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On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, terrorists struck at the pre-eminent symbols of America's wealth and might, flying hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing and injuring thousands of people. Hundreds of New York policemen and firemen have lost their lives.

Attack on America

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Friday, July 6, 2001. Lois M. Marrero, 40, a 19-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department, was killed in apartment complex gunbattle. She was shot three times. The police officer chasing at least one bank robber was shot to death Friday and a hostage was taken at an apartment complex, city police said. Police Chief Bennie Holder said another officer was grazed in the leg in the shootout. The officer was transported to Tampa General Hospital.

The female police officer chasing at least one bank robber was shot to death Friday and the gunman holed up in an apartment complex with a hostage, Tampa police said. The drama ended about 2:45 when two people were taken from an apartment complex in handcuffs. A third suspect, Nestor de Jesus, 25, was reportedly dead from a self-inflicted gunshot. Police Chief Bennie Holder said a second officer was grazed in the leg in the shootout. The officer was transported to Tampa General Hospital where information on the officer's condition was not immediately available. Holder said hostage negotiators were in contact with the gunman or gunmen. Police also surrounded The Crossings apartments in south Tampa, and an armored police vehicle moving toward the complex. The incident began shortly before 11 a.m. EDT when police were notified of a robbery at a Bank of America just blocks from the apartment complex. One shot was fired in the bank, but no one was hit, Holder said. Holder said officers were searching for the suspects when they spotted their car and then radioed to say they were chasing them. "Sometime during that pursuit there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and three of my officers," Holder said.

St. Petersburg Times
The Tampa Tribune

Officer Marrero is the 25th Tampa police officer — and first female officer — to have been killed in the line of duty since 1895. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. bears the names of more than 14,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. During the year 1996, 108 police officers across America have been lost in the performance of their duties, compared with 114 police officers in 1995. On average, one police officer is killed in the line of duty every 52 hours. There are 65,000 criminal assaults against police officers every year, resulting in more than 23,000 injuries.

— Tampa Police Department

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 14 officers in the Tampa Bay area have been slain in the line of duty since 1980.

JULY 6, 2001: Tampa Officer Lois Marrero is shot and killed by bank robbery suspect.

MAY 19, 1998: Tampa detectives Ricky Childers and Randy Bell are shot to death in a struggle with Hank Earl Carr. Carr later shoots and kills Trooper James B. Crooks on an Interstate 75 exit ramp in Pasco County.

MARCH 3, 1998: Haines City Officer Christopher Todd Horner is shot dead while investigating a car parked at a cemetery.

MARCH 8, 1997: Winter Haven Officer Johnnie Patterson Jr. is shot dead while pursuing the driver of a car he was trying to pull over during a routine traffic stop.

JUNE 13, 1993: Belleair Officer Jeffery Tackett is shot dead with his own gun while struggling with a burglary suspect outside a condominium.

DEC. 30, 1988: Tampa Officer Porfirio Soto Jr. is shot and killed when he attempts to serve an arrest warrant at a home in Seminole Heights.

DEC. 13, 1984: State wildlife officer Margaret "Peggy" Park is shot dead when she encounters two teenagers firing a stolen handgun near Keystone Road in East Lake.

NOV. 4, 1983: Tampa police Sgt. Gary Pricher is struck and killed by a drunken driver as he changes a tire on Interstate 4.

JULY 24, 1981: Tampa detective Gerald Rauft is shot and killed during an undercover drug transaction.

DEC. 15, 1981: Hillsborough sheriff's Deputy Lemon Harvey is shot dead outside his Thonotosassa home.

JAN. 9, 1981: Polk County sheriff's Deputy Theron Anthony Burnham is attacked when he responds to a reported abduction and is shot with his own pistol.

AUG. 18, 1980: St. Petersburg detective Herbert Ray Sullivan is shot dead during an undercover drug buy as he sits in a pickup truck.

The Monument

By , L.A.P.D. (Retired)

I never dreamed it would be me
My Name for all eternity
Recorded here at this hallowed place
Alas, my name, no more my face

" In the line of duty" I hear them say
My family now the price will pay
My folded flag stained with their tears
We only had those few short years

The badge no longer on my chest
I sleep now in eternal rest
My sword I pass to those behind
And pray they keep this thought in mind

I never dreamed it would be me
And with heavy heart and bended knee
I ask for all here from the past
Dear God, Let my name be the last

On Tuesday, May 19, 1998, Randy Bell, Ricky Childers and James Crookes were fatally shot down by Hank Earl Carr. The killing started with a rifle shot at 10 a.m. that left Joey Bennett, a 4-year-old Tampa boy dead. Before the long, bloody day was done, the two veteran Tampa police detectives and rookie highway patrol trooper were murdered and the suspect in all four deaths, a habitual felon with a love of automatic weapons, died by his own hand. See the Day to Day Events published by The Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times' story about this horrid story. Marvelicious is from Tampa, Florida. We were all on the edge of our seats with fear this entire day! Below you will find a wonderful memorial to the 3 officers who lost their lives, Rick Childers, Randy Bell, and James Crookes. This site has been created to pay tribute to these three heros who were shot down "In The Line Of Duty". Tomorrow when you see an officer of the law ~ thank her or him. Let them know you appreciate the fact that they put their lives on the line every day so that we might stay safe and alive. Let them know we appreciate the fact that if they were not here to protect decent citizens like you and me, that our world would be a horrible place to live. Just say "Thanks"! They will know what you are talking about!

In The Line of Duty; I hear them say
My family now the price to pay
My folded flag stained with their tears,
We only had those few short years
The badge no longer on my chest,
I sleep now in eternal rest.

Randy Bell (1954-1998)

The St. Petersburg Times tells about the life of Randy Bell in their story Detective Bell just weeks away from 'dull' job

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Bell graduated from Tampa's Robinson High School in 1971 and, after working a variety of non-law enforcement jobs, joined the Police Department as a patrol officer in November 1977.

Ricky Childers (1952-1998)

The St. Petersburg Times tells about the life of Randy Childers in their story Detective hailed as hero, professional, friend

In 1990, he was the hero who pulled 17-year-old Kember Rhodes of Clearwater out of a submerged car. Childers, who had been driving by and saw the red taillight of a car, dove into a murky creek during a rainstorm, broke the driver's window with his flashlight and pulled the trapped girl to safety through the broken window. For that, he was named Officer of the Year.

James Crookes (1975-1998)

The St. Petersburg Times tells about James Crookes their story Trooper from small town gave life for job he loved

He was known as the boy who tried hard but never quite mastered the clarinet, whose good-natured face made it hard for some to believe that he now wore a trooper's hat and packed a pistol.

The Last Inspection

The patrolman stood and faced his God,
As must always come to pass;
He hoped his shoes were shining
As brightly as his badge.

"What do you say, patrolman?
How should I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek,
To my church have you been true.

The patrolman squared his shoulders,
Said, "No sir, I guess I ain't,
Because them who carry badges
Don't always act like saints.

I had to work most Sundays,
And my language, I know was rough;
There were times when I was violent,
Because the streets are pretty tough.

But I never took a single dime
That I had no right to keep,
Though I worked a lot of extra jobs,
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though I sometimes shook with fear,
Sometimes, God forgive me,
I've cried unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the gentle people that I served
Who never wanted me around,
But when they was scared or hurt.

And if you have a place for me,
It won't have to be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if not -- I'll understand."

There was silence then at the throne,
Where so many saints had trod,
As the patrolman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, patrolman,
You've carried your burdens well,
Come join now (italicize: my) honor guard,
You've done your tour of hell."

"The Last Inspection"
Copyright 1988 by Sgt. David Hunter (Ret.)
Knox County Sheriff's Dept.
Knoxville, TN
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A Part of America Died

Somebody killed a policeman today,
And a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.

The suspect who shot him will stand in court
With counsel demanding his rights
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend alone many long nights.

The beat that he walked was a battlefield too,
Just as if he had gone off to war.
Though the flag of our country won't fly at half mast,
To his name they'll add a gold star.

Yes, someone killed a policeman today
It happened in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.

Now his ghost walks a beat on a cold dark street,
And he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call and gave us his all,
And a part of America died.

Written by: Carrie Clites after her brother, Ofc. Chris Clites of the Columbus , OhioPolice Department, was killed in the line of duty on December 10, 1993.

"Who Cries For The COP "

Who cries for the COP...
Walking his beat.
Down a mean street..
Where violent men hold sway..
Where life is cheap...
And Death doth keep..
His tally day by day..
Who cries for the cop..
When assault is made..
With flashing blade..
And guns that shatter the night..
And scanners sound...
Of "Officer down !"
Tells of his helpless plight...
Who cries for the cop...
When ambulance wail.
Tells a mournful tale...
Bringing tears to a widow's eyes...
Who gives a damn..
When triggers slam...
And a brave policemen dies?
Who cries for the cop...
With bloodstained shield...
As life doth yield...
And his labored heartbeats stop?
Tell me true... I'm asking YOU...
Who cares ? Who cries for the COP?

Written by: Thomas Cannon from Richmond, Va
To Honor All who proudly serve

Well, Mr. Citizen, it seems you've figured me out. I seem to fit neatly into the category where you've placed me. I'm stereotyped, standardized, characterized, classified, grouped, and always typical. Unfortunately, the reverse is true, I can never figure you out.

From birth you teach your children that I'm the bad guy, then you're shocked when they identify with my traditional enemy... the criminal!

You accuse me of coddling criminals... until I catch your kids doing wrong.

You may take an hour for lunch and several coffee breaks each day, but point me out as a loafer for having one cup.

You pride yourself on your manners, but think nothing of disrupting my meals with your troubles.

You raise hell with the guy who cuts you off in traffic, but let me catch you doing the same thing and I'm picking on you. You know all the traffic laws... but you've never gotten a single ticket you deserve.

You shout "foul" if you observe me driving fast to a call, but raise the roof if I take more than ten seconds to respond to your complaint.

You call it part of my job if someone strikes me, but call it police brutality if I strike back. They don't pay me enough to put my life on the line. It is because I care and want to make a difference

You wouldn't think of telling your dentist how to pull a tooth or your doctor how to take out an appendix, yet you're always willing to give me pointers on the law.

You talk to me in a manner that would get you a bloody nose from anyone else, but expect me to take it without batting an eye. You yell something's got to be done to fight crime, but you can't be bothered to get involved.

You have no use for me at all, but of course it's okay if I change a flat for your wife, deliver your child in the back of the patrol car, or perhaps save your son's life with mouth to mouth breathing, or work many hours overtime looking for your lost daughter.

So, Mr. Citizen, you can stand there on your soapbox and rant and rave about the way I do my work, calling me every name in the book, but never stop to think that your property, family, or maybe even your life depends on me or one of my buddies.

Yes, Mr. Citizen, it's me... the lousy cop!

The author of this article was Trooper Mitchell Brown of the Virginia State Police. He was killed in the line of duty two months after writing the article.

Please respect the cops. Did you send a special thank you to the cops in your area for Christmas, Did you even think about them. There are actually people who visit the local police department and send cards of support. Did you know these guys go home and are elated because someone took the time to say thanks. Firefighters and ambulance drivers are always thanked. But the State trooper, Deputy and Police Officer are never noticed for the things they do daily. Just the bad things that the press picks up on. Do you know these guys actually went to College, no they were not a bunch of thugs hired off the street Do you know anything about your local cop. Do you know they have wives and kids, grandkids and believe it or not friends. Did you know that there are less and less of them joining the force and more and more leaving for more lucrative careers. Did you know that deputies cannot strike and yet get no raises unless your county Commission approves it. Did you know they work off duty to make enough money to make ends meet. They do not do this job for the prestige or the money. They do it because they care and they really believe they can make a difference. If the Police and Deputies and S! tate Troopers walked away from their jobs what do you think your neighborhood would be like. Please support them and volunteer when needed, ask how you can help and support them. You will be surprised to find they are human with large hearts and compassion and that the cop you see on the street actually lives up the street from you. Did you know they get depressed, they have the highest divorce rate. Did you know they are woken at all hours of the night and morning from people in the neighborhood and outside the neighborhood. People are pussy cats when crime affects them and they need law enforcement to help them, but when it does not affect them they can be cruel and heartless.

Girl Cop
By Mike Beverly
City of Chester Police Dept, Chester, Pa.

Ever since we came on this job, I felt like I should protect you--
Instinctively I felt my job was to keep you away from pain,

So frail and softspoken, so beautiful and polite
All your meager attempts to act "tough"...
in vain,

You always told me "Michael you were born much too late!"
"Your ideals are a thing of the past."
I would then expound on how the world "should be"
that would always make you laugh,

Together Us Five! We Turned Blue!
Me, Rob, Bob, Charlie and you

You were the most unique to watch...
leaping to meet each challenge,
jumping into the ring,

While we screamed and shouted and sweated to turn ourselves Blue
You always had a song to sing,

We'd ride these mean streets together
and I'd still hear your voice of hope,
Always seeing the best in people
Giving yourself to help them cope,

Oh I've been there
Seen you deal with them all--Always gentle and softspoken
Never with "the finger in the face"
Here you are--in darkened streets
Trying to reason for hope--so out of place,

OH YES! We've been trained to REACT...THINK CLEARLY...
But often we were stilled.

We'd confess...to each other the mistakes we made
we knew we could have been killed.

We'd say again to each other
"BE CAREFUL-ER" (only cops use that word)
we only got ourselves to trust,

"You know there is no JUSTICE out there

We'd laugh, but maintain a handle on how serious things really were
I'd laugh and then I'd say to myself "You'd better be there for her!"

On July the first at 2333hrsTHE CALL rang out--911 Hang Up!
that spelled our Connie's end,


I'm coming partner! I'm racing and screaming "Hold on Connie!"
God let me get to her first!

We were too late...
TO make my promise good,

You met death and darkness...and pain alone
With no help coming
from where it should!

In a rage I found you
lying in the street.

I turned you over and looked in your eyes
Above the sirens and screeching you heard my words
I know this best

Your lips moved-I still hear you
Good night Girl Cop
My Warrior-ess.

This poem was written in 1993 when my partner Officer Connie Hawkins was murdered while responding to a 911 hang up call. I've learned that over the years there is a pain shared among those who wear this shield that can only be appreciated by us. I've heard it say in the Corps "Freedom has a taste all it's own, that the protected can never know." I think this is true about us...The Guardians of the street.

By Mike Beverly
City of Chester Police Dept, Chester, Pa.

**It is my sad duty to inform you that Corporal Michael Beverly of the Chester City, Pennsylvania Police Department was killed in the line of duty on October 16th, 2001 [at] 2130 Hrs. He was shot numerous times by his assailant. It is ironic that Corporal Beverly was to find his partner, P/O Connie Hawkins, fatally wounded in July of 1993. He was deeply moved by this tragedy and wrote this poem as a tribute to her memory. Sadly, he has now been reunited at role call with his partner.

Ptl Robert Carroll
Media Borough Police Department

A Special Honor to Deputy KEVIN EASTER

Sedgewick County Sheriffs Office, Kansas, USA

Deputy Easter was killed on January 8th 1996. He was shot in the arm and chest as he tried to intercept the occupants of a stolen vehicle. The bullet entered above the top of his ballistic vest. Kevin Easter was a 2 year veteran, whose father is a retired officer of the Wichita Police Department. Carolyn, my heart goes out to your family for the upcoming events you are faced with in this ongoing tragedy. You are in my prayers.

Kevin Easter's Memorial Page

Honorable Mention ~ July 24, 1998

Special Agent John Gibson was shot and killed after confronting the suspect who had shot and killed Officer Jacob Chestnut seconds earlier. Special Agent Gibson, who was in plainclothes, was shot after the suspect entered the office of Congressman Tom DeLay. Special Agent Gibson, who was assigned to protect Congressman DeLay, was immediately engaged in a gunfight with the suspect at which point he was shot. The suspect was also shot and wounded during the gunfight. Special Agent Gibson is survived by his wife and three children.

Officer Jacob J. Chestnut was shot and killed when a suspect entered a main entrance to the United States Capitol and opened fire after walking through a metal detector. Officer Chestnut was stationed at the entrance and was the first officer shot. The suspect then walked approximately ten feet into the building and was confronted by Special Agent John Gibson who was also shot and killed. The suspect was shot and wounded during the gun battle. The suspect was known to the US Secret Service as a person who had threatened the President of the United States. Officer Chestnut is survived by his wife and three children.

On Jan 9th, 1999, Chicago Police Officer John Knight, was shot an killed in the line of Duty. Read the story below!

Chicago Police Officer John Knight


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The In Memory of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers medal design above is for anyone who wishes to honor the memory of our fallen Law Enforcement Officers. These medals are not for sale by this site. The total credit goes to the nice gentleman listed at the bottom of this page. Ron offers these medals free of charge. If you plan to use them on your pages, please give Ron the credit.

The design represents the following:

The BLACK ribbon represents the deaths of the Officers;
The BLUE line represents the worldwide Law Enforcement community, often referred to as
"The Thin Blue Line;"
The single GOLD star is displayed upside down to represent the grief and loneliness felt
by all members of our brotherhood alike when an Officer is slain. It breaks the line, which
represents the momentary break in the thin blue line as we all pause to mourn our dead.

The Fallen Police Officer's Family ribbon and the colors represent the following:

BLACK represents the death of the officer;
PURPLE represents the heart of the fallen officer;
RAINBOW COLORS represent the surviving family members;
The GOLD "V" stands for Valor and represents the valor of the fallen officer and the
extreme sacrifice made on behalf of the citizens served

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