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Officer Leonard Leon Kolodziej | Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

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Leonard Leon Kolodziej

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 4, 1991

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 19 years

Badge # 2387

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer Kolodziej was shot and killed by a man who sprayed a residential street with gunfire from a high powered weapon. The suspect then held police at bay for over five hours before they stormed the house and found the suspect dead. Officer Kolodziej was 43 years old and is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, three stepdaughters, stepson, mother and seven grandchildren.

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26 years ago today my entire world exploded into a great ball of unfamiliar territory. 26 years later the ringing in my ears from the elements combusting still continues. Never in my wildest imagination could I have prepared for the wrath that ripped through my soul like a warm knife through butter. Though I grow stronger with each breath, I fight to bypass the emotional vortex that resides in my core from your absence. I have learned to accept the things in life that I do not understand and carry hope for the things that I need to unfold my future. You helped to give me life and in your death created me again giving me an awareness that can only be referred to as a blessing and a curse. 9-4-91 is when my Superman died but his memory is imprinted on my existence forever and no amount of life's kryptonite can weaken it's energy. I carry your heart in my heart, your pride in my veins, your legacy in my soul and your courage on my arm.
Leonard Leon Kolodziej 4/3/48 - 9/4/91. Loving you Forever and Always Pop!

Kate Kolodziej-Delafield
Daughter
September 4, 2017

 

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