Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Roger Monroe Odell

Town Creek Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Reflections for Patrolman Roger Monroe Odell

Rest in peace Brother Roger.

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant, MA PD

January 30, 2015

may HIS light shine perpetual upon his face

Chief Jim Allen (Retired)
Mobile County Child Support Enforcement
Mobile County, Alabama

January 30, 2015

Rest in peace brother. My families thoughts and prayers are going out to Roger's family and friends.

Deputy Matthew Skaggs
Washington County Sheriff's Office

January 30, 2015

RIP Brother O'Dell. It was an Honor and a privilege to have worked with you. The way you served your community will always be remembered. Your picture is the best definition Webster could put beside "Public Servant" in the dictionary.

Trooper J. Fox
Alabama State Troopers

January 30, 2015

Rest in peace to my brother in blue. I pray for the strength of your family at such a hard time.

J. Noel
Vicksburg PD-Officer

January 30, 2015

Rest in peace Brother! We have the watch from here. May God Bless your friends and family.

Officer A. OROZCO

January 30, 2015

The juvenile who used the radio to alert dispatchers showed that there is hope for him. Thank God for that.

Kids will be kids and these two, though they should never have escaped in the first place were brought back thanks to the diligent efforts of Patrolman O'Dell who proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, to be a true lawman through and through, willing to retire as Chief from one department, only to take a job as a Patrolman with another. He is a hero to me for that alone.

It is truly sad that Patrolman O'Dell lost his life, but if those who truly know and love him keep him forever in their hearts and minds, he will always be with them.

God Bless and may you eternally Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 29, 2015

Rest In Peace, Brother.

Det. Randy Evans
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Son of Patrolman Robert Wayne Evans
E.O.W 10/14/1971

January 29, 2015

R.I.P. Officer O'dell. Thank you for your service and sacrifices, Prayers to the family, brother officers, friends and community.

M.Sgt. Angel Alverio (Retired)
Wilmington De. Police Department

January 29, 2015

RIP brother. Thank you for your service!!

Patrol officer S. McFarlane
Tampa Police Department

January 29, 2015

Patrolman Roger O'Dell left us all too soon. He made an arrest of two juveniles who escaped from a juvenile facility in Alabama. He will be missed by all of the citizens of Town Creek, Alabama and its police department. He was a dedicated police officer who did his job very well. I send my condolences to his family and the entire Town Creek, AL Police Department as they mourn the loss of a proud police officer who did his job with dignity.

Bradford Paulson

January 29, 2015

Eternal Rest

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

January 29, 2015

He was such a good man. Roger you will be missed. But there is no doubt what so ever where you are now! I love ya brother!

Trooper Andrew Alexander
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

January 29, 2015

He was such a good man. There is no doubt where he is right now. I love ya Roger. You will be missed!

Trooper Andrew Alexander
Alabama Dept. Of Public Safety

January 29, 2015


Deputy J. Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

January 29, 2015

Rest in Peace Chief O'Dell, My Brother in Blue.

FTO D. Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

January 29, 2015

So sorry to hear of Roger's heart attack.
I pray for better health & the care there of , of our Uniform
May the God of Peace be near you .
The '' Little Pony " Express & our Family send tearful condolences to Family, Friends, Department, Community, & Country.
The "Purple Heart Candles" burn this day for Roger, in our Family's 9/11 Memorial .
R.I.P. Roger, Son of Valor, with Honor.
Gone from Our Arms ... Forever in Our Hearts !!!

Ms. Karen Morgan ,Psy & LE , Grad.
Eagels Wing Baptist Church, Lake Traverse, SD

January 29, 2015

Thanks for your service. You can leave your post. . rip

Sheriff Randal Ward
Hickman co sheriff office, hickman county tenn.

January 29, 2015

Thanks for your service. You can leave your post.

Sheriff Randal Ward
Hickman co sheriff office, hickman county tenn.

January 29, 2015

May the family's fond memories help them through this difficult time.

Terry L. Vice
Patrol Officer (1979-1984)
Greeley PD

January 29, 2015

Thank you for your service Patrolman O'Dell. Rest in Peace.

Chief Joseph H. Giberson III
Stafford Township Police Department, Manahawkin, NJ

January 29, 2015

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 BMI © 1993 - All Rights Reserved

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

January 29, 2015

Thank you Patrolman O'Dell for your years of hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of Alabama. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!!!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever, rest in peace, my brother.



Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

January 29, 2015

Thank you for your service Patrolman O'Dell. May you rest in peace and may the God bless you and your family.

Detective Patrick Langley
Hot Springs Police Dept. (AR) - native of Tuscumbia, AL

January 29, 2015


To the family, friends, and colleagues of Patrolman Roger O’Dell:

From the beginning of time after Cain killed his brother, Abel, there has been a need for law enforcement officers to protect the weak and to bring evildoers to justice. This work is necessary in a sinful world and is dangerous. In modern times, some five hundred and twenty-seven Law Enforcement Officers have sacrificed their lives to protect the citizens of the State of Alabama. Today, we honor the sacrifice of Patrolman Roger O’Dell, of the Town Creek, Alabama, Police Department; who suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after apprehending two juvenile escapees from a Juvenile Detention Facility in a neighboring county on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at about 0400 hours.

Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Patrolman Roger O’Dell. He died serving us. Help us never to forget. Help us celebrate the life of Patrolman Roger O’Dell and honor his sacrifice. Be with the family, friends, and colleagues of this fallen hero. Comfort them and give them your strength. Guide those who seek to take care of the family of this hero. May those empowered to do so, care for them with integrity. In commemorating the death of this hero, help those who mourn to remember that death is not the end. Death does not have the final say, but is simply the transition to the glorious life to come. They should look forward to that life to come with joy and thanksgiving.

As for the citizens of Town Creek, Alabama, help them to faithfully equip their police officers with the best tools to protect their community. May their training be adequate to the task. Help the citizens of Town Creek, Alabama, to remember to pay their police officers fairly and treat them with respect. Help the citizens of Town Creek, Alabama, to obey the law and treat each other with dignity so as not to add to the burden of crime and pain to their community.

The time for mourning will soon pass. We have now remembered and celebrated the life lost in this great tragedy. As the family, friends, and colleagues of Patrolman Roger O’Dell go forward, they must celebrate the good things in their lives; and to celebrate life itself!

Finally, Lord God, we pray for the families, friends, and colleagues of all the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line-of-duty and we thank you for their sacrifices. Bless the lives of their families, friends, and colleagues so they might find healing. Help their law enforcement organizations support the families of these fallen heroes. Even though their deaths might have been senseless, make something good come out of these situations so that their law enforcement organizations and the communities in which they lived and served might be stronger because of their lives and their deaths.

Now, Patrolman Roger O’Dell, may the Lord bless you, and keep you: the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.

In His Service,

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police of the Nashua NH Police Department
Police Chaplain of the Merrimack NH Police Department
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Merrimack NH Police Department

January 29, 2015

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