Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Thomas Michael Phillips

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Friday, August 28, 1987

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas Michael Phillips

Rest in peace Officer Phillips.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 22, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 28, 2020

iIt,s been many years but I still remember Tommy. Until I retired I and his brothers hosted the TOMMY PHILLIPS OPEN. He was by BROTHER and a great COP. We still remember..

Sergeant Lee Peyton

Sgt. Lee Peyton

December 20, 2015

Hi Brother. Just want to tell you that even though it was 25 years ago that you left us, you are not forgotten. You were an amazing son, brother, Dad and husband. You loved family, friends, Saints, Astros, your city and you LOVED being a police officer. I am proud to call you my brother and I think of you all the time. I love and miss you!!

Lydia Collins

August 29, 2012

Dear Tommy,

Has it really been 25 years? Like everyone else whose lives you touched, I think of you often and still feel your presence, especially here in the neighborhood . I know you are still looking out for all of us as i have no other explanation for how, in the middle of the night, I suddenly realized how to break up the very noisy confrontation my dog was having with that really ugly big rat. Know that you haven't been forgotten as you made us all better people.

Cathy Simoneaux
a grateful citizen of New Orleans

August 25, 2012

Dear Tommy,

It is hard to believe that twenty-five years have passed since you left us. I don't need to tell you that our hearts were broken to core when we learned of your death on that terrible night.
So much has happened over the last twenty-five years, so much has changed. I can remember when you and Kristian would talk on the phone about Sgt. Slaughter and Junk Yard Dog. He would live to call you and was so happy to laugh with you about those and other wrestlers.
When we worked together we all enjoyed our jobs and those are days that I will always remember. Kristian, like Brian, is on the Department now and following in your foot-steps. I know that all of us who worked with you still remember the good times and love you, and think of you daily.Until we meet again

Lt. Pat Fricke, Ret.

June 7, 2012

To my father,
Sorry it has taken so long to post a reflection. Not a day goes by that i don't think of you and how i wish u were with us. I tried my best to follow in your footsteps as you were my HERO. I have a son now and named him after my HERO " Thomas Michael Phillips". It is an honor to watch him grow into a little man. Wish he could have known his PaPa. When he is grown I will make sure he carries his name with pride as u did. I LOVE YOU with all my heart, and hope to reunited with you when my time is up.
Your Son Brian

Detective Brian Phillis
New Orleans Police Department (Son)

June 5, 2012

To my brother that I dearly love. You would be so proud of your two children. They have grown up to be fine young adults. You did something right. Julie is married and has a beautiful son name Ashton "Thomas". Brian is now a New Orleans Police Officer. I pray for him all the time. Your partner Bobby is now a capt. and is Brian's boss. Brian and Crystal have a son as well. His name "Thomas Michael Phillips" in honor of you. Can you believe it two grandsons. We miss you so much. I'm so proud to say you are my brother. I love you sister Janet

Janet Phillips Cooke

February 22, 2012

Officer Phillips, you are not forgotten. God bless you and your family.

SSA Ellen Pierson

October 22, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, 23rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 28, 2010

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 10, 2008

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten....

Police Officer

January 7, 2006

Brother Phillips,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

December 15, 2005

Rest In Peace, Your sacrifice will not be forgotten .

Police Officer
Chicago Police Dept

November 15, 2004

Thank you for your service, rest in peace.

October 15, 2004

Thank you for your service, rest in peace.

October 15, 2004

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