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Patrolman Timothy Lawrence Hecht

Porter County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch Thursday, February 11, 1999

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Reflections for Patrolman Timothy Lawrence Hecht

Patrolman Hecht,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Porter County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish t extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol (Retired)

February 11, 2024

Rest in peace Patrolman Hecht.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 11, 2020

You are missed everyday! We always talk about you and remember all the good times! You were such a good person and I was very lucky to have known you!

Sgt Cody Chayhitz
Us army

February 11, 2015

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Hecht. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 6, 2013

Thank you for your dedicated and loyal service to others. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

February 11, 2013

The funeral line was long, There's an awful lot of cars, Folks came out of the restaurants, They came out of the bars.
The workers at the construction sites All let their hammers drop. Someone asked. "What is this all for?" And they said, "Aw, just a cop."
Some chuckled at the passing cars. Some shed a silent tear Some people said, "It's stupid," "all these dumb policemen here."
"How come they are not out fighting crime?" "Or in a doughnut shop?" Sure is a lot of trouble, For someone who's just a cop."
They blocked the intersections, They blocked the interstate. People yelled and cursed, "Damn, it's gonna make me late!"
"This is really ridiculous!" "They're makin' us all stop!" "It seems they are sure wastin' time, On someone who's just a cop."
Into the cemetery now, The slow procession comes, The woeful Taps are slowly played. There's loud salutes from guns.
The graveyard workers shake their heads "This service is a flop." "There's lots of good words wasted, On someone who's just a cop"
Yeah, just a cop to most folks. Did his duty every day. Trying to protect us, Till they took his life away.
And when he got to heaven, St. Peter put him at the top. An angel asked him, "Who was that?" And he said, "Aw, just a cop."
His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

May God be with everyone!!!!!!!!!

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano,TX

April 17, 2009

To Patrolman Timothy Hecht, his loved ones, and his fellow deputies:

On this the tenth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is with all family members and friends who call you beloved. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Tim. I am so humbled by your valor and service.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Tim gave to his community and the citizens of Indiana, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 11, 1999.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phylalis Loy
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 11, 2009


Never Forgotten..... Always Missed ....

Thank You for answering the call to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Always my Hero...

April 3, 2008



February 8, 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
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

January 14, 2008


You are missed so much by your family and friends…I’m still amazed how you impacted so many lives around you. I know the next time I see you, these tears will be from laughter instead of sadness.

Goob (aka ‘Fish Lips’)

Gary VanderStelt

July 13, 2007

you are still missed by all of us. The tears still choke me all the time. It has been eight years now and the pain has not lessened. You are truly a fallen hero. I still see your smile and see your face and will cherish all the memories we shared.


Chief Deputy James H. Boyce
Kouts P.D.

May 24, 2007

Rest in peace, my brother. We won't let you be forgotten

Cook County Illinois Sheriff's

February 20, 2006

1 corintians 13:4-8

4 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; 5 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends

Patrolman Hecht, thank you for your service and dedication. You will be missed and never forgotten. May your family, fiancée, and everyone who loves you stay strong in the memories and love you shared with them.

I lost my fiancée, Scott Stewart, in August of 2002. There not a day that goes by without him in my heart and mind. I understand the pain your fiancee must feel from being ripped from you to soon. The support and love from others who know my pain have helped tremendously.

To your fiancee, if you ever feel the need to reach out to others who know your pain, please contact me and other s/o’s. A search on yah groups will bring you to us. Just enter the below as it is.

Always remember as long as your heart beats Timothy will be with you. He’s there everyday in your heart.

Fiancee Scott Stewart EOW 8-11-02 Detroit


March 10, 2005

Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Patrolman Hechtand to all the personnel of the Porter County Sheriff's Department who worked with him.

While it is no consolation for your loss, remember that we, and many others in this country, appreciate the sacrifice that he made in his effort to ensure the safety of the public.

God bless.

Southwest Central Dispatch
Palos Heights, IL

February 24, 2005

God bless, Tim...from a fellow Hoosier & Porter County resident.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

February 24, 2004

The Black Flag

In my house I keep a black band and a small black flag.

The reason, because criminals look at my uniform as some type of rag.

The band goes on the badge that I wear,

the flag, on an antennae, high in the air.

They both are for friends, who gave it their best.

And are displayed when, their duty done, they’re laid to rest.

These friends of mine work long hours for short pay,

and ask nothing more than to go home safe at the end of their day.

These friends are around, morning, noon and night,

to arrest the wrong and protect the right.

Thier uniforms come in green, brown and blue.

To their chosen profession, they will always be true.

I loose a piece of my heart every time one of them falls,

and in the past three months three made their final calls.

The first one was Tim, dressed all in brown,

he always knew how to chase away a frown.

While trying for the E.R.T. team he fell to the ground,

he left not alone, but with his friends all around.

Next there was Richard, he wore the blue

his career was just starting, he was brand new.

An impaired semi driver pulling a load,

ran over Richard on the side of the road.

The next one was Cory, also in blue,

and as Richard above he also was new.

He had stopped a truck for no taillight,

gunshots rang out and he lost his life, last night.

Go on now, brothers, go to the light,

know in your heart we will continue your fight.

Master Trooper Dave Miller

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