Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Pilot Berke M. M. Bates

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, August 12, 2017

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Reflections for Trooper Pilot Berke M. M. Bates

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

PTLM Frank Kapusta Retired
Mohawk PD

September 9, 2017

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one who’s blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 8, 2017

A real "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

September 7, 2017

May God watch over the Family and Fellow Officers that put their lives on the line for us everyday. We all lose when one of these heroes fall. And this one was a terrible loss. A man who without care for his own safety did such a noble thing. I hope his family will find some type of peace during this time of mourning. God will not let them down. Keep Faith and know he is in a better place.

B.J.Umbenhower
D.A.V. CHAPTER 11 Springfield, Missouri Color Guard.
Son of Chief of Police.Deceased
Their watch is over, now they patrol in Heaven.

September 6, 2017

Avenue of the Fallen
Standing at attention in their class “A “uniforms, badges gleaming and shoes like glass, are your brothers and sisters of Law Enforcement. All of whom have previously paid the ultimate price.
Today, like many others, they welcome you to this wonderful place.
As you march down the Avenue of the Fallen, all eyes focus on you as if to say “it’s OK, you’re with your eternal partners.”
A salute is followed and a tear can be seen on so many faces.
Welcome, you served well.
Now come join us in the ranks, another is coming home.
Officer Jim Weaver (#11452) Los Angeles Police Department retired
12-25-2010

Retired Elected Sheriff, Jim Weaver
Jerome County Sheriff Office, Jerome, Idaho

August 26, 2017

Berke was a good man; funny and full of life. He graduated ranked 1st in the 107th Basic Trooper Session, where I first met him. I'm proud to have worked along side him. God bless you, Berke.

Sergeant Sterling Johnson
Virginia State Police

August 24, 2017

Thank you for your service and sacrifice and may you rest in peace. God bless you and your family.

Commonwealth's Attorney Travis Bird
Spotsylvania County

August 22, 2017

R.I.P. BROTHER Bates!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

August 21, 2017

Thank you for your dedicated service to your community and to your department. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May they never forget your faithful service to your community and department and the brave HERO that you were. To Mrs. Bates, children, family, friends and co-workers, our heartfelt prayers and sympathies are with you now and forever. May God be with you all during this very sorrowful time. Words will never compensate the loss you have suffered. We pray that He now gives you all strength in your time of need. May you find peace in the thought, that we as friends in law enforcement, take this time to lift you up in prayer.

For your act of unselfish bravery and courage Trooper Pilot Bates, we salute you. Blessed are the peacemakers.

Denise & Erin Hunter, Widow and Daughter
Sgt. Gregory L. Hunter, Grand Prairie (TX) PD, EOW: 6-18-04

August 20, 2017

RIP Brother. May God be with your Family and loved ones. Rest easy now. Protect from above.

Officer Steven Austin
Lawrence TWP P.D. (NJ)

August 19, 2017

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow coworkers of Trooper Pilot Berke Bates during this very difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May their times spent together bring forth happy memories to last a lifetime. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and dedication to your community. Rest in peace Trooper Bates.

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/2004

August 19, 2017

God Speed, Brother.

Sgt. K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ

August 19, 2017

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“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.”

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.

I have lifted your family to God every morning for over six years. I pray that Berke's life and death will bring glory to His name.

Trust those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

August 18, 2017

Rest In Peace brother. From your BLUE family at Palm Bay Police Department.

Officer Christina Martin
Palm Bay Police Department

August 18, 2017

Thank you for your service. Rest in Peace.

Officer A. Sneed
Spring I.S.D police Department

August 18, 2017

RIP Brother, RIP.

Q. Warren, Investigator
Alaska AGO, Special Prosecutions

August 17, 2017

With Deepest Sympathy.

Deputy Sheriff
Orange County Sheriffs Office

August 16, 2017

Rest in Peace Trooper Bates. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bates Family and the Virginia State Police.

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP, Trafic & Escort Unit

August 16, 2017

Rest in peace brother.

Patrolman Stephen Trejo
Donna I.S.D. Police Department

August 15, 2017

RIP brother Berke.

May God bless and be with your family, co-workers and friends at this very difficult time.

Inv. Bevenour
Gettysburg PD

August 15, 2017

Rest in peace brother.

Officer Kyle Groose
Laramie PD, WY

August 15, 2017

Berke, you will be missed my friend. It is hard to reflect on the times we shared on the Executive Protection Unit. We shared a lot of laughs and that's what I will remember the most about you. You always had a smile and stood ready to share a good laugh. My thoughts and prayers go out to Amanda and your twins. Just know that you will FOREVER be remembered and will remain in our hearts. Until we meet again.....Rest in peace my friend.

Sgt Glenn Armstrong
Virginia State Police

August 15, 2017

God bless Trooper Bates' family, friends and coworkers and give them strength and peace to get through their grief and pain. Thank you for your service brother.

Detective Sergeant Clark O. Parry
Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office, New York

August 15, 2017

REST-IN-PEACE My My Brother's in Arms

Anrae Godley-Cooper
US Army Military Police

August 15, 2017

RIP and thank you

Court Officer 1080
MA Trial Court

August 15, 2017

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