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Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Lee Kays

Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, January 4, 1989

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Lee Kays

Sue words cannot express the pain I still feel in my heart from your loss. I love you and miss your presence in my life everyday, especially the holidays because you always made them so special to me. I will forever hurt from your loss and i pray you are dancing up in heaven. My best friend is there with you now also and yall have so much in common. Look after him for me till i can make it there. I love you Sue you were my mom in my eyes noone could ever replace you. Dance in heaven

Shana duckworth
God daughter

December 22, 2020

2020 December Gone Not Forgotten Merry Christmas

David Szafran

December 18, 2020

We worked together in the jail as detention officers and you went off to become a deputy. You were aspiring to be great officer. Gone way too soon. May god rest your soul.

DSO Vellone
Dallas sheriff

May 15, 2020

I was just thinking about you today. I really miss you sometimes. I'm 40 years old now and I can still picture hanging out with you when I was a kid. You were a very positive part of my childhood. I think you would be proud of what I have done with my life. I just wish you were here so I can share it with you. I love you Aunt Sue.

Jerad Kays

September 30, 2019

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Kays.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 20, 2019

I was working with her at Lew Sterrett that night. We heard the Officer Assist call and all dropped everything to try to help. Unfortunately none of us could get to her in time. Sgt. Chris Dyer and I came very close to being shot by the same man in the back hallway. Thank god for that DPD Officer that shot him just seconds before that elevator door opened. I will never forget that night. RIP Suzanne.

Dona Geron, DSO
Dallas Sheriff’s Office.

January 4, 2019

Suzanne would have made an outstanding Deputy for Dallas County. She never had a chance to show us how she could shine. Before she became a Deputy she would help any way she could as a Detention Officer. Always had a smile on her face and a “get it done” attitude.
One of the hardest and proudest things I’ve ever had to do was to stand Honor Guard at her funeral.
Rest In Peace good and faithful servant!

See you someday soon!

June Gunn, Deputy (39 years)
Dallas County Sheriff Department

January 6, 2018

Rest In Peace Sister LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 4, 2018

Suzanne Kays was a coworker and I considered her a great friend. We worked in the Classification Division at the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. She worked diligently to become a Deputy and she was always positive and looked to do her best. I walk by her picture on the wall at the Sheriff's Department in the hallway where she died to this day. The loss of such a good person never goes away.

Detective Steve Hayes
Coppell PD

June 7, 2016

I read a reflection dedicated to you on another page and had to read about you. We were robbed of you, all of us, even though me may never have met you.

Why so many people who should be institutionalized are allowed to roam the streets is beyond comprehension and because of misguided, short sighted and outright WRONG policies, your life was taken.

That man who murdered you may NOT have been competent and he certainly would have NOT been homeless or your killer, had he been under proper care and supervision in a state run facility. Everyone lost because he wasn't.

May God bless you and may your continued rest be forever peaceful, Sister.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

August 16, 2015

Sue, I thought about you today, I was assigned to the Personnel Section and as I was walking down the hall, I looked over to the right and there was a plaque with your picture hanging there along with all the other fallen Deputies. a feeling came over me of calm and I got a smile on my face. At that point I knew you are watching over me, I remember what a good friend you were and all the fun we had in the Academy. Rest easy little sister. BEST PARTNER I EVER HAD

Investigator Roger Ward
Dallas County Sheriff Department

Investigator Roger Ward
Dallas County Sheriff Dept

July 10, 2015

This is the saddest thing I have read all day. My greatest condolences to her family and friends. I hope that the man responsible is put in prison for the rest of his life. She was a great and strong person to risk her life in the line of duty. I appreciate that.

Alex Lane

April 19, 2015

I miss the heck out of you everyday...everyday I want to share with you...and I can' sucks...for 16 years I have been had such a force with people...they are still writing how much they miss you...Love You so much

Mary Kays Lawson

February 25, 2015

I miss you Aunt Sue.

Jerad Kays

January 14, 2013


As this Holiday season wraps up, I am drawn back to thinking of you as we approach the 24 year anniversary that you were taken out of my life so suddenly and without warning. I was only 14 when you went to Heaven and I was devastated and lost for many years without you. I have since accepted the fact that GOD has a plan for each and every one of us even when we do not understand that plan most of the time.

Because of you, I am a strong independent woman with two amazing children. My oldest was named after you and she is like you in so many ways. I wish at times that you were here to see my children and meet my husband. You would have loved all three dearly, they all love to fish just like you did and you would have had so much in common with all of them. I sometimes think maybe GOD sent them to me to fill the void that was left behind when you were taken from my life way too early and way to suddenly.

You and I had a connection that was different from the one you had with my siblings. You always helped me with my sports and pushed me on a daily basis to always give 110% in anything I did. I remember so many vacations that we took and the time during those vacations that you would spend time with me and show me new things. I remember when you were going through the academy and always loved hearing the different stories you would come home with after work, class, or training. I also remember the very last night you were home with us before work. You were relaxing in your recliner and it was my bedtime and I gave a hug and kiss on the check before going to bed not knowing that it would be the last time I would get that chance.

Even though I have accepted you not being here in the flesh, I know that you are in heaven watching over me and my family and keeping us safe. I love you still today more than words could possibly express and I know that one day we will meet again in Heaven.

Love always and forever!

Jessica Magee
Adopted Niece

December 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Sue, my heart has been really heavy and I feel this is a way to pay tribute to the most amazing woman that ever blessed my life. Sue was like a mother and father to me for ten years of my life from around 5yrs of age until 20 days before my 16th birthday. I want to take the time to say thank you Sue for all the years you provided a home and nurturing and caring to us as a family. You went above and beyond what anyone else would or has ever done. You were then and still are today my hero!
Sue spent 10 years in the Detention Center as an Officer and graduated top of her class from the Academy only to loose her life one week later.
To all the people who have lost loved ones in the line of duty, I pray for you to have peace in your heart and may god bless you and your family's.

Shana Duckworth
God Daughter of Suzanne L. Kays

October 24, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd 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 who was murdered in the 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 solace for all those who love and miss 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

January 4, 2012

Sue, I knew you briefly through Mark - his attitude reflects your influence and lingering leadership.

Essay - Self Reliance

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leanna Brooks

December 31, 2011

I miss you Aunt Sue. I will never forget about you and how nice of a person you were. You were always taking care of me when I was a kid and I will always remember those times. Love you.

SGT Jerad Kays (USARMY)

December 30, 2011

I sure miss you sue, you always kept me in line. I wish you were still around so you could see what i've done with my life. you would be so proud. always remembering you, your little brother

mark kays

December 30, 2011

i never got to meet you, but my mom said your an amazing woman. she named me after you, and i wish you were here so i could meet you. after hearing all the good things about you, like raising my mom, and shana and uncle donnie, i really wish i could have been there to meet you. your amazing grace. i love you. <3

Kaylee Suzanne Magee

June 15, 2011

I wanted to take this time to thank you for the years you helped raise me and Jessie and Donnie and for the guidance, love, nurturing, and for teaching us right from wrong and for making us better young adults. I can not express to you how much I miss and love you and how i wish i had, had the opportunity to tell you or really show you just what an amazing person you were to us when we were kids. You took on 3 kids blindly because of the love you had in your heart and im soo absolutely sorry for everything i ever did that upset you if i could take back everything and have another chance to make it right i would. I have grown alot older and wiser and i think of you often when i have to make decisions in life to better myself or my own children that i now have. Sue having you as another mother figure in my life was the absolute best part of my life, I am 37 now and you were taken way to soon, im still to this day struggling to deal with the loss because i love you so much but i
know you were needed up there to help god as an angel so i will continue to live each day and just keep it in my mind that one day we will be a family again. Sue thank you for loving me and caring for me and my mom you were everything in the world to both of us and our lives are not now nor will they ever be as rich as when we were a family.
I read all the words people have left here on this site about you and im just so touched but not suprised, you were the most amazing person in the world and i will never meet anyone like you in my life again and if i can learn to be just an ounce as good of a person as you were I would be doing just fine. I will come back to this site again and leave a message since i know it is here and please know you are loved now as then and always will be with every fiber of my being. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO MY SPECIAL MOTHER R.I.P.
I will be looking for you in the sky at night because I know you are perched upon a star shining the way for the world. All my love to you.


May 12, 2010

Deputy Sheriff Kays,
on today, the 21st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dallas County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



January 4, 2010

The funeral line was long, There's an awful lot of cars, Folks came out of the restaurants, They came out of the bars.
The workers at the construction sites All let their hammers drop. Someone asked. "What is this all for?" And they said, "Aw, just a cop."
Some chuckled at the passing cars. Some shed a silent tear Some people said, "It's stupid," "all these dumb policemen here."
"How come they are not out fighting crime?" "Or in a doughnut shop?" Sure is a lot of trouble, For someone who's just a cop."
They blocked the intersections, They blocked the interstate. People yelled and cursed, "Damn, it's gonna make me late!"
"This is really ridiculous!" "They're makin' us all stop!" "It seems they are sure wastin' time, On someone who's just a cop."
Into the cemetery now, The slow procession comes, The woeful Taps are slowly played. There's loud salutes from guns.
The graveyard workers shake their heads "This service is a flop." "There's lots of good words wasted, On someone who's just a cop"
Yeah, just a cop to most folks. Did his duty every day. Trying to protect us, Till they took his life away.
And when he got to heaven, St. Peter put him at the top. An angel asked him, "Who was that?" And he said, "Aw, just a cop."
His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, Tx.

January 22, 2009

"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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 5, 2008

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