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Deputy Sheriff Sean Riley

Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, December 29, 2021

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Sean Riley

Rest in eternal Peace, good and faithful public servant.
God has already reserved a special place for our peacemakers.
Please continue your careful and diligent watch over us.
When Law Enforcement perishes, a proud and caring nation mourns.
Thank you for your heroic sacrifice!
Thank you for your selfless service!
Thank you for your guardian protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

Charles F. Holloway, Jr.
Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Elizabethtown Police Department

January 18, 2022

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

January 18, 2022

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

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

January 9, 2022



January 7, 2022

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

January 4, 2022

Rest in Peace my brother.

Captain Bernard Flint
Department of Defense Police Division

January 4, 2022

I'm sorry this happened to you and your family . I can't imagine what you're wife and children are going through. Sean you have given unselfishly to serve your community, to protect and serve , we all owe our law enforcement and first responders a lot more than they ever receive. God bless and God speed, soar high in heaven Angel. May God bless your family.

Jodie and Brandi Dahm
Dahm Construction LLC Wisconsin

January 4, 2022

Our deepest condolences from Session 19, Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy. Rest in peace Deputy.

Session 19
Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Academy

January 4, 2022

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

James P. Waggle, Jr.
US Army Veteran (SFC)

January 3, 2022

I am so very sorry, Deputy Sheriff Sean Riley.

I pray that God rewards you richly in His Kingdom. Thank you for your service to us here, for doing your job and beyond. My prayers of love and comfort to your wife and children, family, the Department and Community.

May HE rest you in His peace until that Day,
Blessings, Kim

Kim Durham
Christina Giannone - Police Officer City of Davis

January 3, 2022

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

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

January 3, 2022

Rest in Peace Deputy Riley. 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

January 3, 2022

So sad & tragic, RIP. Well done thou good & faithful servant. May God bless & comfort your wife and children, as well as your brothers & sisters with WCSO.

Mike Nixon
High Point, NC Police Dept, Retired

January 3, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Sean Riley. I am so very sorry for your great loss. The service and sacrifice of Deputy Riley will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

January 1, 2022

Sheriff Riley, our world is full of evil people. You dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

January 1, 2022



December 31, 2021

Rest In Peace brother. Your courage and service will never 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

December 31, 2021

God bless you, rest in peace and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

CSU Detective Don Bivens
Springfield Police

December 31, 2021

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Deputy Sheriff Sean Riley and the extended law enforcement family of Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Illinois.

End of Watch Wednesday, December 29, 2021.

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 Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

December 31, 2021

It's so hard to understand and come to terms that you were killed while simply trying to help another human being.

I've been helped countless times by cops when I've been a stranded motorist or having car issues. NEVER have I decided to slay them for it and go on criminal joyrides.

I pray for your soul, that it can rest with G-d! To leave behind a community, a department, a spouse, and children... You had to have been more than just a COP... YOU WERE A MAN!

Rest easy and may justice be swiftly served for your legacy in Wayne County, Illinois.

Ryan J. Curry - Kokomo, Indiana
(Future Police Officer)

December 31, 2021

Riley family and friends may God grant all of you with a speedy healing. Deputy Riley thank you for your service to your Community and Department. Most of all thank you for your Ultimate Sacrifice in the Line of Duty.

Rudy Jones ( Retired )
Former Reserve Sgt Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Police Dept.

December 31, 2021

Your life and you service mattered ! You sacrificed for the rest of us . Much respect. May God bless you and your family.

Brendan Carroll

December 30, 2021

Rest in peace brother. Prayers for his family as well as his brothers and sisters in blue.

Joshua Donovan

December 30, 2021

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Deputy Sheriff Sean Riley and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever. 

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Riley, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on.  Just as you were always with him when he walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that he will always be with you - wherever you may be.  In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Deputy Riley is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

FBI Agent
Washington, DC

December 30, 2021

Thank You for serving

Mrs Helen (cindy) Shinners
Step mom to Master Officer Joseph Shinners EOW 1/5/19

December 30, 2021

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