Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Patrick Kelly Behan

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, November 13, 1990

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Reflections for Deputy Patrick Kelly Behan

Not sure why Deputy Behan came to mind this weekend as its been so long ago that he was taken from the life he led, but we remember him as an outstanding citizen who decided to take up the task of keeping the thin blue line in tact and answering those calls for service which he did.
We his family and friends can be proud of him in every sense in that he was out there doing something outstanding for his community and country.
This nation is fortunate to have those like him who would put themselves at great risk for a complete stranger in grave danger.
God bless you Patrick and those like us who maintain the watch across the nation today, your sacrifice that night will not be forgotten by those who knew you, may it be comforting to us as a people that we have brave officers like you that are out there every day and every night doing there best to maintain law and order across this land.
Rest in peace my old colleague.

Curt Griffin
Broward County Sheriffs Office

January 7, 2023

Rest in peace Deputy Behan - I worked for your brother Bob and hope you are both reunited in paradise - may your family continue to have peace and comfort and may you rest in eternal peace.

Detective Bradley Frank
Pembroke Park Police Department

November 13, 2022

Thinking of Deputy Patrick Behan and this tragic loss for Broward County. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Deputy Behan's family, his loved ones and the deputies of the Broward County Sheriff's Office. I was a rookie Florida State Trooper when this happened and reflect back thinking of the incident, Deputy Behan's dedicated service and the untold sacrifices of law enforcement families made daily to support everyone's well being. Your sacrifices are not forgotten.

Gary Howze, Director
Florida Office of the Attorney General

November 11, 2020

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

I can not believe it has been that long. I had the opportunity to work with Pat in Boca Raton for a short time before I moved to Illinois in July 1990. I still have the newspaper article reporting his death. RIP Pat.

Detective Sergeant David Lawson
Mendota PD

May 12, 2015

Every time another brother passes I think of you, your family and the short time we worked together in West Palm. Rest in peace Pat

Sgt. Tim Price
Alachua County Sheriffs Office

February 12, 2014

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace Deputy Behan.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

November 13, 2012

Patrick was a good friend of mine, from South Broward High School. He was full of life, loved to socialize, we had a great time together. It was a great shock to hear of his death. He shall be missed by all his friends and family. Thank you for your service Patrick, you are not forgotten. With love, and great rememberance. Greg

Gregory Enyedi
High School friend

August 10, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Behan. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 5, 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 13, 2011

November 13th, 1990 was the night before my daughter was born. As we commemorate her birthday, I often think of Officer Behan and say a silent prayer for him and his family.

June Bradford
Grateful Hollywood Resident

November 13, 2011

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you are a hero. May you continue to rest in peace...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


November 13, 2011

Deputy Behan I just wanted to leave a not saying that I appreciate and respect your willingness to serve. Your sacrifice in the line of duty should always be remembered and honored. I send my condolences to your friends and family, even though it is more than 20 years since your passingi know the loss never goes away. Thank you and your family for your service. God Bless

Cody Kirby
University of the Cumberlands Dept. of Criminal Justice

April 26, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 19th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 13, 2010

It has been 20 years since you were taken from your family and friends. I just wanted you to know that your ultimate sacrifice has not been forgotten, at least by this citizen.


November 13, 2010

Deputy Behan, we will never forget your service and sacrifice to us all. HEROES does live forever...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


November 13, 2010

Rest in peace.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

May 7, 2009

God bless you and your family Pat. You are missed my friend.

Jaz McKay

March 31, 2009

As NYC police officer's son, my dad served the citizens of NYC for almost forty years. I read about Deputy Behan's senseless murder. I can't fathom after eighteen years, the real killer-human trash such as this preson, and I won't mention his name. It was printed in the newspaper and you know who you are. We now have tragically 2 cold case cop killings to solve, your's and Sgt. Reyka's. I believe and I can be corrected. were filling in for a deputy Hodges that night. You were taken from your family ,community and fellow officers, making the ultimate sacrifice.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 24, 2008

I was just 23, used to listen to police scanners and remember the dispatcher coming on the radio requesting all units to a "possible officer has been shot" call. Within seconds every officer in Florida seemed to be calling in 51 to the scene. When I heard on a tac channel the real news that Deputy Behan had been killed it was heavy on me. Here I am 18 years later and I still reflect on his sacrifice.


June 5, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

November 28, 2007

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

October 2, 2007

Where has the time gone? I only met you a few times before your life was tragically cut short. You were such an outgoing, friendly and caring soul. You touched many people and were highly regarded by your co-workers.
You are not forgotten and live on in many people's hearts. Thank you for your service and making the ultimate sacrifice. Peace be with you while you watch over the rest of us.

Wife of a LEO
Boca Raton Florida Police Department

August 23, 2007

I am So sorry to hear this tragic tale. I have been in Police work for 20 years and was only a 3 year rookie when you were taken. Your agency has been through so much lately, i can't imagine the pain that is going through the Sheriff's Office Community. I know only what i read of your story but other reflections speak of the injustice that was handed down and that the EVIL has returned to the streets to strkie again. God be with you, the Broward Co Sheriff's Office and a greatful nation will be forever in your debt.

Public Safety Supervisor, Gary Mintz
Warren Wilson College, NC Public Safety

August 12, 2007

Deputy Behan was killed the night before my daughter was born (Nov.14, 1990). I often think of him and hope his family is doing well.

June Bradford

November 13, 2006

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