Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Investigator Fredrich Adam Sowders

Burleson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Reflections for Sergeant Investigator Fredrich Adam Sowders

Sgt. Sowders,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Burleson County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 19, 2023

May his soul rest in peace. Sending more love and healing..I wish his loved ones the best in life and all the strength and justice. May he be remembered forever and continue to inspire others with his bravery ❤️

Shreya Kanojiya

March 9, 2023

Rest in peace Sergeant Investigator Sowders.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 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 13, 2018

Even though time passes on, you, your service and the men and women of Burleson County Sheriff's Office are not forgotten.

Retired, Doug Kunze
Bureau of ATF

December 22, 2014

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Adam was killed.

To Adam's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Sgt. Sowders gave to his community and the citizens of Texas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on December 19, 2013.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 2, 2014



February 28, 2014

Your sacrifice will never forever be a reminder of why we do what we do. It was an Honor to have worked with you and to call you a friend. God bless and keep your friends, co-workers and family safe. We have the watch from here. Rest in Peace.

Marshal Nelton Spittler
Kerrville, Texas

January 21, 2014

You were a great friend and will missed...RIP Adam.

Deputy Jason P. Rhodes
Burleson County Sheriff's Office

January 9, 2014

We, as law enforcement officers, realize the risks and dangers we face from the day we are sworn in, yet we accept those risks and challenges willingly. I do not weep for those that give the ultimate sacrifice. Rather, I admire their courage and take comfort in knowing that their brothers are watching over us, and that they were willing to risk that possibility so other may remain safe and secure. Blessed are the peacemakers...

Sgt. Lester Bashaw (Retired)
Houston Police Department

January 2, 2014

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

Ptlm F J Kapusta
Mohawk Police Department

December 30, 2013

Sergeant Sowders,

I know you will rest well in the arms 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 Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over two years. 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 29, 2013

Thank you Sgt Sowders for you faithful service. You will be remembered. May God grant your family and agency peace and comfort.

Trooper Joe Dellwo #446
Minnesota State Patrol

December 29, 2013

To the family of Sergeant Investigator Adam Sowders, friends, Sheriff Dale Stroud and the Burleson County Sheriff's Office.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and hold you close now and always.

Patrolman A. S. (Scott) Batson
Cherry Police Department

December 28, 2013

Sgt. Investigator Sowders, you are the ultimate hero. Thank you for choosing to be a safety officer and protecting us. You are in my heart forever. I will never forget your sacrifice for us.

You will NEVER be forgotten. Please give my brother a hug for me.

Rebecca Davis, Sister, Orlando, FL
Constable Brian Bachmann; EOW: 8/13/2012
Brazos County Constable Precinct 1, TX

December 28, 2013

RIP my Fellow Brother in Blue. My Prayers go to your Family, Friends, and, Co-Workers.

Retired Detective Don Vine #5896
Phoenix Police Department

December 28, 2013

Rest In Peace Brother

Captain Steve Yancey
Forest Hill Police Department, TX

December 27, 2013

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

December 27, 2013

We mourn the loss of another brother in blue. We pray for your family in their time of need. We pray for your co-workers in their time of loss. Burleson County is our neighbor and the Bryan Police Department is here for you.

Officer Kelley McKethan
Bryan Police Department

December 26, 2013

May God bless and be with your family, co-workers and friends at this very difficult time.

Lieutenant Shawn Sayers
Fort Bend County Pct. #3 Constable

December 26, 2013

Rest In Peace Sir!!! My deepest condolences go out to Sergeant Sowders's family and friends as well as the Burleson County Sheriff's Office and the Somerville Police Department. Another hero torn from the Thin Blue Line...

Deputy Michael Matranga
Orange County Sheriff's Department
Regional Traffic Bureau

December 24, 2013

God's peace and speed Sergeant Sowders. Thank you for your brave, dedicated service. RIP brother.

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

December 24, 2013

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
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 awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just 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 unmanly tears.
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 had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
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Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department, WY

December 24, 2013

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, it will never be forgotten. May God keep your family in His arms.

Special Agent #8268
US Homeland Security Investigations, Phoenix, AZ

December 24, 2013

So very sad for those who cared for this hero.

Aunt of fallen Deputy Sheriff

December 23, 2013

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