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Trooper First Class James Thomas Brammer

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, April 15, 1989

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Reflections for Trooper First Class James Thomas Brammer

Long time remembrance of Office Brammer. He came into a business I worked, with another lady, in Kingwood. He shared the amazing news, on his new born son. He was a very kind, down to earth officer.

Kathy Lyons
Kingwood Cleaners

November 30, 2023

One of the best West Virginia State Troopers I've ever had the privilege of meeting. I wanted to be a police officer for many years because of this man.

Brian Shriver

September 2, 2019

Rest in peace Trooper First Class Brammer.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 17, 2019

I loved this State Trooper as I did all of our Troopers. I worked at Magistrate Court when he was killed. This completely changed my life. RIP my friend

Rhonda Radabaugh Wolfe
Co worker and friend

September 19, 2018

Jim was a good, fair man who gave the benefit of the doubt to those he came in contact with through his work, and found the good in people when it was hard to see. More than fair in his dealing with people, and not one to take advantage when he had the upper hand. You couldn't ask for more from a man. He regaled us with stories on occasion of funny things that happened during his work. Enjoyed the conversations he had with others while we were hunting.

Civilian / Kevin H. Wilson

April 15, 2014

A skinny grade boy walk's home from school, a white souped up Chevy Deuce give's him a ride home and let's him shift the gear's down Fairview Drive to his home. You you're brother Bob and parent's Mike and Marybelle lived behind my parent's home. That skinny boy is 55 year's old now and has never forgotten you're kindness to all. RIP Jim

Dennis Brightwell

April 19, 2013

As a skinny grade school boy walk's home from school a souped up white Chevy Deuce would give that skinny boy a ride home and let him shift the gear's down Fairview Drive to his home. You you're brother Bob parent's Mike and Marybelle lived behind us. That skinny boy is 55 year's old now and has never forgotten you're kindness or you RIP Jim

Dennis Brightwell
Fairview family friend

April 19, 2013

As I look across the road at the house I was raised up in and behind it the house where you and brother Bob and parent's Mike and Marybelle lived, it bring's back memories. Even though I am 12year's younger than you. I still remember that smile. Remember when you would give me a ride down Fairview Drive in you'er white Chevy Deuce and you would let me shift the gear's while I was in elemetary school. that was a thrill to me. I'll never foget the kindness you showed to all of us

Dennis Brightwell
Fairview family friend

April 19, 2013

I spoke on the phone with Trooper Brammer a couple weeks before he passed on. He told me he had a pile of unpaid tickets on his desk and he would much rather have me go pay the court than to have to come serve a warrant on me. I heartily agreed and paid the fine the next day. Later, the newspaper had a story of his being killed while serving a traffic warrant.
Trooper Brammer's duty to resolve unpaid traffic tickets might have been boring, but it was important. His experience shows us that no job is without danger.

Frank Grigaliunas, Civilian
Failed to pay my traffic ticket

November 25, 2012

Thank you for your service and Heroism Sir, RIP you served well.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

September 1, 2012

You will never be forgoten. Thank you all for you heart felt messages and prayer over the years.

Michael H Brammer
Son to TFC J T Brammer

May 31, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 16, 2012

15 April 1989, Kingwood,; Preston County; West Virginia & the Nation, paused to Honor a Hero, Trooper J.T. Brammer. Heroes do live forever!!
Your actions exemplified the qualities of Pride, Integrity & Guts.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13), and J.T. paid the ultimate price.
The pain in the hearts of your Family and your Law Enforcement Family is as strong today as it was on this horrible day, in April 1989, may God be with them and continue to guide them.
No one is ever gone until they are forgotten. We will never forget.

God Bless Trooper Brammer; Trooper Brammer's Family; and the West Virginia State Police.

Robert Hayhurst, Deputy Retired
Jackson Co Sheriff Dept(2005-12)
US Dept of Justice-BOP(83-2005)
Monongalia Co Sheriff Dept(75-83)
WVU Police(71-75)

February 4, 2012

My heart is so heavy. Jim was a good friend and a very good person. Jim will always have a special place in my heart. I still have pictures of Jim and the helmet cover he signed back in 68. One of his favorite sayings was Chevy II much! He had a Chevy II. I asked him many times aren't you from Virginia just to hear him say West by God! I have laughed over the years about that. Jim will always be that 19 yr. old pure of heart West Virginia buddy! May God bless his Family and Children.

Sgt. Ben Fortson
C company 589th Viet Nam Good Friend

December 7, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 15, 2010

Rest in Peace Trooper. We pray for you and those you left behind.

Michigan State Police

March 6, 2010

I caught the tail end of your story on Real Stories of the Highway Patrol and felt compelled to look you up. You have not died in vain, we strive each day to put the uniform on with honor and pride, just as you did.

To the Brammer's, I'm sorry for your loss and undue sacrifice you have endured.

Rest in peace, brother.

Virginia State Police

November 23, 2009

You were always my best friend, from childhood until death. You always stayed in touch with me thoughout the years. You were truly a great man and police officer. I had a wonderful long talk with the kids (Mike & Beth) a few years ago and told them a bunch of stories about you. Beth was so little when she lost you so she really enjoyed our conversation. I hope to be with you again someday buddy. God Bless you Jim. You will never be forgotten.

Roger McDowell
Best Friend

November 16, 2009

On today's date, 11/2/09, the road that leads to the Kingwood Detachment was named JT BRAMMER LANE to honor our fallen brother.

Sergeant Danny Swiger
West Virginia State Trooper-Kingwood

November 2, 2009

Trooper Brammer, we remember your sacrifice twenty years later. Your service to this state is appreciated by many more than than is known. The people of West Virginia can be proud of men like you. God bless you and your family.

Bill Jordan-citizen

April 15, 2009

"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

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

March 2, 2008

Rest In peace. You will NEVER be forgotten.

E. G. D.

December 21, 2007

Rest in peace. You will never be forgotten. 10-42

Cpl. Branham

December 16, 2007

Your new grandson is beautiful. He often looks at your picture on our wall. He will stare at it for several minutes. I wish you could have met him. You would have been so proud. I love you and miss you very much.

Beth Brammer

February 26, 2007

This is to Beth, as long as there are men and women brave enough to put on the uniform your father will not be forgotten. Men like him have paved the way for all of us that have followed. He was a hero and shall live on for all eternity.

Brother in Blue

August 3, 2006

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