Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Irvin Ellis Powell

Haskell County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, March 19, 1995

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Reflections for Deputy Irvin Ellis Powell

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

March 19, 2020

Deputy Powell,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Haskell County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 19, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Powell.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 8, 2019

It's been 21 years, I've thought of you and your family every day of these 21 years...It's easy to say sorry for what happened that night...the most painful, most haunting feelings are reserved for the things I didn't do that night...I didn't know...and I should have. You were the hero, the friend, the believer that everyone deserved to be trusted, given second chances..I failed you, I'm sorry. I hope you know that, I hope you see I'm trying to do good in my life now...but if I could trade places with you, I would. One of them is gone now, maybe you can ask him "why?"'s something it's still don't's haunts me throughout the day...everyday. You will never be forgotten, nor will your family. I'm sorry...


September 25, 2016

There's not a single day I don't think about Irvin and his family. As a young law enforcement officer, this tragedy forged me into the kind of officer I am today. I am still sorry for the mistakes I made during the aftermath of those horrific days. To the Powell family, my continued prayers.

Roger Bailey
Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission

February 3, 2016

We honor our fallen comrades not in words - but in caring for their family - forever.

Leesville La. PD, Pastor Holly Grove UMC

March 21, 2015


Lt John Doherty Retired

March 20, 2015

I just heard your story now. I'm so sorry about what happened to you.

Heidi /no rank. Not an officer

March 1, 2014

Rest in Peace, Deputy Powell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2014

Its hard to believe its been 17 years... your memory lives on dad. in the ornery faces of your grandchildren, and even in some of their names. (justin irvin, and jaydin ellis) not a day goes by that you dont cross my mind in some way. the pain never really goes away, it just becomes easier to deal with. just like the song i sang at you funeral says "there are things that ive forgotten that i loved about the man, but i'll always remember the love in daddy's hands". i miss you daddy

Amber Powell-Stiles
youngest daughter

April 13, 2012

RIP Sir, A hero you were

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

March 19, 2012

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

December 14, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 19, 2010

While I never had the honor to meet you I went to your funeral and it touched my heart and soul.

Years after your service I got to know your daughter well. You would be proud to know she spoke up for us cops any time she was asked. Her character speaks to the parenting skills you and your beautiful wife demonstrated.

From all the stories I heard from your felow and past co-workers you were always remembered as a great Deputy and man as you were a dad.

May you rest in peace and I know you are on patrol looking out for your family every minute of every day! God bless you!

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 5, 2010

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion
Proverbs 28:1

God bless you and all who mourn you. May God give them the strength to carry on. You and your cousin are in my thoughts and prayers. How horrible.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 19, 2009

Deputy Powell,

Today I honor you. The sacrifice you made for the people of Haskell County has not been forgotten. Rest easy, brother.

Senior Officer J Anthony Sandoval
Kingsville Police Department

March 15, 2009



April 30, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 25, 2007

Deputy Powell you sir will not be forgotten. Thank you for your dedication and service. Rest easy brother and keep watch over us. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Winston-Salem PD

March 19, 2007

Time passes as time must but you are remembered.

March 19, 2007

To Deputy Irvin Ellis Powell and his loved ones:

On this the eleventh anniversary week of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

Irvin, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Deputy Irvin Powell. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication.

I was saddened to learn that one of your cousins were involved in this crime that cost you your life. That must have made it even harder for your family to endure.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Deputy Powell gave to his community and the citizens of Kansas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 19, 1995.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 20, 2006

God holds a special place for those who give their lives in the service of others. May his family take some solace in that fact. We honor him as fellow officers, and wish you peace and comfort in knowing you'll see him again in a happier place.

Sgt. Bill Richardson
Anchorage, Alaska PD

August 28, 2004



Just wanted to drop a line and let you know I am thinking of Irvin and his family. I worked with Irvin for two years and I knew him well. It has been six years since that tragic morning in March. We have not forgotten your sacrifice.

Bryan A. Jobe

Bryan A. Jobe
Kansas City Missouri Police Department

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