Candlelight Vigil for Deputy John Norsworthy

6 01 2011

The following was written by Jamie Mock, and published by FortBendNow.com on January 6, 2011:

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Peace Officers Memorial Monument was surrounded Wednesday night by somber faces reflecting flickering candlelight as hundreds gathered to honor the life of Deputy John “J.D.” Norsworthy, who died Tuesday from injuries sustained in an on-duty car accident.

Hundreds gathered Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil in honor of Deputy John J.D. Norsworthy.

Norsworthy’s family filled seats to the side of a podium where law enforcement co-workers spoke in remembrance of Norsworthy, who was described as a brother, a dedicated peace officer, a proud father and a loyal husband.

“Heaven has gotten a little bit safer with his presence,” said Sgt. Wayne Hastedt, president of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Association.

Norsworthy’s wife Melissa sat with their 16-year-old son Jacob on her right and their 13-year-old daughter Katlyn on her left. Her son comforted her throughout the ceremony, holding her hand as she cried.

“Melissa, you spent 19 years married to a loving, honorable family man,” said Captain James Pokluda “Jacob, Katlyn, your father often spoke of you with great pride.”

To Norsworthy’s father, “You raised a son who was a success in every aspect of his life. John was in every way what we all want to be. J.D. was our friend and he was our brother. We will be here for you every step of the way.”

Hastedt related a story that he said illustrated Norsworthy’s well-defined sense of humor.

A young deputy, new to the Sheriff’s Office, responded to a call involving young boys throwing frogs against a wall.

When the deputy returned from the call, Norsworthy asked, with a straight face, if the young deputy had followed protocol and called the Frog Abuse Hotline. The deputy, eager to complete his duties, asked for the number. Norsworthy complied, giving him the number of the newly promoted patrol sergeant.

John J.D. Norsworthy’s family is shown at Tuesday night’s candlelight vigil held in honor of the deputy, who died Tuesday as the result of an on-duty car accident Dec. 27. His wife Melissa is shown on the left between their two children, 16-year-old Jacob and 13-year-old Katlyn.

The deputy called the number and reported the “frog abuse” to his patrol sergeant, believing he was reporting it to the “Frog Abuse Hotline.”

“Needless to say, J.D. got the new deputy and the new patrol sergeant,” said Hastedt.

“Heaven called one of our finest home today,” he finished. “May God bless you, J.D. Until we meet again.”

Chief Deputy Craig Brady said he didn’t get to know Norsworthy very well, which was probably a good thing, because “in my position typically the guys I get to know very well are in some sort of trouble.”

“At the time he died, he was doing what he loved to do,” said Brady. “Y’all are part of our family. Anything y’all need, we are here for you.”

Sheriff Milton Wright told the family that according to the Red Cross, the blood donations made in Norsworthy’s name were the highest ever in Texas for a single cause. The previous record was 500, as of yesterday, donation in his name were still coming in, totaling more than 700.

John J.D. Norsworthy’s father, also John Norsworthy, spoke at the Wednesday night vigil in honor of his son.

Norsworthy’s brother-in-law Daryl Roth read a statement prepared by the family.

“Our hearts are so deeply broken, and our lives will never be the same,” said Roth. “John was a happy, tender, kind, courageous and honorable husband, father, son, brother,  grandson, uncle, friend…and so much more. He has always provided comfort to our family as well as plenty of fun and laughs. John truly loved being an officer and he would do it all over again – with no regrets. We will miss him dearly until we see him again in Heaven. We know this world is not our home, but this pain still hurts incredibly deep to the core.”

Norsworthy’s father, also John Norsworthy, spoke last.

“I am humbled and honored for John David, J.D., to have been my son,” said John Norsworthy.

He said his son took the best from all the generations of his family. He said he and his wife suspected when their son was between 2 and 4 years old that he would either be career military or a policeman.

“He wasn’t a great high school student, but boy he busted those academy tests,” said Norsworthy’s father. “He was top of the line.”

He said he son, explaining to him his dream to be a peace officer, told him “Dad, if I can save one child from being approached by someone dealing drugs, or if I can catch a thief, make this world a better place, it is worth it.”

“He died probably being one of the happiest guys in the world because he was on his way to maybe catch a thief,” said his father. “And no one hated a thief more than J.D.”

He went on to say that he has never seen such a showing of support and kindness as he has from the Sheriff’s Office.

“If you knew John, you were honored,” he said. “As a parent, I could not be more proud than I am this week, as I am here tonight, and as I will be when I put my son, his mother’s son, John David J.D. Norsworthy, to rest.”

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John Norsworthy – Viewing / Funeral Details

6 01 2011

Viewing for Deputy John Norsworthy is scheduled for Friday, January 7th at the First Colony Church, 2140 First Colony Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX.  Viewing will be from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Funeral is scheduled for Saturday, January 8th at the First Colony Church, 2140 First Colony Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX, starting at 10:00 am

Burial will follow the Funeral and will be held at David Greenlawn Cemetery at 3900 B.F. Terry Boulevard, Rosenberg, TX





Deputy John Norworthy – Candlelight Vigil

4 01 2011

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Association is coordinating a candlelight vigil in honor of Deputy John Norsworthy, who died this morning due to injuries sustained in a car accident while on duty last week.

The vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 5, outside by the Peace Officers Memorial Monument at the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, 1410 Williams Way Blvd. in Richmond. 

The public is invited and asked to bring candles, balloons and signs.  In his honor, Sheriff’s Office representatives are asking that flags be lowered to half-staff beginning today through the end of the week.





Deputy John Norsworthy Dies After Car Accident

4 01 2011
News Release from the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office issued today:

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is deeply saddened to report Deputy John Norsworthy has succumbed to injuries sustained in a serious motor vehicle accident. At the time of his death he was surrounded by family and friends. Chief Deputy Comments, “We have lost one of our finest. The world is a little darker place but the heavens have a new shining star.”

On Monday, December 27, 2010 at approximately 6:43 p.m. Deputy John Norsworthy was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident while en-route to back-up a Deputy on a traffic stop. Deputy Norsworthy’s was life-flighted to Memorial Hermann Hospital, downtown, where he remained in critical condition with head injuries and internal bleeding. The Department of Public Safety continues to investigate this incident and requesting any witnesses who on-viewed this accident to contact Sgt. Holtz at the Rosenberg Highway Patrol Office; (281) 633-5401

The Fort Bend Deputy Sheriff’s Association is coordinating a candlelight vigil in honor of Deputy John Norsworthy. It will be held outside by the Peace Officers Memorial Monument at the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited and asked to bring candles, balloons and signs. In his honor, please lower the flags to half-staff beginning today through the end of the week.

Deputy John Norsworthy leaves behind his wife of 19-years, his 11-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office along with the Fort Bend Deputy Sheriff’s Association would like to respectfully reiterate that a benefit account at the Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union for John Norsworthy and his family has been established. This account will assist in defraying the expenses incurred while the family stayed at his side during this critical period. As you can imagine, these expenses alone can cause a financial hardship on anyone. We are in the process of identifying all of the financial burdens the family has and/or will suffer as a result of this horrible accident. We will continue to strive and assist them in any way we can. The Fort Bend County Deputy Sheriff’s Association is calling on all of their fellow co-workers, public safety officers, family and friends to join them in making a monetary donation (no amount is too small) to the John Norsworthy benefit account and to continue to pray for Deputy John Norsworthy’s family.

Donations can be made at any Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union branch. Additionally, they may also be mailed to John Norsworthy Fund (Account No. 0358570300), c/o Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, 4911 Mustang Ave., Rosenberg TX 77471. If you have an account with Brazos Valley, you can also make a transfer by calling 281-342-8245.