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Sergeant David Martin Kieffer

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, May 21, 1997

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Reflections for Sergeant David Martin Kieffer

Marty Kieffer was not only my dad… he was my HERO!! The sacrifices and incredible challenges he faced EVERY SINGLE DAY to be able to continue supporting his two families… us his biological family and The Phoenix police department who he also loved thru thick and thin. He gave his life for the great city of Phoenix and ALL ITS CITIZENS!! I miss him every day

Gina Kieffer
Phoenix police

October 19, 2022

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


United States Border Patrol

May 21, 2022

Rest in peace Sergeant Kieffer.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 20, 2020

Thank you, Mr. Kieffer, for trying to help me with my math when I was a kid. You were a good neighbor and great example of a family man. I thought of you often after I put the badge on.

Rest in peace,
Semper Fidelis,

Mike Tadano

Sgt. (former) Mike Tadano

May 21, 2016

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 21, 2015

Rest in Peace Brother, we have the Watch

Phoenix PD, Brother in Blue

September 27, 2014

Never forgotten, Rest in Peace

Billie Ellefritz

May 24, 2013

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 15th 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.

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

May 21, 2012

Marty your courage, compassion, and love of family will always be a part of the things that reafirm the thruth of the old hymn.."How Great Thou Are"

tom bloodworth PPD Retired
Phx. P.D.

December 4, 2009

I got to know Marty well after his accident and he took my Sergeant Position when he came back to work in the old "Research and Development Bureau," under then Director Sam "I be busy golfing" Lewis. Marty always had a smile on his face with that wild group of sick and lame (lazy)in the Unifrom Crime Report section. I also worked with his cousin Jim Kieffer when he was a Phoenixs Police Officer. Marty was a damn good officer and well liked by all. Ben Bacchi #684, PPD retired

Sergeant Ben Bacchi #684
Phoenix Police Dept/R and D Bureau

November 8, 2009

Dear Marty and Family,
Everyone who has been an officer for very long, knows someone that gave his best and remembers with fondness the exceptional experience of working alongside a brother of the caliber of Marty. I personally recall a particular night shift when I was being overwhelmed by several persons while making an arrest of a drunk driver who ran into his house. My backup was none other than Marty who when he arrived pulled several persons off of me and very likely may have saved my life that night.
I will always remember my friend and brother, Marty, and my best wishes and prayers go to your family and friends who, with me, very much miss this finest example of our profession.
John Sterner 1548 (retired)

Officer John Sterner 1548 (retired)

November 7, 2009

As young officers Marty and I were partners. We rode the paddy waggon, which in those days was a large delivery truck with sliding doors that we left open as we patroled. People mistook the vehicle for a bread truck.

We had the type of special partnership in that we knew what each other was doing, or going to do without speaking. We got involved in many foot chases because suspects would take no notice of what they thought to be a bread truck. When the suspect invariably started running, and whoever was driving would get the truck next to the suspect and whoever was riding shotgun would stand in the doorway of the panel van and bulldog the suspect, similar to a cowboy in a rodeo taking down a calf.

Marty was an honorable individual who made me a better person for just knowing him.

Tom Kosin, Sergeant, retired

November 7, 2009

"No more the bugle calls the weary one.
Rest, noble spirit, all thy work is done.
I will find you and know you among the
good and true.
When a robe of white we're given
for our faded coats of blue."

Ret. Sgt. Bill Rice
Phoenix police Department

November 7, 2009

I was amazed with your enthusiasm the nights we rode together in the Coffelt. I just wanted to get back to the Duece. After you were 'chair-bound, we'd meet at 620 and you still had the same enthusiasm. That was always an inspiration to me and all who knew you.

Don Wood
Phx. PD (Ret)

November 7, 2009

Marty it's been a while since we have seen your wide smile but I bet our brothers and sisters in God's kingdom are thrilled over it. We will be dedicating the site of your injuries in three weeks and I know you'll be present along with all our brothers and sisters who have also left us to serve in His police department. You will never be forgotten by those still here and those to come into the Phx PD in the future. While you work with Jesus, give him a hug for those of us still here. In Christ.

Tom Bradley, Retired
Phoenix AZ PD< AZ State Chap. FOP

November 7, 2009

Phoenix has been putting up signs throughout the city marking the spots where all our fallen officers have died. I did not know you were involved in the accident in an intersection I have patrolled and driven through countless times. I thought of you today and I will everytime I am near that intersection. You are not forgotten.

Phoenix PD

May 24, 2008

Sgt. Kieffer,
On today, the 21st anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Phoenix. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



May 21, 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

November 14, 2007

A true warrior, it is remembered how long and hard you fought. And tomorrow, a decade has passed since you became support staff for the fight down here. We thank you for joining St. Michael's command post, watching over us each day; standing strong and proud, with the pain and suffering you endured a distant memory. Thank you for all that you have given to the world, to those who knew you, and to the profession.
God Bless.
Neart, Gra agus Onoir (Strength, Love and Honor)

Crime Scene Specialist K. Martin B1162
Scottsdale PD (AZ)

May 20, 2007

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Kieffer. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 15, 2007

Rest in peace

February 21, 2007

Rest in Peace Sir.Thank you for your service.

May 21, 2006

We think of you and your family during these holidays, and offer thoughts and prayers as you celebrate without your loved one. Cherish the memories of the past and be open to new ones with your loved ones and friends. Your loved one will never be forgotten and always honored for their sacrifice.

Alissa Scott
Widow of Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-03

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network

November 29, 2005

How long it has been. Marty was sentenced to a wheelchair after his terrible auto accident. He was a quad yet fought back and refused to give up. He worked as a sergeant many years after his accident. He tried to promote but was denied due to his injuries. He always had a smile and never a cross word was raised to anyone. A true gentleman and a great boss. You are missed and remembered Marty.

Sgt. Ron Snodgrass
Phoenix Police Department

August 30, 2004

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