Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Randall "Shane" Thomas

Henderson County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, December 28, 2012

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Reflections for Detective Randall "Shane" Thomas

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 10, 2020

Rest in peace Detective Thomas.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 26, 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

Three years. It doesn't seem like it has been that long since you held my baby. Or that long when I hugged and kissed you goodbye. You were one in a million and you are always loved and remembered.

Cpl. Amber Cox
Henderson County Sheriff's Office and Friend

December 28, 2015

I have never met Detective Thomas, but nevertheless would have been honored to meet him. I am a high school senior who is about to enter the marine corps and the real world, I thought i had previously known what dedication was, but until I read about Detective Thomas, I was wrong. This man, whom i've never met, whose home I may never visit, has nevertheless inspired me to try and emulate such a shining example of what dedication really means. My condolences and respect to you and your family.

Ben Pierce

Ben Pierce

May 16, 2013

God Bless you Detective Thomas. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers. Rest easy Sir.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

February 10, 2013

Godspeed Brother...You lost your life fighting the good fight and for that we are all eternally grateful. Your service is greatly appreciated and may you forever walk the beat of Heaven.

POI K. Jarrell

February 6, 2013

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Detective Shane Thomas and the Henderson Country Sheriff's Office during this time. Thank you, Detective Thomas, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

February 5, 2013



January 25, 2013

Thank you sir for your service
God Bless to the Family

Henderson County Sheriffs Office Texas

January 23, 2013

My prayers and condoloences to the family, friends and fellow officers/Deputies of Detective Thomas. Your warrior spirit and determination is inspirational and will live on with all of us serving and protecting our communities. God bless your family.

Deputy David Green
Torrance County Sheriff Department, NM

January 20, 2013

Det. Thomas,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Henderson County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 16, 2013

Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy

S. I. Drake, Lt. IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

January 14, 2013

Godspeed to the safety and peace of our Heavenly Father's arms. Thank you, Detective Thomas, for your incredible dedication and service. Sincere condolences to your family, friends and fellow officers.

A mother in San Antonio

January 14, 2013

Rest in peace Detective Thomas! My deepest condolences to the Thomas family, and the men and women of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Colonel (Ret) Billy Dickson
Florida Highway Patrol

January 13, 2013

Thank You for your service. You will be remembered for you excellent service. Your dedication and strength was incredible. God Bless You and Your Family.

John Hall, EMT (Kentucky)

January 11, 2013

R.I.P. Brother in Blue, you held on for as long as you could. Job well done and now it is time to rest eternally!

The end of watch has come and now others have to carry on your fight!

Keep watch over them as well! Prayers to your family and your Blue Family

Retired Det P/O Roxanne D Cotton
Baltimore Police Department

January 10, 2013

Rest in Peace Detective, your fight was long and honorable but now it's time to turn over your watch and be at peace.

R.L. Fleming, Correctional Officer (Ret)
California Department of Corrections

January 9, 2013

God's peace and speed Detective Thomas. Thank you for your many years of brave, dedicated service. RIP brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago P.D.

January 8, 2013

You did your community proud, and you proved what a man you were. You are now at rest, sleep well, God's mercy will be with you throughout eternity.

Las Vegas Metro Police Dept.(ret)

January 7, 2013

Rest in Peace my brother for you are a true hero. May God wrap his arms around your family and fellow Officers in this sad time. Thank You for your service.

Trooper Scott Wernecke #958
Washington State Patrol

January 7, 2013

Your tour of duty is now over. Rest easy Sir. God bless you and your loving family. Thank you for your service for so many years.

Cynthia Tiller Drummond, RN

January 7, 2013

God bless your loving family for their sacrifices & loss. Your sacrifice & the dignity you exhibited will never be forgotten.

Mother of a Sgt
Colorado Springs Police Department

January 6, 2013

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

January 5, 2013

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

January 5, 2013

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