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Trooper John Sumter Horton

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, January 3, 2022

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Reflections for Trooper John Sumter Horton

Father, we ask thy Blessing on the eternal soul of this thy servant Trooper John S, Horton. Bless his family, care for them, ease their sorrow. This we ask in thy Holy name, Amen.

George E. Martin, Sr.

October 20, 2022

R.I.P. Sir. Condolences to your family and the Brothers and Sisters of the NCHP.

Corporal (Retired) Eric Jones Sr
St. Tammany Parish S.O.

September 16, 2022

How sad it is to see a dedicated young Trooper leave us. Our prayers go out to the family of this fine young man who wore the uniform of the "Gray Line" as he kept the highways of North Carolina safe. We pray for the repose of his soul as he now takes his place in the Honor Guard for our Lord. God bless.

Dr.Jerry W. Leonard, former NC Unit 1894
Retired Special-Agent-in-Charge, US ACI

July 7, 2022

Trooper Horton,

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

March 20, 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

February 22, 2022

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office offers our heartfelt sympathy to your entire department and to the family of your fallen brother, Trooper John Sumter Horton.
~Sheriff Brad Swain, deputies & staff

Liane Johnson, #53-66
Monroe County Sheriff's Office

February 1, 2022

Sending my deepest and most heartfelt condolences for your tragic loss. Deepest sympathy to your friends and family.
Rest In Peace.!

Enid Rodríguez

January 31, 2022

Rest well good and faithful servant. Thank you for your service and may your family feel the warmth of God’s arms surround them as they grieve your loss.

Connie Weber

January 31, 2022

God bless Trooper Horton, and may you rest in the Lord’s arms forever. I pray for the loving hand of God to touch your family during this tragic time. This horror must stop. I am so sorry you died in such a manner, but I am grateful for men and women like you who stand up to these monsters in society! God bless you. RIP Trooper Horton.

Rosie Hammond Wilson
Civilian/Retired Teacher
Harris County/Precinct 4, TX

Forever Grateful Survivor

January 24, 2022

Rest in Peace Trooper Horton. 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 24, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Trooper John Horton. I am so sorry for your great loss. The service and sacrifice of Trooper Horton will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

January 22, 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…

Retired Detective
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

January 15, 2022

The trooper who collided with him was his own brother. It was sad all around situation.

Christopher Saunders

January 14, 2022

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Trooper Horton. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

January 12, 2022

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

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

January 9, 2022

Rest Easy Brother, may your memory never fade

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

January 8, 2022

Rest Easy Brother, may your memory never fade

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

January 8, 2022

Trooper Horton, for many years, 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. My heart breaks for the sorrow that your parents are experiencing over the loss of their sonr. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

January 8, 2022

Rest in peace fellow trooper. God Speed.

Master Trooper Scott Howard
Florida Highway Patrol

January 7, 2022

Rest In Peace My Brother. May GOD wrap you and your family in his arms and take care of you. Walking the Blue line beside you or in front of you. Hope to see you up there one day.

Deputy Sheriff Henry Williams
Thomas County Sheriff’s Office

January 7, 2022

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Trooper John Sumter Horton. 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 North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina.

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

January 7, 2022

To all involved - my heart BLEEDS for you. Forever remembered, Trooper.

Lieutenant S. Marlow
Fort Walton Beach Police Dept.

January 7, 2022

Growing up with both of these Troopers and knowing them personally it hits harder. We all know when we take the job that we’re doing it because we were called to. John was an amazing person, just as Nick. Prayers for his family as they face the coming days, and prayers for Nick to remain strong and know that it was all in Gods hands! Our community will continue to stand a support this family and always be there if they need us! Johns memory will never be forgotten! Much love the Gragg’s/Godfreys

Nichole Gragg
Family Friend

January 6, 2022

Master Trooper John Sumter Horton, your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Your family will continue to be in my prayers during this very difficult time.

Praying for Troop G,
Chaplain Shannon Owens Ross(B-5)
Elizabethtown, NC

Colossians 3:15-Covering all of you with the peace of Christ.

Chaplain Shannon O. Ross
Chaplain Shannon O.Ross (NCSHP B-5)

January 6, 2022

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