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Corporal Jeffery Scott Sanford

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, September 14, 1991

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Reflections for Corporal Jeffery Scott Sanford

I will never forget the night it happened. Scott was my friend and the admin Deputy. We also had the same name. He was a Senior Deputy and He kinda took this rookie under his wing and looked out for me. He was always helpful and seemed to always have it together. He was professional and loved his job. He loved his Family and would talk about them. He was a Mans Man. The night that happened some of the guys on the third floor
Rushed to see what they could do to help. I was stuck waiting and hoping it was a mistake that he was just injured and was going to be ok. When word came back to the third floor where we all worked I had so many feelings at once. I was saddened and kept thinking about first him and then his Family. That was my worst fear as a Deputy that my kids, Family etc... would get that call. Then I had anger. That ANYONE WOULD
KILL A PERSON MUCHLESS A DEPUTY!!! What no good sorry person would do that? I wanted them caught so another Law Enforcement Family didn’t get the same terrible news... It reminded me how precious life was and how fast it all can change. His life was taken all to soon. His life also saved me and many others. It always made me look around and take precautions when working. Taking that extra second to scan to be aware to stay vigilant and cautious. His life also made me go home and hug my kids. To stop and spend extra time with them
Knowing this could
The last time they see me. It made me say I love you maybe more than a normal Dad. When I see the lives that have been taken in Law Enforcement I always take the time to say a little
Pray. A prayer for them but also for the Wives , Kids , Family members, and friends that still mourn and cry for those lost protecting us all. God bless you are all in my prayers. Scott Turner

Deputy Robert (Scott) Turner
Harris County Sheriffs Department

February 2, 2021

Today on the 29th anniversary of Scott’s death it brings even more sadness with the countless killings of Police Officers in this world today. Every day these men and women put their lives on the line to protect and serve the American people. They are a target as soon as they walk out of their homes. The senseless killings have got to stop.

If you read the reflections below, there is a tribute to Scott from Leo who was the 7 yr old little boy who was there when Scott was killed. What a beautiful tribute and to be shared 28 years later makes you realize that we were not the only victims the day Scott was taken from us. Although they were survivors, the events of that day are forever burned in their memories.

It is my hopes and prayers that we can get back to a world where there is respect for the badge. I pray every day for our men and women in blue who continue to serve and protect even with all the animosity
and lack of respect to their profession.

Scott on this day we honor you for saving the lives of others and for the guardian angel that you are to our family. Your legacy lives on. Our Angel in Blue is never forgotten.

Robin Sanford Eiler
Family of Jeffery Scott Sanford

September 14, 2020

What an amazing tribute from Leo and what amazing and beautiful tributes from Cpl. Sanford’s family. God Bless you all!

Cpl. Sanford, your selfless actions that day define the word hero sir. Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 14, 2020

Leo - what a beautiful tribute to Scott. I remember you from the trials. You were so brave and one of the best witnesses we had. Thanks to you and your Mom, the criminals were convicted of their crimes. I can’t imagine what you have had to endure all these years replaying the events of that night. I was never able to go by that location. That night forever changed our lives but I realize now it also forever changed your life. I know that when Scott entered that gas station seeing you in the back of the aisle, he knew he had to do what he could to protect you. He is and will always be our Angel. I will make sure that Justin and Scott’s parents see this. God bless you and your family.

Robin Sanford-Eiler

January 4, 2020

September 1991, was a month and time that was hard to forget.

I was in the store with my mother that day, when Cpl Sanford walked in to save us. That day plays over and over in my mind when the 357 caliber goes off and to know he really tried to stop it. Till this day, I can't see a gun and or hold one since that night.

Cpl Sanford, was an angel sent to protect us that night. He was protecting us from what could of happen. Being 7 years old as well, I can't imagine what your son felt when he heard the news. They took me and my family to the patrol car and just kept talking to us.

I have the newspaper clipping of that night. I see it and know that I have a second chance in life because of Cpl Sanford. I searched his name and this page came up and saw that his late wife had posted that information of him.

Thank you to you Cpl Sanford, Thank you to Mrs. Cpl Sanford, thank you to Justin Sanford. Mr. George and Grace Sanford.

Today and everyday, I thanked the man who saved me and my mom in that night of the convenient store. So you guys know, he save wonderful people who always have high respects for the badge.

He saved a 7 year Hispanic boy and 31 Hispanic mother of two. We were in the back of the store heading forward when it started to happen. He walked in and stopped as much as he could during that time. Saying his last words of, " I am an officer of the Law, drop your weapons".

I am married man, with a wife and two daughters ( 9yrs , 2yrs ) married for 12 years, with a respectable position with an insurance company. I drive by that old shell gas station which is now a McDonald's and it gives me chills as I pass by it.

Thank you Cpl Sanford.

Also Congratulations Justin on your recent birth of Jeffery.

Thank you for men and women who back the badge, you guys keep us safe and protect us from Evil.

Leo Guerrero
Lives in the Convenience store

November 30, 2019

28 years later, forever in our hearts! Not a day goes by that we don’t think of you. Last year our son Justin and his wife had their 1st child - a son named after his grandfather - Jeffery Scott Sanford was born on 4/23/18. We know Scott will continue to watch over our family and his precious namesake.

The world we live in has become increasingly dangerous and I fear for the men and women in blue. I pray for your safety every day,

We love and miss you Scott- gone but never forgotten.

Robin Sanford-Eiler

September 14, 2019

RIP Deputy

Deputy Constable Anonymous Anonymous
31 years of service

April 12, 2018

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

September 14, 2016

On this day 25 yrs ago, our lives were forever changed. I know that Scott
has been for our guardian angel all these years and will continue to watch over us. No matter how many years go by, this day will be forever burned in our memories. In the world we live in today, there is so much more fear for our men/women in blue. I pray every day for those that protect and serve us for their safe return home. No family should have to suffer this senseless act of violence. Thank you to all Scott's fellow officers for your service and your sacrifice!

Scott, you will never be forgotten and your legacy lives on in our very handsome son, Justin whom you would be so proud of. May you rest in eternal peace and continue to watch over us!

Forever in our hearts !

Family of Jeffery Scott Sanford
Spouse and Son

September 14, 2016

22 years later and I remember this day like it was yesterday. Our lives were forever changed. You are always in our hearts. You are missed everyday. May you rest in peace and continue to be our Guardian Angel!
We love you! Robin & Justin

Robin Sanford-Eiler

September 14, 2013

Heroes live forever, Corporal Sanford, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Harris County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

September 14, 2013

To all those that have left reflections for our family and in memory of Scott - we thank you. I didn't know this web page was here til this day when I happened to google his name to see what came up only to be blessed with all the wonderful reflections.

21 Years later and it still seems like yesterday, when that knock at the door, forever changed our lives. Although Scott is not here today, he will never be forgotten. I pray for the safety of all the officers that serve and protect us every day. Scott died a hero saving the lives of others in that convenience store only to lose his own life. I am thankful to the men and women of the Harris County Sherifffs Dept for all that they did to capture the men and put them in jail. Those men took from us the most precious thing in life - my son's father, my husband and the son and brother of my loving in-laws.

In just a couple months, our son will be married and start his own life. Scott would be very proud of the man he has become, just as I am. It sad to know that his Dad will not be here to witness this marriage as he begins on his new path with his beautiful wife, but I do know that Scott will continue to watch over us on this day and every day as he did and continues to do as our guardian angel.

Scott, We miss you and love you dearly. May you rest in peace and continue to be our Guardian Angel not only to your family but to all your felllow officers!!

Robin & Justin

Family of Jeffrey Scott Sanford
Spouse & Son

September 14, 2012

Our dear son has been gone for 21 years and we still miss you so much. Scott, over the years there has been a vacuum in our lives without you. You were so dedicated to your job and looking forward to moving up in the ranks. We were so proud of you.

We will never forget the night the policeman came to our door and broke the news to us in Orlando, FL. Our hearts were broken but God gave us the strength to go on. We are so thankful that we had talked with you by phone the afternoon before your death.

God gave us strength during these difficult days. The Harris County police were there to help us in any way and to give us comfort and encouragement. Harris County police found the people responsible for Scott's death before his funeral.

In your memory, we had cards printed up to give out to any policeman we saw stating that we appreciated the dangerous job done by our law enforcement officers. Praying for their safety. II Cor. 13:13

Also, granddaddy Sanford placed a piano in his church with a plaque in your memory.

A plaque in your memory was placed in front of a hemlock tree which we planted at our mtn cabin in you memory.

Your memory lives on and your wife, Robin, has been so special to us over the years.

You would be so proud of your son, Justin. He graduated from college and will be getting married in November.

One day we wlll be together. We look at your picture frequently and cherish special memories.

We love you, Dad and Mom

george and grace sanford
parents of Jeffery Scott Sanford

September 14, 2012

Rest in peace, Corporal Sanford. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Harris County and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

September 14, 2012

20 years later and I still remember that sick feeling I got as the call came in. We had to retell the story with every call we made notifying command staff, supervisors and investigators. The more people we could get on the road the sooner we could get these evil men caught. The team could not stop them from taking you from use be the team could catch and prosecute these vile evil men. We did it because it was our job, we did it because you were our part of the family of blue, and we did it because it was right.

Matthew 5:9 – 10 9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Sgt. R. Townsend (Retired)
Harris County Sheriff's Office

September 14, 2011

Rest in peace, Corporal Sanford. You're not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

September 14, 2011

You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 14, 2010

To the family and loved ones of Corporal Jeffrey Scott Sanford, his fellow officers with the Harris County Sheriff's Department, and most especially to Scott:

On this the seventeenth anniversary of your tragic death, ploase know that you are honored and revered today and everyday.

From the admiring reflections left about you, I can see that you were an amazing man and what a grievous loss your loved ones have endured because of your death. May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire. You are loved and missed by so many.

Rest in Peace, Scott. A body is but for a lifetime, but spirits and souls are for eternity and yours is forever part of those who call you beloved.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Scott gave to his community and the citizens of Texas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 14, 1991.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg Police Dept. eow 4/24/05


September 14, 2008

"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 whos 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 7, 2008

It has been 17 years since your EOW and you have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol. Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 8, 2008


shane lacaze
eastmontgomery co so

June 30, 2007

A man remembered with love and respect never dies but lives on in the hearts and minds of others.

September 14, 2006

There was a time when if you needed something you asked Scott. He knew how to get it or who to send you to. Scott was the man with a plan. His days of handling the Departments inventory busy ones for him. Where I work we have the duty to notify the command staff about major incidents and give them the details of the event. It was the hardest night of my career, there were three of use on duty that night in watch command and we all had worked with Scott on many occasions. There was no time to grieve. We miss you Scott.

R. Townsend

scott was my partner for about a year until his tragic death
i vist his grave site and think of him offten.
i know he is in a better place watching over all of us. since scotts death i have buried 29 other co-workers/friends but none of them have compared to the loss of scott. this world we live in is getting worse every day and many fellow lawmen have followed scotts path. it is sad to know that many more are yet to come. we ask for all prays from our good law abiding citizens to to keep us safe out there.we do a job that most people have not the guts or courage to do.
we need to know that there are still good people who still "back the badge" sometimes it gets clouded by all the hate, evil, and violence that we must deal with daily.
scott was a good man a decent man, who loved his job and the citezen he protected. i want all to know that wear a gun and badge to keep working had make your mark on this world and leave it better than you found it and some day we will all be patroling with scott on his new beat. i look forward to the day when i see scott again and we can ride together once more doing what we do best
god bless us all....

i miss you scott....

your partner,


Deputy Benny Parsley
Harris Cunty Sheriff

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