Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Thomas G. Newman

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, November 23, 2002

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Reflections for Detective Thomas G. Newman

Tommy,I remember when you came to the District, brand new from the academy. I remember the times we conversed outside and in passing in the hallways. Who knew then that the little things you remember now would be cherished memeories. I was floored when I heard the news of your passing, and to this day still find it hard to comprehend.Keep up safe from above till we meet on the beat again in his house.

p/o Wiliam Ackiss
Baltimore Police Dept

February 7, 2008

Tommy, I wanted you to know I have not forgotten you. You were a great cop and when I was in narcotics in the City, I really respected you. I am still haunted by your death. I can't forget our last conversation-I didn't know it would be the last time we spoke, and I am sorry for that. I pray for your kids. I am so sorry you're gone. Thank you for doing your job-you gave all you had to give.

Detective/Florida
Friend

January 23, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service, this writer hopes that life in prison, means that, your killers never deserve to be released.

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 26, 2007

"IT IS NOT HOW HE DIED, BUT HOW HE LIVED, THAT MAKES HIM A HERO" Your sacrifice is not forgotten. Godspeed.

Lisa
GEORGIA CIVILIAN

November 23, 2007

On this 5 year anniversay of your death, we remember you, your family and friends. You sir are a true hero, we will never forget.

Craig Figgins
Brother - SGT Dan Figgins St Charles, IL EOW 4/9/05

November 23, 2007

"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

November 7, 2007

You have not been forgotten Detective Newman. Your memory lives on in your precious family and in those who have benefited from your dedicated service. Rest in peace.

A Maryland citizen

August 5, 2007

"For those who pledge to uphold it, freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know."

What a hero.

May 1, 2007

Detective Newman...I thought of you today and I had to stop by to say hello. It's true that we have never met (as I have mentioned in the past), but something draws my thoughts to you. And when I think of you, I immediately say a prayer not only for you, but for your children. Rest in peace. Until next time...

Corporal
Prince George's County Police

April 20, 2007

A man remembered with so much love and respect never dies but continues to live on in the hearts and minds of others.G-d Bless.

November 23, 2006

TO THE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS OF DETECTIVE NEWMAN:
MAY GOD GIVE YOU COMFORT TODAY AND ALWAYS ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.
THE HOLIDAYS ARE SO HARD BECAUSE YOU MISS THEM SO MUCH. BUT KNOW THAT DETECTIVE NEWMAN AND HIS FAMILY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.

LORRAINE BOND (MOTHER)
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN DEPUTY SHERIFF:
DONALD K. BOND, JR.
EOW: 09.06.01

November 23, 2006

Fallen but NEVER forgotten-a true hero. May the Lord continue to comfort and bless his family.

Joanie
Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEO's

November 9, 2006

This stuff makes me so sad, I wish condolences too his family. Too often does stuff like this happen. May justice be served

Dom McKenna
Just a browser

October 22, 2006

I came upon this site today while telling some about witnessing this shooting a few years back and provided this
link as a reference

Detective Newman was shot to death at the rear of my car.

I watched as the first shooter ran across firing his weapon and saw a figure fall behind my car, Eventually I saw movement in the drivers door mirror and looked to see and hear the four fatal shots fired downward less then six feet from me.

When I got out of the car a few seconds later he was at the rear of my car and I will never forget the look on his face. This was a very gruesome senseless act.

Anonymous Poster
Witness

July 17, 2006

Tom:

Thank you for the memories that you left with me. It was a pleasure and honor working with you while in the VCTF. You were always there for all of us through good times and bad. On behalf of the West-Side Squad of the VCTF, I thank you for that.

You were a hell of a cop! No matter how tough the case was, you were able to crack it.

In time, we'll meet again. And when that happens, I'm sure we'll greet each other with a smile as we always did at work. In closing, I salute you Tom. Thank you for all the laughs and warm memories.

Jerry Tarud, Esquire (7941 VCTF)

Jerry Tarud, Esquire
Attorney At Law (Formerly 7941 BCPD)

March 10, 2006

I first read of this detective's passing about two years ago and ever since then, his eyes have haunted me. I see his face and his eyes beckon me. I have never met him...I've never even met a Baltimore City Officer until last year...but I feel as if I know this officer. I pray for him and his children. I pray that his children will grow up knowing that their father was a hero...it takes a hero to make the sacrifice that he made. It takes guts to testify like this officer did...knowing the jeopardy that he was putting his life in. His sacrifice and heroism came not in his death--but in the fact that he took a stand for what is right. And each day that he lived, he made a stand and a sacrifice so that the community of Baltimore City would be safe. I am in awe of his fearlessness. He is a true hero to me because he was not afraid to do the right thing no matter what the cost. Whenever Det. Newman's eyes haunt me, I immediately say a prayer for him. And when I am out and about, whether on duty or off with my family, I think of Det. Newman and I immediately remember to always be aware of my surroundings and the people that are around. Even in death, Det. Newman is having a positive impact on other's lives...his story has made me even more safey conscious. Thank you, Det. Newman for your greatest act of courage and love.

Corporal
Prince George's County Police

March 8, 2006

Det. Newman, I worked your funeral while I was in the academy. I will never forget the look on your children's face as we saluted when they went by. I vowed that I would honor the memory of every fallen officer from that day...and I have tried. I work in the Southeast and drive past the location where you were killed every day. My unit worked very hard and we finally got it shut down. The next battle is to keep it closed. You haven't been forgoten and you never will be.

Baltimore City Police
Police Officer

January 28, 2006

My Brothers and Sisters, we have all sworn to perform our duties, impartially and without hesitation or fear. Our present duty, and though it be painful, is to pay a just and deserving tribute of honor to a Brother or Sister who has embarked upon that lone journey which leads through the valley of the great shadow into the sunlight of perpetual day and lasting tranquility.
These feeble but heart-felt words can do little more than remind us of the duty which we owe to our departed friend and colleague.
As he was ever faithful to us in the full performance of his task and the protection of those who slept, so let us be, my Brothers, faithful to him, ever zealous to protect and cherish the memory of his good deeds, forgetting his imperfections, and emblazoning his accomplishments.
As time runs on, in sun and shade, may we bear with us ever-pleasant memories of a hallowed friendship, a kindly feeling, and a deep respect for all our Brother stood for. As an indication of our regard and affection, let us pause and, in silent meditation, typify what mere words cannot express.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, be with us on this occasion. Strengthen us in a firm resolve to do right, to serve well, to be faithful to our tasks, to our community, and to our Brothers. Make us appreciative of the opportunities to do good and to lend a helping hand. Inspire us with a new devotion to fulfill the duties, which are entrusted to our keeping. May those who mourn be comforted in this sad hour, and may they be strengthened by the knowledge of Thy presence and Thy omnipotence.
May we be constantly reminded in the hours of the night, as well as in the brightness of the day, of Thy everlasting love and kindness, and may Thou guide us through this uncharted valley and bring us at last to the shore of the eternal stream, our ranks unbroken, to dwell with Thee forever more. We ask this humbly through Thy redeeming grace and power. Amen.

Ret. Officer William Hackley
Baltimore Police

December 16, 2005

We ask Thy blessings and eternal rest to all our brothers and sisters
Who have sacrificed their very lives in the performance of
their duties. Give their loved ones the peace and
Strength to bear the anguish of their loss. Remove all
resentment from their hearts, knowing that eternal
peace and rest will abide their departed loved ones
forever. This we beg, Thy name forever and ever,
Amen.

Ret. Officer William Hackley
Baltimore Police

November 21, 2005

Tommy, you were the bravest undercover officer I knew when we worked VCTF 93-94. Your courage during those times when violence in Baltimore was rampant is an inspiration to all Police Officers.

Ptlmn. Charles Thompson
Baltimore Police Department

September 20, 2005

This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I just learned of Det. Newman's (I knew him as Gary) death from his mother on April 13, 2005. Det Newman and I had a disagreement in Nov. 2000. I didn't know I would never hear his voice or see him again. Every year that went pass I thought; he must really be mad at me..

He was very special to me; he took me out on my very first date in our senior year of high school. I don't know exactly when I feel in love with him; but I know I never stopped loving him.. He just had a way about him that you couldn't help but love him. He was so shy back in those days that he couldn't say the words "I love you" instead he came by my house and gave me a stuffed animal with a big heart on it that said "I LOVE YOU"

In the early fall of 2000 after his father's untimely death, he told me what every girl wants to hear.. "It's you, it's always been you.." Do what you have to do so we can get married! But, that never came to pass. We had a falling out and I wouldn't talk to him when he called. I was angry; but I thought like always, he would just show up out of nowhere at my office and we would be okay again.. He was the sweetest man I have ever known. Never said an unkind word or even fussed at you. He would walk away before he would let that happen. For me, it's like he just died last week.. I felt as if someone kicked me my guts.. I have visited his grave at least three times already. It's just so hard to believe. No one will know what we had; and just how much he meant to me. I will end this with these words he always said to me:

"I DON'T EVER WANT TO NOT KNOW YOU"

Faye Riddick Harris
P.G. Fire/EMS Dept.

April 19, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace, hero.

November 23, 2004

In loving memory of Det. Newman:
Boy after reading this there should be no doubt in anyone's mind about the sinfulness of man, the reason Jesus Christ died on the Cross. It's
only because of our faith in Him that we can only begin to hope to spend an eternity in Heaven with Him. Read John 3:16. Thank you for your tremendous sacrifice in your dangerous career & for having the courage to persevere, stopped only by a fatal bullet. May God watch over your precious children and all those
who still mourn your loss. From one coast of America to the other,
Lynn Kole
Washington State

November 23, 2004

My condolences to the family and friends of this brave man. May he rest in peace, and may God bless all of you.

KL Longhway mail carrier
USPS

October 18, 2004

Browsing through the ODMP site I came across your memorial page. The circumstances surrounding your death - the taunting and harassment you had to deal with - it all makes me sick. I am so sorry to read that this has happened to you. God's peace be with you and your family. You made the extreme sacrifice - a true hero and one that never will be forgotten. God rest your soul, Detective.

Michigan resident

August 28, 2004

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