Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Donan James "Jim" Faulkner, Jr.

Peoria Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, September 20, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Donan James "Jim" Faulkner, Jr.

To the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Faulkner:

I am so sorry to hear of the tragic situation that took such a hard working man and great officer from us. I was the dispatcher working the night my Master Sergeant got dragged to death in June by a gangster fleeing from the police. There is no explanation for why people do this. It is a selfish act that criminals do with no regard for life or for anybody other than themselves at that time. Just try to remember to keep a positive attitude and keep his memory alive by talking about it with your co-workers, family, and friends. Remember his famous smile, his jokes, and personality and he will always be with you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families in this dangerous line of work. God bless you!


Confrontation in an alley. The Centurion does not yield.
But this time the good guy loses;
there is blood upon the shield.
And the mournful sounds of bagpipes
play out across the land,
drowned out by the sobs of a lonely young wife
and a child too young to understand.
While the killer pleads his case in court,
the thin blue line is one man short.
And we're one step closer to society's fall;
another cop's name is engraved on the wall.
Another state funeral, with an army in blue,
and we know it could've been me and it
could've been you.

We all look ahead to what the future has in store,
front line troopers in a country that's at war.
At war with itself and at war with its cops and we're out
there everyday 'cause the battle never stops.
It's not the way it is on TV shows or like
we learned in school; no cool music in the background,
no playing by the "rules".
We're disillusioned warriors,
but for right we'll always strive.
We just pray that at the end of our stress-filled day
we'll get back home alive.

You stand out on the corner
ignoring the insults and the stares,
close to the point of believing that no one really cares,
when a six year-old boy walks over after watching
you for awhile, reaching out to shake your hand,
on his face a friendly smile. To him you are a hero,
a protector of our land, and he wants
to learn about you,
as a cop and as a man.
And when he asks you why your badge is covered
by a black elastic band,
tell him about our Brother--
A cop who made a stand.

Jennifer Dixon--Telecommunicator
Illinois State Police District 7

Family and Friends ~ I was deeply saddened once again to learn of your loss. We are having to say goodbye to far too many hero's. My children and I will be praying for you to find comfort and peace through your heartache.

Cathy Hill
Widow - Deputy Barrett Hill
Harris County Sheriff's Department, TX
E.O.W. 12/4/00

Cathy Hill, Widow
Harris County Sheriff's Department

God Bless you and your family, Officer Faulkner. Even though I didn't personally know you, I know you were an exceptional police officer. Your tough duty is over, so enjoy your reward in Heaven.

Robert W. Cannon, Captain(Retired)
Vermilion County(IL) Sheriff's Dept.


METRO-DADE POLICE DEPT. (Dade County Sheriff's Office)

Officer Faulkner, you will not be forgotten and will be deeply missed. My deepest sympathies to your family. You are a great loss to your family and the law enforcement family. God Bless!

Explorer Justin Betts
Alameda County Sheriff's Office, CA

I dread reading about the loss of another brother or sister in blue. You died carrying out the duties of your job, and for that you are a hero. God bless the family, friends, and department of this fallen officer.

Baltimore City Police

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Officer Faulkner.

God Bless you all always

Terry Miyares
Officer Emilio Miyares
Hialeah Police Dept. Florida
E/O/W 11/6/86

Terry Miyares, officer's widow
Hialeah Police Dept.

May God be with the family and co-workers of Officer Faulkner. As a native of Peoria, I share the grief of your loss and have faith that the members of the Peoria Police Department will make it through these trying times. The void left by Officer Faulkner's death will never be filled, however we can find some comfort knowing he lived his life as a hero.

Officer Jason Bailey #73
Rockford, IL. Police Dept.

Officer Jason Bailey
Rockford, IL Police Department

The man or men who have done this will surely pay for their deeds, while you reap the reward of a life of service, and ultimately a life that ended in the supreme sacrifice. We know too well the pain that your department and family are feeling. No one can find any words that will lessen the pain, but maybe the knowledge that all of Law Enforcement grieves with them. Thank you for all you have done, God Speed your journey to Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Kenny Rose
Lehi Police Department (Utah)

Thank you and God bless you Officer Faulkner. You served your country well and the nation is a better place because of people like you. I'll be praying for your family and all who have given their lives in the line of duty. Rest in peace.

Explorer Sgt. Patrick Siemon
Baltimore County Police Explorers

Officer Donan James (Jimmy) Faulkner was a great Officer and a terrific family man. It grieves me terribly that this cowardly act ended the life of such a wonderful man. He always had a cheerful smile and a friendly hello and was just an all around wonderfull person. HE WILL BE MISSED!!!!
Our most sincere condolences go to his wife and children.
GOD REST HIS SOUL, Jimmy we love you.....

Officer Fred Fallert and Family
Peoria Police Department

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