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Lieutenant Duane Elmer Stenbak

United States Coast Guard, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, August 24, 1990

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Reflections for Lieutenant Duane Elmer Stenbak

Lt. Stenbak,

I enjoyed flying with you. My most notable memory is when we searched for fissures in the ice so one of our ice breakers, which had been stuck in the ice, could find a way out. Afterwards, we
flew over the north pole and watched our compasses rolling around in circles. You were the co-pilot and I was the loadmaster.

Tomorrow is memorial day and I was thinking of you. rest in peace sir.

Richard Varner

AMT 1 Richard Varner, USCG (ret.)
We served together in the US Coast Guard.

May 28, 2023

Duane, I remember you from CGAS Clearwater. You were a great guy and everyone who knew you will miss your company. Your loss is truly felt by family, friends, comrades.

Steve Parker, LTJG, USCG C-130 pilot
friend, fellow pilot at CGAS Clearwater, FL

April 19, 2021

You deserved a medal for hoisting Reid Dobell from that small rock in Barkley Sound just after midnight on 29Feb1976 and seeing to his safety when our engine quit from snow ingestion and forced us into the ocean off Cape Beale. The Canadian Coast Guard was our angel that night. Well Done, Duane!

Brian Mills, Lcdr, USCG (ret)
A/C of CG1461

November 10, 2020

Lt. Stenbek,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Crewmen for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Paratus!

United States Border Patrol

August 24, 2020

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 24, 2020

Duane, you were my first friend, and my only "blood brother". I am honored to have known you, and proud of the man you became. Then again, you came from great people. Rest easy and I hope we meet again.

Denis W. Best, USAF, Retired.

August 24, 2019

You would be proud to know that your daughter has chosen to follow in your footsteps of serving our great country. She is now a proud member of the Navy Nusing Corps in the Navy Reserves. Your inspiration and loving relationship as her father and your sacrifice has instilled within her the drive to become a wonderful wife, mother, nurse and sailor. She works every day to be the woman that you would be proud of. As her husband I can attest that you would indeed find her successes inspirational and that she would make you proud. I will always carry the regret of not having had the chance to know you. But if your daughters, Stacy, Jody, and Jennifer are any indication of your pedigree you were truly an amazing father, son, Coast Guardsman, and I am proud to call you my Father-in-Law. You, and your sacrifice will always be remembered and honored. You are missed.

Steve Parkrr

August 23, 2018

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. I am privileged to pay tribute to you. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know that both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 12, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 26, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 25, 2012

"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
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 18, 2008

On today, the 17th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you to you and your fellow crewmembers for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Paratus


August 24, 2007

Officer Stenback, we still remember you


January 4, 2007

Brother Stenbeck,

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

Duane after all of these years you are still remembered as a hero! God bless you sir.

Ofcr. Dan Winger

March 13, 2005

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