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Senior Detention Officer Alexander Reginald Pettiway

Durham County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, April 25, 2020

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Reflections for Senior Detention Officer Alexander Reginald Pettiway

RIP Senior Detention Officer Pettiway. Thank you for your service to the state of North Carolina

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

May 29, 2020

R.I.P Officer Alexander Pettiway

Brian Molyneaux
citizen

May 29, 2020

Rest in Peace Officer Pettiway. 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

May 29, 2020

R I P Brother

Herbie Buck Ret. Officer
NYSDOCS

May 29, 2020

RIP Officer Pettiway
You will be HONORED AND REMEMBERED
Peace

Sgt Mark Faust
Duke University - Retired

May 29, 2020

Rest in peace Brother Alexander, you are a true American Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.


Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 07/15/75

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham (retired)
Sand Springs OK PD

May 29, 2020

My condolences to all especially his family, friends and law-enforcement officers.'
I was a police officer at Duke University once upon a time...beginning in 1986. One of our officers left Duke and went to work for the Durham County Sheriff's Department. I have written the following poem for fallen officers and those who protect and serve.

The Badge

John 15:13 King James Version (KJV) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends, (others).
The first responders wear a mask;
"Why?" Some may ask.
Because we believe in humanity.
Each of us, who laid our left hands
Upon the Bible, took an oath,
To protect and serve, this was
Our solemn troth.
Not only do Law-Enforcement,
Firefighters, and EMT's wear these
Badges of valor, but all whose
Reflections shine:
These are the Doctor's, Nurses,
PCT's, our Health Care providers,
Techs, Social Workers,
On down the line.
All of these precious lives do matter.

We knew, when we strapped
On our belts, we might not
Come home after our shift;
Each day could have been our last.
We are the role-models
And must pass on the eternal torch
Of self-sacrifice to our next generation.
We have quieted the child with tears;
We've sat with those those whose spirits
Needed a lift; we've cried with those who've
Suffered loss so they did not
Have to alone bare their heavy cross.
Love is an amazing gift.

We've been called by every name
Known to man;
Talked down those who've sought to maim
Whenever and whomever they can.
We've witnessed atrocities
Vengeful hearts,
Casting lots, and devising evil plots.
Yes, we lay down our lives everyday
To protect and serve.
We are the hero's ordained by God
Here on earth.
Say a little prayer for us,
And tell us you love us before
We walk out that door.

© Janice Bumbalough Marler
[email protected] 2020

I am a retired police officer. I am eighty years of age and now reside in Troy, Ohio. I graduated, in North Carolina, February 19, 1984-1994

May 29, 2020

I am sad to learn of the passing of a brother and hero in Senior Detention Officer Alexander Pettiway. I believe our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings, Comfort and Peace to his family, friends, and all members of the Durham County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina.

Retired, T W Martinez
FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

May 29, 2020

Rest in Peace Senior Detention Officer Pettiway. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department

May 29, 2020

Rest in Peace, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends!

Ptl. Bryan Waltz (Ret)
Avon Lake PD OH

May 29, 2020

RIP from Florida State FOP

President Bobby Jenkins
Florida State FOP Lodge

May 29, 2020

Rest in peace Brother.....My thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of the DCSO during this most difficult and tragic time.....

LT. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

May 29, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother

james oneill
NYPD

May 29, 2020

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow co-workers of Senior Detention Officer Alexander Pettiway during this difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May happy moments from the past bring forth precious memories to cherish for a lifetime. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace Senior Detention Officer Alexander Pettiway.

Gail M. Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/04

May 29, 2020

Prayers to the family and friends
R.I.P

G P P D. C565

May 29, 2020

Rest easy brother, thank you for your service. May your sacrifice or memory never fade.

Jerry Matalone #8046 (Retired)
Des Moines Iowa Police Department

May 29, 2020

Rest in Peace my Brother in Arms

Anrae G Godley-Cooper
U.S. Army Military Police

May 29, 2020

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF DETENTION OFFICER PETTIWAY, AND ALL THOSE WHO MOURN THE LOSS OF DETENTION OFFICER PETTIWAY. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. HIS SERVICE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND HIS DEEDS NEVER FORGOTTEN.
GOD BLESS

Retired Officer David Herbert
Toronto Police Service, Canada

May 29, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Alexander Pettiway. You are a true hero.

Jamie Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office, Ret.

May 29, 2020

My deepest condolences to his family, especially to his brother and his sister. May his soul forever rest in peace in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police - Troop D

May 29, 2020

Psalm 15
God bless.
Rest in peace brother.

Correctional Officer Paul Schanno
Hennepin County(Minneapolis)- Adult Corrections Facility

May 28, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you Hero for your courage and sacrifice. Thoughts and prayers for your family, friends and coworkers. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 28, 2020

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

May 28, 2020

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 28, 2020

deepest condolences to the officer's family and friends

Randal Glenn
Canada Border Services Officer retired

May 28, 2020

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