Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detention Officer Gene Wade Lee

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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Reflections for Detention Officer Gene Wade Lee

Jim, today marks one year since we lost you . . . you have been in my thoughts every single day during this past year as I reflect on the experiences we shared in high school and beyond. I miss you my friend.

Civilian Supervisor (Ret) David Newton
Phoenix Police Department

October 31, 2020

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 30, 2020

RIP sir, you will never ever be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb, New York State Police.

August 5, 2020

Remembering my dear friend of 50-years, Jim Lee, on the 65th anniversary of his birth -- the first birthday since Jim was so brutally and abruptly taken from us. Jim and I met on day one of our freshman year in high school and instantly became friends. Jim and his family were wonderful friends to my mother in her later years, providing her with many enjoyable and memorable experiences, and during the last few years, visiting her regularly in memory care. Jim was an incredibly kind and caring man, I had so looked forward to spending more time with him in our retirement years . . .

Civilian Supervisor (Ret) David Newton
Phoenix Police Department

July 29, 2020

Rest well, brother. We have the watch from here.

Correctional Officer Christopher Bonham
Colorado Department of Corrections

December 4, 2019

Rest easy my Brother.

Deputy Ron Buchholz
Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office NM Retired.

December 2, 2019


The Policeman stood and faced his God.
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining bright
Just as brightly as his brass
“Step forward now, Policeman,
How shall I deal with you?
Hove you always turned the other cheek?
To my word have you been true?”
The Policeman squared his shoulders and said
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t
Because those of us who carry guns
Can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was rough.
Because the world is awfully tough.
But I never took a thing
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills just got to steep.
And I never passed a call 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 fears.
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 a silence all around the throne
Where the saints often trod
As the Policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his God.
“Step forward now Policeman,
You’ve born your burdens well,
Come walk a beet on heaven’s streets.
You’ve done your time in Hell.”
Author unknown.

Officer Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

November 29, 2019

Prayers for the family and close friends. RIP

Correctional Lieutenant Virgil Davis
California Department of Corrections

November 22, 2019

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Lee. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

US Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

November 21, 2019

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Detention Officer Gene Lee on their loss, and may our Lord give them the comfort and strength to overcome this difficult time. Thank you for your dedication and service. Rest in peace Detention Officer Gene Lee.

CBP Officer(retired) Luis Otero
DHS/Bureau Of Customs And Border Protection

November 19, 2019

Detention Officer Lee,

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

November 14, 2019

Thank you for your service, Detention Officer Gene Lee. We are so sorry to lose you to such a tragic, needless crime and my prayers are with your family, the Department, community and friends. We hope to see you some day in that peaceful place far away. Many blessings, love and comfort to all who knew and loved you.

Thank you,

Kim Durham
Davis Police Department - Daughter

November 12, 2019

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

Retired Fire Lieutenant Frank J Corasan
Baltimore City Fire Department

November 12, 2019

To the family, friends, and co-workers of Detention Officer Gene Lee, we are deeply saddened by your loss of your loved one. The Abilene Police Dept pauses to recognize the contributions made and the service rendered by your Officer. We pray during this time, that peace and comfort will rest in your soul, even as your heart is breaking.

Beth Reeves, Chaplain
Abilene Police Department

November 12, 2019

I would just like to say thank you (although that doesn't seem to be enough) for your service and sacrifice (trying to make this crazy world a better and safer place). You will not be forgotten. Deepest sympathy to your friends, family and coworkers. RIP.

Marie Catrino

November 12, 2019

On behalf of the Albany Police Academy Session 4 recruits, we send our condolences to the friends and family of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Detention Officer Gene Lee.

Recruit Austin
Albany Police Academy

November 11, 2019

May the good lord welcome you with open arms, for you have done your job well.

Douglas Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Central Macomb Lodge #187 Macomb County Mich

November 10, 2019

You were one of the good guys Gene. You lived your life without compromising morales or principles. Peace and tranquility be with your soul.

Ofc. Woods

November 8, 2019

R.I.P. brother.

Lt. Thomas Mollo (ret.)
Broome County Sheriff's Office

November 8, 2019

Officer Lee, your killer will face true justice, if not in this life, then in the next, I am confident of that. Thank you for your six years of service and the life you lived, which I have no doubt, was a good one. So long as those you left behind keep you in their hearts and minds, you will never truly be gone, Brother.

God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

November 8, 2019

Rest in peace DO Lee, my sincere condolences to your family and to you department. God speed as you now patrol the streets of gold. Your ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten.


November 8, 2019

Thank-you, Officer Lee, for your service and your sacrifice. My heart is with your family and friends.

Freya Fitzpatrick
Mother of a police officer

November 8, 2019

Detention Officer Lee, I thank you for your service. I am so sorry to hear of your death at the hands of such a violent criminal. I pray that God will Bless your wife and children as they grieve your loss and learn to live without you. Rest in Peace, Brother.

Mary Milam
Sergeant (Ret)
Chicago Police Department

Flowery Branch, GA

November 8, 2019


Ofc Dang Nguyen (Ret)
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

November 7, 2019

Detention Officer Gene Lee, rest in peace.
Condolences and prayers.

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

November 7, 2019

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