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Trooper Russell A. Bagshaw

Connecticut State Police, Connecticut

End of Watch Wednesday, June 5, 1991

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Reflections for Trooper Russell A. Bagshaw

the man that deffended us all

Anonymous

August 1, 2009

Your untimely death is the ultimate reminder of the danger Troopers face everyday. I know some lessons will be learned after reading your profile.

Trooper
Kentucky State Police

July 19, 2009

Russ,

Today marks 18 years now since you were gunned down. Your brother Troopers have not forgotten you. Rest in Peace my young Trooper.

Your Sergeant and one of the last few to see you alive,
Sgt. Terry Sumner

Sgt. Terry Sumner
CSP- Ret.

June 5, 2009

I have just posted a reflection to my late uncle, and after doing so i have read all the reflections left by others.I want to say you are all very kind reading them i started to tear up. Thank you for all of your kindness. He will always be loved and nevee forgotten.Rest in Peace uncle Russell

crystal
neice

November 29, 2008

Uncle Russell you were the best. I was almost 5 when you were killed i miss you terribly. I am now 22 and i have a daughter that is 3 months and i will tell her about you when she is old enough to understand. Her name is Anastasia Marillyn Rose Bagshaw. I love you and wish you were sill here... Love always Crystal

crystal
neice

November 29, 2008

RIP Trooper Bagshaw a CT hero.

January 17, 2008

"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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

September 25, 2007

God Speed, Brother.

P.O.K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

September 3, 2007

Russ,
We who were then when you died will never be the same, some, will never let you name be forgotten. As long as my husband is alive, we can be found at St. Columba church at 1000 hrs on June 5th. As i gaze at you face I can't help but notice how young you were !We tell the stories often, especially to new recruits and we are so proud of you - rest in peace Russ #534

Dispatcher Kathleen Farley
State Police Troop K

August 23, 2007

You are not forgotten.

Former Police Officer (Dist.Hghts. MD)
Warrenton, Virginia

June 5, 2007

G-d Bless you and your loved ones.

June 5, 2007

Russ, I will never, never forget the telephone call I got from one of the midnight shift dispatchers that June 5th morning at 0400, telling me you were gone. Only three and a half hours earlier I had you sitting beside me at my desk going over some of your reports before you went out on patrol and I went home off evening shift. I sat on the edge of my bed in disbelief. My wife woke up and asked what was wrong and I told her you were gone. I felt so helpless and devastated. I got up and my wife said that I should go in to the barracks...and I did..for 3 days. It's been sixteen years now and it still seems like it was just a few hours ago we were talking.

Rest in peace my boy!

Sergeant Terry Sumner
Connecticut State Police, Ret. #204

May 22, 2007

Every time I drive to north windham I see your name on I84 and I wonder who you were....now I know....Thank you for your service....RIP!

ken rooney

May 2, 2007

Thank you for your service and dedication. May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

March 25, 2007

Rest in peace knowing that you are NEVER going to be forgotten. Carry on brother.

Officer Michael Hicks
Coventry Police Dept.- CT

February 12, 2007

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE ON AND OFF DUTY! I KNOW YOU ARE STILL WATCHING OVER US FROM THE STREETS OF GOLD!!!!

DISPATCHER GRETA M HUFF
KY STATE POLICE POST 13 HAZARD

February 10, 2007

I am 28 years old, and my dream is to be a Connecticut State Trooper....Russell Bagshaw is my hero; my drive to become one of Connecticut's Soldiers of the Law; most sharpy dressed agency in the U.S....My inspiration, rest in peace, Trooper Bagshaw.

Peter J. Pendziwater
Connecticut State Police aspiring trooper

December 3, 2006

Trooper Bagshaw did not die in vain. I always tell the midnight tour to be careful with burglar alarm calls, don't treat them as routine. I frequently tell the story of Trooper Bagshaw.

RIP

Sgt. Alexander Lindsay
MTA Police Dept

November 15, 2006

Rest in peace Trooper Bagshaw. You are brave and I am looking forward to working with honorable officers such as yourself. You are an inspiration and a prime example of what it means to be a police officer.

Nils P. Hansen
Student

September 15, 2006

Rest in peace Trooper Bagshaw. You are a reminder and an inspiration of what it means to be a police officer.

Nils P. Hansen
Student

September 15, 2006

i lived in ct at the time this young man was taken and i left for maine after this i allways wanted to know what they did to the person who ended your life to early this is why i come to this site.. i just wanted to let all know we will allways think of you ,a person that you were

george lavigne
retired machinst

August 17, 2006

I often tell my new night watch officers that a security check should not be considered a routine task. I tell them this because I was a 3 year patrolman working midnights the same night you were killed only a few towns away. I attended your funeral which was my first of many. I remember everything as if it happened yesterday. I did not know you, but at my roll call your name is mentioned. You are not forgotten. R.I. P. brother.

Sergeant Keith Beebe
Stonington, CT Police Dept

August 15, 2006

You are have never been far from our thoughts in the past 15 years and will always remain within our souls.

TFC Mark Dumas and Lori
Ct. State Police

July 7, 2006

Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association has a motto: "Looking to the future, but never forgetting the past."
The Connecticut State Police motto is: "The first and the finest". 100 years of state service 1903 - 2003.
To Russ and his family - God Bless and never forgotten.

Trooper Orlando C. Mo
Connecticut State Police

July 7, 2006

Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association has a motto: "Looking to the future, but never forgetting the past."
The Connecticut State Police motto is: "The first and the finest". 100 years of state service 1903 - 2003.
To Russ and his family - God Bless and never forgotten.

Trooper Orlando C. Mo
Connecticut State Police

July 6, 2006

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