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Police Officer Frederick Peter Dukes | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Frederick Peter Dukes

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 25, 1990
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Reflections for Police Officer Frederick Peter Dukes

 

Thinking of you my friend. .. God Bless!

Sharon Mickens (Friend)
Friend
January 3, 2016

Your courage defines your character my brother, and you will not be forgotten. May God bless your family. Until we meet someday, rest in peace.
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Sgt Don Barton
Garden City Police Dept.
December 1, 2015

A Hero now in Heaven, Always remembered and Never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand
PA C.O.P.S.
December 26, 2014

Thinking of you and your family and your Police family this Christmas Day.

David Lowery
Birmingham, Alabama Police Department
December 25, 2014

I OFTEN THINK OF OUR LAST DAY WE SPOKE, I TOLD YOU IT'S TIME TO RETIRE AND YOU SAD NEXT YEAR YOU WOULD RETIRE AND OPEN YOUR OWN AUTO TAG STORE. THEN YOU SAID, MEET ME AT THE BAR FOR A CHRISTMAS EVE DRINK, I SAID OK, WE PARTED WAYS. LITTLE DID I KNOW IT WOULD BE OUR LAST TIME TOGETHER. I HAD A CHANGE IN PLAINS AND NEVER GOT TO THE BAR. 23 YEARS LATER AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'M SHARING THIS, MISS YOU MY GOOD FRIEND, COWORKER AND NIEGHBOR. REST IN PEACE P/O LARRY RUTHERFORD K-9 RETIRED

P/O LARRY RUTHERFORD K-9
PHILA POLICE RETIRED/ FRIEND AND NIEGHBOR
November 24, 2013

Still missing you, old buddy. It was Police Week and the usual stuff was done. Its a great tribute...well deserved too but it doesn't fill the hole nor stop the hurt. It is said that time heals all wounds but for some things , like lossing you? Nah!...you just learn to handle it better.
Most of the crew are retired now. We be "old skool police" for real. We get together and laugh, drink and tell our tales of the street.Most of which get better with age. LoL Most importantly tho' we remember our time. A time when we did something special with people who were better still. People like you.

Rick Booker
Retired LEO (Philly and State) Friend, Academy mate
May 16, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 19th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
December 30, 2009

class act

Anonymous
May 19, 2009

Merry Christmas to the family and friends of Officer Dukes. I was just a kid when you passed. I'm sorry that your family has had to live so many Christmases without.

God rest, hero.

Laura
Philadelphia, PA
December 23, 2008

I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT NIGHT. I STILL SEE YOUR FACE LOOKING AT ME. I AM SO SORRY I FAILED YOU! I HAVE NOT WORN A SHIELD SINCE THAT NIGHT. YOU WILL ALLWAYS BE A HERO TO ME. I JUST NEEDED TO SAY THAT, AND THAT I AM SORRY I FAILED TO SAVE YOU.

Pastor Stephan Mambazo
Restoration Christian Ministries
May 7, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
January 24, 2008

Here we are again sir, one year later honoring and remembering you as always. Merry Christmas.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police
December 25, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

VanDenBerghe
Manchester, NH
December 23, 2007

I never forgot what a pleasure it was to work with you in the 14th District many years ago. You worked hard and kept us laughing. Truly missed....

Chief Inspector
Philadelphia Police
May 22, 2007

Never Forgotten, Brother of Peace. Merry Christmas.

Det Krebs
SWDD
December 26, 2006

Merry Christmas, Freddie... I know you're still watching over us after all these years. God Bless You.

E.D.
Philadelphia PD
December 24, 2006

I cannot imagine the feelings of sorrow and despair your family must feel at Christmas time, a time when there should be so much happiness and joy for everyone. Hopefully they take much comfort knowing that you left us a hero and as everyone knows, a hero never dies. Your sacrifice that day will never be forgotten by anyone in the law enforcement community, especially your brother and sister officers just to the South of you. Thank you always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police
September 24, 2006

To my youngest brother...
I think of you all the time especially around Xmas time.
I stay in contact with two of your sons,Keith and Maurice all of the time. We miss you so much. Xmas have not been the same since you left us. Rest In Peace Little Brother.

Love You Always,
Your Sister

Annie Mae
Sister
July 23, 2006

Well Fred....Monday, April 10, 2006 I will be going to court again for you. Criminal Justice Court (CJC) Room 305,
Ronald Gibson will try and overturn his conviction. I'll let you know how we makeout. Rest in Peace my friend.
Terry J.

Terry Jesberger Retired HP
Philadelphia Police-Highway Patrol
April 9, 2006

15 years ago today...... r.i.p. Officer dukes.....

Pankil
December 25, 2005

Uncle Freddie, I love and have missed you for so long that sometimes I just sit around wonder what you would be doing right now.

I still can't believe that you are gone.
The night that we first got the call from Rhonda that you were shot and was at the hospital I said to myself that you were going to be okay because, I knew that you were not going to let some little bullets get you down.
But, when I heard that you had died, I said " uncle freddie" you weren't supposed to let this happen, you were supposed to get over this and get back your job as being a father, a brother, uncle, and last but least, a cop. But, that's okay, because we LOVE YOU ANYWAY.

Shelly (niece)

Michelle Johnson
December 14, 2005

Uncle Freddie... It has been a long time since I have been able to talk to you, but it sure feels good. It feels like you right here with me or at least on the other side of this computer. Since your death, things have surely changed alot. I am a married woman and I have two kids name Nicole age 9, and Kevin age 4. My husband's name is Robert. Uncle Freddie, I gotta tell you, he is just like you, he likes to play jokes on us all the time, he stays on Chrissy and Jackie's back, and most of all, he loves your sister. As I sit here and look at your picture, it is very hard for me to concentrate on what I am doing because I still can't believe that you are gone. You know, I was a little upset with you at first for letting a few little bullets get you down. But, as we all know everything happens for a reason, and I think I know what that reason was, for me at least. It was to show me that families do stick and become stronger than we realize. For instance, uncle Thomas has done a big turn around. He and mommy have gotten alot closer than they were before.

He was there for her when Grandmom Dukes died. So, that's what I meant when I said that your death brought our family closer.

I love you and I definitely MISS YOU with all my heart.
Until next time we talk again.

Your Niece,
Shelly
12-14-05
Mommy misses you alot.

Michelle Johnson(niece)
December 14, 2005

UNCLE, JUST AS I TOLD YOU. I HAVE LOCATED YOUR 2 YOUNGER BOYS. (1)YOUR OLDEST IS ALWAYS IN CONTACT WITH US. (2)YOUR MIDDLE IS LIVING ON THE WEST COAST W/HIS GIRLFRIEND SINCE EARLIER THIS YEAR. (3)YOUR YOUNGEST, WELL HE IS & HAVE BEEN LOCKED UP FOR SOME TIME NOW. I WAS GIVEN HIS ADDRESS & WROTE HIM & HE ACTUALLY WROTE ME BACK. I WON'T GO AS FAR AS TO SAY WHY HE IS CONVICTED BUT BELIEVE ME - YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TOLERATED IT. WELL I JUST WANTED TO UPDATE YOU ON YOUR CHILDREN. LOVE, YOUR NIECE CHRISTEL POTTS.


September 29, 2005

We miss you so much....
The day I heard of your death I could
not believe the biggest and strongest man I've known in my life was gone. Christmas has not been the same in our family. Writing this now makes my heart full and memories start to flow. Rest in Peace my dear uncle.
For those that knew you thanks and for the ones that never had a chance to met you I'm sorry......
We miss you so much

Jacqueline Devine (niece)
September 22, 2005

UNCLE FREDDIE...FIRST I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I STILL LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART...YOU ARE TRULY MISSED BY THE FAMILY...MY MOM (YOUR ONLY SIS) TALK ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME...BUT, UNCLE YOU AND I STARTED GETTING VERY CLOSE THE YEAR YOU WERE TAKEN FROM ME...AT FIRST, I WAS ANGRY BUT NOW I REALIZE THAT YOU ARE IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE...I'M SORRY I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE BOYS ARE BUT I WILL FIND THEM...LOVE YOU - YOUR YOUNGEST NIECE, CHRISTEL POTTS. YOU WILL HEAR FROM ME AGAIN..


September 22, 2005

 
 

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