Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James Gordon Lewis

Tacoma Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Tuesday, April 27, 2004

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Reflections for Police Officer James Gordon Lewis

Rest in peace Officer Lewis.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 21, 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

December 2, 2016

Dear Jim:

I still think of you often... and for some reason, your death still just tears at my heart.

One of the most memorable things about you was the absolute attention you paid to someone when you spoke to them. I have tried to learn to emulate that in my life - it was such an impressive thing. I've also wondered at your drive, your zest for life. I have a picture of you on top of a mountain... in it, you have the biggest grin... like "King of the world". To me, it speaks of absolute enjoyment of the moment - something else you were gifted at.

The world really lost something when it lost you. I hope the afterlife has given you a new set of adventures ... hills to climb (in the middle of the night), and something worthwhile to do. It would be hard to imagine you any other way.

Denise Foster
Sister in law

June 18, 2014

Thinking of you Jim, miss our conversations and common interests. Wish we could have summitted Mt Rainier together.

"Gone but not Forgotten".

PPS Les Belford
Tacoma Police Dept. Friend

May 19, 2014

Rest in peace Jim.

Sgt-Retired
Tacoma Police Department

April 26, 2014

Thank you for your service to your country and the people of Tacoma. RIP

Sgt. (ret) Louis D'Angelo
Rochester, NY PD

September 30, 2013

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones and close friends today. Continue to keep watch over all of them. Thank you for your dedication to others. You have not been forgotten.

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

April 27, 2010

Thank you for your service, sir! You are not forgotten

Constable
RCMP, Kamloops Detachment

January 8, 2010

You have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones 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 Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

April 27, 2009

RIP.You will never be forgotten by the ones who love you and knew you.

Doris

January 4, 2009

It's 11:22 p.m. on June 30th and I just logged on to find you highlighted on the
website! You are not forgotten!
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

July 1, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

May 1, 2008

Jim: It's hard to believe that it's been 4 years since you went to be in a world of peace, and not a day goes by you are not thought of. The City of Tacoma, and the Tacoma Plice department were better having shared the honor of your presence. You were a model officer who put all others first. Rest in Peace Brother Jim.

Capt. John Waldron
Assistant Director of Public Safety
Tacoma Mall
Tacoma WA

Capt. John Waldron
Tacoma Mall Public Safety

April 30, 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
Sergeant
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

April 29, 2008

Thinking of you on the 4th anniversary of your EOW.
We honor your service and memory.

Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

April 27, 2008

Your EOW will be 4 years ago this month. Alot of hearts were broken that day. I attended your funeral service as I happened to be in Tacoma that day. You were highlighted on this website today and I wanted to leave this remembrance.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

April 10, 2008

I had the opportunity to work with Jim on several occasions when he worked wit us off-duty at the Tacoma Mall. He always had a great sense of humor, and always had a kind word to say. You will always be in our hearts Jim, and you are far from forgotten.

Rest in Peace
Lt. John Waldron
Swing Shift Supervisor TPD Call Sign: William 4-1

LT. John Waldron
Tacoma Mall Public Safety

May 9, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

April 27, 2007

Remembering you on your 3rd anniversary in Heaven. God had a plan that will never make sense to any of us until we walk through the gates of Heaven. God Speed....

wife of a Michigan deputy

April 27, 2007

In a split second our lives can change.Please Lord, wrap your arms tightly around Officer Lewis's loved ones today that they may know Your love and comfort.

April 27, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 3rd anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. Thank you for your dedication to law enforcement.

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

April 26, 2007

I have always admired police officers. I have in the past done fund raisers for the families of fallen heroes. I have had my run ins with the wrong end of these fine men, but never have i ever lost respect for them. They do a job that not many of us would. They are under paid usually and over worked mostly. I have had personal friends that are police officers and ex-police officers and they are all the greatest people. I used to work for Advanced Interactive Systems (Tukwila Wa) and a lot of the staff there are ex-police officers, they all have my utmost respect.

If there is anything i can say for this (and ALL) fallen heroes and the families left behind, I can say this:

Keep your vehicle on the right path as the road may twist and even come to an abrupt stop, but there is always a road to travel no matter where life takes you.

I live in Tacoma and often drive by this location. Time has passed and the memorial is gone, but I have never forgotten this fine man. When I pass I always think of him and all other fine officers trying to make our world safe.

For all you people out there that still break the law I tell you this: The "COPS" always catch up to us and when they do, just respect what they are doing even if you are on the wrong end of the law.

Eric William Joy
No Relationship / No Agency

February 27, 2007

It is sad that because someone didn't pay attention, you lost your life. Being the wife of a deputy I hear on a daily basis of people pulling out in front of his car while his lights and sirens are going. I hope your accident will remind people that when you hear a siren, look around before going through a green light. rest easy......


LEO wife

January 5, 2007

One Motor to another,
GODSPEED HAGAR! Enjoy the wind.....
and the rain!

Classmate
TPD Motor School October, 2001
SethH
Federal Way PD Motors

Motor Ofc S Hanson
Federal Way WA PD

November 22, 2006

On the second anniversary of your tragic death, you and your family are remembered in prayer. Rest in peace, sir, and thank you for your service to the community.

Mary Kay Balchunas
Mother of Jay Balchunas, EOW 11/5/04

April 28, 2006

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