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

The sacrifice you made will never be forgotten!

If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven,
and bring you home again.

October 2, 2004

Todd, I only met you one time through a mutual friend, who worked with you in the Tamarac district. Even though it was a brief encounter, It was very apparent that you were nothing but a professional. Rest in peace and help keep us safe.

Steven Daniello
Coconut Creek Police Broward County Fl.

September 28, 2004

We are deeply sadenned by your loss. Few words can express the gratitude that we feel towards our police officers and when one has fallen, we ALL weep.

God Bless You and your family in this difficult time.

wife of a Miami Police Officer
Miami Police Dept.

September 26, 2004

We are deeply saddened at Todd's loss.
We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
Your comrades now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.

God Bless Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters.
Our prayers will be with you, your family, and co-workers!

Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) P.D.

September 18, 2004

God Bless You and all Law Enforcement Officers

Explorer Sgt. Shrouder
Broward County Sheriff's Office

September 13, 2004

To Mr. and Mrs. Fatta, thank you ...

You brought the wonderful soul of Todd into this world, and graciously nurtured and encouraged him to grow, explore, experience, and thrive. He was a perfect reflection of your quality, devotion, standards, and expectations as parents.

To the entire Fatta Family, Todd was fueled by your love and support. Words alone cannot accurately & completely express our grief and sympathy, regardless of the capacity we knew him in.

Our prayers are with you for strength and inner peace, knowing that Todd continually strived to fight the Good fight, and is now at peace and safe with God.

For the friends and acquaintances of Todd, we know what a tremendous sadness we have experienced. The loss of Todd has left an immeasurable void, and the world is a lesser place without him. We were blessed with having been touched by his soul ... Todd only improved life for us, and around us.

How truly unfortunate for some of the community around us who remain unaware of what a dedicated cop he was ... many whose lives he's touched simply by preventing evil from preying on their families.

I am lucky, for I was blessed with having met Todd several years ago when he was assigned to Dist. 7 / Tamarac, and I feel blessed to have occaisionally worked with him on the road.

I have also had the priviledge of often guarding the house where Todd made his Ultimate Sacrifice, as I did on the very day of Todd's funeral memorial in Broward County.

Todd, the good neighbors in this community are so VERY grateful for your devotion and your sacrifice. They, too, were shocked and devastated to learn what had happened. They have stopped just to quietly share their thoughts and emotions, and simply say, "Thank You, Todd", for your devotion to ridding the community of one of the worst evils imaginable. I am sure you have heard it in their prayers.

Todd, Thank You from the bottom of my heart for your inspiration and positive attitude. Naturally, I will miss you. I will keep your photo close, and do my best to keep your memory alive in striving to do better for the world around me. Rest in Peace, Todd.


Deputy Sandra Shofner
Broward County Sheriff's Office

September 12, 2004


Det. Arteaga
Miami Dade Police

September 11, 2004

Todd, we will never forget you.. Rest in peace brother..

District 5 Selective Enforcement Team
Broward Sheriff's Office

September 10, 2004

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Detective Fatta.


Detective M. Aliano
Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, New Jersey

September 9, 2004

Detective Fatta....there is no more noble deed than doing what you do to keep our children safe....thank you for giving of yourself that all children may be safer....God speed, Sir....please watch out over the rest of your brothers working day and night to bring down these vermin against children......

wife of a Sgt
Macomb County Sheriff Dept, Computer Crimes Div, MI

September 7, 2004

Rest in peace. Thank you. Keep a watchful eye on the rest of your brothers down here.

Law Enforcement Brother

September 7, 2004

Todd and I went to the 177th Broward County Police Academy together. He was always upbeat and grinning, even when we had to do extra pushups or run to work off some demerit, real or imagined by our academy advisors. The day of his shooting, I had heard at the Department that there was a death although the media was withholding the name pending notification of the family. It wasn't until I was a few blocks from home after my tour of duty that I heard for the first time the name of the fallen deputy: Todd Fatta. As the broadcaster reached the part of the story containing the deputy's name, I grabbed my pen and was poised to write down the name so I wouldn't forget it. I never thought it would be a name I'd recognize. When I heard the name Todd Fatta, for some reason I actually wrote it down, all the while my mind was screaming, "No! It can't be him!" Todd, when will this country wake up to the fact that everyone should not be allowed to have a gun? How many good, decent young men must die before we open our eyes? I know they probably don't need a police force in Heaven, but if they did, I'm sure you be on it.

Officer David Young
Coral Springs (FL) Police Dept.

September 7, 2004



September 6, 2004

Detective Anderson,

Gunfire? As I read Todd's reflections it was like reliving Brians death all over again. Living in Massachusetts & having a son & his family in Florida for 10 years became unsettling at times. And February 7, 2004 his MCO career ended in Gunfire. Without a doubt Brian and Todd are bro's in heaven.
If it were not for Alan, Brian, Chris &
MCO becoming our new family and looking out and protecting our daughter in law Cherie and 5 year old Grandson Brian, especially with the weather conditions expected in Florida in the next 24 hours. It would be extremely hard for us up north.
Dectective Anderson as a mother, I thank God for special people in Law Enforcement that help our family survive, because the pain is so great. Always be there for the Fatta's family. Something tells me that you are also are very special. Another Guardian Angels to watch over us! Angels on your shoulders!
Always in our hearts & on our minds.

Nancy Litz
Agawam, Massachusetts

Nancy Litz
Mother of Deputy Brian Robert Litz 2-7-04

September 4, 2004

My prayers to the Fatta family both in Florida and here in Pittsburgh.

Ptlm. Matthew Grubb
Ross Township Police Department

September 4, 2004

Detective Fatta died a hero...Rest in peace Todd.

Philadelphia Police Explorers

September 2, 2004

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Detective Fatta.

While I did not have the privilege to have known him personally, I am certain that he has found a place in heaven. Rest in peace my friend; those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.

September 1, 2004

Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Detective Fatta and to all the personnel of the Broward County Sheriffs Department who worked with him.

While it is no consolation for your loss, remember that we, and many others in this country, appreciate the sacrifice that he made in his effort to ensure the safety of the public.

God bless.

Southwest Central Dispatch
Palos Heights, IL

September 1, 2004

Our hearts are heavy for we have lost another Hero in the line of duty.To the family,friends and co-workers of Det.Fatta,know that your huge family of LEO's are here for you.You will not be forgotten!

Cpl.David Hazlett
Berry Hill P.D.Nashville,Tn.

September 1, 2004

On Wednesday August 25,2004 I had the honor of escorting Deputy Todd Fatta from the US Airway's cargo area to the terminal where he was placed on the plane. As I entered gate 100 I contacted the dispatch office and told them of my location so any of the deputies on duty could pay their last respects to him. I entered the gate with my overhead lights on escorting the vehicle to bring him to gate E9. Once I arrived at the plane, I waited with him and never left his side until he was loaded into the rear cargo area of the plane.

While standing next to him, I saw the pilot of the plane doing his preflight inspection and advised him of his precious cargo he had on board. It began to rain a little so I kept the tarp over his casket so it would'nt get wet. As he was placed in the plane, I came to attention, saluted him, with tears in my eyes and said good bye to him.

I then went into the terminal and waited for the plane to push back. Again I came to attention and saluted him and said. Good by Todd Fatta until we meet again and may God speed you on your journey to the gates of Heaven.

Deputy Thomas Perdue
Broward Sheriff's Office District 3

August 30, 2004

Rest in peace Detective Fatta, you made a difference protecting God's children,

May God bless you, your family and the members of the B.S.O. durinf this time of great sadness.

Master Ofc. Don Hurley
Eloy, Az. P.D.

(Former Coral Springs Fla. P.D. Officer)

Master Officer Don Hurley
Eloy, Az. P.D.

August 29, 2004

God bless you Detective Fatta for your sacrifice to the community of Broward County and your devotion to investigating crimes against children. You will not be forgotten and your dedication is felt even here in Texas.

Postal Inspector
Postal Inspection Service

August 28, 2004

So sorry to hear the news. We hardly got to know you from our annual trips to D.C., sharing stories, singing songs and the laughter! We'll miss that the most. We'll keep you and your loved ones in our prayers. May they find peace in knowing that you now walk with the angels. Tara & the 52 Crew

Sgt Tara Marie Burns

August 28, 2004

Rest in peace Officer Fatta. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of god."

Minneapolis Police Department - 4th Pct.

August 28, 2004

Please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Thank you Detective Fatta for a job well done. Please continue to watch over us and protect us as only you can. You will forever be at our side and in our hearts.

For those of you who still have loved ones with us please take the time to tell them how much you appreciate and care about them.


If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

August 28, 2004

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