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Officer Timothy M. Shepard

Pittsfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, November 2, 1988

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Reflections for Officer Timothy M. Shepard

Thank you for your dedication to duty, Officer Shepard. Nearly 33 years have passed since you made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. You are gone, but never forgotten. "Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall be called by the children of God." ~Matthew 5:9

Jeffrey Leonard

August 15, 2021

A short life an even more humble hero for eternity. Rest in peace Officer Shepard.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 2, 2017

Officer Shepard you are remembered for you dedication in obtaining your lifelong dream. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.

January 19, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 21rst 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.

The circumstances of your death were so sad, and probably avoidable. Your child is now a young adult and I hope that he/she has had a good life. My son also left an unborn son who is now 4-years-old. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


November 6, 2009

"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

February 18, 2008

Officer Shepard, your sacrifice to be an officer is to be commended, my prayers for everyone involved in this sad case.

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 30, 2007

Officer Shepard, today marks the 18th anniversary of your death. I hadn’t realized it had been that long. I can’t help but feel you would have been a damn fine Police Officer. I know that Pittsfield was robbed of your talents that day; and I never even met you. Call it a gut instinct.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

November 2, 2006

On the morning of Timmy Shepard's first & last day at the Academy, he came running into the station, all excited about going to the Academy. I was the Desk Sergeant at the time. Tim asked me aside and said "I can't tie my tie, Sergeant."
We went into the head and, before a mirror, I stood behind him and tied his tie for him to regulation length, then told him "Don't you remove the knot and you'll be OK."

Lt John E Grady (Ret)
Pittsfield, MA PD

September 16, 2006

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

Rest in peace.

November 2, 2004

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