Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Yevhen "Eugene" Kostiuchenko

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Yevhen "Eugene" Kostiuchenko

This October will be 6 years. I still miss you so much my friend. We went to visit your home land in Ukraine with your beautiful wife and your children. It was a beautiful trip we met up with your Parent’s and brother. They took us to visit your childhood neighborhood and the house you grew up in. Sitting at the table with your family sipping vodka like we would every chance we got with you. Your mom cooked up your favorite dish in that moment reminiscing memories of you we all felt your presence. There was still so much to experience with you being taken the way you were hurts to this day. Please continue to watch over us and know we are still thinking of you and still missing you like crazy. Budma!!

Sheriff’s Service Technician
Ventura County Sheriff’s

September 15, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Kostiuchenko.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 16, 2020

Though always Ukrainian at heart, he found America to be wonderful and pursued the most stressful and difficult job, a peace officer.
Remembered Always and Forever!

Jerry Petryha
Friend from Afar

November 9, 2018

Sir, Thanks for keeping us safe. Your courage and bravery will live on. God Bless.

Maurice Higgins
LASD/ Recruit

September 16, 2018

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 12, 2018

Rest in Peace sir. You patrolled the great county of Ventura and your service will not soon be forgotten. Your service is something we should all strive for. You will be missed.

DST Karp

May 13, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

October 28, 2017

Update on this officer
Kevin Hogrefe the driver responsible for the death was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to an indefinite term of imprisonment of not less than 15 years and not more than life.


August 7, 2017

Rest in peace my brother.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

October 28, 2016

Justice served! RIP sir.

Deputy Marshal
Jamestown Police, Indiana

October 16, 2016

Hi Eugene, I know it has been a while but I still think about you every day. I have dreams and when I see you they feel so real, like you never left. At least in those moments everything is back to normal again. You never got to meet him, but my son was born shortly after you passed away. I named him after you, your actual given name "Yeven". We call him Yev for short. Yev is 19 or so months now, he is growing up so fast. He has quite the vocabulary. You'd be proud. I'm looking forward to the day where I can explain the origin of his name to him. Sad to tell you that Grandma passed away last week, mom is having a hard time with it. Things are slowly changing since you left, we really miss you. See you on down the road.

Tristan Kelley

August 11, 2016

His full name is possibly Yevhen Anatoliyovych Kostiuchenko.


November 20, 2015

Eugene, we love and miss you today and every day. It has been a year now and the community has rallied to keep your legacy alive in the form of a highway sign that proudly displays your name. In life your kindness spilled out and touched so many souls and each of us is thankful for all that you have done for us. You have changed my life forever and I will always have 13 years of cherished memories which will carry me through each day.


November 9, 2015

Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff Eugene KostiuchenkoThank you for your service to this country and your community. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and your department at this time.

Chief Reuben Black
Barnwell Police Dept., Barnwell, SC

March 4, 2015


Raised in a village, no running water, no worry.
Warmed only by a cut log fire at night.
Unaware of heavy snow drifts that bury,
He read novels by the glow of a flickering light.

Filled with conviction at a very young age,
Seeking truth and justice and noteworthy goals,
Hard work and discipline he did engage,
As he trod this earth like an ancient soul.

Blessed with a brilliant mind he was able,
And languages were his special gift.
Russian, Ukrainian and Farsi he brought to the table
As translations between he could easily shift.

As a Ukrainian military attache he traveled abroad,
Coming to the United States on official business.
Lead investigations on an international fraud,
Amply identifying a target, or victim, or witness.

It was here in the land of the Free and the Brave,
That he met his future wife.
Unknowingly it was she that he saved,
As he made her his soul mate....his life.

Leaving his family and beloved country behind,
He took the oath of loyalty and did beam.
Democracy and freedom with delight he did find,
As he lived the American Dream.

He joined the Ventura County Sheriff's employ,
A proud career this he knew
As criminals and drunken drivers he did annoy,
Once he became a dedicated Brother in Blue.

At the height of his earthly existance,
This young man was too soon taken,
God evidently needed him back in an instant,
Leaving us on earth badly shaken.

We will miss his charm, wit, infectious smile,
His generosity and compassionate way.
He always went the extra mile,
And brought us laughter and light each day.

Here on earth we hold on to our dream,
That he watches us from above,
Waiting on the bridge between,
To wrap us once more in his blanket of love.

In loving memory of a wonderful man who only knew goodness and kindness and generously shared it with all who knew him. We love you Eugene and will always miss you.

Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation

January 21, 2015

Eugene, I broke down and cried last night thinking of you and how funny you were when we worked OT together. You'll always be in my thoughts.


December 28, 2014

#PrayersandBlessings4 for the Immediate Family as well as the Department Family of this HERO Officer.

Disabled/Retired CO M Cubberly
Huds Cnty Dept of Public Safety / Division of Corrections

December 1, 2014

Rest in Peace Brother

John Tomaino Sr. Chief Deputy
Retired Mahoning County Sheriffs Office Youngstown, ohio

November 24, 2014

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

Deputy CA Travis Bird
City of Fredericksbug

November 21, 2014



November 7, 2014

I just saw the news story on Eugenes memorial service, and his life story, and I was so moved at this amazing man, this amazing immigrant. What an incredible history he had, and the words shared by his loving wife were moving, as was the huge crowd of his fellow officers. I pray for the healing in the hearts of all who knew him. God bless his family, friends and co-workers who are out there helping keep some order in our crazy society!

Ed Artigue, L.A. Spec. Ed teacher

November 4, 2014

The law enforcement community is truly sadden by the untimely passing of Deputy Sheriff Eugene Kostiuchenko. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go to the family, friends, and coworkers of Deputy Kostiuchenko. We would also like to thank him for his service. May his soul rest in peace.

Zone Five Academy Session 57

New York State Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy

November 4, 2014

Godspeed Brother...You died fighting the good fight and for that we are all eternally grateful...Please watch over us as you walk the golden beat of Heaven...

POII K. Jarrell

November 3, 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.

PTLM Frank Kapusta
Mohawk PD

November 3, 2014

Rest in peace brother.

Officer Kyle Groose
Laramie, WY Police Department

November 3, 2014

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