Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Bryan "LJ" Ryer, Jr.

Glascock County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Joshua Bryan "LJ" Ryer, Jr.

Rest In Peace Brother

Criminal Investigator Greg Kouba
Victoria County Sheriff’s Office, Victoria, Texas

February 3, 2019

RIP Deputy Sheriff Ryder So sad that you were taken at such a young age, while serving and protecting. Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. May your light shine down and comfort them. Salute and Respect.

Constable Tessa Le Roux
South African Police Service

February 3, 2019

God Speed, Brother.

Sergeant Kevin Murphy
Union PD, NJ

February 2, 2019

Deputy Ryer,

May you rest in the arms of God and may God be with your family.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

February 2, 2019

Rest in Peace Deputy Ryer. Thank you for your service.
Prayers and condolences for family and friends.

"Blessed Are The Peacemakers".

February 2, 2019

To the family of Deputy Sheriff Joshua Ryer, friends, Sheriff Jeremy Kelley and the Glascock County Sheriff's Office.
You are lifted up in my heart, thoughts 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 now and always. 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
Goldsboro, NC

February 2, 2019

Omg 19 yo rip hero

Anthony Geinopolos

February 2, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother

Criminal Investigator Greg Kouba
Victoria County Sheriff’s Office, Victoria, Texas

February 2, 2019

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

February 2, 2019


Standing at attention in their class “A“ uniforms,
badges gleaming and shoes like glass, are your brothers and sisters of Law Enforcement.
All of whom have previously paid the ultimate price.
Today, like many others, they welcome you to this wonderful place.
As you march down the Avenue of the Fallen, all eyes focus on you as if to say “it’s OK, you’re with your eternal partners.”
A salute is followed and a tear can be seen on so many faces.
Welcome, you served well.
Now come join us in the ranks, another is coming home…

This inspiring poem was written by Jim Weaver, a retired LAPD Officer and former Idaho Sheriff. It is submitted with his full support and approval. We feel ceremonies such as this actually occur in the Heavenly Realm. We can all gain a glimpse at… …with the faith building book by Pastor John Burke, and his NDE interviews with credible individuals granted such Near Death Experiences. Both my Pastor and Family Doctors feel many such instances are fully valid. Indeed, “Do nor fear…for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom” (Luke 12:32). May the Family, Friends and Department be comforted as Magnificent Reunions truly await all Christians!

Joe Lanier (a former Asst. Chief of Jasper, Texas PD)

February 1, 2019


Volunteer Firefighter James Hallgrims
Clifton Volunteer Firefighter

February 1, 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 theGlascock County Sheriff's Office . Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

February 1, 2019

I wish I had an opportunity to have met you, but unfortunately can’t now. I wish your family and your department prayers for this difficult time. You will certainly be missed. You may be gone, but never forgotten! Rest easy brother, we’ll hold the line from here.

Jail Officer W. Sloan
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office - Jail Division

January 31, 2019

Rest In Peace. We have it from here

Senior Federal Officer Anthony McCormick

January 31, 2019

Praying for peace and comfort today and in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker
Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

January 31, 2019

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

To honor Deputy Ryer, 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 Glascock County Sheriff’s Department for Joshua’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 Deputy Ryer’s 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.


Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired

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

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department
POINT 27- a Law Enforcement Liaison

January 31, 2019

Thank you Deputy Ryer, Jr. for your dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of Georgia. 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

January 31, 2019

The men & women of the Abilene Police Department extend their condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers of Deputy Sheriff Joshua Ryer following his death. We are deeply saddened that his young life has ended just as he began work in law enforcement. The service rendered none-the-less is appreciated and honored for its selflessness to LJ's community. We pray peace and comfort to those who loved him and served with him.

Beth Reeves, Chaplain
Abilene Police Department

January 31, 2019

Rest in peace Sheriff Ryer!
You will not be forgotten!

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

January 31, 2019

Rest easy sir. We will cover the watch from here.

Officer Phillip Broughton
New Bern Police Department

January 31, 2019

Rest in Peace Deputy Ryer. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department

January 31, 2019

Godspeed to my fallen Brother DEPUTY SHERIFF JOSHUA "LJ" RYER, JR, whom I never had the opportunity to meet here on earth and shall meet within the gates of Heaven upon my departure when He calls me for duty! I love you LJ, like a father loves his son and like Our Father loved/loves his Son! My prayers go out to your family, friends, comrades and all who knew and loved you! You’re a good man LJ, you will be missed here on earth but your true calling in eternal life has only just begun! Jesus needed a good Deputy Sheriff at His side, for His Master Plan, and now He has one!
Thank you fellow Brother in Blue & Brother in Christ, Steven R. Closs for the kind words, quotes from The “Real Chief” Himself! Let us all, along with our fellow Jesus Freaks, uphold the Ryer family in prayer, and request the most benevolent outcome for all, in this time of great loss. In Jesus name we pray .... AMEN!
(Yes, the tears are streaming down my eyes, onto my pillow right now, and I feel the Holy Spirit in my room as I type this reflection while my beautiful wife slumbers beside Us .... GOD IS REAL FOLKS .... AND GOD IS GOOD! Love y’all!)

Cpl. Joseph S. Hertler & Family RETIRED
Gloucester Township Police Department, NJ

January 31, 2019

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Deputy Ryder and to the Brothers and Sisters of Glascock County Sheriff Department, Georgia

Chaplain Terry L. Longacre (Ret.Manor Tw
Red RoseLodge FOP# 16 Lancaster, County Pennsylvania

January 31, 2019

Rest easy little brother. Never forgotten.

Blue Strong supporter. Marianne White-Wo
Blue Lives Matter/Thin Blue Line/Back the Blue

January 31, 2019

Lord God, our hearts and prayers go out to the Glascock County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office and for the family, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Sheriff Joshua “L J” Ryer, Jr., of the Glascock County Sheriff’s Office, who died in the Line-of-Duty on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Father God, have mercy on us and their souls. Rest easy my Brother-in-Blue. We will take it from here! Now, join the Lord and rejoice in Paradise! God speed! Amen.

“Blessed are those who mourn. They will be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4]
“Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called God’s children.” [Matthew 5:9]
“The greatest love you can show is to give your life for your friends.” [John 15:13]

Pastor Steven R. Closs, D. Div.
Ordained and Licensed as an Independent Evangelical Christian Minister
Member of the National Association of Christian Ministers
The Steven R. Closs Ministries
Merrimack, NH 03054

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D. Div.
Nashua Police Department
Panther Drive
Nashua, NH 03061

January 30, 2019

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