Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant James Kenneth Kinard

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Monday, August 15, 1994

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Reflections for Sergeant James Kenneth Kinard

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 15, 2020

It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since this mighty warrior was called to higher ground.

"Tug", I'm alive today because of you, for you literally saved my life, pulling me out of the grips of a Pacific Ocean rip tide.

I praise God continuously for your bravery, your tenacity, your leadership, and sacrifice. I miss your firm confidence and the way you lived and loved fiercely. I can still see your huge smile and hear your loud laughter.

You remain my hero. I can still feel you over my shoulder with that MP5, tapping up and telling me, "Move" as we stepped towards danger. I was beyond proud to serve in your shadow.
I miss you, my brother.

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Sgt. James "Tug" Kinard, 10-10 on August 15, 1994. An American hero, a bold warrior, a father, a son, and my friend.

Love you.
Give "Rowdy" a pat on the head for me.

Michael Thompson
Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

August 15, 2019

Still think about you sometimes, Jim. Never forget the night I came to roll call with an empty holster and how happy you were to point that out and how hard we laughed about it.

Deputy Bill Case (Ret)
Snohomish County S O

November 27, 2016

Thinking of you and your family today, 19 years from the end of your watch. My dad was with you that night. I was ten years old then, and I have thought of you every year since that fateful day. I will never forget you. Thank you for your service. God be with your family.


August 15, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 19th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 21, 2013

I was there the night you died. I remember answering my page and when I arrived being told you were killed. You would be so proud of your team, they negotiated with Mr. Finch for the entire cold night, then arrested him without harming a hair on his head. They put their feels for you aside and did their jobs well. Rest in peace Tug.


November 15, 2010

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. I'm glad to see that the individual that caused all the pain decided to save the State of Washington future expenditures. Justice was finally served. Continue to watch over your loved ones, you have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 15, 2009

RIP Know that you are still loved even if you not there.


September 21, 2008

The price you paid was way too costly and it so sad to read about the ones who
didn't make it. Thanks for serving the Evergreen State!
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


August 15, 2008


I miss your smile when we were on patrol. I still laugh when I remeber you launched the patrol car as the brakes failed yelling; I hope we fit between the pole and gaurd rail.

June 1, 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

April 29, 2008

From our time at CJTC, class # 171 through K-9 training and those great times at the WSPCA seminars. Hard to beleive that we lost you thirteen years ago today.
You may be gone but your not forgotten.
Lt. Greg Rawlins
Bremerton PD

Lieutenant Greg Rawlins
Bremerton Police Dept.

August 15, 2007

My hat is off to you for doing a difficult job and paying the
supreme sacrifice. Time has not diminished your
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

August 15, 2007

Tug- We miss you every day. SWAT was never the same after you left. -Worf

Detective D. Glenn Woodson
Snohomish County SO

November 28, 2006

I have heard nothing but wonderful things about you.
When I hear you talked about the words "hero" and "Dad" often come up.
Thank you for your years of service. You are truly missed.
You were and are truly loved.
You raised a great son.


October 16, 2006

Sgt. Kinard,

You answered the one call we all fear and for that I salute you SIR! Thank you for your service, dedication and commitment to the one job you loved so dearly...... May GOD bless you and your family..... You will NOT be FORGOTTEN......

Senior Officer D.W.Reichhardt
Virginia State University Police Department

May 29, 2006

Yesterday I walked through the housing unit where he jumped from the upper deck. The spotwhere he landed has been clearly marked. It's called the "Finch Line". I never knew you, but think of you every time I see the "Finch Line". Thank you for your service to Snohomish County. Rest at peace with honor.

Officer #W0323
Snohomish County Jail

October 17, 2005

I will never forget the night you were taken away from us. I was working graveyard shift when I heard the medics giving a short report about your condition. It's hard to believe it was so long ago. God Bless you and your family, including your SCSO family, forever and always. You will never be forgotten.

Communications Officer J. Winters
Marysville Police Department

September 28, 2004

Good Lord, has it been 10 years? I was 26-years-old. And I'm older now than you were strange. You seemed so...... I don't know how to put it.......heroic, I guess.

I had thought well of you before that day, and its terrible, but you became my hero after that day. You made me proud. You made me want to follow your lead into Law Enforcement.

So I did. And I thank you Jim, for what you did for me. But no thanks I could possibly offer would be enough to show the debt of gratitude owed for the price you paid for all of us.

Rest well Jim Kinard.

September 5, 2004

I never had the opportunity to meet you but my husband has always spoke very highly of you. My husband was there with you when you were shot and it still remains very difficult for him to talk about. You are a true hero and we thank you. It is such a horrible loss for your family, friends and department. You will always be remembered.

Dawn Simpson Deputy's wife
Snohomish County

I never had the oportunity to meet you but my husband has always spoke very highly of you. My husband was there with you when you were shot and it still remains very difficult for him to talk about. You are a true hero and we thank you. It is such a horrible loss for your family, friends and department. You will always be remembered.

Dawn Simpson Deputy's wife
Snohomish County

Although I never had the honor to work under your direction, Sgt. Kinard, I did work with many who knew you and had a tremendous amount of respect for you. I remember seeing your picture in other agencies when I was a new Deputy, and hearing your name spoken when "good 'ole stories" would be chatted about, it was then I realized just how much you had an impact on so many people. You will always be remembered, even by those who never knew you. God bless.


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