Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Justin Ryan Scherlen

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, August 4, 2016

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Reflections for Police Officer Justin Ryan Scherlen

Although I never had the pleasure to meet you before you went to be with the Lord, I do get to see how much you were loved and are missed every day. As I walk past your memorial photo at our front lobby, and as I see your memorial service program pinned up all around the building, I know that you made a definite difference around this police department. Thank you Sir for your Service to the Citizens of Amarillo. Your memory lives strong in the hearts of those who have been left behind to continue the good works. Rest in Peace, Justin. You will never be forgotten!

Gail Motley, Administrative Supervisor
Amarillo Police Department

August 4, 2022

Justin was someone took up to in highschool. He was a source of kindness and sincerity in the face of adversities and hardships.

I knew we were on the side of the angels if Justin was on our side.

You are still remembered and always missed. Until we meet again.

Officer Roberts

December 11, 2021

Today, I will not answer the radio call that your boyfriend has come home drunk and is beating you again.

Today, I will not answer the radio call that your 16 year old daughter, who is very responsible, is four hours late coming home from school.

Today, I will not answer the radio call that your store has been robbed or your house has been burglarized.

Today, I will not stop a drunk driver from killing someone. I will not catch a rapist or a murderer or a car thief.

Today, I will not answer the radio call that a man has a gun or tried to abduct a child or that someone has been stabbed or has been in a terrible accident.

Today, I will not save your child that you locked in a car or the child you were too busy to watch who went outside and fell into the swimming pool, but that I revived.

No, today I will not do that.


Today, I was suspended from duty for doing my job, because the media, liberals, a community organizer, a lawyer who formally represented terrorists and is the US attorney general and a mayor who ran on an anti-police agenda, who are all advised by a drug dealer, liar and income tax cheat. AND, all who know nothing about Policing, have vilified my profession.

Because ----

Today, I was killed by a drunk driver while I was helping push a disabled car off the highway.

Today, I was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop to simply tell someone that they had a taillight out.

Today, I was killed in a traffic accident rushing to help a citizen.

Today, I was shot and killed serving a warrant on a known drug dealer.

Today, I was killed by a man when I came by to do a welfare check because his family was too busy.

Today, I was killed trying to stop a bank robbery or a grocery store robbery.

Today I was killed doing my job.
A chaplain and an officer will go to a house and tell a mom and dad or a wife or husband or a child that their son or daughter or husband or wife or father or mother won't be coming home today.

The flags at many police stations were flown at half-mast today but most people won't know why.

There will be a funeral and my fellow officers will come, a twenty-one-gun salute will be given, and taps and bagpipes will be played as I am laid to rest.

My name will be put on a plaque, on a wall, in a building, in a city somewhere.

A folded flag will be placed on a mantel or a bookcase in a home somewhere and a family will mourn.

There will be no cries for justice.
There will be no riots in the streets.
There will be no officers marching, screaming 'no justice, no peace.'
No citizens will scream that something must be done.
No windows will be smashed, no cars burned, no stones thrown, no names called.
Only someone crying themselves to sleep tonight will be the only sign that I was cared about.

I was a police officer

Justin it has been 4 years since you left to Patrol the streets of Heaven. Your Dad & Mom are doing well and are very proud of you. We all miss you like crazy. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten my friend. Rest Easy now brother. We still have it from here.

Misty Lang
Great Great Niece of Fallen Officer William Hiram Givens McDonald County Sheriff's Department, McDonald County Missouri EOW 02-04-1984

August 5, 2020

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

August 4, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 4, 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

We have not forgotten about Officer Scherlen's family, wife and children. We have shed so many years over the loss of Justin. We still do sometimes. We are grieving with you, Mrs. Scherlen and Children and his other family who miss him so.

Sissy; Citizen
Family member of APD personnel

April 12, 2018

Today, I biked 76miles in your memory and it was an honor. During my ride, I said a prayer for your family.

Thank you for your service; you are not forgotten.

Rest in peace Officer Scherlen.

Heroes Ride Organization

October 14, 2017

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

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

August 5, 2017

Thank you for protecting my hometown. You're never forgotten. God bless you and your fellow officers.

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

August 4, 2017

Rest in Peace.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

August 4, 2017

another hero gone too soon prayers and thoughts for everyone affacted

allie barnes

January 20, 2017

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

September 26, 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
Moahwk Police Department

September 18, 2016

The bravest man I ever knew. Justin, you will remain deeply missed, my friend. Thank you for the years of friendship and all the memories. Always.

Amarillo Police Department

September 5, 2016

The 57th Basic Detention Officer Training Academy sends our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Family, Friends, and Co-workers of Police Officer Justin Sherlen.

During this time hold close to the memories and good times shared as a source of comfort. Being ever mindful of the pride he embraced when wearing his uniform.

RIP, Officer Scherlen

Respectfully Submitted, Lt. Alicia S. McKinney & the Cadets of Basic Detention Officer Training Academy 57. Durham County Sheriff's Office Durham, NC

Durham County Sheriff's Office

August 31, 2016

Your brothers and sisters in blue have really been there for your family. The video of all of the officer's escorting your son on his first day of school was so precious. You will not be forgotten. God Bless.

Lisa B

August 28, 2016

RIP my Brother. God Bless...

Det. Carlos Selvi
Balto. Co. P.D.

August 18, 2016

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

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago Police Department

August 18, 2016

Rest in peace brother. You are A true hero.

Jamie Davis
Pittsylvania County sheriff's office

August 15, 2016

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over five years. Feel those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

August 14, 2016

God rest your soul and comfort your loved ones.
Your service was much appreciated

Dep Sheriff Ret. Glen Allison
Tarrant County Sheriff Department

August 13, 2016

A real "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, NY

August 13, 2016



Retired TFC Theresa Medcalf
Ga.State Patrol

August 13, 2016

Rest In Peace. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Thank you for your service.

Conductor/Engineer Mike Stivers

August 12, 2016

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