Andrew Patrick WinzenreadIndiana State Police, Indiana
End of Watch: Friday, April 25, 1997
Reflections for Trooper Andrew Patrick Winzenread
Trooper Winzenread, you may be gone but you are not forgotten. May you R.I.P.
Surviving Son Trooper Bernie Skeeters
Illinois State Police
April 26, 2015
No brother dies in vain and no brother is forgotten... The good fight will continue with our fallen brothers looking over our shoulders... Trooper, your memory lives on...
April 25, 2015
Andy was my teaching assistant at SHS right before he went into the force. He was such a wonderful guy. The kids loved him. One day I got a phone message to call a Sargent from the ISP . I was a little concerned about what this was about... so I called , knees shaking ... They wanted to ask me about Andy and what I thought of him as a person and a co worker. 1st words that came to mind... "he is a knight in shining armor and would do anything to help someone..." And so he was... a wonderful wonderful public servant and is missed by many. I think of him each time I pass the mile marker... RIP Andy...
April 25, 2014
17 years today and I still remember you. Though our paths passed so briefly that day, we you there to help me. I am very appreciative of you helping me out, but yet I feel so much guilt still that your life was taken and not mine. It is amazing how quickly our lives can change in just a blink a second. My path in life forever changed that day as well. I have never forgotten you, nor will I ever.
April 25, 2014
He was an amazing uncle. It hurst knowing that his daughter, Taylor, didn't know him as well as I got to. Even though I was only 8 years old when he passed away, I still remember how great he was to me. Even when he was teasing me or throwing me over his shoulder to act like he was going to throw me in the pool, I still loved every minute I spent with him.
Niece of Andy Winzenread
April 25, 2013
As a member of Rescue 10 in Batesville I had the opportunity to work with Officer Winzenread when people were having some of their most difficult times in life. He was always able to put others needs as the highest priority becase he genuinely cared for others. Everyday I pass Officer Winzenreads name on the interstate on my way to work and I am glad that I got to know a good man even if it was for just a short while.
April 25, 2013
Rest in Peace, Trooper Winzenread. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
February 17, 2013
Remembering a brother. Rest in Peace Trooper.
Dep. Randy Bennett
Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept. (Indiana)
April 25, 2010
Trooper Winzenread thank you for your service to the citizens of Indiana and Shelby County. Please guide us while we work to build the Fallen Officer Memorial Garden in your honor. Please help it become a sacred place of peace for your family and the citizens of Shelby County. God Bless you and yours.
President FOP Auxiliary Shelby Lodge #84
October 1, 2009
Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 12th 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 the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 8 years after you were killed.
Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.
Rest In Peace.
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 25, 2009
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Indiana. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
April 25, 2009
Remembering your service and sacrifice on this anniversary of your death. I had the pleasure of meeting your wife and daughter at COPS Kids Camp last summer, and I hope to see them again this year! I know you are watching proudly over them. May they find comfort in loving memories and the knowledge that you will not be forgotten...
Surviving Spouse, CHP Lt. Mike Walker EOW 12-31-05
April 24, 2009
I'm sitting here thinking about you tonight. Cindy and Taylor have gone to the COP's Camp today. They will be thinking alot about you this week.
Taylor may not remember you, being only one month old, but she hears plenty of good about you.
I'll never forget the look on your face as she was born and you held her for the first time. I've never seen so much pure joy on a man's face. And how long it took to get my first chance to hold her. You only let me hold her for a couple of minutes before you took her back. Your little "Tater".
And you had those same looks when you looked at my daughter. She was your queen and you her king.
As I read these letters it only makes me miss you more. You should be with them right now.
You accomplished so much in your short life and left so much love. Taylor is a beautiful young lady that is just as kind and caring as you. You will be proud of her.
You can never be forgotten. Just missed.
July 28, 2008
Dear Mrs. Trooper Winsenread,
7 years ago I was honored as one of the scholarship winners dedicated in memory of your late husband. I just wanted to let you know that I am a nurse working at Clarian North doing what your husband loved doing most, HELPING OTHERS.
Thank you Tropper Winzenread for your dedication and time served helping others. What an inspiration!!!
Janelle McKee, RN
daughter of Master Trooper Jeff Franklin (Pendelton Post)
July 3, 2008
I had the honor of spending time with your wife this year in Washington D.C. as we celebrated the memories of our fallen offiers. She is an amazing woman. It is unfortunate that we are brought together by such awful circumstances but I know we can only heal through each other. You, along with the rest of the fallen officers, will never be forgotten.
Shelbyville Police Department
May 25, 2008
Another year has passed, I keep track of them by my son Patrick's birthdays. He will be 11 in December. What can I say, you were my friend & I miss you.
Lt. Randy L. Holt
Ripley County Sheriff's
April 29, 2008
Rest in Peace Trooper Winzenread.
Dep. Randy Bennett
Henry County Sheriff's Dept. (Indiana)
April 25, 2008
It's been almost 11 years now and yet the incident that took you from us seems so fresh. I had met you just two weeks before the incident and was looking forw3ard to working with you. At the cemetary I was in formation directily across from your widow and infant. It was a difficult day for all of us. I pray for your family. My wife wrote a poem that we posted on our webpage for police officers copcare911 dot org. I will never forget you my friend. Blessed in the peacemaker.
former Deputy Marshal St Paul PD
Fmr Deputy Marshal Mike Layne
April 13, 2008
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.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
January 9, 2008
IT'S BEEN OVER 10 YEARS BUT SOMEDAYS IT WAS YESTERDAY TO ME. I WILL LOVE ANDREW FOREVER AND I JUST MISS EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM. HERE ARE SOME THINGS I MISS BUT PROBABLY NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD. HE USE TO MAKE ME TAPE THE SIMPSONS (VHS WAS ALL WE HAD BACK THEN) EVERY NIGHT THAT HE HAD TO WORK AND WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO TAPE OVER ANY PAST ONES BECAUSE HE LOVED THEM ALL. HE WOULD WET HIS TWO FINGERS AND PUT THEM ON MY GLASSES. HE ASKED ME FOR MONEY LIKE A LITTLE CHILD GETTING A NEW TOY BECAUSE IF HE HAD A DOLLAR IT WAS SPENT. HE LOVED AIRPLANE AND BOAT MODELS. HE ALWAYS NEEDED "JUST A 5 MIN. NAP" RIGHT BEFORE WE HAD TO LEAVE. HE LOVED VIDEO GAMES AND HE WOULD GET MAD AT THE CONTROLS LIKE T H E Y MESSED UP AND THROW THEM. HE ALWAYS WANTED ME TO MAKE HIM P B AND J AND AN GLASS OF CHOCOLATE MILK....CAUSE I MADE THEM BETTER THEN HE DID! THESE ARE THINGS I HAVE MISSED THAT I DIDN'T THINK I WOULD -I DON'T HAVE ROOM OR TIME TO TELL EVERYTHING I KNEW WOULD BE MISSED. HE WAS SO EASY FOR ME TO LOVE. HE WAS MY OTHER HALF -MY BEST FRIEND- HE LOVED ME BACK ....CINDY WINZENREAD
November 15, 2007
Hey Andy I was thinking of you and thought I would let you know that I am going to K-9 Schoool.I am going to name my K-9 partner after you.I think I better make it Andy because andrew sounds to formal for a Dog.
S/Tpr Kevin W. Waters
September 30, 2007
Gone, but never forgotten, Rest easy now my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is over...
SGT. John L. Gulledge Retired
Escambia CO FL SO
August 17, 2007
It was my honor to graduate from the academy with Andy.He was one of the kindest people I have ever met.I miss you brother. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Patrolman Greg Park
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept.
July 8, 2007
I think of your death every year about this time. April 25th is my wedding anniversary. I even drove by the scene of your death as Paramedics were working to save your life. I was heading south for a turkey hunt and I prayed for you as I passed feeling helpless and sad. I never knew you but strangely enough feel a bond with you because of this. May God Bless your Soul and may he be with your wife and daughter.
Detective Darron Sparks
Anderson Police Department, IN
May 2, 2007
No one involved with District 42, or the extended ISP family, that day ten years ago will ever forget where they were or what they were doing when they heard the news. A young man, always with a smile on his face, a new baby, a new home, with so much life yet to live...Life is sometimes hard to understand, but even though we do not know all the answers in this lifetime, we are promised that one day all things will be made clear. Just know that even though our lives go on, we will never forget you and the sacrifices you made. You and your family will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. (Matthew 5:9)
April 25, 2007
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