Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Martin Tase Sturgill, II

Humphreys County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Martin Tase Sturgill, II

We miss you tase. You would’ve loved your grand babies.


July 1, 2022

Rest in peace.


June 30, 2020

Marty and I were friends in high school, and met not long after his dad had passed away. Marty was a solid guy and a force to be reckoned with on the school wrestling team, a member of the 500 lb. weightlifting club and also played bass in the school's jazz band. Despite his formidable strength, he was also a really gentle guy with a good heart, and the world is less now that he's no longer with us. I hadn't seen Marty in many years, but it was with a lot of sadness that I learned of his passing. To his family and the officers that served with him, please accept my condolences on the loss of a good man. I'm honored to have known him and called him a friend.

Steve Preskitt/Non-LEO

June 15, 2020

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

August 30, 2018


I've thought of you often lately. I can't believe it's been almost 2 years since you left this world. I struggle to understand why and I also struggle with the fact I was on vacation when all of this happened. I'll never forget that phone call. As long as I live. I was in shock. I thought, there's no way I heard that correctly. Your funeral was so beautiful and moving. You would have loved it. I remember saying that at the services. I was able to meet your sister at the service. She thought alot of you. I'll never forget when we got you a birthday cake with all those candles and we thought we might need a fire extinguisher. We could tell that meant so much to you. Our relationship was strained sometimes. We didn't always see eye to eye. And I wasn't the nicest person to you right before this happened. I don't think I'll ever be able to forgive myself for that. Almost 2 years later, I still have the text messages from you on my phone. You congratulating me on my recent marriage. What I never got to tell you is that my husband and I had found out we were also expecting our 2nd child at that time. I wanted to tell you so bad! But I never got the chance to. I miss you, Tase. I hope you're having a blast in heaven.

Much love,
Tracy Hubbell

Tracy Hubbell
Humphreys County Sheriffs Office

June 6, 2018

I ran a hero's 5k in your honor today Sir. You are not forgotten.

Det. Michele Nelson
Riverside County Sheriff's Department, CA

June 30, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother

Captain Steve Yancey
Forest Hill Police Department, Texas

August 22, 2016

God's peace and speed Deputy Sturgill. Thank you for your brave, dedicated service. RIP Brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago Police Department

August 18, 2016

On behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA, our prayers are with the immediate family of Deputy Sheriff Martin Tase Sturgill, II and the extended law enforcement family of the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13). Thank you for your service Deputy Sturgill.

Paul Lee (Ret. Capt. Chattanooga PD)
Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA

August 2, 2016

Rest in peace our Brother in Blue. God Bless you Sir.

Former Deputy/Jail Officer
Wayne County Sheriffs Department
Wayne County Mississippi

July 26, 2016

Rest in Peace, Deputy Sheriff Tase Sturgill. Thank 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 C. Black
Barnwell Police Dept., Barnwell, SC

July 20, 2016

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

Trooper Steve Olson
Michigan State Police

July 11, 2016

God Bless you our Brother in Blue. Prayers sent out to all of your family, friends, and co-workers. Rest in Peace Sir.

Former Deputy/Jail Officer
Wayne County Sheriffs Department
Wayne County Mississippi

July 10, 2016

RIP Brother. May God be with your Family and loved ones. Rest easy now.

Officer Steven Austin
Lawrence TWP P.D. (NJ)

July 9, 2016

Rest in peace brother.
TLETA Class #1267

Deputy Sheriff Benjamin May
Washington County Sheriff's Office

July 9, 2016

I extend my sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Tase died.

To the Sturgill family, fellow officers, and all who call Tase 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 Sturgill gave to his community and the citizens of Tennessee, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on June 30, 2016.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

July 8, 2016

"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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

July 7, 2016

RIP Brother.

Officer David Zollinger
Goshen PD (Indiana)

July 7, 2016



July 7, 2016

R.I.P. BROTHER Sturgill!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

July 6, 2016

So, sorry to hear of Martin's passing.
May God be near all who knew & loved Martin
My Family sends condolences to Martin's Family, Friends, Department, Community, & Country.
Thank you Martin for your Unselfish Service.
RIP Martin , Son of Valor, with Honor.
Gone from Our Arms ... Forever in Our Hearts ...

Ms. Karen Morgan, PSY. LE. GRAD.

July 5, 2016

Rest in eternal peace, brother, for we have the watch now. Your family and your brothers and sisters in uniform, our brothers and sisters, too, are in our thoughts and prayers. May they find comfort in remembrances of your dedication and service.

Deputy Warden Patricia Powers
Philadelphia Department of Prisons

July 5, 2016

"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 Chad Miner
Powell Wyoming Police Department

July 5, 2016

Rest in peace Deputy Sturgill. I ask Our Heavenly Father to comfort and watch over your family, friends and the Humphreys County Sheriff's Office. Thank you for your service. God's speed brother.

Chief Jack Cavanaugh
Lee County Port Authority Police Department

July 5, 2016

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

July 5, 2016

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