Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Esther Todacheene

Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police

End of Watch Monday, June 8, 1998

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Reflections for Police Officer Esther Todacheene

Watched her on the Nat Geo Channel when they did their show Navajo Cops watched a segment on her or one she was in thought she was very professional

Reg “Reggie” Labrum

March 29, 2023

Rest in peace Officer Todecheene.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 18, 2021

Rest In Peace Sister LEO. Thank you for your sacrifice and service. Never forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

June 8, 2019

RIP. Thank you for your service.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

December 17, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

June 9, 2018

On this the 19th Anniversary of your passing, you ma'am are not forgotten! Fly high our angel in blue! We have your six!

ER/Trauma Technician J. Rasler

June 8, 2017

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

June 8, 2015

Ester, your sacrifice won't be forgotten ( I read this page and reflected on this. I am just one of many) I'm a 52 year old, 29 year service Welsh (UK, look it up) police veteran, soon to retire. I was trawling the internet regarding a route 66 retirement vacation when I happened across the Navajo police department page. Being a fellow cop, and I am a traffic cop & biker, I read deeper and deeper...... I might not have known you, but I bet our values were the same.
You were driving to the aid of a fellow officer when your life was cut short...... respect.

Respect to all my U.S. 'brothers and sisters of the badge' ( a phrase I adopted from a cop in VA), be it Native American/full time/reserve etc.

PC413 Terence 'Terry' Mountjoy-Evans
Gwent Police U.K.

October 25, 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

June 8, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th 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. Rest In Peace

I pray for the solace of 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 family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

June 11, 2012

I can't believe that you left my side 13 years ago. You have brought many inspirations to me to pursue what you left behind and I shall finish what you have started. I miss you everyday, you are in my thoughts and prayers for all eternity.
Love you always,
Ur lil Sis

Future P.O- Phylishia Todecheene
Younger Sister

October 3, 2011

"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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 5, 2008

May your sleep be sweet and your loved ones ever blessed.

June 8, 2007

In a cadet class full of bright stars, your's was the brightest...I knew you had the look of success and I knew you would go far in helping the Dine' and become a leader among your peers. It is tragic that your opportunity was not little sister, I pray for you and pray for the ones left behind...your memory serves to motivate and portrays dedication and hard work...I honor your memory.

(former) Chief Leonard G. Butler
Navajo Nation Police

April 14, 2007

Thank you for your services and our prayers w/you and your family. You will be missed.

C.Begay Phoenix

August 5, 2006

There are days when I wonder,"How would today be if Esther
were here?", but I guess we'll never know. You alway knew how to cheer someone up they were down. There will never be another person like you. You will always be around and never forgotten. There are times that I see you around, I guess that's you'r way of telling us we will always have a guide through the rough times in life.

always a friend Jerome Begay

Detention Officer Jerome Begay
Kayenta Police Department

May 6, 2006

I asked a Medicine Man why you had to go
And he said, “She’s not gone. She’s still here among us.
Look for her presence in the rainbows,
In the early morning ground fogs,
In the desert slow rainy days”.

“Listen and you will hear her footsteps
In the first dawn lights,
In the last lights before night fall,
In the moon light beam colors”.

“Listen and you hear her laughter
In the new officer’s first day out,
In the officers teaching the new people,
In the officer’s caring and sharing road experiences”.

The Medicine Man said, “She’s not gone. She’s still here.
She is only gone if she is not in your hearts,
Your thoughts and your prayers.
She is part of you, you welcomed her as such”.

CI Rodger J. Yazzie
NDCI Kayenta Police District

May 5, 2006

hey, girl.... time sure does fly, it seems like it was just yesterday that we were sitting in criminal justice class. You are always in our hearts and always remembered and most of all missed by your fellow officers. NDLE-KYPD

Police Officer Lorna Benally
Kayenta Police District

May 2, 2006

God Speed, Sister.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

February 25, 2006


In the whisper of the wind,
I felt God embrace me.
As the voice of a loved one,
I heard God speak to me
Looking in a mirror
I saw God smile at me.
One moment and I knew
That God and I were one.

February 26, 2005

officer todecheene how time flies it seems like it was only yesterday when we finished the navajo police academy. right now i lost for words .i still find hard to believe that i lost a fellow classmate. class 97-36.


September 4, 2004

Gone but not Forgotten....Rest in Peace Blue Angel, the watch is ours...

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Twp Police Dept, Lewisburg, Pa.

June 8, 2004

I wish there was more that I could have done for you. The courage and honor you have display as a Police Officer comes second to none. It was an honor to have served with you. Rest peacefully Hero.

Tpr. G.Begay

April 11, 2004

You are not forgotten.......

Sgt. A. Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

January 30, 2004

They come day and night,rain or shine, seeing the bad things in our world, and they will always respond to our calls, even in death, Our prayers will be will be missed by many..

Elmer Phillips
Tuba City USD Security

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