Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Ryan Joseph Proxmire

Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, August 15, 2021

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Reflections for Sergeant Ryan Joseph Proxmire

Rest in peace Sergeant Ryan Proxmire and thank you for your service.

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

November 2, 2021

We watched the entire Memorial Service on that Sunday. It was a true memorial, the Sheriff and the Family!!
May the family, friends and co-workers be truely blessed having known him.
May Gods Peace be with all associated.
RIP Ryan.

(Retired) Lieutenant James Vander Meulen
Walker, MI. Police Department

October 17, 2021

I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Ryan Proxmire. I am truly sorry for your loss. Deputy Proxmire’s service and sacrifice will not be forgotten. I am praying for your comfort and peace.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

September 9, 2021

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

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden & State Trooper (Retired)

August 28, 2021

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

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

August 27, 2021

The First United Methodist Church in Yuma, AZ, lifts up the family of Officer Proxmire as well as all his friends and colleagues. May God's peace and consolation give you strength as your journey through the pain and grief of his tragic loss.

Michael Wilkerson
First United Methodist Church
Yuma, AZ

Pastor Michael Wilkerson
First United Methodist Church in Yuma, AZ

August 26, 2021

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

Lieutenant Brian J. Wills II
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
New York

August 24, 2021

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Deputy Proxmire and the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office during this time. Thank you, Deputy Proxmire, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

August 24, 2021

Thank you for your service. RIP Brother.

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Hess
Muskegon County Sheriff's Office

August 22, 2021

Rest Easy Deputy Sheriff Proxmire. May the Comfort of God Wash over your Family & Loved Ones, Department & Community in the Upcoming Days, Weeks, Months ahead . You will never be forgotten!

Former 911 Dispatcher S. Wilson
Prattville Police Department, AL

August 22, 2021

Deputy Proxmire,

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

August 22, 2021

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

August 20, 2021

RIP Deputy Proxmire. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Kalamazoo County

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

August 20, 2021

Detective Proxmire, thank you for your dedication to serve your community that they may live in peace and security. Your reward in heaven will be abundant. My heart breaks for the sorrow that your parents are experiencing over the loss of their son. It is against the law of nature that a parent would outlive their child. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

August 20, 2021

You helped me through so much, through such a hard time. I can’t believe you’re gone. Funnily, enough I was on my way to get Biggby when I found out you were gone… wish we could have that coffee. Hope you have that lake house in whatever afterlife there is. Thank you.


August 19, 2021

I believe wvery person who kills a LEO should receive the sme treatment as the suspect in this shooting! The courts will only charge them with years and a parole! Killing or injuring an LEO in the process of a crime should be tried with ONE result: DEATH!!!

NAVY Veteran. My DAD was an LEO! TIM Mcd

August 19, 2021

Rest easy brother. We celebrate your life that you dedicated to serving your community. We mourn your passing and pray for those dearest to you. We’ll hold the line.

Ofc Joshua Smyth
GLTPD Shelbyville, MI

August 18, 2021

Rest in peace brother

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

August 18, 2021

Rest In Peace brother. Your courage and service will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and department during this tragic time. Matthew 5:9

Lieutenant Don Barton
Garden City PD, MI

August 18, 2021

Rest, brother.

Sgt. Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

August 18, 2021

Rest in Peace my Brother in Arms

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

August 18, 2021

James P Waggle, Jr.

August 18, 2021

Rest Easy Brother.

Deputy Sheriff. Ron Buchholz
Retired Santa Fe County Sheriff NM.(EX LASD).

August 17, 2021

My heart breaks for you and your family. RIP

Sandra Hanson, Paramedic
Ringdahl Ambulance Fergus Falls, MN

August 17, 2021

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

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

August 17, 2021

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