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Fallen Officer

Silhouette of officer on American flag background

This page is here to honor all the Fallen Officers Of Kemper County. You will always be remembered in our hearts and minds and never ever forgotten.

The Final Inspection

The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, 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 awfully 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 unmanly tears. 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"

Silhouette of officer on American flag background - in place of Constable O'Brien photo
Constable John O'Brien
(EOW  1906)
Deputy Giles Joiner
Deputy Giles Joiner
(EOW 1934)
Sheriff Michael L. McKee
Sheriff Michael L.
McKee (EOW 1997)
Deputy William John Walters
Deputy William John
Walters (EOW 2007)