Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Steve Hinkle

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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Reflections for Sergeant Steve Hinkle

Prayers for the family. Rest In Peace. Thank you for your service God bless.

Deputy Micheal Veatch
Macon county TN

February 28, 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 theSullivan 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 27, 2019

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

Sergeant Brian J. Wills II
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
New York

February 27, 2019

Salute good sir, a lifetime of public service to our great state and country. May the Peace of Jesus be with you and your family now and forever. May you Rest in Peace Sergeant Steve.

Father of Sgt. Robert Goodwin MNPD

February 27, 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

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

February 27, 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

February 27, 2019

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 Police Department, New York.

February 27, 2019

Thank you Officer Hinkle for your service & sacrifice. Your legacy will live on forever here in East Tennessee. Prayers for your family, both blood and blue!

Sharon Gardner, Corrections Officer
Greene County Sheriff's Dept., Tennessee

February 27, 2019

Please accept our strongest prayers and deepest condolences.
We stand united in sorrow with his family and your department.
Blessings and Sympathy

Our prayers to the family and department.

Charles F. Holloway, Jr.
Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Elizabethtown Police Department

February 27, 2019

May God watch over your family as well as you have watched over your community. I will keep you and your family in my daily prayers. Rest In Peace my brother ! Aloha Nui Loa

Retired Contra Costa Sheriffs Department
Retired Contra Costa County Sheriffs Department

February 27, 2019

Rest in peace Sergeant Steve Hinkle.
Prayers & Condolences.

Sgt. Randy Keenan (Ret)
City of Alameda, CA Police Dept.

February 27, 2019

Rest in peace Brother....My thoughts are with you family, friends, and the members of the SCSO during this most difficult and tragic time....

LT. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

February 27, 2019

RIP Sergeant Hinkle. Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones and his colleagues for this tragic loss. A sad moment for a hero who sacrificed his life for the protection of others. Salute and Respect

Constable Tessa Le Roux
South African Police Service

February 27, 2019

Prayers for all family and friends. Thank you for your service. Rest In Peace Sir

Survivor Melanie Richardson
Lafayette county Arkansas Sheriff's Office

February 27, 2019

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Sergeant Hinkle and the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office during this time. Thank you, Sergeant Hinkle, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

February 27, 2019

Rest In Peace Sarge.

“Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be Called Children of God.” Matthew 5:9

Detective D. Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

February 27, 2019

Rest in Peace Sergeant Hinkle. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Parole Supervisor Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

February 27, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with your department, family, and friends. Please accept our sincere condolences during this difficult time.

Albany Police Academy Session 3
Albany Police Department, Albany NY

February 27, 2019

Thank you Sgt. Hinkle for your nearly 3 decades of dedicated service to the residents of Sullivan County. You was the type of person that would greet everyone with a smile of your face, making everyone a little happier. The world is a better place because of what you have done on earth. Rest in peace Sgt.

Steven Morrell
East Sullivan Co. FD

February 27, 2019

May God Bless Deputy Hinkle, his family and the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

Special Agent
Drug Enforcement Administration
Eastern Tennessee

February 27, 2019

Rest in peace Brother Steve.

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant Police Department
Nahant, MA

February 27, 2019

Rest in peace Sergeant Hinkle!
You will not be forgotten!

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

February 27, 2019

Sergeant Steve Hinkle thank you for your service and devotion to helping and protecting the citizens of Sullivan County.
Condolences and prayers to the family.
Rest in Peace sir.

Chief R. A. McCann
Armour College Police

February 27, 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 27, 2019

On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Investigation & Identification our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Sergeant Steve Hinkle and the extended law enforcement family of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee.

End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

February 27, 2019

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