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Officer Thomas Joel Steiner | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

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Thomas Joel Steiner

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 21, 2004
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Reflections for Officer Thomas Joel Steiner

 

Rest in peace brother, your sacrifice won't be in vain.

Ofc. Chang
Burlington Police Dept
November 16, 2016

He's writing tickets in heaven. RIP, brother.

Corporal Barker
May 9, 2016

Tom was a great friend and officer and will never be forgotten.

Gina Hall
Friend
April 21, 2016

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
September 24, 2015

My Name is Recruit Valencia, and I am a DST for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (Class#403). My Father was a 30-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol and a close friend of Officer Tom Steiner’s. My father was outside the courthouse that day with Officer Steiner when he was shot, and devotedly searched for his assailant. I remember that day vividly and recall the emotional turmoil that it had on all of us.

A few years after his passing, I had the pleasure of meeting Officer Tom Steiner’s parents, as they were in attendance at my father’s retirement party. They are wonderful people, and were extremely encouraging in my endeavors to become a peace officer. My father has always spoken very highly of Tom and his family, and we continue to hold all of them in the highest regard.

I believe a position of law enforcement is reserved for only the best kinds of people, and that Thomas was exactly that. I am truly sorry for his family’s loss, and send my sincerest condolences.

Recruit Valencia
LASD Class#403
September 27, 2014

I happened to accidentally come across this memorial webpage during research for a project essay on gang violence and could not turn from my anguish without saying something about this senseless killing of Tom. I know its been nearly ten years and I never knew the man who obviously wore his bade with great courage, fortitude, pride and honor. A man who had a strong dedicated work ethic to himself and a deeply ingrained burden to everyone else with an undying need to preserve humanity with his policing of the streets to make them safer for us all. What I get from this mostly is a man who knew his position and his calling in life and knew the risks involved. His sacrifice is greatly appreciated and celebrated in all of us, his family, friends, and every stranger who walked the streets he patrolled. Without his service and without his sacrifice to preserve and protect all humanity none of us could have guaranteed our own safety. It is men like Tom who are of the greatest heroes. Men who are willing to do the impossible for others. Tragically his life ended to soon, a premature death if you will, a death that should not have been. He was far too young and had more to give society. I celebrate his duty not just as an officer of the law but as a man that everyone else should continue to look up to every day of their lives. I will not say rest in peace, for I know he is resting in peace and his spirit is very much alive and well in all of us. We honor him by the memory we have of him. I say, may peace be upon him and peace be with his family. May his sons grow up knowing their father as a courageous man, who loved them and dedicated his life making the world a safer place for them to live in.

Salaam alaykum to you all.

Yusuf Ali
February 25, 2014

Tom, it's been nearly 10 years since your untimely death. I will never forget you as long as live! I know you are watching over us all as you were one to take care of your beat partners. Continue to watch over us and protect us from danger. Godspeed brother!

Officer
CHP
February 19, 2014

Officer Steiner, you are a true hero and will always be remembered by those who love you and those who had the honor of working with you. It makes me very happy to know that your murderer will never walk the streets of California as a free man. God Speed, and God Bless all the Men and Women of the California Highway Patrol.

Taylor Ramerth
Citizen of Chandler, Arizona
December 24, 2013

Thinking of you and all your family on this eighth anniversary date. I pray for their solace for I know both the pain and pride are forver. Your son is such a brave young man and really touched the hearts of those who saw him at the subcommittee hearings in the California State Legislature as he and his mom sought to keep the sentence given your murderer intact . Fortunately, so far we have prevailed and the seven cop killers who murderered when they were 16 or 17 and were subsequently sentenced to life without parole still have lwop.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
April 23, 2012

Officer Stiener you are remembered today by the men and women of the Boston Police department. RIP

Detective Michael Kane
Boston Police Department
April 21, 2012

I wanted to pay my respects in a small way. Officer Steiner looked like a good man, and great Officer. Jeff Jaynes, Arizona Highway Patrol-Williams, Arizona.

Officer Jeff Jaynes
Arizona Highway Patrol
August 13, 2010

Bryan,
I know your Dad is so proud of you! He always was and always will be! It was so cute when he would pick you up from my house after work, he would run with you out in my backyard before taking you home....it was adorable!! I can still see you both smiling and laughing! He would chase you around the fort that he brought over and set up in my backyard for you and your little playmates...as you ran one way he would run the other way and you would just crack up! Seems like yesterday...your Dad will always be in your heart, Bryan, and he will always be your guardian angel, watching over you....he will never stop loving you and I know you will always love him! Your Mom is doing a great job...you have a wonderful family, you have a lot to be thankful for!

Dee
friend
June 28, 2010

Tom, unfortunately I never knew you, but we grew up and lived in the same area and I have met nieghbors and other people that knew your from high school. At the time of your death, I was an Explorer at your neighboring CHP Station in South Los Angeles. I'll never forget the feeling of helplessness and anger I felt when you were taken from us. I saved every Press-Telegram related to your death and I still have the newspapers at home. I wear a memorial T-shirt that bears your name and badge number on it. I had made the decision to join the department 4 years before your death. Once you were killed, people asked me if I still wanted to be a CHP officer. Your death only strengthened my steely resolve. I have since joined the CHP and worked two other areas before coming back home to the Santa Fe Springs Area that I grew up near. I see your name every day at the office and I won't ever forget. This past Wednesday, I had my first court trial at Pomona Court where you were gunned down. I was haunted as I crossed the street where you were taken from us. I paused on the way in to court and on the way out. I have never been so vigilant going to or from court until that moment. It really struck me that homegrown terrorists want to kill men of honor like us for no apparent reason. Equally as haunting was one of my several friends whom are Pomona PD officers that told me, "that could have been one of us...the shooter meant for it to be one of us, our station is next door..." All because of a uniform that we wear. And Santa Fe Springs has not forgotten. Your son's most recent birthday photo was posted up at the office for people to see because we care about you and your family and always will. Keep watch over the boys from the Santa Fe Springs Area office as we march on continuing your work, brother.

Jeremy

J. Tolen, #17998
CHP-Santa Fe Springs
June 12, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06
April 21, 2010

I miss you Tom. Writing on this page isn't gonna bring u back or change anything, but I miss you alot and Bryan and Mom miss you too. We all miss you and love you with every inch of our hearts. Rest in peace Tom.

Love,
Justin

Justin
November 24, 2009

Rest in Peace, Officer Steiner. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
October 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fifth 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 21, 2009

Five years ago today, you were taken from this earth so suddenly. I pray for all whom have been affected by your life and your death. You were truely one of the "good guys". I pray for your children and family, whom I'm sure miss you very much. Santa Fe Springs and all your CHP family also miss you very much. May you keep resting in peace, as I'm sure you are with the Lord Jesus Christ. I miss you you and think of you often. Your life and dedication to the California Highway Patrol will never be forgotten. Love always your friend and fellow CHP officer.

Officer
CHP
April 21, 2009

Bro:

I was thinking about You today. I found overhead photographs of LAPD Helicopters rehearsing for the "Fly - Over" for Your funeral. I have included them with Your photograph upon my Facebook Site.....

May You Rest - In Peace.

Michael B. Parlor
April 9, 2009

A portion of a local freeway was named after you today. Rest in peace brother.

Officer RM Taylor
US DOJ
April 22, 2008

"All Roads - All Codes"

Wow ! It is so hard to believe it has been four years since I was off-duty, driving from Rancho Cucamonga, and rather than drive my usual route passing near the Pomona Court House, I chose to take a "scenic cruise" along Arrow Highway.

Your murder angered so many and I am glad that the one responsible was apprehended.

You are most certainly not forgotten

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD
April 21, 2008

I'm just so sorry for what your wife and children have had to endure with the way you were taken. It makes me so tremendously sad.

i pray for those you left behind daily, after reading your memorial here a couple years ago. i just happened across it today. i'm so very sorry. i wish i could offer more. the senseless of it all just makes it so hard. peter, too, was killed by a minor who had no real reason to kill other than the fact that peter was wearing a uniform... we will NEVER EVER forget.

policeman's wife and a survivor of peter grignon EOW 3/23/05


April 21, 2008

Keep resting in peace Brother knowing the Blue and Gold NEVER forgets our own and also rest easy knowing that your senseless murder has inspired many good men and women to step up and join the ranks to rid this earth of the scum that took your life. God Bless All

DB
Calif Hwy Patrol. Ret.
April 21, 2008

I remember that day like it was yesterday. Some punk kid trying to prove himself to the scums of the earth. I am sad to hear that he was apprehended in the city I live in, but I am much happier to hear that my city had the privelage to take this punk kid off the streets. They pined your badge upon your chest and asked you to go out and protect our streets. You did more than what we could have ever asked of you. THANK YOU. R.I.P Officer Steiner
You will never be forgotten!

Adrian
Just your average joe
October 1, 2007

"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
August 16, 2007

 
 

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