Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Thomas Alan Bartholomew

Kissimmee Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, July 18, 1983

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Reflections for Patrolman Thomas Alan Bartholomew

As a christian, I believe that ultimate authority lays with God. He, in His wisdom, bestows this authority upon governments to secure and promote peace and thwart wickedness between members of a society. I am grateful to Patrolman Bartholomew for choosing to risk his life so others like myself and my family may take some comfort in the knowledge that we can call upon these dedicated servants in time of need or jeopardy with the assurance that they will come. May God bless the family of Thomas Alan Bartholomew.

Tom Holliday
Friend of a relative

April 1, 2007

Uncle Tommy, Uncle Bart...Not sure what I would have called him because he was gone before I came along. I know we would have had a good time when the family got together. His life of service is an inspiration to me and the account of his sacrifice touches me everytime I hear or read it. He finished his tour before I started mine, but the spirit of duty to serve and protect lives on in all of those that take the oath and accept the responsibility that his sacrifice embodies. May God bless his family and all those who do not forget.

Ofc. Darin Gentry
Univ. of Fl. Police

March 30, 2007

My wife was pregnant with our son when you were killed and we changed our planned name to honor you by naming him Keith Thomas Bartholomew. You gave your life to save another - the ultimate sacrifice for a public servant and man of the law. Even though you had been with the department in Kissimmee a relatively short time, it was obvious you had earned their love and respect. And the community service you were involved in showed even more that you had been in a career you truly loved. It's amazing that nearly 24 years has passed, but you are still my hero, little brother. Rest in peace, Sir.

Richard Bartholomew
Tommy's Brother

March 28, 2007

You and Janice are my guardian angels, I miss you both and thank you for keeping me safe :)

Love you!~


February 15, 2007

Wow I never knew this was here... In May of 1981 I was run over by vehicle on Oak Street. I was only 10 years old so you can imagine how scared I was after being drug 73 feet under a vehicle, both of my legs run over, and tossed to a curb. Officer Bartholomew was the first to the scene and stayed with me the whole time and even stayed at the hospital with me. My mom later told me that I was not turning loose of him anytime Anyways, I will remember that for the rest of my life. He truly went out of his way for me that day and I just thought I would share that with those of you who read the site. He was my guardian angel that day and I will always be thankful for him :)

Shirldene Tydings
Kissimmee citizen for 32 years

February 9, 2007

I was just remembering a few days ago that january 10th I do believe would have been your 49th birthday... you were so young... I will never forget your smile.. you were such a prankster.. but you were so very real in passion you displayed in the line of duty... I still miss you buddy



January 12, 2007

Wish I could have met you Mr. Bartholomew. You have a great daughter!

Mike Shouvlin
Katie's Boyfriend

October 2, 2006

May God Grant Ptlm. Bartholomew's Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends the Serenity to accept the things they cannot Change, the Courage to change the things they can and the Wisdom to know the difference...Rest in Peace Blue Angel on this 23rd anniversary....and know that your sacrifice and Family and Fellow officers are not forgotten...

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Twp Pd. Lewisburg, Pa.

July 18, 2006

may god bless your family and reward them with the courage you have shown the world to protect a life.

U.S. Navy

October 9, 2005

Bart, I was looking through the scrapbook I made to remember you. You were a great guy to work with, such a clown! I miss you.......

Beth Peterka

July 14, 2005

what a brave man!!! thank you for your service sir.


June 19, 2005

I have so many memories of Tommy, I remember the day you passed, it was your mother who told me, I remember holding katie as a baby only days after she came home from the hospital.( don't think we ever mastered the diaper pin ha ha)
There are never many days which go by when I don't think of you. I miss you my buddy, words really never say what could have been had you not been taken away so young. I will always love you "bart"


Reid Fulcher

March 19, 2005

I didn't really know my father, but from what I have heard, He was a great man. I am proud to call him my father!

Katie Bartholomew

February 16, 2005


Daniel Abrahamson
Osceola County Sheriffs Office

October 8, 2004

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero.

September 28, 2004

may god bless you and rest in peace.

retired officer john myers
kissimmee police department

February 21, 2004

You were my closest and dearest friend from the first step of the very first beat that we walked together. We shared our pain and we shared our joy. Your practical jokes and your humor live today in my heart. I can’t hear the taps or watch a 21 gun salute without thinking of you. It’s been twenty years and lots of tears. Your daughters can hold their heads high knowing their Dad was an incredible guy. I miss you


Detective Rick Drew
Kissimmee Police Department

On behalf of the membership of the FBI Agents Association, I wish you a peaceful pre-resurrection rest.

Darin L. Paul, Special Agent

I miss you my friend. May your sole rest in peace and G-d watch over your little girls...

Jon Lane

Bart was a good officer and loved by everyone who knew him.
He will always be remembered by those who worked with him.


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