Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Bryan Phillip Gross

Converse County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming

End of Watch Thursday, July 28, 2011

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Bryan Phillip Gross

Thank you for your service and dedication to your community. You shall be sorely missed but never forgotten. May God watch over your family and protect them. Brother, we now have the watch. Godspeed.

"There is a hole in the world tonight..." Bless you.

Deputy R. L. Matthews NC
Father of Deputy C. Brian Matthews E.O.W. 9/30/2005

August 1, 2011

It always saddens me to hear of the tragic death of a fellow law enforcement officer. May you rest in peace brother, thank you for your dedicated service.


August 1, 2011

A truly selfless act of heroism has led another brother to the end of his watch. May you rest in peace Deputy Gross. Deepest sympathies to the Gross family.

Dear St. Michael, your name means, "Who is like God?" and it indicates that you remained faithful when others rebelled against God.
Help police officers in our day who strive to stem the rebellion and evil that are rampant on all sides. Keep them faithful to their God as well as to their country and their fellow human beings. Amen

Sgt. Patti Bahen (Retired)
Columbus, OH, Division of Police

August 1, 2011



August 1, 2011

RIP Brother

Deputy Anita Price
Bexar County Sheriff's Office, San Antonio, Texas

August 1, 2011

Rest, brother.

Cpl Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

August 1, 2011

On behalf of the 6,105 members of the American Association of State Troopers (AAST), we extend our sincere condolences to Deputy Gross’ family as well as the members of the Converse County Sheriff's Office. 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

August 1, 2011

It is not how you you left this world which made you a hero, but they way you lived and carried yourself. Your actions speaks volumes of the officer you are. My prayers are with your love ones and department

Retired Deputy John Latour
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

August 1, 2011

You were a hero before you committed this act of bravery brother, but in death you will seal you seat among all the warriors who have committed to ultimate sacrifice and the most courageous and selfless act. When this warrior falls, we will pick up the flag and carry on.

Sgt. Joe Steele
Goshen County Sheriff, Wyoming

August 1, 2011

In your death you proved your worth and that of so many brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement. We do what we do because we want to help. God Bless you and your bereaved family and friends.

Master Trooper Chris Bauer K52
Kansas Highway Patrol

August 1, 2011

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 whos 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

August 1, 2011

In a state as small as Wyoming when you lose an officer, no matter what department, it is like you lost one of your own. Rest in Peace Bryan, it was good serving with you bud.

Wyoming Highway Patrol

August 1, 2011

Deputy Gross May you rest in peace. You are a true hero and I wish your fellow officers and your family my deepest condolences on their loss.

S. Tawes Senior Corrections Officer
Federal Bureau of Prisons

August 1, 2011

Our little Wyomiing town is deeply saddened by the loss of this wonderful man. He gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our community. It will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to his family and fellow co-workers.

Tracey Pershing

August 1, 2011

God Bless you Deputy Gross. Our deepest condolences to your family, friends and coworkers at this difficult time.

Professor Cori Buggeln
AIMS Community College Peace Officers Academy

August 1, 2011

If this man should fall,who will lift the flag and carry on?Thank you for carrying the flag Deputy Gross.

Deputy Darrin Ellis
Kings County Sheriff's Office

August 1, 2011

You are a true hero Deputy Gross!!
God speed!


August 1, 2011

Avenue of the Fallen

Standing at attention in their class “A“ uniforms, badges gleaming and shoes like glass, are your brothers and sisters of Law Enforcement. All of whom have previously paid the ultimate price.
Today, like many others, they welcome you to this wonderful place. As you march down the Avenue of the Fallen, all eyes focus on you as if to say its ok you’re with your eternal partners. A salute is followed and a tear can be seen on so many faces.
Welcome, you served well.
Now come join us in the ranks, another is coming home.

A brother law enforcement officer

Sheriff Jim Weaver (Ret.) LAPD (Ret.)
Jerome County, Idaho (Ret.)

August 1, 2011

I remember Bryan when he attended Gladwin High School. He was an outstanding young man then and has proven to be an outstanding grown man in his service to the people of Wyoming. May the young lady who's life was saved remember what a gift she was given and use her second chance at life wisely. Brayn gave his life so that she could live...there is NO greater gift. May God watch over Bryan's family and brothers in blue, and the young lady for whom he laid down his life. Bryan has certainly earned a magnificent place with his Father.

Vicki Willford
Gladwin, MI

August 1, 2011

Rest in peace brother. God bless you and your family.

Police Officer

August 1, 2011

Rest In Peace Brother. You are a true hero. My condolences to your Family and the Converse County Sheriff's Office.

PO Fred Nordt
Lake Success PD, Long Island, NY

August 1, 2011

God Bless Deputy Gross, his family and friends. I might share with you some words which have sustained me through long dark nights of peril, loss and heartache and I quote; "I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom." Abraham Lincoln

Officer Jeffrey Blose
Lake Alfred Police Department

August 1, 2011

You acted heroically. May God bless your family.

Deputy U.S. Marshal

August 1, 2011

I will always remember the good times we had together training our K-9s. You have been a great friend, but I never realized what a truly amazing man you were until I saw the raging river that you jumped into to save the life of a person you did not know. That is a true HERO! May you forever rest in peace my brother and friend...we have the watch now.

Josh Hardee
Wyoming Highway Patrol

August 1, 2011

Doing his duty to the the end, this is what a true hero does. Rest now Brother. You tour is complete. Let us all continue in the pursuit of Protect and Serve in your name.

Officer Don Patin
Carrollton Texas Police Department

August 1, 2011

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