Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Reflections for Trooper Bernard D. Skeeters

Today is the 34th anniversary of your death. You lived in my district, you will be missed.

Bill Benedict

May 20, 2016

Trooper Bernard D. SKEETERS ... the passage of time will never diminish our sincere appreciation for your dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice for us. God Bless You and your Families, Red and Blue

grateful citizen

August 8, 2015

I remember that call I got from the District , and how we had talked just the day before , wanting to believe it was all a horrible mistake and I would hear 9-88 on the radio later that day. Reminded every time I drive past the spot on I55. R.I.P. Bernie, you ere a good cop and a good friend.

TC
ISP D9

July 14, 2015

On May 20th 1982, I was in my Real Estate office on West Jefferson St. when two Illinois State Police Officers came to my door and informed me of the catastrophic accident that took my brother Bernie's life. I was given the task of informing his wife Marie, and picking up his son Ron from Lanphier High School. This was one of the hardest things that I have ever had to do. Bernie was more that a brother, he was my best friend. He helped me in my business, and he and family had a very close relationship. We talked most every day with his usual "Whip it on me bro. comment" He is a great loss to me and to the community he served. R.I.P. Bro. James A. Skeeters

James A. Skeeters
Brother

July 9, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

May 20, 2015

To me, Uncle Bernie was the coolest of people. He was respected by family and friends. I still the remember the funeral procession was the longest I had ever (or will ever) see. A fitting tribute to a great man!

Jerry Lopian

July 31, 2013

to my Uncle Bernie in heaven,
I sure miss you and for all my life admired you and thought you were a wonderful person. I always enjoyed babysitting the boys and wish that I saw them nore. than you for your service to the state of Illinois. I'm sure there must be a joyous reunion in Heaven. Lots of love

Traci Skeeters
niece

July 19, 2013

Trooper Skeeters,

Just stopping in to say you are forever remembered. I never knew you but I am one of your brothers in brown. My friend and partner was taken in a similar circumstance last week on I-294. I miss him greatly. You are not forgotten and we at the ISP love you and all of our fallen brothers and sisters. Rest easy sir.

Trooper
Illinois State Police D15

April 5, 2013

my uncle , a good guy, watching over from heaven, im sure

jason
uncle

September 24, 2012

Rest in Peace, Trooper Skeeters. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 5, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to yuo through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 20, 2012

Your son speaks of you highly and with great admiration and love, you would be so very proud of the amazing man he has become.. Forever remembering you, Rest In Peace Trooper Skeeters

M. Strickler
LLCCPD

June 28, 2010

Rest in Peace Trooper.

Trooper
Michigan State Police

June 25, 2010

Rest in peace my brother.

Ofc. Ortiz
Middletown Police Dept. CT

January 8, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 7, 2008

I Finally got to meet A Brammer (friends of my father) I must say what a terrific woman, she and her family new my dad well and what a fun time we had together, it just goes to show the reflection that my father left on all of us and he to this day is my guardian angel and i hope someday that i get to know the brammers well, we the Skeeters appreciate everyone of you who take the time to remember our father, and we will certianly never forget anyone of you and we thankyou for all your memories, he was quite the character and prankster, lol and i love him. Sincerely Tom


Bernies Son Tom

November 25, 2007

I worked with Berny in District 9. Although he worked mostly in Sangamon County and I in Logan County our paths crossed occassionaly while on duty. He was a good guy and a good Trooper.

I do recall the incident that took his life very vividly. Whenever I am on I-55 near Williamsville and near the place where the horrible accident occured, I do think of Trooper Skeeters.

I know he is missed by his family and his friends even to this day.

Tpr. T. N. Little #1102 (Retired)

Trooper Tom Little (Retired)
Illinois State Police - Dist 9 and 13

September 8, 2007

TROOPER Skeeters-My stepfather worked with you in Dist.9.
He was a TROOPER from 1955-1985 in Dist. 9. I remember everytime we drove ( he has since past on to be with you)on I-55 by the truck weight station he would show me the location where you were taken from us. To this day when I come back to the Lincoln/Springfield area I always think of you at that location. I am dedicating my next shift in your honor (7-23-07) 2PM-11PM. I printed your picture and department patch as I will carry them in my shirt pocket for this patrol. Thank-you for your service. RIP Brother in Blue.

Patrolman D. Kirk #309
Round Lake Heights PD (IL)

July 22, 2007

A quarter of a century has passed and you have not been forgotten by those that love you nor will the Blue Family ever let you be forgotten. Continue to keep watch over that big loving family of yours and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

July 7, 2007

Theres not a day goes by that I don't think of you and miss you. You were number 15 in the family & the baby. All of us was so proud of you & everything you accomplished in the 35 short years you were on this earth. Today is the 25th anniversary of your death and it hurts just as much today as then. I know you are having a great reunion with Mother, Pop, and all the brothers and sisters that have joined you in heaven. You can be very proud of your boys Ron, Tom, & Andy. They have grown into fine young men & are taking good care of Marie. Until I see you again Bernie, God Bless You

PATTY CHAMBERS
SISTER

May 20, 2007

BERNIE, WAS THE YOUNGEST OF FIFTEEN CHILDREN AND THE FIRST TRADEGY TO HAPPEN TO OUR FAMILY AND AFTER TWENTY FIVE YEARS HE IS STILL MISSED VERY MUCH.He was the first of link of our circle to be broken,since then we have had many links broken,i'm sad to say.

JUDY a SKEETERS-butchek
BERNIE'S SISTER

May 20, 2007

Theres not a day that doesn't go by since that horrible day, that i dont think about my father. I was only 12, i remember him well and miss him deeply. I had never known that this site existed, but i will be here more often, now that i know. I am extremely proud of my father,his life was taken way to soon he was only 35. He was everything that the Illinois state Police is suppose to be, he was a great Trooper, friend and father and i will never forget him as long as i live. I also want to thank you all who takes the time to tell your story for what my dad stood for. I love him, miss him and he is always in my heart.Even though he hasn't been here on earth do what he has done best, he has done the most awsome job being my Guardian angel. thanks for listening and writing.

Tom Skeeters
Bernies middle son

December 19, 2006

Andy - I was working the day your Dad was killed, it was a terrible shock to all who knew him and worked with him on a daily basis. I remember having just spoken to him the previous afternoon - he was on another diet and quite proud of the fact that he'd lost a few more pounds. Bernie was a terrific guy and a good cop. You should be very proud of him.

Former D-9 Telecommunicator

October 17, 2006

Berny was a great friend and practical jocker. One time he managed to break into my squad car, turned the raidios up full blast, had the siren turned to the on position. When I started the car up it scared the hell out of me. Berny really love his family!
Vic Morris

M/Sgt. Victor B. Morris (retired)
Il State Police

March 22, 2006

To Bernies family, We grew up with him and think of him often. He will be in our hearts forever.

The Brammer Family/West Jefferson Street

February 22, 2006

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