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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

I attended the "Indiana Law Enforcement Academy" with Police Officer Eryk Heck. His enthusiasm for the job will always be a reminder to me. My hart felt wishes go to the family of the most dedicated man I've ever known. We will all miss him. I.L.E.A. class 93-112

Deputy David A. Oberholtzer
Marion County Sheriff Department, IN

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry, the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things, we didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,
and each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready, in Heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind, all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
for all my life, I'd always thought, I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much yet to do,
it seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, just even for awhile,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized, that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories, would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, "This is Eternity, all I've promised you".
Today your life on Earth is past, but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day's the same day, there's no longing for the past.

But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things, you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free.
So won't you take my hand and share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me,
I'm right here,
in your heart

May 26, 2003

Happy Wedding Anniversary to You and Deb today.

Shel' and Randy


We thought of you with love today
But that is nothing new.

We thought about you yesterday
And days before that too.

We think of you in silence
We often speak your name.

Now all we have are memories
And your picture in a frame.

Your memory is our keepsake
With which we'll never part

God has you in His keeping
We have you in our Heart.

Author Unknown



If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

Miss you my little brother...Shel'


Standing in front of his wounded brother officer, shot and mortally wounded and yet shoots and kills his attacker-obviously a true hero officer! Reading the fine tributes from family and friends only confirms this fact. I am so sorry for the loss you continue to feel each and every day. I will read his story in roll call tomorrow to reinforce the obvious dangers we all face. I hope you all receive some measure of comfort in your memories and the relaity of a reunion someday-God Bless you!


March 19, 2003
wow! Such a sad event that words don't seem able to do it justice.
May God be with all those still grieving and a special blessing on the
little one who never really got to know her Dad personally. Trust in
the Lord Jesus Christ who alone can give back what satan desires to
Lynn Kole
Washington State

Michelle and taylor your messages have really touched me, Even though i do not know your father I am 100%sure he was a great man, He died doing something he loved and dont ever forget that, because in the words from god "Blessed are the peacemakers shall they be called the children of god" Matthews 5:9... Godbless you all,,,
3/15/2003 at 0730hrs

Pete Bignotti
PCSO (Pinellas County Sheriffs Office FLorida)

i love you daddy. i can't wait to see you again some day.
love taylor

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!
Love and Miss you....Randy, Shel' and Mackenzie

i miss you daddy very, very much. i wish you could come back and see me. love, taylor 11/30/02

Missing you still. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Love....Randy and Shel'

Missing you still so very much.......



steve bezet
plaquemine police dept.


Happy 32nd Birthday, Eryk !!!! We love you!!!!


I know how proud the family of officer Eryk Heck is of him. Not understanding how this could have happened, or why. But the Love for this officer will go on forever! Many of us take these great men for granted, but without such loyalty, this country would be a much worse place to live. Our hats off to men who put their life on the line for all of us they have never met. Officer Heck although missed, will be rewarded by his father in heaven! GOD BLESS ALL THESE BRAVE MEN!

He was ours for such a short while.
Knowing you are in God's hands....we will wait to see you again.


Merry Christmas Eryk!!!!! We miss you!!!!


It is Thanksgiving and we stopped by the cemetery today. We did alot of thinking today about what we had to be thankful for and having you for as long as we did was one of the first things we thanked God for. We also were thankful for the fact that you did not suffer when you died nor were there any decisions to be made at the hospital. We also gave thanks that we miss you (and we know that sounds odd) but it reminded us again how much we loved you!!!!!! We gave thanks to God today for Taylor Payge and the fact that a part of you still lives here with us on earth.


Performed By: Victoria Williams
Written By: David Williams & Marvin Etzioni
From the Album: Swing the Statue p & c 1990 Rough Trade Records
I'm going to live my life
Like every day's my last
Without a simple goodbye
It all goes by so fast

And now that you're gone
I can't cry hard enough
No I can't cry hard enough
For you to hear me now

I'm going to open my eyes
And see for the first time
I've let go of you like
A child letting go of his kite

There it goes up in the sky
There it goes beyond the clouds
For no reason why
I can't cry hard enough
No I can't cry hard enough

For you to hear me now
I'm going to look back in vain
And see you standing there
When all that remains
Is just an empty chair

And now that you're gone
I can't cry hard enough
No I can't cry hard enough
For you to hear me now


i love you very much. i love you forever.

taylor ---5 years old


It has been 4 years since you were taken away from us. It seems like only yesterday that we were all joking around down at lock up. I stop to check on you once in awhile, I leave with tears in my eyes most of the time.They say time heals all wounds, 4 years must not be enough time. You are missed and always will be.


Today is the 4th anniversary of your death. At times it seems like it was yesterday and at times it seems like it has been 20 years. I wonder sometimes what you would be doing now and how it would be to see you with Taylor. She is so much like you....her eyes to her temper! I miss you ....but especially today because this is the day you were so senselessly taken from us. You are my brother but also a friend....someone I could turn to when things didn't always come out right. I love you and miss you every day. Please watch over Taylor and keep her safe....we love her so much!!! Until we meet in Heaven.....

Michelle (Heck) James

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