Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Ruben Howard Thomas, III

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, March 18, 2012

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Sergeant Ruben Howard Thomas, III

Sgt. Thomas,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Florida. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement then that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

March 18, 2022

Sergeant Thomas, 8 years ago today you where murdered by a ruthless killer . Continue to Rest In Peace

Mark Mottola

March 18, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Thomas.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 18, 2020

I miss you Ru-T can't believe it's been 7 years sense that night , its a night I'll never forget . I miss the talks we use to have .

Sgt A.Adams
FDOC / coworker

March 20, 2019

Sgt. R. Thomas, you will never be forgotten. You will forever be remembered and loved!!!

Sgt. C. Robinson
Gadsden Re-Entry (FDOC)

March 20, 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 17, 2018

Our hearts and prayers are with Sergeant Thomas, his family, friends and fellow Officers.
How prisoners sentenced to death are in a position to cause this type of violence is astounding to us all.

Officer Anthony Bator

March 19, 2018

Thank you for your service. Heros live for ever. Cowards go to hell. Rest in perpetual peace my brother, and watch over your family.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)

March 18, 2017

3yrs ago today the department lost of good Sgt and a great man. I didn't know Sgt.Thomas but I heard people from my camp talk about him from their past. Its a shame he never got to meet his little girl. I walk through my gate everyday with a little more attentiveness and understanding. RIP Sarge.

Officer Hill
Lake Correctional Institution

March 18, 2015

Hard to believe it's been slightly over 2 years already. It replays daily in my mind and seems like only a moment has passed. You are deeply missed by your family and your DOC family. Columbia CI will always feel the effects of that tragic night especially the ones who were by your side. You will never be forgotten.


May 10, 2014

R.I.P Sergeant Thomas. My prayers are with your family.

Officer Kelly McMullen
Columbia Main Unit

March 19, 2014

You are remembered today as a fallen hero Sgt. Ruben Thomas III. May God comfort your family, co-workers, and friends on this 2nd Anniversary of your E.OW. Rest easy Sgt, we have the watch down here.

D/S Andrew D. Roedel J-39
Jackson County Sheriff's Office Marianna, Florida

March 18, 2014

Making the ultimate sacrifice is the greatest gift an officer can give to a society and the greatest pain to be given to family and friends. Rest in peace brother!

Senior Correctional Officer S. Lucas
Federal Bureau of Prisons

June 23, 2013

Dear Sir,
My prayers are with you, your family, and the DOC family,
we'll take the watch from here.

God Bless All.
Mark Miller
Son /Brother
Of current DOC officers'

Mark Miller
Former CWO / Ocala Police Dept.

June 19, 2013

Thank you for your years of service. Your sacrifice will not go unforgotten. Your family, friends and the Florida DOC will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Rest in Peace my Brother.

Deputy Sheriff James Clendening
Glades County Sheriff's Office (FL)

June 1, 2013

Sgt.thomas which i never had the honor to know rip.we as officers are never really prepared fpr the fate that awaits us we at times just do reaping the the consequences and praying for the best but we serve with a commitment to something higher than ourselves a man will stand up for himself but a true hero will stand up for others.sgt thomas had a career in which he always could hold his head up high. I served as a cpl.united states marine corps.and by the grace of god o made it home a correctional officer in sanluis az.i also made it after 2 years of blood shed day in and day out.i am very proud of you and my highest respects for your family never let his passing be in vain.

cpl.travis a. brown
usmc az dept.of corrections

April 10, 2013

Rest In Peace Sergeant Thomas. Our prayers are with your family.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

March 18, 2013

It is officially a year today since you as our brother has been taken away from us just because you did your job as a state law enforcement officer to keep everyone safe. You will never be forgotten as a legacy that we should always follow within the trade. We all love you and continue to rest as we take your watch .

Officer Dave Brown
Florida Department of Corrections (Probation and Parole)

March 18, 2013

Its already been a year my friend. And still feels like yesterday. I remember when I made a call for back up in the Confinment dorm and you were the first to come smashing through the door almost braking your arm with Sgt Durham right on your 6. And all those long boring nights sitting in F-dorm, you would keep us laughing all night. RIP my brother

Sergeant Robert Pinkerton
Columbia Annex Confinement Sergeant.

March 12, 2013

My prayers and request of blessings for you and your family go to God and I asks or his Gracious hands to protect your family and all of us. I know I will never walk alone because in spirit you are always walking LONG SIDE ME.

C.O. David Shoptaw
Florida Dept of Corrections

March 7, 2013

As we start a new year(2013), your service and sacrifice will always be remembered.
Rest in Peace my Brother.

To my active duty Brothers and Sisters, PLEASE STAY SAFE!

Master Senior Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

January 1, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and friends. May you Rest In Peace.

Special Agent
Homeland Security Investigations - HSI

December 30, 2012

As a corrections professional, I extend my condolences to the Thomas family.

Correctional Counselor, Daniel E. Silas
Shelby County Division of Correction

December 21, 2012

Thank you for your service and helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 3, 2012

Rest in peace. We'll take the watch from here.

San Francisco Sheriff's Department

October 20, 2012

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.