Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Eryk Todd Heck

Allen County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch Friday, August 15, 1997

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Reflections for Police Officer Eryk Todd Heck

Thinking of you and your family especially today. Peace!

Sheriff ACPD (Retired) Joseph and Rita
Allen County Indiana Police Dept

August 15, 2020

Your selfless actions are a true definition of the word hero. Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 15, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Heck.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 18, 2019

Merry Christmas Daddy.


December 20, 2018

Woke up this morning and you were on my mind. I miss you always.

Love you forever.

See you someday, daddy.

Taylor Payge

July 15, 2018

Cops Cycling for Survivors

Monica Zahasky
Cops cycling

August 15, 2017

Missing you!

Michelle James

April 18, 2017

Just wanted to say thank you for being the brave and heroic officer you were. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. The mentor that taught me to be a safe, sound and fair officer just so happened to be partnered with you on ACPD. I owe you thanks for that, as well. Keeping him safe meant that he would progress through his career and eventually keep me safe. May you rest easy and may your family always be aware that support and appreciation for them and you always exists.

Whitley County SD

November 12, 2016

It's so hard to believe that it has been almost 19 years since we lost you. I still remember dad calling early that morning to tell us the horrible news, he was crying. He loved you so much. I think of you often and am so proud to have called you family. You will never be forgotten. Until we meet again....

Karen Schultz Denney

August 3, 2016

Raymond Chandler > Quotes > Quotable Quote
Raymond Chandler
“down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor—by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.

“He will take no man’s money dishonestly and no man’s insolence without a due and dispassionate revenge. He is a lonely man and his pride is that you will treat him as a proud man or be very sorry you ever saw him.

“The story is this man’s adventure in search of a hidden truth, and it would be no adventure if it did not happen to a man fit for adventure. If there were enough like him, the world would be a very safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to be worth living in.”


May 5, 2016

He is remembered a fellow classmate of ILEA 93-112

Steve Gatchel Retired Patrolman
Wabash City Police

March 29, 2016

Today, I am really missing you. I graduated high school last year and I am close to finishing my first year of college. I hope you and Sean are having a good time up there... even though I really could use you both here with me. It's been hard loosing you and then loosing my step-dad my senior year. I think about you and your sacrifice everyday. Proud of you for being a hero but want you to be here with me more than anything. Starting my new life in Fort Wayne feels so strange. I'm there all week, pass your sign everyday.. but somehow I feel like the city has forgotten? I just would like you to know that I will never forget your heroic decision. I love you daddy. Miss you. Thanks for always protecting me down here. I wish everyday that you were physically here to see me grow. I wish you could witness my successes and even my mistakes. People tell me a lot that I have your giving heart. Can't wait to see you again someday.


Taylor Payge Heck

March 14, 2016

Kept me on my toes and alive because of his teachings to me. every day. Just retired, and think of him everyday. miss you my friend

master patrolman 23 years
acpd to columbia city pd

September 30, 2015

Hey, just talked to your mom. She is a wonderful lady. Wish I could have met that great son of hers. Someday.............

SA Ellen Pierson

August 15, 2014

Wow, has it really been 17 years? I still think of you and your family often. We kept our neighborhood safe on both ends. When I pulled in the neighborhood, past your house around 12:30 that morning, I had no idea what was about to happen. But you stood your ground. . . You fought evil . . . And you gave it all . . . RIP my friend in the presence of our Savior.

Retired Captain

August 14, 2014

I miss you...Shelly

Michelle James

June 20, 2014

todays 80's day at school. everyone said i look just like mom! we miss you a lot!

Taylor Payge

October 10, 2013

I can't believe it's been 16 years! you'll always been in my heart daddy.

Taylor Payge

September 10, 2013

Always remembered & honored for his service & his ultimate sacrifice.

Mother, daughter, sister & granddau. of LEO's

September 10, 2013

16 years later, always a friend & hero. Here's a link to a story/video on the news from yesterday:


August 16, 2013

Thinking of you today and always. I love you. Take care of Dad up there! :)


August 15, 2013

Another year...another anniversary. I still can't think of you without crying...for the what ifs and the whys..
And for Taylor and how different her life might have been. I don't want you back just for me but for her. It is so hard to explain to her your goofiness and stubbornness and all the other things that made you YOU. Also because Eryn never knew you and asks about you...especially when I cry . I still can't believe you're gone! Love you and miss you more every day!


August 14, 2013

When I was in training they used your story as an example of courage, and proof that even though we may take rounds in a 998 it doesn't mean the fight ends right away. That you keep fighting as long as one can to end the threat, as you did. The sacrifice you made so that your beat partner could live is awe inspiring. Your memory lives on, even in those of us who only know you through the timeless bond of the blue line.

I hope you've found peace in the next life, God knows you did your part down here.


Deputy Matthew Loux

June 6, 2013

Thinking of you, love and miss you! Left some pretty things out at your grave!

Taylor Payge

May 31, 2013

Still think of you so often, never knew this site was here until I saw it on my own daughter's page and I had to stop by. Your family remains in my prayers and you'll never be forgotten.

Former FWPD Reserve and Dispatcher

April 9, 2013

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