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Trooper Frederick Anthony Hardy

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, November 6, 1999

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Reflections for Trooper Frederick Anthony Hardy

Trooper Hardy,
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 the state of Michigan. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 6, 2019

I miss the way you always seemed to pop up on us. I miss calling you to say hi. Good times with you and friends. When we met you always made me smile. My daughter would see a trooper car and ask is that Mr. Fred. She loved when would do a drive by when you were leaving court. The best friend anyone could ask for. We miss you dearly. Continue watching over us. Kzoo girls.


February 25, 2014

We met your parents last night......we belong to a club no one would want to join. Thankfully we can be supportive of one another.

God Bless..............

Arlene O'Rourke
Mother of Sgt. Patrick John O'Rourke........E.O.W. 9/9/12

January 24, 2014

You will never be forgotten as true heroes never die.

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

November 6, 2011

Every day that I drive past the spot on EB I-96, my eyes water and I think of my academy classmate, fellow trooper, brother and friend. You gave me shelter when I was assigned to #51 (Paw Paw) because you and Tony Crosby had that 2 bedroom in K-Zoo and didn't want me making that daily drive back to Detroit after shift...going through the academy with you was an introduction to the most gentle soul I've ever met...and the last time I saw you, and we promised to hook up when I came back from "long weekend"...your words that night was "see you later Rog..." and when Lt. Ann called me that fateful morning...I just fell on the floor and cried like no other...well, my friend I was a pall bearer at Tony's funeral and a pall bearer at your heart is still heavy from the loss of two of my closest brothers in blue. Neither of you are earthly, but live in the minds and the hearts of so many people. I can hear your voice now Fred! "Take care Rog!"

Trooper Roger Radcliffe (Ret.)
Michigan State Police

June 14, 2011

In honor of Fallen Hero, Trooper Frederick Hardy,

Fred was a great person with a kind and gentle soul. He was the type of person who lived an adventurous and exciting life for the 36 years that he lived. I first met my buddy, at church, we sang in the youth choir, hung together at various church functions such as picnics, church revivals, family functions. He was always the one in the group who kept us laughing and staying out of trouble when we misbehave in church, lol.

Another, a great memory that I had of Fred is when I was struggling in my philosophy class while I was away at college. I remember, I was ready to dropped the class because a few of my quiz scores were averaging "D". However, one night my buddy called me to say hello, I think he was working either the afternoon or late shift , he heard the frustration in my voice and wanted to know what was wrong? I told him my dilemma and immediately he said "stop stressing, you're allowing the course to intimidate me". I thought, huh? What are talking about. Next thing I knew he started giving me profound advice, which was to apply each of the philosophy concepts to everyday experiences , because philosophy is the essence of life experiences. So, each week he helped me to prepare for a quiz/test and immediately, my grade went from a "D" average to a "B". The professor asked me later on what did I do to improve my grade, I just simply said, an Angel!

Linda Scott-Newton
Church member/ Family Friend

May 30, 2011

I met Fred in 1980 at Michigan State University. We were roommates. Fred to this day is the nicest person I have ever met. Always willing to help with a smile. Never heard him once raise his voice. Endlessly positive and considerate. What's sad is that words can not describe a person such as Fred Hardy. In reflection, I'm grateful to have share time on this earth with such a class individual. REST IN PEACE TROOPER FRED HARDY.

Rodney Dade, MD
Roommate in College

May 21, 2011

Merry Christmas, Trooper Hardy, to you and your family.
Thank you for your sacrifice.

May God's peace be with you this holiday season!

Michigan State Police

December 14, 2010

Trooper Hardy,

I remember meeting you for the first time at the GM Truck Plant near Auburn Hills, Michigan. You were a quiet and laid-back personality that I could respect and admire. I thank the creator for giving me the opportunity to say hello to another fine officer of the law. Why do the best have to died? I wish that you were still alive because Michigan needs the finest out protecting its citizens. I am sure that there are still some finest left out there who really upholds the Constitution of this nation. If there isn't, then the country is in problem. Rest in peace, Trooper Hardy.

L. C.
Michigan Resident

December 24, 2009

Dear Cousin Fredrick,
My name is raven wright you might know that last name from ten years ago. I am your little cousin. I've heard so many great things about you. I was at your funeral ten years ago but I was olny a couple months old, which mean I did not get a chance to say hay or goodbye. I wish you were here just to hear your voice. I wonder what it would be like if you would have never gotten killed bye that physco drunk driver. I know that you are in heaven right now and I know that you are thinking what would it be like if you were still here like would be close? Well I will find that out when I get to heaven? Your mom,dad,sister,and brothers are great. They think about you everyday. So contuine to look over them for me. One more little favor may you tell jesus I said see you soon.

Love, Cousin Raven

raven wright

December 8, 2009

On the 10th anniversary of Trooper Hardy's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Trooper Hardy is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

November 6, 2009

Cousin Frederick. As I sit here in my home in Atlanta, GA, my mind takes me back to this day, ten years ago. The night that I received the phone call, that I had lost one of my favorite cousins, who was more like a brother to me. I started wondering, "what am I going to do?" A part of me is gone and I won't be able to see him on this side anymore. Cuz, I am soooo glad that we both found Christ before it was to late, so I know that I will see you again. Continue to watch over me and my family and hey if you don't mind, tell my dad, your Uncle Joe, that I said hello. I know that you all are having a Joyous time there in heaven. May God continue to bless your Soul until we meet again on that grand day. I love you and miss you everyday.

Cousin Felecia

SSG (R) Felecia Hardy-Wright
US Army

November 6, 2009

Trooper Hardy served proudly and was deeply loved and respected by those who knew him. It is a tragedy to lose him. We never know when our lives on this earth will end, but we can make a reservation in Heaven now and assure us a place when God calls us to Himself. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) and He PAID the price for our sins on the Cross so we don't have to pay the penalty for our sins. Yipee! If we accept His payment by faith we can have salvation and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. It is not something we must earn, it is a gift. The most precious one we can ever receive. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith_and this not from yourselves, it is the GIFT of God_not by good deeds, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2: 8,9. For without faith, it is impossible to please God. And our faith must be in God's only Son, Jesus Christ.
You were a credit to the uniform, Trooper Hardy. My heart goes out to your
loved ones left behind and may the Lord comfort them as only He can.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


November 6, 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

November 15, 2007

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones on this 8th anniversary of your being called away. Keep watch over all of your loved ones and those close to you. You have not been forgotten.

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

November 6, 2007

On the eight year anniversary of your passing, you are remembered and a special prayer goes out to your family.

Craig Figgins
Brother - SGT Dan Figgins St Charles, IL EOW 4/9/05

November 6, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 2, 2007

Such a senseless tragedy. My deepest sympathies extended to your family and your brothers. To all who knew Tpr. Hardy - he did not die in vain. God bless the bulls!

Michigan State Police

February 10, 2006

To the family and friends of Trooper Frederick Hardy and his fellow officers, and most especially to Trooper Hardy himself:

On this the sixth anniversary week of your tragic death, please know that you are remembered and honored. Your courage and dedication will never be forgotten.

The reflections left for you show that you were well-loved by many, a man of God, and well-respected by your peers.
Rest in peace, Trooper Hardy.

May your family continue to be supported by their law enforcment family, and other police survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the nine distinquished years of service Trooper Hardy gave to his community and the citizens of Michigan, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 6, 1999.

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

November 8, 2005

It is hard to believe sometimes that human beings have dominion over any other of Father's creation...they can be so unbelievably calloused at times...but, thankfully we all reap what we sow.....

A Million Times

A million times we've needed you,
A million times we've cried.
If love alone could've saved you,
You would have never died.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place,
No one else could ever fill.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn't go alone.
Part of us went with you,
The day God took you home.

March 4, 2005

I work with one of your partners,Paul. He talks very highly of you.
I went to your line and retrived an etching. You will NEVER be forgotten. You will never be alone.

Thank you for your sacrifices.

Deputy Phil Abdoo
Macomb County Sheriff

May 16, 2004

Rest easy Blue Angel


November 30, 2003

Fred is my cousin and lives on in my heart. As a child we were more like brothers and sisters all living in one house on Concord street in Detroit. He used to lick soap when he was angry and we would all run from him as if it gave him super powers. I wish it did. Every year at this time which is also close to his birthday, I think more of the good times we had as children. His life is an example for me as I too joined the Armed Forces and am now working with Military Police. He was a wonderful human being who I owe much too. I miss you Frederick. We were 8 kids in that one house together and one day we will be together again.

Mr. Daniel C. Yelder Jr.

November 12, 2003

Rest in peace troop. While your watch is over, ours continues.

Senior Trooper
Virginia State Police

November 6, 2003

I had the honor and pleasure to work with Tpr. Hardy.  He brought to this world a hard working, fun loving attitude that rubbed off on all those around him   Fred was a man who treated everyone he met with respect.  His departure came well before his time should have been up.  I know that Fred is in Heaven looking down on all of us at the Post, smiling and watching over us.  We miss you Fred.

Tpr Dilg
Michigan State Police

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