Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Josephine Birdene McCallum

Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, March 24, 1987

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Josephine Birdene McCallum

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.

Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.

All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.

Jennifer Baker
Former Corrections Officer, Jackson, MI

August 5, 2022

Rest in peace Correctional Officer McCallum.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 31, 2020

Officer McCallum,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Michigan. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 24, 2019

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

March 26, 2017

I do not know you but I just bought your book too soon forgotten on amazon. your husband Bill works for a company I work for but works at a different store .
he is a very interesting man and speaks very highly of you and your son .

Denise Taylor
friend of Bill her husband

June 17, 2016

This such a travesty the family has had to suffer for so long to never really get the justice that should have been and the women officers that continue to suffer from sexual harassment have had the pleasure of meeting this family once many years ago and the pain they continue to suffer and the things that have happened to them since is so sad! Hope they see true justice someday

Julie forsberg

January 27, 2016

Prayers for her and her family, and to the men and women working with her

Corrections Ofiicer (retired)

March 27, 2015

We helped train her at Northside. It showed us how fast situations change. Every officer at some time was in a position to be killed if prisoners deemed it so. It brought us closer together as staff. It was a tough time for all staff.

Lt. Joan Harring
Charles Egler Facility

March 26, 2015

I was in the academy when you were murdered. You made me realize how dangerous the job could be. I thought of you every time I went into the auditorium. I have heard so many rumors about your death. I know one thing for sure we shall never forget you. You remain apart of me forever.

Barb Patterson retired
State prison of Southern Mi

March 26, 2015

How very very sad RIP Officer Josephine McCallum


March 25, 2015

Officer McCallum,
Thank you for making the Ultimate sacrifice. You are Never Forgotten. Your strength and courage is admired. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
This year I will be riding in the Police Unity Tour in your Honor Officer McCallum. I am a Deputy with the Kent County Sheriffs Department/Corrections. Being a female in this field is not an easy task. So with great respect.....I want you to know.....YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN. Thank you.

To her son Michael, I would like to give you a memory bracelet. Please contact me if you would like.

Deputy Saucedo

Deputy Yolanda Saucedo
Kent County Sheriffs Department

March 23, 2015

Rest In Peace Officer McCallum, your service and sacrifce is remembered. God Bless your family and friends.

Sgt. Jarrod Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

March 24, 2014

I never had the fortune to meet your mom but she walked with me many days during my career. She was very brave to work this job and her spirit was always with me as I helped conduct grief counseling for staff. I have always wished the very best for you and your family. Listen to your father and my thoughts and prayers are still with you.

RUO Dawn Christiansen
MDOC Retired

August 5, 2013

I appreciate all the kind words left on this page regarding my Mom. There's not a day that goes by that my Father and I don't think of her. It's nice to know so many care and continue to care. Thank you and God bless you all.

Michael McCallum

April 3, 2013

I joined the department in 2002 and I first learned of you at the DeMarse Academy in Lansing while training. The facts, as I am told, surrounding your tradgic death, followed me many, many times as I was watching 3 block yard, alone or doing rounds in the school and the chow hall. You were my reality check and kept me from becoming too "complacent" when among prisoners. To your family, I would say, your death kept me more mindful to keep a critical distance, never let them follow behind me and keep my back to the wall. Thank you.

And to those that played a part in your passing...

Probation/Parole Agent Kris Panetta
MI Department of Corrections

September 2, 2011

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

I hope your family can find or has found the peace it deserves. Never forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

March 24, 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 24, 2010

Officer McCallum, your remarkable sacrafice is not forgotten. I will think of you as I walk the yard among those not fit to walk in society just as you did. Rest easy Sister.

Correctional Officer II
Arizona Department of Corrections

May 5, 2009

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

Ma'am, you are not forgotten

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


March 24, 2009

To Josephine and her family and friends:

Today is the 22nd anniversary of Josephine's tragic death and the day all your lives changed forever. As I read the loving reflections left, I am mindful of the journey we all struggle with as we try to make a life for ourselves...we know that is what our beloved would want us to do, but the heart always aches for the one who can only be with us in spirit for now.

I hope that you all find some peace in your heart tomorrow as you hold your memories like the rare and beautiful pearls they are.

May Josephine's spirit continue to soar and her memory continue to inspire.

Rest in Peace, Josephine. Your valor and dedication and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Phyllis Loya, mother of Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 24, 2009

Thank you for your service. Thank you for raising a fine son. He is my brother. I never met you, but I know you left this world loved and left love for those left behind. God bless your family, they will see you soon. Light exposes that which is in the dark.

Security Officer

January 13, 2009

Jesus died for our sins, Josephine Birdine McCallum died while serving humanity. It is not how you died, it is how you lived. You will forever be remembered.

RUO Thomas K. Burke
RGC facility
Jckson, Michigan 49201

Resident Unit Officer Thomas Burke
Reception and Guidance Center

June 29, 2008



March 17, 2008



March 15, 2008



February 27, 2008

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