Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent Jay P. Balchunas

Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation, Wisconsin

End of Watch Friday, November 5, 2004

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Special Agent Jay P. Balchunas



November 5, 2004

We are deeply saddened at Jay's loss. his death strikes a particular chord with us as our grandfather was a Milwaukee police officer and our family lived on No. 60th St. I love the City of Milwaukee and it pains me to see such tragedy occur there. The people and City Cops that I have met there are so wonderful and I'm sure Jay was no exception.
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.

November 5, 2004

Rest in peace brother.

Officer William Inman
Birmingham Police Dept. Al.

November 5, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are with Special Agent Balchunas' family, friends and co-workers. I pray that the his killers are caught and justice is served!! God Bless You. Psalm 55:22

Denise Nichols - surviving spouse
Alabama State Trooper Brian Nichols EOW 2/17/2002

November 5, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are with Agent Balchunas's family, friends and agency.
May God bless Agent Balchunas and welcome him to the streets of Heaven.
Agent Balchunas thank you for your service.

deputy sheriff

November 5, 2004

The thoughts and prayers of the men and women of the Onondaga County Deputy Sheriffs' Police Association are with the family, friends and co-workers of Special Agent Jay Blachunas.

Onondaga County (NY) Sheriff's Office

November 5, 2004

My uncle Tim just died. He was a Shelby County Sheriff. I know how hard the lost is. My heart and prayers go out to the wife, family, and friends. Rip Jay!

lauren austin

November 5, 2004

My sincere condolences go out to Agent Balchunas' family, friends and co-workers. May God grant you comfort. Your cowardly killers will not go unpunished. They must face the Supreme Judge someday and they will burn in Hell. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace sir.

Captain Robert W. Cannon; Retired
Vermilion County Illinois Sheriff's Dept.

November 5, 2004

Rest in peace will not be forgotten. The SOB's who did this will be caught and justice will prevail.

Trooper Denis McGuckin
Michigan State Police

November 5, 2004

There are but two persons who protect the sinful human race from destroying itself. One is God's Holy Spirit. The other is the Peace Officer. Without them, we would all perish at each other's hands.

You were called into this profession and our Lord and Savior has blessed you because:
According to Romans 13.1-5...
God ordains the Peace Officer’s profession.
The Peace Officer is sent by God.
The Peace Officer is vested with God's authority to enforce the law.
A Peace Officer's badge is to be honored by us, because it is honored by God.

To the family of Special Agent Jay Balchunas and the Wisconsin Department of Justice ( Division of Criminal Investigation ), your extended family of Law Enforcement Officers grieves with you during this time. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around each of you and comfort you during this most difficult time.

You gave the ultimate sacrifice for your fellow man, your life.
While serving, defending, and protecting others in your community and state.

Rest easy with our other fallen Brothers and Sisters, we have the watch now.

To all my brothers and sisters, please remember the fallen officers we have lost and their families. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Please pray for this officer's family, agency, and friends as they struggle with this tragedy.

May God be with you every day, please remember, we are a part of the largest family in the world and when one hurts we all hurt.

Though our badges and uniforms may be different, our mission is the same. We continue the fight in your honor.

Officer Dave Carroll
Choctaw Oklahoma

November 5, 2004

Farewell Brother rest in Peace..You are now one up on us for now you see Him as He is and in the company of many heroes of the Thin Blue Line. We are proud you are one of us. Be assured your loved ones are never alone for we are but a phone call away.

Bob Johnson VA-VI

Bob Johnson U.S. Marshal's (Ret'd)
Blue Knights International Police Assn.

November 5, 2004

To the family, friends and co-workers my prayers are with you. There's not much anyone can say at this time to help you through, just know that we will all be praying for you. The one thing that helped me through was knowing that Clint loved being a police officer and would not have traded places with anyone.
Agent Balchunas your family will miss you everyday, but we will never forget you. Look Clint up for me tell we think about him everyday :)

Connie Barker
Mother of Clint Walker E.O.W. 1-14-04

November 5, 2004

Thank you for the supreme sacrifice you have made. May God be with your family, friends, and fellow officers at this time....we know you are in a much better place. Please watch over them.

Mother of Deputy Kevin Sherwood
EOW 10/9/03

November 5, 2004

On behalf of the men and women who serve and work for the Georgia Perimeter College Police Department, our thoughts and prayers are with Special Agent Jay Balchunas' family, friends, and co-workers with the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation.

God bless our brother in blue. The watch is ours now.

Officer Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

November 5, 2004

My heart and prayers are with the family, friends and coworkers of Special Agent Balchunas. May God be with you all in this terrible time of loss. Rest in peace now Special Agent Balchunas and walk the beat on much safer streets now.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02

November 5, 2004

TO: The family; loved ones; friends and department members: A POLICE OFFICER’S PRAYER:--- O, gentle Lord ! Keep the day/night watch with me. As I begin my tour of duty, I ask your protection from all mental, physical and spiritual harm. Sustain me with the knowledge that I am doing your work, endeavoring to keep peace among your people. Help me to be just as I enforce the law without prejudice or favor to anyone. May I be courageous but not reckless in carrying out my duties. Let me respond to all calls with haste realizing that so many are dependent upon me for life and safety. Support me with your consoling power when I am tempted to think no one really cares and that I am taken for granted. Sustain in me the conviction that so many thousands do care and are grateful for my presence. Grant that I may be loyal to my partner and my fellow officers, and that I may back them up effectively when called upon for assistance. Lord, I ask that I may return safely, after my tour of duty, to my loved ones and those who love me. I pray that I may be a good and honorable police officer; and after my tour of duty is over here on earth, may I enjoy the peace and happiness of heaven that you have promised to those who serve you well. AMEN. *** REST IN PEACE *** Sent to you by the father of Detective J.D.Koeppen, Capital City Raleigh North Carolina; Trooper D.C.Koeppen, New Jersey State Police and Cadet Officer A.M.Koeppen, Wilmington North Carolina.

Chief (retired) Douglas A. Koeppen
Washington New Jersey

November 5, 2004

I was off duty today and "thought" I was having a bad day. I came into my office to do some paperwork and decided to look at the ODMP page. I saw what happened today to Officer Balchumas and realized that my day was a gift from God and I was using it to think about myself and my own problems. It took someone losing their life to make me realize that I must live my life to the fullest. Thank you Officer Balchumas for allowing me to live another day.You gave your life for me".

Correctional Officer V.T. Robinson
Clayton County Sheriff's Office

November 5, 2004

Our thoughts and prayers are with S/A Balchunas , his family and friends as we mourn his sacrifice . May the Lord look over them .

Police Officer
Chicago Police Dept.

November 5, 2004

We will not forget you Agent Balchumas . . . thank you for your service, loyalty and dedication . . . thank you for walking the path of the warrior. With brotherly love & utmost respect, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

P.S. Wisconsin law enforcement officers . . . don't sleep until you find them . . .

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

November 5, 2004

Rest Easy Brother Jay, the Watch is Ours Now and Yours was with Honor. Our Thoughts and Prayers are
with your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.

APD #128
Altoona Police Dept. Altoona, Pa

November 5, 2004

Special Agent Balchunas, thank you for your serivce. Your work and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

November 5, 2004

Law enforcement officers are, indeed, a special breed of people. Ask anyone on the street and they will tell you that they would not have our jobs for anything in the world. It takes something special to do what we do and at the same time be able to even contemplate retirement. We try to be optimists. Unfortunately, there are a few of us who will never make that date with retirement. By the very nature of our job, we are at risk everyday of losing our lives, either at the hand of some deranged individual or in some other situation that we, by virtue of our occupation, may be unable to avoid. Some people have recognized the hazardous duties we involve ourselves in, the risks we take, and the pride we take in accomplishing that job. There is National Law Enforcement Week, dedicated to us who gladly accept the responsibility of protecting the citizens in our respective jurisdictions. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day is dedicated to those who gave their lives in the line of duty. These are but a two examples of remembrances specifically for law enforcement personnel. Remembrances that come but once a year. We should remind fellow officers of another type of remembrance, one that will last a lifetime. Sooner or later, a doctor will pronounce us dead. It is inevitable. Regardless of whatever happens, death is the end we will all have to face.
Author Unknown

Jim Moore
New Orleans P.D., Retired

November 5, 2004

What cowards these "men" are!
You did not deserve to be taken that way Agent Balchunas. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God bless you. A hero such as yourself will never be forgotten. My sympathies to the Wisconsin Department of Justice and all who have served with, knew and loved Agent Balchunas


November 5, 2004

To live on in the hearts of others is to not die at all. Godspeed hero. Our thoughts and prayers are with this hero's family and co-workers

Ret. Correctional Corporal
Franklin County Regional Jail

November 5, 2004

God rest your soul brother, we have the watch now.

Deputy Styles
Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Dept., NC

November 5, 2004

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.