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Patrolman James M. Sides

Alamogordo Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Monday, August 14, 2023

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Reflections for Patrolman James M. Sides

My sincere condolences the Lord says blessed are the peacemakers for they are children if God. He is with the Lord my prayers are with you.


October 6, 2023

"Somebody killed a policeman today,
And a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect who shot him will stand up in court,
With counsel demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend alone many long nights.
The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
To his name they will add a gold star.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
It happened in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.
Now, his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call and gave us his all,
And a part of America died."

Author Unknown

E.C.Proft Chief Criminal Deputy (Retired)
Island County Sheriff's Office

October 6, 2023

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Andreoli

October 6, 2023

Blessed Are the Peacemakers, for They Will Be Called Children of God. You will not be forgotten.

Ptlmn. James Murray (ret.)
Chicago Polie Department

October 6, 2023

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Patrolman, James M. Sides, in the line of duty from complications of injuries sustained on April 3, 1984. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Patrolman makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your Community has not gone unnoticed. Our prayers and thoughts to the New Mexico State Police and the Hildago County Sheriff's Office where Patrolman Sides had previously served.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

October 6, 2023

Rest In Peace…

Retired Detective
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

October 6, 2023

Rest in peace, brave one. You will have a special place in Heaven. May God bless you and yours forever.

Patricia Harrison

October 6, 2023

Praying for peace and comfort today and in the difficult days ahead. With deepest sympathy,

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

October 6, 2023

May God and St. Michael watch over you in Heaven, Officer Sides.

Patrolman Kenneth Collins
South Amherst Police Department

October 6, 2023

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Patrolman James M. Sides and the extended law enforcement family of the Alamogordo Police Department, New Mexico.

End of Watch Monday, August 14, 2023.

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

October 6, 2023

Thank you for your service. PrYers for your Family and Department.

Sergeant Monica Veney
Baltimore Police Department

October 6, 2023

Rest in peace Brother.

Capt. A. Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

October 6, 2023

Rest, brother.

Sgt. Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

October 6, 2023

Patrolman James M. Sides, I am so very sorry that you have suffered for so long due to this criminal's actions on that day. May God give you rest now as you sit beside Him. May He Bless your family as they grieve your loss. I thank you for your brave service to all oof us. Rest In Peace, Brother.

Mary Milam
Sergeant (Ret)
Chicago Police Department

Hudson, FL

October 6, 2023

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

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

October 6, 2023

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service (Retired)

October 5, 2023

RIP Hero. May you forever spend your eternal life with our dear Lord in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with all your loved ones. Our country is now a little less safe without you. Thank you for your service.


Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

October 5, 2023

All give some, some give all. Rest in Peace!

Ptl B L Waltz (Ret)
Avon Lake PD OH

October 5, 2023

Rest In Peace Patrolman James M. Sides! Thank you for your 3 years of service with the Alamogordo Police Department, in New Mexico, and for your previous service with the Mexico State Police for five years and the Hildago County Sheriff's Office for one year. 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 two children and your friends during this terrible tragedy, and we want them to know that you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers also go out to all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew 5:9)

Eddie & Kelly King

October 5, 2023


Herbie Buck Ret. Officer

October 5, 2023



October 5, 2023

Rest in Peace Patrolman Sides. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Sides Family and the Alamogordo Police Department.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

October 5, 2023

Patrolman Sides, a police officer should be remembered not by how he died but by how he lived! A brave man has left to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you for your law enforcement service, to your family, and to the Alamogordo Beach Police Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

October 5, 2023

Officer Sides,

I'm so very saddened to learn of your passing so long after the incident which caused you to retire from law enforcement. I will pray for your wife, two children and the rest of your family, friends, loved ones and former colleagues. Rest in peace.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. – Matthew 5:9

Daniel Ryan
Private Investigator (Retired)

October 5, 2023

Godspeed Brother- Rest in Peace

Retired Sgt. D.R. Harvey #628
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

October 5, 2023

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