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Patrolman Jeffrey Paul Hopkins

Joliet Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, September 29, 1975

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Reflections for Patrolman Jeffrey Paul Hopkins

Rest in peace Patrolman Hopkins.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 28, 2020

RIP Uncle Jeff. You were taken from us before I ever got to know you, but I can still feel the effects of your death on the family 40 years later. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. You are never forgotten

Kim Hopkins Ortiz
Niece

May 18, 2019

All my life and to this day my dad keeps a yellowed newspaper clipping in a box on his dresser from that day. He left JPD two years later, and I believe your loss was a part of that. He never spoke (to me) about it, but because of that little clipping from the paper, he never really had to.

Ofc. J.D. Calvert 5282
Travis County Sheriff's Office

March 30, 2018

Officer Hopkins' story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 2-10-17 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
RPPD (IL)

February 10, 2017

I never knew you, grandpa, but your spirit lives on in Paul and Brad. We love you and miss you!

Jacob Hertzmann
Grandson

January 9, 2017

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 10, 2013

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Hopkins. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

November 21, 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
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

January 7, 2008

Hoppy, I enjoyed working with you and think well of you as everyone who worked with you did and does. You have been missed by your co-workers and friends. Rest well in peace.

Retired Patrolman Jack L. Loy #169
Joliet Police Dept.

March 5, 2007

Thank you Officer Hopkins for your sacrifice and God bless you. You will never be forgotten.

Officer Pete Van Gessel #114
Joliet Police Department

April 1, 2006

Those of who knew you, and were young officers and worked with you, still miss you even after all these years.
Hoppy, we think of you often.
JR

Sgt. R. J. Mau, Sr #54
Joliet IL PD

January 28, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.

September 29, 2004

rest in peace....

skip roberson

August 19, 2004

Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. God Bless.

Police Officer
Chicago Police

August 10, 2004

05/30/04

Rest in peace Officer Hopkins. You are not forgotten.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 31, 2004

may god bless you

anthony
west haven pd

May 29, 2004

May he rest in peace and never be forgotten

PJN
POMFCC

May 27, 2004

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