Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Eric D. Lee

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, August 19, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Eric D. Lee

Hey Eric, it seem just like yesterday when we (the crew) were all playing basketball at Lindbloom Park on fridays and you would be telling me "Hey Donnie Baseball im not going to be chasing you all over this court all day, SLOW DOWN!" and we would laugh together and continue playing until we couldn't run anymore. Every year when we get together for a picnic in your honor it seems so unfair that you are not there with us in person, but we KNOW that you are with us in spirit!! My brother if I can tell you that you left a mark on ME and my life it would be a understatement!Your legacy lives on and OOOHHHH so strong! And that daughter of yours ERIC is a spitting image of you and a constant reminder of the person that you were. Your lovely wife "Shawn" is providing an outstanding life for your child that would make you very proud of her and you high standards. I am going to cut it short before I tear up too much and cant see the keyboard and say to you my dear friend that you were the BEST OF THE BEST!!! Rest in peace my brother until we meet again, and comfort our brother Alex Valadez E.O.T. June 1,2009

Former Officer Donald Branch
Chicag Police Department

June 9, 2009

As I think about Eric's life and what he meant to those who knew and loved him,
I think about a saying I saw on this website: Eric didn't lose his life, he GAVE
it! I guess the Lord wanted you back home, but I can tell it has been so difficult to go on without you. Only one reason we all need the Lord and His comfort.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

Anonymous

August 19, 2008

Rest easy, Eric...Your family and friends remember you today and every day...Never forgotten!

John E. Gordon

August 19, 2008

Eric, even in the middle of the summer and after seven years, this still feels like the coldest day of the year.

Your loss resonates in the hearts of hundreds today.

We cannot forget you nor shall we.

From one of the fortunate ones to have known you.

"seven thirty-one"

Raul Rodriguez, Special Agent
former partner on BT 731 /1W

August 19, 2008

Once again the day you were called away from duty has arrived and I know the pain is still in the hearts of all those that love you. There are no special words I can offer to help them with their grief except that all they can do is take one day at a time and to keep your memory alive. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of CPD Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 19, 2008

Today Eric, I will celebrate your life and not your death! This will be a first as I've reflected during this time every year always coming up with this terrible day. God has allowed me to grow to this place of peace and knowing that you're with him and still shining. I love you and you will always have that special place in my heart...

SSL

Anonymous

August 18, 2008

This evening I was burning music to my ipod, a simple task! When I came across a song by "Central Line" Walking Into Sunshine." I still see you walking into Circle Center, backpack on your shoulder, and an arrow parted into the side of your recently cut hair; Neat, clean in your favorite polo shirt and canvas gym shoes and bopping to that tune. God Bless you and as he willed it, you will be forever young, walking into sunshine....:)

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Central line : Walking into sunshine


Lyrics

Too much rainy days, rainy days
Found so much lazy ways, lazy ways
I've got to get away, oooh, baby
This kind of life is not for me

I'm working day and night, night and day
Working for my babe, only way
It's all over me, I can't stand it
This kind of life is not for me

I need a holiday to get away from the rush
I got to get away from the rush
Off the week if gold is cheap
I hop and fly away where the sun always shines
Eight days a week

'Cause there'll be sunshine
Yes, I'll be walking into sunshine (Sunshine)
Give me the sun (Sunshine)
So all my rainy days will all be gone

I don't want a fuss, want a fight
I'm checkin' in to book my early flight
I've got to get away to see what's right for me

Walking by the sea (Go walking by the sea)
That's when I'll be free (Don't want to hurry me)
I can do as I please when my mind is at ease
And I won't be worried at all

I need a holiday to get away from the rush
I got to get away from the rush
Off the week if gold is cheap
I hop and fly away where the sun always shines
Eight days a week

'Cause there'll be sunshine
Yes, I'll be walking into sunshine (Sunshine)
Give me the sun (Sunshine)
So all my rainy days will all be gone

'Cause there'll be sunshine
Sunshine
Sunshine

I don't want a fuss, want a fight
I'm checkin' in to book my early flight
I've got to get away to see what's right for me

Walking by the sea (Go walking by the sea)
That's when I'll be free (Don't want to hurry me)
I can do as I please when my mind is at ease
And I won't be worried at all

Sunshine
Sunshine
Sunshine
Sunshine

I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha
I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha

I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha
I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha

I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha
I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha

I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha
I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha

I got to get away (Sunshine), I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha
I got to get away (Sunshine), I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha

I got to get away (Sunshine), I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha
I got to get away (Sunshine), I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun

And I'll be walking into sunshine
(I got to walk into the sun, haha)
I'll be walking into sunshine
(I got to walk into the sun, haha)

I'll be there
(I got to walk into the sun, haha)
Too much rainy days
(I got to walk into the sun, haha)

I don't want a fuss
(I got to walk into the sun, haha)
I got to get away, get away

I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha
I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha

I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha
I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha

I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha
I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha

I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha
I got to get away, I got to do it now
I got to walk into the sun, haha

May God Bless and Keep You, Eric D. Lee

No Rank
Former College Friend and Classmate

June 22, 2008

Hello Eric,
I read a book about your trial recently. I know i never knew you personally, but i would just like to express that your loss and your family's loss has deeply moved me. You seemed like a selfless and courageous person and it is ashame that your adventures had to end in this manner. I am a young adult who is finishing college up in Michigan, i am seriously considering a career in the CPD and would just like to say that you have truely proven to be an inspiring figure for me. I hope that in my prime i will be at least half the man that you appeared to have been. Im so sorry Shawn and family.... thanks.

June 16, 2008

"Semper Fidelis",


MEET ME AT THE GATES MARINE. I KNOW YOU ARE STANDING GUARD.

TROOPER J.E. BLANCO
FHP RETIRED/MEDICAL 5-2-1992

April 28, 2008

Hi Sweetie,

I visit here with you frequently, but it's been awhile since I'm shared my thoughts! Life is empty without you but I know that you're with me daily and that you're watching. I miss you so much and wish you could see our little lady...boy would you be gray right about now. She's beautiful in every way and looks so much like you. My gentle giant, you are sorely missed and loved!

Mrs. Lee

April 16, 2008

God Speed, Brother.

P.O.K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ

December 5, 2007

Eric,
Although I didn't know you personally, I just finished reading a book about the trial following your death. I just want you to know that reading about your life and untimely death greatly affected me, and you and your family will always be in my prayers. People like you make the world safe for the rest of us, and even though you're gone I will never forget your story. God bless you and your family.

November 16, 2007

EL, is the nickname we gave you in 1983, You called me Sky, from our hooping days at the gym at Horno, when we first met. You from Chicago, me from Gary, both of us in the United States Marine Corps, Camp Horno. We were brothers, will always be. It has been rough for me not to have seen you since the early 90s and to have found this out by speaking with a friend in the Gym while working out. I have such memories of us over seas and at the Carolina West chillin in the Monte Carlo. I love you EL and I'm so proud of you, may God watch over you and bless your family.

Love, and please rest in peace My Brother EL.

Sky

Supervisor D. Calvert
San Onofre Nuclear Security/USMC

October 27, 2007

I remeber starting off working with Eric on 1st watch. That was most worked watch in 007.Then we went to tact and he wasnt a hard police officer ,he was nice but firm with his professinalism .Especially when the little girl in englewood was shoot while asleep in the bed.Eric attended her wake and wept.This was no ordinary officer ,Eric was sent from God .

Police officer Goree
co-worker

October 23, 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
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

October 17, 2007

Happy Birthday Sweets! I love and miss you much...no words will describe the emptiness in my heart and soul.



Shawn

October 11, 2007

Hey Eric,

I was late last year was determined to be early or on time this year. Happy Birthday to you!! You should see your two ladies. The young one is morphing between you and Shawn. She is such a sweet child, my bad - teenager. Keep watching over Shawn and Erica. Your love is still blooming in their hearts and lives.

Happy Birthday - BAP

October 4, 2007

Sweetie, the ceremony was so moving last night! I want you to know that thanks to many dedicated men and women you will never be forgotten. No fallen officer will ever be forgotten and I thank God for those who put forth the effort to make sure of this. I love and miss you. Our baby will be 13 and she is so beautiful, intelligent, mature...she's everything you would have wanted for her and more.

Until we are together again my love

Shawn

September 19, 2007

I wish I could go back six years ago today and tell you to go on the medical. I wish I could tell you to let those guys fight it out, they're grown men. I wish I could've taken you to lunch at about 2100 hrs six years ago.
I wish, as you lay on the hospital bed, that it was all a bad dream and that you would soon wake up. I wish that all of us in Chicago blue could've absorbed a bit a your pain that night. I wish for Shawn and Erica to be embraced by family members left behind. You have touched many lives Eric; may you always rest in God's grace and watch over us.

Raul Rodriguez
former partner on 731 / 1st Watch

August 19, 2007

06 years have passed since your brutal murder. May your family be comforted by the fact that you will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten! Until one day in Heaven we meet, keep walking your beat on the Golden Street keeping an eye on the thin blue line.

DET SGT, Retired
AR

August 19, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Lee on the anniversary of his passing.
May God comfort you all. Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher
Virginia

August 19, 2007

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones today on this 6th anniversary of your EOW. Some will say it seems just like yesterday but others will say that it feels like a lifetime ago when they last heard you talk, laugh or were able to hold you and feel your warm touch. You are thought of each and every day and will never be forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones, protect them from harm. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of CPD Officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 19, 2007

Remembering you and your family always. You are missed and will 'never' be forgotten.


ODMP

August 19, 2007

Officer Lee,
Today is the sixth anniversary since you were called home. My thoughts are with your family and friends as they remember the wonderful person you were. You exemplified the meaning of serving with courage. You indeed DID make a difference for so many people.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 18, 2007

Eric, this may sound silly, but you would appreciate it: one of my fondest memories of 731 (you and Dre) was going to Leon's for our food and then driving to the Kennedy-King parking lot to have our lunch at midnight.

I think of you often and every time I play baseball with my son, Eric, I think of the times you would tell me of how you enjoyed driving Erica to school and soccer practice.

You left a void in a lot of lives, but we are richer for knowing you.

Special Agent Raul Rodriguez
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

August 1, 2007

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