Desmond J. CaseySan Jose Police Department, California
End of Watch: Monday, October 25, 1999
Reflections for Police Officer Desmond J. Casey
Still missing you buddy!
Lt Col Lapostole
California Air National Guard
May 26, 2013
Rest in Peace, Officer Casey. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
January 22, 2012
You and I had spent some time together as friends and aviators -- Moffett Field and Embry-Riddle; your love of helos and mine of aviation....talk over beers...I appreciated your friendship and mentorship -- you were instrumental in me getting into law enforcement....I will keep you forever in my thoughts and prayers and look forward to seeing you on approach into Moffett....
RWCPD and FAA
June 4, 2011
I was on duty that sad day on Santa Clara Street at San Jose Hospital. When the dispatch alerted emergency tones followed by "Any available unit is needed to response to a code 3 call. It had been such a busy day that everyone was exhausted. The radio was silent. I listened as I was preparing our ambulance for yet another call. Just then the dispatcher said with crackles in her voice. SAN JOSE PD HELICOPTER JUST CRASHED ANY AVAILABLE UNIT MUST RESPOND!!! Every single unit in the system became available and I too grabbed my partner as we headed toward the scene.
I, to this day can remember how sick I was arriving on scene praying for you to be alive or aleast have a chance at living. Instead, God called you home to be with him. I think about you all the time. Everytime I see a helicopter fly I think of you. You and your family are always in my prays. God Bless...
October 5, 2010
It been 11 yrs since I met you and I never forget you sound so happy when explaining about how to handle helicopter etc, I never forget that day I found out u're gone, I never had chance to thank you but in my heart I know that you hear me said "Thank you Des"
We will meet someday way later :-)
October 25, 2009
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Jose. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
October 25, 2009
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 10th 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.
I hope to one day meet your family at a NORCAL COPS function.
Rest In Peace
October 25, 2009
It's comming up on 10 years now. I think of your hard work every 25th of October not because of our ride along but because of your intellect, your craving to understand why things worked, and your ability to relate to a technology now a decade old and a simpler time. The world has changed since that fateful day when your skill was all that saved countless lives in the finest tradition of the SJPD. There will never be another Desmond, only a memory of your interactions with friends which I will cherish forever.
Everett Fred Basham
October 3, 2009
Hey Des" I never got to thank you for all the times you asked me to go as a Fly A-Long and those time were just awesome. I remember the day your bird crashed and thinking how much you loved to fly and knowing how much of a difference you made in the safety for the people in Santa Clara County. It was you that made me and my family feel there was someone out there watching over us while we slept and we felt safe. I really miss you my friend ,we had some good talks. Take it easy and fly when you can.
Your old friend Bill
September 20, 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
December 6, 2007
On the 8th anniversary of Officer Casey's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Casey is not forgotten.
Agent Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department
October 25, 2007
You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service
October 20, 2007
Although we never met, I was in attendance at your funeral several years ago. At the time I was a police cadet for the San Mateo Police Department. Your's was the first ceremony I had ever attended for a fallen officer.
Since that time and through my service in the Navy, I have flown helicopters and several other aircraft. I have come to realize that without a doubt piloting a craft that is inherently unstable is the most difficult challenge for an aviator. Not to mention one with mechanical failure.
The skill and courage that it took for you to pilot that craft without endangering others is a credit to yourself and your agency. For that you have my utmost admiration.
Jeremy A. Badillo
Midn Jeremy A. Badillo
United States Navy, San Mateo Police Department
February 6, 2007
Every time I look at police helicoptor..i always thinking of you watch over us-as guardian angel
January 28, 2007
Everytime I see helicoptor..I always think you are begin guardian angel usin helicopter and look all over places to make sure we going okay...
Rather be Ghost
January 8, 2007
I can't believe it's been 7 years. I know you're still helping me from above. I miss your friedship. You did it all right Des. There was nothing you could have done. You flew it to the end. We'll fly again together another day!
Enjoy your new wings, you've earned them.
October 25, 2006
Bless you for your courage.May you Rest in Peace.
October 25, 2006
Six years have gone by since God took you from us and I still think about you every time I drive past the accident scene.
You are a true hero and a skilled pilot. You could have crashed into the gas station or the office buildings, or the freeway, but you skillfully avoided those obstacles in order to save lives.
You are thought of every time I see the spot light of Air 2. A few weeks ago, I was sleeping and was awoken by the noise and spotlight of Air 2 hovering over my house. At first, I didn't know what to think, but I soon got a smile on my face as I thought maybe you had something to do with that "search"!
Rest in peace. Know that you are not forgotten. I'm sorry I never took you up on your offer to fly as it would have been an honor to do that ride-along!
San Jose Police Department
San Jose Police Department
November 6, 2005
I learned of this officer's death from a friend of his at my daughter's soccer practice this afternoon. My husband and I were discussing the recent tragedy of an Oklahoma City Officer, who was a friend, when we were told about Officer Casey. It has been very difficult to deal with this past week, the emotions are up and down. I wanted the family of Officer Casey to know that he was loved and is still missed dearly. May God Bless You.
Sherry Thompson, Officer's Wife
Warr Acres PD, Oklahoma
October 27, 2005
To Officer Desmond Casey, his loved ones and friends, and fellow officers:
On this the sixth anniversary week of your tragic death, please know that your valor, bravery and dedication to your job is remembered.
I hope that your family continues to be supported and cared for by their law enforcement family, and other police survivors.
This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Casey gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 25, 1999.
Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
October 27, 2005
On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.
Rest in peace.
October 25, 2004
Hey Dez, thanks for being on my side when I found myself alone in a new school. Even back in the "old days" you had a knack for cutting through the bs and just doing the right thing.
See ya again one day, I hope.
Just an old friend
August 15, 2004
Today is the one year anniversary of the crash. You piloted Air One, our crippled police helicopter, into the ground to save the lives of the people your swore to protect. No one else could have done what you did that day. A true hero; you were my ski buddy, my inspiration to become a cop, my partner and my best friend. Wings on Earth...now Wings in Heaven.
Ofc. Robert Dale
San Jose Police Dept
You have slipped the bonds of Earth to touch the face of God! May you enjoy a peaceful rest until the day when you will be restored to flight status with the Angels of Heaven here on Earth. You're cleared for takeoff, contact departure and enjoy your rest.
Special Agent/Pilot Darin L. Paul
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Every time I hear a police copter overhead, i think of you. You are missed Officer Casey...................very much. rest in peace.
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