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Deputy Sheriff Oscar Freeman Carpenter

Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, December 29, 1988

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Oscar Freeman Carpenter

It's been a while but I've been busy. Working a lot and I am in the process of buying a house. It's the house we all lived in. I am buying it from mom. I will be living back in Butler and on the same road as a lot of the relatives. Ali is going to 7th grade.

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

July 26, 2009

Well, Ali made the cheerleading squad. I have this friend, her name is Rhonda-I call her Roo. Anyway, she has been such a good influence on me. She gave me faith. She has made such a positive impact on me. Lisa is also my good friend and cousin and she is always there for me. Trying hard to stay positive, which as you know is kind of hard for me to do. Also tryign hard to be a good person, as you know that doesn't always work out for me. I am trying though.

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

April 13, 2009

I watch how I act with people, and I wonder why I act the way I do? Like with Rhonda, Lisa, Pay, and Margaret I try to be sweet and a good friend. Then Rhonda says, "She's going to be a good influence" on me and I wonder. I know I have bad qualities, but I do try and I hope they know that. Mom and Aunt Bobbie say they see you in me a lot, I wonder about that.

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

March 24, 2009

You all ready know this because Aunt Mary is up there with you but she died last Tuesday and Thursday. She had a stroke and it was just too much. Uncle Pete and Lee were pall bearers. Lynn was there, and Aunt Bobbie was at the funeral. Linda Poole did her hair as she had promised. I still can't believe she's gone, it's so unreal. I know she's happier with Uncle Lee Roy, Grannie, and she got to see you again too.

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

March 2, 2009

Are you ready to hear how stupid I am? Well, I figured since me and Aunt Bobbie Jean are successful with actually having a relationship that I could possibly have a conversation with Jim. Well, didn't work. So I asked Aunt Bobbie Jean what to do, she said to keep my distance like I've been doing.

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

February 15, 2009

I got to tell you this even though I know you saw it. Today it has been four years since Grannie died, so when I got off work I went to Butler to go to the cemetery. When I got there much to my surprise Aunt Bobbie Jean was there. She looks so much like Grannie. We hugged and talked for an hour and a half. After that I felt at ease. I've been wanting to see her for over a year, but it seems like time just never let it. Today Grannie let me know that she watches over me constantly, she knew what I needed and gave it to me. I needed to see my aunt and spend time with her and Grannie and God done it for. That visit helped me so much today. I was so happy about it I called Cynthia right after I left the cemetery. I walked away with a whole new outlook on things. Grannie always looked out for us and she is continuing to especially with me. In a way I have a feeling you helped out too and I love you and Grannie for giving me this gift that I so desperately needed especially today. I love both of you so much!!!

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

January 8, 2009

Well, I didn't write on the the day-sorry about that. I did log on and read some reflections, though. On the day I ate lunch with Lisa and Rhonda, then I went by and visited you, then I went home. I miss you and love you. Letting you know I haven't forgot about you, how could I? Your my dadddy, and I miss you a lot. Anyway, I know you are all ready but keep an eye on us. We need you, even though your gone. Me, mom, Brandi, and Ali. Oh, Ali got a new dog; it's a hunting dog. Actually it's Phil's dog but she claims it and she named it Hunter, because it's a hunting dog. She loves animals. Love ya!

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

December 31, 2008

I can't believe all the reflections from your daughter Tiffany. She has been so
faithful to your memory and I am sad that she lost her Daddy at such a young
age. My Mom was 2 months old when her Daddy was killed in the First World
War in France. I visited there in 1975 and looked up his gravesite. It is a very
sad thing when a daughter loses her Daddy. One never seems to get over it.
This life is unfair and full of sad losses, for sure. God bless you, Tiffany. May
all the love you have shown your Daddy come back to you tenfold.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

Anonymous

December 29, 2008

12/29/08

Your family is in my thoughts today as they remember the day, twenty years ago, when their lives were forever changed.

Norie Haas
Mother of Dep. Brian Haas
E.O.W. 4/24/04

Norie Haas

December 29, 2008

well, in a few days in will be 20 years! how do you look at that? 20 years-a milestone? or is it something to be mad about? i am not sure. i have no one to ask about this. lisa would say don't think about it, just get through the day and be happy about it. i want to know who do i blame for you not being here though. or is there anyone to blame, or was it just an accident? an accident that just happen. no rhyme or reason for it. you know granny always use to say that from the day you are born that GOD knows the day you will die. so how can we call anything an accident? makes you wonder! doesn't it?

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

December 27, 2008

Well, your birthday passed on November 24th, and as I always do I payed you a visit on that day. So did Brandi and Ali. I think about you a lot, but it seems that I think about you more around this time of the year. Your birthday has came and gone and the anniversary of your death is coming up soon. Just so you know I am thinking about you. Love you always!

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

November 30, 2008

Not too much is going on. Brandi and Jamey are moving, they bought some land and they are getting ready to build a house. Ali is still a handful, she's 11 years old. She does good in school and she loves animals. She loves cats and dogs mostly. She has dog named Emmie. She has two cats she named them Oreo and Mr. Whiskers. From what I hear you caught one today and has all ready tamed it. She wants to do so much. She does dance and gymnastics. You would love to watch her, she's unbelievable. Just wanted to fill you in.

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

October 13, 2008

You would be so proud of me, I am getting along with your sister. Me and Aunt Bobbie talk about once a week and I love it, we get along so well. Cynthia is so proud of me she doesn't know what to do. I don't remember you enough to remember you, and there are times when I actually feel crazy for missing you. I think I miss what I didn't get to have with you. You know that father-daughter relationship that girls have with their dads. You would be so impressed with Ali--she's tall like the Sawyers. Long dark hair like her mama. Brandi says that she reminds her of me. You would enjoy seeing her grow up.

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

September 16, 2008

Well, my Bug (Ali) is growing up quickly. She's in 6th grade and I can't believe how grown up she acts. A couple of years ago she realized that me and Brandi had different last names not just because she's married but before. That's when me and Brandi told her about you. She was about six or seven when we had to do that and from that day forward she has always helped me pick the flowers that go on your grave. I don't think she remembers Granny too much she doesn't mention her but I miss her everyday. Before I end this I just eant you to know that me and Bobbie Jean are getting along a lot better now. We actually talk and laugh when we talk.

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

August 28, 2008

Just sitting here thinking of you. Your name has came up a lot this week. People telling me things that I all ready knew in the back of my head. I don't know what to do or say at this point all I am going to say is I miss you and I love you.

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

July 11, 2008

Well, Uncle Pete and Linda had a heart attack the other night. They are ok now but Uncle Pete had a massive heart attack and I'll be honest the thought of him not being around upset me a lot. Linda had a mild heart attack. I also heard that Jim is suppose to have bypass surgery. Bobbie Jean is suppose to have surgery on her shoulder. All of them have something wrong.

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

May 22, 2008

well, pauline died this past saturday and i had to break it to mom. that was so hard for me. i can't believe she's gone, but i know she is up there with carson, jack, her mom, her dad, lucci, sister, buster, and you. you know she loved you like a son, and she loved mom like her daughter, so i guess that would make me and brandi her grandchildren. she always use to tell me that i looked more and more like you. i'm going to miss hearing that. now i know that you two up there together having fun just like you use to do back in the day. maybe now you can introduce her to granny. i don't think they ever met in person just talked over the phone, when granny was looking for you.

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

April 23, 2008

I am just sitting here thinking, I just off the phone with Cynthia and a friend of hers died. Now, all I want to do cry for her and Linda. They were like the three musketeers. I feel so bad for them because I know how they feel.

Tiffany Carpenter

March 30, 2008

Well where do I begin..... I want you too know that you done a wonderful job at helping mom raise me, I know we never had that bond with one another but you are the one I consider to be MY DAD!! I am married now with a 10 year old daughter, who is my greatest pleasure--her name is Alison "Ali", you and Ali would have been inseperable, she use to be just like Tiffany--tomboyish, and her and Tiffany are just alike in many ways. I wish she could have known you. Just remember that you are thought of often and missed more than you could ever imagine. I know that you will be watching over us all. We LOVE and MISS YOU soooo very much.
Love ya, Brandi

Brandi Peaden Parker
Daughter

February 9, 2008

I was kind of wondering who left the last reflection, since it wasn't signed. Let me know who you were. I am curious.

Tiffany Carpenter

February 1, 2008

Dear Tiffany, you know your father much better than you realize. If you read other reflections your father was all of these things and more. He gave his life in the line of duty and that will never be forgotten by fellow officers.

January 27, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

December 29, 2007

Today is the 19th anniversary of your death, so we pause and say a prayer for your family who still mourn your loss.
Rest in peace Sir you are not forgotten nor is the sacrifice that your family made.
Respectfully submitted
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

December 29, 2007

Tomorrow you will have been dead 19 years. Man its been a long time but I can still remember that day when mom took me into yall's room and told me you were dead. I was only 6 years old but I can remember that. I can also remember your mom crying at the funeral home and me coming in and looking at you and not fully understanding what was going on. All I knew is that you weren't going to come home anymore and it was going to be just me, mom, and Brandi. Mama did good with us though, and Grannie was always there for us. Letting you know I love you and miss you and you are thought of very often.

Tiffany Carpenter
daughter

December 27, 2007

"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 whos 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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 27, 2007

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