Reflections for Officer David Lamar Curtis
When the Lord was creating peace officers, he was into His sixth day of overtime. An angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of idling around on this one."
And the Lord said, "Have you read the specs on this order? A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle his uniform. He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day at a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvas the neighborhood for witnesses and testify in court the next day. He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands."
The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands....no way!"
"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord. "It's the three pairs of eyes the officer has to have."
"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.
The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, "May I see what's in there, Sir?" (When he already knows and wishes he'd taken that accounting job) Another pair here in the side of his head for his partner's safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, "You'll be alright, Ma'am....when he knows it isn't so."
"Lord, " said the angel, touching his sleeve. Rest and work on this tomorrow."
"I can't", said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."
The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly. "Can it think?" she asked.
"You bet", said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in its sleep, detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop...and it still keeps its sense of humor. This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily newspaper how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."
Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the peace officer. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."
"That's not a leak," said the Lord. "It's a tear."
"What's a tear for?" asked the angel.
"It's for bottled up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag for justice."
"You're a genius," said the angel.
The Lord looked somber, "I didn't put it there," He said, "It comes with the job." (Tears Of A Cop ~ Unknown Author)
August 27, 2010
Rest in peace Brother Curtis, you are a true Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.
Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs OK PD
August 10, 2010
Rest easy Brother In Law, your watch on earth is now over. I pray Gods mercy and Love towards your Family, and Loved ones.......
Sgt. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia CO Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.
July 31, 2010
Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Officer David Curtis,
We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of Officer David Curtis. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Officer David Curtis is a hero.
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
Widow of Don Schultz
Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network
July 26, 2010
It is never easy to see one brother or sister officer fall in the line of duty but two is even worse. What a sad day for all of Law Enforcement but especially the Tampa PD. My thoughts and prayers to Officer Curtis' family and the entire Tampa PD. Officer Curtis, R.I.P. and watch over us from on high.
Sgt Doug Bowler
July 25, 2010
What a tragic loss of a hero. This hero was just doing the job that we asked him to do, enforce the law. God Bless Officer Curtis, the family and Department. This loss cannot ever be explained. We can only thank the men and women in blue for doing what we ask them to do. You are a hero Officer Curtis!
Mom of CO Springs Officer
Colorado Springs Police Department
July 23, 2010
God bless the family, friends, and coworkers of this fallen hero. My heart goes out to you all.
Andrew / Detective
Baltimore City Police
July 23, 2010
Even though we never met, your loss is not felt. Thank you for your service.
Det Tom Larsen
Ormond Beach Poice Dept
July 16, 2010
Condolences to your Family. Rest in Peace.
July 15, 2010
May you rest in Peace And God bless you and your family.
Ret. Police Officer Robt. Moore
Port Authority of NY & NJ Police Dept.
July 13, 2010
Rest easy my brother and hero. My Good richly bless you and your family.
State of Ga.
July 12, 2010
Officer Curtis, Thank you for your service Sir. You will not be forgotten. Justice will be served. Rest In Peace. We'll take it from here!
Ofc. D. Abbott
Peterborough Police Dept. (NH)
July 11, 2010
I salute you, Sir, for your bravery, courage, dedication to duty and ultimate sacrifice. May God Bless and comfort the family and friends of this American hero. Please take comfort in knowing that he will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero.
Fayetteville, AR PD
July 9, 2010
I never had the privilege of meeting Officer David Curtis but from what I've read, he was a man of integrity, who loved his job and someone who was trying to keep his community safe from the evils within. RIP Sir, I salute you!
My badge represents that there are laws in our land, that I am sworn to uphold. Each time I put on my uniform, I know not what activities are before me, or the dangers I may face. My authority and duty I do not treat lightly, as I wear my uniform with Pride, Integrity and Honor.
Some people wonder why so many Officers converge on towns across this nation, when an Officer is Killed In The Line Of Duty. I can simply say, that they come to pay respects to someone who did the job they do, in support of other Officers, as a show of respect to family, and to show Pride, Integrity and Honor for a fallen hero whose community has lost a friend. I have attended way to many of these but if you shed a tear for another, it will help cleanse your soul. It is the memories that will get you through the years.
Though I have made mistakes, accept me, as I accept you and show me the way …..Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Boone County Sheriff's Office (Indiana)
July 8, 2010
All of heaven hushed when God announced his arrival.
July 7, 2010
I am still in shock and disbelief from the phone call I got delivering me the news about your death. It was something I never imagined would happen. You were a great person to work with and I am glad I had the honor to work with you. Everything everyone has said about you is so true and I agree. I don't think you ever had a bad day or a frown on your face. I remember the day you told me you applied with TPD and I was so sad knowing that I would be loosing the opportunity to work with you as my zone partner at some point in our careers, but I was happy for you because I know how badly you wanted to work the street. You truly are a hero and I know that everyone around your wife and boys will make sure to tell them daily that their daddy was a true hero and died doing what he loved. You will always be remembered and deeply missed by anyone who had the pleasure of meeting you. Rest In Peace Curtis.
July 7, 2010
Thank you for your service. God bless you and your family.
July 7, 2010
To the family and friends of Officer David Curtis and his fellow officers:
On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when David was tragically killed.
To Officer Curtis' 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.
This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service David gave to his community and the citizens of Florida, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on June 29, 2010.
Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD (CA), eow 4/24/05
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 7, 2010
Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now.
~Nemo me Impune Lacessit~
Officer L.P. Hale
Houston Police Department
July 7, 2010
Jesus Wept. May your name and memory be everlasting.
Dept. of Defense, Retired
July 6, 2010
The Florida Police Chiefs Association would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer David Curtis, and the Tampa P.D. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sadness. Please take comfort in knowing that your extended law enforcement family grieves with you. Officer Curtis, we thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.
Members and Staff
Florida Police Chiefs Association
July 6, 2010
Rest in Peace and my prayers are with your family. Thank you for your service
Deputy Latour ( retired)
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
July 6, 2010
RIP brother, we pray for you and your family. Heaven is now more stronger with you there. Keep looking out for us.
Stacey and Bernie Norwood
Patriot Guard Riders of South Texas
Corpus Christi Police Officer's Academy
July 5, 2010
SUCH A GREAT LOSS BY A SCUMB BAG THAT SHOULD NEVER SEE DAYLIGHT AGAIN May God Bless the FAMLIES OF THESE FINE OFFICERS WHO PAID THE PRICE FOR SERVINE THEIR COMMUNITY AND STATE May he also watch over the Mother of these boys and let them know their Father was a great hero. God Bless the tampa police Dept ALSO and keep them safe.
JacksonvIlle sheriff'S office, Jax/ Fl.
July 5, 2010
Rest in peace my brother. I never really knew you other than passing you in booking when you worked at HCSO. I remember that you were always friendly and excited about your job, I don't think I ever was in there when you were having a bad day. What happened to you and Jeff makes me sick and I wish we could go back in time and change the outcome forever. I look at your family and can't help to think about your boys who are the same age as my sons. I can't imagine what they are going through. If they are anything like their dad they will make it through this and time will heal some of the hurt.
Rest in peace my friend.
Deputy K. Schaaf
July 5, 2010
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