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Police Officer Keith Tadashi Hashimoto

Reno Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Friday, March 29, 1996

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Reflections for Police Officer Keith Tadashi Hashimoto

Keith, you always found a way to make me laugh. You were such a great person to work with on swing shift. You made me a better officer with your training you provided. I miss you my friend.

Kevin McMillin Senior Police Officer Ret
Reno Nevada Police Department

March 29, 2021

Officer Hashimoto,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Reno. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 29, 2021

I was Keith's sergeant when he was newly hired at the Washoe Sheriff's Office. At the time I had just started working graveyard in Detention after been promoted from Detectives. The few months I worked Detention before going back to the street I had the pleasure of frequently working with Keith.. I also had John Bohach on that first graveyard shift (he later was killed in the line of duty as well). Keith was an outstanding young deputy (as was John). Keith was smart, hard working and always eager to learn about law enforcement. He desperately wanted to work the street as soon as he could and later hired on with the Reno PD. Of the dozens of deputies that I supervised Keith was one of the best I ever worked with. He excelled at everything he did. At shift briefings he would often volunteer to present important briefs on the law and or police tactics. I just cannot say enough about how proud I was to see Keith join Reno SWAT and to excel once he got onto the street, despite the fact it was a different agency. Keith had a great future and was one of the best men/officers that I've known in my now long career. I would hope that his family knows how highly regarded he was and that he was an exceptional policeman and was only getting better. Despite being in a different agency I still saw him around quite a bit and once told him how much we missed him when he went to Reno PD. He laughed and thanked me. When he was killed in the SWAT related accident it was a untold tragedy for all. I thank Keith for his sacrifice and his exceptional service to our community. He was one of the best!

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS and US Army (509th Airborne)

July 31, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Hashimoto.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 28, 2019

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization. I have given my life so that others may live in peace. I have lived my life as a dedicated member of the greatest profession. There is no greater honor.

As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.

You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.


Doug Gist, Captain (ret) Washoe SO
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

May 9, 2013


I remember where I was and what I was doing when I received the news. It was a pleasure being your friend, teammate and brother. Rest in peace my friend.

Sergeant Greg Curry (Ret)
Reno Police Department

March 29, 2013

Keith, I just returned from my first visit to Hawaii after vacationing there with my wife. There was not a day that past that I did not think of you while I was there and I missed you so.

Felt your spirit there!!!

Hang Lose

Police Officer Bob Evans ( Ret)
Reno Police Department

May 3, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 16th 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 who was murdered in the 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace

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

March 29, 2012

You have not been forgotten. Thinking of you and all of your loved ones on this day.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 29, 2009

Keith, Bless you and your family and the Reno Police Department. To all officers in the Reno Police Dept.,
thank you for everything you do for fallen officers. We know if there is a fallen officer in Northern California that the Reno Police Dept. will be there to pay respect to their brother or sister, to their family, and their agency.

Keith's sacrfice is remembered today.
Phyllis Loya
mother of Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05, Pittaburg PD

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 17, 2009

On behalf of the men and women of the Boston Police Department I extend our appreciation for your dedication to police work and your sacrafice to your profession. You will not be forgotten.

Ptlm Michael Kane

December 4, 2008



February 26, 2008

"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

December 11, 2007

The last time I talked to Keith when I worked in The ER at Washoe Med, he was telling me how he was going to get those "hang on the wall like the Hospital" brackets for his TV's. He was fun and real and a very kind and true friend. I was working in the ER in Fallon when the accident happened & we were too far away to do anything. When I found out who lost his life I was stunned, how could someone so vital not be alive anymore...Anyway. I'm glad this site is here......

Julie Rueda

August 2, 2007

It's been 11 years today that you left us, but time has
not diminished your sacrifice. Thank you for your
Lynn Kole
Washington State

March 29, 2007

Merry Christmas Hashimoto family. May you continue to move forward in life and heal with your loved ones guidance from above.

December 20, 2006

It's been 10 years today that you left us, but time has
not diminished your sacrifice. Thank you for your
Lynn Kole
Washington State

March 29, 2006

I saw your memorial today brother...You and your family are in our hearts always...Always loved and never forgotten...

Officer J.O. Rodriguez
Mc, Tx. PD

October 15, 2005

Duty extends beyond and before the work on the street, it is the willingness to prepare and followthrough. Your example to Instruct and to learn throughout your life is a gift which to this day lives on in the lives of your fellow officers. Thank you for your service, and dedication.

"Door...Front...Open...On You"

Box Elder Metro S.W.A.T. (Utah)


September 4, 2003

you helped me and my mom when our keys were locked in our car...thanks alot for that. you were a great cop and a good man. may god rest your soul and may god keep you in a special place.
thanks for all you did, you are a real hero

trooper II
Va state police

Working previously as a medic in Reno, I was constantly impressed with your demeanor as you wore your badge. During my tour, I witnessed the sides which you were known for. One, the cop you'd want as cover to follow you into hell... and the other that many loved you for, your kindness and humor with others.

Changing my path in life to that of law enforcement, I was greatly honored to have you as an instructor in my academy. Not only receiving formal training, I was also privileged to the sideline periods of street talk, officer safety, and the much needed advice for the 'new boot' on the job.

Working on the street, I use all that I learned from you to stand tall and proud....

I never once thought that I would be standing in the line as your casket proceeded by....

Your friends and family were blessed to have worked and lived with a person such as you.

Deputy Michael Kleinfelder
Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, WA.

Brother Keith,
It was fun watching you grow along your career. When it was down and dirty, you were the guy that I wanted there.... for safety sake, getting the job done, and you were just fun to watch.

I learned a lot from you and probably lasted a few more years because of it.


God bless.

Police Officer Ralph Willits
Reno Police Department

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