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Corporal Tyler Matthew Pinchot

Buena Park Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, September 21, 2003

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Reflections for Corporal Tyler Matthew Pinchot

Rest in peace Corporal Pinchot.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 13, 2020

Hello Tyler...Elliot sent me a message about today being the 25th anniversary of Martin Ganz being gunned down in Manhattan Beach. This reminder also left me thinking about you. What I remember most is your kindness. When we attended Crime Prevention training together you walked all over Old Sacramento with me. Then you came to Buena Park PD. As Explorer Advisors, you, Bobby Mote and I would play pinball after the meetings. Of course, that was when we were all young. I loved your laugh. Rest In Peace my friend. Your dedication to service and your sacrifice have not been forgotten.

Arleen Franks-Elseroad
Buena Park PD 1979-1984

December 27, 2018

I miss you Tyler.

Sergeant Dale Shields, (Ret)
Huntington Beach PD

October 18, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother. You are not forgotten

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 21, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 17, 2015

Every day, I look on my wall and see a picture of your beaming face, with me sitting on your lap. I'm grateful you were in my life when I was growing up. The necklace and bracelet you gave me find their way onto my neck every year on the day we lost you. Love and miss you always Ty.


September 9, 2013

You have not been forgotten. Continue to keep close watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 21, 2012

my uncle was one of the best men i ever had the pleasure to meet. he loved eagles and hawks. im active in alot of sports on and of my highschool campus and i always see a hawk waching me and a big part of me feels like it is him in a different form and i always get touched seeing that hawk. everyday i cant help but think of tyler and it hurts more and more everyday knowing i have to wait such a long time to see him again but i know he is watching over my and my family forever and ever i love you and miss you uncle tyler

-ethan anderson

Ethan Anderson

July 1, 2011

Rest in Peace, Corporal Pinchot. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

It has been over 5 years now since your passing. I keep the bracelet from your memorial service and newspaper article on my desk so I can remember you each day. Dorothy & I miss you greatly but know that you are waiting to greet us later. We love you.

Jim Taylor
High School Friend

February 13, 2009

To the family and friends of Corporal Pinchot and his fellow officers in the Buena Park Police Department:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to pay honor to Corporal Pinchot's memory on the fifth anniversary of the day he so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

May you be continue to be comforted by the support and caring of your law enforcement family, and other police survivors. We grieve for you and with you. Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of service Corporal Pinchot gave to his community and the citizens of California, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 21, 2003.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05


September 21, 2008

I served with Tyler on the Buena Park Police Department for six years. Tyler and I even lived in the same apartment complex in Garden Grove. He was a dear friend and always spoke of becoming a motor cop and getting married, having children and buying a house. Tyler had a heart of gold and a GOD fearing man and I'm sure he is resting well along with the rest of our fallen officers from Buena Park and around the world. God bless you Tyler, rest well and remember it’s your turn to watch over us. Love and miss you my brother,
Tim McGonagle

Tim McGonagle
NC Private Police & Security Consultant

February 19, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 21, 2007

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones on this 4th anniversary of your EOW. I know there has not been a day that has gone by that they have not thought of you. Continue to watch over them and those still out on patrol guarding over the thin blue line. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 21, 2007

~~~When Tomorrow Starts Without Me~~~

When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn't get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time you think of me I know you'll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, try to understand, that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand, and said my place was ready in Heaven far above, and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all my life, I'd always thought I didn't want to die. I had so much to live for and so much yet to do, it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while, I'd say good-bye and kiss you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized that this could never be, for emptiness and memories would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things I'd miss come tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. But when I walked through Heaven's gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, From His great golden throne, He said, "This is eternity and all I've promised you. Today for life on earth is past but here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last, and since each day's the same day, there's no longing for the past. But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true. Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do. But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free, so won't you take my hand and share my life with me?" So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right there in your heart.

daughter of an officer

September 20, 2007


I remember you and how well you treated everyone. Even as a little police explorer, you still treated me with respect. I did not have much contact with you, other tahn in passing around the station. However, i respected you and everything you stood for. My heart goes out to you and your family.

This job is hard enough with the every day challenges but to know you put your life on the line everyday and people never realize how important our job is. It's not a job, it's a gift, a gift from god, just like you Tyler, You are a gift from god.

The City of Buena Park will always have a hero watching over them. Tyler was a good man! God Bless!

A former Police Explorer BPPD
Police Officer, CA

July 2, 2007

I looked at the plaque you gave me when i left BPPD. It reminded me of you, your generosity, and all the great times i had at BPPD. Keep watch over us all.

Anaheim PD

March 6, 2007

This is truly cop that will be never forgotten. I live around the corner from where the accident took place, and the day he left us, the world was a lesser place without him. I continue to live in this city because of this man. He is what makes a diffence in this world, and now he's taken from us.

Rest in peace brother. Were code - 4 here, and we will take watch from here. Rest in Peace.

Cpl. Anthony Oliver
USMC / Military Police PMO.

Cpl. Anthony Oliver
Unites States Marine Corps

January 26, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

September 21, 2006

Thinking of you today Sir on this, the 3 year anniversary of your passing. I thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May God Bless your loved ones, both your immediate family and your police family. Rest in Peace.



September 21, 2006

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 3rd anniversary of your end of watch. I know the pain and grief is still strong in their hearts and will be for a very long time. I walk in your parents shoes and know their pain. All any of us can do is just take one day at a time and keep your memory alive. You will never be forgotten by your loved ones or by the Blue Family. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Poem by Richard Fife:

No person is ever truly alone.
Those who live no more,
Whom we loved,
Echo still within our thoughts,
Our words, our hearts.
And what they did,
And who they were,
Becomes a part of all that we are,

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Gold Star Father

September 21, 2006

Rest in peace Sir.

September 21, 2006

He may be fallen, but is NEVER forgotten.

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

September 15, 2006


It has been more than 02 years, and I still look for you in all of your "hiding spots" around Buena Park (sigh)...

Maj M. B. Parlor

August 15, 2006

Brother Pinchot,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables Law Enforcement Motorcycle

December 2, 2005

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