Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Arthur Joseph Ohlsen, III

Dover Town Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Police Officer Arthur Joseph Ohlsen, III

Happy Birthday little brother, I'm sorry I'm a day late this is your 50th, I wish you were here so I could raz you about being 50 just like I know you would have done to me when I turned 50. I miss you, I really do wish you were here I'm trying to buy my first home and could really use your help, I really don't have anyone that can help me go through this, no one to really talk to about it. Well maybe you can guide me from above, i hope. Please keep watch over Lynn, she isn't doing very well. We almost lost her a couple of weeks ago and she is struggling to get better. Please help her get strong. Every day shes up and down, one day she's a little better then takes many steps back. I keep asking god to please don't take her too. Today she's off the vent, that's good news I pray she recovers and can go home. I miss you little brother, god you don't know how much i wish you were here. God bless you and keep watch over our big sister Lynn and our family. I love you and miss you. Blanche

Blanche Ohlsen
Sister

August 27, 2009

Well Art 5 years ago today we buried you and that was one of the saddest days of my life. Today we had a memorial service for a co worker and I warned my friend that if I hear bagpipes I will break down - since your funeral I cant hear them anymore. Well they didnt have bagpipes but they did present his wife with a flag and play taps well that was just as bad as the bagpipes. We miss you everyday and always think about you. My husband says all the time he wishes he met you and says if he went to Aunt Lee's funeral that day you were killed he would have. God Bless you and please look over the family as dad has been sick. We love and miss you Art

Mandy Ohlsen - Linborg
Cousin

January 3, 2009

The holidays are here and another one without you here with us. You are in our hearts and I hope you are at peace little brother. Next week it will be 5 years you were taken from us and the pain in our hearts lingers. I miss you, may god bless you. Merry Christmas Art, I love you and think of you every day. Give Mom a kiss for me. Rest in peace. Blanche

Blanche Ohlsen
Sister

December 23, 2008

Another year has come and gone, another year not seeing your smile. It's hard to believe that it will be 5 years next month since you were taken from us. I'm a grandma now I wish you were here Great Uncle Art to see her. She is a beautiful little girl. She looks alot like Ryan and has the biggest blue eyes. I think about you every day wishing you were here with us. The holidays are not the same anymore and it stinks to go holiday shopping by myself. Its hard not to have you here to talk to, I miss the 20 million phone calls a week, you made me laugh and I miss that. I hope you are at peace little brother and may god bless you. I love you and miss you always, Blanche

Blanche Ohlsen
Sister

November 18, 2008

Officer Ohlsen,
Thank-you for your service.
May you watch over your family and bless them always.

Holley Orr
Wife of Detective Kevin Orr 11-22-06

December 31, 2007

It's hard to believe it's been 4 years it's still feels like yesterday. You were the only family left for me, Ryan and Lynn. We can always count on you to be there and now we have no one. We were raised in a close family and we always helped each other, we were always there for each other as kids and adults. I miss that and people just don't understand or care how we feel. We have no closure and it doesn't seem like anyone cares to really find out what happened that night. I raised you after mom passed away when we were kids, I feel like I lost a son as well as a brother which may sound dumb to some but not to me. Rest in peace little brother, I love you and miss you.

Blanche Sister of Ptl. Arthur J. Ohlsen III EOW 12/30/03

Blanche Ohlsen
Sister

December 30, 2007

Rest in peace my brother.

Kevin T Ryan
Ex-New Jersey Cop

December 30, 2007

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOU MANY YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

December 29, 2007

In a little over a week it will be four years that you have been gone. Another holiday without you, the holidays are not the same anymore. I didn't even put up the tree, I just don't feel like Christmas this year way to many problems this year. Keep an eye on the kids Art keep them in the right direction. I wish you were here so you could convince Ryan to come back home, he's not looking very well. He's so sad. They say time heals all wounds, not always more so around the holidays. I think of you daily and I am very proud of you. Merry Christmas little brother rest in peace. God bless you. I love you and miss you.

Blanche Ohlsen
Art's sister

December 22, 2007

"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
Sergeant
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

In two months it will be four years since you passed it still seems like yesterday. I think about you everyday wishing you were here. Ryan seems so sad, it breaks my heart to see him like this. It also surprises me how cold some people have been saying that our feelings dont count, that our hurt means nothing because you, me and Ryan were (in their eyes)just brother and sister and your nephew. I guess I feel sorry for them because they didn't have a close family like we had and the great memories that we will always share. Keep an eye on the kids Art they need guidence. Trevor will be getting his license in a few months so keep him Aj and Ryan safe. I miss and love you Art. Rest in Peace little brother. Blanche

Blanche Ohlsen
Art's sister

October 21, 2007

It was your birthday last week Art, your 48th, It was Ryan's birthday too, his 21st. He said years ago that you and him talked about taking Ryan out for his first legal drink. Since you've been gone he wanted go to your grave and have a beer with you on his 21st birthday up there but he was afraid he would be arrested so he disided against it. But he did go to sit with you awhile on your birthday. I took him out for dinner on his birthday, he seems so sad. He really does miss you, we all do. Happy belated birthday little brother. I would have done this sooner but I had a water main break in the house. I love you Art rest in peace. Keep watching over all the kids especially Ryan and Trevor. AJ is doing well for himself, he is striving for his goal, to be a police officer just like you his dad. God Bless you Blanche

Blanche Ohlsen
sister

September 2, 2007

May God bless and look after your family. I hope you are resting in peace and know you have not been forgotten.

Cpl. Jack Presti (Retired)

August 15, 2007

Here's a poem that your son Trevor wrote Art, I know you are proud of him, he made me proud when I read it. I told him I would post it here for him to you. It's untitled

PAIN AND FAREWELL

In this sea of hurt and anguish
The wolves are aroused; the sirens, they wail.
Officers stand like statues to give their final farewell
Weeping from Pillows of Pain
In the shadows of the night, they heard amazing grace as if they were never to live again.

HONOR OF A COLLEAGUE

The officers badge shines like the sun
Yet there lay a black bar of sadness acrossed his chest
The sound of bagpipes pierce the hearts of many like knives
As they remember one of Americas best
On the night that changed everbody's lives

HONOR AND DEDICATION

Lions welcome those who come
rivers of light remember those that have gone
Fellow officers stand in their lines of stone
Bagpipes scream through the night
To remember those who lost the fight

LOVE FOR A FATHER
The thin blue line pierces through the night sky
A sea of people stand in line to say goodbye
The bagpipes scream in pain and sadness
To a man of steal they so dearly miss
As the tears of two sons scream with sorrow.


written by Trever Ohlsen Son of Arthur J. Ohlsen III

Blanche Ohlsen
sister

May 1, 2007

It seems that every year your gone, things get much harder, things change some good some not so good. I had surgery to remove a cyst that had cancer that was hard for me to go through. I'm ok now but I did think of you and wished you were here for me to talk to. There is no change with your nephew, if anything he may be worse. He won't talk to me anymore. Even though he is here I feel I lost him to. I pray every day for him in hopes he comes back home and gets back to his old self. I pray for you too and hope you are at peace. I know if you were here things would be ok, I guess we just have to find our own way, it's just taking a bit longer. May god bless you Art, you are always in my thoughts and prayers. I love you and miss you. Blanche

Blanche
Art's sister

April 24, 2007

Well Art I did have a service for you this year on the 29th of Dec. not many came. It kind of broke my heart since it was the last one. I turned 50 last month and I always looked forward to the kidding I would have gotten from you. Sounds dumb but I miss it. I miss you and think of you everyday. Your nephew has gone down hill since your death, he is at his worse now. He misses you so much and is having a very hard time dealing. My fear is I will lose him too. It's not an excuse but making him feel worse about himself isn't working, I wish people could be more understanding as to why he's been acting this way instead of being negative and harsh. I know if you were still here he would be ok he looked up to you. He said things that were not nice and I know he didn't mean them. I just hope everyone else realizes this too. I hope you can forgive him Art and I hope they can forgive him. Art he needs you I wish you could help him. I miss you little brother your loss hasn't gotten any easier. God Bless you Art and rest in peace. I love you

Blanche
Art's sister

March 15, 2007

You were highlighted on the website today. I'm sure
the pain of losing you is still great. Time has not diminished your sacrifice and never will. Thanks for
your many years of service. To those remaining, the Lord Jesus wants to heal your hurts if you will cast your burdens on Him. He is our hope, resurrection and life! John 3:16
Lynn Kole
Washington State

March 11, 2007

For Officer Ohlsen's Family-
Please know that we are thinking of all of you on this day-
Holding you close in our hearts-

The Family of Deputy Dave Grant/EOW/5/31/04
Tuolumne Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Sonora, Ca.

December 30, 2006

Sorry about your loss, it is especially hard this time of the year. But I knew Art when he first became a police officer and the one thing that sticks out in my mind was that no matter what he always had on a smile. He was a great man. I am glad that I can say that I had an opportunity just to know Art.

Rest in peace.

Bill Quinn
Old Friend

December 20, 2006

Rest in Peace Brother

Dep. Bennett
Henry County Sheriff's Dept. (Indiana)

May 7, 2006

Merry Christmas little brother, i made your favorite cookies (they are my favorite too). I wish you were here. i miss shopping at the mall with you for christmas, I go alone now. Your nephew Ryan wants to join the marines, he's not thinking clearly. He could use the disapline but it's war time and he says he doesn't care if he dies. I wish you were here to talk to him. I hope you can some how get through to him. I couldn't go through another loss. I am having your memorial like I said I would at St. Mary's. I miss you Art, I love you, Merry Christmas.

Blanche
Art's sister

December 25, 2005

Art, wow almost 2 years already it doesn't seem that long. Just want to say the boys took over your job at weddings, they trashed my truck the only thing they didnt do was write "just married" and that is good because I know it took Dawn forever to get it off her car a few years ago. I just want to say you are missed and everytime Don (my husband) and I hear bag pipes we get chills and think about you, even though he never met you he feels like he knows you. We were in Hawaii and on halloween this guy playing a bag pipe followed us around on the street. I felt like hitting him but I didn't. Anyways I am moving in a few months and the picture we have on the wall of you will be displayed in our new house. We will be thinking about you this holiday season and we all love and miss you.

Mandy Ohlsen - Linborg
Art's Cousin

November 30, 2005

Art, soon it will be two years since you passed. It seems like yesterday that you were here, I will never be the same, things will never be the same. The holidays are not happy anymore, I dread them coming. I am trying to set up another memorial service for you and I am being resisted by our own church. I can't believe how heartless they are being. Asking me why I have to have a special mass just for you. That the father has a life and is busy seeing his friends. But I will have a service Art, I don't want anyone to forget you or the things you have done in your life. I miss you Art and god bless you. Love Blanche

Blanche Ohlsen
Sister

November 28, 2005

YESTERDAY IS HISTORY, TOMORROW IS A MYSTERY AND TODAY IS A GIFT.

REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND. I SALUTE YOU! MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND COWORKERS. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. A TRUE HERO INDEED!

JIM SWEENEY
A FRIEND TO ALLPOLICE OFFICERS

August 14, 2005

Art, I can't believe how fast time has passed. It seems like yesterday you were here. I think of you everyday and wish this was all a bad dream. I keep hoping when I open my eyes you are here but reality sets in. I miss you, I miss your jokes, making fun of me, helping me with Ryan, helping me refix what I tried to fix at my house, listening to me complain about my boss. Things seem to be so unorganized for me and Ryan. Ryan seems to be beside himself and says he needs you to set him straight, we both feel lost. I don't think anyone realizes how hard your passing has been on us, it does't seem like it anyway. I am so glad I was able to tell you how proud I am of you, that you had done well for yourself. I will always be proud of you and love you Art, god bless you and I miss you. Blanche

Blanche Ohlsen
Art's sister

May 28, 2005

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.