Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

K9 Officer Timothy James Brackeen

Shelby Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, September 12, 2016

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Reflections for K9 Officer Timothy James Brackeen

Wow, how can it be seven years? The pain of this loss is still real, and my heart still pains with your absences. However, I will not be a prisoner of this grief. This life I have will honor Christ and remember you!
"Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.'
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful the experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our absolute disaster."
Hope is such a powerful word. Hope in men will disappoint. Hope in temporal circumstances will mislead, but Hebrews 6:18-19 promises, "we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…"—praying that through whatever tragedy you might be facing that you find an anchor for your soul in the very ONE who created your soul.

Dr. Stephen Brackeen, Chaplain
Shelby Police Department

September 12, 2023

Wow...six years, Tim. It is so hard to understand. I'm sure God has a plan for all of us, including you...including me. Perhaps nothing humbles us more as mere mortals than our inability to see or understand that plan. I don't question God...I trust in him and his plan, but equally I may be the most humbled of mortals, because losing you when we did, I don't understand. I do take comfort in believing that where you are, YOU now "know the plan". YOU now understand. YOU now know why things happened the way they did. That it is all clear to you, and someday, it will be all clear to me, and to the rest of us that trust in God and Christ our Savior, but equally and humbly admit, today, after six years, it still makes no sense. My faith in that understanding coming someday is further bolstered by the fact that it was "God's Plan" that gave you to your family and friends for 38 years, and to our profession for 12.

To Tim's family I say "thank you" for sharing him with your community and our profession. To Tim I say "thank you" for your service and fidelity to duty. You are missed.

NC Officer

September 12, 2022

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)

September 12, 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

Comm center to 763.....Comm center to 763......Comm center to 763.....763 is not responding.....763 you are 10-42.....Officer Tim Brackeen you are relieved of service, you can finally go home. 763 thank you for your service...Rest easy brother we'll have the watch from here. God speed 763.

Cadet Na Na

November 9, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother, you are not forgotten

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 12, 2017

Hard to believe it's been one year. We'll never forget.


September 12, 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

September 12, 2017

I never met Officer Brackeen in life but I had the honor of greeting his family at Reagan International Airport as they arrived for Police Week. I can only imagine what a good husband and father he was by the strength and beauty of his wife, daughter and mother. May they and the rest of his surviving family be richly blessed and comforted by God. Rest in peace and may you rise in glory Timothy.

SPA Ben Wetherill, Chaplain
U.S. Border Patrol

May 19, 2017

God bless you and your family.

Officer Brown #4927
DC Metropolitan Police

May 9, 2017

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

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago P.D.

December 17, 2016

Thank you for your sacrifice and may your rest in peace.

Hon. Travis Bird
Spotsylvania Commonwealth's Attorney Office

November 23, 2016

RIP Brother

Patrolman Nick Woodbury
Lynn Police Department

October 5, 2016

Rest In Peace Brother

Captain Steve Yancey
Forest Hill Police Department

October 3, 2016

Rest in Peace, Sir. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Shelby, NC. May your family and fellow officers be comforted by the Lord during this very difficult time.

K. Shipp, Special Agent
Dept. of VA-OIG CID

September 29, 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

September 26, 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. R.I.P Sir!

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP, Trafic & Escort Unit

September 24, 2016

On behalf of Session 61 and the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy NY, our thoughts and prayers are with your department and family.

We thank you for your service, rest in peace.

Session 61
Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy

September 22, 2016

Officer Timothy Brackeen thank you for your service, Rest In Peace. Condolences to the family and the community who feels a great loss with the passing of this officer.

Civilian Dee Beltz

September 19, 2016

My heart aches for your loss. Nothing I could say could remove the pain you must feel right now. Just know people from around the country stand with you in this most painful hour.

Pete Moore
retired military

September 19, 2016

Thank you for your brave service. Rest in Peace.

1st Lt. Stephen A. Joy#980 (Retired)
Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

September 18, 2016

So very sorry for your loss God bless Officer Brakeen's family and fellow officers

Lt. retired Doug Hixon
SLED S.C. Law Enforcement Div

September 18, 2016

My heart breaks for your family & friends. Prayers will continue for them. Thanks for being a brave HERO!

Survivor of Trooper Calvin Taylor NCSHP

September 18, 2016

Another Brother gone way too soon,Rest in Peace my Brother,your Family is in our Prayers.

Larry McCorkle Deputy(Ret)
Burke Co. S o

September 18, 2016

Rest in Peace my brother.

Lt. Norman Tice
Alamance County Sheriff's Office

September 18, 2016

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