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

Officer Bettis was a good friend,Officer and brother in blue. While I appreciate his service to the people of Alabama, I cannot help but say he deserved so much better than he has gotten. God has a reason and only he may know what that reason is. Prayers will be going up for everyone involved or affected by this awful incident. I worked with Officer Bettis many times and consider it a privilege to have had that opportunity. Rest in Peace my brother, we have it from here.

C/O & Sergeant Bennie Ashby
Retired Alabama Department of Corrections

September 18, 2016

Thank you for your services. RIP. God bless you and your family.

Correctional Officer II Debora Celaya
Arizona Department of Corrections

September 18, 2016

As retired Chief Investigator Ga. dept. of corrections Internal Affairs Division I know what these Guards go through dealing with Scummy Bag Convicts .... Thank you for your service.

Retired Chief of Police Johnny MccCurry
West Point P.D.

September 18, 2016

may HIS light shine perpetual upon his face

Chief Jim Allen (Retired)
Mobile County Child Support Enforcement
Mobile County, Alabama

September 18, 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

September 18, 2016

I didn't know this man, but he was a brother, he walked the halls. I am sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. Thank you for your service to your community and to our profession. RIP Brother.

Senior Correctional Officer Alex Ayers
South Dakota DOC

September 18, 2016

A corrections officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Alabama Department of Corrections. Our country is much less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother.


September 18, 2016

Rest easy brother, you are a hero.
Prayers to your friends and family.

Seinor Officer Nicholas Knight
Federal Institution Cumberland, Md

September 18, 2016

I am sorry for your loss to the family, fellow officers, and friends. I will keep all of you in my prayers. RIP.

Frank J. Corasaniti II
Retired Baltimore City Fire Lieut.

September 18, 2016

My deepest and profound condolences to all the men and women who served with Officer Bettis. Your job is in many ways unthinkable, yet many of you guys serve with honor. May God provide everlasting peace in the hearts of all who mourn the death of Officer Kenneth Bettis, and may his soul forever rest in peace.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police

September 18, 2016

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Sgt Steil during this time of tragic and senseless loss.

Snr. Ptlmn Donnie Meaders (Retired)
Wewoka, OK Police Department

September 18, 2016

Thank you for your service Ofc Bettis. Praying that God strengthens your family and that justice be served!

Cert Sgt D Mitchell
Georgia Department of Corrections

September 18, 2016

REST IN PEACE Prayers for your family and those left behind

Retired Chief Deputy John Tomaino
Mahoning County Sheriffs Office Ohio

September 18, 2016

May God Rest his Soul.
My Heartfelt Condolences to His Family & Brothers & Sisters in Blue.
You Are All In My Prayers.
God Bless You!

RN Susan Conceicao
Keller Army Community Hospital West Point NY

September 18, 2016

God Bless and keep CO Bettis. He served is nation well and even at home he helped keep those who do not deserve to be around normal people safely tucked away from normal people. Unfortunately he paid with his life while doing this and he sould be remembered for the great man he was. Go with God my brother and RIP.

Officer Jim Bragg (Ret.)
Greenville, SC City Police Dept.

September 18, 2016

Rest in Peace Thank you for your service !!
Sending Prayers to your family

Lt Markham
Liberty Co Sheriffs office

September 18, 2016

R.I.P. my brother in blue. Prayers

Lt Dennis W.Griffith (Ret)
Tazewell Co Va Sheriff's Office

September 18, 2016

Rest in peace Sir, and thank you for service. Thoughts and prayers for the immediate family and Co workers. GOD BLESS ALL FIRST RESPONDERS.

Former Reserve Deputy Sheriff Eddie Alve
Osceola County Sheriff Office

September 18, 2016

RIP officer. Prayers to your blood, love and blue families.

Deputy Sheriff Terri VanHouten
Rock County Nebraska Sheriff's Office

September 17, 2016

We do a hard job. Rest Well.

Deputy Charita Batiste

September 17, 2016

May your soul rest in peace Officer Bettis and THANK YOU for your service.
My prayers to you immediate family and fellow Correctional Officers.

Retired Detective Richard Burger
Fond du Lac City Police

September 17, 2016

My heart goes out to Officer Bettis, his family, and fellow officers. Nothing can prepare a person for tragedies like this. Officer Bettis, you can rest now.....we have the watch.

Correctional Officer David Pennington
Lake Correctional Institution, Clermont, FL

September 17, 2016

Rest well brother.

Deputy P. Thron
Johnson County Kansas

September 17, 2016

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

September 17, 2016

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they ARE the children of God.
You are always in the hearts and thoughts of your fellows brothers.

Lt T White

September 17, 2016

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