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

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Reflections for Special Agent Jay P. Balchunas

Special Agent Balchunas Rest in Peace my brother and thank you for your service .

To Linda and Mary
I want to thank both of you for the words you provided to Joshua Norris EOW 7/5/07 who was to be my son in-law, they touched my daughter and has helped my family during a dark time. My daughter had a general idea of how large our police family was, but your reflection showed just how large the family of blue is. God Bless you

Deputy John Latour
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

December 19, 2007

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones as Christmas fast approaches. I know for your love ones is will be a difficult day as you will constantly be in their thoughts, even more than other days and some may find that hard to believe. They love and miss you terribly and will be thinking of all those past Christmas' and the wonderful memories they have of those times. Continue to keep watch over them and protect them. I too have my home decorated in all blue lights. One is lit every night in your memory to let others know you have not been forgotten and to thank you for your service to law enforcement.

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

December 18, 2007

I put up your tree tonight and placed the blue lights on it. Tomorrow Andy and I will decorate it with all of your ornaments from your childhood. Your first little tree from your first house is in the family room. I remembeer when I bought it for you and decorated it with your grandmother's ornaments. You called and asked me where I bought it because you wanted to make one like it for Cheryl. So many memories ... I miss you and love you so much.

The New Berlin PD placed a plaque in your honor in the lobby of the Police and Fire Administration Building. It is a beautiful tribute to you and brought tears to my eyes when I saw it. Everyone at the PD has been very kind to us and we are very grateful to them.

A blue light in our window shines in your honor and memory every night. We put blue lights in all of the windows for Christmas to honor all of the officers who gave their lives to make this world a better place and to support Chris and all who continue to keep the watch. You live on in our hearts and are in our thoughts many times everyday.


December 14, 2007

You are missed and time doesn't lessen the pain. You will always be a hero to those who knew you, those who knew of you, and the those who will learn.

November 12, 2007

Night falls, but day dawns to replace it...
Grief comes, but time will ease the pain...
Life ends, but death cannot erase it...
In memory, love always will remain.
There are those whose lives death cannot diminish.
Their love radiates forever in the hearts of friends and loved ones,
and their light shines on in the lives they've touched for so many years.

November 9, 2007

I've read every reflection and it's easy to see that to know you was to love you. You were outstanding in everything you pursued. What a quality guy who left his mark on everyone who knew him. WHAT A LOSS!
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

November 7, 2007

We love you and miss you, Jay, today and always.

November 5, 2007

Hi Jay,
Happy third birthday in heaven. It's hard to believe that it has been 3 years already ~ sometimes it seems like only yesterday that we received a call in the middle of the night saying that you had been shot.
We know that you are in a far better place now, but we miss you so much and think about you all the time.

A, B, C & L

November 5, 2007

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

November 5, 2007

Today is your third birthday in Heaven, WOW you're still missed today as much if not more than the day you left.
Just wanted to say that we will never forget the sacrifice you and your family have made, you are a true hero.
I have my Blue Candles that burn 24/7 for all of you. Look Clint up for me tell him that I sure miss him.
To Jay's family, friends and co-workers you are in my thoughts today, I will never forget.

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

November 5, 2007

Hard to believe that it's been 3 years, seems like yesterday and seems like forever.
Continue to watch down on Luann and your family.
You'll never be forgotten and always remembered with great love.

November 5, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 1, 2007

We miss you Jay. Our thoughts are with your family on this day.

Sergeants Liza IBARRA and Brad DALL
Milwaukee Police Deparment

October 29, 2007

"There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." You did that, Jay, in so many ways - both in fighting fires and in enforcing the law. You are loved dearly and missed more than words can express on this anniversary of the day that a gunshot changed our lives forever.

October 29, 2007

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."

October 2, 2007

Look down on us brother as we do what you also felt the need to do for others. Grant us the strength to continue your fight. You did not die in vain. TBL

Officer Jeff Smoger
Phoenix Police Department

August 17, 2007

"Heaven was needing a hero" by Jo Dee Messina

I came by today to see you
I had to let you know
If I knew the last time that I held you was the last time
I'd have held you and never let go

It's kept me awake nights, wondering
Lie in the dark, just asking why
I've always been told
You won't be called home
Until it's your time

I guess heaven was needing a hero
Somebody just like you
Brave enough to stand up
For what you believe
And follow it through
When I try to make it make sense in my mind
The only conclusion I come to
Is heaven was needing a hero
Like you

I remember the last time I saw you
You held your head up proud
I laughed inside
When I saw how you were standing out in the crowd
You're such a part of who I am
Now that part will just be void
No matter how much I need you now
Heaven needed you more

Cause heaven was needing a hero
Somebody just like you
Brave enough to stand up
For what you believe
And follow it through
When I try to make it make sense in my mind
The only conclusion I come to
Is heaven was needing a hero
Like you

Heaven was needing a hero
and that's you

July 20, 2007

Jay, I never got to know you, but I know a lot of you. I know you are here with me. I feel your strong presence, and I felt you just a moment ago.

July 13, 2007

I want to thank your Mom for remembering my son Michael. I know her daily struggle and the pain she feels in her heart every day and how we all cherish the memories of our fallen officers. All of those memories are like precious jewels that we will cherish forever as each memory is a treasure to us now. All any of us can do is take one day at a time and keep your memory alive by talking about you to others for you are heores and heroes should never be forgotten. Continue to watch over your loved ones. I will end with the following poem that I came across and it is so true:

Poem by Norton:

Those we hold most dear never truly leave us.
They live on in the kindness they showed,
The comfort they shared,
And the love they brought into our lives.

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

July 7, 2007

What an awesome day for the ride, Jay. Please continue to smile down on us and keep all the riders who are there in your memory safe.

June 30, 2007

Rest in Peace, Sir... Mrs. Balchunas, I have noticed you leave reflections on a lot of fallen angels, and I wanted to leave one for Jay, your own fallen angel,

If Tears Could Build A Stairway

If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane
We would walk right up to Heaven
And bring you back again

No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why

Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one will ever know

But now we know you want us
To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store

Since you’ll never be forgotten
We pledge to you today
A hallowed place within our hearts
Is where you’ll always stay

Author Unknown.

From a Sister in blue and friend of Det. Terry Melancon Jr BRPD EOW 08-10-05

Officer J. Fullwood
Baton Rouge Police Dept.

June 26, 2007

Just thinking about you Jay. God bless you and your family.

P.O. Rick Aztlan
Chicago PD , friend

June 16, 2007

I know you helped God answer my prayers... Thank you.

June 6, 2007

This memorial day brings a reminder of your loss. You are so missed.

May 28, 2007


In the light of what recently occurred in Kenosha, I must say "Thank You" for your ultimate sacrifice. I was at the funeral in Kenosha and I thought often of you and many other officers that have been killed in the line of duty in this fine State and this country. Thank you for your sacrifice, you and your family will be eternally in my thoughts and prayers

Deputy Eric Essinger
Washington County Sheriff, West Bend, WI

May 26, 2007

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