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

Your EOW was 9 years ago today. On that fateful day, you both met Jesus
Christ face to face. One to everlasting peace, love and joy....the other to eternal
damnation, regret, wailing and gnashing of teeth. Thanks for dedicating your life to the Savior. His retirement plan is out of this world.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

Anonymous

August 15, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Former Police Officer
District Heights Police Dept. (MD)

August 15, 2008

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

August 15, 2008

On todays date, the U.S Capitol Police First Responder Unit dedicated their roll call to Officer Heck. You are not forgotten

Lieutenant Ted O'Donnell
US Capitol Police

August 15, 2008

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love ...Shel'

April 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Eryk....you will not be forgotten. RIP
Baber

April 28, 2008

Eryk,
Two days...two days were all I had to know you and you still made such an impact. I will never forget as a lonely intern with the ACSD you let me go on a call with you when you were with Metro. The next day you came into the office and we got to talking again. You gave me your business card and said that if I ever wanted to ride again sometime, to give you a call. You were so nice to me, and for an intern, that was pretty cool! I was really looking forward to watching you work again. On my way into the office the next morning I heard it on the news...I will never forget it. Not long after, I was honored by the Sheriff and your mom to recieve the first ever Eryk T. Heck Memorial Scholarship Fund. Well, Eryk, let me tell you I put that to good use. And here I am today, 7+ years later with Marion PD and I still think about you often. The impact you made, the friendship I formed with your mother, another hero of mine, writing back and forth with her for years. So though I did not know you well, I work and live hoping to be half the police officer you were. I think of you often, even to this day, and I share your story. I pray that if I have to give the ultimate sacrifice, that I can do it as bravely and honorably as you did. I recently heard about this website and you were the first officer I wanted to look up. I wanted to say thank you for being our hero...you and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you...for so much.

Officer Karen Whitted
Marion Police Department

March 23, 2008

Eryk,

I never knew about this website and happened to find it just "surfing around". I'm glad that I am able to say just a few words, after all of this time.

I knew you first when you were just a little boy and I worked with your Mom. I am proud to have served with you. I think about you often, and stop by to pay my respects regularly. Your courage and your supreme sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Patt K

Captain Patt Kite (retired)
Allen County Police Department

February 19, 2008

Eryk,

As a grateful citizen that you protected I want to thank you. I know that Thank you is not enough, but until they have better words, I can only say Thank you.

I have since moved out of Ft Wayne and have become an officer. I can only hope that if my day ever comes, I can have a fraction of the courage and bravery that you had.

Watch over us here as we complete your work.....

God Speed Brother.....

Phil

February 15, 2008

As Christmas approaches the ache seems to grow. It is fun to remember our last Christmas with you at your house with you, Deb and new little Taylor. Such happy memories! Miss you more all the time...miss you missing out on our lives! Shel'

Michelle
Sister

December 9, 2007

10 years and it still hurts like the day it happened..I took my oldest son to your memorial this year and though he was to little to remember you. I want him to understand the commitment and dedication you felt for our profession. I think of you every night especially when i'm working on Lima Rd (I know you got my back out there!). MIchelle always tells us ALL be safe and makes sure were wearing our vest. Until we meet again brother.

S. Heck
ACPD

October 23, 2007

"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
Sergeant
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

October 23, 2007

I knew Eryk for several years. When I went back to ILEA the 2nd time he gave me all of his study guides. He use to tell me you have your entire life and career ahead of you. We would tease each other that he nor I would get on as full time officers because our eyesight was so bad. Next thing I know Eryk went and got surgery so no more glasses. Eryk never forgot where he came from,he was and is a true warrior in everyway. We learned alot from each other and being a police officer was not what we did,it was who we were. God must have needed him more in Heaven then we did here on earth. Unit 188 Gods Speed/Rest in Peace.

Patrolman 1st Class S.Michael Tate
ACPD/NMPD-Retired

August 20, 2007

10 years, It is still hard to believe. I will never forget you, and what you meant to me. You made life better for all of us. Because of you, I became a better person, and a better officer. Our friendship, and one pink K-9 are memories that will live on forever. Until we meet again..........

August 17, 2007

10 years. Still seems like yesterday. M

Michelle
Sister

August 17, 2007

What a True Hero. My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Heck on the anniversary of his passing. Reading his reflections he sounded like a great guy! May God continue to comfort you all. He was taken too soon. Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher
Virginia

August 15, 2007

Taylor let balloons go at the cemetery two days ago for you to catch. We had just left the bike riders riding for COPS after having eaten lunch with them. They read your page off the ODMP and even after 10 years I still cry. Then we met a really great FWPD officer named Mark Louden and he has the coolest tattoo on his forearm with August 15, 1997 and John 15:13 with a cross and rose on it. He said "I didn't know your brother very well but Eryk died doing what a cop is supposed to do". You were a hero to me before that day but it is nice to know you are a hero to others too. I am glad people have not forgotten you...because we haven't.

June 27, 2007

On behalf of the Tampa police Department, we send our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of this brave Officer. Your actions on that day were both admirable and inspirational.

I had the oppurtunity to meet your mother at the Police Memorial in Tampa on May 11. She is extremely proud of you as I'm sure you know. Here face lit up when she was speaking of you. She is a special lady, her work with C.O.P.S is and will help families with the pain that she experienced on that tragic day. The shock of the incident is still with her but she seems to use that energy to help others. I thank her for that!

To your family and especially your daughter, please know that your son, husband, father is with you always and he will continue looking out for you from above. Officer Heck I recently lost a friend, Det. Kieth Dressl of the Toledo Police Department. Would say hello to my frined for me, I'm sure the two of you would hit it off, he has a personality like no other.

Thank you for your bravery and service. You are a HERO which will never be forgotten. I ask you to continue looking out for your "Bothers/Sisters", after all you proved that your the BEST partner one could ask for! God Bless.

Officer Shane Gadoury
Tampa Police Department, Fl

May 12, 2007

Eryk - You must be listening. Det. Mike Lee and I were just talking about your heroic act last week and today I was going to log onto this website to check reflections for a friend killed in 1986 and I see where Mike left you a reflection. You truely are a hero to us all. God Bless your family and fellow officers from Allen County Sheriff's Department. You will never be forgotten and thanks for thinking of us.

Det. Darron Sparks
Anderson IN PD

February 22, 2007

Eryk-You are not forgotten, a true hero, 93-112 dismissed.

Det. Michael Lee
Anderson PD

February 10, 2007

Dear Officer Heck,
Although we didn't know you while you served the citizens of our county, since your death on that tragic night your family has fought and succeeded to keep your memory alive in many ways.

We, along with our other Board Members (4 police officers and a firefighter) have fought too so that the memory of our "fallen officers and firefighters" will stand tall in the minds of the citizens whom you served so valiantly. With the help of hundreds of police officers, firefighters, citizens as well as the City and County, we have succeeded. The ground-breaking for the new Police/Fire Memorial was held on November 1, 2006.

Please accept this "tribute" not as a gift but rather a "Thank You" for your unselfish service and dedication to the citizens of our community and please know that your family will always be in our hearts and thoughts as the years pass.

"AT PEACE WITH PRIDE"

Linda and Jerry Vandeveer
Law Enforcement/Fire Fighters Memorial of Allen County In.

December 24, 2006

Eryk,
I wasn't aware of this web site before, but I took the time to review and Allen Couny was the first site I visited. I wanted to leave a note for you and your family, because your family is my family. Hard to believe growing up with you and your sisters' that our paths could cross so many times. I feel that you and I did't choose our career path, it choose us. Your always missed but never forgotten. God Bless Taylor and Deb.....

Detective Timothy Firks
Noblesville Police Department/Hamilton County Drug Task Force

November 1, 2006

Taylor turned 10 not too many days ago. She is such a nice little girl. I know she misses you and what could have been but she is very happy and so is Deb. And I know you would want that for them. I miss you so much some times!!! It is so wonderful to have Taylor so a part of you is still here with us. I know you are so proud of her. We sure are. Knowing we will see you again in heaven helps to get us through the days but I sure wish I could talk to you one more time before then. I love you...Shel'


Sis

September 27, 2006

9 years....it hardly seems possible. We miss you every day. Shel'


Sister

August 15, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Officer Eryk Todd Heck and his fellow officers with the Allen County Sheriff's Department:

On this the ninth anniversary of Eryk's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. In reading the loving reflections left by loved ones and friends, it is obvious Eryk was an amazing man who is so loved and missed by so many. Eryk's valor and courage will never be forgotten.

I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that Eryk was robbed of his life so young and so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Eryk gave to his community and the citizens of Indiana, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 15, 1997.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 15, 2006

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