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Police Officer Neil Keith Wells

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, April 4, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Neil Keith Wells

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe
MANCHESTER, NH

April 9, 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

November 13, 2007

Neil I will never forget the morning I woke up to the radio announcing another Detroit officer had been killed and then I heard your name. I didn’t want to go to work that morning. I still think about you all the time. I remember the night that G. got in the accident while he was on Duty and you came to my house and watched the kids so I could go to the hospital. No one else called me to offer help. We had a lot of good times too going downtown, eating out, hanging with you and my sister, you listening to me when I needed someone to talk to. Thanks for all you ever did for me and for G. thanks for giving so much of yourself to your work. You were/are a true Hero.

C. Barrera
DHPD

April 28, 2007

We salute you as our hero and honor you and your family. DPD officers are among the best in the nation, they have to be-its Detroit. And based on the accounts left in memorials of people who knew you, you were the best too. DPD is the ONLY line between order and all out insanity there.

citizen

April 4, 2007

I remember the time that you were brought into Mt. Carmel Hospital, while I was a security officer on duty, and you had "accidently" injured your leg. You told me not to call your dad but I did anyway and you had a harry. We all know what really happened but no one said a word otherwise. You are missed and Uncle Keith will see you upstairs someday where we can remember the good old days.

Former DPD Potrol Officer Keith A. Wells
Uncle

October 31, 2006

I miss you Neil. You were my roomy at the Nationals. We won a match or two together in our time as friends. We raced across Mississippi at 100MPH in a cruiser to make 'last call' You were driving of course. We had a lot of fun. I will never forget you, My Brother. I still carry the .38 I talked you out of.

Dutch

Deputy M. B. Ducher (Ret.)
Oakland County S.D.

June 22, 2006

To Officer Neil Keith Wells and his loved ones:

On this the fifth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.
Reading the loving reflections about your beloved Neil gives us some understanding of what a kind and honorable man he was, and how many good times he shared with his family members
and friends.

Rest in Peace, Officer Wells. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication.

I am glad that your family got some measure of justice that you and they deserve by the sentence rendered in the case against the despicable criminal who brutally murdered Neil.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the fourteen years of distinquished service Neil gave to his community and the citizens of Michigan, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 4, 2001.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05



April 4, 2006

Neil,

Just wanted to tell you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! You will ALWAYS be remembered...

Gilda C. Mason

Police Officer Gilda C. Mason
Detroit Police Department

December 25, 2005

NEIL, I JUST FOUND THIS SITE AND THOUGHT I WOULD DROP YOU A LINE. REMEMBER AT THE POLICE SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIPS WHEN WE STOOD AT THE BEER TRUCK ALL DAY AFTER OUR SECOND DAY OF SHOOTING, AND THEN GETTING THE TEAM TOGETHER AND MOONING THE CAMERA THERE AT THE SIGN "BARE ASS TRAIL" WE HAD A GREAT TIME THAT WEEK AND I MISS YOU BROTHER. THE DEPT. DOESN'T HAVE A PISTOL TEAM RIGHT NOW BUT IT WILL AGAIN SOME DAY. TO THE BEST AND WORST TWO MAN TEAM DETROIT EVER HAD. HERES TO YOU MY FRIEND.

DEN.

PATROLMEN, D.BAUR
DETROIT POLICE DEPT

December 7, 2005

You are not forgotten. Rest in Peace.

Brother Officer

April 4, 2005

Neil, you are not forgotten even by some like myself who never knew you...You are immortalized on the walls of 12 spec ops and the guys who worked with you...Relax up there and ask the big man to protect your boys down here...See you at the re-union.

Fig

February 1, 2005

Neil,

I had only been out of the academy for less than a month when I heard you had fallen. I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I have talked to other officers that worked with you and they all said that you were an excellent officer. It seems to me that anyone that knew you and worked with you was the better for it. May God Bless You Neil. Rest In Peace, you are among the Angels!!!

Police Officer Gilda C. Mason
Detroit Police Department-12th Pct.

January 15, 2005

I Worked with you, I shared jokes with you, I enjoyed your presence and learned quite a bit from you. God Bless you and your family. You were a real asset to law enforcement.

P.O. T. BROWN
DPD

January 15, 2005

Neil,
You will never be forgotten. You are a true hero. May God Bless YOU my Brother In Blue.

PO Adam Borkowski
Detroit Police Dept

June 10, 2004

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Wells on this anniversary of his death.

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

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

April 4, 2004

Neil I couldn't remember how many times you guys saved my ass. Seemed like Detroit was always there when I was calling for help, yea and I even remember you being there. I'll never forget the sweet sound of the sirens coming. I wish I was there to help you when you needed it. I'll always remember what you did for me. Don't look back.....stay the course.


Ofc. Priest
Highland Park

PO Priest
Highland Park

April 3, 2004

I REMEMBER THE DAY WE BECAME PARTNERS, ALL THE FUN WE HAD AND ALL THE LAUGHTER AND YOUR JOKES. YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN... 12-31, 12-80

Anonymous

February 21, 2004

I REMEMBER THE DAY WE BECAME PARTNERS, ALL THE FUN WE HAD AND ALL THE LAUGHTER AND YOUR JOKES. YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN... 12-31, 12-80

Anonymous

February 21, 2004

Gods Speed brother, Gods speed....



Every time America loses an officer, a part of her dies, They protect us from harm and they always answer the call. I salute you sir........may you have peace now and may God watch over your family......

Deputy J.E. Loonsfoot
Marquette County Sheriff Department, Mi.

My prayers are with Officer Wells' family and the Detroit Police Department. As an officer's wife my heart aches with the senseless loss of life that is all too frequent and is angered by the lack of outrage from our own country! This is NOT a part of the job! To all of you who wear a badge - I want you to know that you ARE heros! You never hear that enough - if ever, but the truth of the matter is that when someone needs help you are always the first to be called. I know of no other profession where it is expected of you to run TOWARD the danger, when everyone else is running AWAY. There is no other word that is fitting - except the word that most all of you would deny - HERO. Thank you all for your sacrafices and bravery.



May the memories of Officer Wells and the knowledge that he is a hero in many people's eyes (even those that did not know him) help the family, friends and especially his children during this most tragic time.

Police Officer's wife
Virginia

With Deepest Sympathy and sorrow, from the men and women of C Squad, City of Meriden Police Department.

Sergeant Lawrence M. Guidobono
Meriden,CT. Police Department

Neil,


Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You will never be forgotten. Your children, Shannon & Nick have lost a great man. I hope there are good hunting grounds up there!


Kevin McKane & Family

Kevin McKane P.O. (ret)
Detroit Police Dept.

I am a former law-enforcement officer. I was injured in the line of duty and had to do something else. I drive a truck now and I was in Detroit the two days after Officer Wells was killed. I tried talking to people about it and it made me sick that no one knew much about it and the ones that did know about it did not seem to care. I will never understand it. If it wern't for the men and women in blue, this country would not be safe and then what would these same people say about that. I pray for officer Wells and my condolences to his two boys who will miss their dad.

Anonymous

Officer Wells worked in the Pct. that I grew up in as a child, Detroit's 12th Pct. I lived across the street from, and was family friends with, another officer who was killed LOD, Anthony Williams. I was stunned when I heard another local Detroit officer had been shot and killed.



My condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Wells on behalf of the membership of the FBI Agents Association.

Special Agent Darin L. Paul
Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association

What a tragedy! Two officers of the law trying to help stop the war on drugs. Both killed the same day miles apart. One in Detroit and another in Atlanta. Where miles separate us, our hearts bring us together. My their departments stay strong during this horrible crime. My G-d bless their other famillies too.

Anonymous
Atlanta

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