Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Inspector David Howell Jennings

Alabama Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, February 25, 2004

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Reflections for Inspector David Howell Jennings

At the anniversary of his death, we pause to honor the memory of Inspector Jennings and to acknowledge his ultimate sacrifice.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.
May he never be forgotten

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery Police Dept. - Montgomery, AL

February 23, 2007

Rest in Peace, Insector Jennings. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

September 7, 2006

You and your family are remembered in prayer this week as the second anniversary of your death approaches. Anniversaries are very hard. Thank you for your service to the community. May you rest in peace in the loving arms of the Creator.

Mary Kay Balchunas
Mother of Jay Balchunas, EOW 11/5/04

February 24, 2006

Inspector - your family - friends & co-workers are in my thoughts & prayers as your 2 yr. anniversay approaches..continue to watch over them & your fellow brothers/sisters in blue..YOU ARE GONE..BUT NOT FORGOTTEN..REST IN PEACE & WITH EASE BLUE ANGEL!!!!

girlfriend of a dpd
detroit, mi

February 23, 2006

I never had the honor of meeting you, but this year, May 2005, I chose your name and rode bicycle from Ground Zero in New York City to the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Washingotn DC as part of the Police Unity Tour. There, I had the honor of meeting your wife Trish and presented her with a bracelet that I wore for the ride in which your name was inscribed. I wanted her to know that you did not lose your life in vain and that your brothers and sisters-in-law will always remember. You have made the ultimate sacrifice and your memory will live on. You will not be forgotten. May you rest in peace.

Sgt. Benjamin Salerno
Perth Amboy Police Department, N.J.

October 11, 2005

I miss you so much sweetie. It has taken me this long just to be able to visit this web site. I still expect you to walk through the front door. You usually had a smile on your face. I miss our evenings together, talking about the days events. We never ran out of anything to talk about. I loved listening to you talk about your work, even though a lot of the technical stuff went over my head. It was just listening to and watching your excitement and love for what you were doing. I know you loved your job, and I loved being there to support you; good, bad, or indifferent. I love you, always and forever. You are more than a memory, you are a living, breathing part of me that will live on as long as I breathe. I love you and I will be with you again someday. Always & Forever, Trish

Wife - Trish Jennings

July 25, 2005

My heart goes out to you. I pray that you will remember the touching memories left here on this Earth by Dave & yearn for the day when we can be with him to fish for the Big One in the lake in the clouds. As a friend and co worker of Dave I know that he gave everything to both his job and his family and he is missed dearly by us all. God Bless the family of each and every officer who has given his life for his job. I can promise you he is watching down on you as you sleep at night and praying for your love.

February 2, 2005

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis was a Deputy Sheriff with the Davis County Sheriff's Office in southeast Iowa. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure David did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and David be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Inspector Jennings' family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that David is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain David was well respected and well loved.

Thank you Inspector Jennings for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiance Dennis for me.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry - EOW (01/03/03)

December 28, 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, Raleigh North Carolina; Trooper D.C.Koeppen, New Jersey State Police and Patrolman A.M.Koeppen, Wilmington North Carolina

Chief (retired ) Douglas A. Koeppen
Washington New Jersey

December 19, 2004

Brother, may you find peace that your family is part of our family and you and them will not be forgotten.

David Schoengart, Treasurer

December 19, 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 Inspector David Jennings' family, friends, and co-workers with the Alabama Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board.

God bless and rest in peace.

Officer Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

December 14, 2004

My thoughts and prayers to the family and the Gas board.

Fallen but never forgotten.

Bryan Laurie son of Fallen officer
Nathan Laurie EOW 7-29-04

December 14, 2004

Rest easy, Brother; you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Barbara L. Beland
Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, IN USA

December 14, 2004

On behalf of the members of the Sutherlin Police Department, I send to you, our heartfelt condolences and prayers in your time of sadness. May your fallen officer’s legacy live on in the memories of his friends and family. Rest now brother, after a job well done. We’ll take it from here.

Corporal Justin Marquis
Sutherlin Police Department, Sutherlin, Oregon

December 13, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are with Inspector Jennings wife, children, family, friends and co-workers. We are all here for you and lifting you up. Psalm 55:22

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

December 13, 2004

God bless you and your family at your tragic loss. You will not be forgotten.

St. Louis City Police

December 13, 2004

Romans 13:4 For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

Rest in Peace.

Darin L. Paul, Special Agent
FBI Detroit

December 13, 2004

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in the time of trouble"(Ps.46:1).

From all of us at the Bean Station Police Dept. May God grant Instpector Jennings' Family and fellow officers strength and a place of refuge during this most difficult time.

God Bless and Comfort.

PTRL. Chaplain Bryce Justice
Bean Station PD. Tn.

December 13, 2004

Inspector Jennings, you and your family are in our prayers. You will not be forgotten. Rest Easy Brother !

Dep. Paul Sperandeo & Officer Amy Speran
Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office, Gretna Police Dept.. LA

December 13, 2004

Again we mourn as another hero is taken from us. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Inspector Jennings. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.

Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us to protect and serve others safely.

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA

December 13, 2004

To the family, friends and co-workers my prayers are with you. It's going to be hard this holiday season, but just remember that Inspector David and Clint are with us in our hearts, and they will stay there as long as I live.
Inspector Jennings your family will miss you everyday, but we will never forget you. I know that we have very special angels watching over us. Look Clint up tell him we miss him and love him :o)

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

December 13, 2004

To the Family of Inspector Jennings,
with my heartfelt condolences and admiration:

Don't grieve for me, for now I am free,
I am following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
For I found peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
These things, I too, will surely miss.

But, be not burdened with times of sorrow,
For I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undo grief.
So lift up your heart and share with me,
GOD wanted me now... he set me free.

Rest in peace brother.

A Brother Officer in Houston, Texas

December 13, 2004

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

December 13, 2004

Rest in peace. You are not forgotten.

Special Officer
Idaho State Univ. Public Safety

December 13, 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 Inspector David Jennings.

Onondaga County (NY) Sheriff's Office

December 13, 2004

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