Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Patrick Kent Hardesty

Tucson Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, May 26, 2003

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Reflections for Officer Patrick Kent Hardesty

Dear Officer Hardesty- I never had the pleasure of meeting you, I learned of your passing from your collegue Officer Harbinger. I'd like to thank you for your courage and will forever be in our minds and in our hearts. May God bless and keep you and your family.

D. Ternes

October 27, 2004

Hey Pat, two Phoenix Police officers were killed yesterday. It brought back the memories like it was yesterday when you were taken from us. Know that we are keeping the faith and keeping your memory alive.

Ofc Curtis Walker
Tucson Police Department

August 30, 2004

Your was not in vain. Thank you for your service. We will never forget!

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department

August 10, 2004

Lt. Hardesty,
You were a Lt. in the Marines aboard Camp Pendleton, and I was a mere Lcpl, far from home in Texas, but both of us were military police officers. I had recently tried out for Camp Pendleton S.W.A.T. (SRS), and you were my watch commander who gave me many long talks and guidance prior to joining S.W.A.T., most of which I followed gladly. You not only spoke to me as a Lt. to a Lcpl but as a mentor and always made me look beyond at what may be a better way to do things.
This week I was looking at the officer down memorial notebook which my agency keeps. I came across your name and photo and felt saddened that such an outgoing and good man was taken. I know that you were doing what you loved. God Bless.

La Porte Police Dept.

July 20, 2004

Pat, I heard today that your designator 3A61 is not going to be reassigned to another officer after one year, as originally planned. Instead, 3A61 will be on permanent assignment to you. Your previous beat and squad will be covered by 3X61, as it has been for the last year in your absence. That's probably just as well, because you left some humongous shoes to fill - and nobody wants to try.

Brother Pat, keep watch over all of us out there until we have a chance to "10-45" with you again on your new beat next to His throne. I hope to see you there...

May 28, 2004

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

I ran across this yesterday as I was thinking of you.

U.S. Navy

May 27, 2004

One year ago this date Officer Patrick K. Hardesty lost his life in the never ending pursuit of justice. We continue to mourn his loss in this senseless act of violence and we extend our deepest thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers. All of our shifts today are dedicated to the memory of this hero. Officer Hardesty will never be forgotten by us.


Chief of Police / Olen M. Young
Wauneta PD Nebraska

May 26, 2004

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Today, May 26, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Officer Patrick K. Hardesty who died in the line of duty on this date one year ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Officer Hardesty’s sacrifice will never be forgotten

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

May 26, 2004


Almost one year...You will be honored next week for your service and sacrafice...just let it be known that you are missed each and every day!!! You have been an inspiration to many since your passing, so let it be known you are as much alive today as you were 10 years ago!!! Take care and say "HI" to Scotty (Detroit P.D. Ofc. Scott Stewart EOW 08-11-02) for me!!!


Dep. Kurt Dabb
Pima Coutny Sheriff's Dept.

May 10, 2004

Officer, Captain, Husband, Friend, Colleauge...

This remembrance is truth in words of just how many lives you have touched, and how many people will always remember your commitment and dedication to your Country, and your City (espically those you wrote traffic tickets to). I have friends in Tucson and surrounding communities. They watched your funeral service; broadcast live on TV. These are people who never met you, and only knew of you as a police officer. These retired Marines, the toughest in the world, watched and sobbed.

May God allow you to rove the gates with your red and blues on, sirens wailing. One day, I will have the honor of meeting you, and I'll make sure I'm doing the posted limit.

God bless you, your family, the Tucson Police Department, and the entire Law Enforcement and Military communities for keeping us safe from threats, inside and outside, our great country.

Semper Fi Devil Dog

Col. J. Beaman (Ret.)

April 8, 2004

Captain Hardesty,
"Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr"! Everytime I would see you in the passageway at South Hall, when you were the MOI, I would say "Good Morning, Sir" and you would promptly respond "Rrrrrrrrrrr". Damn, you loved being a Marine. Anytime I hear that now, I think of you.

Anytime I see a law enforcement patch, I think of your office at South Hall.

Remember April 25th, 2003 at 0901 in the morning? I was in town driving and wasn't paying attention to the construction zone on 1900 W. Campell. But you were. I told you straight up I was wrong, and you did the right thing. You always did the right thing. I still have a copy of that ticket. It was the last time I saw you. My last words were "Be safe, sir."

I have never met a man more a patriot, a man whose loyalty and integrity were above reproach. A man who loved being a protector, a Marine, and a policeman.
May we in your wake do our best to live up to the example you have set. You will not be forgotten. Ever.
Fair winds and following seas......
You will be missed.

U.S. Navy NSA Bahrain

March 31, 2004

I did not have the pleasure of a knowing Officer Hardesty personaly but after attending the service I realized that I had missed out. I took my son with me so that he could experience what it means to show respect for someone who pays the ultimate price on behalf of someone else. Officer Hardesty has my utmost respect and the Hardesty family will be in our prayers.I also look forward to seeing Patrick in Heaven and meeting a true hero. GOD bless you,and all other Law Enfourcement Officers who put ther lives on the line everyday. From a routine traffic accident to a dangerous pursuit, becareful. Thank you for what you do, day in and day out.The Jacobi family

Solano Jacobi
Tucson resident

March 20, 2004

On behalf of the officers of the Winnebago County Sheriffs Office we send our prayers and regrets to Officer Hardesty's wife and children. Your husband and dad made the ultimate sacrifice trying to make sure you had a safe community.
Rest assured that God has assigned Pat to watch over all of you.

Sheriff Mike Brooks
Winnebago County, Oshkosh WI

January 24, 2004

Semper Fi Marine! You were a leader of warriors! My prayers go out to your family during this time of loss!

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Dept, California

January 3, 2004

Semper Fi Devil Dog. Fair winds and following seas.

Sgt Keith Titus (SSgt USMC Ret.)
Wellton Az. Police Dept.

December 31, 2003

It is so sad to come to this site and see all the officers down.
According to these reflections, you knew Jesus personally and that
blesses me greatly as I know I will meet you face to face one day
and be able to thank you for your sacrifice. There is none greater than
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
We don't get to Heaven based on what we do,
but what He did for us!! AMEN! Thank you for your fine
example to those that worked with you and knew you. There is now a
huge void that cannot be filled, but as you are remembered, thoughts will
turn to your exemplary life and we will be filled with pride and respect
and love for the man you became. You were a wonderful testimony to
the Lord you served. God be with all those who mourn and may His
promises lift all those with heavy hearts for many years to come.

Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

December 31, 2003

"Its a glorious day to fight crime and suppress evil"

I will always remember you Pat. I got Justin his Chevron car for you. I only wish I could do more. Your honor and sacrifice will live on in our hearts forever. Keep watch over us brother. See you soon. Godspeed.

Ofc Hawkins
Tucson PD

December 24, 2003

To the Friends and Family of Ofc. Hardesty
My sincere condonlences for the loss. I had the pleasure of trading patches with Pat and can say he helped me start off my collection in the right direction. Fast and honest trader which gave me a good outlook on the hobby. I dont know if there are any words that can help ease the pain. But just know Pat touched many lives, to include all the way across teh US to NH and a friendly patch trader. Thanks.

Ofc. Eric A. Platt
NH State Hospital Police

I knew Pat for the last two years he was an OSO in the Corps. My Boss and I were up at his station one week and I talked Pat into going to a James Bond Spy type place called the Safe house, you had to have a password to get in. Pat didn't want to go b/c he didn't know the password. I told him it was "Thunderball" when actually it was "I'm looking for a safe house". What he didn't know is that the other OSO and I were inside taping him on the t.v. monitor system they had there as he whispered the wrong password and was made to ballet dance and other things to get in. He knew that he had been set up then but put on the best show possible. We laughed about that all night and for the rest of the time we served together. What a great guy with an awesome sense of humor. I will truly miss him.
Semper Fi,

Major Mitchell Bell



Watch out Lord, another bright one comes your way
Lighting up the highway to Heaven, with his life he paid...
He'll be traveling fast "code 3" with lights of red and blue,
Yet we all know that past those gates, he's not the first to come through! Patrick K. Hardesty, You will forever loved and missed!

Cochise County S.O Az


Almost two years ago, Det. Kevin Rice from our Department was murdered. I was vacationing in Tucson on the day Patrick Hardesty was murdered. I felt such an overwhelming sense of grief for his family and his Department. I sat in our room at the Westin LaPaloma watching the news coverage with tears streaming down my face. Similarly, both suspects had long criminal records but were back on the streets. The way a Department and Community pulls together when an Officer dies is so amazing. I could see how Tucson was supporting your police family...just as Rockford did ours. My prayers and thoughts are with the Hardesty family and his Tucson PD family. Time eases your pain, but it remains forever. As I learned while vacationing in close the pain of Kevin's murder is still in my heart. And now I will carry sadness for Officer Hardesty...If you meet our Kevin on your new assignment , ask him for a jelly bean!

Gee Gee Swing-Domestic Violence Unit
Rockford, Il Police Dept.

You were never anything but a pleasure to be around. I consider it an honor to have served with you. I will never forget your always upbeat attitude during the academy. I am a better person, having known you. I will NEVER forget you. Semper Fidelis Devil Dog, I will see you again in time.

Scott Foulois

Deputy Scott Foulois
Pima County Sheriff Dept

My most sincere condolences to the family of Patrick Hardesty. Although, I have never met him, we are cousins by way of his Grandfather Joseph Paul Hardesty who was a brother to my Gr. Grandmother Eliza Jane Hardesty Rodgers. We surely will remember all in our prayers.

Verna May
Hardesty Cousin

As an aquaintance of 29 years and as my best friend/brother for 27 years, I have a few things to tell you just in case there is internet in heaven. I hope you read all of these messages, because you will be missed.
First, let me say that I am sorry, that I was not there to watch your back, like I was all the other times. I should have been there for you and your family.
Second, be sure that I will watch over your family always and make sure that they will not go without or hurt for anything, just as you would have done.
Third, I am so sorry that in our conversations when you asked "when are we going to do that road trip?" And I told you we would get it done soon, and didn't, I apologize.
I love you my friend, and It hurts me to say goodbye. We had many good times together. Joining the Marines together,
seeing Hollywood for the first time together, riding our motorcyles like crazy banshi's on the Ortega Hwy in CA together.
Being roommates together in Tucson as you attended the UofA to become an officer after I got the hell out after 4 years.
Breaking into Mexico together because niether one of us knew that they closed the border at midnight.
Taking me flying after you got your pilot's license and showing off for me (even though I did not want to go).
I love you bro, I always will. I know we were always competitive, but as far as the memorial, you have me beat. I will never be able to beat taps, bagpipes, the Marines Hymn, Amazing Grace, the National Anthem, a 21 Gun Salute, 11 helicopters and 3 airplanes flying over.
A three mile procession with over 300 squad cars and motorcycles? Didn't you over do it a little?
In the limo ride to your service my wife CJ mad a comment to the fact that "Pat finally had all the cops in Tucson following him around". Your brother Ed replied "Yeah, but I always thought it would be you Frank". I had a laugh for me and you.
In hopes that someday, I could walk in your shoes. See ya later bro.
Friends forever,
Frank J. Prag

Frank J. Prag
Sew What Embroidery

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