Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Senior Detention Officer Alexander Reginald Pettiway, Jr.

Durham County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, April 24, 2020

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Reflections for Senior Detention Officer Alexander Reginald Pettiway, Jr.

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always and may God Bless your family and loved ones always.

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

April 24, 2021

Sr. Officer Alexander Pettiway became a part of our family July 31, 1996. He served the Durham County Office of the Sheriff and the citizens of Durham County for 23 dedicated years. To say he will be missed does not do justice to what any of us are feeling at this moment.

To his B Squad brothers and sisters, we share in your grief. Pettiway was a unique, gentle soul and loved by us all, but we know you served with him each and every shift. We all grieve with you and for you.

We ask that you all please keep his family, given and chosen, in your prayers as they and we go through this difficult transition. May God continue to show His mercy and grace over this agency and over each of us that continue to serve with Honor, Duty and Service. TOGETHER we will get through this.

Sr. Detention Officer Alexander Pettiway #262, you have served us proud Sir. You are relieved of your earthly duties. Heaven has gained a new angel, as have we. Rest in peace brother.

Captain Alicia S. McKinney
Durham County Sheriff's Office
Durham, North Carolina

February 9, 2021

Senior Detention Officer Pettiway,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

July 11, 2020

Thank you Senior Detention Officer Pettiway for your hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of North Carolina. You are a true American HERO. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever rest in peace, my brother.


Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

July 4, 2020

Praying for your family, friends, colleagues, agencies during this very difficult time for them and all of us. Thank you for your service! We shall remember you with pride and admiration always! May God Bless the Blue!

“The peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 HCSB];

“Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 HCSB], and;

“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13 HCSB]

Depart in peace, Brother-in-Blue; in the name of God the Father who created you; in the name of Christ Jesus who redeemed you; in the name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you. May you rest in peace and dwell forever with the Lord. Amen.

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, CIMT, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed/Certified Independent Ecumenical Clergy / Chaplain
Ministry: Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS
Nashua NH and Merrimack NH Police Departments

July 1, 2020

On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Senior Detention Officer Alexander Pettiway and the extended law enforcement family of the Durham County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina.

End of Watch Saturday, April 25, 2020.

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

June 17, 2020

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

June 16, 2020

Rest in peace Senior Detention Officer Alexander Pettiway, and thank you for your service.

CBP Officer(retired), Luis Otero
DHS/Bureau of Customs and Border Protection

June 11, 2020

To the family of Senior Detention Officer Alexander Pettiway, friends, Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead and the Durham County Sheriff's Office.
You are lifted up in heart, thought and prayer. 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!
"The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, and he will lift you up in due time. Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." I Peter 5:6 & 7

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Goldsboro, NC

June 10, 2020

Thank you for your service
God Bless you

Karen Galster

June 10, 2020

Thank you for your service, Sir.

Unit Manager James Stalcup
Tennessee Department of Correction

June 5, 2020

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

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

June 5, 2020

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

Chip Nowlin
Kentucky Peace Officers' Association

June 4, 2020

So sad 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

June 2, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service

June 1, 2020

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

To honor Detention Officer Pettiway, 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 Durham Sheriff’s for Alexander’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 Pettiway’s sister and brother.

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

May 31, 2020

Officer Pettiway, each and every day of your long service to protect others, you exposed yourself to all kinds of danger. It took a small virus to take your life. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly. May He immerse you and those you've left behind in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

May 31, 2020

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

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

May 31, 2020

Rest in Peace my brother.

Captain Bernard Flint
Department of Defense Police Division

May 31, 2020

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

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden

May 30, 2020

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

Sergeant Monica Veney
Baltimore Police Department

May 30, 2020

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


May 30, 2020

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

James P Waggle

May 30, 2020

Rest in peace brother, we'll take it from here. Thank you for your brave service, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of CO Pettiway during this time of tragic and painful loss.

Please be safe out there brothers and sisters.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. Matt 5:9
Deputy Donnie Meaders (Retired)
Okfuskee County (OK) Sheriff's Office

May 29, 2020

We will remember.

Miss Eleanore Trupkiewicz
Civilian Supporter of Law Enforcement

May 29, 2020

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