Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer I Deriek W. Crouse

Virginia Tech Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Reflections for Police Officer I Deriek W. Crouse

The outpouring of sympathy and sincere respect from the Virginia Tech community is overwhelming. I envy every officer working on that campus.

God bless you all for your words on these pages, you have proven that the Police who serve you are truly appreciated and you cannot imagine how far that goes for them.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

December 12, 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

December 12, 2011

Our youngest son, Dennis, serves on Montgomery, Alabama PD. Only 1 year after graduation, his best friend, Keith Houts, was shot on the streets of Montgomery in a traffic stop. He died 09/30/2006.

May your family and community be comforted knowing Deriek was a true hero. God speed, Officer Crouse.

Michael P Savoie
Albany PD (retired)

December 12, 2011

I am so sorry my brother, and I will keep your family in my prayers. Your sacrifice was not in vain, as it prevented what might have been an even worse incident. God Bless.

Special Agent Jim Rice

December 12, 2011

You are a hero to us all. God bless you and your family.

Detective Steven Clothier
Myrtle Beach Police Dept., SC

December 12, 2011

Thank You. For Everything.

Edward - Student

December 12, 2011

Rest in Peace Officer Crouse. Your service and dedication are deeply appreciated. May God look after your family.

Dan Schmidt
VT Class of '85

December 12, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and coworkers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas Kelly Senior Federal Air Marshal

December 12, 2011

Officer Crouse, there are not enough words in the world to thank you for giving your life to protect our Hokie Nation. You were a true hero, and we will not forget you. I pray that God watches over your family, and hope that you will continue to look down and protect us as best you can. Another Hokie angel has gone to heaven - rest in peace, sir.

Lindsay West
VT '09

December 12, 2011

Your family, friends and all those who knew you will forever be in our thoughts and prayers as we mourn your loss. In time we will heal, but shall never forget.


December 12, 2011

A man of honor, of service and dedication passed due to the deranged act of a misguided individual. So tragic. Thank you for your service to the community and the nation. May your family, friends and co-workers always remember the devoted, caring and loving man you were. Officer Crouse.....may you forever Rest in Peace.

Captain R. A. Gros, (Ret)
U . S. Park Police,

December 12, 2011

My thoughts and prayers go out to VTPD, Blacksburg PD, MCSO, and to the family of Officer Crouse. You are gone but not forgotten. What did we do to deserve such a hero?

Officer A.F. Cathell
Wise Police Department

December 12, 2011

Thank you Officer Crouse for your efforts, especially against drunk driving, in the Blacksburg community. Your work did not go unnoticed, and the effects will be undoubtedly last for a long time. I am one of many that is incredibly saddened by the loss this senseless tragedy has brought upon us, but I am at the same time proud to have called you a fellow member of the Virginia Tech community.

Evan M.
VT 14'

December 12, 2011

I am so sorry to hear the news of a fallen Brother. All my prayers, along with those of my fellow officers in the NYPD, are with the family, friends, and Officers of the Virginia Tech Police Department. Rest in Peace Officer Crouse.

PO Santiago

December 12, 2011

May you rest in peace and watch over your family as an angel. You are an angel, hero, and a grew person that we will never forget.

J. Putnam

December 12, 2011

What can you say? Thank you for your service to your country and our community. I feel deeply for your family and my positive thoughts are being sent their way.

Rest in peace and know the Hokie Nation is looking out for your family.

Chris Wilson
Radford University Student

December 12, 2011

Officer Crouse you paid the ultimate price for your country. It is a terrible shame that the Virginia Tech Community lost a great officer that day. Thank you for your sacrifices. God Bless you and may he be with your family in this hard time. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

RS Robert Froman
NWCCC Bowling Green, OH

December 11, 2011

Officer Crouse,
I have not met you personally. When I sent my daughter off to Tech for her first year there I was confident that you and your fellow officers would ensure her safety as well as all the students who are there to learn.From what I have heard you have a great reputation with the students by talking to them and looking out for them.It is apparent to all that you truly cared about them. As a parent I appreciate what you did and I will miss your prescence on campus guarding and guiding our children.Your Children and family have a hero in you to look up to and to remember. You will be a new source of inspiration to them and to all.My condolences to your family.

Alyce harmeson
parent of student

December 11, 2011

Your service is appreciated. R.I.P.

Detective Joe L. Gilliland
Stanford, KY Police Department

December 11, 2011


My friend you showed the whole world your dedication and motivation on how a true professional police officer should be and act. I pray for your family, friends, and fellow officers in our time of mourning. Your services to our country, and community is and was very much appreciated. May God comfort you and also comfort your family in such a difficult time. Rest easy my brother, keep a good watch over us down here.

J.W. Miles
Virginia Tech Alumni
Class of 2010

J.W. Miles

December 11, 2011

I may not have known you, but I have walked in your shoes, and done the same job as you have. My condolences go out to your family, and to your brothers and sisters of the Virginia Tech Police Department. Rest in peace my will always be remembered...

Detective Mark A. Stanton
Louisa County Sheriff's Office

December 11, 2011

You were a public servant and a hero! Your killer is a heathen and a coward. may you rest in peace and may GOD comfort you family, partners, and friends!

Deputy R. Beck

December 11, 2011

Such a terrible loss to those in the community he served and to his family. I believe the ones who pass suffer no more-the ones that remain are left with a part missing from their heart. May the memories of your friend,husband, father, and fellow officer help you through this difficult time to move forward and find in your life a way to honor his. RIP Officer Crouse


December 11, 2011

Though we were never introduced personally, I have many friends at Virginia Tech who spoke highly of you. I thank you for your dedication to protecting my Hokie friends who are so dear to me. The campus and community has lost another truly amazing person. My thoughts go out to his friends, family, and of course, the Hokie Nation. It is my sincerest hope that they may all find peace.

Radford Student

December 11, 2011

Rest in peace Officer Crouse. My sincere condolences go out to your family and to the VA Tech Police Dept. God speed as you now patrol the streets of gold. Thank you for all your service. Terry F. Zech


December 11, 2011

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