Reflections for Agent Louis A. Pompei
Dear sweet Louie -
It is so hard to believe that as of today, 15 years have pasted since we lost you. As I started my shift this morning I sat in the car for a moment and wondered how your day had started, fifteen years ago....
LA Impact made wrist bands for you, way back then. I wear mine all June, every June. I do it because I know someone will ask what the band is for, and then I get to tell them the story of you. Not just the sad part, about you dying a hero, but the great part too, of how you lived. The part about how kind and selfless you were, the part about how everyone who knew you loved you. We did not have a choice, you were that kind of guy. About how your smile lit up a room, and you were ALWAYS smiling. (Even at a 3 a.m. call out to some dirt-bag motel off the 60!)
You were a man of God who was lit from within with His love, and it just poured out of you with everything you did.
It was an honor to work by your side.
You are missed.
And you are remembered.
With greatest respect,
June 9, 2010
Rest in Peace, Agent Pompei. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
October 23, 2009
You are one of the best people I have ever known. I watched you develop from an insecure rookie to a great cop. I still think about you all the time and miss you so much. On the tenth anniversary of your murder, I met your family in PA and instantly knew how you grew into such a great person.
As you said every day when you left work, "I love ya".
Stephanie Taylor, Dispatcher
Friend and former coworker
June 21, 2009
I remember how much fun we had on the streets of Glendora. I still laugh when I think about the Pitbull that broke loose from its owner and you had to jump on the banister. The dog still managed to bite your boot, it was probably attracted by all all your screaming. Every time I drive through So Cal and see your Memorial Sign, it makes me cry.
Officer Kevin McPherson
San Francisco Police Department
February 26, 2009
I read the Reflection prior to mine, take it from a Friend Louie was a great Friend to many. He had a HUGE heart and when he shook your hand for the first time you knew that you had a friend. He brought so much to the table when it came to friendship. We had so many great times together. He comes from a Loving family and was loved dearly in his hometown in PA. He is someone that I will never forget. He touched my life and I feel fortunate to have been a close friend. He taught me things about life that nobody ever has, even to this day. I will miss our time together. Though he is gone he will live forever in my heart and in my memories forever. God Bless you Lou!!
Detective Chris Fluck
Toms River Police NJ (Friend)
November 18, 2008
To Louis and those who love him,
I was lucky to have met Louie as part of Class 241. I remember him always making us laugh. I also remember knowing he had a good heart, like all good cops have.
I don't believe I ever saw Louie after the academy, but I knew his (I believe it was his brother-in-law? aka Senior John Wargo, who I worked under at the Hall of Justice Jail). I would occasionally ask Senior Wargo how Louie was doing.
I left the "Hall" for patrol and unfortunately did not hear about Louie again until that fateful day.
This is for his Family and Loved ones. Just a reminder that he will will never be forgotten for the good man that he was.
Los Angeles County Deputy Gregory S. Moore
Los Angeles County
September 19, 2008
I pass by your freeway sign all the time and have always wondered about you. I finally looked you up to see your face and hear the story. My son was also killed in the line of duty in burbank in 2003. I hope you and Matt have made friends up in that wonderful place called heaven.
January 7, 2008
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.
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
August 28, 2007
June 9, 2007
It was 12 years ago a great friend was taken from our lives. Our memories together will last me forever, I miss all the fun times we had especially the times I came to visit you in CA. My prayers go out to your Mom and all your brothers and sisters. Your are a true hero and a great friend peace be with your brother.
Detective Chris Fluck
Toms River Police Dept NJ
June 6, 2007
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I miss you so much. Until we meet again, please continue to look over us and protect us.
March 20, 2007
What can I say brother, you were the best friend anyone could have had. I look back on our times together at College and after we graduated and thank God for providing me with your friendship. From the first time we met I knew you were a special person, I knew I had a friend for life. My mother said that you were an Angel from God and you were sent here to bridge people together and create happiness for all of those you touched. There are countless people who have your memories deep in their hearts, I am so thankfull for those memories. Unfortunately you were taken just before you got to meet my son Matthew who I promised to raise to be so kind hearted as you were. I often watch our videos that Dean, and I made of my visits to you in California and laugh and cry. There was never a dull moment when we were together. I gained so much from you and lost so much when you left this earth. You were my true campanion! One thing you said to me that I will never forget to the day I leave this earth. You said "Chris, God will never give you a challenge that you can't overcome". That statement will live with me forever, I never knew that the challenge God presented me was going to be your death and man its been hard. Writing this was hard, I miss you dearly and know that someday I will be reunited with the Angel known to me as my friend Louie Pompei, God Bless you brother please look after my children Matthew and Lauren.
Love Chris Fluck.
Detective Chris Fluck
Toms River Twp Police Toms River New Jersey
March 6, 2007
Through my darkness you continue to be my light. You changed my life with your loving heart and your compassionate wisdom. There are no words to describe the impact you had on my life, it is something that could only be felt by my heart. Thank you for loving me unconditionally, and enlightening the very soul of me. You continue to be my inspiration.
forever in my heart...
October 27, 2006
I can not believe it has been over 11 years no since you laid down your life for one of God’s children. On that fatal day when I received the news of your shooting, I was a reserve police officer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Louie, you gave me that thirst to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. That same week I went to a call where a 12 year old boy had shot himself. The boy had the same first and middle name of my son. I worked in our family owned restaurant in the area where I am a reserve police officer. I came to work and our waitress asked me if I knew anything about the officer killed in Glendora. I could not think of who it might be. I heard on the news later that day, the Glendora Police Officer that was shot was, Louis Pompei my friend and my brother in Christ. I lost it, I had enough of this job called Law enforcement and I wanted to quit. Louie, you and God came to mind and what God had done to get me to this stage in my life. I would remember the times we rode together, me as a Glendora Auxiliary Police Officer. We would talk about body building or the Lord. You would give a citizen a citation and the citizen would thank you and tells you “have a nice day”. It has been over 11 years now and I have been with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for 12 years, 5 as a reserve deputy and over 7 years full time. I just wanted to say thank you, Louie. You and the Lord Jesus Christ have made me the Law Enforcement Officer I am today.
Deputy James Wijnhamer
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
September 26, 2006
As hard as it is to believe that 11 years have passed since your life was taken from us, you are still remembered everyday. There is a section of the 210 freeway named for you in your honor. I pause and reflect on the man you were everytime I pass and I know that others must do so to, as someone makes sure that there are American flags placed on the sign baring your name. You are not forgotten!!
June 24, 2006
Sleep safe in the Arms of the Lord.
June 9, 2006
You saved my life and I never even knew you. All I can say is thank you for everything I live in glendora and will make sure your never forgotten.
May 22, 2006
I was just thinking of you today. You always brought a smile to my face whenever you were around. I always laugh when I think about the time we served the search warrant in Azusa and you brought in Covina's K9 to do the search. The K9 handler thought his dog had run away and was frantically searching the block. We got a lot of laughs over that. I miss you.
Sergeant Xavier Torres
Azusa Police Department, CA
April 10, 2006
On behalf of the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association, I would like to express our deepest regards and sympathy to the family, friends and fellow officers of Agent Louis Pompei. You gave the ultimate sacrifice. Louis, you may be gone, but you will NEVER be forgotten. Rest in peace blue angel and thank you for your service.
James A. Cortina
Connecticut Police Work Dog Association
James A. Cortina
June 10, 2005
Next week we will pause to reflect and honor you on the 10th anniversay of your death. It seems like yesterday but know that your legacy within the department will not be forgotten. You will always be among us. Representatives are being "dispatched" to your home town to participate in their memorial for you, and we will gather at your park to share your memory and sacrafice. God Bless and may you always rest in peace. Remember "The dance."
Virgil Weber, Sergeant
Glendora Police Department
June 3, 2005
Louis, I can't believe it's been 10 years. I still think about the Warrant we did when my K9 got attaked by the cat. We had a few good laughs over that one. And I still use the work out you showed me all those years ago. I think of you every time I use the Interchange named in your honor. I was recently in your City on follow up when I made a wrong turn and ended up in the park bearing your name. I know your're watching all of us from up there. Take care of K9-Sjerka till I arrive...God Bless Brother.
Paul Monforte, Senior Investigator
San Bernardino Cty DA Office
April 21, 2005
I never met you Louie, but I know you protected me here in Glendora and know that you continue to protect all your brother officers from up high. I know that you wil never be forgotten. Any time I go to the station and pass your memorial, I never fail to salute.
R/Lt. John A. Menart Ret.
R/Lt. John A. Menart Ret.
March 3, 2005
There is no greater love a man can have than to lay his life on the line for those who cannot defend themselves.
Your Bravery is of the highest order, you are a Hero and you are not forgotten.
Retired police officer.
August 19, 2004
Louis, It has been along time and just wanted to say God Bless brother. I will see you at our class reunion in the sky. #241
Dep. B. Barre'
June 25, 2004
God bless you and your family at this tragic loss. You are a true hero.
St. Louis City Police
May 18, 2004
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