Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Steven Billie Hinkle

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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Reflections for Sergeant Steven Billie Hinkle

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

may HIS light shine perpetual upon his face

Chief (Retired) Jim Allen
Mobile County Alabama Child Support Enforcement

February 27, 2019

I am sorry for your loss to the Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends. I will keep all of you in my prayers. RIP.

Frank J. Corasaniti II, Ret. Fire Lt., Baltimore City Fire Department.

February 27, 2019

RIP Sgt. Hinkle. I had only met you a few times but you was a super nice guy. We have it from here. Thank you for your service. Sorry you wasn’t able to start your retirement after this shift

Senior Federal Officer Anthony McCormick

February 27, 2019

Sgt. Steve Henkle, your passing does not go without great sorrow and emptiness. Thank you for your service , dedication, and compassion to your community. May God shine his light upon you and your family forever. God be with you my brother.

Michael Giurlani, Ret. State Trooper
Nevada Highway Patrol, Dept. of Public Safety

February 27, 2019

I am sad to learn of the passing of a brother and hero in Sergeant Steve Hinkle. I know our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver blessings, comfort and peace to his family, friends and all members of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

Retired, T W Martinez
FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

February 27, 2019

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

February 27, 2019

RIP buddy. Thanks for all the good memories!

Deputy S. Russell

February 27, 2019

Lord God, our hearts and prayers go out to the Sullivan County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office and for the family, friends, and colleagues of Sergeant Steve Hinkle, of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, who was shot in the Line-of-Duty on Saturday, February 23, 2019 and died of his wounds on Tuesday, February 26, 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, for they shall be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4]
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” [Matthew 5:9]
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D. Div
Ordained / Licensed as an Independent Christian Minister
Member of the National Association of Christian Ministers
The Peacemakers Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
Merrimack, NH 03054

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

February 27, 2019

Thank you so very much for your sacrifice.

Alicia Jorden, grateful citizen

February 27, 2019

May you Rest In Peace, hero. You will always be remembered.

Law Enforcement Explorer Joshua Both
Tustin Police Department

February 27, 2019

"Somebody killed a policeman today,
And a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect who shot him will stand up in court,
With counsel demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend alone many long nights.
The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
To his name they will add a gold star.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
It happened in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.
Now, his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call and gave us his all,
And a part of America died."

Author Unknown

E.C.Proft Chief Criminal Deputy
Island County Sheriff's Office (Retired)

February 26, 2019

We send our most sincere condolences to your family. God bless them and keep them in His Grace.

Hollywood Memorial Ride

February 26, 2019

Rest In Peace Sgt my prayers to you and your family

Correctional Officer Ca (ret) E.S. Perry
Californa Dept of Corrections

February 26, 2019

Miss You My Brother and Friend. We've Got the Watch So You Can Rest Easy. We'll Continue the Good Fight and Will Never Forget You and All You Stood For. Love You My Brother and Look Forward to Our Reunion Someday In a Much Better Place Where You Are Now.

Lt. Chad S. Peters
Patrol Supervisor
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office

February 26, 2019

Thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. Thank you for your service.

Linda Gerzen

February 26, 2019

God bless you and your family.

Sgt. Timothy McCann
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

February 26, 2019

My heart almost stopped when I heard the news earlier today.... My condolences as a former SCSO deputy to the family of SGT Hinkle and to the whole SCSO family, I am so sorry about this tragic event and the tragic ending.... God Bless the SCSO, SGT Hinkle's family, and this community who lost such a very wonderful man and deputy. Taken too soon, in such a tragic event.... Life isn't fair sometimes. Why such a wonderful man taken so soon. I believe it is part of God's plan in some way.... It simply breaks my heart. He will be missed dearly. I am so thankful to have met him. He was such a wonderful deputy and an even better man.... prayers to the family and friends of Deputy Hinkle, a brother in blue. He will forever be in our hearts and minds.

Former SCSO Deputy
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office

February 26, 2019

I mourn as I sit here and read this memorial, because I recognized Steve immediately. I met Steve several years ago (circa 2011) when I attended advanced SRO training in Pigeon Forge, TN. Steve was 1 of 2 Sullivan County deputies in attendance at the same class. I was the only out of state officer in attendance, so Steve and his partner took me under their wings and showed me some true southern hospitality for the entire week. What I remember most is his good humor and his patience for my ignorance of eastern Tennessee slang.

To Steve's family, and his brothers and sisters at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, I send you my most heartfelt condolences. I know that we are all losing too many of our brothers in this fallen world. Know that Steve will always have a place in my heart and I won't ever forget him. I send my love to you all, and pray that the love of God will be with you all.

Sergeant John Cline
Pettis Co. MO Sheriff's Office

February 26, 2019

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

(Ret) Trooper Dean Aires
PA State Police

February 26, 2019

Rest easy Brother. May God comfort your family, friends, and colleagues.

Joseph Hart-Bowley

February 26, 2019

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