Reflections for Trooper Tage Brandel Toll
May god bless you an the souls of your family. Death is final but not for the living. As a brother officer "retired" I can only pray for you an your family. I made it. But the death of a brother still impacts day to day. Again, thank you for your service and signing the ultimate check to protect others.
April 10, 2014
A YEAR AGO....
A year ago, I lost a friend when he went out in the cold;
His kids were at home, so was his loving wife, with whom he dreamed of growing old.
A year ago, two men went out as men and women all across Alaska do;
To serve & protect, give aid and assurance, for our visitors and me and you.
A year ago, it was a normal helo mission: rescue a man who is lost;
They went out knowing but not fearing the possibilities, that there can always be a high cost.
It wasn't the first trip for either of these men and pilot Mel Nading was one of the best around;
I only met him once or twice, and a more caring man almost can't be found.
I'd known Tage for nearly ten years, worked with him while I was an Intern at Fairbanks Post;
He was great to work with and talk things through and a Trooper who paid more attention to details than most.
He was a farmer in Alaska, a proud Kansas rancher and Highway Patrolman was behind that badge;
he was one of those genuine souls that as a friend or neighbor you'd be more than grateful to have.
He was a man you'd do anything for and he'd do the same for you;
one of those people who told you to go for your dreams, and do what you really want to do.
He wore always the Trooper uniform knowing the badge is only 3 inches tall;
he wore it with honor, pride, and confidence, ensuring due diligence and justice for all.
A year ago, we were all painfully reminded of the extreme sacrifice officers & Troopers are asked to make;
a year and a week ago I was in Wasilla, for Tage & Mel's family, a good friend's, the Troopers', and my own sake.
We never want to be there, never want to see their families and say "Goodbye.";
But what better place, than with uniformed brothers & sisters, can we stand shoulder-to-shoulder and cry?
Today, we go on with our duties and lives, keeping our lost friends in mind;
remembering not to wait for those precious moments with our loved ones, but for them truly making time.
That's what Tage & Mel would encourage us to do, to 'LIVE' life until the very end;
and that's what I remember from a year ago today as I say, "Thank you.... I will never forget you my friend."
Alan P. Mitchell
March 29, 2014: 2230
Ofc. Alan Mitchell
March 30, 2014
Just received in Hong Kong a CHRISTmas letter sent Dec 18 from Trooper Tage Toll's grandmother Margaret P. Grant and read the sad news of Tage's HOMEGOING. Tage's mother Maureen Grant Toll and I were college roommates in our freshman year. How my heart goes out to Doug & Maureen, Auntie Margaret, Tage's widow & sons, and Tage's sisters and all his family. Trusting the SAVIOR WHO was born for us, HE WHOSE Name is WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, ALMIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE, to grant them all peace, comfort and strength especially in this season for which HE IS the REASON and in the coming days in the New Year of 2014.
Though never meeting Tage, he has been a witness to GOD's love and goodness and a blessing along with his parents, grandparents, and his own family and the whole family.
Edith Cheung Chan
Tage's mother Maureen's former college roommate
December 30, 2013
I learned that Tage was the grandson of my dear friend and former college roommate, Margaret Palmquist Grant.
My deepest sympathy to all his family and friends.
Esther Mitchell Fabbricante
Friend of Tage's grandmother, Margaret Grant
December 25, 2013
My sincerest condolences to the family of the fallen. God Bless.
Toni Everage, USAF Vet
December 1, 2013
My thoughts and Prayers go out to the friends and families of all....especially the Trooper....I appriciate and am THANKFUL for ALL Law Enforcement (even though I am a retired longhaul truck driver and supposedly we are supposed to be enemies....without Law enforcement officers it scares me to think what this world would be like).....THANK YOU ONE AND ALL MY PRAYERS ARE ALWAYS WITH YOU
October 29, 2013
God Bless you Sir. May the good Lord above cradle you in his arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers.
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department
October 25, 2013
I too learned of Trooper Toll's death from the dedication on Alaska State Troopers. I am so very sorry for your loss. My son was killed in the line of duty on October 9, 2003. My heart still breaks every time I learn of another hero losing his/her life.
God bless you.
Mother of Dep. Kevin Michael Sherwood
October 16, 2013
I learned about Trooper Toll's death in the dedication for the new season of Alaska State Troopers on Nat Geo. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all the families who have lost a family member who serves to protect this great country no matter what branch they served in whether military, law enforcement or forestry service. I have dealt personally with the worry and waiting that all of these families go through while my son served in the Army and did 2 tours-Iraq and Afghanistan. The good Lord saw fit to bring him home safely. Thank you all family and members for the sacrifices that you all have made.
Patricia Baswell, Army mom
October 13, 2013
My prayers and heart goes out to Trooper Toll and his family. He gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving his fellow Americans. His selfless service should never be forgotten or taken for granted. May his memory live on with everyone he has helped, trained, and inspired.
Staff Sergeant Joseph Gust
United States Army
October 9, 2013
My heart goes out to the family of Trooper Toll. I pray the Lord gives you the comfort you need at this time. Thank you Trooper Toll for your service and giving your all while trying to save a life.
U.S. Navy, Dis. Viet Nam Vet
September 29, 2013
Also My deepest sympathies to the family, friends and the Alaska State Troopers for their loss. May these three souls rest in peace.
1SG Bill Whiteman (Ret)
US Army Retire
September 27, 2013
My deepest sympathies to the family, friends and the Alaska State Troopers for their loss. May this brave Trooper rest in Peace.
SFC Bill Griffith (U.S Army Retired)
September 17, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and partners of the Alaska State Troopers
BNSF Railway Police
September 16, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of this brave officer. Rest in Peace.
Sheriff Ray Foster
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office
August 2, 2013
God Bless you Trooper Toll. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers. Rest easy Sir.
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department
July 23, 2013
Thank you for your service and unselfish sacrifice for your fellow man! You belong to HIM now and forever! May your family and friends find comfort and peace in that fact. God Bless!
Rev. Steven R. Closs, D.D.
Retired Captain, Nashua Police Department, Nashua, NH
June 9, 2013
My deepest condolences to the family, members of the State Troopers, and those served, at the loss of this Trooper. May faith, family, friends and time join together to ease everyone’s pain at this time of loss.
While many other career choices were certainly available, this Trooper chose to protect his fellow man, and for this we give everlasting thanks. As the Good Lord hath said, “Blessed are the Peacemakers.”
Thank you for your service, your convictions and moral character, as well as your devotion to duty. May you now rest in peace, knowing your fellow brothers and sisters will watch over your family and continue the Watch!
Rusty Featherstone, Asst. Dir. (Ret.)
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, OSBI
May 28, 2013
Thoughts and Prayers are with the family and Our Alaska State Trooper Brothers....
Sgt. Steve Tosh (Retired)
Kansas Highway Patrol
May 6, 2013
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Alaska. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
U.S. Border Patrol
April 30, 2013
Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department, California
April 23, 2013
May you rest in peace brother...
Deputy Lon Redmon
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Florida
April 21, 2013
Little did you know that morning, God would call you name. In life you were loved dearly and in death it is the same. My sincere condolences to your parents, family and coworkers. RIP Trooper Tull
Mother to Dep. Sheriff Daniel Browne-Sanchez, Honolulu, HI.EOW 2/10/07
April 21, 2013
This was a very tragic event. I am sorry for the death of all of these ones. I also send my love to the family members. Life takes some unexpected twist, but can find comfort in a God that loves us all so much. 1 Peter 5:7 Please take the time to read, meditate, and pray on that scripture. it will comfort you in ur time of need.
Weight Inspector Davis
April 13, 2013
To the family and friends of Trooper Tage Toll and his fellow troopers:
On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Tage died.
To Tage'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 our 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 Trooper Toll gave to his community and the citizens of Alaska, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 30, 2013.
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 12, 2013
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