Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Joseph Tarsia

Broome County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch Thursday, July 4, 2002

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Kevin Joseph Tarsia

My deepest condolences to the family, friends and girlfriend of Deputy Kevin J. Tarsia. I know your pain and suffering as I lost my best friend and cousin Trooper Larry Gleason. Larry was shot and killed while on duty six months ago. You are all in my thoughts and prayers each and everyday. God Bless You Kevin You Are A True Hero!!!!!

Police Officer Kate Gleason Updyke

Each time I hear of another one of our guys going down it breaks my heart and stiffens my resolve to be more resolute in my actions. Please send my heartfelt sympathies to his family and to your agency. We just lost one locally in one of our counties and I can't tell you how much it feels like being hit in the gut everytime I hear of another one down. Take care and stay safe to all the hardworking officers and deputies out there that put their lives on the line every single day. God bless you!
Deputy Hendrickson

Deputy John Hendrickson
Skagit County Sheriff's Office

We are living in dangerous times and those who wear the badge are on the front line, thank you Deputy Tarsia for your selfless actions for the safety of others. You are now in the company of God's chosen officers. Your family and friends will miss your physical presence, but the things that made you special and unique, will always have a special place in their hearts and cherished memories to keep them strong. Tell Billy hello, he will show you the ropes I am sure...Another sensless act by cowards whose day of judgement will come...
Isaiah 40:31

JV Jackson
FCPS Divison of Law Enforcement, Lexington, KY

Family and Friends,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you endure this storm in your life. Philippians 4:13 tells us that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Put your burden on our Lord and let Him carry you through. You are loved.

Cathy Hill
surviving spouse Deputy Barry Hill
HCSD e.o.w. 12-4-00

The Final Inspection

Author Unknown

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Hoofdagent G.J.Reijnders
Dutch Police Amsterdam

We all mourn the loss of Deputy Tarsia. This horrible act will not go unpunished. Our prayers go out to your family and coworkers. You made the ULTIMATE sacrifice brother and it will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Greg Fonseca
Steuben County Sheriff's Office NY.

Rest in Peace Kevin. Your murders were caught.

Patrolman Terrence Stewart
Dept. Veterans Affairs Police Topeka, KS

My thoughts and prayers are with this family as they now travel down the path to healing that so many of us are traveling ahead of you. You are not alone you are now a part of a very large family. We all stick together in times of need such as this one. Just remember that God is always with you and will walk you through any and everything he brings you to.

Deputy Rene' Dennis
Harris County Sheriff's Department
& Surviving Spouse of Deputy Joseph N Dennis
Killed in the line of duty on 05-22-01

Deputy Rene Dennis
Harris County Sheriff's Department

i was at work when the info was passed on to all our patrols, all i thought was what a tragic way to end a career and hurt a family. my prayers are with all of broome county officers and with the family of deputy tarsia, on behalf of the men and women of my department, our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers. rest in peace brother


Family, Friends and Co-Workers of Deputy Tarsia,
The road to greiving is long and unwritten. No one can tell you what is the right way or the wrong way to express the so many emotions that you are feeling. Do what feels right in your heart and no one can lay blame. Your Kevin may be gone from patrolling the streets of earth, but he is with our James and they are patrolling the golden streets of heaven.

Friend and Co-Worker
Norfolk Police Officer
James B. Gilbert
E.O.W.- 09/28/01

Dyan McDermott
Norfolk EOC

You gave the ultimate sacrifice and are a true HERO, not just to Broome County, the law enforcement community, or the nation, but to your family. God bless them in this devastating time of need.

Baltimore City Police

My condolenses to the deputy's family, being a Police officer myself I know what it is to lose a friend, a brother, on the line of duty. May he rest in peace and remember that no matter what, Justice will always prevail, although at times it may not seem like it will, rest assured they will catch the perps.

Constable J. Rivera
Toronto Police Service

God bless Deputy Kevin J. Tarsia. May Kevin's sacrifice never be forgotten. My condolence goes out to Kevin's family and to the memebers of The Broome County Sheriff's Office.
Sincerely, John W. Peper, former New York State Trooper, 163rd March 1988.

Deputy John W. Peper
Volusia Co. Sheriff's Office, Fla

Rest in Peace. God Bless those left behind.

S. Yates

In the face of Deputy Tarsia's tragic death, it's heartening to see how many people have left reflections already, only one day after his death, from all over our great country. I hope this conveys to his family, friends and fellow BCSD members the deep loss we all feel when a brother is taken and let's them know how many are thinking of and praying for them. God Bless and Stay Safe.

Police Officer Dan Haughney
New York State University Police-Albany

To the family of Deputy Sheriff Kevin J.Tarsia ~ you are in the prayers and thoughts of many survivors of fallen officers. This is happening too often. When the killers/cowards are found they will run again, right into the justice system & demand to be protected by those they kill. Your days ahead will be challenging, please know so many others will not forget.

Janice~PROUD wife of
Fallen Morgan Co. Sheriff Deputy
Sgt. Daniel Robert Starnes
Killed In The Line of Duty
July 10, 2001
Sgt. Dan R. Starnes

wife of fallen officer

When the doors of hell open up, even for a moment.
And Evil rears its ugly head, driven by man.
The Almighty God commands it closed.
Thus in suffering a sacrifice ensues.
All of heaven pays tribute, for a Hero,is born.

May God Comfort you and yours.

Cpl. James J. Crawford
Lower Providence Twp Police, Montg. Co. PA.

May God comfort the family, friends, and co-workers of Deputy Tarsia. Please know he patrols the streets of heaven with St. Michael. Well served Peace Officer, may you rest in peace.

Sgt Kevin McGowan
Charleston Police Department (SC)

My prayers and thoughts go out to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Sheriff Tarsia as you endure this long hard road of dealing with the death of your officer. Please know that you are not alone in your grief and pain. Many of us are walking the road you are now walking. We are all family.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares upon the Lord!

Denise Nichols
Wife of Alabama State Trooper Brian Nichols
EOW 02/17/2002

To the Family & Friends of Deputy Sheriff Kevin J. Tarsia,
My prayers and thoughts are with you. May God give you the strength to get through this difficult time. He is now protecting you from above.

God Bless you,

Ann Becker Alexandrino
South Florida C.O.P.S

Ann Becker Alexandrino, Daughter
Detective Hugo M. Becker, Hialeah, PD, EOW 6/25/66

Deputy Tarsia, may God be with you and your family. Your rewards in heaven will be greater than on earth. To the family, friends, and co-workers of Deputy Tarsia may God give you peace and understanding in this time of great loss. Having lost one of our own deputy's this summer our department feels your pain and grieves with you. Keep fighting the good fight!

K9 Deputy Shawn Shaw
Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Grants Pass, OR

To Those near and dear to Deputy Tarsia,

During this time, much emphasis is turned to those of us serving in the military, however, much is given by those who protect the nation's neighborhoods and streets every day even while the War on Terror is going on.

My prayers are with all of you in your earthly loss of Deputy Tarsia. However, the greatest tribute we can extend to him would be to do what he was called to do and that is "To Protect and To Serve."

May you lean on the Lord Jesus for your strength, knowing that He truly gives eternal life.

In His Name,

Jack H. Lanier, Jr.
Chaplain, Longview Police Department (TX)
(Master Sergeant, United States Air Force)
Called to active duty for the War on Terror, October, 2001

Longview (TX) Police Department

God Bless You Deputy for your service and sacrifice, you, your family, your agency and community will be in my prayers.

Officer C. Rhew
Morrisville (NC) PD

To the friends and family of Deputy Tarsia and to the Broome County Sheriff's Office:

Having spent all my adult life as a peace officer, it never gets any easier to deal with a loss of a fellow officer. I offer my prayers for all of you in your time of giref and loss.

Coordinator Robert E. Hamilton
College of the Redwoods Police Academy

Our family has lost another comrade, another loved one. Gone but never forgotten. I never met Deputy Kevin J.Tarsia, but I once proudly wore the uniform of a Broome County Sheriff's Deputy. My thoughts and prayers go to the community, friends and family of Deputy Tarsia. He answered the call, of himself gave his all, and part of America died on the Fourth of July 2002. I hope this message brings some comfort to his family and let's them know that Kevin's police family will always be there when called upon. Kevin "Rest in Peace".

Chief William S. Mares
Melbourne Airport Police Dept.

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