Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrol Specialist Lee R. Seward

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, December 30, 1987

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Reflections for Patrol Specialist Lee R. Seward

Patrol Specialist Lee R. Seward will never ever be forgotten. May his soul rest in Heaven, and may God bless his family.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

March 25, 2018


Illinois Antique Emergency Vehicle Assn.

June 24, 2015

Nearing the anniversary of your passing, may your family know that although you are gone you will never be forgotten. Forever a hero. Forever grateful for your dedication to protect and serve.

G. Birkholz
mother of Officer Craig Birkholz, EOW 3/20/11

December 9, 2014

Rest in Peace uncle Lee.
Uncle Lee & Aunt Mickey are greatly missed!

Jennifer Hodson
grand niece

December 1, 2014

Still think about you, especially this time of year..
Dog breath and I will always miss our lunch meets on Clark Street.. you were taken way too soon. ..

Love, Smurf

Sue Trempe. Patrolman
Chgo PD. Friends

December 21, 2013

Officer Seward, you served with valor and distinction, protecting the citizens of Chicago. You made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of your duties. Your memory and legacy of service and dedication will endure forever.

Bill Kushner (ret. Lt CPD)
Chief, DesPlaines Police

December 20, 2013

You have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still on patrol

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

December 30, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Seward. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 24th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

You will always be honored and revered as time never diminishes,

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 30, 2011

It has been 23 years, but your sacrifice has not been forgotten by the CPD. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Detective Thomas Downes

December 28, 2010

Time has not diminished your service or sacrifice. Thank you.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

June 1, 2008

I will never forget you are always in my prayers

Hard to believe 20 years ago paid the ultimate sacrifice...

I have a feeling you and Feets are probably playing pool up in heaven..*smile*

I am keeping an eye on Mickey..she is special to me..

Love you Lee

Elisa Martin
Good Friend

December 31, 2007

Today, like every end of the year day, as I visit my family in Chicago, I meditate on how this day started for you 20 years ago. I wonder what it was like, how you felt when you woke up, what you did that day, and all the tragic events that led to your martyrdom.

I pray for you and the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for a community that many times do not appreciate what we do for them. But I know that you would have not wanted any other way. You were a cop and as a cop you lived and died!

Pray forthe men and women who today will done their uniforms and will go out to do their job just like you did that day.

Rest in peace brother in blue, until we all meet again with G-d for one more roll call

Frank Piloto Jr, Retired
Miami Dade Police Dept 1973--2000
Miami Fl
[email protected]

Ret. Off. Frank Piloto Jr.
Miami Dade Police Dept

December 30, 2007

We pause and say a prayer for your family and loved ones on this the 20th anniversary of your death.
Rest in peace
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

December 30, 2007



December 29, 2007

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

October 17, 2007

Lee was my FTO (patrol specialist was the title) when i joined CPD. i'll never forget how he would infuriate one pompous - and incompetent - sergeant by leaving all zero's next to his name at check off rollcall and then adding his actual tally of activity to my numbers. Lee had previously shot an offender who had disarmed a desk officer in the 23rd (Town Hall) station. He was a brave officer who never lost his temper - or his sense of humor. It was a great stroke of luck that he was my FTO and i think of him and several other of my fallen CPD friends when i start my tour.

Ptlm Sam Martinez
Highwood Police Dept.

August 15, 2007

I was young when you passed, just eight, but i remember you still.
I don't remember the nickname you gave me, but i still can hear you calling my baby brother "Clyde" (he hated that!)
And i remember the tears on the faces of those at your service, and can still hear the bag pipes when i think of you.
You will be remembered by all those who knew you.
Rest in Peace and thank you for your service.

Lisa Tackett

March 14, 2007



December 31, 2006

Lee stood up to my wedding back in 1966...his wonderful wife Mickey...what a treasure...Little Lee...looks just like his wonderfu Dad...

Sleep with the angels dear friend...and know you are never forgotten

Elisa Martin

November 7, 2006

What a friend you were to Robert Martin ( Feets )

Thank you for standing up at our wedding in 1966

Mickey and you were the nicest couple we knew.

Now you are both in heaven probably still having coffee at DeMars In heaven Cafe.

Elisa Martin Johnson

July 2, 2006

Thank you hero, for doing a job only a few of us can do.

June 1, 2005

Lee, I still remember whwn I was a kid and you were over at the Sipai's fixing Jerry's sink because he and his whole family are mechanically challenged, and when you bent over. There it was. You butt crack. It was funny then, and it's funny now. I sure wish you were still here so you could've retired in Pell Lake with Jerry. Thanks for everything.

Patrolman Patrick J. Kearns #3221
Chicago Police Department

May 6, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace, hero.

December 30, 2004

Officer Seward...your memory should always live on. You died a hero. Thank you for your service.

A Hero In The Night
Next time a cop stops you because you are driving too fast,
Remember he saved you from that day being your last.
When you think he's picking on someone,
Why not think of what they could have done?
Next time you call him a name,
Would he have called you the same?
How would you feel to see a child beaten black and blue?
And knowing there is not much you can really do.
You can arrest them and hope they stay in jail,
But, too many times it doesn't work that well.
To see the face of someone right before they die,
When he can't but all he wants to do is cry.
To break up a fight, knowing later it will be worse,
And from his help, all that came was him being cursed.
To know that people don't respect what he chose to do,
But day after day, he's out there to protect people like you.
To see drugs sold to a child younger than his own,
Makes his heart ache and long for his home.
The job has no glamour, doesn't even pay well,
He does it because he cares for more than himself.
He cares for you and he cares for me,
He's out there hoping we will all see.
He took a path not many would take,
And he chose it for our sake.
He's a remarkable soul, a Hero in the Night,
When all is well, he's not in sight.
But, if you ever need him, he'll be right there,
Not just because he's a cop but because he cares.

Mother of a Police Officer

September 27, 2004

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