Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Ryan Andrew Hayworth

Knightdale Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, October 17, 2021

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Reflections for Police Officer Ryan Andrew Hayworth

Ryan, I had the privilege of meeting your father recently at a course he was teaching. At the end of his course of instructions, he spoke of you, he begged us to remember your circumstances and to make it safely home to our families. Although I never met you, I can imagine you and your father are much alike, I am sure you are a great man and an amazing police officer in Heaven. Thank you for your willingness to serve our country and community. Prayers are with your family.

Lt. Jason Williams
New Bern Police Department

April 11, 2022

Rest in peace Police Officer Ryan Andrew Hayworth, and thank you for your service.

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

November 3, 2021

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Hayworth. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Knightdale Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

October 29, 2021

Rest in Peace Officer Hayworth. 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

October 29, 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)

October 27, 2021

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

October 25, 2021

Rest in Peace Police Officer Ryan Hayworth! Thank you for your 3 months of service with the Knightdale Police Department, in North Carolina and for your service with the United States Army. We are all thankful to you for your service, your devotion and your sacrifices, and also to your family and friends for their sacrifices. Our hearts break for your father, your mother, your brother, and your two step-brothers during this tragedy, and we want them to know that you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the rest of your family and to all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew5:9)l

Kelly & Eddie King

October 25, 2021

Officer Hayworth,

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

October 24, 2021

Rest in Peace, Officer Ryan Hayworth. The life you led is an inspiration to all who knew of you and to all who have heard your story. May we all strive to live and serve our fellow man as you did in your short 23 years on this earth. We have the watch.

Investigator J.S. Overman
Wendell Police Department (Retired)

October 22, 2021

God bless your friends and family, Officer. Three months on and that's it. I shake my head at this unbelievable set of events. To his family, I hope that the proud emotions you had will continue to stay with you forever. My heart breaks for you all. Please stay strong.

Civilian Lou Pumphrey III

October 22, 2021



October 22, 2021

Officer Hayworth, our Lord took you back to Himself as your life had only begun for reasons known to Him alone. He will reward you abundantly. My heart breaks for the anguish your parents are going through now over the loss of their son. May He immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

October 22, 2021

Rest in peace, Officer Hayworth. Thank you for your service.

May God comfort your family, friends, and fellow officers at this difficult time.

God bless and protect the Thin Blue Line that protects us all.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

October 20, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and coworkers of Police Officer Ryan Hayworth. I am so very sorry for your loss. The service and sacrifice of Officer Hayworth to this nation and the people of North Carolina will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

October 20, 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

October 20, 2021

Rest in peace brother

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

October 20, 2021

RIP Officer Hayworth. Thank you for your service to the Country and the citizens of Knightdale

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

October 20, 2021

RIL my Brother... God Bless!!!

Detective Carlos Selvi
Balto. Co. P.D.

October 20, 2021

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Police Officer Ryan Hayworth. 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 Knightdale Police Department, North Carolina.

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

October 20, 2021

I am so sorry, Police Officer Ryan Hayworth.

We have been robbed of your life here. Thank you for your service and may God bless you and keep you in HIS love and peace. My prayers for your family, the Department, Community and friends.

Rest in Peace and God Bless,

Kim Durham
Christina Giannone - Police Officer City of Davis

October 19, 2021

It was the honor of a lifetime to serve as your leader on military deployment and throughout the transition back into the civilian world. I will treasure our talks on law enforcement and the excitement you possessed for your chosen career. You had an immense impact on our military unit and in the law enforcement community. Til Valhalla brother.

Officer Jerry Furr
High Point Police Department, NC

October 19, 2021

Psalm 15
God bless.
Rest in peace brother.

Sgt. Paul Schanno
Minnesota Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

October 19, 2021

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

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 07/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham (retired)
Sand Springs OK PD, Tulsa Police Department

October 19, 2021

Praying for peace and comfort today and in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker
Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

October 19, 2021

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

"This We'll Defend"

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 19, 2021

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