Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Harold Lee Russell, II

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Sergeant Harold Lee Russell, II

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Sergeant Russell, II. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

September 23, 2022

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." Matthew 5: 9. Prayers to his or her family, fellow officers and friends! RIP and thank you for your service.

Correctional Officer (Retired)
Iowa Departament of Corrections

September 23, 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

September 21, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Sergeant Lee Russell. I am truly sorry for your loss. The service and sacrifice of Sergeant Russell will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs
Maryland

September 15, 2022

Rest in peace Sergeant. God's speed sir.

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

September 3, 2022

Sgt. Russell,

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

September 2, 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

September 1, 2022

Although I live in South Carolina I feel every oh every officer that dies is part of my family. My condolences to the department and family.

Citizen
Citizen

August 31, 2022

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Sergeant, Harold Lee Russell, II, in the of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Sergeant makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

August 29, 2022

Wishing you peace during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy,

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

August 29, 2022

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

August 27, 2022

Sergeant Russell, 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 loved ones are experiencing, especially your parents and grandmother. May God immerse you and them in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa
Civilian

August 27, 2022

Rest in peace brother. We have the watch from here. Thoughts and prayers for you, your family and your department.

Officer Tommy Thomason
Oklahoma National Memorial Museum Security

August 27, 2022

God Bless you for your service to your state, community and nation. It may sound hollow but it true, I know because I lost a brother in a LOD death over 27 years ago, and it is this: You will never be forgotten. I think of by Brother daily.

Blessing and prayers to both your blood and blue family.

Dy/Shrf. D. E. Larriviere
Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, Leesville, La.

August 26, 2022

Rest in Peace Sergeant Russell. 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

August 26, 2022

Rest in Paradise Brother Trooper. Prayers for your family and co-workers. Thank you for your service.

Retired M/Sgt Lisa Ditzler
Illinois State Police D-16

August 26, 2022

Rest In Peace brother. We’ll take it from here.

Lieutenant Garry Carter
Murfreesborol Police Department

August 26, 2022

I pass through that area often and each time going forward, I will recall you and your service to your state and the community that you flew miles away to help. I'm certain you are now enjoying a world with no earthly problems and streets of gold. Thank you for all the good you did and lives you touched.

Lieutenant Scott Worsham
Owens Cross Roads, AL Police

August 26, 2022

Rest in peace Brother....My thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of your agency during this most difficult and tragic time.....

LT. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

August 26, 2022

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Sergeant Harold Lee Russell, II and the extended law enforcement family of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee.



End of Watch Tuesday, August 23, 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

August 26, 2022

God bless your family and your service, you will be missed. Rest In Peace brother!

Chief. Mike Cardoza (Ret.)
California Highway Patrol

August 26, 2022

Deepest sympathy to the family of Sergeant Russell and to his Brothers and Sisters of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee. May GOD give peace, comfort, and understanding to his family, friends, and associates for their loss . RIP Brother.

Chaplain Terry Longacre
Manor Township Police Department (Retired), Lancaster, County, Pennsyl

August 25, 2022

Rest In Peace Trooper Russell, my sincere condolences to your family and to your department. God speed as you now patrol the streets of gold. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. Fair winds and following seas brother, we have the watch.

TERRY FRANCIS ZECH OFC RET
DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS POLICE DETROIT MICHIGAN

August 25, 2022

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

Lieutenant Brian J. Wills II
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
New York

August 25, 2022

May God bless you Sergeant Russell II, your family and loved ones, and all the members of your Law Enforcement Agency the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

With great honor and deep respect for you, and
peace and comfort to your survivors

Sergeant Fredric E. Oakman
Pennsylvania State Police (retired)

August 25, 2022

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.