Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Joseph Samuel Brumett, III

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

End of Watch Friday, December 11, 1992

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Reflections for Trooper Joseph Samuel Brumett, III

Rest in peace Trooper Brumett.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 10, 2019

Dang Joey, slow down. I said that in my head as he blew us away running a couple of miles every other day. Now I say, Dang Joey, its been 26 years and now I'm retired. He was my roommate at the Utah P.O.S.T. Academy in the spring of 1992. He moved out to be with his wife in a new house if I remember correctly, that left me with a room to myself. I always appreciated his kindness. He had a great smile. I had my fair share of close calls and thanked him from time to time when I would hear a voice, "don't go in there" or "don't go that way". So thanks Joey... I will see you again brother.

Aundreau J Gray, Special Agent
D.O.I. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fort Duchesne, Utah

December 22, 2018

I just retired after 35 years with South Salt Lake Fire. We had just left the scene of the accident and were pulling into the station when we received the call of a trooper down. Life Flight was dispatched and everything possible was done to save Joey Every year on that faithful day I say a prayer for Joey and his family His humor, smile, and dedication to serve is missed. A brother gone to soon.

Battalion Chief Retiered
South Salt Lake City Fire

May 19, 2018

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 17th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 14, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 17th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 14, 2009

God Bless you and your family on this 16th anniversary of your ultimate sacrifice. Rest in peace Trooper.

DFC J W Houston
York County Sheriff's Office

December 11, 2008

Trooper Brumett,
On today, the 16th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Utah. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



December 11, 2008

Trooper Brumett, thank you for your service and dedication. Continue to watch over your family. Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

October 6, 2008

Do they have snake skin cowboy boots in heaven? Thinking of you and missing you. We know you are watching over us.

Jackie (Barnett) Cordova

May 23, 2008

"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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 31, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 6, 2007

Joey, it will be 14 years this December and tender feelings are still surfacing regarding your death. Your sister told us at your funeral that "they had seen a lot of eagles on the drive from Colorado to Utah", but she only now has been able to share the whole experience. I would like to share it with all those who visit your site. I love you and miss you. Mom
(from his sister)
Okay, here is my special story. We do have bald eagles here in Colorado. We even have quite a few here in our town. You might see one or two a week, or more if you know where they hang out. Whenever I see one it makes me think of Joey. Even before he died, if I saw an eagle I would think that Joey would love to see that. Well, as we were leaving home to head to Utah after getting the terrible news that Joey had been struck and killed, I looked out the car window and there - right next to the road was a bald eagle sitting on a fence post. It seemed to watch us as we went by. I thought what a coincidence to see a bald eagle at that particular time. It filled my heart with love, comfort, and protection. It made me think that it was Joey's way of showing us that he would still be with us. I hoped that I could keep that feeling with me always. Well, I didn't need to worry because just as we passed that one, there was another one sitting on the fence. Then just a few minutes later, we saw another beautiful bald eagle. I was thinking, could this all be just a coincidence? Then to my amazement I could see another one sitting right at the edge of the road coming up ahead. As we approached, I knew we would scare the bird away and that it would take off and fly in an opposite direction but you know what it did? As we passed it, it did start to fly but it flew in the same direction we were going and kept an even pace with our car, just right outside my car window. I almost felt that I could roll the window down and touch it. It stayed there and flew right beside me for a good full minute or two. It seemed like forever to me. Nothing like that has ever happened to us before. Even my husband was amazed. Then we were both pointing out all the eagles that we were seeing. Some would be sitting, some flying and we even had a couple more flying along with the car but not as long as the first one did. Many times in the past we would see an eagle fly off a dead carcuss, probably not too happy with us for interrupting his meal, but not on that day. Not one was eating. They all seemed to be watching us. I didn't keep a count but I would say that in an hour and a half of driving, we saw 15 to 20 bald eagles. No Kidding! After that we could not tell because we ran into a big blizzard and by the time we got to Utah it was dark. I didn't have any worries about getting to Utah safely. Not even with the blizzard because I really felt like Joey was protecting us. That eagle encounter has never happened to us again. I was hoping for a repeat on the way back home but it didn't happen. We do still see the occasional eagle. We have some that live right around our outskirts of town. In the winter months we have one that often flies over our property. One day I walked outside and there was a bald eagle sitting on our ridge. I got some video of it before it flew away. They will always be a special bird to me. Besides being beautiful, they fill my heart with love. And they will always remind me of Joey.

Edye Brumett

April 10, 2006

I knew Brother Brumett as a young child in church in Danville, IL. He was an inspiration to me in becoming a law enforcement officer and have thought about him through the years. He was and still is a great person.

Trooper Kevin Blue
Alaska State Troopers

October 19, 2005

Trp. Brumett - I happened to be training in Salt Lake and away from my family when I came across your memorial page. I want you and your family to know that even though I did not know you in person, your passing has helped to make me a better person and Trooper. I joined law enforcement just after you left us, and still have the magazine that bears your picture on the cover. I want your family to know that you still influence others in a positive way and will never be forgotten. May the lord bless your family and ease their pain with the knowledge that you are admired by even those who never got to meet you.
Sincerely, a brother Trooper.


February 16, 2005

Never forgotten. Rest in peace

Fire Captain

February 12, 2005

Your time with our department was very short but the ultimate sacrifice which you paid while serving the citizens of Utah will never be forgotten. You paid the highest price in the name of law enforcement, and those of us who now keep the watch in your stead can never repay you. Rest in peace my friend.
Trooper Mark Shepherd / UHP

Trooper Mark Shepherd

May 25, 2004

“May his badge and all it stands for shine brightly throughout eternity”


This is truely a great honor to see this page about Joey.
He was a very loving and caring young man.
He brought a lot of love and laughter into everybodies life that knew him. He was loved by all, and sadly sadly missed by his father,mother, Step-mother, Brothers and Sister.
His many Aunts and Uncles, Cousins and nieces and nephews.
Joey was a very proud officer. His Father and I were very very proud of his accompishiments. We love him and will never forget him, and will always morn the day we lost him.
Thank you for such a wonderful tibute to Joey.
Sue Brumett(step-mom)

Step Mother

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