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Trooper Jason Eric Beal | Indiana State Police, Indiana Indiana State Police, Indiana

Trooper

Jason Eric Beal

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch: Saturday, January 15, 2000
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Reflections for Trooper Jason Eric Beal

 

Our Dearest Jason,

Today marks the 17th Anniversary of your passing. January 15, 2000 seems so long ago but yet seems like only yesterday. The pain & hurt are still with us. We miss you so much. Just want you to know that we are doing as well as can be expected for people our age.

Know you are watching so there's really no need to tell you about how Cody & Emily are doing. We're sure that you keep them under your ever-vigilant care. One thing for sure, you can tell that Cody is your son. He has done so many things, especially here lately, that are reminiscent of your high school days.

Tomorrow you would have turned 42. Still find ourselves wondering what you would have looked like with gray hair, how many kids you would have had by now, or if you would still be a Trooper. As much as you loved your job, think the last thing would have been a "no brainer".

Just wanted you to know that we still think about you a lot and find ourselves reminiscing about your "antics". There's a lot of humor to be found in your actions. With each thing we remember, we see a lot of the same things in Cody. Boy does Em ever have a lot to look forward to!

Not a day goes by that we don't think of you. See you soon, son. Miss you & love you dearly.

Mom & Dad

Gene & Marion Beal
Parents
January 15, 2017

J,

It's happening today. Our baby, that you never met, is going to the BMV to get his driver's license. Please, always be in the vehicle with him. Let him feel your presence. Watch over him. He's a pretty good driver, but this momma worries!

He's a sophomore in HS now. He's making all A's & 1 B. He's honest & trustworthy. He holds up the Beal name with honor. I know you are proud! I am!

Love Always,

Em
Widow
September 13, 2016

RIP Hero. You are remembered today!

Former Sheriff's Deputy
Marion County Sheriff, Indiana
March 21, 2016

J,

Well, our baby (not so much of a baby anymore), just survived his first Outward Bound experience. I should mention here, that I just survived it too! He left on a plane by himself to Grand Junction Colorado with a connection in Denver. He spent the night in a hotel with his friends and fellow surviving teens. Then they took off for the Colorado River. I have no doubt that you were able to look in on him during their journey down the River! He called me this morning (after 6 days) to let me know they were off the River. He had a blast & I can't wait to hear all about it! I know you would be so very proud! He's growing into such a fine young man!!

We continue to love & honor you daily!

Love, M

Your Wife
August 2, 2015

If you knew Jason, you knew his bright smile. A excellent Trooper, Jason's death is a tragic loss to his family and to Indiana.

Lt. (Ret)
Indiana State Police
October 10, 2014

Hey Jason, it's Mom. I haven't written much lately but I know that it's what you would want. Em is always saying how you wouldn't want us to be mourn you all the time and she's right. We've been trying and I think we're progressing, slowly. It's been 14 years today and for some reason it was a rough day. Tomorrow would have been your 39th birthday. I can't even tease you about the 1st anniversary of your 39th birthday. Would have been a lot of fun to rib you. Dad & I still handle things our way. You know we always did things our way and so did you. We always walked to the beat of a different drum. Nothing wrong with being different. Not everything we do sets with people, but who cares. Mostly we just try to do what pays honor to your memory.

Em & Cody did something for Christmas that was the sweetest thing they could have done and the best gift I could have received. I know she's already told you about the DVD she made of you and escapades. I had told her a LONG time ago that I would give anything to hear your voice again. The DVD does just that and oh how wonderful it is to be able to hear your sweet voice and that infectious laugh of yours. I couldn't have asked for a better gift. I dearly love her & she knows it. We love all of our kids and they know it. Couldn't ask for a better bunch except to you have here it the bunch too. We'll have to love you from afar for a bit longer I guess.

Cody is getting to be such a good looking boy. Looks so much like his father. You have to be so proud. I wish I could see you when you think about him. I know you'd be beaming with pride and all smiles from ear to ear. He's an all around boy - athlete, hunter, fisherman & I'm sure that somewhere along the line he'll add something else to the list. He has so much to give in him and he's so much like you. Try as we do to treat him as his own man, it's so hard. He has so many of your attributes. He knows that when we compare the two of you that we do so with pride. We have told him so many times that we want him to be his own person even if we do compare the two of you. As your parents and his grandparents, it's hard not to compare.

Enough said for tonight. Don't want to monopolize the site. Know that your dad and I both love and miss you dearly. We know that it won't be long before we see you again so we live with our memories and wait for that time. Until then, be happy in knowing that we are proud of you and what you achieved in your short life. We also so very proud of Em and Cody for what they accomplished thus far know that you are too. See you when the time is right!

Love you and miss you dearly,
Mom & Dad

Michael & Marion Beal
Parents
January 15, 2014

I recently had our old home videos transferred to DVD. I didn't feel safe trying to play the VCR tapes - afraid the machine would eat them.

Cody & I were watching them. He said it was the first time he heard your voice. I hadn't realized that. We will forever cherish the memories of you that were caught on video! And thank you to the nice young man who transferred them to DVD for us!!!

Oh & I gave a copy to your parents & siblings for Christmas! I think they all enjoyed it!

We miss you always!

Love,
M

Your loving wife
December 30, 2013

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

Officer 11169
February 17, 2013

We didn't know him long but in the few days we got to spend with him and his wife we realized just how very special he was. Till this day, 13 years later we remember his infectious smile, how he lovingly gazed at his wife and played with Chris like two little children running around soaking each other with supersoakers at universal studios as if they'd known each other all their lives. He giddily spoke of their baby to be and how much he was looking forward to the day. It was too soon to know the sex but what was certain was the infinite love that would bind them eternally. High school sweethearts they were, a love that was beyond limits, boundless. This was no ordinary couple, no this was a relationship built on solid values. As with his marriage to his sweetheart he was So proud to have just joined the ranks of the brotherhood and you could see he took the responsibility seriously, to him it was an honor to work amongst great men that put their lives on the line. He shared with us his love of hunting and how a deer could feed them all winter long. We enjoyed a murder mystery dinner together and laughed like two teenage couples. The next day they stopped by our hotel room and obliged when we invited them into the jacuzzi, but not for too long because it could be dangerous for their baby to be. Down to earth, simple, and humble people. Who were this young couple we were drawn to? What made us cross paths? To put it short. Jason and Emily, were magical, because I cannot speak soley to who Jason was; simply because Emily was so much a part of him and who he was. She was his very essence and clearly he lived for her. Jason we couldn't stop thinking of you guys on the way back home. You definitely made a mark on us. We cherished those few days in your company. We admired the fine human you personified and till this very day Christian and keep you in our hearts and smile each time we think of you, remembering you ever so fondly. We are blessed to have made your acquaintance and friendship and we will forever be thankful that our paths crossed. 13 years later we rejoice in Emily's accomplishments, in her joys and in her triumphs. Clearly you had much to do with the very wonderful person, and mother she is today. Rest in Peace dearest Jason accompanied by all your friends the Angels and Saints. Love Helen and Christian Reda, your New York friends who you one day met on a cruise in Florida.
January 15, 2013

Helen and Christian Reda
Friends
January 15, 2013

Another Christmas without you. This is Cody's 12th Christmas. I have always had help with making Christmas special for him, but I have always wondered how you would have contributed in making this day special if you were given the chance.

I know you are proud. I know you know how much we miss you. If I could have one Christmas wish - it would be that Cody could have his dad for a day! (longer if possible, but at least a day!)

We love you. One day we will know how you celebrate Christmas at Home. One day you will be surrounding us in your love in the home you have prepared for us. Until then, know that we continue to have our traditions to honor & remember you!

Your Surviving Wife
December 25, 2012

I have followed the reflections on this site for some time. Out of respect for Jason's family, I have avoided posting as I did not know Jason or his family, though I have talked wiht troopers who attended the academy with him, and I am not in law enforcement family.

But, I remember several of my former lost college friends contacting me in 2000 to verify I was OK. Having been in the military, some friends thought I might have ended up in law enforcement and were concerned upon the tragic news.

You see, I'm the other Jason Beal (not the most common name) from southern Indiana (Bloomington, which is not far from Shelbyville). Since 2000 (with google), many people have shared that they found Jason's story when looking for me. It's hard not to feal a kinship with Jason. We may not have been related (not sure of that), but Trooper Beal clearly represented our common name with honor. I wish I had known him. His family, espeically now that I have my first son (1 year old), is often in my thoughts and prayers.

Jason Beal
Southern Indiana
September 26, 2012

Took a picture of our son shooting your 22 this week. He's looking more & more like you! He's growing up to be a fine young man. He's still learning not to mouth of to Mom (but then again that was a lesson you were still learning too ;). I know you're proud. I am.

We've had a trying summer. Many reminders this summer of how much we are missing without you here. Cody stepped up his game in baseball this summer. He started pitching. We both wished you were in the stands to see that! Cody went to a 7-day conservation officer camp in memory of Karl Kelley. He learned so much at camp. He also discovered why you first wanted to be a conservation officer. Another moment we wished you were here to witness. I finally received my Master's degree in Social Work. I know I should be elated to have finally finished, but all I could think of was that this was one huge task I started & finished after your death. I missed having you cheer me on and seeing that smile on your face when I graduated! I know that you would be bragging to everyone you met. There's so much that I miss about you. There's so much that Cody wishes he knew about you & wishes he could share with you.

Your presence is missed here. Love you dearly!

Em
Wife
August 14, 2012

Son, I'm so sorry. It's been entirely too long since I last wrote. I talk to you every day and kiss you picture each morning and night. You know how much you mean to me and to your father and you must undoubtedly know how much we continue to miss you. We're doing OK for our ages. We know, too, that our time is coming when we will see you again. When that time nears, we will not be afraid. Our lives have been full and we have enjoyed our time here on earth but "all things must come to an end". I know I look forward to seeing you again and I'm sure your father does too. There are times when I take my walks that I talk to you the entire time I'm walking. If anyone ever heard me, I'm sure they would send the men in the little white jackets after me with the strait jacket! I have asked to have a dream of you so that I could hear that infectious laugh of yours and have been blessed with a couple. Needless to say I awake refreshed after a dream of you. I'm sure you know just how much Dad & I miss you but you also know that we have managed to move forward as you want us all to do. That doesn't mean that we have forgotten you. By no means have we done that! It is our fondest wish that what we have been able to do makes you proud. I still cry for you and wish I could hold you and see your blue eyes and smile but know too that you would want us to carry on. We do so in your memory and hopefully with your blessing. I'll have to wait till my time comes to hold you, see those beautiful blue eyes and that bright smile.

Cody and Em are doing well. Em just graduated from college. She will complete her practicum in late July and will receive her Master's degree. We are so proud of her! She may take off a year until Liam starts full-time school. She then wants to proceed with aspirations using her degree. We hope for nothing but the best for her. Cody is an excellent athlete, taking after his father, I might add. He keeps improving in his baseball prowess and I'm sure that will carry over to his basketball abilities too. His hunting and fishing is continually improving. I wish you were here so we could see how proudly you're strutting when you see him! He sure makes us proud. There have been a few times when Dad & I have called him "Jason" when he makes an error for he looks and acts so much like you! We can see so much of you in him but we are quick to point that he is his own man. He acts and looks like Daddy but he will "walk to the beat of his own drum." Chris, Dylan, & Liam are all fine too. They all support each other as a family and gather strength from each other.

Your other neices & nephews as well as your brothers & sisters are progressing well. They each have their strong points and seem to be happy and thriving. We try to get together on Sundays for some catch-up time and so the little ones can see their cousins. Most of them manage to make it but some of them don't.

I could write more but I know you already know what's happened the past few months. Just know that Em and I could sure use your strength to come back from the difficult and inaccurate times we've encountered. Keep us and our families in your prayers.

Lots of love to you. We'll see you soon.

Love,
Mom & Dad

Gene & Marion Beal
Parents
June 6, 2012

Twelve years ago today the decision was made to turn off the machines that kept your heart beating & your lungs breathing. I did not make this decision. You did. You made the decision long before the accident that resulted in you lying in that hospital bed. You made repeating your wishes easier because I know that your soul left this world long before the machines were turned off. Every time I entered your ICU room I felt your love - up until right before I had to repeat your wishes. That time...your room was empty. I kept praying I was wrong, but the doctor's confirmed my fears.

During your stay in the hospital I made you several promises. I promised to take care of our boy, that he would always know your love. I promised to continue living as soon as I was able to learn how. I promised to make you proud. I feel that I have fulfilled all those promises to you. Cody is a tall, vibrant 11 yr old boy. He knows that you love him. He knows that you would be proud of all of his accomplishments. And he knows that you are cheering him on, every time he stumbles you & I are there to help pick him up & cheer him on to continue his journey. He knows he is living his own journey. He is not to follow or continue yours - his journey is all his own. He may choose a journey similar to yours, but it is all his own. I learned how to find happiness again. I have surrounded myself with wonderful family & friends. I have a man in my life who accepts me - the good, bad, & difficult! I know what I want in my life. I am working hard to reach each goal. (hopefully graduating with my master's soon!!)

Each day is lived knowing that you gave me the wonderful gift of your love & influence. Thank you! I love you dearly!

Here's my next promise to you. I am writing it on here to make myself accountable. Tomorrow is your birthday. So, my gift to you is to take care of myself. I am going to start the P90X program. For myself & our family, I will finish it!

Emily Beal-Nelis
Surviving Spouse
January 15, 2012

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

Your memory will always be honored and revered as time never diminishes respect. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

To all your family members,, thank you for sharing your devotion with other readers. You are in my heart's embrace today. Jason and Larry have a bond in that both were expectant fathers when they died and both were so excited about seeing their baby boys Cody. Hopefully, Cody Beal and Cody Lasater can meet one day as they honor thier fathers and other law enforcement officers.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 15, 2012

Missing you today as I read through these reflections.

You would have enjoyed Thanksgiving this year. Some of the family sat looking at old photo albums. OMG, we laughed and laughed!!

One picture that stuck out was a picture of you, Danny & Terri. We believe it was your 6th Grade Graduation. The 3 of you are standing against the side of the house with your arms down to your sides. Danny is dressed in slacks & a white dress shirt, Terri in a floral print dress, then there is you...dressed in slacks, a white dress shirt and...to finish the ensemble SUSPENDERS!! It was great!

Although it was a great time and lots of laugh, some at your expense of course, it left me sad. I miss you, think of you often, and would love to have you here to be another role model for your 16 year old nephews. But you are not so I tell them stories about you and involve them in events I know will remind them who you were.

I love and miss you very much. Your smile gets me through some rough days.

T
Big Sis
December 16, 2011

Our boy just graduated the Indiana State Police Respect for Law camp. You would have been sooooo proud! He stood in formation perfect. Thumbs on his fist like he's supposed to, slight bend in his elbow, shoulders back - gave me a cold chill because it reminded me of how proud you were to be standing in formation for your ISP academy graduation!

He's excited to go back again next year! I know some of the guys he met at the camp knew you. I can't imagine how that was for the to meet your son at camp! He's not supposed to be old enough to go yet! It's so hard to believe that we have lived over 11 years without you. You left us with such a strong sense of love & pride - I hope you know that you are with us every day!

Love Always!
M

Emily Beal-Nelis
Wife
July 9, 2011

Thinking of you today on Father's Day! I know you were looking forward to holding your son. I wish you would have had that opportunity! I have no doubt that you are a proud, bragging Daddy in heaven. We love & miss you!

M

Emily Beal-Nelis
Wife
June 19, 2011

I just finished posting the names of the fallen officers from last week to my FB group and started thinking about you.

This past year has been difficult for me in a number of ways. Your birthday and anniversary were especially hard because I have been having dreams about you that were very surreal. However, I am not sure what to make of any of them. If you are trying to tell me something maybe you should try something a little different.

I love and miss you very much.

T
April 3, 2011

J,

Yesterday our first "baby," J.J. joined you in heaven. You were so excited to train him to duck hunt when he was a puppy. Unfortunately the two of you never had the opportunity to go. I have no doubts that you guys are catching up on lost time & finally getting that hunt in. We will miss him here, but it is comforting to know that he is with you now.

I remember when you first got him. My first puppy (his brother) died by accidentally hanging himself. You told the breeders & they had one puppy left. They offered him to us at no cost & you gave me orders to pick him up that night after work. I did not like getting a new dog! I cried in bed that night missing my puppy. J.J. moved from his spot at the foot of the bed up to my chest until I calmed down. Later, he cried with me when we lost you. I never knew a dog could cry like that. Then 5 months later when I was in labor he was licking my face & trying to make my pain go away. He later became the protector of Cody's baby crib. Our 100 lb baby was so soft & gentle with Cody! He seemed to be happy when he later became Cody's playground! Cody pulled his ears & his tail & J.J. took all of it with that smile of his.

After you died the 3 of us lived with mom & dad. During that time he became Dad's dog. He missed Dad so much that I asked Dad & Mom if they would mind if he lived with them. Dad loved your buddy just as much as you did! Dad called him "yellow dog." Mom called him Dad's shadow!

It's hard losing a close member of the family, but this loss has brought back all the pain of when I lost you! I am glad you are together, but I soooo wish our whole family was together here.

I love & miss you both!

Em
Your Loving Wife
March 22, 2011

Jason,
I really dont know how to word this. It has been 11 years since we made plans for our birthday. We never got to it. I have been down a very dark path in my life without you! You always seemed to balance me out. Funny thing was that I was the older one but you were the mature one. Em has always been great to me but I know I have let her down many times. I feel that I have let everyone down. I miss you! My life is good from the outside looking in but it's torn me up since you been gone. I've tried therapy I've tried meds nothing is ever going to work. There has never been a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I think that's why I have a hard time staying in contact with em; but I love her just as much as I love you. It just hurts really badly. It always hurts. I'm starting to wonder if time really does heal all wounds. But you will be glad to know that J and I are still together. She still puts up with me. We have three kids boy and two girls. Em was nice enough to let us borrow part of your name. You only missed him by 7 months. I know you have watched over me the past several years because I know I've walked out of a lot of houses I never should have made it through. So I thank you. I can still remember you pinning my graduation pin on me. I didn't know who was prouder that day you or me. You were and always be the best friend ant one could have! I love Jason!

BIll
Pals
January 27, 2011

Jason,

I have tried to leave you something on here for a long time but always end up hitting cancel.

I have thought about you quite a bit lately, and I cry every time. I know you would want all of us to be strong and think of all the memories we had with you, and I do. They always end with your damn smile...even the ones where you were agitated with me for doing something that a stupid younger brother does...you were still smiling!

Em brought up another memory the other day when she reminded me that you locked me out of your cabinet - Because that is where your shotgun was...you were sooo mad at me for getting your shotgun out when you weren't their. So you locked it up and took the key. And after you yelled at me and bruised my arm, then threatened to tell Mom & Dad what I had done to the Stop sign you stormed out - When you got into your truck you turned around and I saw you through the kitchen window, you were smiling...ALWAYS smiling...

You are up their watching over all of us (Em and the rest of the family) smiling right now. We know you are!

I know you would be proud of all of us and how we have progressed with our lives.

We sure do miss you, love you always your lil bro David

David
Lil Brother
January 16, 2011

Thinking about you Jason.

Rob McKeeman ISP
January 13, 2011

Jason,

You've been on my mind so much lately! We have lost another officer in Indiana. It is so heartbreaking each & every time that I hear that another family has to endure such heart wrenching loss!

Not long ago someone had said something to the effect that Cody wouldn't do that or act that way if his Dad were still alive. Well, that hit me wrong. I know what type of parent you wanted to be, but I also know that holding Cody could have changed all your perceptions of what kind of parent you would be. This was said in front of Cody. I hope that Cody did not feel like he wasn't the kind of boy you would be proud of. I tried to assure him that Cody is Cody & I wouldn't want him any other way. Yes, our lives would have been different if you were still here, but that doesn't mean that Cody wouldn't be who he is. This wasn't said out of spite, but it was still a hard pill to swallow.

I have no doubts that you are proud of Cody & myself. i strive each day to be the woman that you would be proud to have on your arm.

Please continue to hold me in your heart. I feel your presence when I need you most. I hope that Cody can feel your love when he needs you too!

Some days it feels like a lifetime ago since our final kiss goodbye. Other days, like today, you are so fresh in my memory & the pain of losing you is sharpened again.

I love you. I have since I was 14 and no amount of time or space can take that away. Life has changed it, but it will always exist.

Love always,
M

Anonymous
October 6, 2010

Jason,

I was just leaving a reflection for another fallen brother from Arizona and I had to check on you. I just wanted you to know that I have never forgotten you, or your family. They seem to be doing well. Way to go Em!

J, I took a rubbing of your name from the Peace Officers Memorial in Washington DC recently. It is a constant reminder of your sacrifice. I strive every day to be the best Officer I can. I sure hope I make you proud.

Take it easy brother. Talk to you soon.

Detective Jody McInnis
Mesa Police Department, AZ
August 7, 2010

 
 

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