Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Kimberly Sue Tonahill

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, September 14, 1984

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Reflections for Patrolman Kimberly Sue Tonahill

Patrolwoman Tonahill rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 14, 2019

Kimberly, I met you briefly sometime in 1981 or 82 and I highly doubt you'd even remember our meeting but I remember you had spoken about your plans to join law enforcement. It wasn't much later that I was taking my oral board interview for the Border Patrol and I passed the interview but didn't know until I walked out of the Sector building that day that you had been murdered. Your death was so pivotal for me. I could have used it as an excuse to decline my acceptance letter a few months later but I chose to help it fuel me. We will never forget you or any of our Fallen. Rest in Peace my friend.

Retired SBPA Janalyn Buseck
US Border Patrol

November 12, 2018

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 34th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

September 14, 2018

Rest in peace Patrolwoman Tonahill. Your young life and honorable heroism won't be forgotten. I read your humble story in the book "True heroines." Sad for your partner, Officer Ruopp. His bravery and humility won't be forgotten either.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 6, 2018

I miss her everyday I was only 4 when my aunt was killed I think of her always I love you aunt Kimmy. Sandy Tucker was her best friend and that is my mom

Carrie L Ardito

March 9, 2018

I miss her everyday I was only 4 when my aunt was killed I think of her always I love you aunt Kimmy

Carrie L Ardito

March 9, 2018

I still miss her smile. I sat next to her in the Academy. RIP Kim

Lieutenant Julius Faulkner
San Diego Sheriff's Department

September 3, 2015

I knew the Tonahills. I lived several doors down from them. Really good people. Didn't really know Kim she was a few years older than me but I knew her sister Tammy because we went to school together. Tragic loss - still remember.

A Neighbor (Verlane Drive)

August 11, 2015

I knew Kim since the time she was a Directory Assistance Operator on 72nd Street in San Diego. She had always dreamed of being a police officer. I remember the day she came back to visit our office in her uniform. I will always remember her beautiful smile.

Pamela Smith Haider
Pacific Bell (retired)

August 2, 2015

I went through the San Diego 19th Regional Police Academy with Kim. She was a kind and beautiful person with an infectious smile and contagious laugh. I always thought she was too sweet of a person to be a police officer and to this day the thought of her brings a smile to my face. We love and miss you Kim.

Sgt. Ray S
San Diego PD, academy classmate

January 11, 2015

I remember this day. I was a young police officer from Laredo Tx vacationing in San Diego. When these brave cops got shot my friend Victor also got shot in Laredo. Victor was a police officer and was killed by a shotgun blast to the neck. Have never gone back to San Diego. Hope all is well with the brave men and women of San Diego PD. God Bless you all.

Retired Police Officer ( 25yrs)
Laredo Police Department

March 6, 2014

This horrendous event occurred while I was in the Academy. It affected me deeply and I will never forget that day.

Linda Jenkins, correctional officer
Federal prison

September 25, 2013

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Retired Wisconsin L.E.O.

September 16, 2013

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

September 14, 2013

You were a sister to me as my little sister's best friend for so long. I still remember to this day the excitement as you pulled me into your room at your party to show me your new badge. I was so excited and proud of you. I still think of you often and tonight I shed another tear for you.
Tony C

Tony Costanza

April 17, 2013

I was 15 years old when my dad got the call from his sister that her daughter, Kim had been killed in the line duty at age 24. Kim was my cousin and one of the sweetest people I had ever known. I will always remember her smile and all the memories we shared. Her mother, my aunt, Sharon Sue, was equally as sweet and recently passed. I find great peace knowing that these two beautiful people are together again for eternity. May God Bless all of the officers that put their lives on the line and make the ultimate sacrifice to protect us all.

Family Member

March 4, 2013


You will always be remembered and missed and I think of you often. When we both worked for Pacific Telephone on 73rd and El Cajon Boulevard,
your wonderful smile set you apart from all the other women we worked with. You were so excited when you found out that you would be joining the police force. We all knew that law enforcement work could be dangerous but that was something we tried not to think dwell on.

Thomas Donayre

November 6, 2012

Officer Kimberly "Kimmy" Sue Tonahill, You are my sister in this battle of crime. You brought light and laughter to my life. You are always remembered in my fondest memories. Forever in my heart and soul.

Lieutenent Carolyn Kendrick
San Diego Police

September 5, 2012

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Tonahill. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 21, 2012

Thinking of Kim this day as we honor her life.
Kathy Ruopp

Kathleen Riggs-Ruopp
wife of Tim Ruopp

September 14, 2011

God Bless You and Your Family Patrolman Kimberly Sue Tonahill. Thank you.

Renee Walker, wife of
Sgt. Roosevelt Walker, Jr.
EOW: May 22, 1998

Renee Walker, Wife
Escambia County Sheriff, Florida

September 14, 2011

Rest in peace my Sister.

Deputy Sheriff
Covinton County Sheriff's Dept. (Mississippi)

June 14, 2010

I just saw this story on an old recorded episode of Top Cops I have, my thoughts and prayers are with the survivors of this brutal attack. RIP brothers & sisters...

Patrolman Rodney Owen
Eastern Missouri officer

October 14, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th 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.

I am sorry you were robbed of your life at such a young age. How your family must have suffered and I know you are still loved and mised by so many.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 16, 2009

I write as another sister's birthday approaches. Kimmy was murdered on the eve of this sister's birthday. There is so much to say after 25 years approach Kimmy's death. From her days in high school, to her graduation from the police academy, and her unforunate short life.

I and my sister Lisa will always cherish the memories of Kimmy.

To Kim's mother, we always think of you during this time. We wish you strength as another year passes.

To all officers, thank you for your service!

Best wishes,
John D.


September 12, 2009

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