Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Thomas Richard Meyers

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, January 14, 1998

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas Richard Meyers

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.


Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 14, 2010

ALWAYS IN MY HEART AND OFTEN ON MY MIND. We fought hard Tuesday to keep your killer in prison, now we wait and see if the parole board agrees with us. Missing you and your smile

Trudy Meyers w/'98
wife

January 14, 2010

Trying to just remember the good times but longing for your hugs. Lovies T2

T2
wife

January 14, 2009

Happy Birthday T1

Trudy Meyers
wife

June 5, 2008

Today on the 10th anniversary of your death, we pause and say a prayer for those who still mourn you.
Rest in peace Sir you are not forgotten and neither are the loved ones you left behind.
May God comfort them on this tough day.
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

January 14, 2008

I am so sorry for your loss..Your family will always remain in my prayers.
sister to Deputy Harold Michael Altman EOW 1/30/07
(J-44)

Marcia Altman Grandstaff
sister of a fallen officer

January 9, 2008

Your memory lives on

January 7, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR LONG AND DEDICATED SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

January 5, 2008

AS the New Year turns and most are looking forward to the coming events, I pray for your family. I know next week is going to be extremely hard for them. I can only hope the State of Missouri keeps Brittick where he is.
Although I never personally knew you or your family, you are a Hero to me. The life you lived and the family you created will continue to keep your memories alive,
Rest in Peace Brother. I will see you on the other side.

Semper Fi.

Trooper J. Fox
Alabama State Troopers

January 4, 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
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

December 6, 2007

I am a new survivor and learned of your petition via my local COPS chapter. I agree that he should remain behind bars and submitted my petition showing support for your family. We all bond together to pay it forward, to help others like our loved ones did, selflessly, every day on the job.

Peace,
Meggen

Meggen McKay Payerle
Sister of Slain Officer Bruce McKay

November 26, 2007

Happy Birthday, Semper Fi

Trudy Meyers
wife

November 10, 2007

As the offender's parole hearing approaches, my thoughts are still with the family. I did not personally know Thomas Meyers but it was the first funeral 'officers' funeral I had attended in my first year of law enforcement. His tragedy had a serious impact on me at that time and still does. I have kept the funeral itinerary in my class A hat and today it reminds me that life can be short. God bless your family Officer Meyers.

Patrolman Kyle Clausius
Olathe Kansas Police Department

October 25, 2007

Oh yes time does go by. We’ve had another anniversary today. Yes you are gone but I see you in our kids, but how I wish I could just see you. How proud you would be of how your kids have grown up, you did well in raising them my love. This summer I toasted to you and the fun we had when I went back to Multnomah Falls, I so wish we could have done it together. Remember trying to take the picture, how the people wouldn't move off the bridge and it started raining. Next year we have to face Bittick again for another parole hearing, how I dread it but I will be there for you. Always in my heart and so very often on my mind. Love T2

Trudy Meyers
wife

January 14, 2007

Tom,

I was thinking about you today. I have been planning your son's 40th birthday party for over a year now and something in the back of my mind kept telling me I was forgetting to invite someone. I checked the list. I scanned my contacts. No, I invited everyone on the Cruise around Vancouver Island. Trudy, Tracy, Sonny and Brennan are all coming. Tonight it dawned on me. You can't be there. I refuse to be sad about this, but it struck me that more than 8 years later it is like you are still here. I often think of you during these family events. "Tom would have gotten such a kick out of this!" I plan to honor you, your memory and the great influence you have had on your only son during this celebration. You would be so proud of him. He manages a group of highly educated and motivated professionals. He volunteers in the community (just like you) and we rescue abused dogs. He is dedicated to helping raise your Grandson. Now he is turning 40 and the one gift everyone would really like to give him is not possible because of a thoughtless old drunk on an icy Interstate all those Januarys ago. We miss you and remember your gently ways like it was just yesterday that we last spoke. I will wish him a Happy Bithday for you.

Mark Edmondson
Family Member

September 30, 2006

A man remembered with such love and respect will never die.He continues to live on in the hearts and minds of others and his memories will never fade.May Our Lord Bless his family.

May 13, 2006

The reflections of your family and friends speak volumes as to the kind of husband, father, officer and friend you were. Thank you for your service and I sincerely hope God continues to provide the needed grace to those who love you to carry on another day!

Sergeant in North Carolina

June 23, 2005

Tears fall everyday in the wake of your death.

God Bless you and your Family, Your memory lives on in the eyes of your Grandson.

Bob Steinat

July 7, 2004

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Tonight, January 14, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Police Officer Thomas Richard Meyers who died in the line of duty on this date six years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Officer Meyers’ sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

January 14, 2004

34 years ago we said to one another "Till Death Do Us Part" these were JUST words spoken for they had no reality to us.


Now my love they are so painfully real. I hear them with my ears but my heart is unable to accept them. I miss you so and my life is so blank without your smiles and laughter. Know that I love you so very very much.


Your loving wife

1/14/00

Trudy Meyers - widow
Kansas City Missouri PD

HOW DO YOU LIVE YOUR "DASH"?



I read of a man who stood to speak

At the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on his tombstone

From the beginning ... to the end.

He noted that first came his date of birth

And spoke the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years. (1944 - 1998).



For that dash represents all the time

That he spent alive on earth...

And now only those who loved him

Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;

The cars ... the house ... the cash,

What matters is how we live and love

And how we spend our "dash."



So think about this long and hard...

Are there things you'd like to change?

For you never know how much time is left,

That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough

To consider what's true and real,

And always try to understand

The way other people feel.



And be less quick to anger,

And show appreciation more,

And love the people in our lives

Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,

And more often wear a smile...

Remembering that this special dash

Might only last a little while.



So, when your eulogy's being read

With your life's actions to rehash...

Would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent your dash?



Author Unknown



I still remember all the little things that lay between the "dash" my love and make us so proud of you. The memories come back to me at times I don't except and the emotional wounds so raw that I will forever be vulnerable. The pain is not easier but it doesn't live with me ever minute of the day now. Know that just because you died doesn't mean my love for you has.


Your loving wife T2

Anonymous

Tom Meyers spent most of the last 25 years working to make his community a better place to live. He was a Reserve Officer in Riverside MO. He moved on to a regular position in the Gladstone, MO Department, eventually becoming a Corporal. Officer Meyers spent the last 13 years with the Kansas City, MO Police Department. Tom Meyers had been the Officer Friendly in the local schools. He had been the main force behind the Neighborhood Watch program in the northern half of Kansas City. On his own time, Officer Meyers had worked with City and State Officials and Engineers to redesign hazardous roadways and intersections. One of those roadways may now be named for him. His work to make it safer was appreciated by the local residents. The citizens north of the river in Kansas City are working on a memorial in a local park that will carry on his work. The park is planning to have murals teaching traffic safety to the children that play there.



Tom Meyers was working in the Traffic Division in January when he noticed a tow truck working what was then a minor accident on Interstate 29. It was not necessarily his assigned area. He could have called it in to the North Patrol Division to handle but he characteristically turned around to offer his assistance. His car was positioned to force traffic to steer clear of the hazard with all of its warning lights flashing. Tom got out and was walking on the non-traffic side of the tow truck that also had all of its warning lights activated. A man in a Lincoln Continental came roaring up at a high rate of speed and swerved into the lane occupied by the disabled vehicle and the tow truck. Officer Meyers was struck and the car crashed into the original accident scene. The driver’s blood alcohol level on that clear morning was allegedly three times the legal limit. In a moment the City lost a tireless worker and activist for public safety. His family lost a husband, son and father. We are all diminished by this tragic and needless loss.



The name Thomas R. Meyers will soon be engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. along with too many others. At this writing there have already been more than 110 other Officers killed this year. Tom’s name is already on the State Memorial in Jefferson City and the monument erected by the grateful citizens of Kansas City. His family will never be the same. There are not enough tears to wash away the grief. No amount of time seems to ease the pain. There are no eulogies that can mitigate the loss. Officer Thomas R. Meyers is sorely missed.

Troy Meyers

I would like to thank Officer Meyers so much for the difference that he made. Without dedicated heroes like him, none of us would be safe from drunk drivers. Learning about his death five years later, I am deeply saddened that he was killed this way. When I am an old man, I hope that I will be able to say that I proudly served as a police officer like Officer Meyers. God bless his family. I believe that their must be a special place for him in heaven.

Pat
Baltimore, MD

We had known Thomas R. Meyers. My doughter was an Exchange Studend . She lived in his Familie like a real doughter. My Husband and I visited the Familie and we saw what a wonderfull Person Thomas R . Meyers was.
We were very helpless when we heard about his Death !!!!!

He wants allways to help people and then a drunken person killed him.We are speachless.........
We want that this person stays in prison for 30 years !!!!!!!


Gila & Hellmut Trumpf ,Hamburg ,Germany

Tom,
It is hard for old cops to say much. Although we have a ton to say, we go blank when it comes to officers we knew and loved that left us the way you did. When I'm gone, I hope I am lucky enough to see you again.
Chris

Ret: Officer Christopher W. Sager
KCMOPD

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