Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Charles Thomas Knox

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, August 30, 1992

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Reflections for Police Officer Charles Thomas Knox

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

August 31, 2017

Rest in Eternal Peace for you are a true Hero, and may you watch over all of us.

N.Y.PD. Lt. Ray Flores

August 30, 2016

After some investigating I found what I think is a challenge coin or memorial coin that may be for this officer. I would like to return it to whoever may have lost it. Please email me so that I can get it to you


February 15, 2016

I was a Philadelphia fire paramedic on tour that night . We didn't make it to the scene because your brothers took you in there vehicle. But here I am over 23 years later at 11pm not forgetting and honoring your sacrifice.

Philadelphia Fire Rescue

October 21, 2015

Charlie was one you could count on to bring a smile to ones face. I miss him. We was a good cop, father and husband. I think of him often.

cpl. #8107
PPD retired

February 8, 2015

I knew him when he was a counter person at Payless rent a car. He used to ask me about being a police officer. Though I was only working with them on the outside. I warned him about the dangers and what to look out for. He seemed eager to get on the force. I gave him the recruiter's number I had with me. I only recently discovered his name at the plaque in City hall's south east corner. Now I find myself passing it often. I miss that guy. He was funny and brazin and kept us laughing

Civilian T tNixon
Friend and customer From payless Rent a caar

December 24, 2014

My academy class was dedicated to Officer Knox, and I now work in the first district. During my tour I sign the log at the once Roy Rogers, now Walgreens, which has a plaque dedicated to Officer Knox. We also have a small memorial in the first district roll call room for Officer Knox.

His spirit lives on in the district, and is a constant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that has been made by some in our LE family. Though I've never met him I don't consider Officer Knox a stranger, rather a brother, and I carry his memory with me during my tour.

P/O #3502

September 9, 2014

Charlie and I weren't the best of friends. I knew his name, and he knew mine. We'd say Hi when we passed each other, and that was okay.

On the night that Charlie died, I experienced something that every cop hears about, and actually experiences rarely. I was in line getting ready to order a sandwich at Geno's when the radio call came out. Something told me that it was going to be bad. I chose not to order a sandwich and moved to the soda window.

After getting my soda, I sat in the car and moved it up to the closest intersection. Radio tried to reach them. I assume it was to give them more information. As soon as I heard the second call, I tossed my soda out the window and started up Federal St.. I had activated the lights on the car just to keep people from getting in front of me.

When I reached Broad and Federal, I stopped for a second. The "hair was up on my neck" as they say. I activated my lights and sirens and screamed down Broad Street. Out of my district, and into the 1st. That's when I heard radio attempting to raise them, and call for the assist.

By the time that I arrived, I was the third car there. What I saw after that does not need to be stated here.

God bless Charlie. God bless his partner and his family. God bless all officers who work the streets. God bless my academy classmate, Danny Boyle.

P/O Tom Jones #5734

August 30, 2014

Sorry for your loss.I was working there when it went down.I call it in and seen him die.I was abut 15 feet from him,and seen them kill him.It will be 21 year this august and i see it in my head.Like it was that night it happen.

william offord

November 12, 2013

I have no magical words to give the survivors to help ease their grief in the loss of you and your son. I know the first question they will be asking when they leave this earth is the question, Why? Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and know that the two of you will never be forgotten by those that love you dearly.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 30, 2013

Never forgotten brave Warrior brother.. not even all the way down here in Australia.
An awful tragedy - for both Ofc Knox and his son.

Senior Constable
South Australia Police

February 1, 2011

I still remember that day. I was getting off the bus from Wildwood, turned my head and saw everything. I still have dreams of that night, and I see your face painted on the playgrounds wall every day I leave my home. I am glad that I came forward and helped catch those horrible men. I visit the plaque near Walgreens when I am in the area and actually clean it off to make sure u are respected. You will never be forgotten. You are a true hero. God Bless You


October 23, 2009

Another year has passed-I can't believe its been so long-it seems like only yesterday that our brother was taken from us.

A day doesn't go by without us remembering our hero-Charlie.
You will always be loved and missed by everyone who knew you.
Rest in peace!


August 31, 2009

I remember back when this happened like it was yesterday. The funeral service was at St. Barnabas church, in which I lived one block away. The streets all around were blockaded. I saw police from every state. I was like 19 at the time. Its still so shocking. The only police in our family. How could it be him? I pass by Broad and Snyder almost every weekend now, and it takes me back. Cholly we will never forget you!

Damon Dietzmann
Cousin of Charles Knox

August 30, 2009

P/O Knox, I never knew you, but reading the reflections that were left for you; you are a TRUE HERO!!! My only connection to Philly is my wife of 16 months! When we started dating she told me about P/O Faulkner and his sacrifice. You gave the supreme sacrifice by doing your job and being part of the blue line in Philly. Most of our society looks at the wrong people as role models or hero's. Anyone who gives 100% up to and including their life like you did is a TRUE AMERICAN HERO!!! You will ALWAYS be 10-8 in ALL our heart's and mind's. GOD BLESS & REST IN PEACE, BROTHER!!!!!!!!.................

Detention Deputy G. Carew
Seminole Co. Sheriff Office, FL

January 25, 2009

Ar, Think about you and little chal every time somthing like this happens. Prayers our still with you and paul and your family Joe and Donna

Joe Riddle

September 30, 2008

Officer Knox,
On today, the 16th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



August 30, 2008

I'm visiting this site the day after yet another unfortunate officer's death has been announced. I thought of my cousin I never had the pleasure of meeting when I heard the announcement. Officer Charlie Knox, to you, and all of the fallen heroes protecting our world today on a different duty, thank you.

Michael Brown
distant cousin

May 5, 2008

"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 whos 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
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 24, 2008


I was with you on that fateful day in August, as usuall you told us your joke of the day, and as usuall we laughed, although we worked in neighboring districts, I in the 17th you in the 1st, we always tried to back each other up, even ride in on bordering jobs, We were headed down to you the Roy Rodgers when the robbery call came out. All I can say is I'm sorry we didn't get there sooner and I'm sorry for not being able to help you any more then I did on the ride to the hospital, I was in the back of the wagon with you, trying to open your airway and trying as hard as possible to keep you with us. I hope and pray that you are in a better place and at peace. God Bless you and little Charlie

Lt. Stephen P. Biello
Phila.P.D. and friend

December 13, 2007

My prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former MD Police Officer
Fauquier County, VA

August 30, 2007

Rest in Peace, P/O Knox. You are not forgotten.

P/O #5434
Phila. PD

August 30, 2007

Always remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

August 30, 2007

My husband and I were best friends with R and Charlie. He introduced us. We did so much together. And I miss that so much. I can remember that Sunday night like it was yesterday. I remember my husband's brother calling me to tell me that Charlie was shot and killed. But I didn't believe it. I just thought that through the telling of the story that he was shot but in the hospital badly hurt. I didn't know if my husband, then my boyfriend, knew yet. So I got dressed and waited for him to come home. When he came through the door, I just knew my worst fears were confirmed just by the look on his face. So we rushed over to R and Charlie's house and went with her to the hospital. But only while we were sitting in the police car, did I realize that Arlene did not know that Charlie was gone. When we got to the hospital we waited for the doctor to see us. He then came out and gave his wife the news. All she wanted to do was to see him. So R, myself and Bobby went to see him. It was hard to see your best friend like that. It was a big shock. When they had the funeral it was amazing to see how many officers from all over came to see our Charlie. They didn't even know him. But they respected him. I was so proud of him. If they would have known him, like I knew him, they would have even liked him more. He had this laugh that was contagious. He was a true gentleman. Every year on his birthday, March 27th, I always tell him Happy Birthday and thank you for the gift that he gave me, my husband, Bobby. I wished he was here to see us get married since he is the reason we are together and have 2 beautiful boys, which one has his name. My boys will always know that their Uncle Charlie was a true hero and Mommy and Daddy's best friend. Charlie, we miss you everyday and know that you and Little Charlie are watching over R and her boys and us too. One day we will meet again, and we'll all go riding on our Harley's. Love you, Janet

Janet Fred

February 25, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Officer Charles Thomas Knox and his fellow officers with the Philadelphia Police Department:

On this the fourteenth anniversary of Charlie's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Charlie's professionalism and dedication will never be forgotten, nor will his valor and courage.

In reading the loving reflections left by his friends and co-workers I can see that he was very loved, well respected and is sorely missed. I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

No doubt that Heaven has another hero in Charlie, but I am so sorry you had to lose your beloved. When I read in the memorial page that his son later died at the age of sixteen in an automobile accident, I was heartbroken about the anquish the Knox family has had to endure. May you all continue to be comforted by your faith and your law enforcement family and other police survivors.

I am so sorry that Charlie was robbed of his life so young and so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Charlie gave to his community and the citizens of Pennsylvania, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 30, 1992.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 30, 2006

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