Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Constable Willie Houston "Hoot" West

Lowndes County Constable's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Thursday, May 9, 2019

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Reflections for Constable Willie Houston "Hoot" West

God bless you , thank you for 52 years of service

Mark Mottola

May 9, 2020

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your many years of service, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Constable West during this time of tragic and senseless loss.

Deputy Donnie Meaders (retired)
Okfuskee County Sheriff's Office (OK)

July 9, 2019

RIP officer. Prayers to your blood, love and blue families.

Deputy Sheriff Terri Van Houten
Rock Country Sheriff's Office

June 3, 2019

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

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

June 3, 2019

We, the men & women of the Abilene Police Department, recognize the service rendered by Constable Willie Houston West. Our gratitude is expressed to his family, friends, & coworkers who supported Constable West throughout his career. A noble calling, fulfilled.

Beth Reeves, Chaplain
Abilene Police Department

May 31, 2019

On behalf of the Kentucky Peace Officers' Association please accept our condolences on the passing of Constable West.

Chip Nowlin
Kentucky Peace Officers' Association

May 30, 2019

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

May 28, 2019

Dedication. Loyalty. Professionalism. You are an inspiration to us all in law enforcement.

Timothy White LT

May 24, 2019

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Constable Hoot West on their loss. May our Lord give them all the strength and comfort during this time of trial. Thank you fellow officer for your dedication and service to our nation and your community. Rest in peace Constable Hoot West .

CBP Officer(retired), Luis Otero
Department of Homeland Security/Bureau of Customs & Border Protect

May 24, 2019

Rest in peace.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

May 24, 2019

Constable West, you spent practically your whole life serving so that others may live safely. Our Lord must have given you a grand welcome, with all the angels and saints celebrating the arrival of another saint, another angel. May you rest in peace in the loving arms of our Lord and may He immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy.

Jess Espinosa

May 24, 2019

Rest in peace Constable West. My thoughts & prayers are with your family, friends, and the members of the LCCO during this most difficult and tragic time.

Sgt. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Township NJ Police Department

May 23, 2019

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Constable, Willie Houston "Hoot" West in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Constable makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. Our prayers and thoughts to the Columbus Police Department and to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office where Constable West had previously served. Also to the Mississippi Constables Association where he was the founding Father and the first President of the Association.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

May 22, 2019

Thank you for your service sir, GOD BLESS.

Mrs.C Singleton /Concern Citizen

May 20, 2019

Constable West, you were a living legend. You came up in quite a few conversations in Hattiesburg. One of the last times that I spoke with you, I was working school security at one of the Caledonia football game (2003). I was telling you about my career plans. Of course, you gave me some advice. I never got back with you. However, I just wanted to say that I made it. I went full time in 2005.

Patrol Captain E. Allen Murray
Hattiesburg Police (MS)

May 20, 2019

R.I.P. Constable. May God bless and protect your family and fellow LEOs during this most difficult time.

Mike - civilian. Sparks, NV

May 20, 2019

R.I.P. Brother West!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

May 19, 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

May 18, 2019

Rest in Peace Brother

Joseph Hart-Bowley

May 18, 2019

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service. God's speed sir.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden

May 17, 2019

Thank You Sir for your sacrifice and service. Prayers for your family and agency.

Deputy W. Johnson (retired)
Richmond County sheriff's Office Augusta, Ga.

May 17, 2019

Thank you for your service. Prayers for your Family & Department.

Sergeant Monica Veney
Baltimore City Police Department

May 17, 2019

Sincerely thank you for your dedicated service. Condolences to your family and your Police Family. God Bless you all.

Chief Richard A. Clark
Utica, Ind. Police Dept

May 17, 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

May 16, 2019

Rest in peace brother. We have the watch from here. May God Bless your family and friends.

Lt. A. Orozco

May 16, 2019

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