Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Darren H. Goforth

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, August 28, 2015

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Darren H. Goforth

"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."

Author Unknown

Adele McConnell
Broken-hearted in Harris County, Texas

September 4, 2015

Our prayers are with the families. Our hearts are with them. As citizens of this great nation and as human beings, we condemn this cowardly act, we seek justice both in heaven and here on earth for the loss of his life.
May he eternally rest in peace. AMEN.

Andrea Fernandez

civilian
stranger

September 4, 2015

It was a while ago; however, I remember all the studying and physical exercises we would endure in the Academy together. I remember talking with you in class and hearing your personal stories and finding the courage and determination to continue through the hard times. When we left the Academy we went our separate ways to different assignments but we both carried the same goal in mind and heart. Although, I did not see you or talk to you much since graduation we were always friends and more importantly, Brothers.

Your life and death reminds us all as to why we do what we do and how all of us put ourselves in harms way to help those we have never met and may never meet again. More importantly, just like we were taught and learned in the Academy, we more often than not do it for each other - the Thin Blue Line.

You have reminded Deputies and the Community that evil must never prevail. Thank you for everything you stood for and your courage and love to protect those in the community.

You answered your calling on this earth, now rest in peace.

Hebrews 11:38.

A Brother
HCSO

September 4, 2015

Well done, good and faithful servant. Well done indeed.

Sherri McCain

September 4, 2015

You certainly gave us your best, Office Goforth. I only wish we could have taken care of you half as much as you've taken care of us.

You're in a much better place now. And that's our only comfort.

God's peace to the family and fellow brothers.
~ Liz Goddard

No rank. Just a good civilian
KCMO

September 4, 2015

RIP Brother.Thank you & God Bless.

Lt,Robert M.Petty (retired)
No.Bergen, N.J.P.D.

September 4, 2015

Thanks for protecting our neighborhood dear friend. Thanks to your family for sharing him with us.
May God Bless you all.

Your Neighbor
Program Manager and Counselor

September 4, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with this family. United we can beat evil. Rest in peace solider of God, we have the watch now and will always have our officers back.

Cindia adams

September 4, 2015

Rest in peace my brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and my family.

Trooper William "Tally" Talamantez
Texas DPS-HighwayvPatrol

September 4, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

ASAC, Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 4, 2015

Rest easy brother.

Trooper
Michigan State Police

September 4, 2015

Rest in Peace Brother....

My heart and prayers are with the Goforth Family and Harris Co So today.

BlueLineStrong!

TCO J. C. Nowlin
Oyster Creek PD

September 4, 2015

Rest in peace, my prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult and heartbreaking time.

Det Sgt Jennifer Stanifer
Lee county Sheriffs Office, NC

September 4, 2015

A family, a community, a Department and every sworn and retired law enforcement officer in America is shocked by this act of pure evil.

Rest easy with God brother, your brothers and sisters in Harris County have the watch.

Sergeant Russell Gordon
San Francisco Police Department

September 4, 2015

MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES AND PRAYERS FOR DEPUTY GOFORTH,HIS FAMILY AND THE HARRIS CO.SHERIFF DEPT.WE ALL NEED TO BAND TOGETHER AND PRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR PEACE OFFICERS.I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT DEPUTY GOFORTH IS AT PEACE IN GOD'S LOVING ARMS.

DAVID HARRIS III
RETIRED/HENDERSON CO SHERIFF DEPT

September 3, 2015

Rest in peace Warrior.......

DET JD COTHAM
EL PASO POLICE DEPT, EL PASO TX

September 3, 2015

Rest in peace brother! This job gets worse every day. NO respect! Family/coworkers so sorry for your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Officer Emmrich & K9 Jake
cedarburg police, WI

September 3, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours...God bless...

CBP Officer Chico Fraticelli
US Customs and Border Protection

September 3, 2015

I would like to offer my deepest condolences. There are no words to describe your loss. I pray for Gods comfort to your heart and your children.

Please know you are loved.

Rodney Peek

Rodney Peek

September 3, 2015

I am very sorry of your loss. This is just awful. I hope his soul is at peace. And you are your children will one day will be at peace again...

ANgie
Government

September 3, 2015

My deepest thoughts and prayers to all family and friends of Deputy Goforth. Each day there are those countless amount of souls that put on various types of uniforms all across our nation to defend our rights and freedoms, whether military, police force, fire fighter, we all volunteer. I pray that justice will be upheld and peace be with Spirit and family.

SSgt Eva Gaus

September 2, 2015

Rest in peace my brother,

Officer A.Dumas
Bishop State Police/Mobile,Al.

September 2, 2015

Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth is a true hero and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with your family as well as the Harris County Police Department.

'In valor theres hope' -Tacitus

Logan Schilli
Niece of Officer Jeremy Chambers, Cahokia IL Police Dept

September 2, 2015

Thoughts and prayers out to the family.

Investigator Steve Combre
California State Lottery

September 2, 2015

"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."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Ched Miner
Powell PD

September 2, 2015

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