Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Cody James Brotherson

West Valley City Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Sunday, November 6, 2016

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Reflections for Police Officer Cody James Brotherson

Rest easy brother. Heaven awaits you.

P.O. Donald Current
City of New York PD

November 10, 2016

The DeKalb Illinois Police Department sends their deepest sympathies. We thank you for your service. Rest in Peace Brother!

DeKalb Police

November 10, 2016

"The Thin Blue Line"

There is a line
the color of the sky
on a clear afternoon

There is a line
the hue of the ocean
on a bright sunny day

There is a line
the purest shade of a newborn's eyes
awakening for the first time

There is a line
that protects us from harm
in all we do
whether day or night

There is a line
no one can penetrate
no one can alleviate

There is a line
made of those who choose
to follow a calling many do not hear
and still more do not comprehend

They choose to walk
the path of fear, hate, and mistrust
taken by so few
but marked by so many

And when one leaves this line
they leave a legacy
but the line does not break
for the remaining must still protect

There may be emptiness
a loss, or sadness
but never a hole
not in this line

This line that holds
the ghosts of the souls who have gone
and the souls of the ghosts who will be
The Thin Blue Line

Kimberly A. Erb

Deputy Witzel
San Diego Sheriff

November 10, 2016

The Durham County Sheriff's Office BLET Academy 38 sends its deepest condolences to your family and department. Rest In Peace.

Durham County Sheriff's Office

November 10, 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 NY. Police Department

November 10, 2016

Rest in Peace Brother.

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

November 10, 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

November 10, 2016

R.I.P. BROTHER Brotherson!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

November 10, 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

November 9, 2016

R I P brother

Lieutenant Ray Waters
Pitt County Sheriff Office, NC

November 9, 2016

You made the ultimate sacrifice in this line of work, may you rest in peace. You will be missed and remembered by all of your brothers and sisters in blue.

Lieutenant John Lange
Summit Co. Sheriff's Office/Former WVCPD

November 9, 2016

Rest in peace Brother.

Lt. Arrend Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

November 9, 2016

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Andreoli
NYPD-108 pct

November 9, 2016

Thoughts and prayers, god bless. Rest in peace brother.

MPO Hector Lozano

November 9, 2016

Your service, bravery and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten, may God grant your family and friends(PD) the strength during this difficult period.

Law Librarian III (TDCJ) Grace Ekeke
Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ )

November 9, 2016

RIP Brother, Thank you for your service

Jerry Matalone Retired # 8046
Des Moines Police Department

November 8, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Cody Brotherson and his family. He was our friend, our brother, and a hero! We stand with our brothers and sisters in the West Valley Police Department.

Utah Highway Patrol Association
Utah Highway Patrol

November 8, 2016

Rest in peace Sarge....My thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of the WVCPD during this most difficult and tragic time......

Lt. Joseph Ward, ret
Jackson, NJ PD

November 8, 2016

Too young. Thank you for courage and dedicated service. You made a difference brother. God please grant peace to those who loved him

Deputy Ronnie Cullen
Webster county sheriff office

November 8, 2016

Rest in peace brother.

Officer Kyle Groose
Laramie PD, WY

November 8, 2016

Rest in peace brother!!

Sergeant J. Steppe
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police

November 8, 2016

Thank you for your service. Our prayers are with the family and remember that in this family no one fights alone.

Recruit Class 417 Ezri Coronado

November 8, 2016

Rest in peace officer Brotherson..thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten.

Recruit class 417 Recruit Recruit

November 8, 2016

My condolences to officer brotherson's family and fiancee. Thank you officer Brotherson for sacrificing your life everyday to serve your community. May your soul rest in peace. God bless brotherson family.

Recruit A. Sanchez class 417 Adrian Sanc

November 8, 2016

Thank you sir, your bravery will never be forgotten


November 8, 2016

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