Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Ruben Howard Thomas, III

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, March 18, 2012

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Reflections for Sergeant Ruben Howard Thomas, III

LRD please continue to comfort Sgt Ruben Thomas III love ones.


September 19, 2012

Rest in Peace, SGT. Thomas. You will be missed here on earth, but you are needed up in Heaven.

Officer D.J. Burkitt
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office-Services Division

September 12, 2012

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace through such incidents. May family & friends feel the presence of the "God of All Comfort" as they endure the distressing days ahead. I join them in their agonizing grief & remember them in my prayers.

Another senseless tragedy
Another day of grief,
Another day of praying
To help us find relief.

Relief from bitter anguish
Relief from rage so great,
Relief from lenient justice
Which continues to seal our fate.

Relief from heartache’s torment
As we continue on,
Oh, the awesome loss of brotherhood
Now that you are gone.

Though our hearts are deeply broken
And our tears forever flow,
There’s a comforting assurance
That now with God you go.

We know that you are welcome
Now at Heaven’s gate,
While meeting brothers & sisters
Who also met such fate.

The family of Law Enforcement
Knows no distance here or there,
And we recall in comfort
You await us there.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

July 17, 2012

Whatever our duty, or wherever we serve, we are all brothers and sisters in this most honorable calling. We have lost yet another brother who we must never forget.

My deepest sympathy to both his family and his police family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May he rest in eternal peace.

Sgt. Tom Waller, Ret., Cincinnati P.D.
Greater Cincinnati Police Museum

June 27, 2012

Thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

D/S J. Clendening
Glades County Sheriff's Office (FL)

June 11, 2012

Sgt. Thomas, I am so sorry to hear of your passing. We've lost another hero to some scumbag. You were the same age as my son who does the same work you did. It's just hard to believe that someone with his whole life in front of him could pass that way. I tell my son every day to be careful. I know you guys are well trained, but you young guys think you're invincible. A lot of times you take unnecessary chances and you don't realize that in cause you your life. You guys have to realize that you are doing a dangerous job and need to be a little bit more careful. I'm pretty sure that your parents probably told you. Lots of times to be careful. Like I tell my son all the time. My condolences to your family and your friends like said before we have lost another young hero and not sad, but you will not be forgotten. Rest in peace hero

Deputy José Fernandez
Broward sheriffs office. Father

June 5, 2012

Rest in peace

Civilian supporter

May 3, 2012

Its been a little over a month now, and we miss you so much. Davie and Nicole cry often. We still can not understand why this has happened and we never will. Next Tuesday Lake City is honoring the fallen heroes of this year, and you are one of them. Nicole says if she never hears bagpipes again it will be too soon. Emma sees you all the time and blows you kisses. We are all struggling to get through the day. But we just try to hold on to each other and make to make it through. We miss you we love you, Please continue to watch over us.

Sgt Donald S Cole Jr
Uncle Suwannee CI

April 24, 2012

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

April 20, 2012

Sgt. Thomas may god bless your family, may god rest your sole. You will not be forgotten and you will always walk amongst us. Your watch is now over and you can rest now sir. Your children will grow up knowing that there father was a hero and will always be apart of our family for you were one of our brothers. This tragedy was felt throughout the entire Florida Department of Corrections. The last gate you will have to enter is one made of Gold Sir and only angels are amongst you now may god rest your soul.

K. Watford C/O RRT, Deputy Sheriff

April 19, 2012

Sgt,Ruben Thomas,and family...please know you are in my thoughts and prayers every day,especially when I walk the floors every night at work and I ask you to watch over ALL of us...WE NEVER WALK ALONE,God Speed my friend..RIP.

Ofc.Darlene Wahl
Franklin CI,FL.

April 13, 2012

May God be with your family. RIP Sgt. Thomas.

Police Officer D. Kirk #8270
Bull Valley (IL) Police Department

April 12, 2012

R.I.P. my thoughts and prayers go out to all.

Det. Randy Evans
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Son of Patrolman Robert Wayne Evans
E.O.W 10/14/1971

April 12, 2012

R.I.P. Sgt prayers are with you family..

lieutenant (Ret.)

April 11, 2012

R.I.P Sgt Thomas, God bless you and your family.

Chief Joe Ham
Carrabelle Police Department

April 11, 2012

RIP Sergent Thomas. May God bless and comfort your family

Caroline Sears
Mother of fallen deputy Michael C Walizer

April 10, 2012

Sergeant Thomas you gave your life while insuring the safety of so many. Your job was a difficult one and you no doubt were an excellent officer. You will be missed by all of law enforcement, but never forgotten.

Captain (retired) Dan Hurley
New Jersey State Police

April 10, 2012

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

April 10, 2012

My sympathay and prayers go out to the family of this fallen Hero and to his fellow officers in DOC. As a retired corrections professional, I have seen too many senseless incidents in prison and understand the grief that all must feel during this time of mourning. Stay strong in heaven and know you will always be remembered.

Mark A. Kilgore, Captain, AZ DOC, Ret.
Arizona Department of Corrections

April 9, 2012

R.I.P brothe , condolences to your family thank you for your service


April 8, 2012

As a former FL Dept. of Corrections CO, I am sad to see this. Hopefully, the FL D.O.C. will wake up and realize that they need to stop treating inmates with kid gloves and treat them like they criminals they are to prevent this tragedy from happening again. My condolences and sympathy go out to the Thomas family in their time of loss. May God grant you the strength and wisdom.

former FL D.O.C. Correctional Officer

April 7, 2012

Rest in Peace. We just lost our Son- a Corrections Officer at Liberty County Work Camp. We share your grief and your pain. You will be in our prayers.

Garry and Delores Cobb

April 7, 2012

Rest In Peace Sgt Thomas. Thank you for your service.

Thankful Citizen

April 6, 2012

RIP Brother, hearts heavy everywhere for your family. Your work is done, we got it from here. Thank you for your time and dedication in FDOC.

CO Holloway
FDOC Sumter C.I. Boot Camp

April 6, 2012

With all my respect and condolences to his family, friends and co-workers. Rest in Peace Brother!!!

Lisa Echevarria Assist. Shift Supervisor
CCA Citrus County Detention Facility

April 6, 2012

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