Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Aloysius J. Nelke

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, November 3, 1973

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Reflections for Police Officer Aloysius J. Nelke

Jesus Christ, during His earthly ministry, proclaimed, “Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 22, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

November 3, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Nelke.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 21, 2020

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

November 3, 2011

"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 11, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

October 31, 2007

The reflections of those who knew you show that perhaps your most heroic act came after your injury. The positive influence you had on others makes you a true hero. You will never be forgotten.

A citizen

May 17, 2007

With much respect to a friend, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, and a fallen hero. No words can adequately express the admiration I feel for him. Throughout the years of his sufferings from his "line of duty" wounds, Buddy has been an inspiration, not only to those who knew him, but also to his family and fellow officers. Although paralyzed and bedridden for years, cared for by a devoted and loving wife and their four wonderful children, he was always the strength and the family pillar. His example, counsel and compassionate "words of wisdom" bound a family together to make each of them the success they are today. How proud he would be of them.

Behind every good man such as Buddy, there is another person who should never be forgotten,his wife,"Do" (Dolores) a truly faithful and lifelong love. His needs were her needs, his anguish was hers also, and they both shared the joys and sorrows that are always a part of life.

With much love and respect for the Nelke family, these words are shared with each of you, because they reflect those ideals which we should all admire.

Sgt. Donald L.Bohnert (Retired)

Sergeant Donald L. Bohnert
SLMPD 1957-1987 (family friend)

June 4, 2006

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 3, 2004

Rest in Peace Sir. You served well.

Almighty God,
Whose great power and eternal
Wisdom embraces the universe,
Watch over all policemen and
Law enforcement officers everywhere.
protect them from harm
In the performance of their duty
To stop crime, robbery,
Riots and violence.
We pray, help them keep our streets
And homes safe, day and night.
We commend them to your loving care
Because their duty is dangerous.
Grant them strength and
Courage in their daily assignments.
Dear God, protect these brave men and women.
Grant them your almighty protection,
Unite them safely with their families after duty has ended.

Mother of a Police Officer

October 1, 2004

This memorial to Al was long overdue. May you rest in peace and God bless you and your family.

PO Doug Eatherton
St. Louis City Police

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