.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 3, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 22, 2018

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director, Florida Sheriffs Ass
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 7, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015


Missing you as always, but more so as Christmas nears. You have not been, and never will be, forgotten.

Proud to be John's Sister-in-law

December 23, 2014

John, It was an honor riding to honor you during the 2012 Police Unity Tour. To make sure your name is forever engraved on the memorial, never to be forgotten. I often think of that rainy day in July, standing as you were laid to rest. We all miss you and hope you are at peace. Don't worry brother..We got this from here.

Police Officer Stephen Greenwood
Middletown P.D., Middletown NJ

September 27, 2012

To your family today and always may you know that we have not forgotten your hero. Continue to rest in peace Deputy Mecklenburg.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

July 3, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 20, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Mecklenburg. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 10, 2012

Its been 7 months today since we lost you. The anger thus far has not subsided. It was my pleasure to have known you, and to have worked with you. Now your #1099 is forever on my car. Your not forgotten nor will you ever be. I know you will watch over us , as we continue to protect the same citizens you died for. R.I.P. Brother. #1099 lives forever in our hearts and minds. Hey John "we got this"! Miss you buddy.

Deputy Jason Stevens 1077
Hernando County Sheriffs Office

February 3, 2012

To the family and friends of Deputy John Mecklenburg, his fellow deputies, and most especially to John:

We honor your service to your community as a law enforcement officer. You will always be remembered and revered. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when John was killed in the line of duty. It is obvious he was well-loved by many and well-respected by his peers as reflected in the loving reflections left for him.

May his loved ones continued to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you. To John's family, you are in my heart's embrace today. I share your anquish in losing a beloved family member which surely has to be life's greatest sorrow.

This was your family's first Christmas without you. They are all in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service John gave to his community and the citizens of Florida, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 3, 2011.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 28, 2011

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiance Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Deputy Mecklenburg. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for John, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember John's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that John's life was about so much more than the way he died. John will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Deputy Mecklenburg, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiance Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been eight & a half years and he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

December 3, 2011

Deputy Sheriff Mecklenburg,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



September 7, 2011

I feel honored to have been your friend and brother officer. I enjoyed all the times we would meet on the road. Your positive attitude and smile always made me feel good. I will miss you. Rest easy brother.

Officer Stephen Greenwood
Brooksville Police dept.

July 22, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of this brave officer. Rest in Peace.

Sheriff Ray Foster
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office

July 17, 2011

I graduated HS with John and had the oppurtunity to train him during FTO.John was on my squad but in a different district. He never hesitated in offering me backup when my partners were busy. Your smile and positive attitude will be missed greatly. You were a good father,husband and Deputy Sheriff. You are gone but will never be forgotten. RIP 3311.

Deputy Scott Lamia
Hernando County SO

July 15, 2011

Rest in peace brother. We will keep the fight from here. I hope in time your family and agency finds peace in your passing.

Police Officer II Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

July 15, 2011

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
Plano PD Plano, TX

July 14, 2011

My thoughts are with you, your family and police family.

Brother of Jeremy Chambers
EOW 04-24-2006

Chris Chambers
Saint Louis Co Police Dept

July 14, 2011

Deputy Mecklenburg, thank you very much for your service! God Bless You Brother!

Deputy M. Chavez Jr.
Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California

July 14, 2011

We are so tremendously sorry for the loss of Deputy Mecklenberg.
We are saddened for those who have never had the chance to see his warm smile, or to hear his kind words of encouragement he would ALWAYS offer during a difficult time.
We are saddened that his beautiful wife has to raise those two beautiful children without his guidance.
Please rest assured that those of us who knew him, knew of him, had the great pleasure of a chance meeting with him, will NEVER forget the impact this one man had on this community.
Thank You for allowing us this chance to let all of you know how we felt about him.

Lynn & Jason Hutchinson
Hope Pain Management

July 14, 2011

Rest in peace, sir. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones.

Greater love hath no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Friend of
USFS Officer Kris Fairbanks RIP 9/20/08

July 13, 2011

All of the law enforcement brethren are in mourning today. Once again, Florida finds itself in the news for loosing another of our officers. Here we see an officer, a father, a husband, a son, and a soldier whom I am confident feels no pain, feels no shame and would want us all to celebrate his life, not his passing. I would say 'Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was.' He dedicated his life to the protection of others, your freedom, and the guarantee of the American way of life. He worked tirelessly towards a future for all of us, for his wife and two precious children, and the family he left behind. I hope for God’s blessings for his wife, his two children, his family and all of the members of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
I am confident he would say:
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little--but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love and friendships we once shared
Miss me--but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone. It's all a part of the Master's plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends and family we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me - But Let me Go!

Rest in peace John….
Chief Ted J. Gonzales
Jupiter Island Public Safety

Chief Ted J. Gonzales
Jupiter Island Public Safety

July 11, 2011 in peace brother, go now and walk the streets of heaven, we have the watch now on the streets of hell.......


July 11, 2011

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