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Posted over 5 years ago

 

This is the Dedication speech that I wrote when the city of Harlem dedicated a play ground in memory of Josh. I hope you all enjoy this. gudercop


JOSH RUTHERFORD DEDICATION:
 
I first met Josh Rutherford in 2000 at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. He was one of our Defensive Tactics Instructors. My first impression of Josh was that he was arrogant, a smart aleck and liked to give people (me) guff. I did not care for him at this time. But that changed.
 
Josh and I both went to Defensive Tactics Instructors School at the Academy and I got to know him. I found that we had the same ideals on Law Enforcement and family. I came to respect Josh for his professionalism and strength of character both in his career and his family life towards his sons. From that point on we would keep in contact with each other via telephone and our meetings at the County line to visit and share information.
 
Josh and I along with Brien Galt, Jeff Kraft, Travis Breuyer, and lead instructor Howard Webb would meet at the academy and instruct the students in Defensive Tactics and Officer Survival. Josh and I also taught the Fort Belknap Tribal Police in Defensive Tactics and Use of Force. My wife would laugh at me as I would call and try and setup times that all of us instructors could be at the academy at the same time. This was our time to help new students and to catch up on each others lives. We were a strong core group of instructors that fed off of each other and made each other better.
 
If things were getting to tense it could be assured that Josh would make some remark to make everyone laugh. Josh would be right in there with his wit and sense of humor. Josh would be the first to laugh at himself or others, especially me. I remember one time Josh was telling us that he was going to Great Falls to buy a big screen TV. The next day I asked him if he got the TV. He got a funny look on his face and told me that he bought the TV and placed it in his truck. The people at the store told him that it should ride there just fine and he did not need to tie it down. He was driving from Great Falls and a gust of wind caught the TV and blew it out of his truck and shattered it on the highway. The look on Josh’s face was priceless. He did get the TV replaced and his home owners covered it for him.    
 
Josh and I shared a room the last time we taught together at the academy. He told me about his boys and how proud he was of them. We also talked about Officer Safety and remembering to always wear our vests. Josh told me that he always wore his and would continue to do so.
 
The night I got the call about Josh being shot, I was at the academy instructing Defensive Tactics. Josh was to come to Helena the following week to help teach the class. I along with the other instructors could not wait for Josh to get there as this was a great bunch of students and were fun to teach.
 
I got the call around 0300 Hours, my department and wife had been trying to reach me for several hours. Once I talked to my wife and she told me Josh had been shot I could not believe it. NOT JOSH!! Josh was and is one of the smartest and toughest cops I had ever met. There was no way he could have been killed.
 
I remember sitting on the steps to the gym where we had taught Defensive Tactics in shock that not only a fellow Law Enforcement Officer and Instructor had been murdered but a good friend as well. I could not believe that I would never hear his laugh or see that smirk on his face ever again.
 
Josh was gone, but his legacy lives on. His boys are growing big and strong and look and act like their father. Josh’s legacy also lives on in the Law Enforcement field as well. There is an award at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy for the Student that has the best proficiency in Defensive Tactics.
 
The greatest acknowledgement to Josh is this. We were instructing at the Academy and we told the students that when they get into an altercation and they were hurt or shot that they could never stop and never quit. If they wanted to stop or quit they would have to call Josh or I and ask for permission and we would never give it to them.
 
One of our students had got into a gun fight in Western Montana and was wounded. I called this Officer up and spoke to him and told him that he did well by fighting and surviving the altercation. Bernie told me, “when I got shot it hurt so damn bad that I wanted to curl up into a ball and cry”. But I remembered what Josh and you said about calling for permission to stop and I knew you guys would not let me. I continued to fight and got the bad guy to back off. I have Josh and you to thank for me coming out of this alive. What better testament or legacy than this. A fellow Officer lives because of the training and experience that Josh had and that he willingly shared with others.
 
Josh, the State of Montana owes you a thank you for the Officers that you helped mould and for giving the ultimate sacrifice, your life so others could live. I owe you thanks for being my friend, mentor and helping me to become the Officer that I am today.
 
 
Alan “Pops” Guderjahn    


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That is such a touching story... RIP Josh


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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

What a touching tribute.  You honored his memory beautifully.  Thank you for sharing Josh with us here.


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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

May he rest in peace


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I have tried throughout my career to be a positive influence for not only the public but more importantly for those who have come behind me.  I have tried to pass on the way of the warrior, pride in the job, dedication to your partners and co-workers and most importantly the fact that you should never compromise your principals for anyone under any circumstances.  I only hope that I have been able to impact just one person as much as Josh seems to have done.  I try to live my life in a fashion as to insure that my regrets are few but as I get older one regret repeats itself over and over.  I meet or talk to people who share stories of great men and women, who sacrificed, gave of themselves, taught the right way and left this world a better place than they found it.  My reoccurring regret is that I didn't have the opportunity the meet each and everyone of these exceptional people.  Rest in Peace and may your legacy live on in Montana and in every heart you have touched.  

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I too had the priviledge of teaching at the MLEA with Josh.  Josh was a very outgoing person and was always willing to help out whoever.  I also have worked with and have become close with Josh's father Mike, his sister Angela, and his brother Lewis.  Mike treats me like a son and Ang and Lewis treat me like a brother.  I also consider Josh a brother.  We all miss him and the State of Montana is missing one of the best cops this state has ever seen.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Sometimes a person comes from nowhere and enters our lives.  The special ones seem to just sink into our spirit, like the air we take into us.  Your friend Josh was that way for you.  He smiled on you and you smiled back.  You honored him with your words that day, I'm sure he thanks you, we do.


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

i would sware you were refering to My Joshua, That Smirk must be a trait in the Name,,, 

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SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, MAY HIS CHILDREN AND FAMILY FIND PEACE ALWAYS

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While I was in DC I found Josh's name on the wall.  I did not get the pleasure of meeting him but did feel the loss.  I have picture of the wall on my home page. 

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Rate This | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

R.I.P. Josh may you rest in peace.  I'm very sorry to hear of your loss, and that was a beautiful tribute to him.  My thoughts and prayers go to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.


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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

Thanks kittykat for the kind words.


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Still remembering you buddy. I miss you even though it has been 8 years. I know that you are watching over all of us down here and that you will always have our backs. Alan 


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Rate This | Posted 11 months ago

 

18 more days and it will be 10 years since Joshua Rutherford was killed in the line of duty. Still miss ya buddy and think about you.


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Rate This | Posted 11 months ago

 

Alan, I am so glad you posted on this to bring it back to the top. I recall reading this a few years ago, and it still tugs at the heart strings!! An awesome tribute to your friend!!


Rest in Peace, Josh. Know that you are being remembered!!!


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Rate This | Posted 11 months ago

 

Guder, what a fine tribute to your friend and fellow law enforcement officer. We never forget the ones we have lost in the line of duty, we can only always honor them with our memories and tributes. You have done your friend well. God bless him and his family always. And may God continue to give you the strength and courage to forge forward.

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Deputy Sheriff Joshua Thomas Rutherford's Line of Duty Notification (ODMP) can be found here:


-http://www.odmp.org/officer/16882-deputy-sheriff-joshua-thomas-rutherford


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On May 15th 2013 the State of Montana is going to dedicate the portion of Highway 2 between Harlem MT and Chinook MT to Deputy Sheriff Joshua Rutherford and Undersheriff Pat Pyette for their service and sacrifice. I am going to try and get to the dedication especially since Josh's mother called and gave me a special invite. I thank the Sate of Montana for doing this for these brave Officers.   


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On May 15th 2013 the State of Montana is going to dedicate the portion of Highway 2 between Harlem MT and Chinook MT to Deputy Sheriff Joshua Rutherford and Undersheriff Pat Pyette for their service and sacrifice. I am going to try and get to the dedication especially since Josh's mother called and gave me a special invite. I thank the Sate of Montana for doing this for these brave Officers.   



Another wonderful tribute, this time from the State of Montana!  


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