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Deputy Sheriff Christopher Richard Parsons

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Christopher Richard Parsons

WCSO Deputy Parsons you was a hero to all...... may god be with your loved ones in this time of need.. FYI THE SUSPECT HAS BEEN CAPTURED AT 5:15 PM CENTRAL TIME......


December 15, 2012

Thank you for giving your all for your community. You were too young to be called home! Praying for all those affected by your loss. May you always be remembered as the HERO that you are.

Shelly Ragsdale, Surviving Spouse
Officer Alan Ragsdale EOW 11-27-00

December 15, 2012

God Bless


December 15, 2012

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. May you rest in peace.

Ptlm. Willim F. Shields
Federal Reserve Police/Philadelphia - Retired/Haverford Police

December 15, 2012

R.I.P. Deputy Parsons. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends.

Deputy First Class
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

December 15, 2012

Deputy Parsons,

You are alive and well in the presence of God.

To Your Family,

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray, “Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with loving, caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name, Amen”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for 22 months. Feel those prayers. God is with you, He knows and will ease your pain.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

December 15, 2012

This poem was written after getting my wife’s 19 years perspective of being a police officer’s wife.

“He Does it For You!”

He doesn’t do it for the money,
Cause surely there’s something better to do,
He says, “Someone has to do it!”
So really, he does it for you.

His eight to twelve hours is from call to call,
From a murder to a cat in a tree,
You say he’s never around when you really need him,
But without him, where would you be?

You curse him when you get a speeding ticket,
And scream there’s something better he could do,
But have you looked at how many deaths there are on the highways,
So really, he’s doing it for you.

He’s always seeing so much bad in the world,
He really doesn’t know what to do,
He wonders sometimes if it’s even worth it,
But he knows he has to do it for you.

Each day when he leaves for work,
And I always kiss him good-bye,
I don’t know if I’ll see him again,
Cause the day might be the day he dies.

So many times he comes home from work,
And I see a small tear in his eyes,
I ask him what is the problem dear?
And he says another innocent person has died.

You always say a cop isn’t human,
Cause at a tragedy he’s cool from the start,
But you don’t have to live with him,
And watch his mind and heart break apart.

I remember one hot June night at work,
His supervisor came, “Your husband’s been hurt!”, he said,
It was such a long ride to the hospital,
They wouldn’t say if he was alive or dead.

Crime is always on the increase,
The streets a battle ground,
And when one in “Blue” is slain,
At the funeral-taps will sound.

He’ll lay in a flagged draped coffin,
An honor for those who die for this land,
Just like the Army, Navy and Marines,
He died by the enemies hands.

Most ordinary citizens won’t be at the funeral,
But you’ll see plenty of people wearing blue,
You’ll see dozens of marked patrol cars,
Honoring the one who died for you.

Written by David L Bell Copyright © 1991
Retired Deputy Sheriff after over 38 years
Richland County Sheriff’s Dept
Columbia, SC

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 15, 2012

RIP Brother & thank you for what you have given.My thoughts & prayers are with you, your family & friends and your Brothers & Sisters in blue.

Lt. Robert M.Petty (Ret)
North Bergen N.J.P.D.

December 15, 2012

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"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

This may be re-posted in the Honor of his death and the death of any Law Enforcement Officer!

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 15, 2012

Rest in peace Brother Christopher, you are a true Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/17/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham (retired)
Sand Springs PD OK

December 15, 2012

He stood up...
He showed up...
He stepped forward...
He raised his right hand...
He stood in the gap.
He walked in the fire...
He did not run...
He did not hide...
He did not dodge...
He did not evade.
He had nothing to prove...
No one to convince...
Those who matter... already know.
Those who don't… never will.

Jon Sandberg - Retired Deputy
Kitsap County (WA) Sheriff - high school friend of his mom

December 15, 2012


My heart is filled with great sadness at learning of the lost of your loved one and fellow Deputy.
We in the law enforcement community are a family.
Though we may wear different uniforms and have different badges, shields or stars pinned upon our chest.
We consist of many different agencies from across the nation, for we are Municipal Police Officers, Sheriff's Deputies, State Police Investigators, State Highway Patrol Troopers, Conservation Officers, Correctional Officers and Federal Agents just to name a few.
We patrol small towns, large cities, county roads and state highways.
Whether active duty or retired, we are one family, a law enforcement family, brothers and sisters bonded together by HONOR, SERVICE and PRIDE.
Daily we honor our fallen brothers and sisters never forgetting their sacrifice.
Daily our position is clear that we will SERVE and PROTECT our communities without faltering and with no hesitation.
Daily we show pride in our chosen profession LAW ENFORCEMENT, for we willingly walk the line of GOOD over EVIL facing the unknown with COURAGE keeping our trust and faith in GOD.
We know that evil roam these streets and at any moment in the course of performing our duties the ultimate sacrifice might be required of us in the service to our community, for law enforcement is not a job but a calling and only a few will make the decision to commit to that calling to serve for some will give all that they have.
I commend you my fallen brother for making the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of your duty.
For you left us doing what you chose to do.
Performing a job you were trained to do.
Upholding the oath you swore to do.
Most importantly doing what you loved to do........SERVING and PROTECTING your community with HONOR and PRIDE making a better and safer place for us all.

Rest in Peace my fallen Brother, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN !!!

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

December 15, 2012

Thanks for your service and giving your all. May you R.I.P. God Bless your family and brothers in Blue.

Brenda Johnson

December 15, 2012

Rest in peace.

DET. Eric Andreoli

December 15, 2012

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 15, 2012

Rest in Peace, Brother. Thank you for your service.

Sgt. Kevin J Kratz
Buena Vista Twp Police (Michigan)

December 15, 2012

R.I.P. Deputy Parsons Thank you for your service


December 15, 2012

God be with the family. RIP brother.

Deputy Brad Rosser
Fayette County Sheriff's Dept.

December 15, 2012

rest in peace

PII Dickson
everyone at Southaven, MS Police Dept.

December 15, 2012

rest in peace with all heroes. only a coward would have done such a thing and your brothers will deal with him or her. you have done your duty.

jennifer phillips
widow of sgt ron phillips

December 15, 2012

I went to college with deputy Parsons knew him as a good man and friend. RIP brother.

officer evans
chicago police department

December 15, 2012

Rest in Peace Deputy Parsons your duty is done. May God hold you, your family and Washington County, Mo. Sheriff's Department in his loving arms.

Sgt. Tim Sampson
St. Louis Airport Police dept.

December 15, 2012

R.I.P., Brother.

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

December 15, 2012

To the family, friends and fellow Officers of Deputy Sheriff Christopher, I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words to write which will comfort you, although I wish from the bottom of my heart there were. You are all and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers as you begin this journey which no one should ever have to be on.

Karen Portz
Surviving Sister of Police Officer Tommy R Portz Jr EOW 10/20/2010

December 15, 2012

May god welcome you with open arms and may his wrath rain down upon the coward who cause this to happen.

Detective Rick Draper
DeSoto Police Department

December 15, 2012

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