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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

Kevin,I think about you and your memory all the time. It has been ten years. In that time I have had many memories,changes,life events and just day to day activities. When I reflect on that, I realize how incredibly your sacrifice is magnified. Ten years of all those things we take for granted, were taken from you and your family. As always you are a hero. Your service is appreciated. I miss you and honor your memory. May God be with your spirit Kevin.

Lt. Patrick A. Isenburg (retired)
Broome County Sheriffs Office-Binghamton NY

July 3, 2012

Kevin, You are gone but not forgotten. It's been 9 years but you are remembered every day.

Sgt. Donald Chillari (Retired)
Broome Co. Sheriffs Office

July 4, 2011

Kevin, it has been nine years, and things are still not the same at work without you. They never will be. Our department lost a brother and we lost our innocence. We still see your picture every day in the hall. We still tell stories about you. We still honor you each year at the place where you were taken from us. You live on in our hearts and in our memories. Thank you for your service. Miss you. God Bless You.

Detective Deborah Phelps
Broome County Sheriff's Office

July 3, 2011

Everytime I walk into roll call, I see your picture on the wall and think about your life.

I hear other Dep's and Det's that used to work with you and they cherish your memory and speak very highly of you!

You will never be forgotten! God Bless.


December 22, 2010

R.I.P never forgotten Kevin


July 3, 2010

Seven years later, you are still remembered, and still a hero !

Sgt. Joe Vaseleck, ret.
Va Beach Sheriff's Office

July 4, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Deputy Sheriff Tarsia and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

June 25, 2009

As a former Sergeant in the department, my heart is still with the Broome County Sheriff's Office and its Deputies.I know how close we all were, like brothers.Rest in peace and know you left this earth a hero.

Cpl. George Orband
Broward County Sheriff's Office ( florida )

January 23, 2009

Gone, but never forgotten, Rest easy now my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is over...

SGT. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia County Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

October 5, 2008

"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

December 18, 2007

Just a note to let you and your agency know that you have not been forgotten.


October 3, 2007

Deputy Tarsia,

On this the anniversary of your leaving us in the physical sence, we pay tribute to your spirit. Tonight the Evening Watch of the Henry County Georgia Police Department's North Precinct will hit the street in your honor. Please watch over us as we continue you fine work.

For the entire Shift,
Sergeant V.T. Rosen

Sergeant V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police Department

July 4, 2007

As we approach the 5th anniversary of your death I can't help but think of all the things that you have missed and how much we have all missed you. The last 5 years have been an uphill battle and I know that we would not have gotten through it without you guiding us. You are missed everyday.

April 23, 2007

Rest in peace brother and know that we will always keep up the good fight. In your honor, we will continue to serve and protect our community! God bless your family.

Cpl. M.S.

April 13, 2007

There isn't a day that goes by Kevin, That I dont think of you. We worked together as partners doing security work at GSA, When you told me that you wanted to become a deputy. I worked as a special Deputy then, You were the best partner anyone could have working with. We pary everyday for you and your family.

David Potter

March 24, 2007

Last night I rode with a Brighton NY Police Officer who used to be a co worker of yours. He told me your story. It still affects him to this day. Just like we will be here for your family, we will also be here for him as well as the rest of your family of blue.

Ellen Guerdat
VP Western NY Concerns of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat

March 18, 2007

As my husband's year anniversary approaches me I thought of Kevin also who was my neighbor growing up. His brother Steve and I were friends and I remember how bad Joe and I felt when we heard about Kevin. Who would have ever thought I'd be in the same boat not 4 yrs later. May God bless you and your family.

Tracie Corr
Wife of Officer Joseph D. Corr EOW2/27/06

February 22, 2007

I was just looking at a partner that i lost and thought about you. We worked together at the grocery store while you were at B.C.C. I moved to Georgia to work here and the day you were taken from us I got a call from my mother and she told me what happened. I was broken hearted and very mad. But was proud to see all of our brothers hunting them down, together. Thats why we join this life. Regular people could not know what it is like to be us and how we hurt when one of us bleed. So please keep a watch on us as we watch others. Be our ears and eyes, our new six sense. Thank you for a job well down, and rest Brother. WE HAVE THE WATCH.

FTO Keith Warner
Columbia county Sheriff's Office, Ga.

July 27, 2006

You sound like you were (and are) a very special person.May you Rest in Peace and May Our Lord continue to comfort and strenthen your loved ones.

July 4, 2006

Your sacrifice has not been forgotten sir. You and your family remain forever in our prayers.

Pennsylvania State Police

July 3, 2006

Kev - With your anniversay coming up, we are thinking of you, and even though we are currently going through one of the worst floods in our area and we are all doing at least 12 hr shifts now - we will remember you on July 4th. I don't know if I ever told you but I had a blast when you and I went to NYC to pick up that prisoner. I found out alot about you that night and will always remember that trip. Rest in Peace

Deputy Marc Ayers
Broome Co. Sheriffs Office - Binghamton NY

June 30, 2006

Kevin - in just a couple of days will be the anniversary of that awful night, and once again the "road patrol" will be in the park, sitting at the very spot you were killed, and making a toast in your memory. Although it has been 4 yrs, sometimes it still feels like yesterday. We have not forgotten - Please watch over us.
P.S. - GO STEELERS !!!!!!!!!

Broome Co. Sheriffs Office - Binghamton NY

June 30, 2006

Hey Kev-Bo!!
In a couple months it will be the 4th of July. It has been nearly 4 years since that fateful day - it scarred us for life. We were just about to leave that day for the Dax when I got the call from Stace. It was surreal. We jumped in the car to get some answers and headed to your house but we couldn't get through the roadblock. We parked the car to try to talk to someone, but all we ran into were reporters who wanted info about you for their stories. They told us what happened and we were devasted.
The next few days were a blur - including your funeral. I remember taking a walk into the woods in back of our house to "get away" from it all and I will never forget how uncomfortable I was walking back there. The next morning, a police helicopter was buzzing the woods and I was aghast to discover that the killers were hiding out behind my house. And the trial and the BS that went along with it just made us so angry.
I hold dear in my memory the day we joined hands at the park and looked up while singing "Amazing Grace" to see a hawk circling our heads. We knew it was a sign that you were OK - looking down on us. There have been other signs including a vivid dream that I had soonafter your commemoration at the park, on the anniversary of your death.
I wrote a song about that day and have recorded it and plan to release it on my album in October. I suppose there are many ways to heal and this will be great for me, because it still hurts - even when four years have gone by.
I wanted to say that I will always hold you as a dear friend in my heart and I look forward to seeing you "down the road"...I will never forget how funny you were - the jokes, the Karaoke, the pool games, the Dax (Nasty!), when your hat got burned at our party, the Halloween parties, hanging at Sneakers - gosh the list goes on. Fly free, my friend! Luv, Renee

Renee Swan DeMarco
Friend & High School Classmate

May 24, 2006

Kevin, Everyday we think of you and miss you. We know that you are watching down on us and helping us through the pain of losing you. It saddens us that our children will not know your smile, but we speak of you often to them. We know that you are guiding us in all that we do.

March 10, 2006

Kevin, you are sorely missed. I remember what a great guy you were and how much you enjoyed being a cop. I remember the times we shared working together at Grand Union and how much fun we had. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Glenn J. Willis

November 15, 2005

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