Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Thomas A. Bateman

Bucks County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, September 22, 1986

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Thomas A. Bateman

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 22, 2020

As the 32nd date of this tragic accident approaches, I am preparing to honor Deputy Warta, Deputy Bateman and Sheriff Kulp in a bicycle ride from Central NJ to Washington D.C. within the Police Unity Tour organization in May of 2019.

I ask that you please leave as much information about these men as husbands, fathers, brothers, partners, and friends so that I may ride with a true sense of how these men lived their lives.

Any family members that will be in Washington D.C. will be presented with the bracelet with the men's name on it that traveled with a rider throughout the 300 mile long journey.

I will ride with Chapter 10 and the motto for this ride is, "WE RIDE FOR THOSE WHO DIED" and the money goes to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund where the focus (and carved into the wall with all 21,000+ officers names) is the line, "It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, but how they lived." And I plan to help remember the lives they lived in May 2019.

Deputy MaryEllen Kelly
Bucks County Sheriff's Office

September 18, 2018

31 years ago today, still thinking of you. RIP


September 22, 2017

29 years ago today and you are not forgotten

Kim Hauser

September 22, 2015

Tom, it's been almost 28 years since you left us. I still think of you every day. You are not forgotten.


September 11, 2014

Tommy, I saw your picture on Facebook today.... I can't believe it has been so many years.... I most remember your smile, sense of humor, devil-may-care attitude, and love of life! I have followed in your footsteps, and carried a badge for 21 years.... I have always tried to follow your example, and done so with honor, respect, and pride.

Thank you for your service ! You and George left us too soon!

With thanks and gratitude!

Ofc. Fred Williamson
Upper Southampton Twp. P.D.

May 15, 2014

Over 27 years and I still think of you.


October 1, 2013

Miss ya, Buddy 27 years , ago today..

Deputy Gary Killian #85-33
Bucks Co SO

September 22, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th 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 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

September 22, 2012

It's been 25 years and I still think of you every day. RIP
Love always, Kim


September 21, 2011

TOM, You are still in my thoughts and prayers, jack


March 10, 2011

"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

January 15, 2008

Rest in peace always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 22, 2007

Twenty years ago today and you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 22, 2006

Deputy Bateman, you are not forgotten

September 22, 2005

Deputy Sheriff Bateman,
On today, the 19th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service to the citizens of Bucks County.


September 22, 2005

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