Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Vincent G. Danz

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Vincent G. Danz

"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

January 3, 2008

Thank you, Ofc. Vincent Danz, for your dedication to God, your family and. ultimately, your country.

Your sacrifice was not in vain, and you will never be forgotten.

God speed and God bless. Rest in peace Ofc. Danz.

God Bless America.

LRVirgil, Civilian
Texas - Law Enforcement Supporter

September 30, 2007

You are not and will never be forgotten. You and the other brothers we lost that day are HEROES and will be remembered forever! Rest high on the streets of Heaven!

Deputy Brant Pewitt
Williamson Co. Sheriff's Dept TN.

September 11, 2007

You are a hero, Officer Danz. The nation mourns along with your family for that terrible day. It is hard to believe it has been 6 years. Thank you for your dedication and service. God bless.

A proud American

September 11, 2007

Everytime we go into Buckley's we raise our pints and think of you and Angela. You are forever in our hearts.

Rich and Diana Yastrzemski
Friends from Southampton

September 11, 2007

Thank you for your sacrifice and all the lives you saved that day. It takes a brave officer to go into a burning building. Rest in peace.

trooper
Ohio State Highway Patrol

September 11, 2007

Just thinking of you and the rest of the guys from Truck 3.
My prayers are with you and your families. You will not be forgotten!

Detective Cody Gill
Broward Sheriff's Office (former NYPD 43 pct)

September 11, 2007

Dear Vinny:
This reflection to you, serves two purposes: one, you deserve this, and many more. Second, because I made a promise to each of you who gave all that horrible day, that I would write a reflection to each and every one of you. That's the least a brother can do.
What you did on 11 September 2001, is so typical of a hero...always thinking of others before himself. And that, Vinny, is what you are...a hero. I don't know any other group of people who would so willingly sacrifice their life for another, except police and firefighters. I am so PROUD to be among you all, for we are America's soldiers at home. The first and last line of defense to protect our countrymen from animals like the terrorists.
Although you are not here to be seen or talk to, I am certain that you are looking down on the rest of us from a better place, smiling in the knowledge that you saved so many more people. Unfortunately, some of our countrymen have come to forget the sacrifice, the dedication, the professionalism you all demonstrated that day. But so help me God, as long as I live on this earth, I WILL remind people that freedom comes at a great price, home and abroad.
We live in the greatest country in world, because of people such as yourself, willingly to do whatever it takes to protect our countrymen, and our way of life. Although the blue line is a little thinner, we have held. Rest in peace, we have the watch. Amen

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office-Florida

November 27, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Officer Vincent Danz and his fellow officers with the New York City Police Department and most especially to Vincent:

Mere words seem insignificant to honor your heroism and courage which will never be forgotten. On this the fifth anniversary month of the tragic devastation wreaked upon our nation, those brave men and women who lost their lives safeguarding others are remembered and revered.

May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect and gratitude for the distinquished service Vincent gave to his community and country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 11, 2001.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg Police Department, CA; eow 4/24/05

September 29, 2006

a hero lives forever.....

September 12, 2006

YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.....

SGT.
NILES, IL PD

September 11, 2006

You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your courage.

September 11, 2006

Thinking of you and your loved ones on this tragic day in history. You will never be forgotten and will be forever a hero.

Nicole Burdette
Wife of Deputy Alex Burdette EOW 3-12-05

September 11, 2006

HERO! Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

July 17, 2006

REST IN PEACE BROTHR AND KNOW YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID ON THIS TRADGIC DAY

ROBERT THORNTON
EX-POLICE OFFICER AT GROUND ZERO

September 11, 2005

God bless all the Officers of the NYPD, And thier families. Revenge is mine says the Lord I will repay! God bless,Gone but not forgot!!!

Officer William Inman
Birmingham Police Dept. Al.

October 29, 2004

There are but two persons who protect the sinful human race from destroying itself. One is God's Holy Spirit. The other is the Peace Officer. Without them, we would all perish at each other's hands.

You were called into this profession and our Lord and Savior has blessed you because:
According to Romans 13.1-5...
God ordains the Peace Officer’s profession.
The Peace Officer is sent by God.
The Peace Officer is vested with God's authority to enforce the law.
A Peace Officer's badge is to be honored by us, because God honors it.

You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for your fellow man, while serving, defending, and protecting others in your community.

Thank you for your service to America. Your efforts saved thousand that horrible day.
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. You will be in our hearts forever.

September 11, 2001---Gone, but Never Forgotten.

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 6, 2004

The Police Badge

-It is polished and shiny and looks so fine, once you earn it you have to tow the line.
-The minute you wear it upon your chest it becomes a symbol that you are the best.
-It means honesty, integrity and fairness to all,your life is never your own, but at the public calls.
-Night or day, any hour, it makes you a mark it doesnt protect you from a shot in the dark.
-Over the years the shine starts to fade, but brighter still is the man its made.
-It is often what seperates you from the crowd, it is a second family of which you are proud.
-So now comes your time, you cant be denied, when you pin on your badge, wear it with pride.

You and all the other officers, wear the badge with pride, while running to save fellow officers.

You are missed


Lt. James Martinez
Stamford Conn. Police Department

January 1, 2004

thank you

god bless your family

dispatcher /911 operator
polk county sheriff's office. florida

December 27, 2003

I am a former MOS and cannot find the words to say how sorry I am that we have lost these great heroes. I cannot express my thanks enough for your bravery and sacrifice. My prayers are with you and all of your families and brother/sister officers......................AC

Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police

September 15, 2003

I was one of the 340 officers who attended the 911 memorial in manhattan NY 2002.
I like the rest of my fellow officers paid tribute to every officer who lost their lives at the world trade center 9 11 2001.

whilst at the NYPD museum in manhattan i was touched by the bravery of the officers of that fateful day in 2001.
God Bless you all .

Many regards to their families and colleagues ,
on behalf of the U.k. police officers..

In respect of all who perished ,a Ground Zero flag which was given to Sc 7061 Boyce at the 911 memorial 2002 .
Has now been donated and is now situated at the
SOUTH WALES POLICE FORCE H.Q.
in Bridgend , South Wales .u.k.


Sc 7061 Dave Boyce ,
South Wales Police force ,
u.k.

sc7061 boyce
south wales police,uk

I did not know this officer or the others who lost their lives on September 11th. They are TRUE AMERICAN HERO'S. GOD bless the NYPD and all of the families associated with them.

" THE WICKED FLEE WHEN NO MAN PURSUETH BUT THE RIGHTEOUS ARE BOLD AS A LION" - Proverbs 28:1

Recruit Don Reichhardt
60th Crater Criminal Justice Academy
Prince George, Va.

Officer Don Reichhardt
Virginia State University Police Department

It was late one Tuesday evening,
Before a mother could sit down,
To tell her only child about
The terror that hit downtown.

She looked into the eyes of her son
God, she loved him so,
She felt her heart begin to break
And the hurt begin to show.

She gathered all her strength and courage,
as her story she began to tell.
"Baby don't cry, but I'm afraid daddy
Might be under a building that fell."

The boy looked back at his mother,
His eyes made not one blink.
And the mother's tears began to fall.
What would her baby think?

You see, his dad is a Policeman,
And his hero from the day of his birth.
He loved his dad more than anything else
That could ever inherit this earth.

The mother's head began to drop,
Her forehead resting on palm.
She thought her son would be upset.
Instead, he was very calm.

The boy leaned over towards his mom,
And put his hand upon her head.
In her ear he began to whisper,
And this is what he said:

"Mommy please don't cry,
I knew daddy wasn't coming home.
I talked to him just a while ago,
But it wasn't on the phone.

He told me that he loved me,
And he promised we'd meet again.
He told of his new home,
And the job he was to begin."

"God is building an army,
And there are many angels needed.
That, is where daddy and the others went.
They weren't all defeated."

It was then, the mother lifted her head.
The tears streamed down her face.
And she could feel her husband's presence,
As it filled her heart with grace.

It was then she knew her son was right.
He was in God's great army now.
She also knew her son was safe,
That he'd be kept from harm somehow.

So, evildoers of the world beware.
An army is on the way.
Bolstered by new angels,
Who left the towers that day..

Their commander has never been beaten.
His power has never been matched,
And if evil thinks He was almighty before......
Well, the surface has just been scratched!

9-11-02 - 1 year anniversary
We will NEVER forget!
GOD BLESS!

Anonymous


Anonymous

It was late one Tuesday evening,
Before a mother could sit down,
To tell her only child about
The terror that hit downtown.

She looked into the eyes of her son
God, she loved him so,
She felt her heart begin to break
And the hurt begin to show.

She gathered all her strength and courage,
as her story she began to tell.
"Baby don't cry, but I'm afraid daddy
Might be under a building that fell."

The boy looked back at his mother,
His eyes made not one blink.
And the mother's tears began to fall.
What would her baby think?

You see, his dad is a Policeman,
And his hero from the day of his birth.
He loved his dad more than anything else
That could ever inherit this earth.

The mother's head began to drop,
Her forehead resting on palm.
She thought her son would be upset.
Instead, he was very calm.

The boy leaned over towards his mom,
And put his hand upon her head.
In her ear he began to whisper,
And this is what he said:

"Mommy please don't cry,
I knew daddy wasn't coming home.
I talked to him just a while ago,
But it wasn't on the phone.

He told me that he loved me,
And he promised we'd meet again.
He told of his new home,
And the job he was to begin."

"God is building an army,
And there are many angels needed.
That, is where daddy and the others went.
They weren't all defeated."

It was then, the mother lifted her head.
The tears streamed down her face.
And she could feel her husband's presence,
As it filled her heart with grace.

It was then she knew her son was right.
He was in God's great army now.
She also knew her son was safe,
That he'd be kept from harm somehow.

So, evildoers of the world beware.
An army is on the way.
Bolstered by new angels,
Who left the towers that day..

Their commander has never been beaten.
His power has never been matched,
And if evil thinks He was almighty before......
Well, the surface has just been scratched!

9-11-02 - 1 year anniversary
We will NEVER forget!
GOD BLESS!

Anonymous

Vincent, I only met you once, but from that one meeting I knew the type of person you were. The tragic events that took your life and the life of 70 other Law Enforcement Officer's will never be forgotten. When I saw the events unfolding in New York I knew you would be their evacuating people and saving lives. You didn't think twice about risking your life to help others, not just on 9-11-2001, but everyday, hanging from buildings, climbing elevator shafts, and confronting armed suspects, you did your job. All of those who wear a badge and are sworn to protect and defend the public, should always remember people like you and your partners. Angela, Greg, Tim, Suzanne, and the kids, I’m sure the NYPD is looking after you, but if you need anything, call me, I’ll always be there to help in any way I can.

B. Schnabel
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office/CA

Deputy Brian Schnabel
Alameda County Sheriff's Office

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