Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Kenneth E. Bateman, Jr.

Darien Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Sunday, May 31, 1981

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Reflections for Patrolman Kenneth E. Bateman, Jr.

RIP Kenny, you are not forgotten

Retired Police Officer

June 2, 2019

Officer Bateman. I never knew you, nor did i ever meet you. I was a brand new rookie on the Stamford Connecticut Police Department , the next town to Darien, Ct.
I had exactly thirteen days on the job on the night of your untimely death.
Myself and the other members of the rookie class of May 18 1981 assisted at the traffic detail for your funeral.
Your tragic untimely death that night always served as a reminder to me as to how dangerous our job as Police Officers is. I thought of you many times during my almost 37 years as a Police Officer.
During this time i also interacted with one of the suspects involved. I can't express how sorry I am that an arrest was never made for the persons involved. I still hope and pray this will happen. My prayers to you and your family.

John Farrell City Of Stamford Ct. P.D. Retired.

May 7, 2019

Rest in peace Patrolman Bateman. I do hope they find your killer or killers. A heroic man with humble honor!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 28, 2019

Patrolman Bateman,
On today, the 37th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN as a crewmember on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise(CVN 65)-the “Big E.” And to your Family and loved ones ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

May 31, 2018

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

May 31, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst 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 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

June 1, 2012

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Bateman. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 1, 2012

Ken was my friend and best man at my wedding in 1972. I was thinking of him today and found this site.

My his family rest in peace.

bill shelly pn3
navy buddy

December 1, 2009

"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

September 25, 2007

I remember when I first heard that this terrible incident happened. I was in the 6th grade and P/O Bateman's wife was a teacher in my school.

I frequently instruct the new midnight officers not to take alarms as routine or chronic. I always instruct our dispatch center to send two cars under all circumstances. I frequently tell P/O Bateman's story at roll call.


Sergeant Alexander Lindsay
MTA Police Department

November 15, 2006

My condolences to the family,friends of Officer Bateman and to my brothers and sisters of the Darien Police Department. Officer Bateman you walked through that valley fearing no evil like a true Warrior.You are and Never Will Be Forgoten.

Ofc.B.Lovallo A-SQUAD
W.P.D Woodbridge CT

May 12, 2005

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