Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Jason Eric Beal

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, January 15, 2000

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Reflections for Trooper Jason Eric Beal

Our Greatest Fear
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
"Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again, I hold back a tear.
They patrol in the state, city, county and town,
in uniforms colored white, green, blue and brown.
The shape of their badges may vary,
but it’s a symbol that they all, proudly carry.
They leave for work with a kiss goodbye,
but some don’t come home, no matter how hard they try.
To uphold the law is the job that they pick,
with such high aspirations, why must some die so quick?
They leave behind loved ones, family and friends,
after their lives have met tragic ends.
Some die in crashes, others hearts not too stout,
too many have been lost when gunshots ring out.
Our Heavenly Father has called them home,
no more these dark streets do they roam.
Through trial and error they have given their best,
please Lord, now grant them eternal rest.
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
" Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again I hold back a tear.

Master Trooper Dave “Stumpy” Miller

Indiana State Police Dist 13

December 19, 2005

"The path of the Warrior is lifelong, and mastery is often simply staying on the path."

Thank you for helping us stay on the path. You shall not be forgotten.

65th Indiana State Police Recruit
Indiana State Police

December 3, 2005


It's been awhile since I have left you a message. I try to keep you updated on what we are doing through this wonderful website, but I have had a hard time typing this to you. I know that you made me promise to you that should anything happen to you I would move on with my life and find love again. I've told you that I have found that love, with Chris. But it is very hard for me to tell you that on August 20, 2005 Chris and I got married. I know that you are happy for us, but in some way I feel that it's almost as if I shouldn't be allowed to get remarried. I have no regrets in marrying Chris, but I worry that I have hurt you in some way by moving on. I love you so much and hurting you is the last thing that I would ever want to do. I am glad that we had that conversation in the car a few weeks before you died because if you hadn't forced me to promise that I would move on should anything happen, then I know that my guilt would be so much worse than it is now.

I rarely cry when I leave you messages anymore, but tonight is an exception. You have been on my mind a lot. Telling my best friend and my first love that I now have another man in my life is not an easy task!

I am continuing my schooling and my work with IN COPS. I can only hope to live up to the example you showed of helping others.

Cody has a nightlight in his room. The lightbulb burnt out, so I had to replace it. The only bulbs I could find were blue. I think there's a reason for that. I told Cody about project blue light and he loves that his nightlight honors his daddy that helped people!

Love Always,

November 10, 2005

Dear Trooper Beal,

I've been reading some of the reflections and I'm having a tough time reading what I'm typing. Maybe it's allergies that's got my eyes all watered up, but I tend to believe it's just how touching so many of them are. Your family seems like some of the most wonderful people to walk the Earth. You apparently are a very special person and very much loved.

I use the present tense because it's obvious to me and anyone else who reads these, that though you physically have left, you're very much still a part of so many lives that, you never really left.

To his family in Indiana, I almost feel like I know you and that I've intruded on some very personal moments, but your words say so much that, for the sake of all of us in this line of work, it's very comforting to read them. Thank you for sharing such heartfelt emotions.

Emily, you are a gutsy and strong woman and I wish you luck in your new life and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your efforts on behalf of COPS. It's a fine organization, thanks primarily to people like you.

Trooper Beal, Jason, Thanks for your service. Thirteen months isn't a long time, but it seems that's all the time you needed to make a very positive impact on the Indiana State Police.

God Bless.

Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 30, 2005


Our baby turned 5 today! He is getting so big. I am very proud of him, just as I am sure that you are a very proud Daddy in Heaven. I wish you were here to celebrate his birthday. I got up early this morning to decorate the house so his birthday would feel extra special. Chris, Dylan, and I took him to the Zoo. He loved it! He loves the Animal Planet Channel and anything to do with animals. I think he got that from you! I just fear he's going to try to catch snakes like Jeff Corwin!

I continue to live each day, but you'll always have a piece of my heart and a piece of my life. The funny thing is that I don't hurt so much for myself, but for what I know Cody has missed out on. That really bothers me. I know how much you wanted to be a loving, caring dad to him. You wanted to teach him so much about life. Well, Babe, you may not have had the opportunity to teach him everything you planned, but I believe that you have taught him, and me, more about life than you could have ever imagined.

I know you are still with us in your own way. Please continue to be with us until the day we can see your new home and your smiling face.

Love Always,

Emily Beal

June 14, 2005

Emily....(& family)....Although I have not yet found the words to write on my own husbands Memorial Page,I have somehow found the energy to read about your great loss when losing Jason.
Emily, I, even after going on "four months", can't get past my HEART BEING BROKEN to the point of dysfunction. I KNEW what I had.....I didn't need to lose him to find it out. I can't fathom or come close to comprehension of life without him.
I just want you (& everyone else reading this)to know, that with all I've read about "your Jason"......NEVER question the pride he has in you - equal to that which you hold for him. I am BLESSED that you came into my life at what is the DARKEST, MOST 'GUT-WRENCHING' experience of my life. I am STILL trying to make bargains with God to give me even "5 more minutes with Tom".

You represent a VERY WONDERFUL - AND VERY NECESSARY organization in C.O.P.S.(unfortunately for us all howevr).....with compassion, grace, concern, and an 'elegance' I am certain, Jason is smiling upon....Telling my husband Tom..."That's my girl!" And have NO DOUBT of the pride that the GREAT organization of COPS has in you as sucn a STRONG member. I HOPE TO FIND STRENGTH TO JOIN YOU ONE DAY.
It's been long overdue to let you know that I'm GLAD You're my "shoulder"....and usually my "keeper" to keep me where I should be, & WANT to be....which is with that of my FIRST & IMMEDIATE FAMILY & - MY LARGEST family....The "Police Family".
Emily,,,,never question your strength.
You are drawing it from Jason....I 'thought' I was the strong one but this taught me a lesson I'll NEVER forget,,,,& never care to go through again. Tell Jason to look Tom up in Heaven. You've lost ALOT....but. just as I do....'WE' have parts of them in our children. I was VERY impressed with your writings as well as all the others.
And, Marian ,,,,,I am a FIRM believer that NO PARENT should out live their children!....I make NO claim to know how that feels...nor do Iever want to. The pain I feel in the loss of Tom is already UNBEARABLE. You ARE blessed with a 'TRULY UNIQUE, CARING, GIVING, & WONDERFUL' daughter-in-law.....You raised Jason right!

To his family, his police family, and all those who have gone before leaving other 'heart broken' family mambers &friends. My heart bleeds for US ALL & always will. Emily - STAY STRONG.....You're a BEAUTIFUL PERSON as Cody has already told you....and kids don't lie! Others will hopefully draw from your strength & still find your compassion.
God Bless You Jason....You & Tom watch over us....and each other.
Love ya Emily & miss you!
Jo'Nee Cochran/Surviving spouse of Det/Sgt Thomas Cochran @ LPD-IN
EOW 01-26-05

Jo'Nee Cochran-Spouse of Tom Cochran
Lawrenceburg Polise Dept. - IN

May 3, 2005

Jason~ I never had the chance to meet you but I was dispatching at the Jasper Post the day of your accident. I did get to meet Emily at the COPS bike ride this past year. She is an amazingly strong woman and I think of her often. An angel bell she made hangs on my terminal at work. I admire her so much. I hope to see her in DC in May. Continue to watch over her,Cody and Chris and Dylan.

Carie Dick-Wife of ISP Trooper Chad Dick
Jasper PD

February 25, 2005

Hey Brother
Seems like yesterday when that alarm clock would go off at the academy and you would jump out of bed and look at me and say, "bow season starts next week, better get use to gettin up early." Funny thing was once you got out of the shower you went back to bed? I wish you could have been on some of the calls I've been to. I take that back. So what do you think about some of those calls I've been to? There are days I know for a fact you were sittin right beside me. Thanks for watchin over me. Tell my mom I love her and miss her. Tell her she is welcome in my dreams anytime. My son turned 3 yesterday and there is no doubt in my mind that he and Cody are going to end up in more trouble than even you and I could've gotten into. You know howd hard its been for me and everyone when we lost you and I think of you every day. The days I hate walkin out the door I remember that smile you always had and laugh to myself and remember that the world is only as bad as I let it be. Then I go take someone to jail...that always helps.....haha. Tell Richard and Corey I love em' and miss them too. Tell them I wouldn't have had anyone else as our next door neighbors in the academy even if Elson was a chronic complainer... I hope you are proud of what I have done. You life inspires and motivates me to maintain tenacity in my job even after 7 yrs. which is hard to do sometimes. There are days I could go work in a factory and make much better money but the gift you gave me through your life is more than any retirement plan could ever offer. I love you brother. See ya later.
Love Todd, Anna, and Peyton James

Trooper Todd Bailey
Indiana State Police

February 5, 2005

Dear Cody,
Your father is/was a hero to many people. There are so many people who have found there way to your father's memorial reflection page. Please know that even though nothing can replace your father, you have a HUGE police family all across this country. We all wish you the very best in your life.
Trooper Beal's spirit lives on everytime one of us puts on the uniform. Your father will never bee forgotten.
Take care of yourself and your mom.

January 18, 2005

Trooper Beal,
The reflections left by your parents and wife brought tears to my eyes.
Cody has a hero looking out for him from heaven.
Thank you for your service.
Rest easy sir, we will take it from here.

January 15, 2005

To Jason's Family,

My heart ached and tears streamed down my face as I read the reflections you have written. As Jason's parents, it must be wonderful to see your son in Cody, but also painful as you are reminded of the relationship that Jason missed having with his son. Emily, you sound like a very strong woman, I cannot imagine facing what you have had to endure. I'm sure Jason is very proud of you.

My thoughts and prayers are with you today, as you remember Jason on the fifth anniversary of his death.

Norie Haas
Mother of Brian Haas
E.O.W. 4/24/04

January 15, 2005

Thank you for your service to the citizens of Indiana and our nation. May God continue to bless your family, friends and department. God bless you!

Patrol Officer
Chesterfield County Police

January 15, 2005


Well Babe, it's been a long time. Last night marked 5 years since your accident. Every year something different happens in the middle of the night. Last year I woke up out of a dead sleep at the same time that I heard those dreadful knocks on the door in 2000. This year our son came to my bedside and woke me up because he had a bad dream. He told me he couldn't remember what it was; he just wanted to lay with me for a while. I can't believe how big he has gotten. Yesterday I just kept staring at him. He looks and acts so much like you. (OH MY and I in TROUBLE!) He has all your energy and enthusiasm. He just needs to learn to think before acting, just like you had to. He is so sweet at times though. He will just come up and give me the sweetest hugs and kisses and tell me I'm pretty. He must also have your intuition and can tell when something is bothering me.

Saturday will be 5 years since you passed away. Our friends in Warsaw are planning a dinner in your honor. I plan to get up and say a few words......yes, me, actually speaking in public! I really appreciate everything that they have done for us. I also know that if it weren't for our family, friends, and COPS I wouldn't have made it through nearly as well as I have.

I just want you to know that you have never left my life or my heart. I am continuing to live, but not without you! I could never leave everything you have given me behind. You taught me so much in the short time we had together. I think almost everyone who came into contact with you can say that you and the way you led your life taught them something as well. I continue to tell Cody stories about you (never plan to stop). I hope he learns from all his parents; you, me, and Chris. Chris is also learning about you, so that he can help me pass memories of you down to Cody. Yesterday, Chris took Cody for a walk in the woods. Cody's definitely got your enthusiasm for the outdoors! They had a great time! Cody's mudboots came off while trying to cross the small stream behind the house. Boy did he get mad, but I'm sure it was a funny sight. Sounds like something you had to have been watching! I'm sure it was a sight watching his skinny little legs trying to manuever through mud and sand only to come up without a boot! But he didn't let it get him down, he continued his walk home with one wet, sandy foot!

Your parents have been great in accepting that I am continuing on with my life. They have adopted Chris and Dylan into their family now as well. It makes me so happy that we can all get together and share stories or just hang out without there being hard feelings or akwardness.

We all love you and miss you greatly. I hope your life in heaven is all you ever wanted it to be. I am waiting patiently to see what your heaven is like, but my job here is not done. I will wait my turn. I know that when that day comes you will be by my side.

Love Always,

January 13, 2005

It's Christmas 2004! Almost 5 years have passed since we lost you, hon, and we love and miss you more and more every day. Christmas doesn't seem the same without you here. We miss your smiling face and your teasing of the little ones. It's particularly hard during the holidays and it seems that this year is harder that last. It's so hard to believe that it's been 5 years, time seems to drag by. Each day Mom talks to you and each day she wishes she could hear your voice or see your face. She cries her tears and carries on. Maybe some day soon she'll get her wish. Until then we just have to be satisfied with our memories, as dear and precious as they are.

Emily has already told you about Chris and Dylan. They make a great looking family. We love them all so much. Chris is someone you would be proud to know and we know you're happy for Emily that she is keeping her promise and going on with her life. Cody loves Chris, too, but he hasn't forgotten his Daddy. He is so proud of you and you'd be proud of him. There's so much of you in him. His actions, his looks, you can sure tell where he gets them. Cody was talking to Grandma Gene about you the other day. She told him that he was a lucky boy that he was going to have 2 Daddy's, explaining to him that Chris would be his Daddy here on earth to teach him all the things that Daddy's do and you would be his Daddy in heaven looking down on him and Mommy, guiding them and keeping them safe. You should have seen his smile.
We're really proud of Em and Cody and she knows that she will always be our daughter-in-law just as Chris knows that he and Dylan are a part of our family now too.

They're planning a dinner next month on the 15th for Law Enforcement up north. Just a way of saying thanks for all their help during our turmoil and to let them know that we're making it. We know you told Emily that you wanted a kegger and a wild wake but it just doesn't seem wise since officers and their families will be present. Hope you're not too upset. We're planning to spend the weekend up there and go by your cross for a while. This year the days fall on the same day of the week as they did in 2000. It's going to be real hard for us to meet and greet the people at the party but we know it's what you would want. We hope that you won't be too disappointed in us.

We still get Cody almost every weekend. Sometimes Em has a special event that she needs to take Cody with her for but that's not too often. He still enjoys the fishing and swimming and he's getting better and better at catching fish. The last trip we took him on before it got cold he caught the biggest fish of us all, a bass about 10 inches long and he did it by himself. Can hardly wait to see what kind of hunter he'll be!

You should see all of your nieces and nephews. They're all getting so big. Danny & Amber's son, Eric Michael, is really growing fast. He's 3 1/2 months old and weighs over 16 pounds. Looks like Danny except for Amber's nose. He's really a cutie. You should see Cody when Grandpa and Grandma Gene holds Eric, just a little of jealousy in him. David and Stephanie are expecting! She's due mid-August. Having a little of morning sickness but other than that, all is well. Amanda's home for the holidays. You'd be so proud of her. She's attending LSU grad school for Political Science and doing great. She really loves it, loves to debate with her dad too. Tracy and boys are doing well. Boys seem to be doing OK in school. Don't get to see them very much. Terri and the kids are fine. TeNeisha is still having problems with her shoulder but the doctors are still checking her out. Taliyah and Jovan are doing fine.

Enough updates, especially since you already know everything we've just told you. Most of all, son, we just wanted you to know that we love you and really do miss you a lot. We know you're in a better place but sometimes even that can't ease the pain our hearts feel at our loss. Parents couldn't ask for a better son than you, Jason. I hope God knows what a super man he got when you went to be with him. See you when our time comes. Till then, keep us in your care as we keep you in our hearts.

Mom and Dad

Mom & Dad - Parents

December 25, 2004

As your EOW anniversary approaches along with the holidays I know that your family continues to miss you more than anyone can explain. I hope your family knows how much we keep your memory alive thru riding a bicycle more than 1000 miles to honor you and your comrades as well as making sure the new ISP recruits honor your dedication. Cody is just I would have imagined you at the tender young age.

F/Sgt. Gary Dudley
Indiana State Police

November 16, 2004

Reading Jason's reflections has brought tears to my eyes. Although I never knew him, and probably never would have, he seemed a remarkable young man.

I hope, somehow, you can read the reflections left by your family Jason, they love and miss you SO SO much.

Take care young one, and on behalf of all officers throughout the world can I say 'Thanks'.

Rest in peace buddy

SC Brad

SC Brad Taylor
Metropolitan Police (London)

July 22, 2004

Today is your son's 4th birthday. I know that you are watching from heaven smiling down on him! He loved his party yesterday and going to the zoo with me and Dylan today. He has talked about you today. He may even share one of his balloons with you by letting it go to heaven! (that's a big deal!)

It's hard to believe that it has been so long. I love you. I always will. Cody will know your memory the best that I & are family are able to give to him! We now have more family members, Chris & Dylan. They love to learn about you & help Cody to remember you fondly!

In your memory I am doing all that I can to continue public service by helping with our IN Chapter of COPS & hope to one day counsel officers & their families within our state.

Love you Lots! Miss you Always!
Emily Beal
Your loving wife & best friend

Emily Beal - Wife

June 14, 2004

I often visit this site after the loss of two very dear friends from the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Trooper Beal. It is so sad to see another young trooper gone.

Emily, it is obvious from your reflections that you love your husband dearly and that he was a wonderful man. Keep his spirit alive in all that you do.

I hope you find some comfort in knowing that prayers continue to go out for your family. God Bless You.

...Gone, but never Forgotten...

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 4, 2004

I had just returned home after travelling to Oklahoma after attending the funeral for a slain trooper, when I saw an article about you in a hunting journal. I had left for Oklahoma the day my former patrol partner on my interstate patrol had just returned from Indiana after attending the funeral for Tr. Scott Patrick. Your father-in-law Bill had written the article about dealing with with losing you. He dedicated a cross-country turkey hunt to you. He was sucessful and everything he did was in your honor. I was so touched by the article, I contacted Bill and spoke with him yesterday. He told me of how much of a fine man you were and how proud he was to call you his son-in-law. Bill states that Cody and Emily are doing fine and carrying on with life. I saw a photo of your son in the magazine article and you can be very proud of him. He is a fine looking young man and from what I can see, has a lot of your features. Bill is going to make a first class turkey hunter out of him!
I was struck by a drunk during a traffic stop and nearly lost my life a few months after you were hit. I keep thinking about the times I would of lost in field with my two boys. Your are fortunate that Cody has a great guy like Bill to call Grandpa.
Your brothers & sisters here in Maine wish you God Speed. You are remembered and loved across the country. I plan on stopping by the Wall this May in DC and visiting you. Look for the turkey feather and you'll know I was there!
Thanks for keeping the rest of us safe.

Sgt. Mike Edes
Maine State Police

January 16, 2004

January 13, 2004


Last night I woke up in the middle of the night. I couldn't quite figure out why at 1:30 I was so restless then by 2:00 I was wide awake. Then I remembered (in my sleepy head!) that was when I heard those awful knocks at the door. Those knocks that no spouse ever wants to get.

I want you to know that you are not forgotten, never will be. Cody asks about you all the time. In fact Cody and Dylan talk about how you are able to shoot the monsters at night so that the monsters won't get them. Because you are in heaven you are able to do so many wonderful things for Cody. Dylan has come to respect you and what you stand for (as much as a 3 yr old can anyway).

I have finally fulfilled my promise to you. I am moving on with my life and finally finding happiness in it again. I have met someone wonderful who understands that you will always be with me, but also knows that I have a big heart, one that he also has a place in. I have also figured out what to do with my life (about time at 25!). I am going to counsel officers and their spouses on the daily stresses in their lives. I know that everyone has daily stresses, but those of an officer and his/her family seem to be more intensified just because of their chosen careers.

I hope that you would be proud of me. I keep you in my heart and my thoughts daily. I know that my life here on earth with you has ended, but I also know that one day we will have an eternal life together (with our whole family).

Love always,
Emily Beal
Always your loving wife

January 13, 2004

To a Trooper I never knew, I remember the day it happened. I just came on duty and heard the news from my father who also works for the same agency back home in Indiana. when one of our family passes on WE all feel the pain. God bless you Eric.

To Emily,
Though i dont know you either, i feel Eric could not be more proud to have a life partner like you. To have Someone there to keep his memory alive. You are a remarkable woman. I know it has to be tough living your life without him, but i feel deep in my heart god had this all planed. You are like very few. Right now the most important thing is your son and you living your life as Eric would want. You are someone special to be able to tell your son who his daddy was and was going to be. Dont be suprised if he becomes just like his daddy. It runs in the blood. I know! I read you thoughts to Eric alot. It always brings tears to my eyes. Emily dont ever stop writing him because i know he hears your thoughts. It will be hard to start a life without him, but he never really left you. I read it in your letters to him. he will never leave you, just like you never left him. I am so proud of you. You are someone who will live your life to the fullest. Eric left the world knowing how much you loved him. I am so glad to see that the son of a hero knows everything about his daddy. You are part of a large family that loves you. i will keep you in my prayers.

To the parents of Eric. You too are the best parents a son could have. Eric is up in heaven seeing how well you are taking care of his wife and son.

To a little boy who lost so much at such a young age. You daddy was a Hero. He did this job to keep the world a better place for you. You daddy loves you very much. He will always be by your side. Just know he will be proud of what ever you decide to be in life. Being a daddy myself, i know. I sit and think about you alot. when i look at my daughter before i go to work every day I always smile and tell her I love her, Just like your daddy does up in heaven. Its funny she being only four askes me every day, "Daddy do you have to go to work." i ALWAYS reply. "YES" as i am straping on my vest. She'll smile and say. "Well go get them bad guys and if they hurt you i will beat them up." I kiss her good bye and tell her i love her. She'll reply. Be carefull I love you." Up until God called your daddy to come to heaven, I never really made an effort to tell my loved ones how i felt i just figured they knew. We are never promised tomarrow. So i make it a daily thing no matter what time it is to tell my babby girl I love her. So in my eyes your daddy taught me a life lesson and he is the Hero everyone says he is.

Take care, remember your family loves you.

Deputy Lancen Shipman
Bay County Sheriffs Office Florida

September 13, 2003



It's me, your cousin and lifelong friend. I'm sorry for not writing sooner, but I've talked to you countless times. I still cry a lot when I think of you. I'm crying right now. Just so you know, I'm sorry we were not as close those last few years. We kinda started to get close again, but I never really knew how you felt about me.
I want you to know how I felt about you. I looked at you and saw happiness. Don't get me wrong, I've seen you sad or upset. I remember each time because their were so few. I remember cruising Franklin in the old grand prix. I was so proud of you and what you had become. Most of all I want you to know I loved you like a brother. I still do.
I'm also writing because talking to family about you is hard. To Gene and Marion. In school, when not liking your parents was cool and the norm, Jason was proud of you both. He was also very proud of his father for fighting for the good old U.S.A. I am proud of that to.
To Em. Hello. I want you to know that Jason loved you from day one. He couldn't wait to talk to you again after meeting you at the circle. I never would have thought he could smile any bigger till that day. You two would crack me up playing cards at your mom and Bill's house. I smile just thinking about it.
I want you to know I still spend time with you Jason. At least it feels like you're there. Each time I clime into my treestand and look at that black flag tied to my binoculars, it's like you're by my side. Hunting season is just around the corner. I hope to meet you in the deer woods again. Thanks for listening. I love you and miss you so much.

P.S. Tell God and Jesus I love them and I'm trying. They will know what I mean.

Phillip Beal

August 30, 2003

April 4, 2001

It has been over a year since we lost you, our friend. If God would allow us to speak to you right now we would tell you how proud you would be of your wife and son. We have been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time with them the past year. The responsibilities Emily took on would seem enormous for most 22 year olds: becoming a widow and then a mother within 6 months time, trying to complete the sale of your home which you were trying to do because the two of you were moving closer to family, as well as all the financial decisions and planning. Jason, she is quite a woman! And your son, Cody: He lit up our lives! Our 3 daughters just adore him just as they did you when you would "pop in" and throw one of them up on your shoulders. Emily finally sold the house last month and she and Cody moved back to your home area. We grew very close to both of them. It is obvious why you loved Emily. We miss her friendship. And Cody is the most wonderful baby. Your personality definitely shines through him.

Someone once said when someone dies and goes to heaven, God lets them see the "good things" that happen down here. We have no doubt that you are able to see quite a bit of Emily and Cody!

We miss you and want you to know that even though nearly 1 1/2 years have passed since you were taken from us, we still think of you daily. Your picture is still in Brook's den next to the turkey call your father-in-law gave him with a special engraving in your memory.

Brooks and Angie Shirk
(Fellow Trooper and friend)


It has become a regular practice of mine to come to the ODMP page to view the lists of my brothers and sisters who have fallen in the line of duty and the reflections left by their families and fellow officers. But of all the reflections I've read in the three years I've been a police officer, none has ever touched my heart like yours.

I wish could I have had the honor of knowing you. I read the notes left for you by your parents, your wife and baby son. I see so much of myself in you and perhaps that is why you've had such a strong effect on me. I too am a young man who wanted to be police officer my whole life. I understand the passion you had for law enforcement and your desire to do everything that was necessary to protect and serve your community. I also can relate to you in the fact that I too have an infant son who means everything in the world to me. I cannot explain the emotions I felt when I read his message to you. I know you will watch over him and his mom and that you will do everything possible to keep them safe from the kingdom of heaven.

My thoughts and prayers will always be with you and your family. I hope that you also will shine down on all of us who will continued to protect and serve in your absence. May we all share in your strength, courage and honor.

Rest well my brother. I hope someday we may serve together, in a beat on heavens streets.

Officer Jody McInnis
Mesa Police Department, Az

Though I did not know Trooper Beal personally, I know some of the reasons he put on the uniform everyday. As a resident of Indiana, this type of tragedy has struck us all too often. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and co-workers. Watch over each other and keep his spirit alive. You are in my prayers. Godspeed, Jason.

Officer Donna C. Hillier
Purdue University Calumet Police Department, IN

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