View Full Version : Thank you (in honor of national police week)

05-13-2008, 09:09 PM
Thought I'd start a thread for citizens who want to say thank you. I don't think you guys get enough appreciation, and you get way too much criticism from citizens who don't understand your job.

My cop friends tell me the thank you's are few and far between, so I send thank you's to them and cc their bosses any time I can. And I repeat the thank you's publicly in police-citizen meetings.

In that spirit I'll start this off with an incident that happened a few years ago.

I was heading home late one night, around 11:30 p.m., when my car stalled out in a bad part of town. Couldn't get it restarted. I was at an intersection in the far left lane. Cars whizzed past me. No one would stop...actually, because of the neighborhood I really didn't want anyone to stop as that could have gotten me into worse trouble. (This was before I had a cell phone.)

I sat there petrified of getting hit and trying to decide which was worse -- staying in the car and possibly being injured if someone hit me, or getting out and standing on the roadside, risking getting mugged or worse. It was dark and traffic was whizzing past.

Luck was with me. After about five minutes, two officers (one car) just happened to drive by. They pushed my car off to the side out of traffic, & radioed for a tow -- all what you would normally expect. But then they sat there with me until the tow arrived. One of them walked me up a few blocks to an ATM so I could pay the tow driver, who would only take cash.

"In the line of duty" or not, it was much appreciated.

(Of course I do much better now making sure the electrical system functions properly so I don't get into a situation like that again!) Plus I am religious about having a fully charged-up cell phone with me.

I have dozens of other thank you stories to tell.

05-14-2008, 03:42 AM
Well, thank you for saying thank you. :)

05-14-2008, 03:44 AM
You're welcome. :)

05-14-2008, 07:34 AM
THANK YOU to all officers that place their lives on the line for us everyday - Stay Safe and Blessed!

05-14-2008, 09:02 AM
Thank you for everything that you do to keep us safe. For all the sacrifices that you make everyday to do the job that you do. I know that we do not say thank you enough but we know that we can only live the lives that we live because you are there. So for that I THANK YOU!!!!!!

05-14-2008, 09:32 AM
Please check out my blog on Officer.com ( http://www.officer.com/interactive/2008/05/11/this-national-police-week-say-thank-you/ )and leave a comment however you are moved to do so. Below are some pictures from last night's Candlelight Vigil service. I am not a photographer... but even with my **** poor picture taking and editing skills it's clear to see what it meant to so many.








05-14-2008, 09:48 AM
I thank you with a grateful hope and a prayer.
I'm working hard to join your ranks and hopefully lend a hand in the fight to make our country even better by serving my fellow citizens. God Bless You women and men who chose the path less travelled but more honorable.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God"
Matthew 5:9

05-14-2008, 11:11 AM
I'll chime in also - THANK YOU ALL!

My encounters with LEO have all been postive, even when I was getting a ticket(not often). I had some very compassionate ones respond to an accident years ago, a friend was driving her pick-up and a motorcyclist come out of a side street against the light and we hit him. We felt terrible, very shaken up and sorry for the kid. The police's attitude made it better.

05-14-2008, 01:38 PM
Thanks to all in LE, for all you do every day - in whatever type department you work, and whatever type of job you do.

Around here we all had the dangers and sacrifices brought close to home again, after yet another Philly cop lost his life in the line of duty.

Be careful :)

05-14-2008, 01:48 PM
I was beginning to worry that no one was going to pick this thread up -- it went for nearly a day with no comments.

Glad to see others jumping in now. And Frank, I left a comment on your blog, but with a different name.

05-14-2008, 01:56 PM
Thank you all keep up the good work,stay safe and take care. LeanG (and all the Sunshine state Leo's) a special thanks for keeping the roads/streets safe here in the Sunshine state:).


05-14-2008, 11:06 PM


05-15-2008, 03:55 AM
Thank you all keep up the good work,stay safe and take care. LeanG (and all the Sunshine state Leo's) a special thanks for keeping the roads/streets safe here in the Sunshine state:).


You're welcome, bro...;)

05-15-2008, 08:23 AM
[QUOTE=Jellybean400;1234865]Thanks to all in LE, for all you do every day - in whatever type department you work, and whatever type of job you do.

+10000, god bless you all, you are the light in times of darkness!

05-15-2008, 10:42 AM
Thank you to all of the officers out there.

Be safe!

05-15-2008, 07:57 PM
bump so this can get the attention it deserves.

05-15-2008, 08:09 PM
Thank you to all of you who put on that uniform every day to protect the rest of us. Hopefully one day soon I'll be out there with you.

Stay safe, go home.

05-15-2008, 08:49 PM
Thank you for your service God bless these officers and their families!


The following is a list of South Florida law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Miami Police Officer James Walker:
January 8, 2007: Officer Walker, 30, was found shot to death in his unmarked patrol car in the early morning hours in a North Miami Beach alley.

BSO Deputy Paul Rein:
November 7, 2007: Deputy Rein, 76, was shot and killed while taking a convicted robber to court for trial. Suspect Michael Mazza overpowered Rein in a BSO medical transport van, before he allegedly shot and killed him. Mazza was captured at a Hollywood pawn shop about 5 hours after the shooting.

Miami-Dade Officer Jose Somohano:
Sept. 13, 2007: Officer Somohano, 37, was shot and killed after a traffic stop in Southwest Miami-Dade. Police say the suspect, Shawn LaBeet, used a high powered automatic assault rifle, when he shot and killed Somohano and injured three other officers. LaBeet was shot and killed by police about 12 hours later in Pembroke Pines.

BSO Sgt. Christoper Reyka:
August 10, 2007: Sgt. Christopher Reyka, 51, was shot and killed outside a Pompano Beach drug store early on the morning of August 10, 2007 while checking license plates for possible stolen vehicles.

Deputy Brian Tephford:
November 12, 2006: BSO Deputy Brian Tephford, 34, was shot to death during a traffic stop while working an off-duty detail at Versailles Gardens condominium in Tamarac. Deputy Corey Carbocci, 37, who arrived as a backup, survived four shots to the chest and leg. Eloyn Devon Ingraham, 28, of Sunrise; Bernard Forbes, 22, and Andre Delancy, 19, are all charged in the attack. Tephford was not wearing a protective vest when he was killed.

Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Jose Diaz:
October 8, 2005: Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Jose Diaz, 37, was off duty but responded to a call from fellow officers for backup on Interstate 95. He parked inches from the waist-high concrete median and leaped between his car and the wall, lost his balance and fell 100 feet to his death.

Deputy Ryan C. Seguin
February 15, 2006: Broward Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Seguin, 23, was struck by a car on Interstate 595 during a traffic stop. Seguin had pulled over a Ford Taurus driven by Jose Lopez of Coral Springs to a sliver of land between the far right lane and an entrance ramp from State Road 84. Valdo Vega, 21, crashed his Toyota Camry into the Taurus and Seguin, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputy Todd M. Fatta
August 19, 2004: Kenneth P. Wilk used a hunting rifle to fatally shoot Broward Sheriff's Detective Todd Fatta, 33, who had gone to Wilk's house to arrest him on child pornography charges. Though Fatta was wearing a protective vest, he was shot in the chest near the heart and died a short time later. Angelo Cedeño, then a Broward Sheriff's Office sergeant, was struck in his left shoulder by a bullet which penetrated a wall.

Deputy Philip G. Billings
April 6, 2003: Rookie Broward Sheriff's Deputy Philip Guy Billings, 25, was shot and killed by thieves who were after Cadillac tire rims while he was working an off-duty security shift at Coral Cadillac near Pompano Beach.

Miami Police Officer William H. Williams
July 3, 2000: Killed in a motorcycle accident

Deputy Michael Doane
December 1999: Broward Sheriff's Deputy Michael Doane, 26, died from severe internal injuries sustained two weeks earlier in a crash following a shootout and chase outside a Lauderdale Lakes nightclub. Doane was racing to the aid of Deputy Al Hibbert, 47, who was shot in the stomach while chasing Kyan Bucknor, 17.

Miami-Dade Police Officer Reuben Jones

Deputy Michael Metroka:
Nov. 29, 1997: Broward Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Michael J. Metroka, 39, died of severe head injuries when his marked 1994 Ford Explorer collided with a hit-and-run driver who was later found and convicted.

Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Bryant Peney:
Jan. 7, 1996: Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Bryant Peney, 27, was gunned down on South Federal Highway as he chased Jeffrey Lee Weaver. Weaver shot Peney, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, with a .357-caliber Magnum handgun.

Miami Police Officer Victor Estefan:
March 31, 1988: Officer Estefan was shot and killed after making a traffic stop. As he approached the vehicle to get the driver's information he was shot and killed. The suspects were arrested in California after a shootout with officers during a nation-wide manhunt. Both suspects were convicted and sentenced to death.

Deputy Patrick Behan:
April 9, 1961 - November 13, 1990

Officer Scott A. Winters:
March 30, 1962 - July 29, 1990

Deputy John Greeney III:
July 13, 1942 - February 17, 1990

Deputy Tony Yaniello:
December 8, 1950 - October 18, 1984

Deputy Joe Edwards:
December 27, 1931 - March 15, 1980

Miami Police Officer Nathaniel K. Broom:
September 2, 1981: Officer Broom was shot and killed during a foot pursuit while attempting a traffic stop.

05-15-2008, 10:51 PM
Thanks to all my fellow brothers and sisters out there that face the unknown everyday, with little praise, infinite hazards, and pay unfit for a hero.

05-23-2008, 11:28 PM
Bumped again..................GOD BLESS!

05-23-2008, 11:54 PM
"Policeman's Prayer"

When I start my tour of duty God,
Wherever crime may be,
as I walk the darkened streets alone,
Let me be close to thee.

Please give me understanding with both the young and old.
Let me listen with attention until their story's told.
Let me never make a judgment in a rash or callous way,
but let me hold my patience let each man have his say.

Lord if some dark and dreary night,
I must give my life,
Lord, with your everlasting love
protect my children and my wife.

(Author Unknown)

05-23-2008, 11:55 PM
"Police Week"

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial - Police Week Poem by Marc A Turner

The time has now come, for this one week a year
When we all stop to think… when we all shed a tear
For all of the Heroes, whose names grace the wall
And for all of those Heroes, who still answer the call

Family and friends at the wall they will stand
With pictures, letters, and love in their hands
Left at the wall will be displays of their love
A tribute to those who now watch from above

They will think of the day their world was destroyed
A split second in time… causing such a great void
As they visit the wall, there is great pain in their heart
But strangely it’s there… that the healing can start

As they stand there in awe of this memorial stone
It is then that they realize that they are not alone
So many others with stories quite the same
So many more sharing each other’s pain

Let us all stop and think what this week’s all about
It’s for those who sacrifice for us… day in and day out
And for each name engraved by the stone cutter’s knife
There are hundreds of people… touched by that life

Although it’s just a week, seven days from the year
It’s a lifetime of anxiety, emotions and fear
For most that will ease when the ceremony ends
But this week, lasts forever… for family and friends


Marc A Turner

05-27-2008, 10:49 PM
To those I/We serve :You are welcome. This is really a nice thread.

To my brothers (and sisters) who will stand with me in the face of danger and death: Thank you

05-28-2008, 11:22 AM
I agree with everything above. Thank you for your service. There are those that are grateful for the sacrifices you and your families give to serve us.

God Bless you and your families.