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Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen

Pope County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch Saturday, April 15, 2023

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen

Deputy Sheriff Owen,
On today, the 1st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the MNARNG in Bosnia and Iraq. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 15, 2024

Lord God of unfailing love, to those families in our beloved nation, the United States of America, who are suffering in the wake of the loss of a law enforcement family member, help us to provide support. Allow us to be their rock and fortress in a time of immense pain and uncertainty. Help us to keep them safe and nourished in their time of grief, suffering beside them as we move toward healing and reconciliation. Lord God, in Your compassionate mercy, hear my prayer. In Christ Jesus, Your beloved Son, and by His authority, I pray. Amen.

Holy Scripture References:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA, FCPO-USA
The Badge 183 Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
“Honoring America’s Fallen Peace Officers”
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department (1974-1998)

November 19, 2023

I want to take this moment to thank you for your honorable service and sacrifice, sir. In your line of work, it is always dangerous and without people like you, our world would not be safe. It is truly heartbreaking that you had to leave your community, and above all, your family behind. Please know that your presence and actions have truly made a difference in the community and that your courage and sacrifice will not have been in vain. Moreover, I know that you have set a great example for your son and for others. Having served your community for 11+ years, we all thank you for your service and will continue to honor you. You will forever be a beloved officer, husband, father, and hero. I extend my deepest apologies and condolences to your family and friends, may god help them through this rough time.

Cadet Lesly Morales
Escondido Police Department

June 6, 2023

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

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

May 25, 2023

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen. I am truly sorry for your great loss. The service and sacrifice of Deputy Owen to this country and the people of Minnesota will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

May 12, 2023

A brave Deputy responding to the worst of calls.
My heart goes out to the Owen family.

SrA James
Law Enforcement Family

May 9, 2023

Thank you for your service, Deputy Owen. May you R.I.P. hero.

Mr. J. Both

May 7, 2023

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

May 7, 2023

My deepest condolences to the family of Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen. May his soul forever be with our Lord.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

May 3, 2023

Thank you for your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Minnesota, it will never be forgotten. My deepest heartfelt condolences and prayers to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at the Pope County Sheriff's Office. God bless you brother and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Sergeant Craig Danielson
West Fargo Police Department
West Fargo, ND

May 1, 2023

Until Valhalla Brother

SSG. C. Clemons

April 28, 2023

Every law enforcement death is tragic but some hit harder than others. Maybe it's Josh's service as a soldier, or his years of service as a deputy or his professional and athletic appearance. Maybe its the picture with his K-9 or the award he got, clear indicators that he was a cop's cop. Maybe its the fact he followed in his father's career footsteps. Maybe its we've lost another good man.

To the family and co-workers of Deputy Josh Owen, please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of a good cop. May you be consoled knowing that Josh served his nation and community with honor.

And to Josh's father, stay strong knowing the Blue Brotherhood is behind you. You are not in this alone. Josh will not be forgotten.

Stay safe Blue.

Sgt. James Mair
Los Angeles Sheriff Dept (Ret.) and Denver Police Dept (Ret.)

April 24, 2023

On behalf of Session 20 Zone Five Training Academy we would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences.

Session 20
Zone 5 Law Enforcement Regional training academy

April 24, 2023

I wish I had never heard of Josh Owen.

Josh Owen sounds like a great guy. I wish I could have met him. He would have been a wonderful colleague, friend, or neighbor.

But I wish I had never heard of Josh Owen.

Never hearing his name would mean that Rylan still had his dad, Shannon still had her husband, and Josh's family, department, and community still had him in their lives.

an anonymous Minnesotan

April 23, 2023

Sheriff Owen, our world is full of evil people, and yet, 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. May God immerse you and them in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

April 23, 2023

Our sincere condolences during this incredibly difficult time. This event was devastating for the entire law enforcement and first responder community. Your family and department are in our thoughts and prayers. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9

Officer Roman Hagen
Saint Peter Police Department

April 22, 2023

Josh was not only a well respected Officer but also a fantastic human being.He was doing things that nobody else wants to do or would even think of doing. And that's protecting your community that you serve and love to make life better for everyone.The thin blue line.GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DURING THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME.And may the good Lord be with the Pope county law enforcement community and all of us who have been a member of the peacekeepers.HEROES LIVE FOREVER.......BLESSED ARE THE PEACEKEEPERS


April 20, 2023

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

"Always Ready"

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

April 19, 2023

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen. 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 Pope County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota.

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

April 19, 2023

Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen! Thank you for your 11+ years of service with the Pope County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota and for your service as a Minnesota National Guard Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. We thank you for your devotion and your sacrifices, and also to your family and friends for their sacrifices. Our hearts break for your wife, your son, and your parents during this terrible tragedy, and we want them to know that you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the rest of your family and to all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew 5:9)

Kelly King

April 19, 2023

RIP Deputy Sheriff Owen. Thank you for your service to the Country and the citizens of Pope County

Lieutenant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police
Boston, Ma. 02120

April 18, 2023

So sad & tragic, RIP Sheepdog! May God bless and comfort your loved ones as well as your brothers & sisters with PCSO. Well done thou good & faithful servant.

Mike Nixon
High Point, NC Police Dept, Retired

April 18, 2023

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (SAC)
Orlando Field Office
Federal Air Marshal Service

April 18, 2023

It’s so sad this tragedy happened on your birthday brother. May the lord bless and keep you. My prayers are with your family.

Detective Gio Minera
Phoenix PD

April 18, 2023

Rest in peace brother.

Det. Andreoli

April 17, 2023

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