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Officer Kirk Anthony Griess

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, August 10, 2018

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Reflections for Officer Kirk Anthony Griess

Thank you for your service Officer Griess. Rest in peace.
Prayers to your family and friends for strength during this time.

Sharon Camilleri
Mother of Fallen CHP Officer Andrew Camilleri EOW 12/24/17

August 11, 2018

R.I.P Officer Kirk Griess

BRIAN MOLYNEAUX civilian
citizen

August 11, 2018

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

August 11, 2018

Rest In Peace my brother. May the Lord comfort your loved ones in this time of tremendous loss.

DUSM Senior Inspector
U.S. Marshals - District of Massachusetts

August 11, 2018

Rest in peace brother. Know your family will be supported and taken care of until they can join you again. Words are never enough. Thank you and your family for your sacrifices for those who will never know the price you and your family have paid.

Agent Richard Doermann
CA Dept of Alcoholic Beverage Control SOU-N

August 11, 2018

Semper Fi Brother!

“Marines”

You can have your Army Kakiis,
And your Navy Blues,
But here’s a different fighting man,
I’ll introduce to you.
His uniform is unlike,
Any you’ve ever seen,
The Germans called him “Devil Dog”,
His title is “Marine”.

He was trained in Parris Island,
The place that God forgot,
The sand was fourteen inches deep,
The sun was blazing hot.
He awakened up one morning,
In front of his rack he’ll stand,
And in through the doorway walked,
A giant of a man.

He turned and faced this young Marine,
With eyes as cold as steel,
He said, “I am your DI,
And this is for real.
I’ll make your life as miserable,
As miserable as I can,
And when you finally leave this place,
You’ll be a fighting man.
You’ll be a rifle expert,
You’ll know your weapon well,
And when you encounter the Viet Cong,
You’ll send their souls to Hell.

Now gather around you young Marines,
And lend me all your ears,
And I’ll tell you of a few things,
We’ve conquered through the years,
We fought at Iwo Jima,
The land of fire and Hell,
We killed all those Japanese,
And took their land as well.

Now you can tell your ladies,
And this my Lad is true,
To get herself a young “Marine”,
There is nothing he can’t do.
He’s peeled a million onions,
And twice as many spuds,
Then you’ll find him in the slop chutes,
A soaking up the suds.

And when he gets to Heaven,
St.Peter he will tell,
Another “Marine” reporting Sir.
I’ve served my time in Hell.

Written and copyright by: David Lee Bell
1968

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1968 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

August 11, 2018

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

August 11, 2018

I can’t believe you are gone. I will forever remember your big personality, even bigger heart and infectious smile. I am incredibly lucky I had the opportunity to call you my friend. Rest In Peace Kirk.

Deputy Castillo
Solano SO

August 11, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers for your berieved wife and children.. May they find comfort in the midst of their grief, knowing her husband and their father's work down here is complete; he is forever now "safe in the arms of Jesus".
May your fellow officers find the needed strength and courage to continue to uphold the (often thankless) task of serving your great nation as they seek to maintain law and order, and in so doing, make this wicked world a safer place... as we all pass through.. - towards our eternal destiny.

"Blessed they that mourn, for they shall be comforted". Matt 5 v 4

"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.."
Deut. 33 v 27

Alec J Rendell
Molong NSW
Australia

August 11, 2018

Rest In Peace brother.

Corporal (Retired) Glenn Elliott
Temple Police Department--Temple,Tx

August 11, 2018

Rest In Peace brother!!

Officer Cary Dabbs
California highway patrol

August 11, 2018

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Fallen Officer Kirk A. Griess. Please know we are eternally grateful for Kirk’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Officer Griess, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to Commissioner Warren Stanley
of California Highway Patrol, for Kirk’s partner and fellow officers. POINT 27 sent Folded Flag Necklaces engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Officer Griess’ Family.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.

Respectfully,

Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
POINT 27

Jerry M. Rhodes
Detective, Dallas Police Department Retired
Law Enforcement Outreach
POINT 27

Jerry M. Rhodes
Dallas Police Department (retired)

August 11, 2018

Semper Fidelis Marine.

Constable Robert Cauthon
PA State Constable

August 11, 2018

Thank you Officer Griess for your dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of California. 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.

HEROES NEVER DIE...

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

August 11, 2018

Thank you for your dedicated service. Rest easy sir.

Explorer William Kelly
North Las Vegas Police Department

August 11, 2018

A Prayer for Traffic Officer Kirk A. Griess:

Lord God of mercy, peace, and love, we remember before Your throne in this moment our Brother-in-Blue, Traffic Officer Kirk A. Griess, of the California Highway Patrol, who sacrificed his life in the Line-of-Duty. We recall with gratitude and respect all that he stood for in this life. Help us to live in the companionship of his spirit. May we be kind to the family, friends, and colleagues he loved; devoted to the state and country in which he served; and loyal to the causes which he championed in law enforcement. Thus, in our life, may he live on, to our great comfort, to the betterment of Your creation, and to the furthering of Your most Holy Will.

Heavenly Father, be with the family, friends, and colleagues of this fallen hero. Comfort them and give them Your strength. Guide those who seek to take care of the family of this hero. May those empowered to do so, care for them with integrity. In commemorating the death of this hero, help those who mourn to remember that death is not the end. Death does not have the final say, but is simply the transition to the glorious life to come. They should look forward to that life to come with joy and thanksgiving.

Almighty God, we ask that you grant us a deeper appreciation of the efforts of all law enforcement officers who serve our communities, states, and country daily. For their dedication to our security, order and peace, we give You thanks. May they be encouraged in their work which benefits us all. Help us to grow that spirit of community that will make their job both easy and fulfilling. And now may our fellowship together and Your blessing today bring a renewed sense of joy to each of us. Amen.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons 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, DD, MSBS
Ordained / Licensed Independent Christian Minister
The Merrimack Police Department Chaplaincy
Merrimack, NH 03054

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

August 11, 2018

Semper Fidelis

Lt. M.R. Frost
Lexington Police Va.

August 11, 2018

God Speed, Brother.

Sergeant Kevin Murphy
Union PD, NJ

August 11, 2018

May the family's fond memories help them through this difficult time.

Terry L. Vice
Patrol Officer (1979-1984)
Greeley PD
Colorado

August 11, 2018

Badge of protection. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice

Retired Chief of Police Johnny McCurry
West Point Ga P.D.

August 11, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with you Kirk..... Words can't express the pain I feel knowing that you're gone, but you will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to your family and your co-workers. Rest in peace my friend, you will be missed.

Geoffrey Clute
Caltrans-Fairfield

August 11, 2018

May the Lord comfort your family, friends and co-workers at this most difficult time.
Thank you for your service.
Rest in peace.

Sergeant David Sheetz (retired)
Houston Police Dept.

August 11, 2018

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 11, 2018

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

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

August 11, 2018

RIP, Officer Griess. Praying for you and your loved ones.

Officer C Curione
Rochester Police Department, NY

August 11, 2018

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