Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Clayton Joel Townsend

Salt River Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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Reflections for Police Officer Clayton Joel Townsend

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

To honor Officer Townsend, 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 the Salt River, AZ Police Department for Clayton’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 Townsend’s wife and child.

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.


Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired

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

Jerry M. Rhodes
Dallas Police Department (retired)

January 9, 2019

Rest in peace Brother Clayton, you are a true American Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 07/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham (retired)
Sand Springs OK PD

January 9, 2019

May the good grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, keep watch over the family of fallen SRPD Officer Townsend during this time - bless and keep them for eternity. May you Rest In Peace, Officer Townsend. Thank you for your service, sacrifice, dedication and loyalty to those whom you served.


January 9, 2019


Edward S Hillyer
Retired Grand Rapids Police Department

January 9, 2019

Rest in ☮️ Officer Townsend

Police Officer Ahmed Danso-Faried
City of White Plains Police Department

January 9, 2019

Officer Townsend, I find it hard to believe that you are no longer with us. I recently met you at a Chic-Filet while you were having lunch, during the Christmas holidays. You were such a fine young man that will be dearly missed but not forgotten. I had such a positive feeling after leaving our conversation, knowing that you were an upstanding young man, which I am very certain that you were, along with knowing that you were a good officer the short time you were allowed to do so. May GOD bless you and your family (Blood & Blue) abundantly. Rest In Peace Brother!!!

Sgt. (Ret) Steve Davis
Maricopa County S.O.

January 9, 2019

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

January 9, 2019

Thank you Officer Townsend for your service to our community, state and country. May you rest in heaven with our Lord, Jesus Christ. I pray that your family and fellow officers may find comfort in our Lord.

Lieutenant Joseph LeGer
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (AZ), husband of a Salt River Officer

January 9, 2019

May God bless you and your family. You paid the ultimate sacrifice. May you rest in peace my brother in blue.

(Ret.) Tpr. Dean Aires
PA State Police

January 9, 2019

Rest in peace brother. You will not be forgotten.

Police Officer Eric BORGHESANI
San Francisco Police Dept.

January 9, 2019

We are so saddened by this terrible news.! Rest In Peace Officer Clayton Townsend ❤️ We are so thankful to you for your service. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, and all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!!

The King Family

January 9, 2019

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Officer Townsend and to be his Brothers and Sisters of the Salt River Police Department Tribal. May your God Bless your family and friends and receive You to His Loving Mansion.

Chaplain Terry L. Longacre (Ret.Manor Tw
Red RoseLodge FOP#16Lancaster Co. Pa. I

January 9, 2019

Thank you Officer Townsend for your service to our nation. May you rest in peace and may the Peace of Jesus be with you and your family now and forever. Salute to you good sir.

Father of Sgt. Robert Goodwin MNPD

January 9, 2019

Godspeed Brother.

Patrolman Robert Vojtko
Kingston Township Police Department 5111

January 9, 2019

We are so saddened by this terrible news.! Rest In Peace Officer Clayton Townsend ❤️ We are so thankful to you for your service. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, and all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!!

The King Family

January 9, 2019

Rest In Peace brother.

Officer Michael Stivers
Byrnes Mill, MO. PD

January 9, 2019

Thank you for your service sir GOD BLESS.

Mrs. C. Singleton
Concern Citizen Of South Carolina

January 9, 2019

Rest in peace brother.

Detective Stephen Trejo
Donna I.S.D. Police Dept. Tx

January 9, 2019

So sad and such a tragic incident. I know how dangerous traffic stops are and I’ve seen the terrible results in person when drivers have no regard for their actions. If only drivers would pay attention to what they’re doing this thoughtless act would never have happened. Thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten. Bless you and your family.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
CHP SLA, Central, SF and San Jose area.

January 9, 2019

Rest in Peace Officer Townsend, Thank you for your Service.
My Prayers to your Family both Blood and Blue.

Deputy Terri Albright, #668
DuPage County Sheriff's Office

January 9, 2019

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.

Javier Cornejo, Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee WI

January 9, 2019

To the family of Police Officer Clayton Townsend, friends, Chief Karl G. Auerbach and the
Salt River Police Department.
You are lifted up in heart, thought and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you His peace that surpasses all understanding, to keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Thank you for your service.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Cherry / O'Berry Police Department, NC

January 9, 2019

A police 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 Salt River Police Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

January 9, 2019

Psalm 15
God bless.
Rest in peace brother.

Sgt. Paul Schanno
Minnesota Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

January 9, 2019

R.I.P Officer Clayton Townsend


January 9, 2019

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