Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Matthew Alan Thompson

Mobile Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, February 12, 2004

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Reflections for Corporal Matthew Alan Thompson

My deepest thoughts and prayers are with Cpl. Thompson's wife, children, family, friends and co-workers. This is the 4th officer killed in the line of duty for our state this year. I pray this will end for us. Please know that we are all here and praying for you. You will never be left alone especially during this time of grief and sorrow. We will be in touch. Psalm 55:22

Denise Nichols - surviving spouse
Alabama State Trooper Brian Nichols EOW 2/17/2002

February 13, 2004



February 13, 2004

Police Officers are part of a brotherhood that others will never know. Take care, Cpl. Thompson, we've got the watch from here.

Ofc. Culver, RJ
Holly Hill Police Department
Volusia County, Florida

Ofc. Culver, RJ
Holly Hill Police Department

February 13, 2004

May GOD bless the family of Corporal Matthew Thompson.

The Men and Women of the Amtrak Police Department extends our deepest sympathy to the Mobile (AL) Police Department and to the family of Corporal Matthew Thompson.

GOD bless!!!

Criminal Investigator
Amtrak Police Department NY & NJ Division

February 13, 2004

Ease gently into your reward for a dedicated service to the community Matt. You will be missed and thought of often.

Sgt Steve Stafford
Saraland PD Alabama

February 13, 2004



February 13, 2004

When God Made Police Officers . . .

When the Lord was creating Police Officers, He was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said,
"You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the requirements on this
order? A Police Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle their uniform."

"They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day."

"They have to be in top physical condition at all times,
running on black coffee and half-eaten meals, and they have to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands . . . no way!!"

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before they ask, 'May I see what's in there, sir?'"
(when they already know and wish they'd taken that accounting job) "Another pair here in the side of their head for their partner's safety, and another pair of eyes here in front so they can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You'll be alright, ma'am,' when they know it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching His sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the Police Officer very slowly. "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord, "it can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in its sleep, detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop . . . and still it keeps its sense of humor. This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Police Officer. "There's a leak," she pronounced, "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the Lord. "It's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," He said.

Rest Easy Brother Matthew, the Watch is Ours Now and Yours was with Honor. Our Thoughts and Prayers are
with your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.

February 13, 2004

Rest in Peace my fellow brother in blue, you've done your time. God Speed!!

Officer J. Whitmire
City of Arcade Police Dept. GA.

February 13, 2004



February 13, 2004

God bless you Cpl. Thompson!My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and agency during this time that I know is very difficult for them. I know our K-9 Deputy B. Litz was there to meet you when you entered heaven. You can rest easy now.

C. Westberry, Corrections Officer
Marion County Sheriff's Dept.

February 13, 2004

We all mourn the lost of a fellow officer in blue,officer Alvin Dumas Bishop State Police.

Watch commander
Bishop State Community College Campus Police Dept.

February 13, 2004

On behalf of NCCU PD, Durham NC id like to say that the loss of any officer or public safety official is a tragedy. Now you get to patrol Heavens beat and im sure it will be nice. Watch over all of us still here and keep those that aren't here with us anymore company. God Bless you, your family and your department.

Officer Fox

February 13, 2004

God bless the blue angels.
Those willing to go, everyday into the valley of the shadow.
and those who now find peaceful shelter on the other side.
You are forever in our hearts and prayers.


February 13, 2004

Rest easy Brother the watch is ours now
God bless you, and your family

Atlanta Police

February 13, 2004

The The following short take describes what members of the EMS, Fire and Police Departments, doctors and nurses go through every week.

(author unknown)
I want to tell that little boy his Mom will be just fine,
I want to tell that dad we got his daughter out in time,
I want to tell that wife her husband will be home tonight,
I don't want to tell it like it is.....
I want to tell them lies.
You didn't put their seat belts on,
you feel you killed your kids,
I want to say you didn't... but in away, you did.
You pound your fist into my chest, you're hurting so inside,
I want to say you'll be okay....
I want to tell you lies.
You left chemicals within his reach and now it's in his eyes,
I want to say your son will see, not tell you he'll be blind.
You ask me if he'll be OK, with pleading in your eyes,
I want to say that yes he will....
I want to tell you lies.
I can see you're crying as your life goes up in smoke.
IF you'd maintained that smoke alarm, your children may have woke.
Don't grab my arm and ask me if your family is alive.
Don't make me tell you that they're dead....
I want to tell you lies.
I want to say she'll be okay, you didn't take her life,
I hear you say you love her and you'd never hurt your wife.
You thought you didn't drink to much, you thought
that you could drive.
I don't want to say how wrong you were,
I want to tell you lies.
You left her for a moment, it happens all the time.
How could she have fallen when you thought she couldn't climb?
I want to say her neck's not broke, that she will be just fine.
I don't want to say she's paralyzed.....
I want to tell you lies.
I want to tell this teen his buddies didn't die in vain,
Because he thought it would be cool to try and beat that train.
I don't want to tell him this will haunt him all his life,
I want to say that he'll forget,
I want to tell him lies.
You left the cabinet open and your daughter found the gun,
Now you want me to undo the damage that's been done.
You tell me she's your only child, you say she's only five.
I don't want to say she won't see six.....
I want to tell you lies.
He fell into the pool when you ran to get the phone,
It was only for a second that you left him there alone.
If you'd let the phone just ring perhaps your boy would be alive,
But I don't want to tell you that....
I want to tell you lies.
The fact that you were speeding caused that car to overturn,
And we couldn't get them out of there before the whole thing burned,
Did they suffer? Yes, they suffered, they were slowly burned alive.
But I don't want to say those words...
I want to tell you lies.
But I have to tell it like it is, until my shift is through,
And then the real lies begin, when I come home to you.
You ask me how my day was, and I say it was just fine.
I hope you understand, sometimes.....
I have to tell you lies.

Dedicated to all the Police Officers, Firefighters, EMT's, Paramedics, Emergency Flight Crews, Hospital Police, Security Officers and all Civil Servants who deal with the tragedies of life and death. The saddest of all being those that could have been prevented.

The next time you hear a siren in the distance, don't just say a prayer for the victims and their families. Say a prayer for the people that face these tragedies every day and do the best they can to save someone that is loved.

We never see the tears of these brave men and women, but God does.

Say a prayer for each and everyone who is out helping to make a difference in the darkness of the shadow that has surrounded us. Support them and let them know you care.

Tonya Stephenson
Private Citizen, PA

February 13, 2004

On behalf of the men and women who serve and work for the Georgia Perimeter College Police Department, our thoughts and prayers are with Cpl. Matthew Thompson's family, friends, and co-workers with the Mobile Police Department.

God Bless. Now you can walk Heaven's beat.

Officer Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

February 13, 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, February 13, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Corporal Matthew Thompson who died in the line of duty just yesterday.

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

Cpl. Thompson's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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

February 13, 2004

I would like to extend my condolences to Corporal Thompson's family and friends, and to the men and women of the Mobile Police Department. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of tragedy. Rest in peace Corporal Thompson, your duty here is done.

Deputy Sheriff
Butte County Sheriff's Office

February 13, 2004

Corporal Matthew Thompson

You truly are a hero! You have helped so many people. Your brothers in blue could only hope to be as strong as you. My prayers are with you and your family and all the members of the Mobile Police Department.

Ofc BM Damon
T/ Mnalius PD, NY

February 13, 2004

America Lost another Hero today, Cpl Thompson, Go Rest In Peace Brother, your work here is done, we will see you walking those streets of heaven. to the Friends and family I will be praying for you. May God Bless you.

Sgt. W. M. Riley
Aragon GA Police Dept,

February 13, 2004

To Cpl. Thompson's wife, daughters and son:

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in my prayers. I pray that God gives you comfort and strength.
I know the loss you are feeling and that there are no words that will make this pain any less. My dad was Ptl. William B. Bell, and he was killed in the line of duty on 11-19-02, as he and another officer assisted with a disabled vehicle. The pain of losing him was unbearable, but the love and memories that we shared have helped us to make it day by day. I pray that you too find comfort in the love and memories that you shared with him. Again, I am so sorry for your loss.

Valarie Bell Wright
Daughter of Ptl. William B. Bell
EOW 11-19-02

Valarie Bell Wright
Daughter of Ptl. William B. Bell, EOW 11-19-02

February 13, 2004

thank you for your service to our profession you have done well

Officer Tim Ells
Eldridge, Iowa

February 13, 2004

Yet another hero has been taken too soon. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Corporal Thompson. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.
Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us all to protect and serve others safely

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA

February 13, 2004

To Corporal Thompson family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you.

God Bless you

terry miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD< FL 11/6/86

February 13, 2004

God Bless You and your family.


February 13, 2004

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