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Investigator Steven Ray Finley

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, January 14, 2022

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Reflections for Investigator Steven Ray Finley

Investigator Finley,

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 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

February 3, 2022

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

February 3, 2022

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office offers our heartfelt sympathy to your entire department and to the family of Investigator Steven Ray Finley.
~Sheriff Brad Swain, deputies & staff

Liane Johnson, #53-66
Monroe County Sheriff's Office
Indiana
U.S.A.

February 1, 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)
Civilian

February 1, 2022

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

Connie Weber

January 31, 2022

You will be greatly missed. I have enjoyed all the years I got to work with you. You were a great friend and a heck of an Investigator. RIP my friend and brother in blue.

Deputy Marina Garcia
Madison County Sheriff's Department

January 30, 2022

You will be greatly missed. I enjoyed all the years I got to work with you. You were a great friend, and a heck of an Investigator. RIP brother in blue.

Deputy Marina Garcia
Madison County Sheriff's Department

January 30, 2022

God as the family and friends of Inspector Finley mourn I pray you will comfort them and give them peace. Amen

Pam
Wife of Lt. Kevin Clyde Mainhart EOW 5/11/2017

January 26, 2022

Rest in peace, Investigator Finley. 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

January 26, 2022

Investigator Steven Ray Finley, thank you for your service to America! May God watch over you, your wife and all law enforcement during this most difficult of times. God's Speed Sir!!!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

January 23, 2022

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Investigator Steven Ray Finley. Please know we are eternally grateful for Steven’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Investigator Finley, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the Madison County Sheriff's Office in Huntsville, Alabama for Steven’s partner and fellow deputies. POINT 27 sent a Folded Flag Necklace engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Investigator Steven Ray Finley’s wife.

Also sent to the Finley Family from Shields of Strength was a US Army Dog Tag to honor Steven’s service and dedication to the US Army.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.

Respectfully,

Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
Executive Director-POINT 27

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department-Reserve Division
POINT 27 National Outreach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison
[email protected]
214-908-2617

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department Reserve Division
POINT 27- National Out Reach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison

January 23, 2022

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Investigator Steven Finley. I am so very sorry for your loss. Investigator Finley’s service and sacrifice on behalf of this nation and the people of Iowa will not be forgotten. I am praying for your comfort and peace.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs
Maryland

January 23, 2022

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Investigator Steven Ray Finley and the extended law enforcement family of the Madison County Sheriff's Office, Alabama.



End of Watch Friday, January 14, 2022.



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

January 23, 2022

Rest, brother.

Sgt. Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

January 23, 2022

Investigator Finley, I am sorry to hear of your passing from this disease that has also taken so many of our fellow brothers and sisters in Blue. May God watch over all those that love and care about you as they grieve your loss. I thank you for your many years of service to all of us. Rest in Peace, Brother.

Mary Milam
Sergeant (Ret)
Chicago Police Department

Gainesville, GA

January 23, 2022

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

January 22, 2022

Rest in Peace my Brother in Arms

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

January 22, 2022

R.I.P Investigator Steven Finley

Brian Molyneaux
citizen Toronto Canada

January 22, 2022

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Madison County Sheriff's Office. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

January 22, 2022

R.I.P My Brother.

Sgt. Kevin J. Nielsen (Ret)
South River Police Department

January 22, 2022

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Investigator Steven Ray Finley. 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 Madison County Sheriff's Office, Alabama.

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

January 22, 2022

Rest In Peace brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and department during this tragic time. Matthew 5:9

Lieutenant Don Barton
Garden City PD, MI

January 22, 2022

Rest in peace Investigator Finley.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 22, 2022

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