Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Daniel Matthew Starks

Fort Myers Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, October 25, 2003

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Reflections for Police Officer Daniel Matthew Starks

Officer Starks,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fort Myers. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 25, 2023

Praying for the family of this officer on this day.

Marna Lynch

October 25, 2023

Officer Starks rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 25, 2019

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 28, 2018

Hey Brother,

Your sacrifice and dedication to serving others will never be forgotten. I heard about this while serving in the Military across the world. This, hit me very hard.......I worked with him as an Explorer, and a Volunteer Firefighter. He was Definitely one of the best Friends, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, that I have ever known.....Still to this day I miss your LIGHT of LIFE! You always had a way of putting thing into perspective!

Love you brother!

SFC Underwood
US Army Friend of the Fallaen

November 13, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co workers as we reflect on your sacrifice. May you R.I.P.

Ron Skeeters
Surviving Son Trooper Bernie Skeeters
Illinois State Police
EOW 5-20-1982

October 26, 2015

Rest in peace and thank you for dignifying your position Officer Starks. Twenty-one years old, way too young with more to fulfill.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 9, 2014

Hello Dan,

I got to give your final 10-7 back in 2003 and tonight I was on channel 1 and got to give you a moment of silence in your memory.

I was shaking but I think I did you justice. Watch over us...

Cindra Dunaway, TCO II
Ft Myers Police Department

October 25, 2014

I remember that day and was at his funeral. My son is buried next to him and I stop by every time I visit. I retired from the line and think of the young officers daily.

Retied Detective 1st
Cape Coral P.D.

February 16, 2014

Thinking of you and your loved ones today, as they remember that horrific morning ten long years ago.

Norie Haas
Mother of Deputy Brian A. Haas

October 25, 2013

To the Starks family you are in my prayers today and always. We will never forget your hero and the sacrifice that you and he made for all of us. Continue to rest in peace Daniel and watch over your mom and dad from heaven above.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

October 25, 2012


A normal sat afternoon after training at the Fire Dept sitting on truck looking at nalle rd watching the cars go bye and just bull sh*tting about life those were the days werent they? Thinking how good we had it and how we were accomplishing our dreams Just reminising on our explorer days on getting our drivers license for the first time our birthday partys and bond fires @JBirds. Me n my brother are still tight he misses you to. It's hard for him to talk about you when he just brings up old memorys you know when were all talking and your name is said he just tears up n say i miss that boy. Those afternoons seem so far gone but so fresh in memory your so dearly missed by us. So you were right about police academy its alot tougher than i thought. lol. SGT Doro was a great motivater and P.t Instructor tho. I just lost Dad 2mnths ago. It was getting harder n harder to take care of him while i was attending school with him living with me. i miss you alot tell him hi would ya. Our birthday past few months ago seems like yesterday you were just there with us celebrating. I know your watching down on us all. Just keep on being the shakest gun in the west lol that was the joke wasnt it. You wil always be my big brother and i miss you dearly. Me n Kenny are getting married soon and the kids are growing fast wish you were here for all of it. See you in heaven


April 27, 2012

You my Son
Have shown me God
Your kiss upon my cheek
Has made me feel the gentle touch
Of Him who leads us on....

(written by Grace Coolidge upon the death of her son)

Thinking of you and your family

Linda Rittenhouse
Mother of Fallen Officer Matthew Rittenhouse EOW 9/16/2004

April 20, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Starks. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 9, 2012

HEROES live forever and you sir are a hero, may you continue to rest in peace Officer Starks. My prayers are with your mom and dad today as they face another EOW without their son.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


October 25, 2011


You name has come up a lot lately. A lot of people are thinking about you and missing you.

C Dunaway
LCSO - Dispatch

March 14, 2011

daniel i got the feather! thank you.....


November 16, 2010

i love you sooooo much!



October 29, 2010

Although I have known pain ~ it is certain that I can never truly know yours...How much I love my children ~ and I cannot imagine an empty bed or the realization that on this Earth we wil never meet again...I only know that because of our great Hope in Christ ~ that one day ~ you WILL get to hear Daniel's voice ~ see his smile ~ and walk beside him once more. Heaven holds this promise and it is especially real to those who have lost their loved ones...Until then, I pray for your peace and the soothing of your wounds and healing in the deepest corners of your heart...

Tina Thaggard

October 26, 2010

To the parent's of Daniel you are in my prayers today as you face another EOW. It doesn't seem like time should keep moving on without our kids, but it does and we just have to move on with it. You son will never be forgotten, a true HERO he is and will always be.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


October 25, 2010

I remember you being Andrew's little brother. I remember the day that I heard about your accident. You were always a nice person to me when we were kids, always the good guy. The world lost a great person that day. I know because I knew the kind of person you were when we were teenagers. When we used to walk home from Middle School together, with your brother. You were a good kid and even though I didn't know you as an adult, I know that you will be missed by many for a very long time. May you rest in peace and may God bless your family and loved ones.
-Heather R


October 24, 2010

A fallen officer that is still remembered by family, friends and fellow co-workers. We love you and miss you dearly.


June 30, 2010

Wow going through old laundry today trying to make room... ran across those dang ol' wrangler jeans of mine..My Bug says dang mommy you need to throw those away.. they have paint splattered all over them from our paint fight setting up for the haunted house a week before you passed. and a rip on the lower left leg from where they got ripped on our bday 01/17/03. lol. man ron did stur up some craziness. But i just looked with a crazy expression refolded them and remebered those are my lucky jeans the ones i always got hurt in bucked off the horse in when you guys tried making me go to the hospital. For some reason people deal with things in different ways n those ol' jeans collecting dust with your picture on our desk is just the way i deal. You are so still missed and now it's going to be my 6th birthday with you gone. Your were a great big brother/friend. I miss argueing with you that Lee county sheriff explorers were better than fort myers police explorers man we had rivary going on. But every year that our birthday comes ill shout and toast another for you. Ill always miss our lunch that monday. Your so missed but never forgotten. God Bless Mom Kathe n Fiance Jessica and the rest of the friends n family of my dear big brother!
Always n forever missing #311
Tes (Theresa) Musielak
Old Lee County Sheriff Office Explorer
old Bayshore Fire Dept Explorer/Volunteer

Tes (THERESA) Musielak
Old Explorer LCSO & Exp/Volunteer BAYSHORE FIRE DEPT

May 10, 2010

Dan, Merry Christmas. You are still in our thoughts and prayers as is your family. I only wish you were still here to spend the time with your family. God Bless you brother.

Sgt Sean Hoover
Fort Myers PD Florida

December 25, 2009

my precious son
another year has passed and i made it thru. i still cant believe that 6 years have gone by and i am still here. i guess god still needs to work on me. i miss you so that just the thought of your walk, voice and laugh bring me tears. i cant wait until we are all reunited in heaven. i am so grateful for the support we have received - but nothing replaces you. i love you always and forever...



October 30, 2009

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