Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 6, 2020

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Reflections for Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller

Damon Guitzweiler was a fun friend who really loved my children. Damon Guitzweiler mentored and counselled Dilma because Dilma's genetic issues draws conflicts. Damon dealt with my Tall children who had with emotional issues with their genetic genes and younger siblings. I want you to understand syndrome X. Damon Guitzweiler understood it.

Dilma Coleman

September 13, 2020

Sergeant Gutzwiller,

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 Sergeant Gutzwiller for your hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of California. 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.

HEROES NEVER DIE...

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

July 4, 2020

On behalf of our family to all your family sir, Our hearts bleed for all of you. Every time we loose another officer it rips through our souls as we know all too well what road all of you are now on, and must travel for the rest of your lives. No matter what please, please, please stay close to one another. You’re a HERO and will forever be a HERO!! We will NEVER FORGET the sacrifices each of you made by Your hero deciding to put on the uniform and badge EVERYDAY. May God give all of you peace knowing he saved the life of others and did so so proudly. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they are and will be called the Children of God. Sir, May you Rest In Peace and continue to show the signs to your family that you are around them, FOREVER. As a mother of a fallen hero, my son does this daily and knowing he’s still here, brings great comfort. So I ask you Sir....please be their guardian angel as they walk through the shadows of grief. All LEO supporters and the officers you left behind, will take it from here, sir. RIP!!

Ms. Tammy Avent
Mother of Fallen BPA Jose “Joey” Barraza EOW: 4-18-16.

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

Thank you for your service and sacrifice

Officer Alexander Hernandez
Miccousukee Tribal Police Department

June 26, 2020

To the family of Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller, friends, Sheriff Jim Hart and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, CA
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
" I will never leave you or forsake you." Hebrews 13:5

Patrolman A.S. Batson
CH / OB PD
Goldsboro, NC

June 24, 2020

Another "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, NY

June 18, 2020

On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller and the extended law enforcement family of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, California.


End of Watch Tuesday, June 6, 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 18, 2020

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.

Deputy Sheriff Rocco Wahl
SSO / 088

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

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Sergeant Gutzwiller. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

June 15, 2020

Me and my husband are deeply saddened by this tragic news of officer Damon. We stand with and deeply grateful for all law enforcement officers who uphold the law and serve their communities with sacrificial spirit. Our prayers for Damon's wife, children and family are Jesus will heal the unimaginable pain, bring comfort, give courage and hearts of forgiveness that lead to peacefulness. His children will grow up to be proud citizens of this country.. 

SiuPik
civilian

June 14, 2020

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 Lieutenantm Frank J Corasa
Baltimore City Fire Department

June 14, 2020

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

James P Waggle
Civilian

June 14, 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

June 13, 2020

Sgt Gutzwiller, I salute your bravery in this horrific incident where a coward took your life and injured others. It is so heartbreaking that your family is now left to build a life without you. Almost daily we are learning of another Law Enforcement Officer losing their life across our nation. This has to stop! My deepest sympathy to your family and to your Department. I pray that you are looking down on us with that big beautiful smile from Heaven! Rest in Peace, Brother.

Mary Milam
Sergeant (Ret)
Chicago Police Department

Flowery Branch, GA

June 13, 2020

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow co-workers of Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller 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 Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller.

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

June 11, 2020

my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller on their tragic loss. May our Lord give them the strength and comfort they need during this difficult time. Thank you Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller for your dedication and service to your community. Rest in peace Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller.

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

June 11, 2020

Requiescat in Pacem

Police Officer Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

June 11, 2020

Rest In Peace we have the watch.

Captain Jerry Syrek
Mayport Police Department

June 11, 2020

I first met Damon in 2006 when he applied with the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Office. At the time I was assigned to Recruiting / Backgrounds. I had the pleasure of performing Damon's background investigation and could not have recommended a better person for hire.

I did not get to work with Damon that much after he was hired by the Sheriff's Office but I always remember seeing him with a smile on his face and a positive attitude even when conditions might dictate otherwise.

Godspeed Damon. You will be genuinely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing you.

Deputy Sheriff Tony Gutierrez
Retired / Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Office

June 11, 2020

I still don’t have words for what happened! All I know is that I cry for you Damon and Favi everyday and I want to help you however I can. RIP Damon!

Daniela
Neighbor across the street

June 11, 2020

So sad to see you leave us. Trust that as you lay to rest, God will watch over your beautiful wife and son. This week your wife brought your 2nd baby into this world and our hearts hurt to see you missing by her bedside. May you rest in eternal peace brother.

Paramedic (Ret.) Steve Farzam

June 10, 2020

Sgt. Gutzwilker, you are a TRUE HERO. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your

Businessman Randy Johnson
Taxes

June 10, 2020

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