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Detective Sergeant

Frank J. Lema, Sr.

United States Department of Defense - Naval Station Newport Police Department, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Reflections for Detective Sergeant Frank J. Lema, Sr.


A very good man, gone but not forgotten.

Sterling integrity.

Rest in peace Frank.

John Haelsen
Teacher / Former co-worker
January 30, 2014

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Rest in peace, brother... truly, your watch has just begun.


Fidelity | Bravery | Integrity

Daniel O'Donnell
Intelligence Analyst
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Fidelity | Bravery | Integrity
January 21, 2014

Whatever our duty, or wherever we serve, we are all brothers and sisters in this most honorable calling. We have lost yet another brother who we must never forget.

My deepest sympathy to both his family and his law enforcement family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May he rest in eternal peace.

Sgt. Tom Waller, Cincinnati P.D., Ret.
Greater Cincinnati Police Museum
October 27, 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.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department
October 24, 2013

Rip bro we got the watch.

det lt geiss
dod ft monmouth nj
October 21, 2013

You are a hero & an angel. God bless you & your family.

D/S Timothy Hernandez & D/S Christina Hernandez
Escambia County S/O. FL
October 16, 2013

God's peace and speed Sergeant Lema. Thank you for your many years of brave, dedicated service. RIP brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago P.D.
October 14, 2013

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Commonwealth of Virginia
October 11, 2013

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the Naval Station Newport Police Department.

Ptlm. William F. Shields
Federal Reserve Police/Philadelphia - Retired/Haverford Police
October 10, 2013

Thank you Det. Sgt. Lema for your service to our nation and to your community. Rest in peace, and may God's peace and comfort embrace your family and colleagues.

Chap. Jerry Steele
October 10, 2013

On behalf of the Stark County Sheriff and it's Honor Guard, we would like to extend our condolenses to all of those effected by this sudden loss.

Stark County Sheriff's Office
Deputy CD Newman
Honor Guard Compliance Officer
October 9, 2013

Sir, thank you for your service. We will never forget.

Carlos Cuellar
Miami Beach Police Department(FL)
October 7, 2013

Expressing deepest sympathy and hoping you will find comfort in knowing we care and are near in thought today.

Rita Rocker, Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles
October 7, 2013

Rest in Peace

1st Lt. Stephen A. Joy #980
Prince George's County Police Departmant, Maryland
October 6, 2013

"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."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department, WY
October 5, 2013

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Frank was killed

To the Lema 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 Detective Lema gave to his community and the citizens of our country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 26, 2013.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
October 4, 2013


October 4, 2013

Losses such as this are forever etched in our memories. So close to the end of a distinguished career. My condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of Detective Lema. May he Rest in Peace.

James Bourque, Correctional Counselor
USDOJ/Fed. Bureau of Prisons (Ret).
October 4, 2013

RIP my Fellow Brother in Blue. My Prayers are with the Family, Friends, and His Co-Workers.

Retired Detective Don Vine #5896
Phoenix Police Department
October 3, 2013

I worked with Frank for over 10 years at DOD Police Newport, RI. He was a cops cop and was always there to help people. We worked hard and had many laughs over my years there. He loved life and his family. Frank will be missed. Rest in peace brother.

Captain Brian Kelley
Department of Veterans Affairs Police
October 3, 2013

We our sadden at the news of our friend Detective Lema. Your service to this Country will always be honored. RIP our brother, our prayers our with you.

Commander Griffin
MPS / DOPS Special Ops
October 3, 2013

Rest In Peace...

John Ruth AEMD, Comm Specialist
MOMR, Farmers Branch,TX
October 3, 2013

RIP Detective Lema

Police Explorer
October 3, 2013

Detective Lema,
May you rest in Heavenly Peace. May your family be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues find comfort. Please watch over us from on high.
We will see you again dear Sir.
Thank you for your service. I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your family.
Greater Love Hath No Man....
Prayers for all involved.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79
October 2, 2013

Thank you for your service Detective Lema. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace...

Chief Joseph A. Edwards
Columbia Police Department, IL
October 2, 2013


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