Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Derek Kotecki

Lower Burrell Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Reflections for Patrolman Derek Kotecki

RIP fellow PA brother

Officer Steve Suckenik
Adams Twp. Police

October 15, 2011

Rest in Peace Officer Kotecki. Thank you for your years of service to this community of Lower Burrell. There is an amazing outpouring of support here for your wife, two sons, K9 and the Lower Burrell police department.

Barb Peltz Stalling
Niece of Arnold, PA Chief of Police Michael Peltz, EOW 4/4/53

October 15, 2011

Rest easy Officer Kotecki know that your partner was true and
loyal never leaving your side. May God grant Peace and Comfort
to all that mourn your loss and place your name into His book of
"HEROS" never to be forgotten

R.Eberhart Partner and Friend to
Royce Anderson HCSO, Tx EOW 10/26/81

October 15, 2011

It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to another brother. May St. Michael carry you home. May God bless you and your family. We will never forget you.

Sgt. Ronald Klingensmith
Ford City Police Dept. Pa.

October 15, 2011

What a hero. GOD Bless you my brother for your supreme sacrifice. May the Lord bless & keep your family.

Officer Roy L. Shriver
North Enid Police Department

October 15, 2011

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Patrolman
Derek Kotecki as well as to the Lower Burrell Police Department. Rest in peace Patrolman Kotecki, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

October 14, 2011

To the family of this officer I would like to extend my condolence and say I am so sorry about your loss. My hometown of Grenada, Ms lost a fellow officer a week ago today. We laid him to rest on Tuesday of this week he was the first and only officer in Grenada and the only officer killed in Mississippi this year. I extend my prayers for strength and hope to you may the Lord hold you in his arms to show you guidance during this time.

Tammy Jordan
Mississippi citizen

October 14, 2011

Derek, your sudden passing leaves a hole in the thin blue line that will never quite be filled. It sounds like you had a loyal friend in your K9 patner. God speed and we'll try to take care of the rest down here. RIP

Police Constable David Cake (ret)
London Police Services, Ontario

October 14, 2011

It always saddens me to hear of another tragic death of a fellow law enforcement officer. May you rest in peace brother. Thank you for your dedicated service to your community.


October 14, 2011

My thoughts and prayers go out to Patrolman Kotecki, his family, friends, and the entire Lower Burrell Police Department. Thank you for your service Patrolman Kotecki. We've got the watch from here.

Fredericksburg Police Department(VA)

October 14, 2011

Rest in peace Warrior. You will be missed on this earth. Thankyou for standing your watch.

Det. Rick Castelhano
Mount Vernon NY PD

October 14, 2011

RIP. Officer Kotecki. May GOD be with your family and the Lower Burrell police department. RIP .

Officer David English
Stowe Twp.

October 14, 2011

Patrolman Kotecki thank you for your service. May God bless you and your family. Rest in peace. You will not be forgotten!


October 14, 2011

Rest in Peace Brother in Blue. Your work on this earth is done, now look over us all as we continue the fight. God be with you and your family.

Sergeant Shane White
New Bethlehem Borough Police Department

October 14, 2011

Rest in peace brother, God Bless you and your family.

Honesdale Boro PD, Pa

October 14, 2011

You served well, RIP my Brother, we will take it from here..

Officer Jason Batistig K-9 Handler
City of Hagerstown, Maryland(formerly from Apollo, PA)

October 14, 2011

Deepest condolences to Offcr. Kotecki's family and colleagues. Our country has lost another of it's frontline against evil.
Prayers as well for K9 Benny for his unspoken feelings of loss.

Chaplain Jerry Steele
Coquille, Oregon Police Department

October 14, 2011

You have made the ultimate sacrifice so that others may live their lives safely. God bless your family in these awful times. I pray that they will eventually find solace in knowing that you are watching over them, and that they will one day again be by your side. Thank-you

New Jersey State Police

October 14, 2011

RIP Brother... we have the watch from here

Clayton County Police Department, GA

October 14, 2011

So needless and so young, may you rest in peace. My prayers to your family.

linda zadroga
mother of NYPD Det JamesZadroga

October 14, 2011

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Officer Gary Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

October 14, 2011

When God Made Police Officers . . .

When the Lord was creating Police Officers, He was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said,
"You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the requirements on this
order? A Police 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 their uniform."

"They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day."

"They have to be in top physical condition at all times,
running on black coffee and half-eaten meals, and they have 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 an 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 they ask, 'May I see what's in there, sir?'"
(when they already know and wish they'd taken that accounting job) "Another pair here in the side of their head for their partner's safety, and another pair of eyes here in front so they can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You'll be alright, ma'am,' when they know 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 Police 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 still it keeps its sense of humor. This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They 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 paper 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 Police 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 the 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.

Author Unknown

My thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Kotecki's family, friends and Lower Burrell police department.


October 14, 2011

God's peace and speed Patrolman Kotecki. Thank you for your years of brave, dedicated service. RIP brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago PD

October 14, 2011

R.I.P. Officer Kotecki...My prayers and those of my family are with your wife and children.

The Officer stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Officer.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

He 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.

We've had to work most Sundays,
and at times our talk was rough,
and sometimes we've been violent,
Because the streets are very tough.

The Officer then added,
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 around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Officer waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

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

Heather Stiles
Daughter of fallen officer Captain Daniel Stiles (E.O.W. 2/15/11)

October 14, 2011

Godspeed Derek - you lived your life as an example to your children, fellow officers and community and did it with grace and humility... you were heroic in the way you lived your life. Your death was the result of a cowardly act. The irony is never lost on me how two completely different lives can intersect with such regrettable consequences.

To the family, friends and co-workers of Derek, I offer you my prayers for comfort and solace knowing that Derek died doing what he loved, with his partner at his side...

Special Agent
U.S. Government - Pittsburgh, PA

October 14, 2011

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