Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Captain Thomas Allen Craig

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, December 14, 2000

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Reflections for Captain Thomas Allen Craig

Truly a good man. Rest in peace sir. You will never be forgotten

Fellow citizen

December 14, 2023

Rest in peace Captain Craig.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 16, 2021

RIP sir; you will never be forgotten Captain Thomas Craig.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

October 11, 2020

I considered Tom "a good friend". I remember how he always made me laugh with his corny jokes that he shared with me and the other officers. We worked together when he was in CID with ASP and had an office at the Faulkner County Sheriff's Department. Tom was admired by many in law enforcement, and he wore the badge with utmost integrity. RIP my friend. I'll see you again some day and I hope you will have a few more jokes to tell us.

CPL. Bob Barham
AR State Capitol Police (Retired) & former Faulkner County Deputy

May 16, 2016

I did not know you or your family. But my husband too was accidentally killed in the line of duty. Alabama State Trooper Brian Nichols. EOW 2/17/2002. I just watched the video where your son-in-law found the camper you took your family camping in and gave it back to her. How amazing. Blue lines run deep! Love and prayers to your family

Denise Nichols Carpenter

March 4, 2016

RIP Captain Craig. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice. Your selfless sense of duty saved the life of David Jones. May your memory forever light the Highway to Heaven! God Bless Your Family, Friends and Fellow Patrol Officers. Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston,TX

December 14, 2015

It has been many years since that cold winter day. I have never fogotten the man who stopped to help me as my head was cut open and bleeding. He was not on duty he was just a good person not doing his JOB but doing the right thing. I cry for his wife and his children. But I am here today by the grace of god and the good will of this man. My name is David Jones, and this man stopped to help me

David Jones
The man he stopped and saved

September 20, 2014

My name is Officer R.W. Watson. I am Arizona state trooper, AZ DPS. CPT. Tommy Craig, was my cousin.

I miss Him.

Tommy, you take care on my dad and Lisa, i'll take care of Randy.


Officer R.W. Watson

September 5, 2012

On a cold winter day a man stopped to help me unfortunately it was his last good deed I have not ever told his family how sorry I am and how greatful I was I hope someday to meet the family that lost so I could go on

david jones

May 28, 2012

Someone once said, "The only thing you take with you when you die is what you've left behind." Tom Craig left only friends and loved one because of the fine man he was. A true gentleman and patriot.

Sgt. Larry H. Gentry
Arkansas State Police (ret.)

May 20, 2010

Does'nt seem like 10 years already. We miss you old friend, but, heaven is a better place with you there.


February 12, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the ninth anniversary 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 14, 2009

It is a shame some of the younger troopers will never know Tom Craig. I hope we never forget.


August 1, 2009

I first met Tom Craig many years ago when working in the P.I. and Security Guard Section. As I moved to other sections and other duties over the 28 years I was with the State Police, I would have other occasions to meet and visit with Tom. He was such a blessing and it was a joy working with him. He had a distinctive laugh and I can hear it even now. He was a true Christian in every sense of the word.

Martha Case
Arkansas State Police, Fiscal Sect. Retired

December 20, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this eighth anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

December 15, 2008

Today is the 8th anniversary of your EOW. What a difficult time for your family
and all those who knew you, respected you and loved you. Thanks for your
26 years of service. So sad you never got to enjoy that retirement that you so
richly deserved. You are missed!

The Absent One

As we gather at the table and watch each smiling face
The heart fills with emotion to see the vacant place.
We may strive to hide our longing in the midst of
Mirth and fun
But we're thinking, thinking, thinking of the loved-
The Absent One.

When we gather 'round the fireside with merry
Laughter and jest
How we wish the absent dear one was here with
All the rest.
Still we join in all the frolic, but we wish the day was done
For we're thinking, thinking, thinking of the loved-
The Absent One.

Yet when the day is over and they all have gone to
We feel the Heavenly Father does all things for the
So we cheer our drooping spirits with the rising
Of the sun
But we're thinking, thinking, thinking of the loved-
The Absent One. author unknown

Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


December 14, 2008

Tom Craig is an example of fairness among people. I remember our discussion about promotions. It is important to know this type of trooper were employed with our agency. I enjoyed the spirit and respect he had for each individual regardless of sex or race. God bless your family.

Captain Lloyd Franklin Trp E
AR State Police

December 12, 2008

Captain Craig,
You died the same day that I graduated from the academy. Thank you for your service and rest in peace.

Police Officer Edward Varso
Escondido Police Dept. California

November 7, 2008

Rest in Peace, Captain Craig. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 31, 2008

Tom Craig inspired all those who came in contat with him. He hd a great sense of humor and I was an honr to have known him. The last time I saw Tom was when we ate lunch together shortly before the accident. I only wish I could have known him better.

Sergeant Charlie Beall

May 28, 2008

I had the honor of getting to serve under this fine man when I was hired in July of 2000. He alway had a kind word and a great inspiration for many.

Cpl. S. Shane Bewley
Arkansas State Police

January 5, 2008

On the 7th anniversary of Captain Craig'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. Captain Craig is not forgotten.

Agent Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

December 14, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for oir 26 years of dediated service

mancahester, nh

December 8, 2007

"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 18, 2007

Tom, buddy I miss you. I remember when you and I worked in Monroe County in the late 70's. My heart hurts. God Bless

Deputy Rob Higgs

June 16, 2007

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