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Deputy Sheriff Eric Andrew Thach

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, October 8, 1999

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Eric Andrew Thach

Dear Bud,
I love you so much. I think about you all the time and the times we could have shared during our golden years. You are my hero, even now and i always will be with you.
I miss you and I love you.
Love, me

Suzanna Metcalf

December 27, 2019

A busy year. 20 years later. The events have not dimmed. Sharp and burning as the day of. Had the great honor of spending much time with your family. In honor of your sacrifice, we’ve dedicated our retired / converted P.D./ Jail to you - the Eric A. Thach Memorial Building in Klamath Falls, OR. Memories of your time and those involved are kept in perpetuity in our museum on site. Never forgotten Brother.

Mike Angeli - Sr. Dep. retired
Riverside County Sheriff

October 23, 2019

Deputy Sheriff Thach,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Riverside County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 8, 2019

Dear Eric,
She's all grown up, she is beautiful, smart and a dork just like you could be sometimes. She is stubborn, talented and has your smile. We miss you and there hasn't been a day that I look at her that I don't see you in her. Every time I hear, Here Comes the Sun or We've Only Just begun, I think of you and the amazing gift you gave me.


October 8, 2019

I love you and miss you so much!


October 6, 2019

Happy Birthday Bud. I love you.


March 19, 2019

I think about you all the time but I never visit enough sorry


February 11, 2019

I love you bud. Left this on the 8th but it didn't post.


October 12, 2018

We attended the academy together Class 134- hard to the core. Eric was a fellow cadet and a friend. As I reflect back on his senseless murder, I can’t explain the feeling of loss. It’s is a hole that is always there. I now have the additional load to carry of two more from the department I am retired from. Gil Vega was a friend beat partner and mentor and Lesley Zerebny was a wife mother and kick butt new cop who I did not know personally. But was told of many great times which painted a picture of a beautiful woman. They were both murdered on this day 10-8. From 1999 until just two short years ago makes no difference. I am very sad at their deaths but thankful that one day I will see them again in heaven. I give continued prayers for the officers and their families daily for safety and security that only God can give.

Motor Officer Bergman
Palm Springs Police (retired)

October 9, 2018

19 years. Still honoring as a Brother should and would. A strange bit of karma, providence or whatever it might be thought of as; the significant other to my daughter was born the very same day you passed. I like to think that a little bit of you was passed to her protector, to look over her shoulder while I watch over yours.

Mike Angeli - Sr. Dep. retired
Riverside Sheriff

October 8, 2018

Happy Birthday bud. I love you and miss you.


March 19, 2018

This year flew by, Brother. It’s 18 years into eternity. Your name and deeds stay alive with us. Many of those, there, that day are now retired. Your story will carry on. Rest well.

Mike Angeli Sr. Dep. - retired
Riverside Co. Sheriff

October 9, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother. We honor you on the 18th anniversary of you E.O.W. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

October 8, 2017

My prayers go out to your family. Your name and story will never be forgotten may GOD continue giving strength and love to your family.


September 20, 2017

Happy Birthday my bud! I love you.


March 19, 2017

Happy New Year my bud. I love you forever and ever. My life has not been the same since you were taken from me and the ones that knew you and loved you too.


January 1, 2017

17 years. Time keeps marching on yet it seems like yesterday. Your Brothers are retiring or have made that step already. Someday we'll meet up again and you can tell us if we carried the torch and did well in honoring your deeds. Until then, RIP friend.

Senior Deputy - Mike Angeli - retired
Riverside Sheriff

October 9, 2016

I love you so much. I miss you forever!!


October 8, 2016

I miss you


June 27, 2016

Not to many days go by that I don't think about you my friend. We had some great times spent talking and learning this job together. I learned a lot from you! You will always be in my thoughts and in my heart brother! NEVER FORGOTTEN!

Corporal Jeff Hurd
Riverside County Sheriff's Department

May 25, 2016

Happy Birthday buddy. I love you


March 20, 2016

I miss you so much my dear friend Eric (buddy) I do think of you so much when I met you for the first time I knew when I hired you that YOU were of quality flat out one of the greatest humans I've EVER met in my life EvER I loved you with all the power I have it was my honor to be part of your life & this weak planet is weaker by the day without you in GOD I miss you you were such a big deal dam God takes the GREAT ones why is that?

Patrick Quinlan
Great friends for life

October 23, 2015

16 years ago, my daughter was born into this world. 16 years ago, you were taken from this world, Eric Thach. Some would say it is how the world is balanced. I would say that we lose those that make this world great too easily and that we are very imbalanced.

We bring things back to center by working harder and trying to live up to the standards you have given us. We honor you by this and carry on your memory and story.

16 years is long. Eternity, may it be guided by your example.

Sr. Dep. (ret.) Michael Angeli
Riverside Sheriff

October 8, 2015

Hard to believe it’s been 16 years, I remember it like it was yesterday. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you, I never covered the patch in my tub because it reminds me of you. It was hard to get ahold of you with your schedule and you called while I was in the middle of mixing the fiberglass. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity so I did the patch while holding the phone with my shoulder, which may be why it looks so bad. Thanks to you and your father I can’t listen to the Beatles “Here comes the son” without thinking about you both, yet I think about the song every time I see a sunrise.

Miss you and love you brother.

C. Sgt. Steve Taylor
RSO and Extended Family

October 8, 2015

Oh my!! I can't believe you would have been 50 today. You are always on my mind and I miss you as much as I did years ago. Time does not heal the pain and loss. I love you bud!! Happy Birthday.

Suzanna and kiddos


March 19, 2015

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