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Police Officer Kenneth Andrew Santucci | Belleville Police Department, New Jersey Belleville Police Department, New Jersey

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Kenneth Andrew Santucci

Belleville Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Saturday, September 6, 2008
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Reflections for Police Officer Kenneth Andrew Santucci


To the family and friends of Officer Santucci and the members of the Belleville Police Dept.

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you have suffered when Officer Santuccu was tragically killed.

To Officer Santucci's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in the Bay Area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

Heaven may have another hero, but how I wish it wasn't so. In reading his reflections, I can see that Kenneth was an amazing man.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Kenneth gave to his community and the citizens of New Jersey, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 6, 2008.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD (CA), eow 4/24/05

September 10, 2008

I only knew Kenny from Nursing School. I remember him always smiling and joking. Even better, he left you smiling after talking to him. We have truly lost an angel. He will be missed. It is a reminder of how fragile life is and that each day is a blessing.We should remember to love and appreciate our loved ones when they're here. This hits close to home also because my Husband,Doug Fields is on the job in Elizabeth. A little over two weeks ago he almost didn't make it home one night. He was shot at by a couple of punks who stole a cell phone, an ipod, and $10. Can you imagine.... My heart breaks for Kenny's family and friends. I can't comprehend the pain his wife must be in. I especially feel for the child who will never see his Father's smile.

Prayers and blessings

Krsitin Fields
September 9, 2008

My heart goes out to Officer Santucci and his family. May you rest and peace and watch over your family and fellow brothers and sisters in blue.

Patrolman PJ Sandomenico
Nutley PD
September 9, 2008

You and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers. Please know that your dedication and sacrifice will always be remembered.

Linda Lamm - LEO wife and sister of
Jay Balchunas EOW 11.05.04
September 9, 2008

I only knew Kenney by a familiar, friendly face, I never knew him by name, but he always presented himself as a very likeable person to interact with and represented the Belleville PD well. I am very sorry & saddened to see this very friendly face leave so suddenly! When it involves an extended family member from my own personal experience find myself analyizing the tragic event, & my actions repeatedly over within my mind, & knowing the veteran paramedic trying in vein by your side, I personally find as we all do, very hard to accept it as destiny, and could only wish that in your case Kenney, we had the ability to overturn that for you! I am going to miss seeing your familiar, friendly presence when arriving on scenes and wish you eternal peace up above! My personal condolences go out to your family & friends!

Eric Fortmann, Paramedic
MONOC, ALS Unit 256, Stationed out of Belleville, NJ
September 9, 2008

Rest in peace my brother...... You paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe. God bless your wife and children and all the members of the Belleville Police Department. Thank you for you service and dedication. You will be truly missed, your brother always.

PO. D. Kalyoussef #833
Emerson Police Department
September 9, 2008

Rest in Peace brother. Please watch over us from up above.
May God Bless your wife, 2 boys, and little baby girl on the way.

May we never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made protecting others.

Passaic County Prosecutor's Office Paterson, NJ
September 9, 2008

Rest in Peace Sir...............

Officer Thomas Wiederhold
Fort Worth Texas Police
September 9, 2008

Rest in Peace Brother. Thank you for your service.

Detective Kevin Kratz
Buena Vista Twp Police Department (Michigan)
September 9, 2008

"The Final Inspection"

The policeman 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, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman 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 the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Det. Keith Strasheim
Corpus Christi, Texas PD
September 9, 2008

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Police Officer Kenneth Santucci of the Belleville Police Department, New Jersey. Thank you Sir, for your service. God bless.

Margaret S. Hood
Citizens Watch
September 9, 2008

Blessed are the peace makers. May you rest in peace. Thank You for your service to Belleville. May you, the family of Officer Santucci find comfort in the Holy Spirit. God Bless You, Rev. Bill Moheit

Rev. William Moheiy
Belleville Protestant Police Chaplain
September 9, 2008

The members at Arresting Hearts wish to offer their deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Police Officer Kenneth Santucci. Because of Officer Santucci‘s ultimate sacrifice we live in a safer place. We thank you for your service and your dedication.

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.” --Mary Stevenson 1936

With love and respect,

The members of ArrestingHearts

Arresting Hearts
September 9, 2008

May you rest in peace Officer Santucci. God bless you and your family.

Detective Brent David
Wake County Sheriff's Office-Former Maplewood NJ PD
September 9, 2008

Rest in peace Brother

To the Family of Office Santucci
Your complete family are in my families prayers during this dark time. My family is just starting to make it thru a lost of our own with the death of my future son in-law Josh Norris. Kenneth was taken to early and should of have had more time with you guys. I know words at this time will never stop the hurt, but know your Husband and Dad is not far from you, he is the whisper in the wind, that feeling of being hugged when no one is there, he will always be at your side watching over ever accomplishment and catching ever tear that you guys shed. What has helped my family and may help yours, remember your love ones laugh, his smile and all those things that are unique to him, since they are truly what made him. He is a true hero in every sense of the word and your police family extends it arms to you, if this one from Louisiana can do anything do not hesitate to ask. God bless you and may he give you strength.

Deputy John Latour
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
September 9, 2008

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Santucci. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your Family.
You will never be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace Sir.

VIPS Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department
September 9, 2008

Today we lost a hero, this day God welcomed one home.

Patrolman Dwayne Delcour
Mansfield Police Mansfield, Mo
September 9, 2008

To P.O. Santucci, may you rest in peace brother, you have done your job well, and to the family, friends and members of the Belleville Police Department, you are in our thoughts and in our prayers. We know exactly what you are going through, we just lost our brother P.O. Tom Raji on 22 Aug. 08 and are still numb. Please know we are here for you all during this difficult time.

Sgt. Ben Salerno
Perth Amboy Police Dept.
September 8, 2008

God bless the family of Officer Santucci. We are all praying for you as you come to terms with this tremendous loss.

Officer Doug Wiencek
Metra Police Dept., Chicago, IL
September 8, 2008

I can never recall seeing your face without a smile on it. Or time spent with friends and family where your good humor wasn't lifting the spirits of all around you.
Though we'll all miss you, now is the time for your spirit to be lifted to a reward well earned.

Your loving family, friends, and the communities you served will all feel the loss of one truly, good man.

My deepest sympathy goes out to your family, and all of us who had the common priviledge to call you friend.

Dan Helber
September 8, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers to the family of Officer Santucci. God Bless him for his service to Belleville Police Department. Rest in Peace sir, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC
September 8, 2008

You've served your time on the streets, now relax in heaven. Rest in peace, brother.

Ofc. Vanik
TCC Police Department
September 8, 2008

You've fought the noble fight and now God has called you home. Return to Him in honor, my brother, and rest forever in peace. Thank you for your selfless sacrifice. You are my Hero!

Former GPD Officer
September 8, 2008

Rest in Peace Brother. You will never be forgotten! You were a great man!!!

Sg. Justin Johnson
Belleville, New Jersey

Sgt. Justin Johnson
Friend and fellow brother.
September 8, 2008

I was at the scene when Kenny and his partner Officer Melissa Corrado were initially injured. I left the scene and headed to Clara Mass Host. in Belleville, where Kenny died.

I was at the scene today with another Belleville Officer. I teared up. It was roped off, had flowers everywhere and candles were lit. I will be returning tomorrow with roses.

Some good news: Melissa, ( Officer Corrado ), was released from University Hospital today. She is going to make a 100% recovery!

I also would like to let everyone know that I will personally be printing this out and sharing it with Police Chief Joseph Rotonda along with the entire department. I will also make sure Mayor Kimble and Ken's wife and family get get a copy.

Please keep your kind words coming!

Thank you


Justin Accardi
Friend and fellow brother.
September 8, 2008


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