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Police Officer Thomas B. Toohey

Hartford Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Wednesday, May 15, 1996

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas B. Toohey

Thank you for your service Officer Toohey !!!!!!

Sergeant David Dufault (Ret)
Hartford Police Department
Hartford, CT

March 6, 2024

Officer Toohey, it has been 27years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

May 16, 2023

My Dear Tommy,
You have always been and will always be in my heart. More so during the holiday as my mom would always have a present under the tree for your Christmas morning visit. I have miss you dearly.
Your forever friend,

Mary Roche
My best friend

December 16, 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

May 15, 2015

Officer Toohey,

It is an honor to serve in the same department as you once did. I salute you and may you forever rest in peace.

Officer Marisol Rodriguez-Velez
Hartford Police Department

September 30, 2014

Mr. Toohey,
I know it's been years, but I still think about you all the time. Not only were you a great police officer, but you were a great father and friend. I miss the days of running down the street to your house to hang out with Stephanie and chatting with you. I miss seeing you every day, even if all we exchanged was a wave or a hello. I miss our softball games (both in the back yard and at Volunteer Field). I'm grateful to have known you, even for a short time. Even though I don't see her as much as I used to, Steph and I are still great friends and will be forever. I know you're watching down on Steph and Shannon and proud of who they are. God bless, Mr. Toohey. Keep visiting me in my dreams :)

Jen Deschenes

November 26, 2012

Officer Toohey,
On today, the 16th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hartford. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

May 15, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Toohey. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 13th 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 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 15, 2009

"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 9, 2007

They did it again. LETS GO RED SOXXXXXXXX!!!!!! You missed out on yet another Red Sox World Series Championship but I know you got front seats at that game huh. Im breaking the dress code at my job today and weraing a red sox shirt but who cares its well worth it right. I lvoe you dad and Ill talk with you later when I go to bed.


October 29, 2007

Tom: Just wanted to drop a quick note and as you can see you have a beautiful grandson and your Steph has grown up to be quit the ticket. You must beam as you watch them daily. What I will ask of you is watch over them and keep them safe I am sure you got pull up there.

I think of you and always remember how we became such good frineds your advice steers me in the right directions when its used.

your friend forever

October 18, 2007

I never evn knew this page existed untill today....11 years later. Just dropping you a quick note and to tell you that I think about you every single day and wish you could be here to see your first grandson grow up. Also, our red sox are on their way to their second world series championship in 3 years. I know you always wanted to see them win but you can watch them win again through my eyes. I love you Dad!

Stephanie Toohey

October 11, 2007

Heros are never forgotten. Thank you for your service. Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher

May 15, 2007

Officer Toohey's Badge number is 218 & he started his tour of duty in the fall of 1978. Tommy enjoyed working the "Street Crimes/Conditions Unit" riding his bike thru the alleys of Barry Square & Frog Hollow. A veteran Officer, still a ball of fire, still chasing the criminals, attempting to make a difference in a challenged community. You are missed by us all.. Rest well my brother, we'll continue the battle!!!!

Sergeant David A. Dufault
Hartford Police Department

October 26, 2006

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of the Hartford Police Department. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Officer Toohey deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Officer Toohey is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Tom Doyle
Cary Police Department, North Carolina

May 25, 2006

My dear dear brother Thomas. It is approaching yet another St. Patrick's Day and you will always be in my memory as it was the day of our heritage. A year does not go by without thinking of you. Stephanie and Shannon are such beauties, you would be proud.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Much love from your sister Kathleen

Kathleen Mary Toohey Andersen

March 15, 2006

Tom its been a long time,your daughters have grown to be young women. I won't forget that night seeing the HPD cars at your home and finding out what had happened. Ang won't forget seeing you leave every morning going to work at Hartford PD while she was going to work at Farmington PD, waving and saying hello. We won't forget the days coaching girls soft ball with you and the neighborhood parties. I still think of you often. At Pete Lavery's wake and funeral I spoke to a lot of HPD cops who remembered you fondly.
You will never be forgotten.

Jim and Angela Deschenes

Jim Deschenes
Newington, CT

February 4, 2005

Rest in peace, and thanks for keeping the peace while you were here. You will never be forgotten. The war on drugs will never be over because we will always have heroes like Officer Toohey risking their lives to stop drug traffickers. We and our children depend on them, and they will not let us down. It is my dream to do something important with my life by becoming a police officer, like Officer Toohey did.

Baltimore, MD

March 16, 2004

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