Casey Joseph KohlmeierPontiac Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Reflections for Police Officer Casey Joseph Kohlmeier
Wow Casey. Three years already. I think of you often. I'm so sorry that your young life was ended so senselessly. It remind me how lucky I was during my 18 year tour of duty that aside from a few scrapes and bruises, I survived.
I planted a Minnesota Red Pine at my cabin in northern Minnesota in your memory. It is thriving.
God bless you and your family
WCSO / BPPD (retired)
November 8, 2016
I remember our days in uniform together. I was privileged to share a lot of knowledge and gain a lot of knowledge from you as well. We had some great times with tons of laughs. I think of you often brother.
October 30, 2016
Tomorrow will be 3 years. 3 years since the loss of you forever changed the lives of so many people. I never met you, but I wish I had. I heard about you in passing from Nick and once we even joked on Facebook with him about "What Does the Fox Say?" Its funny, my son still randomly sings that song and I wonder if you have something to do with it.
3 years ago, I attended your funeral. I watched my best friend bury his friend, partner and brother. I watched fellow officers break down and cry. I watched your family fall apart but your community come together to support them.
3 years ago, I heard your last call, and I knew it was the hardest part of the day for all of us. I didn't know how we'd move forward. But your passing inspired a movement, Project Blue Light IL, and we still shine bright today to honor you.
3 years ago you changed my life and you still do today. Every time I come home and see my blue light, I am reminded of you. When I see all the friends and opportunities that have come into my life because of PBL:IL, I am reminded of you. Every time I see your family, talk to Nick, pass your memorial, attend an officer funeral, put up a blue light picture, I am reminded of you.
It is a damn shame we had to lose you. Nothing will ever completely fill the void of you being gone. But I know your sacrifice continues to change the lives of people you've never even met. I know you & Draco are up there watching out for our blue line family. If we can't have you here, at least we can have you up there keeping us safe. 3 years Officer Casey Kohlmeier. 3 years... You are not forgotten #103 and you never will be.
Project Blue Light Illinois
October 29, 2016
It's hard to believe that it is coming on three years. You're not forgotten, Casey.
Pete Palmer, deputy
April 6, 2016
Every time I pass your memorial on I-55I say a prayer for you and your family. You and Draco are remembered everyday.
Federal Agent Chicago Anonymous Anonymou
October 30, 2015
A friend of mine met your mother today in D.C. Last year was a bit too much, too soon for her to take in so she's there again this year. My Trooper brother is there now because two other Troopers, both friends - one was like my teacher and one was one of my students, were shot and killed last May 1st. I hear your mother spoke very fondly of you, she misses you, so do all of us. Although I have never met you, you are my brother and I am saddened by your death. THANK YOU for your service to our country and your service to the people of Pontiac & the state of Illinois.
Rest well brother Casey, we've got the wath from here.
Ofc. Alan Mitchell
May 13, 2015
It is hard to believe it has been 258 days since your life ended at the hands of someone else so senselessly. In less than 48 hours I will begin my journey of the Cycle Across IL with the ILCOPS group. This year this ride has even more meaning to me than it ever has before. I will pedal each mile in your honor and to remember you. It was truly and honor and a privilege to not only call you my co-worker but also my friend. I know you will do your part and watch down upon us. May you and Draco continue to patrol the Heavenly skies until we meet again.
Officer Shawna Gilliam
Pontiac Police Dept.
July 15, 2014
I visited the Law Enforcement Police Memorial this past week while in DC. It was extra special during Police Memorial week with the wreaths, patches and family pictures. I couldn't help but stand by your name and feel a wave of emotion. You and Draco will never be forgotten and I hope you are still side by side.
CSO Tracy Dykema
Elgin Police Dept
May 21, 2014
During the 2014 Candlelight Vigil Ceremony, I had the honor and privilege to volunteer as a Survivor Escort. I escorted your girlfriend from the bus to her seat in the Memorial with your family and co-workers. I was able to learn about the vehicular assault that took your life and K9 Draco's life. As we walked to the seats, your girlfriend shed tears and stated that they were the first tears all week. She also explained how you two met. It's a funny thing about cops and teachers. Know that you and Draco will never be forgotten! It was my honor to share in your memory!
Officer Ted Cam
Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police
May 15, 2014
I passed your roadside memorial this week. I did not know you, but your life and your work has not, and will not be forgotten.
Investigator Jeff Hartsoe
IL Deputy Sheriff
May 1, 2014
You are so missed Casey and it breaks my heart knowing that you are no longer with us.
Deputy Jessica Shavers
Ouachita Parish Sheriffs Office
February 20, 2014
I am saddened by this tragic loss. I am praying for the family. May he rest in peace.
Chaplain (Captain) Chris Linzey
159th MP BN (CID)
January 25, 2014
God Bless you. 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
December 21, 2013
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USAF. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
United States Border Patrol
December 12, 2013
My thoughts go out to your family, friends, and co-workers. I thank you for your service in both the USAF and as a police officer. May you and Draco rest in peace. God bless!
Tpr Andy Rath
Illinois State Police
December 10, 2013
Rest In Peace.....
John Ruth, AEMD Comm Specialist
MOMR, Farmers Branch,TX
December 6, 2013
On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Casey was killed.
To Casey'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 Officer Kohlmeier gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 30, 2013.
Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
November 28, 2013
This is very heartbreaking. Casey served both his country and the State. RIP brother.
Patrolman, Deputy Sheriff
November 25, 2013
Was my assistant gunner for Silver Flag Ground Combat Training back in 2003. Great guy with a great sense of humor. Truely deserved a better fate. Very heartbreaking.
USAF Security Forces 2001-2010
November 24, 2013
Rest well in the arms of the Lord.
To Your Family,
Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.
Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray, “Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”
I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over two years. Feel those prayers. God is with you, He knows and will ease your pain.
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
November 19, 2013
Thank you for you sacrifice and may you rest in peace.
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
November 19, 2013
On behalf of Session #55 of the Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy in Schenectady, New York, please accept our sincerest and heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Officer Kohlmeier, and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. His courage and sacrifice was a true credit to our profession. May he rest in peace.
Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy
November 18, 2013
Rest In Peace Sir!!! Thank you for your service to our country and to the citizens of Pontiac. My deepest condolences go out to Officer Kohlmeier's family and friends as well as the entire Pontiac Police Department. Another hero torn from the Thin Blue Line...
Deputy Michael Matranga
Orange County Sheriff's Department
Regional Traffic Bureau
November 14, 2013
Another "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.
Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, NY
November 14, 2013
Two lives taken too soon! My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Kohlmeier's family, the Pontiac Police Department and the Livingston County Sheriff's Office and their dispatchers!
Emergency Ops. Supv. Kristen Fitzpatrick
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, Florida
November 13, 2013
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