Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Kenneth Levella Bettis

Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, September 16, 2016

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Kenneth Levella Bettis

Thank you CO Bettis for your years of hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of Alabama. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever, rest in peace, my brother.


Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

September 17, 2016

No one truly knows the sacrifices that are made in the job we do and the ultimate sacrifice has been made by you and your family. Remember the Bible says that greater love hath no man that he should lay down his life for his friends. God be with you and your loved ones at this time.

Jeffrey G. Hurd, Sr., Lieutenant
Bureau of Prisons

September 17, 2016

God Speed, Brother.

Sgt. K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ

September 17, 2016

RIP from The Georgia Department of Corrections

Lieutenant Stephen Foster
Georgia Department of Corrections

September 17, 2016

Rest In Peace my brother. May God be with your family

Chief Investigator Patrick Champion
Marengo County Sheriff's Office

September 17, 2016

A Prayer for Correctional Officer Kenneth Bettis:

Lord God, you are always faithful and quick to show mercy. Our Brother-in-Blue, Correctional Officer Kenneth Bettis , of the Alabama Department of Corrections, was taken from us suddenly and violently in the Line-of-Duty. Come swiftly to his aid, have mercy on him, and comfort his family, friends, and colleagues by the power and protection of the Cross. Heavenly Father, as we mourn the death of our Brother-in-Blue, Correctional Officer Kenneth Bettis, show us the immense power of your goodness and strengthen our belief that he has entered into Your presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

"For the policeman does not frighten people who are doing right; but those doing evil will always fear him. So if you don't want to be afraid, keep the laws and you will get along well. The policeman is sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for he will have you punished. He is sent by God for that very purpose. Obey the laws, then, for two reasons: first, to keep from being punished, and second, just because you know you should." [Romans 13:3-5 TLB]

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

“Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13 ESV]

Pastor/Chaplain Steven R. Closs, BSBS, LOICM, LOICC, MNACM
Merrimack Police Department
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers
Merrimack, NH 03054
“An Intercessory Prayer Ministry for Law Enforcement”

Captain Steven R. Closs (Retired)
Nashua NH Police Department

September 17, 2016

Rest in Peace...

Syracuse Police Dept, NY

September 17, 2016

So sorry for the loss of this Officer. Prayers for his family, friends and co-workers.

Correctional Counselor Dawn Burian
Morgan County Correctional Complex, Tennessee

September 17, 2016

Please accept my sincere condolences at the tragic death of this fine officer. May he rest in peace...

Jack Mrozinski (Retired Deputy Sheriff)
Portage County Sheriff's Dept., Wisconsin

September 17, 2016

Rest in Peace C/O Bettis. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bettis Family and the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office
Wayne, New Jersey

September 17, 2016


Sgt. Ron Cromer
Martin Co. Sheriff, FL.

September 17, 2016

God Bless C.O. Bettis and his family.
The general public have no idea of the constant
dangers felt constantly in the correctional environment.
Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Ret. NYPD Det1 Vincent Sinnott
From a former C.O. Himself

September 17, 2016

Officer Bettis you are a legacy in our trade that will not be forgotten in law enforcement and thank you for just doing your job. We will take over your watch from here. Rest in peace with god's blanket to keep you warm.

Ofc. David Brown
Florida Department of Corrections (Probation & Parole)

September 17, 2016

Final Salute Officer Bettis, thank you for your service. You are a hero. Rest peacefully in the presence of God. We are praying for the family and fellow officers.

Former Patrol Sergeant
Johnny Allison
Wylie TX Police Dept

September 17, 2016

People on the outside looking in have no idea what we face behind those gates each day. You've served our country no doubt in times of war; only to lose your life in a society that sometimes never recognize your importance as an law enforcement officer. RIP Sir!

Cert Sgt D Mitchell
Georgia Department of Corrections

September 17, 2016

Rest In Peace.

Det. Randy Evans
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Son of Patrolman Robert Wayne Evans
E.O.W 10/14/1971

September 17, 2016

To the Family of Correctional Officer Kenneth Bettis

Losing a loved one is difficult. Please take comfort in Jesus words found at Acts 24:15 where he said that there was going to be a resurrection. Just think of the time when you will see your loved ones again, in paradise conditions, here on earth. My condolences to the family.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police

September 17, 2016

Your corrections brothers and sisters everywhere will always remember and never forget your sacrifice. We got the watch from here.
God bless and be with Officer Bettis, his family, and all of our brothers and sisters in the Alabama Department of Corrections. Rest in peace brother

Sgt. Paul Schanno- Honor Guard Member
Minnesota Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

September 17, 2016

To the family of this officer. One of my sisters was a correctional officer for years with the state of GA. I am so sorry for you loss. I am a veteran of the Army and Marines. You have my deepest sympathy and are in my prayers.

GySgt (retired) Linda Branch

September 17, 2016

Rest in peace Officer Bettis!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

September 17, 2016

Rest with God Officer Bettis. Your dedicated service and tragic loss of your life will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family during this time in their lives.

retired police officer Bob Lester
Midland Texas Police Department

September 17, 2016

May the blessings and prayers be upon officers Bettis family and the officers at Holman correctional. Please be vigilant and be safe.

OMH NYS policeman

September 17, 2016

So sad rest in peace brother the devil is always seeking to destroy May God comfort the family during this difficult time

Civilian Jimmy Murrell
Self employed

September 17, 2016

Rest in Peace brother

Correctional Deputy Russell
DCSO Minnesota

September 17, 2016

My prayers are with CO Bettis' family and co-workers. There are never easy answers for a senseless death. Having 36 years in law enforcement and corrections and experiencing what you are experiencing right now binds us together. It is never easy losing one of your own. Be there for each other and know that there are those of us elsewhere that are standing with you. Officer Bettis thank you for your service.

Brian Taylor, Sgt
North Dakota Dept. of Corrections

September 17, 2016

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