Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Charles Joseph Bohlender, Jr.

Topeka Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, June 13, 2000

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Reflections for Police Officer Charles Joseph Bohlender, Jr.

Rest in peace Officer Bohlender.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 5, 2020

Rest in heavenly peace on this your 20 anniversary in heaven

Mark Mottola

June 13, 2020

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 15, 2015

Rest in Peace, Officer Bohlender. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 19, 2012

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 28, 2012

Joey, we miss you bro...there isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about you and Jeff...There is a tribute video on YouTube honoring the both of you...everytime I watch it, it brings tears to my eyes...I recommend everyone that reads this post watch this video...Go to YouTube and search for "TPD 400".

Rest in Peace my brother

Officer K. Daubenspeck
Topeka Police Department

May 22, 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

January 19, 2008

I have spent the last week getting to know the family of Officer Bohlender. I want to thank them for allowing me to get to know them and I will be looking forward to seeing them again in the future! Officer Charles Bohlender you have a beautiful, loving family. You are missed by them every day and as you watch over them you should be very proud of them!!

Officer Stephanie Thomas
Green Bay PD

August 5, 2007

My thoughs and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Bohlender Jr on the anniversary of his passing. May God continue to comfort you all.
Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher

June 13, 2007

joey, we miss you bro... I can remember that day in june 2000 like it was yesterday, i remember your son saluting as your casket passed... i was proud to call you a brother with the topeka police department... i will never forget you, God bless you my brother in blue...
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends...
tl (CSPD) 2417 (tpd #311)

parolman t.lindvall
colorado springs police, topeka police

October 8, 2006

Officer Bohlender,
I was first introduced to you while attending a narcotics investigation course during my college years at Washburn University. I had ideas of becoming an officer myself after graduation. Meeting you helped me realize that being a cop was for me. I've since moved to Texas and reached my goal. I have always kept everything you taught me in the back of my mind, and I thank you for that. I have the picture we took hanging in my locker, and reflect on it everyday before going on duty. You are greatly missed, and I will never forget everything you taught me.

Officer Scott Donaldson
Bryan Police Department

December 24, 2003

Charles your dedication and sacrifice will not be forgotten. You are remembered brother. God's Blessings to your loved ones left behind. 09/19/2003

Sr. Trooper Keith Miller (Ret)
Oregon State Police

September 19, 2003

Joey, you've touched so many of us in such a wonderful way.  I'll miss your sense of humor, work was always fun with you around.  You were an asset to the Response Team, the department and those around you.  The team is your legacy because you shared what you knew.  We'll miss you.

Cpl. Steve Roth
Topeka Police Dept

On behalf of the Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center, I would like to extend the most sincere condolences to the families of Jeff and Joey.  God speed you strength and courage through this most trying time.

To Jeff and Joey:  In your deaths, you have shown us you were true heroes, protecting the city that you lived in, helping the brothers and sisters you work with, proudly serving the department you worked for, and most importantly, doing the job you loved best, flying.  May you always spread your wings, watch over and protect us.  Words cannot describe how much we will miss your smiling faces and your laughter.  Thank you for being our heroes.  We love you! 

Cindy Carbone
Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center Topeka, KS

I did not like you at first but your personality grew on me. You were a very sweet man and I saw your kids the other day and they have grown so much. I was looking through a photo album and the pictures of you at the SWAT team competition brought tears to my eyes and memories of the crash back. I'll never forget that night. I wish I could trade places with you friend. You did not deserve this. Wherever you are I know you are taking charge and watching over all of us still earthbound. Sleep soft my friend. We will never forget you.

Sgt. Julie Hoffman
Topeka Police Department

Rest in peace Charles, you will never be forgotten.

Thanks for everything.

VA688, Topeka VA Police

Patrolman Terrence Stewart
Dept. Veterans Affairs Police Topeka, KS

It wasn't to long ago, that terribale night when you and jeff were taken from the world. Allthough it's been a few years there's time that i can remember like it was yesterday, I still remember sitting on the roof of a nearby buliding w/a close friend and a fellow soon to be officer and just looking. I remember we stayed up the whole night, and on looking on that hill as they began the heart wrenching takes that had to be done. Then the a few days later as i looked at the hill again near the same time that the you and jeff were taken I swear to this day that I saw a beam of light shine at that very spot where your helicopter went down. And i'll never forgot the words I heard another close firend and soon to be LEO say, the day it happend " 400 went down" ....we will never forget....

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