Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Orville Monse, Jr.

Atascosa County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, October 12, 1999

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Thomas Orville Monse, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Monse,
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 Atascosa County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

October 12, 2019

Dear Daddy,
I am sorry i have not written to you, don't think you are not in my mind at all times. Lately, i have been so much in thought that i have had some trouble putting pen to paper. 19 years has passed, your grandchildren are growing and so is your kids. Justin has 4 kids now with his wife and has a great job and lives a good life. Daylon is going in the right direction and i have high hopes for him. David just got married and had a baby boy this past year. They named him after you his name is Thomas Orville Monse 111, he is a handful and looks just like David and you. I am happy with my 4 daughters, still in Christine. I miss you so much ... been missing you ... i love you

Lauri Renee Monse
Daughter of Deputy Thomas Monse Jr.

November 7, 2018

Rest in Peace brother. you are a true hero.

"Blue Lives Matter"

Steve Van Slyke, retired K9 Handler
El Cajon Police Department

October 12, 2016

16 years dad. We had a birthday party for my baby yesterday and all I could do is think of you and just wishing you were here with us. They are supposed to be naming a street in town after you and I'm so excited. I get so happy when people write things to me remembering you and the wisdom and love you showed everybody you came in contact with. I miss you dad and I will see you again one day but until then I will just talk to you in my thoughts as I do normally. We love you

Lauri Monse
Daughter Thomas Monse Jr

October 12, 2015

It was my sophomore year, about 16 years ago. A friend that lived down the road from where this horrible act of hate took place came to school talking about a shoot out that happened down from her house. I couldn't believe what she was telling me. Later that day I learned who the officers were and when I heard your name I screamed out your name and began to cry. I couldn't believe that you were taken from us in such a horrible way. You were the closest thing to a brother to me. I miss your hugs, always asking me how school was going, and telling me to be good and to stay out of trouble. He would say now I know that's hard cause your a Trevino, but they also have good heads on their shoulders. I thought it would get easier as the years go by, but it seems as though it gets harder. I go to visit you and I can't help but sit there and cry. It is so hard to remember the happy times when such a horrible thing happened to you and how you were taken from us. I've been thinking of going into law enforcement...and if I do I know I have a wonderful angel watching down on me. I love and miss you brother....till I see you again on the other side.

Michele Trevino Grollimund
Freind/little sister

September 7, 2015

15 years have passed. The Sherriffs Office is having a memorial tomorrow for ya'll, it is going to be a sad day tomorrow. We celebrated my daughters birthday yesterday marking her 3rd year always found it amusing that she was born the day before such a horrible day for me. I always wondered if daddy tried doing it on purpose so i wouldn't be so sad on that day. Not one day goes by that your name doesn't pop into my mind thinking of what my daddy might think ... or what would he of done in this instance. With so many years going by i think there are so many people that dont remember what happened and then i get to come on here and see all these people talking about him or we do a memorial service and people that i haven't seen in years pop up ... that reminds me that NONE OF YA'LL ARE EVERY FORGOTTEN ... I MISS YOU DAD

Lauri Renee Monse
daughter of Deputy Thomas O Monse Jr.

October 12, 2014

I am honored to have sent a "No parole" letter, so that the cowardly inmate remains locked up and denied the pleasure of living in a world that you made safe for all of us.

Det. (Ret) Billy Russo
Nassau County Police Dept., NY

May 24, 2014

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.

HEROES NEVER DIE...

Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

May 20, 2014

My Dearest Daddy

We had a memorial service for yall this past week am bf I wish I would've put it on here to share but I gave it to mom to put in our scrapbook. Every year my kids get bigger I think how much they would of loved you. I can't describe how much pain I feel. We got word on my birthday that one of the men who stole you from me is up for parole. We have written protest letters but it would be truly sad if he got out. My question is when do you gerry to come back to us since he is able. How is this fair for him to be able to put his life back together and ours isn't fixable. I just don't understand how this is justice. As always my hero of a dad I love you. I miss you so much. I really hope that God doesn't let him come back to this totem to where they're a chance of us running into him somewhere bring from such a small town. Watch over me dad. We miss you. I love you.

Lauri R Monse
Daughter of Deputy Thomas Monse Jr

May 20, 2014

Rest in peace brother, you have not been forgotten. Thank you for your service and for your sacrifice. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Deputy Monse during this time of pain facing your ordeal all over again. My "NO APPEAL FOR COP KILLERS" letter is being sent today.

Senior Patrolman Donnie Meaders
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

May 19, 2014

RIP my brother of the badge, God Bless your Family, Friends and Department. My "No Parole" Letter was mailed today.

Bob Reed, Retired Police Officer
South Lake Tahoe P.D.

May 19, 2014

RIP my brother of the badge, God Bless your Family, Friends and Department. My "No Parole" letter went out this date.

Bob Reed, Retired Police Officer
South Lake Tahoe P.D.

May 19, 2014

Heroes live forever, Deputy Monse, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Atascosa County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

October 12, 2013

I met your Mom this week and we have become best of friends. She is a wonderful lady and had nothing but great things to say about her hero, her son, Tom. We celebrated your life at PR and also mourned your death. We know you are with Our Lord and are waiting to be reunited with your family. God Bless you and your sweet family, especially your Mom, Janie Fischer.

Anne Beitel
Mother of LODD Milburn Beitel,III

October 30, 2012

Lauri, nothing has touched me more than the refelections you leave your father, I get on here every year and find that you have left another, I sit and cry, thinking about my own daughters and how they would feel if I were to not come home from work. It seriously makes me want to give up my profession, take them in my arms and never let go. I have been an officer for 23 years, I was at your fathers funeral, and quite possibly stood near you at one point during the service. I have no doubt in my mind your dad is watching over you and is so proud of what you guys have become. Law Enforcement Officers share a bond with one another, we like to consider ourselves brothers and sisters, when one of our brothers or sisters pass, their children become an inseperable part of that extended family.....you have countless Aunt's and Uncles out there, ready to help you whenever you need it and whatever it is. Your fathers sacrafice will never be forgotten, your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Don't ever forget that your daddies love for you is eternal.... 10/12/12

Deputy Robert Carvin
Lee County Sheriff's Office

October 12, 2012

it seems like only yesterday i still hear your voice and miss you so much i will always love you

mary alice monse
wife

October 12, 2012

13 years daddy ... I wish u were here to see how we have grown, U have 4 granddaughters amber one of which was born on Oct 11, 2011. Justin is in the army and has his bbygirl and another due in Nov. Daylon getting married today. David is doing well in school and is going to grow up and be just like u. We miss u and have not forgotten anything. I love u daddy.

Lauri R. Monse
Daughter of Deputy Thomas Monse Jr

October 12, 2012

Rest in peace, Deputy Monse. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Atascosa County and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

October 12, 2012

Tom I'll never forget you brother I am know a deputy for atascosa county I just hope I can be as good as you I love you brother until we meet again. Please watch over us.

Kelly Lee Trevino Sheriff Deputy
Atascosa county Sheriff Department

June 22, 2012

Your sacrifice and service will not be forgotten. May God Bless your family and loved ones. Rest in piece Deputy.

Sgt. G. T. Martin
Collier Co. S.O. (FL)

June 6, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Former Police Officer
(D.H.P.D)

October 12, 2008

To Deputy Monse and his loved ones:

On this the ninth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today. Rest in Peace, Deputy Monse. I am praying for solace for your family today and each day of their journey as survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Deputy Monse gave to his community and the citizens of Texas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 12, 1999.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 12, 2008

Daddy,
I am thinking of you and just wondering how you are doing up there. I know that you have to be laughing at me just because i am being myself, silly. I Love You and just wanted to tell you that... David's Birthday is coming up and he is gettin go big and looks just like you. Well as a matter of fact all of our birthdays are coming up, not that you would ever forget but i just thought that i am going to be missing you those days and making sure that you are looking down on me and smiling. I love you daddy so much and you make me sad that you have to be so far away ... but i know you are the one that has been taking care of me and letting me stay strong. So i love you and i wish you could be here with me but since you can't i know that yo uwill be looking down at us and smiling at how we turned out..

I LOVE YOU DADDY AND ALWAYS WILL I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AND I WILL ALWAYS WRITE TO YOU ... I HOPE YOU HEAR ME TALKING TO YOU AT NIGHT IN MY PRAYERS ...

LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER
YOUR BELOVED DAUGHTER
LAURI MONSE

Lauri Monse
Daughter of Thomas Orville Monse Jr.

March 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

January 30, 2008

On this anniversary of your EOW, my thoughts are with all of your loved ones. I know their daily pain, even after 8 years in their case. Keep watch over them, wrap your wings around them and protect them. Continue to keep watch over those still out on patrol. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

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

October 12, 2007

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