Reflections for Trooper David Brinkerhoff
Happy Belated Birthday. How I wish you were here to celebrate with Barbara & Isabella and the rest of your family.
Since you could not, my two girls & I traveled to visit you last Wednesday. We are the ones who left the balloons. We also held a Memorial Walk in your honor Wednesday night. Your buddy Rich was there and many members of the NYSP & NYC DEP. It was a lovely evening - just wished we could have celebrated with you instead of remembering.
Though I never knew you, I think about you, Barbara & Isabella each and every day. I continue to work hard to fullfill my promise to never let our community forget your sacrifice.
You Have My Deepest Respect.
Heather Gockel, Margaretville Resident
Daughter of Retired NYS Trooper #2160
September 4, 2007
It's been 4months and 1week.Everyone says it will get easier with time. It doesn't. I miss you more today than I did yesterday. I'm sure you know that we have wonderful family and friends.I am very thankful for them and all they continue to do for Izzy and me. Keep watching over us and stay close.
Love forever and always,
September 1, 2007
David, Today's your birthday, and you're not here with your family. Everyday you're remembered, and everyday you're missed. You will never be forgotten. Today I'll be leaving flowers at your roadside memorial in Margaretsville, and I hope, like always, I'll find a little peace there, knowing you're in a better place.
August 29, 2007
Happy Birthday Buddy! Tomorrow we will be celebrating your life at Jay's house- Cops; drinks and huge bounce house need I say more! Recovery is what it is, no good news to report. Always laugh when they push me harder, cause I can hear the "old man" comments coming from above. Everyday is hard not having you around, but know in your heart you are honored in this house as the warrior you are. Always & Forever- Rich
Tpr Richard Mattson
NYSP Mobile Response Team
August 24, 2007
"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - myth is more potent than history - dreams are more powerful than facts - hope always triumphs over experience - laughter is the cure for grief - love is stronger than death."
- Robert Fulghum
Brothers in Blue
August 12, 2007
Law enforcement is a breed all of its own, it takes the best of people to do what they do everyday. I am greatful as well as greatly saddened by the sacrifices made by these great people, doing what only there breed could.
August 9, 2007
THANK YOU DAVID. Thank you for your dedicated service to the New York State Police. Thank you for the sacrifices you and your family must have made during your 8 years of service. Thank you for assisting in the protection of the place I call home.
To David's Parent's: Thank you for raising a brave, honest & dedicated young man. You should be proud.
To Barbara Ann & Isabella Grace: Thank you for sharing him with all of us. He is a true hero and will never be forgotten.
My thoughts & prayers are with you each and every day.
Heather Gockel, Margaretville Resident
Daughter of Retired NYS Trooper #2160
July 24, 2007
Dave, I tried writing this reflection the day after you were taken from us but I couldn't find the words...I still don't think I can. There is an emptiness that I think we all feel because you're gone and I don't know if that will ever change. There isn't an hour that goes by where I'm not reminded of you in some way. If there is some measure of comfort in all of this it is that all of my memories of you involve you laughing or smiling...that makes the pain a little easier to handle. We miss you greatly and will continue to do so. Rest easy...
Investigator Kevin Noto
New York State Police
July 13, 2007
I recently read an article about Trooper Brinkerhoff's funeral. As a fellow Trooper, I mourn his untimely death and thank him for his service. As a fellow Lutheran, I thank God for the gift of eternal life granted to us through faith. To Trooper Brinkerhoff's family, may God grant you peace and comfort in the knowledge of this eternal life. Rest in peace brother, we will meet someday in the place our Lord has prepared for us.
Trooper Jeremy Andreasen
Iowa State Patrol
July 8, 2007
My brother, you left us as a hero and will always be as such. Thank you for continuing to watch over us from above.
July 2, 2007
David, Thank you for being such a good friend. You always looked out for me and treated me so well. I am deeply saddened with the loss of you. May God Bless you and your Family. To say that you will be missed is such an understatement. You will always be a true class act and gentlemen. I'll see you again someday. Thank you again for being my friend. Your a great man, father, husband, son and brother. Rest in peace.
June 28, 2007
With heavy hearts we send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Trooper Brinkerhoff. There are a shortage of words that could express our appreciation for his sacrifice.
May he and his family be blessed and may he receive the rest he is so well deserved.
"Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
Respectfully submitted on behalf of my department,
Officer Matthew Lewek
Menomonee Falls (WI) Police Department
June 25, 2007
God Bless You and Your Family...You are a true hero..Rest in Peace
Louisville Metro Police Department
June 20, 2007
To the Brinkerhoff family and friends: My deepest condolences during this most difficult time. We too lost a hero here...Andy Sperr a year ago. It will never get easier, but try to hold those loving memories close to your heart and never forget. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Tpr. & Family SP Horseheads
June 16, 2007
"Brink" was an outstanding man who left an impression on every soul he encountered. God bless his family, his friends, and the NYSP for all they sacrificed and contine to cope with. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
UAlbany, Greene Co. EMS, Western Turnpike Rescue Squad
June 14, 2007
To the family and friends of Trooper David Brinkerhoff and his fellow officers with the New York State Police Department:
On behalf of our family, we wish to extend our deepest condolences on the grievous loss you have suffered because of this tragic line of duty death.
I pray that his loved ones will be comforted by the support of your faith and your law enforcement family. There are many other survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty who share this difficult journey with you, and they too can be a source of great comfort. How very sad that he tragically lost his life at such a young age. He will never be forgotten and his honor will always be revered.
Heaven has another hero today, but how I wish it were not your beloved.
My son was fatally shot and died exactly two years and one day before David during a foot pursuit of two robbery suspects. Forgive me for not writing sooner, but this time of year is especially hard and especially now since we are starting trial this month.
I share his mother Karen's anquish in losing a cherished child. No matter how old they are when they are taken from us, they will always be our babies and we remember every glorious moment we were able to be their Moms. A big chunk of your heart is now missing and will forever belong only to him. I am thankful you have the gift of Isabella...when I look in my grandson Cody's eyes I always see my son.
My thoughts are also with the other team officers and I pray for their emotional and physical healing as well.
This refection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished and dedicated service David gave to the citizens of New York, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 25, 2007.
Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg (CA) Police Dept, eow 4/24/05
June 13, 2007
You are my hero...always have been. I am so proud of the boy you were and the man you became. I miss you more than anyone knows...my heart aches. I will help take care of Barbara and our wonderful Isabella...thank you for them. I know you will take care of them too...I love you my baby boy and someday we will be together....I can't believe you are gone. Love Mom
Mother, Karen Howard
June 11, 2007
God bless you and also the officer who fired upon you.
Cleveland OH Police
June 10, 2007
Rest Easy Brother.
Lt. Andrew R. Vickers
June 4, 2007
MOST MEN RUN FROM GUNFIRE.....ONLY A TRUE HERO RUNS TOWARDS IT, R.I.P. BROTHER
May 28, 2007
To the family of Trooper Brinkerhoff. With deepest sympathy and condolences. May God Bless you and your family. May God rest your soul Trooper Brinkerhoff. You wil never be forgotten.
POLICE OFFICER JOE TERRASI
May 27, 2007
I don't know what else to say after giving my eulogy on the day of the funeral. No words can express how I feel and how much I miss you each and everyday. You made me a stronger person by knowing you and have opened up my eyes by losing you. Please remain strong as an Angel up above and watch over us here down here. You died doing what you dreamed of doing since 1995. I miss you, SUNY Albany misses you, SAMMY misses you (Hiccup), NYSP misses, WE ALL MISS YOU. Rest in Peace and we will meet again.
Inv David Atkins
Best Friend, fellow Trooper
May 24, 2007
TO THE FAMILY OF TROOPER DAVID C. BRINKERHOFF MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE WHOLE OF TROOPER DAVID C. BRINKERHOFFS FAMILY.
dianna hardy margaretville firefighter
margaretville fire department
May 20, 2007
David, your bravery shone through to the very end and the entire fraternity mourns for you. You passed on too soon and I will always remember you as a bright, talented and unbelievably down to earth guy. All my condolences to your family and rest in peace my friend.
SUNY Albany, SAM Fraternity Brother
May 18, 2007
I am so sorry for your lost my thats and prys will be will you.
May 17, 2007
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