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Patrolman Thomas Edward Strunk

Billerica Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, March 27, 1985

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Reflections for Patrolman Thomas Edward Strunk

Rest in peace Patrolman Strunk.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 7, 2020

Rest in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

March 27, 2020

Your son is now a teacher at Billerica High and has gone out of his way to help my Nephew a special needs student. You should be proud.

Boston Police

April 27, 2017

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th 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 solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

March 27, 2012

Thinking of you and your family today, you would be so proud of your family. God Bless

Billerica PD

March 27, 2012

Tommy was the most dedicated family man,father and husband. As then next neighbor, I witnessed the side of him most on the street didn't see. He excelled in all roles he set out to do.
Nancy and her three sons is a fabulous testament for courage and strength.He would have loved what she has done and be very proud of his sons.
I'll never forget how quickly Tommy was there for me one day when my son then 12 fell out of a shared tree. He was there before we were.
Rest in Peace Tommy, ---gone to soon...
Pat McNeill


March 20, 2010

You are remembered as well as respected by many, Rest in Peace.

Betty Patriquin-Clerk
Billerica Police Department

March 15, 2010

Here it is March, we are coming upon the 25th year since he has been gone. Iwonder how this can be it seems like yesterday, yet a hundred years ago! I have witnesed my three sons then 2,6,,9 grow into wonderful men..I now enjoy the wonderful grandchildren I have and am sure their will be more. I often wonder what could have been.
I am blessed in so many ways and wish in the future to provide more help for the Law Enforcement Memorial and Cops
as I continue to live the life we both had wished to share. Nancy Strunk

Nancy Strunk

March 10, 2010

Once again the holidays are here the memories do not fade, grow are missed. TwentyFive years. It seems like such a short time ago. then again soe ver y long ago. Thank you to each and every one who remembers this wonderful man.


December 24, 2009

you died on the day i was born. it's been 23 years. i'm disgusted that your killer was sentenced to only 14 years. & actually got full good time credit.

thank you for everything.


September 20, 2008

Patrolman Strunk,
On today, the 23rd anniversary of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Billerica. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



March 27, 2008


Van Den Berghe

February 26, 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

February 18, 2008

May you rest in Peace

friend of family

September 13, 2007

Tommy...It's been years since our academy days. I remember the incident well. I just want your family to know that they are in our prayers always. You are a true hero. God Bless your family and department

Officer George LaPenta
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Police Bedford Ma.

May 1, 2007

Rest in peace, brother. Your brave action demonstrate what we are all about.

Master Patrolman R. Nicosia
Brookline NH PD

April 13, 2007

I remember when those events occurred. It was the topic of a lot of conversations and your funeral was heart breaking.

It's now been 25 years since you were murdered and I can't help but wonder, after getting out of jail, how many more times did your killer drive drunk? Has he been to jail again? We all make mistakes, but in not stopping and owning up to his error in the first place, instead of a short time in jail, a fine and maybe license suspension, he spent 7 lousy years behind bars and your family lost you.

God Bless and Rest in Peace, Brother.

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

March 27, 2006

Thomas Strunk was a great officer and his memory will live on with Jeff. Congrats to Officer Jeff Strunk and good luck.


December 23, 2005

God bless you Ofc.Strunk!

May 4, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

April 12, 2005


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Officer Stunk.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

June 25, 2004

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