Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Billy F. "Bubba" Kennedy

Upton County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Billy F. "Bubba" Kennedy

Bubba, you were a hell of a friend and a very respectable person that I will always cherish and remember forever. I remember numerous times, out on the ranch, we would hunt, throw a few back and talk about how lucky we were...
If there is anything I or my family can do for your wife and kids, I will be there! God Rest and See you soon my brother....

Lance McDonald

October 4, 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

October 4, 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

October 4, 2013

Sincere condolences to the family and fellow officers of Deputy Sheriff Billy Kennedy who grieve his tragic death. May God bring you comfort as only He can.

Chaplain Sam Faraone
El Paso TX Police Department

October 4, 2013

Thank you for your service Deputy Kennedy. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace...

Chief Joseph A. Edwards
Columbia Police Department, IL

October 4, 2013

I am saddened yet again to hear of another brother going down in the line of duty. There but for the grace of God go I. RIP Brother

Deputy Gary Estes
Grayson County TX. Sheriff's Office Ret.

October 4, 2013

Prayers and condolences to the family of this brave "Blue Blood"

Cpl. Marcus Hines
Shreveport Police Department

October 4, 2013

Another stark reminder that there is evil in the world, ready to kill and steal and destroy that which is good. Our prayers go out to Deputy Kennedy's family, friends and colleagues. May the God of peace extend his comfort to you particularly in the days to come.

Brian, civilian, son of a police officer
Bakersfield (CA) Police Department

October 4, 2013

God bless Deputy Kennedy's family, fellow Deputy's and friends with peace and courage. RIP good and faithful servant.

chaplain Bill Roscoe
Canyon Co. Sheriffs Office, Idaho

October 4, 2013

God's Speed and rest well. We, your brothers, have the watch.

Sgt. Douglas MacDougall
Travis County Attorney's Office, Austin, Texas

October 4, 2013

Prayers for his wife, sons and extended family in this hero's departement. May God give them an abundance of comfort.

Chaplain Louie Tropf
Indian River County Sheriff's Department

October 4, 2013

RIP Brother. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for what you have given. God Bless.

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

October 4, 2013

My condolences to this hero's family, friends and co-workers. My prayers go with you. God bless each of you. The citizens of Upton County should be proud of the officers that serve them.

Training Specialist Kevin Ryan
South Plains Association of Governments LE Academy

October 4, 2013

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ

October 4, 2013

RIP Brother.


October 4, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and your fellow officers!

Bryce Stevenson
Son of Fallen Ceres Police Sergeant Howard Stevenson, EOW 010905

October 4, 2013

Sorry Upton County and the Kennedy family lost a friend, husband, father and deputy all in one day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. May God put his blessings upon his family.

EMS Captain of Crane Fire Dept.
Crane Fire Department

October 4, 2013

Rest in peace thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of the UCSD during this very difficult and tragic time

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret.
Jackson, NJ PD

October 4, 2013

May the good lord welcome you with open arms, for you have done your job well.

Reserve Deputy Douglas J. Maykowski
Macomb County Sheriff Mt. Clemens Michigan

October 4, 2013

Rest in peace my brother L.E.O. Evil will never prosper as long as brave men such as yourself stand for good.

I hope in time your family and agency find peace in your passing.

Police Officer II D. Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

October 4, 2013


James P. Waggle

October 4, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the family, may our loving GOD
wrap his arms around them and comfort them.

Sgt. Retired, Neal Player
Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

October 4, 2013

your service and dedication will not be forgotton deputy kennedy, much love and prayers to the you and your family and friends. heaven just recieved a great angel along with many others.

sue ellen hutchinson
friend of the family

October 4, 2013

RIP brother. rest easy

SPO Bujanos
Austin Police Department

October 4, 2013

May God's comfort and strength be with the Upton County Sheriff's Department, The Kennedy Family, and all who knew him as they begin their journey through grief. May our fallen brother rest in eternal peace. My thoughts and prayers remain with them all.

Chaplain Robert A. Crutchfield
National First Responder Prayer Team

October 4, 2013

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