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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

My deepest condolences to the entire Lee family as well as to all the Officers at the Sheriff's Office.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

November 7, 2019

Rest in peace my brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

James J. Scanlon (Retired CPD)
North American SWAT Training Assoc

November 7, 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 Detention Officer, Gene Lee, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a detention officer makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

November 7, 2019

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

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

November 7, 2019

LEOs are the glue that holds society together. Thanks for your service.

RN Dan Conner
Phoenix VA

November 7, 2019

So sorry to hear this. My prayers go out to all those whose lives he touched, his family and friends, and to his department.

Janice (A former police officer who worked in North Carolina)

Janice Marler

November 7, 2019

Godspeed to you Ofc. Lee. I had the privilege and honor of working side by side with this outstanding officer. It was only for a brief moment that our paths crossed. We spoke of retirement, as I was nearing mine. H e told me he couldn't wait to get to his. It makes me sad that he will not be able to enjoy his. He was a wonderful person that enjoyed life. I will pray for him and his family. MCSO you are in my prayers as well. When we work together we become family and he will forever be a part of mine!

Victor Navarrette Retired
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

November 6, 2019

Rest in peace my brother. Our prayers are with you, your family and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

James J. Scanlon (Retired CPD)
North American SWAT Training Assoc

November 6, 2019

Rest in peace brother.

Detective Stephen J. Trejo
Donna I.S.D. Police Dept. Tx

November 5, 2019

God Bless you Detention Officer Gene Lee, thank you for your service with the Maricopa County Sheriff ❤️. Thank you for making the people in Maricopa County, AZ feel safer. We are all thankful to you for your service, your devotion and your sacrifices, and to your family and friends for their sacrifices. We are so saddened by this terrible news and you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, and all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew 5:9)

Kelly & Eddie King

November 4, 2019

Thank you for everything, Lee. It was an honor to serve along side you. I'll always remember you and the sacrifice you and your family made to serve and protect your community. Rest in peace, brother.

Deputy L. Boehmer
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

November 4, 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

November 4, 2019

May he rest in piece. I hope the inmate is put to death in accordance with AZ state law.

D. Alvarez
Tohono O’dham Nation, Police Department

November 4, 2019

Officer Lee, I will always remember you as one of the most genuinely nice officers towards your fellow co-workers and always willing or offering to help out. You will not be forgotten and may you rest in peace.

Officer J. Hogue
Maricopa County Sheriff's Officer

November 4, 2019

To the family of Detention Officer Gene Lee, friends, Sheriff Paul Penzone and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
You are lifted up in heart, thought and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you His peace that surpasses all understanding to keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus now and always. Thank you for your service!
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16 & 17

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Goldsboro, NC

November 4, 2019

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Detention Officer Gene Lee. Please know we are eternally grateful for Gene’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Detention Officer Lee, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, Arizona for Gene’s partner and fellow officers. POINT 27 sent Folded Flag Necklaces engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Detention Officer Gene Lee’s wife and children.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.


Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
Executive Director-POINT 27

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department-Reserve Division
POINT 27 National Outreach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison
[email protected]

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department Reserve Division
POINT 27- National Out Reach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison

November 4, 2019

Rest Easy Brother.

Explorer J. Both
Tustin Police Department

November 3, 2019

Rest in Peace, good and faithful servant.
God has already reserved a special place
for our protectors.
Please continue your watch over us.

Thank you for your service!
Thank you for your protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

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

November 3, 2019

Rest in Peace my Brother in Arms

Anrae Godley-Cooper
U.S. Army Military Police

November 3, 2019

I am saddened to hear the tragic news of the death of Officer Lee. My prayers are for him and his family. I and my fellow religious volunteers knew him to be professional as an officer and a true gentleman. We will miss him.

Michael Palaich
Catholic Diocese of Phoenix Prison Ministry

November 3, 2019

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends.
Thank you for your unselfish service.

James P Waggle

November 2, 2019

Thank You for all your service Ofc. Lee. The utmost condolences to your family, friends, and the members of the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office, AZ..

Thomas Schoenfeld, Chief of Police, Reti
Brookfield P.D., Brookfield IL.

November 2, 2019

Officer Lee ROCKED at his job! He loved what he did and was good at it. It was an honor to work with him and I always felt SAFE when he walked a med pass with me.
It's been 2 years since I left County, and in all my life, I never thought I would have to read about what happened to sympathies and condolences to his family, and most of all, remember that Lee will always be remembered and loved by everyone he knew!

Jo Merrill, L.P.N.
Maricopa County Correctional Health (MCSO)

November 2, 2019

Godspeed Officer Lee. Your death will not be in vain. RIP.

Parole Officer Jaime Herrera
Arizona Department of Corrections

November 2, 2019

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

November 1, 2019

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