Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer I Garrett Preston Russell Swasey

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, November 27, 2015

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Reflections for Police Officer I Garrett Preston Russell Swasey

Thinking of you & yours on this sorrowful day.

Inspector Ken Hilte

November 27, 2023

Never forgotten, my friend....

Chief of Police

November 27, 2021

I am sitting here in the early hours of the morning and my thoughts drifted to that cold snowy day. I am sorry. I am sorry we could not get to you, we tried and tried. It kills me, that nightmare call haunts my dreams. I was able to take my son to your memorial and show him sacrifice for others. I listened as people spoke of you and wished I had known you before that day. It has taken me several years to be able to type my thoughts and memories from that day. I know that your family is in great hands with you watching over them. I hope that one day I can know you in person and speak with you about your life and how it touched others.

God Bless and Go Speed.


December 5, 2019

Three years since you gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for your service Officer.

Captain S Yount

November 27, 2018

Rest in peace my brother May your loving family get stronger each day for your loss, and know that you saved many people on that fateful day.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

November 27, 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 4, 2018

It is the most amazing thing for officers to run towards the danger when everyone is running away. The increase in the occurrences of active shooters and how absolutely soulless these people are in carrying out these acts makes it even more so. Thank you for being one of the ones who sacrifice their own safety to save others. Your sacrifice was certainly not in vain. God bless your family and loved ones.

Mikelle Agee-Odoms
911 Dispatcher

January 28, 2018

It's now 2 years. God Bless, Brother, you are not forgotten.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

November 27, 2017

Officer Swasey, when duty called, you answered with all your heart, mind and spirit. You will always be remembered for your dedication and commitment to the badge and what it represents.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)

March 17, 2017



November 27, 2016

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

To the Swasey family, fellow officers, and all who call Garrett beloved, 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 Officer Swasey gave to his community and the citizens of Colorado and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 27, 2015.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of Pittsburg fallen officer Larry Laster, how 4/24/05

June 22, 2016

I am riding in the 2016 Police Unity Tour for Officer Swasey. I am honored to wear a bracelet emblazoned with his name throughout the 3-day 250 mile ride. Officer Swasey is the epitome of a hero and I am riding to ensure his name will forever be inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington. I wish all the best to Officer Swasey's family, friends, and brothers behind the badge. Gone, but never forgotten !

Corporal Sheldon York
Saint Johns County Sheriff's Offoce

May 9, 2016

My name is MDS Park, from fairfax county sheriff's office. I will be riding in honor of you. I am grateful for your ultimate sacrifice. During my 3 day ride, your families will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you and may God bless your families.

MDS Park
Fairfax County Sheriff's office

May 9, 2016

God bless you my brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May His healing hand touch your family, friends, and fellow officers. Rest easy my brother, we'll take the watch from here.

Trooper Steve Olson
Michigan State Police

April 3, 2016

In Saint Michael’s Arms
I proudly chose this life of mine, to wear a badge upon my chest
As a member of this thin blue line, to serve among our Nation’s best

I’ve walked through blood and snow and heat, pressing the attack
And fought with bandits on my beat, for those who can’t fight back

I’ve missed holidays and little league games to guard the cities here on earth
Offered mine for those without a name, because that’s what freedom’s worth

With Warriors who wear a shield, I fight evil in each town
So the lamb can calmly walk the fields, and with the lion then lay down

I’ve stood tall and straight in a sea of blue, as a flag draped coffin rolled by
Seen so many tears, and shed mine too, as we solute one final goodbye

Yet for no special treatment will I pray until my final shift is done
When dispatched on that final day to meet God’s only Son

I ask, Dear Lord, oh hear my plea, as Your strength keeps me from harm
When I’m delivered unto thee, my it be in Saint Michael’s arms

Lt. J.D. Ross

You are missed, Garrett. I will never forget our conversations and the tremendous impression you made on our first meeting. Rest well, Warrior. You've earned your time in Paradise.

Lt. J.D. Ross
El Paso County Sheriff's Office - Colorado

January 13, 2016

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 Frank Kapusta
Mohawk PD, NY

December 27, 2015

To the family of Police Officer Garrett Swasey, friends, Chief of Police Brian McPike and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Police Department.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and hold you close now and always. Thank you for your service. John 15:13 / Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A. S. Batson
Cherry-O'Berry Hospital Police, NC

December 22, 2015

Rest in peace brother, your sacrifice will never be forgotten..........

Det. Sgt. Edward Carlile
Northfield Village PD (OH)

December 17, 2015

I knew the officer, he worked at my school. He said hi every day I saw him, and his smile warmed the room. He will be missed by all of the officers on campus as well as the civilians that knew him. His family will never be the same, as they are missing an intricate part of their lives, not only that but the school is missing a good officer as well as a friend.

Student at UCCS

December 16, 2015

Words alone can never repay you for your service. You died a hero.

Lt. Don Schmuhl (ret)
Indiana University Police Department Bloomington

December 13, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with family, friends and fellow officers. Thank you for your service. May he Rest in Peace!

Ret. Deputy Sheriff's Tom and Diana Stri
Clayton County Sheriff Office Jonesboro Ga

December 10, 2015

As you departed the bonds of this earth and touched the face of God, know that the selfless service, commitment and dedication you had for your family, community, fellow officers and a grateful nation will never be forgotten.

May God comfort in this time of sorrow your family, your fellow officers and all those whose lives you have touched.

You have served your time in hell, now rest comfortably in the arms of God - We'll take it from here.

Captain, Retired James Moore
Gardner, KS Police Department

December 10, 2015



December 9, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Swasey's family and his law enforcement family. We will never forget our fallen brothers and sisters wherever they may serve as long as their memories are kept alive by those of us who are left to carry on. God Bless.

Carol Burd, Detective
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Bradenton Florida

December 8, 2015

God bless you Garrett for your heroism in the face of evil. Your dedication and commitment to the shield on behalf of mankind and your ultimate sacrifice will be forever honored, memorialized, and remembered. May you rest in peace brother.
May God give your family strength in this time of grief, and then courage to move forward with their lives in your honor.

Gary R. Adler, disabled LEO
Statewide Emergency Mgmt Reponse/CO, Director

December 8, 2015

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