Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Jeff William Howey

Topeka Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, June 13, 2000

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Police Officer Jeff William Howey

Rest in peace Officer Howey.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 31, 2019

Jeff, buddy we grew up always loving flight, and after riding with me in Meficine Lodge you got the bug. We always joked about it, but you had the best flying and an LEO. You will always be my best friend. Remember "all out and all in, through thick and through thin". You are flying straight and level buddy and I'll always be thinking of you. God Bless ya Bud and some day we will meet again and sing that song. Rest In Peace.

Chief Brian Miller
Medicine lodge Police Dept

March 28, 2017

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
Texas

June 15, 2015

Rest in Peace, Officer Howey. 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

Dear Sir,
I have had the wonderful experience of meeting your 2 daughters Yaslyn & Ashley at C.O.P.S. Adult Childrens retreat. They are so fun to be with and I have LOVED laughing with them. I have also enjoyed seeing their growth from year to year. You would be so proud of them! I truly wish you could still be with them. Instead, I hope you have met my dad and shared some laughs in Heaven.
I will not forget your sacrifice - or that of your family.
God bless,
Kristi

Kristi Porter
Adult Child Survivor

July 29, 2011

RIP.You will never be forgotten.

Anonymous

October 25, 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 19, 2008

DEAR JEFF,
WE WILL NEVER FORGET JUNE OF 2000,I STILL GET A LUMP IN MY THROAT BRO... WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU... I AM PROUD TO CALL YOU MY BROTHER AND TO HAVE WORN THE SAME UNIFORM THAT YOU DID.... I WILL NEVER FORGET SEEING YOU WORKING EXTRA DUTY AT THE U-MARKET AND THE QUALITY OFFICER THAT YOU WERE... YOU ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE A HERO... I MISS YOU AND JOEY AND I AM GLAD I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH YOU....
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.....
GOD BLESS YOU MY BROTHER IN BLUE... TL CSPD 2417 (TPD #311)

parolman t.lindvall
colorado springs police, topeka police

October 8, 2006

Jeff,
I think of you all the time. You have not been forgotten once. As I prepare myself for the force, I think back to all that you taught me. I look to you as a hero, a teacher. I wish you were here now and could learn even more from you.

James Seastrom
Nephew

May 30, 2006

I miss Jeff..I remember him from high school..an awkward kid who grew to be a darn fine officer. I saw him a few weeks before his fatal night...He spoke of his love of the job, his family, and flying.

Fly high Jeff...I'll always remember my friend.

John Perrine
Meriden Police Dept.

March 28, 2004

I want to express my sadness in the loss of Officer Howey and Officer Bohlender. As a citizen of Topeka it is a tragedy to lose one of the Citys Finest. To the famlies of Officer Howey and Officer Bohlender the sacrifice you have made will not be forgotten. Also not forgotten are Officers Caswell Matthews, C.L. "Boots" Shields,Cpl. Marc Hood,and Tony Patterson. Rest in Peace and may you legacy live on.

Anonymous

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

Jeff,
Today I was cleaning off pictures from my computer and I ran on to yours. I will never forget your smile and how when I was down you could always cheer me up. Your humor and your constant antics, I miss so much. The times you would hide my paperwork in roll-call and then deny having any idea what I was talking about. Walking with you and your girls at the mall when I was working security was a time that I never laughed more. Your girls have grown up into beautiful young women. You would be proud of them. I miss you Jeff and you will always be remembered.

Sgt. Julie Hoffman
Topeka Police Department

Rest in peace Jeff, I miss you, You were a very great friend to the VA Police in Topeka. Thanks for everything. Keep flying in heaven. I will see you again. Stew. VA688

Patrolman Terrence Stewart
Dept. Veterans Affairs Police Topeka, KS

It wasn't to long ago, that terribale night when you and joey 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 joey 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....

The Policeman stood and faced his God
which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining
just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my Church have tou been true?"

The Policeman squared his shoulders and said.
"No Lord I guess I ain't.
Because those who carry badges
can't always be a Saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough...
and sometimes I've been violent
because the streets are awful tough.

But I never took a penny
that wasn't mine to keep...
though I worked a lot of overtime
when the bills got to steep.

And I never passed a cry for help
though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, god forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
among the people here.
they never wanted me around
except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
it needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much.
But if you don't... I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne
where the Saints had often trod.
as the Policeman waited quietly
for the judgement of his God.

"Step forward now, Policeman.
You've borne your burdens well.
come walk a beat on Heaven's streets.
because you've done your time in hell."

Author unknown.


Security Stormont-Vail West

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.