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

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
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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

Rest in Peace Constable West. Thank you for your Service.
My Prayers for your Family both Blood and Blue.

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

May 16, 2019

Constable West,

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

May 15, 2019

RIP Constable Houston “Hoot”West. Sincere condolences to his family and colleagues. My thoughts are with you all. A total tragedy. Salute and Respect.

Constable. Tessa Le Roux
South African Police Service

May 15, 2019

Constable West, you are the epitome of someone who just doesn't want to quit. You dedicated your life to service and you will not fail. It's absolutely tragic that your service ended in such a way, but what else could have stopped you? I don't think ANYTHING. You are a true hero and although I wish you had been able to enjoy retirement, I admire and respect your dedication.

God Bless you, Brother and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

May 15, 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.
Author Unknown

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

May 15, 2019

Rest In Peace...

Retired Detective Ed Falkowski
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

May 15, 2019

Would have been a brother I would have sat down and had a long conversation with. Never met him but I wish I would have. Rest brother.

Steve W.

May 15, 2019

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Constable West. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Lowndes County Constables Office.

U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Horne
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

May 14, 2019

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

May 14, 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

May 14, 2019

On behalf of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, we send our deepest sympathies and condolences. R.I.P. Constable West, may God bless you and keep you my brother. May God comfort your family, friends and all our brothers and sisters with the Lowndes County Constables Office. May God wrap you in his loving arms and grant your family and friends strength, comfort and peace during this difficult time. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers my brother, and please know that you and your service will never be forgotten. Fidelis Ad Mortem my brother as we remain Standing Tall For Those Who Have Fallen. We have the watch from here !!

Corporal James Barth
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, Tampa, Fla.

May 14, 2019

Rest In Peace you mighty warrior. Prayers to your family

Judge / magistrate Sheridan Lynn (former
Aiken County, S.C.

May 14, 2019

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

May 14, 2019

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