Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Leslie Dean Keely

Flint Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, September 24, 1999

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Reflections for Police Officer Leslie Dean Keely

Les,


I, like many others will miss you and your presence at the Police Department. However, I feel joy and confidence knowing that you are with the Lord, resting and I'm quite sure laughing as well. Now someone else will have to take over the role of Computer Golf master in the Union office!


Go with God brother and I look forward to seeing you again someday.

Ofc. Matt Purcell
Flint Police Department

Les, my brother, I miss you more than I can say right now. Although, I know you're in a much happier place. I guess you never really know how many lives you have touched until you're gone. We're kinda lost in the office right now without you, but we'll make it. Send some sunshine our way if you can. I'll send some prayers up if you could deliver 'em for me. We love and miss you.



Tank

Ofc. Keith Speer (Tank)
Flint PD

Les, You made me laugh like no one else. Thanks for being a part of my life.


I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts, that hope always triumphs over experiance. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.


Tell Dunning I said Hi.

Ofc. Gail Cotter
Flint PD

For those of you who knew Les, you know exactly the sense of humor that he always demonstrated. Just two weeks prior to his death, he had the misfortune to respnd to a domestic complaint involving an off duty officer. During this confrontation Les was fired at by the off duty officer. After the incident was over and Investigators arrived, Les always thinking, realizing what a traumatic event that he had just gone through comes up with the idea this is the perfect opportunity to take a stress leave. Until upon reflections he realizes and states " Oh man, I've got the next four days off." He laughs, and walks away. That's the last time I saw Les, I'm thankful his making a joke out of a serious situation was the last memory I have of him.

Sgt. Rick Warren
Flint PD

This is the beginning of a new day.

God has given me this day to use a I will.

I can waste it, or grow in its light and be of service to others.

But what I do with day is important because I have exchanged a day of my life for it.

When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever.

I hope I will not regret the price I paid for it.



Les, you never wasted one single day. You always made others happy with your smile and jokes. Whenever someone was down, you were there to pick them up. Les, you will be sadly missed as the hollowed walls of the department will never be the same. Your memory will always be with us Les and may you always watch over us and keep us safe as you walk your beat on heavens golden streets.



Sadley missed

Ofc. Lou Weller Jr.
Flint PD

The funniest thing I ever saw Les do was about 4 yrs ago when we were at motorcycle school in Warren, Mi. The last exercise of the day was out in the parking lot next to the two story Police Dept. The object of the excerise was to get the bike to 30mph and lock up both tires into a full skid. As everyone looked on, including both floors of the department, (because Les had a problem with it earlier, Les hit the brakes, layed the bike down, and rolled across the parking lot. Before any of us could reach him, Les jumped up laughing and did a perfect dismount like a gymnast.

Ofc. Dave Bender
Flint PD

Les,

You are sadly missed but happily remembered. I remember the first time I met you, a smiling rookie. The smile never left your face over 14 years and now brings sunshine from the Heavens above. Take care my friend.

God Bless You. !!! :) :)

Lou Weller

Lou Weller, Sgt. (Retired)
Flint PD

LES,


I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THE LAUGHS AND DEBATES OVER UNION BUSINESS. I WILL MISS THE JOKES AND LIES WE SHARED. YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN SO PROUD OF BRANDON, HE MADE ALL OF US BIG BAD COPS CRY WITH HIS WONDERFUL WORDS ABOUT YOU. BRANDON IS A TERRIFFIC KID, YOU DID A GREAT JOB RAISING HIM. I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN MY FRIEND AND WE CAN CONTINUE TO BS.

Officer Kenneth Engel
Flint PD

Les,



You have touched the lives of many who will miss you dearly. For those not fortunate enough to have known you personlly -I leave a poem that was displayed at your funeral, for others to appreciate. May God bless your soul - we will see you soon.



The police officer stood and faced his Maker,

which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.



"Step forward now, police officer

how shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To your Maker, have you been true?"



The police officer, with squared shoulders, said

"No sir, I guess I ain't.

Because those of us who carry badges

can't always be a saint.



I've worked 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 just got too steep.



And I never passed by a cry for help

though at times I shook with fear,

and sometimes, please forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.



I know I don't deserve a place

amoung the people here.

They never wanted me around

except to calm thier fears.



But if you have a place for me here,

well....it need not be too grand.

I never expected or had too much

so if you don't....I'll understand."



There was silence all around the room

where the saints respectfully stood.

As the police officer waited quietly,

for the judgement....bad or good.



"step forward now, police officer,

you've borne your burdens well.

Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in hell."


~Author unknown

Submitted Anonymously

Les, You have truly touched my life and I will never forget you. The joy and the leadership you have brought to your friends and comrades will live on forever. While I keep telling myself that it is so unfair that you are not with us anymore, I know in my heart that God needed you for a reason, so he brought you home early. I know you are in heaven, playing golf, playing hockey and organizing the angels into a labor union. I will look forward to seeing you again.



Bill

Lt. William Khouri
Flint Police Department

He Was a Friend



He made his friends by being one,

and on his friendship men relied;

In every deed that need be done

He made the Golden Rule his guide.

His friendly presence brought a cheer

That made the day seem wondrous fair;

His daily living so sincere

Made others love him everywhere;

He was friend.



No task too great for him to do,

And in the doing was a smile

That aided as he carried through

The deeds that were so well worthwhile.

The brightness of his day is gone,

We see the setting of the sun;

If only we could carry on

And live a life as he has done!

He was a friend.



Just yonder on the star kissed shore

He carries on in a nobler way;

Though we can see his face no more,

Thanks for his friendship for a day.

If on his tomb I could indite

The epitaphI have in mind,

One phrase is all taht I would write,

The truest words that I could find:

He was a friend.



-- Will Taylor

Submitted Anonymously

Les, Some of the funniest times I've had as a police officer came when I was working with you and Brownie on third shift. I always look back on those experiences with fondness. I know you will make some other "rookie" happy when you work with them on that heavenly beat. Until we can ride together again, I'll miss you. Be Safe.



Bossman

Sgt. Rick Hetherington (Bossman)
Flint Police Department

Officer Les Keely,



Les was always a bright spot in my tours with the Flint Police Department. Whenever Les would see me coming into the station or on a call he would respond with a heartfelt "Hello, Chaplain Dave!". His stories of years of experience with the Flint Police Department were always entertaining and insightful. Les will be deeply missed and will continue to be a person who has touched my life in a meaningful way.

Chaplain David L. Guy
Presently Chaplain Cortez, Colorado

Les....I still can't believe you are actually gone. I know, however that you are only gone physically, not spiritually. You were a shining light in the department and you will be sadly missed. I know we will ride together again like we did on third shift.

Sgt. Rick Hetherington "Bossman"
Flint Police

Les, My good friend. It's hard to think that your not here with us anymore. I will miss your jokes that always seemed to come so quick. That smile you always had, making us think
what is he going to do to us now. 12 years ago you took me under your wing as I was a new rookie and you taught me a lot and 12 years later, you again take me under your wings as my guardian angel, as you now watch over me from heaven. I will miss seeing you at the hockey games, seeing you in the union office. Somethings will never be the same without you around. The talks of our families and how close our kids ages were, the dreams of our kids going to college. I can now only hope your dreams will come true.


Your friend Clarence Banks

Officer Clarence Banks
Flint Police

Les,



We still remember.....

Anonymous

Born and raised in Flint I grew up idolizing every Flint Police Officer I made contact with. Always there to make a difference, and make our streets as safe as they could.I participated in the ride along program several times with various different officers always superior in professionalism. Your great officers only made my asperations in becoming a law enforcement officer that much greater. I decided to go a different route, serving my country as a law enforcement officer but everyday I use tact that I was taught from many of your officers. Even though I never met you, I remeber seeing you at almost all Flint General games in the visitor penalty box, laughing and having a good time. Thank you for your dedication, and keeping my family safe in Flint.

Inv. Diem Military Police Investigator
US Army Military Police, 39th MP Det. Hawaii

Les, it has been three years today since you were taken from us. You are still in my thoughts and will never be forgotten.

Lt. William Khouri (Retired)
Flint Police Dept.

Les,
I can't believe you have been gone for three years!! You are not forgotten. Everywhere I go people still talk about you and miss you dearly. I know you left alot of empty spaces in peoples lives. I talk with your mother and she misses you greatly!! I wish I could take some of her pain, I hope some of your brothers and sisters at Flint PD will look in on her.
I just wanted to say I miss you and that you are thought about daily and I thank God and you for keeping me safe.
Miss you!

Anonymous

Still thinking about you. It's been hard, but you live on with us.

Anonymous

Just thought I would stop by and say hello, boy does the union miss you!!! Sorry that I did not get back with you sooner, than 9-12-01. If I only could tell you how many times your name has come up this month. It's like an omen.
A few of us stopped by the cemetery this week just to say hello. Just wanted to let you know we think about you every day. Truly wish things could have been different. Not too much more to say, just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts.

Anonymous

Les,

I'm finally getting around to typing this out. I visit this page often and read the thoughts of others as they remember you. You touched a lot of people, myself included.
I remember meeting you for the first time when I worked at Pirates Park the summer after I graduated High School. Right away you made a hilarious impression on me with your jokes and one-liners. I'm smiling now just thinking about those times.
I only worked there for that summer, but fate was good to me as I worked at the I.M.A. a year or two after that while I was going to college. I was able to talk with you a lot more before and during the hockey games. Your stories and love for the job are a couple of the reasons why I am an Officer now. I thank you for that.
In closing, I want to say I miss you Les. I attended Tampa PD Officer Lois Marrero's funeral this summer and all I could think of was she has no idea what she is getting into now!!
Make her laugh, just like you made me.

Your friend,

Officer Scott Elizondo
St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

Officer Scott Elizondo
St Petersburg P.D., Florida

Finally, the idiot has been sentenced. 19-40 yrs. . I know you have no hate or ill feelings in heaven, but it does help us who are still here to see some sort of justice. We still miss you Les. Not a day goes by that we don't think about you, or tell one of your war stories. I'll bet you got a good laugh at your plaque huh? I know you appreciate that kind of humor. Never take anything too seriously, especially yourself.

Miss ya Bud

A Friend
Flint PD

Uncle Les,

Two years has already passed, but at times it still feels like it was just yesterday since you were taken from us. I can't begin to tell you how much life changed for many of us once you were gone. The adjustments haven't always been easy, but we've made it a long way these 2 years. Mom and dad are really looking out for your family and spend a lot of time with the boys. You'd be very proud of your boys - they are such pillars of strength. Well...most of the time.

The main reason I submit this reflection is to ensure that you are never forgotten and so you know that we still remember and love you always. I couldn't be there for the sentencing of the man who caused your death, but my thoughts are cetainly back in Flint, even if the miles between here and there are so much further now than they were before. I hope in your honor that justice is served...for in valor there is hope.


Donna Jo

I just want to say that Les was one of the best guys I've ever met on the job. He was the first officer that I knew personally that had died. I had just answered a call with him about two days prior and can remember standing directly next to him. About 2 to 3 weeks prior to that, I was at a call where he was almost shot and remember talking with him. The news of his loss was a total shock, especially because he was not known as a "cowboy cop." In fact, when I had heard someone had died, several other names immediately came to mind...never in a million years would of I guessed his. He answered his calls and would always back you up. He did his job. I can remember actually crying in the cruiser the very next day at work while seeing other cruisers seem to drive around slowly as if they were lost. I can remember thinking "Why?" Anyway, I hope the family of Les is doing good and god bless them. Jason.

Police Officer - Jason Cate
Flint Police Department

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