Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Patrick Emmanuel Sweeney

Virgin Islands Police Department, Virgin Islands

End of Watch Monday, October 27, 1975

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Reflections for Patrolman Patrick Emmanuel Sweeney

Rest in peace.


October 27, 2020

My condolences to the family members of Officer Sweeney. His soul is in Heaven looking over his family.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

January 25, 2018

I never got to meet you in person but i'm sure we wouldve been preety close like me and dad are. I just wished that you would been able to see how good of a man your son turned out to be. My name is Shenique Sade' Sweeney and I am your first grand daughter....

love always, Shenique Sade' Sweeney

Shenique Sade' Sweeney
First Grand daughter

May 14, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. 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 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. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 27, 2014

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

October 30, 2012

I never got the chance to meet you, for you left this earth far too soon. A memory of you ill allways have. An everlasting image in my dad i see in you.

Love always
Desteny Angelique Sweeney.

Desteny Angelique Sweeney
Grand Daughter

May 20, 2012

I will always remember Officer Sweeney for the fact that he gave his own life to save that of a child's. I was an 8th grade student there at the time, and although my mother never knew him, attended his funeral. How sad a story that his wife worked at nearby Chase Manhattan Bank, heard the sirens blaring past, not knowing that it was her husband that lay dead literally just a few feet from where she worked.

A. John

May 18, 2012

My name is Troy Roebuck and I attend Elaina Christain Junior High School in october of 1975 and I remember officer Patrick Emmanuel Sweeney very well because he use to walk the school grounds. I was in the seventh grade at that time of his death and heard the shot from my classroom.I give my deepest condolences to his family still to this day.Officer Sweeney was a friend to all of the students he came in contact with. He was a very good police officer.


April 10, 2011

"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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 1, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

October 26, 2007

God bless you and keep you always. You are in our prayers.

St. Louis City Police

August 20, 2007

Patrolman Sweeney, today marks the 31st anniversary of your murder. I have no idea if the scum responsible ever faced justice here on Earth, but I know they will face it in the afterlife.

You sir are a hero to not only the Virgin Islands, but to all Americans and you are not forgotten.

God Bless and may you Rest in Peace, Brother.

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

October 27, 2006

G-d Bless.

October 27, 2006

Patrolman Sweeney,

May you continue to rest in peace......

Senior Officer D.W.Reichhardt

July 15, 2006

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.

October 27, 2004

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