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Detective Sergeant James Lloyd Allen | Providence Police Department, Rhode Island Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

Detective Sergeant

James Lloyd Allen

Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch: Sunday, April 17, 2005
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Reflections for Detective Sergeant James Lloyd Allen


Police Officer’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, Almighty Commander of the Watch,
Watch over me and all those sworn to defend the public good.

Keep me focused on my mission to protect the citizenry of our fair city,
and zealous in my endeavor to pursue the criminal element, and assist those in need.

As I travel on dark streets and into alleys where the shadow of death resides,
Make my constitution strong, my courage deep, and unending.

Help me to maintain a strong body and a clean heart,
For I realize that having one without the other is begging failure.

Show me compassion, and channel Your goodness through me,
For I know there are those who need my help and understanding.

Allow me not to become hardened by the ways of the wicked,
But keep me in awe of Your works, and able to walk in wonderment upon this Earth.

Finally, Dear God, at the end of my watch, welcome me into Your arms with the love You hold in reserve for those that serve others.
May St. Michael walk with me to the gates of paradise, where St. Peter, Your Desk Sergeant, calls the roll. May he speak my name and pass me lovingly into the Kingdom of Heaven.

These things I ask, Father, and in your mercy,
grant me the strength to continue Your work,
for I know that You have saved a place for me,
and for all my brothers and sisters.


Godspeed Jimmy

Sergeant Carl Weston
Providence Police Department
May 24, 2005

as a future officer i'm glad to say that i knew jimmy for the past 15yrs. to me he will always be remembered as a hero who's life was taken to soon. my heart goes out to his family and his brothers and sisters who wear a badge. hopefully i'm blessed with such an honor.

anthony bisesi
future officer
May 17, 2005

May god bless you and your family my brother officer for you have paid the ultimate sacrafice. Heroes live forever!!

Deputy M. DaSilva
Rhode Island Sheriff's Dept.
May 16, 2005

May god bless you and your family.And you may rest in peace knowing that your children saw what a hero you were by the incredible turnout of law enforcement officers and citizens saluting and paying there respects to you on the day of your funeral. Your wake and funeral was treated with such dignity and respect by your brother and sister officers from the Providence Police Department. It was an honor for me to attend the wake and funeral and I learned how great of a guy you were. It was told to me by many of your fellow officers that you were a great man with not an evil bone in your body. Rest in peace.

Captain Bruce Ogni
Central Falls , Rhode Island P.D.
May 16, 2005

Detective Sergeant James Allen will be remembered by millions of people this week at Police Week in Washington D.C.
God has welcomed this special man and has his family in the palm of his hand.
With Deepest sympathy.
Terry R. Murphy

Terry Murphy
May 15, 2005

Thank you for your service.

You will never be forgotten Brother.

Officer Scott Lundegren
Yarmouth Police Department, MA
May 14, 2005

Detective Sergeant Allen,

Law Enforcement Officers serve our communities and our country at the risk of their own lives. Your noble sacrifice shows the ultimate courage, and my deepest, heartfelt condolences go out to your family, your friends and your Department, for they know your courage most of all. Yours were the convictions of a hero. Godspeed.

Thankful Citizen
Schaumburg, IL
May 7, 2005

Thank you Detective Sergeant Allen!

May God bless and watch over your wife, two young daughters, and the rest of your family that has been left behind by this terrible tragedy.

May God be with the members of the Providence Police Department who must also be going through unthinkable pain.

Thank you to all members of law enforcement here in Providence and throughout the States.

Sorry that it taken a tragedy like this for you all to get the recognition you righteously deserve.

I will do better in that regard!

Thankful Citizen
Providence RI
May 5, 2005

Thanks for you service and sacrafice. May you rest in peace and May peace be with your family. You will always be remembered and loved by all of those who have worn Blue.

Officer Kieffer
Littleton CO PD
May 4, 2005

James: All of us feel for you and your family,and those of us who remain will never forget you and the other members of your department in our prayers. GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY

Detective Daniel C. Austin Retired
New York City Police Department
May 2, 2005

The Final Inspection
Detective Sergeant James Allen stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Detective Sergeant James Allen.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
Detective Sergeant James Allen squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As Detective Sergeant James Allen waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Detective Sergeant James Allen ,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Manchester, CT PD
May 2, 2005

Our hearts and prayers go out to the friends, family and to the brothers & sisters of the Providence Police Department in their darkest hour.

I had the distinct honor to meet many of you during the F.O.P. conference sponsored by your Department 2 years ago. The time I spent in Providence with you, your hospitality and the stories we shared will always be in my fondest memories. Be safe!

Semper Vigilans

Sgt. Steve Gallagher
Columbia County Sheriff's

Sergeant Steve Gallagher
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
April 30, 2005

From Jimmy Grimes' family, killed in 1996, still no one has been arrested,our family sends our condolences...To his family,keep your heads up high, he is with you always.

Sister of Cpl James Grimes
CPD, killed 08/1996
April 29, 2005

You are a hero in the eyes of many and will be missed brother. God bless your family in this time of need. God bless you, your family, and your department....

Criminal Investigator Madison Winchester
Reading Police Dept, PA
April 28, 2005

God bless you Jimmy, may you rest in peace.

North Kingstown
April 28, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family and PPD. We mourn the loss of our "favorite" Detective, but know he will shine on us from above.
Rest in peace Jimmy - God Bless.

Patrol Officer Kris Paglio
RISD Department of Public Safety
April 28, 2005

God speed James. I will pray for your family, your friends and all the broken hearts that have been left to carry on the fight. Now join our departed brothers and sisters and watch over us all.

Sgt. Mike Murphy
Chicago P.D.
April 27, 2005

You, your family, your department, and the community that you served are in my prayers during this difficult time.

Ofc. s.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol
April 27, 2005

To the family of Detective Sergeant James Allen. My fellow brother's and sister's and I are very sorry for your loss. It is unfortunate that incidents such as these continue to happen to the Officer's who devote their lives to make our streets safer for other people. The memory of Detective Sergeant James Allen will not be forgotten, he will be an angel overlooking and protecting his fellow officer's. May God Bless the Allen family.

Campus Police Officer Handy
Brown University
April 27, 2005

My fiancé, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis was a Deputy Sheriff with the Davis County Sheriff's Office in southeast Iowa. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure James did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and James be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Sergeant Allen's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you. If you ever need anything please do not hesistate to contact me. Dennis' department will always know how to reach me.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that James is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain James was well respected and well loved. You were blessed to have had him in your life, even for a short time.

Thank you Sergeant Allen for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiancé Dennis for me.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry - EOW (01/03/03)
April 27, 2005

Again we mourn as another hero is taken from us. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Detective Sergeant Allen. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.

Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us to protect and serve others safely.

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA
April 26, 2005

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the Providence P.D

Fallen but never forgotten

Bryan Laurie Son Of Fallen Officer
Nathan Laurie EOW 7-29-04
April 26, 2005

We are so sorry for your loss. We feel your pain and hope that GOD will carry you and your family through all of this. I am the sister in law of Sgt. Steven Shaw, he was killed in the line of duty in 1994 in Providence on Feb 3,1994. It is difficult to move on. Time has it's way of healing our hurt, and mending our heart.
But one thing I can say for my sister, myself and our families, that faith has helped us through our tragedy.
Sincerly, Enza

sister in law of Sgt. Steven Shaw
April 25, 2005

To our fellow brother,
May you rest in peace. We will not forget your sacrifice.

Shelton Police Department
Shelton, Connecticut
April 25, 2005

Rest in peace sir.

Collins Fire Dept
April 24, 2005


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