Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Tony L. Thames

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, June 12, 1983

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Reflections for Trooper Tony L. Thames

As yet another anniversary of your death is upon us I reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement family will always remember. Rest in peace always.

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

June 12, 2021

Know that today and everyday your service and sacrifice will always be remembered and honored. Rest in peace sir.

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

June 12, 2020

Rest in peace hero.

Lt. Jim Russo

June 13, 2018

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 15, 2015

Trooper Thames,

I wish I could have heard you sing bass in the group you was in because I bet it was heavenly. Rest in peace.

Michigan Resident

May 25, 2014

I knew Tony very well. He was my best friend. Tony and I sung in an R&B Group called The Exceptions. We also sung gospel in the group as well. Our members were Eric Nelson, Darryl Pack, Tony Thames, and myself Darron Moore. Tony was our Bass Singer. I continue to perform today in a band called, Darron Moore and The 14th Floor.

Tony had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a brother that would help anyone in need. He was well respected and loved in our Church and in the community.

Here is a little known fact that is very ironic. It turns out, unbeknown to the man convicted of killing Tony, that Tony
was taking care of the convicted mans son. They had never meet. What a small world we live in.

I miss you Trooper Tony Thames. I miss you very much. Peace.

I miss Tony very much

Darron Moore Civilian
Best Friend.

April 2, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst anniversary year 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 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

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

November 18, 2012

Trooper Thames...I've never met you, but I have read of you on the fallen troopers tribute site as well as here where people speak so fondly of you. I am currently in recruit school and will be doing a presentation on you so that we will never forget your legacy. You are a true inspiration for me and I will treasure your memory as I continue to forge my way each day at this academy. Thank you for your sacrifice and your inspiration.

Recruit Michael Richardson Jr.
Michigan State Police

August 17, 2012

Hey Tony you know it's kind of crazy,but I did put a kink in my book that I"m writing in which I tell your story. I pray that as I finish the book that evreyone will read your story and come to know you as a true friend. I see that Monte wrote on your wall. I remember him as he may not remember me ,but that's Okay.
You use to sing the song "If God is dead, then who is this living in my soul". That song really moved me. I am so glad to have known you. I also enjoyed singing with you in the choir of New Mount Sinai Missionary Bapist Church. I think about you from time to time and I hope when people read about you in my book the will truly see the Gift you gave.
Love Duane E. Moore Life long Friend

Duane Moore - Friend for Life
Good friend

March 9, 2012


My friend, I'm sorry it took me so long to post on this site. I miss you and I think of you often. I'm still in touch with your family, although I've moved around a bit in the last few years.

We, you and I, rode to the state police training academy every Sunday evening and rode home together every Friday night after training. Even in snow storms where the state police closed I-96 Fwy (our only route) but we were still expected to be there. Do you remember the night we got stuck in the snow in the driveway of the academy with classmates driving past us and not stopping to help? We were able to get unstuck and made it iside before 7pm. Those troopers n training had us all so afraid and scared.

We were roommates, classmates, and lined up together alphabetically next to each other in line. We're pictured together on the Mighty 97th Recruit School Class picture too. You still hold the record for the most chin-ups by a recruit school class at the MSP Academy after all these years.

We were only a year removed from the academy when you were taken suddenly from us. You were visiting your mother that very weekend, we were together at your mother's house earlier that evening, just kicking it. We were assigned different worksites out of the academy. But we still talked, about our training officers, our progress, our hopes and dreams.

We were talking about the future, about how things were for you at your post (Jackson) and how things were for me at my post (Erie). We both had other plans for later that evening. We said goodby, talk at you later, we said we'd work together at MSP #29 in a year or two. ...then it was good night, be safe.

I heard the horrible news early the next morning and was totally crushed as we were just together, just talking at your mother's house!

I retired from the Michigan State Police on March 30, 2007. At my retirement celebration in November 2007 you and I were together again, your mother and sister were there and several of your brothers. You and I came into the Michigan State Police together and we retired together that night.

I know you watched over me my entire MSP career and that includes the five months we spent in the Michigan State Police Training Academy, the Mighty 97th Recruit School.

Thank you Tony for everything you did and for all the lives you touched in the very short time that we had you. It seemed like a life time that I knew you when in reality it was only a year and a half. You had 'it' and everyone who met you knew you had 'it'. The young are always taken from us way too soon. I want to thank you for everythingyou did for me from the bottom of my heart!

Your friend always, in this life and the next...

D/F/Lt. Jerome Solomon (Retired)
Michigan Department of State Police

January 5, 2012

Merry Christmas, Trooper Thames, to you and your family.
Thank you for your sacrifice.

May God's peace be with you this holiday season!

Michigan State Police

December 14, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 15, 2007

Tony, I want to thank you for all that you taught me during our short time together. It is because of you that I am the man that I am today. I will never forget the time we had spent together (riding in the car;my visit where you were stationed; tossing the ball around etc..) I decided to follow in your footsteps right after the incident. As you know my Mother, Granny and you brothers had a fit once I started receivng mail from different agencies (but all was well) as to joing there department. Long in short, there is not a day that goes by I don't think of you. Right now I'm working with alot of MSP guys that knew you and it is so funny to look in there faces and they can't beleive that I'm still punching and kicking in your footsteps. Man, again I love you; respect you and I hope I am making you proud of me. You have always been my "HERO" and 4-EVER will be my "HERO" !!! Much love to you and can't wait to see you and catch up on things. PEACE!!!

Cpl. M. Holliday
Wayne County Sheriff / VCTF /Nephew

October 31, 2006

You are a true hero my friend and will never ever be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 10, 2006


Man I knew you were gone, but you crossed my mind today. I thank God for being your buddy in high school. I know you are watching over us all still today. I know to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, so rest in eternal peace - my brother, my friend.....

Elder Reginald Thompson
Relationship in Christ Ministries

June 21, 2006

I pray that you are still resting peacefully and hope that you are watching over us down here.

Cpl. Egendoerfer
Mishawaka PD

June 12, 2006

Rest in Peace and watch over your relatives. You shall always be remembered as a good man.

Boone County Sheriff Dept (Indiana)

March 24, 2005

Came across your memorial while browsing the pages of the ODMP. God bless you, hero! May you continue your eternal peaceful rest in the Kingdom of God. Your sacrifice will be remembered by all. Your heroic efforts certainly made many very proud of you. Thank you.

Up North Michigan

March 12, 2005

Officer Thames---

~~~Touch the sky and kiss the sun~~~
Let me see you smile…

Touch the sky and kiss the sun,
Soar up high just for a while.

Touch the sky and kiss the sun,
Let your soul be free…

Touch the sky and kiss the sun,
Love someone unconditionally.

Touch the sky and kiss the sun,
Let me take your hand…

Touch the sky and kiss the sun,
In time you’ll understand.

January 2, 2005

On duty or off, Trooper Thames rose to the occasion! Your memory is honored.

SA Darin L. Paul
FBI Detroit

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