Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James N. Whittington

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, October 30, 1982

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Reflections for Police Officer James N. Whittington

"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

January 2, 2008

I think of my uncle every labor day. Some of the best time of my life as a kid was at the labor day parade with my uncle. Me jump up down to the music and my uncle laughing and enjoy watch me have fun.



November 21, 2007

I didn't know Officer Whittington, but I am a friend of Nicole's and I want to let her and her family know that they are in my prayers.

Joel Trotter
Friend of Nicole's

November 2, 2007

"Uncle Jimmy"

You always made me laugh and smile and your hugs were the best. You always smelled so good too! We miss tremendously. You taught me to always respect myself and never allow anyone to disrespect me.

You were a gentle giant with so much knowledge and wisdom.

I know you and "UNCLE TITO" are taking care of each other and are watching over all us.

Peace and Love

Stacie Reid

November 1, 2007

Cousin you will always be with me.

Remembering you always great Brother and Brother. Memories of our times together are so abundunt, the impact that you had on our life is never ending.

Loving you always,

Ruthwin and Jeannette

Jeannette & Ruthwin Samuels
Cousin/ Like a brother and dear friend

November 1, 2007

Jimmy was a very sociable person, whom had great skills in touching those whom were a friends and those whom were complete
strangers. Wher ever his spirit is present I know he will be exercising the skills of socializing and mingling with is sorrounding.
Jimmy was a friend and we miss him very much.

Remembering you always,


Ricardo A Mitchell
Brother In Law

November 1, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

October 29, 2007

I never had a chance to meet you but your blood still runs through me. this is your grandson Lamaur from louisville kentucky saying R.I.P. and love you. may uncle tito rest in peace to i love u both wit a passion. This is your daugther wendy's boy with the middle name of your first and last and have people remember that for ever and ever. love you grandpa.

Lamaur James whiitington brown

January 16, 2007

You inspired Tito to pursue law enforcement. Tito was truly one of Boston's finest police officers. May you and Tito continue to watch over those loved by the both of you.


July 28, 2006

I am a New York guy who became a Boston guy. I didn't know you, but I know your brother, Tito, who just passed away. You were NYPD, he was Boston PD. Two good guys who served different cities. Your life and death inspired your brother to greatness as a cop and as a man. Now your waiting is over and you guys will spend eternity together in the peace and brotherhood you both so richly deserve.

Thanks for everything. Don't forget us, we won't forget you.

Boston Guy

boston guy

July 14, 2006

Daddy I Love You, You are forever in my heart. I know we didnt get to spend a lot of time together on this earth, but we will spend an eternity in heaven. Daddy uncle Tito is sick and he needs you to watch over him. I love You Your number 1 daughter forever Wendy

Winona Carole Brown Ashby

May 30, 2006

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