Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Theodore L. Beckmann, Jr.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, February 8, 1989

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Theodore L. Beckmann, Jr.

After 34 years I still think about you Ted. The academy days, and working together. Miss you pal.

Brent Wagner

July 16, 2023

Well, 34 years now, and hardly a day goes by that I don’t think about you and our days on the streets together! Miss you Brother…

Derek E. Clark Lieutenant (Ret.)
San Diego Sheriffs Department

March 7, 2023

Ted, your name popped into my head a few days ago, some 33 years after you left us. I still tell the story of you joining the Coast Guard thinking you'd be patrolling off the San Diego coast and instead ended up patrolling the Mekong River.

Mike Jessie
Pre-LEO colleague

February 10, 2022

Steven, I cannot find an email for you. Came across a photograph today (Sept. 6, 2021) of your dad in uniform taken in 87 or 88 inside the Packing House restaurant bar in Fallbrook, with fellow deputy Frank Adams. Should you read this contact me at [email protected]. Take care

Deputy Gary Scott

September 6, 2021


31 years brother, It's hard to believe, a little of the hurt never goes away! Come February, all of your old beat partners will be together again to celebrate your life and all our departments fallen. We will all serve together again, rest in peace until then...

Derek E. Clark, Lieutenant (Ret.)
San Diego County Sheriffs Department

October 14, 2019

Not a day goes by...looking at the photo of you, me and the "Hell's Angel" at the Del Mar Fair right now. Rest easy, we'll serve together again!

Derek E. Clark, Lieutenant (Ret.)
San Diego County Sheriff's Department

March 16, 2019

Deputy Sheriff Beckman,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Diego County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 8, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 8, 2018

Truly one of the good guys...Ted you are never far from me because you are still and will always have a special place in my heart.

Diana Stewart

December 27, 2014

Ted. It was an honor working with you. You had a great sense of humor, a very likable guy and one of the best Deputy Sheriffs I have ever work with. Thank you for your service to your country and for your service and sacrifice to your community. Semper Fi.

Pat Beaty, Deputy Sheriff, Retired

December 21, 2014

RIP.. You were one of the good guys. My dad thought so highly of you and all the rest of the guys at the Vista station. It was an honor to have known you.

Maria Dinicola

September 24, 2014

Teddy's final actions were left out of this explanation.

He had seen the 5 ton avocado bin-hauler truck coming, and knowing the collision was eminent, positioned the patrol car in such a way as to shield his partners side of the car from the impact.

Probably the hardest working / best partner I ever had.

Gary Scott, Deputy Sheriff 1078x
San Diego Co. Sheriff's Dept.

June 28, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Beckmann. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 21, 2012

Never forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi

February 8, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 20th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Your valor and service humble me. Thank you for your service and the supreme sacrifice that you and your family made on February 8, 1989.

To his sons Ted and Steven, I hope you have been successful in accessing pictures, remembrances and memories of shared experiences. My grandson Cody was born 2 1/2 months after my son was fatally shot, thus that is the only way he will ever know his father. Interesting enough, at age 3 he has mannerisms like his father, wears his baseball hat on backwards like him, etc. I mourn my son always, but I also grieve for Cody for his loss of a father for that is an unfillable void as you both know. I hold you both in my heart's embrace today.

Prior to becoming a police officer, my son was a Captain in the Marine Corps and his last active duty assignment was as a Ceres Commander at the Recruit Training Depot in San Diego. He and his wife Jo Ann loved their time in San Diego.

Rest In Peace, Ted.

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 8, 2009

Ted, I still think of you alot. Now retired from law enforcement in San Diego County, I have always been proud of the time we spent together on patrol and when you assisted the detective division in Vista. I will always remember the "BBOP" squad of rounding up Vista's criminals. Thanks Ted for your service and loyalty to the citizens of San Diego County. To Ted and Steven, your Dad was one of the finest and dedicated officers I ever knew.

Ted Snoddy
SDSO - DAI San Diego County

February 5, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 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 6, 2007

Deputy Beckman, on the very day my son was born, you were tragically taken. The joy and elation I felt on that day was matched by the pain and horror felt by your family. It’s now 18 years later and I know in my heart that your family, though they may have moved on with life still grieve deeply. I know however, you have never strayed far from your sons and have always been an inspiration and Guardian Angel to them.

God Bless you and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

February 8, 2007

Remembering you on the anniversary of your EOW. Thank you for your service.
wife of a leo

February 8, 2007

Thanks for all of your support you gave our family when we were going through it all. Since I am the youngest, I did not know my father as well as I would have liked. Please contact me if you have any storys, pictures, or basically have any positive memories you wish to share with me.
-Thank You

Steven Beckmann
Younger Son

May 22, 2006

I think back to the times we all had. On duty and off. The laughs and the tears. You are not forgotten my friend. You are missed...

May God care for you and your family.

Cpl. Tim Bollig
San Diego County Sheriff's Dept.

February 9, 2006

Ted, I think of you everytime I drive through Fallbrook. The town is just not the same without you on the beat. You are missed.

Detective Stephen Thompson
Escondido Police Department

September 9, 2004

Peace be with you, Deputy Beckmann, and your sons Ted & Steven, who have also been here to leave a reflection in your memory. Thank you for your service.


August 28, 2004

I am sure glad that there are places like this site keeping the memory of my father alive. . .

Like my brother said if there are any pictures out there of our father we would love to see them

Ted Beckmann
Oldest Son

January 17, 2004

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