Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Todd Michael Fatta

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, August 19, 2004

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Reflections for Detective Todd Michael Fatta

Just wanted you to know that you have not been forgotten Detective Fatta. Rest in Peace brother, you deserve it.....

Sergeant Chris DiToro
NYPD

August 19, 2008

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to keep watch over all of them and also those still out on patrol guarding over the Thin Blue Line. You have not been forgotten.

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

August 19, 2008

Todd,

Another year of lost time and love, a million smiles and hugs gone, and another birthday missed; as 8/19/2008 marks 4 years since God brought another Angel home. I cannot sleep tonight knowing what tomorrow will bring and thinking of you. I see your face when I close my eyes and every day in the pictures of you I hold so dear to my heart. I think my favorite is the one of you flexing your muscles and kissing your bicep..ha..you were too much!

I have the best Guardian Angel anyone could hope for knowing you are in heaven right now watching over all of us who loved you so. There forever will remain a hole in my heart in the shape of you, Todd. If I had only known that morning would be the last time I would hear your voice, see your face, or feel your embrace--I would have memorized everything you ever said, hugged you and never let you go, and prayed a million prayers to stop the dawn of that horrible morning.

Say hello to Mimi for me... Both my Angels---its just too much to bear sometimes.

Love you and miss you, Gimpy.

Lisa Freeman
Winner of breadstick throwing contest at OG

August 18, 2008

You should be celebrating your birthday today Todd. Rest in peace and party on in heaven brother.
Miss you

Friend
BSO

February 18, 2008

I was stationed with Todd at Kirtland Air Force base in Albuquerque, N.M. this comes as such a surprise to me . Todd and I lost contact with each other and only spoke a few times after he moved to FL. He spoke all the time about wanting to become a deputy in Broward County. In the Air Force we were both Law enforcement, Todd disliked it when anyone would disregard the law. We had some great times off duty also. I am deeply sadden by his death this is a great loss. I cannot begin to feel what his family must of gone through. the world needs more people like Todd.

Keith Travelstead
Military friend

November 27, 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

October 2, 2007

03 years have passed since your brutal murder. May your family be comforted by the fact that you will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten! Until one day in Heaven we meet, keep walking your beat on the Golden Street keeping an eye on the thin blue line.

DET SGT, Retired
AR

August 19, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Detective Fatta on the anniversary of his passing. May God comfort you all. Another Hero that was taken too soon. Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher
Virginia

August 19, 2007

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones and close friends on this 3rd anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over all your loved ones, show them the right path to take in life. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You have not been forgotten.

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

August 19, 2007

Detective Fatta,
Today is the third anniversary of your EOW. My thoughts are with your family and friends as they remember the wonderful person that was called away too soon. Your sacrifice will always be remembered.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 18, 2007

The anniversary of your EOW is fast approaching and here we are bidding farewell to another Deputy. Todd, I just wanted you and your family to know that not a day goes by that I do not think of you. One of my favorite memories is how, as a young rookie, you would sit on University Dr. looking for "one eyes." I remember when I answered a fire call at your house when the stove "went up."
My friend you will always be in my memories and you will never be forgotten. Those of us who worked with you in Tamarac as well as those who knew you miss you very much.

Deputy Gary Hauter
Broward Sheriff's Office

August 14, 2007

There are times I sit down and watch the videos that I took for our class, 177th, during those 5 to 6 months. We had a great time learning to be police officers and working as a team. We are all laughing it up but then the video ends and the harsh reality sets in. If I can turn back the hands of time I would. I'll miss you bro and we will meet again.

Ofc. David Forteza
Sunrise Police Department

June 14, 2007

Here we are today I can't believe that it's been this long since god took you to heavan to watch over us. I miss you and think about you. Your in my heart Todd and will always be in my heart. I was glad to hear that the person that took you from us was found guilty of all charges. You will always be missed and cherised. Mr. Mrs Fatta I hope that you can rest a little more to know that the person that took you son life will live the rest of there lives in Jail.
We miss you Todd!! I hope to see you when I meet you in Heavan.

Correctinal Officer, Ilse Pena
Florida Dept. Of Correction

June 10, 2007

It was nice to see that the person that took your life will never see the light of day again except through gates and fences. rest in peace
wife of a deputy

June 6, 2007

Todd, today is the day your soul can find peace. You did not die in vain. Justice has stood on your side. Your families broken hearts can now begin to heal. For the guilty party did not walk away and shall never be free to hurt again.

I honor you always.

Deputy J. McCleod
BSO

June 5, 2007

The man who took your life was found guilty today on all charges. Hopefully this will bring some relife to your family and co-workers..

R.I.P. Deputy Fatta

L.Shaw
Son of a deputy EOW 12-01-1991

June 5, 2007

I can't believe it has been nearly 3 years since you left us. Well, today, the coward that took you from your family and friends was found guilty on all counts. We can only hope he spends the rest of his days in absolute misery. I want you and your family to know, that you will never be forgotten. It was a true pleasure to have known you and worked with you. God bless.

Doug Schenck
Oakland Park P.D.

June 5, 2007

Todd when you were taken from us, it was less than a month before i retired. It was so difficult doing your escort. I escorted you to the airport for your flight home, and I remember telling the others in the escort how unfair this was. You were always professional in your appearance and your demeanor. Everyone I know that worked with you speaks highly of you too. Rest in peace my friend.

Deputy Sheriff/ Motors Mike Lerman
Broward Sheriffs Office

January 29, 2007

Todd,

I have not been the same since you left us. Although it has been over two years a large piece of me is gone.

I know you were the one who kept Eric and I safe when we stopped the vehicle carrying Brian's killer. I used all of the tactics we have discussed over the years during this stop. I thank you for being my 10-94 on this day!!!!!!!

I cherish our friendship and miss our daily conversations. Although I still breakdown occasionally, I know you are in a better place. Say hello to JJ for me!!!! Soon enough we will be patrolling heaven together in our favorite undercover Hooptie.

Detective Michael J Catalano

Michael Catalano
BSO

November 19, 2006

Todd,I remember the nights you were always there to back me up. You never missed a beat. I was safe because you were there. I only wish I could have done the same for you on that horrible day. Rest in peace my dear back-up! We all miss you a whole bunch..

Your friend still in Tamarac
Hermi

Dep. Hermi Zumbado
Broward County Sheriff's Office

November 19, 2006

Todd and I worked together for years in the Street Narcotics Unit. I will always remember the good times we had. All of us in the SNU/SID were family. I know Todd is looking down at us everyday and telling us, that he is ok. I am not alone when I say that we all miss you Todd. Love you.

LINDA
Retired BSO/SID

October 3, 2006

Todd, It's been two years since you left us. To me as to others your my hero. You are in our hearts unlike in our memories. Sometimes I hear certain songs and I cry because it reminds me of you. Dear Mr and Mrs Fatta you have a great and loyal son he impacted so many lives unlike mine. He is waiting for you in heaven and watches of everyone he is your protector and your guardian angel. I miss you Todd.
Love you.


close friend

August 22, 2006

Todd,
I can't believe it's been 2 years since that fateful day. I will never forget standing at the hospital and having to have those horrible words repeated to me. You are a wonderful person and will always will be remembered as such. Your family should know they raised a great caring person. You will never be forgotten no many how many years pass. Continue to rest in peace knowing we continue to fight the battle for you! Love you brother!

Deputy Kim Kneer
BSO

August 22, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Detective Todd Fatta and his fellow officers with the Broward County Sheriff's Office:

On this the second anniversary of Todd's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Todd's professionalism and dedication will never be forgotten, nor will his courage and valor.

In reading the loving reflections left by his friends and co-workers I can see that he was very well respected and is sorely missed. I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that Todd was robbed of his life so young and so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Todd gave to his community and the citizens of Florida, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 19, 2004.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 21, 2006

Todd,
It has been 2 years since that day when we all lost you. You are a hero still and will always be. Prayers to your family. We miss you and love you.

Friend

August 20, 2006

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