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Police Officer Steven Robert Rutherford

Newport News Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, January 12, 1994

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Reflections for Police Officer Steven Robert Rutherford

For 3 yrs now I have represented NNPD as a rider in the Police Unity Tour. I ride my bicycle 250+ miles in 2 & a half days. Every year I see your Mom & Dad at our stop along the way at Carrollton. You are very much missed my friend. Though you & I never met, I know who you are because I can see you in your parents eyes. I only see her for about 10 minutes every year, but I tell your mom I love her, and I mean it from my heart. As a parent myself, I know mom needs to hear it. I pray you are at Peace my friend...

Officer Rick Davis

May 18, 2005

It was great working with you Steve when I was working for the Newport News Police Department. I gained lots of interest in law enforcement along with many friends while working at NNPD and of course you were one of the FRIENDS. Thanks for all that you did to bring joy and smiles to our faces. No matter how many years has passed, I will always remember you. Rest in peace and I know we shall see one another again.

Joan Jones Forensic Unit Supervisor
Suffolk Police Department

March 24, 2005

Thank you for serving the citizens of Virginia. May God continue to bless your family and friends.

Patrol Officer
Chesterfield County Police Dept., Va.

January 11, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, may God grant you eternal peace and bring comfort and peace to your loved ones.

January 11, 2005

Ten years and your memory lives on.

Senior Trooper
Virginia State Police

January 11, 2005

Gone, but never forgotten. We will not forget your sacrifice or friendship.

Sgt Jeff Duckworth
Newport News Police Department

July 7, 2004

Steven, though I never met you while you were here, I often had to work the apartment complex as a Special Police Officer in security after you gave your life. To this day I still say a prayer for you there. God bless you for your dedication, devotion, and sacrifice. Your city, and your colleagues, will never forget you.

Auxiliary Deputy David Lyons
Isle of Wight Sheriff's Office

February 17, 2004

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Today, January 11, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Officer Steven Rutherford who died in the line of duty on this date ten years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Officer Rutherford's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

January 11, 2004

Officers of the Newport News Police Dept. never forget their own no matter how much time has past. Rest in peace and we thank you for serving your city and paying the ultimate price for our freedom.

Officer M. A Cooper
Newport News Police Dept.

Steve it is still hard to nkow that you are no longer with us. In the years prior to you becominh a fultime officer you had served as a aux officer. At that time I was a fellow Newport News Officer and we were always partnered together. at the time you were depating two seperate careers. As the time we spent together the true love of the job got into your blood. You asked and I I told you to follow your heart and you did. Your first career choice offerd alot of financial incentive but you told me it did not give you the satisfaction in knowing that you made a differnence. I respected that abd encouraged you to pursue the police career. It came with some personal sacrifice and you turned to me for a place to live while you completed the academy and reflect on your choice in life. Ia'm sorry that I now pursuaded you to pursue the police or maybe you would still be here my friend. But nothing take the pride that I have in you for following your heart and the pride I took in having you as a friend. May God bless you soul and the citizens understand that a true man gave his life for his love of his fellow man.

Chuck Johnston

I will never forget you.
We went through the academy together and started on the force together.
You were one of the finest men I have ever met.
Always doing the right thing, everytime...
I left the force long before you signed off, but I am now getting back into law enforcement.
One of the requirements of the class was to visit this site.
This is where I found that a part of me had left and I didn't even know it.
It's hard to see all of our brothers and sisters listed here.
May God watch over you My Friend

I will never forget you!

Edward Burritt

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