Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Brian Timothy Strouse

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, June 30, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Brian Timothy Strouse

My prayers are with your family and fellow Officers. May you rest in peace.

Officer D. Johns
Decatur Police Department, Georgia

As a dispatcher for the Chicago Police, it is frightening to hear an officer screaming "10-1" or "Officer Down" into their radio. Unfortunately, we've come to hear it too often. I was not on duty the night Brian was killed. I wish I had been. I wish I could've done something to help. Anything. As one of the dispatchers for the 012th district, I can't tell you how many calls I've dispatched at 18th / Loomis of shots fired, gang disturbances, batterys in progress, etc. And you just never know when something horrific is going to happen. I can only imagine what goes through the minds of the officers responding to these calls. You just never know when a gutless gangbanger is going to start shooting at the police. I did not know Brian personally, but I am sure I talked to him on the radio at some point. I am greatly saddened by his death and will miss him as a dedicated officer who so proudly did his job.
My prayers go to the Strouse Family and my condolences to Brian's Family in Blue who knew him so well and worked beside him every day. God Bless you all.

Chgo Police Dispatcher Jennifer Sautkus
Office of Emergency Communications

To the Strouse family, I am so sorry that your family now has joined those of us who check this page often. We are the family of Officer Brad Matteson, killed October 5 2000. We want to say Thank You for the job your loved one did, he served us as we have loved ones in your city. The pain you feel breaks our hearts and we will keep you in our prayers. A thank you to thoses officers who serve and protect everyday and who will be there to help the Strouse family through this hard time. God bless you!

Mr & Mrs Colby Matteson
Fort wayne IN

I didn't know Officer Strouse, but he was a brother that paid the price for the freedom that every American has. He will be missed by all of his Brothers and Sisters. God Bless.

Deputy Grady Wilson
Paulding County Sheriff Department

I've been on the dept for almost 9 years and one of my biggest fears is to hear "officer down". God Bless the men in blue who day after day put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Especially when they succomb responding to a shots fired call involving gang members.

Public Safety Dispatcher II Mary C. Davi
Joliet Police Dept

You are a hero. Those of us who work in big cities know its a thankless job; you do it because you love the job. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, and for that, you are a hero.

Andy
Baltimore City Police

Today ( July 3, 01) I drove past the scene of this senseless act. There is a memorial there maintained by the community that really says what this fine officer meant to the Chicago Police Department, and to the district / community that he served and protected.
As a police officer I look at the totality of the event. I also look to the other option that being Officer Strouse was able to defend himself and wound his assailant would the offender still be viewed as a violent criminal offender, or would he have been another "GOOD BOY" being picked on by the police. As officers we are in that catch 22, damned if we do , damned if we don't. Brian your tour in hell is over... GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY>>> BROTHERS IN BLUE UNITE>>>>>>>>

Anonymous

Brian, I just have to say thanks for your dedication to the job, helping people who need it. It's a tough job and all too often people don't appreciate it. You won't be forgotten. Rest in peace, you're 10-42.

-John

Cadet John Anderson #8
Chicago Ridge Police Dept

I am so sorry to hear of Brian Strouse getting gunned down by a low-life Gang Banger. Brian was doing what he was sworn to do and died doing it, its not fair its not fair when any Officer dies for doing their job. My uncle was a Sergeant on the Chicago Police Force for 28 and a half years with a year and a half to go when he was killed in 1984. Since then I have met many Chicago Police Officers and have the utmost respect for them. My uncle was one of the reasons I chose to wear a Badge for a living knowing I too could die like he did and every night I go out on the streets I keep with me a Chicago Police Pin in my pocket and think of my uncle. My condolences to Brians family and to all of Chicagos Finest. Rest In Peace My Brother

PTLM. Michael Walker
Providence Police Department

I never dreamed it would be me
My name for all eternity
Recorded here at this hallowed place
Alas, my name, no more my face

"In the line of duty" I hear them say
My family now the price will pay
My folded flag stained with their tears
We only had those few short years

The badge no longer on my chest
I sleep now in eternal rest
My sword I pass to those behind
And pray they keep this thought in mind

I never dreamed it would be me
And with heavy heart and bended knee
I ask for all here from the past
Dear God, let my name be the last
(Author unknown)

God bless all the men and women in blue.

Anonymous

My deepest sympathy goes out to your friends and family, words can not due justice to the sacrifice you have made. I work in Philadelphia's 12th Police Disrict Tactical Unit and can identify with the many challenges our careers bring to us. I can only hope that you are resting happilly in heaven watching over us. Thank You. God bless you and your loved ones.

P.O. John Hoyt
Philadelphia Police Department

I AM NOT A CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER, I AM IN COLLEGE TRYING TO BE ONE, AND I AM VERY HURT AND SORRY OVER THE LOSS OF THIS OFFICER BRIAN. I WISH HIS FAMILY MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY, AND EVEN THOUGH I AM A ORDINARY PERSON, I FEEL SAD WHEN ANY POLICE OFFICER LOST HIS LIFE, GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND GOD BLESS THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPT, AND MAYOR DAILY, BRIAN IS A HERO. GOD BE WITH YOU ALL. SHARON MIKRUT

Unfortunately these senseless acts of violence occur all to often in our cities. My deepest condolences go out to the family and all Chicago officers.

P.O. Baroky
Detroit Police Department

Dearest Brian,
Thank you, thank you so much for all that you have done to protect me...I am so sorry that you had to loose your life in doing so. As a Chicago civilian myself, we rely on you to save our lives, but we asked too much-when we rely on you to save our lives, at the same time you risk your own and what do you ask in return....nothing, all I can say is that you are safe in your new home now, but thanks for watching over mine!!
MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO BRIAN'S FAMILY

Anonymous

TO THE FAMILY AND THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT, MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. OUR DEPARTMENT ALSO LOST A BROTHER ON MAY 4, 2001. WE KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL AND WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH, OUR BROTHER WAS ALSO TAKEN BY GUNFIRE. THEY WILL BE TRULY MISSED! BUT NOW THEY WILL BE PATROLING FROM ABOVE WATCHING OVER ALL OF US. THEY ARE OUR TRUE HEROES!

BERTHA N. DUARTE #791
PINAL CO. SHERIFFS OFFICE-AZ

There is no way to describe the tragedy suffered.A piece of every one of us passes away when one of us does.Officer Strouse will live in all of us who do the job.Good luck and God bless.

Patrolman Scott Harris #273
Cicero Police Department

To Those Near and Dear to Officer Brian T. Strouse,

Our Prayers and Thoughts go out to each and every one of you. Our tribute to Officer Strouse is one of carrying out the task, "To Protect and to Serve."


May God Bless You,


Chaplain Jack H. Lanier, Jr.
Longview (TX) Police Department

Chaplain
Longview Police Department (TX)

With deepest sympathy from my family and myself.

Thoughts of support,strength and prayer go out to family and colleagues.

P.C. M. Sommers # 6087
Toronto Police Service
14 Division 'C' Platoon
Toronto,Ontario,Canada

Police Constable
Toronto Police Service

Though I did not personally know Officer Strouse, I know why he went out and did the job every day and why he volunteered for overtime on this particular night. He, along with the rest of us who walk the thin blue line, makes a difference in the lives of the citizens we serve. He was out there doing a job he loved. That is an echo we often hear when an officer is killed in the line of duty. We must love it or we couldn't do it every day. I understand his sister is a CPD officer; the love and prayers of the International Association of Women Police go out to you and the rest of Officer Strouse's family, friends and colleagues. Godspeed, Brian.

Officer Donna C. Hillier
Purdue University Calumet Police Department, Hammond, IN

Yesterday we lost one of our own, as a Chicago Police Officer who worked along side Brian in the 012th District Tactical Unit i can tell you we lost a valued member of the force and an even greater friend,always there to help his fellow officers and citizens alike, Brian did not "give his life", his life was taken from him by a spineless cowardly gangbanger while in the performance of his duties which he did day in and day out with the utmost professionalism and dedication which will never be forgotten by all that knew him.Keep the peace on Heavens beat Strousey.......

P.O Michael Nallen
Chicago Police Department

Officer Brian Strouse will be very missed. There are not enough words to describe how tragic and senseless his death was. My heart and prayers go out to his family.

Karen

Officer Strouse,
You are in a better place now but this child killed you over nothing. It was a sensless act and very uncalled for. Wanted to let you know and the others, your killer was caught and he is a minor. Rest in Peace my Fellow Officer. You have touched many lives. Take care and be safe. You are now as we say it here in California 10-10 (Off Duty). I really wish you weren't and wish you were still here with us today. God Bless.
Elise
Ventura County Sheriff's Dept./Camarillo Police Dept.

Explorer Ostby
VCSD/CPD

REMEMBER,

"IN VALOR THERE IS HOPE"

SEMPER FI,

TPR. VIDAL MARTINEZ
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE

Brian has joined the ranks of all the fallen officers before him. One of them is my son. We know the terrible feeling of such a great loss. Crime rates keep rising more policemen are dying. There are more laws protecting the bad guy than the Police Officer. Trying to Protect and Serve can become a deady job in just a second. Pray for Brians Family and Friends. Kenny

Deputy Sheriff Kenny Hetrick
Ottawa county Sheriffs Dept

REST IN PEACE NOW BROTHER, YOUR TOUR IN HELL IS OVER.

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