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Police Officer Charles Richard Thomas Haist

Henry County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, February 16, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Charles Richard Thomas Haist

Thanks for being such a great friend. I am honored to have known you for as long as I did. God Bless

Greg Banks
friend

September 19, 2006

We still miss you and think of you often.

Mack Ward
Alabama Dept. of Public Safety

September 18, 2006

I miss you. I still cant believe your not here with us. I really wish we could talk. I miss emailing you and calling you late at night. Luv ya

Linda Brewer

September 13, 2006

Hey! It has been a long long time since I've popped in to say hi. It is still very strange to see your smiling face up there in the corner. It is still so unbelievable that you have moved on to a higher place. I still think about you daily. Today is September 11th. Today is especially hard, remembering where we were on this horrible day 5 years ago and how we sat in stunned silence as the events unfolded on live tv. The long walk on the beach sharing our grief with each other, the subsequent days of just feeling so incredibly sad and lost, the approaching storm that made that horrible day even more surreal. I remember thinking, thank God I have you. On that day, I realized the sacrifices of your job, that was also the day that I finally let go of my fears...I miss you so much. You are always in my heart & my memories of you are priceless.

September 11, 2006

Chuckie,
We went out to dinner tonight and there were three HCPD eatting too, everytime we see one Emily wants to go up to them and ask do you know Chuckie, and normally she does, tonight I told her don't bother them, but she didn't listen she went right up and started talking to them- you probably thought that was funny. Today in her school classroom her teacher's husband came in and he was a HCPD in uniform and of course she asked him too and actually his wife her Teacher said she was in school with you at Mercer, what a small world. You are always on our minds it doesn't matter where we are or what we are doing.

I just wanted to share those things with you-
We love you!

Melissa & Emily
Cousins in HC

September 7, 2006

Bro,

I can't believe another GA football season is about to start and your not here - It took me and others soooo long to get you to convert and I think over the last couple of years you were even more die hard than me - if that's possible. I will drink a cold one for you during the game and of course will scream out "Go Dawgs" just for you. I miss you and love you...

Sis

August 31, 2006

Hey Buddy,

Its been a while since I was here. I just thought I would drop by, and let you know I still think of you daily. Thanks for watching my back.

V.R.

Sergeant V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police Department

August 29, 2006

If Tomorrow Starts Without Me


"If tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;

But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,

And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind,
All those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.

I had so much to live for,
So much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all that we shared,
And all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me
From His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity,
And all I've promised you.
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day's the same way,
There's no longing for the past.

You have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things,
You knew you shouldn't do.

But you have been forgiven,
And now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand,
And share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart."

Author Unknown

Amanda Smith
Cousin

August 29, 2006

"I'm Free"

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God has 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, or play.
Tasks left undone, must stay that way.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah, yes, these things too I will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored much;
Good friends, good times, and a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lenghten it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
I'm with God now, I've been set free.

Author Unknown

Brandy Mapp
I miss you!

August 18, 2006

Well it has certainly been quite a while since I wrote on here- So much has happened- I really don't even know what to say- I do get on here often and begin to write something but I always go blank- To this day whenever I see a Henry Co. Police car, which seems to be daily, and yes I was recently pulled over for speeding :) I still look to see if it's you or your car number-but then again whenever I see a white van I look to see if it is Daddy- I know better, but the hope is always there somewhere between the knot in my stomach and the lump in my throat-You know, August 12th was 9 years since he died and the 13th was his 61st birthday- How could that be?

We had to take MiKayla to the Henry Co.ER Tuesday night and it brought back the memories of that terrible day, when Melissa and I rushed up there not yet knowing or wanting to believe that it really was you, and having to see what no person should ever have to see..I guess there never is any "reality" to the death of someone you love-

Amanda
(cousin)

August 18, 2006

Bro,
R and I have gotten together some lately and it has been great to see her. Everytime I am with her - in a lot of ways it is selfish - because it makes me feel close to you. Though I know I would cherish her company no matter what - but I pray that she will always be a part of my life. We lost another GA officer last week - 3 this year. Which is a heck of a lot better than last year. It is always hard to lose another officer. It's like losing you over and over and over. I wish I could be at his funeral. I would love to particpate and be there. I remember those people who came to your service and it didn't really connect at the time, but they would come up and introduce themselves as a survivor - They too, had lost. I look back now and it's those people that give me hope. Give me strenght and I would love to do that for others. But of course work keeps you from doing that. I really wish I coudl talk to you. Get your advice - I am having some great things going on w/ work and don't know what my next move should be. I will continue to pray and ask for help in making the right decisions for my future. I would love to hear your thoughts and get your guidance. That is just another thing that sux, that makes this so hard. Not having you - to bounce things off of. To not be able to just hit you up... B and B have been there a lot lately and it's been great to have their support. But of course the 4 of us always leaned on each other. We still all feel such a loss. You keep the 25th of August open - Don't be bowling or anything that night (haha), becasue a group of us are goign to Poison. I can't wait. H is suppose to go too. I keep remembering when we all went a few yrs ago how crazy it was when she just fell and then like nothing ever happened, she was back up adn partying like a crazy women. I wish you could go with us.
Love ya, Kat

Sis

August 6, 2006

I read a poem today that made me think of you. It was called "The Last Time" and it talked about what you would have done different if you knew that the last time you saw someone, it was going to be the last time. It made me think about the last time I saw you. If I had known it was going to be the last time, I would have hugged you longer, told you I loved you more than once and say all the things that I thought I would get a chance to say another day. The truth is, we do not know. We need to live everyday as if it is our last, and not let conflicts go unresolved, say "I love you" to the people we love, and take chances even when they scare us. None of us are promised tomorrow. I learned that on Feb. 16th of 2005. You are the one person that I know of who truely lived life to the fullest. I have told myself for more than a year now that I want to do the same thing. I want to honor you, by adopting your philosophy. I have yet to do that, and for that I am sorry. I realize everyone is busy, but we tend to use it as an excuse. All of us said we wanted to keep in touch, and yet none of us has. It is all of our faults for dropping the ball. I am going to try to plan something to try to get everyone together before the end of summer. I am going to do what I promised you I would do, not take life for granted. I love you and miss you.

Brandy Mapp

August 1, 2006

I did not know Chuck Haist personaly but, my I know a lot of HCPD officers and i drive by the cross everyday almost, so i stopped one day and left a token, its a police coin..just to tell him thanks..and his family and him are in my prayers.thank you...and god bless

July 24, 2006

Chuck,
I was just sitting here thinking about you. I miss you so much. I wish I could have went on patrol with you. I am still upset with hubby for not letting me go with you. I know we would have had a great time. I miss talking to you late at night. I miss hearing your voice. I miss your smile. I still dont understand why you had to leave. You were so full of life. I cant wait to see you again. Take care.

Linda Brewer

July 24, 2006

Chuck,
Yesterday, Jimmy and I went to Kat's and spent the day with her and Rachael. We had a good time. We talked about you alot. It is still so hard to believe you are gone. It was good to sit and share stories with Rachael, because she has stories about you that I have never heard. I know she is still hurting and missing you. We laughed through tears as we sat by the pool and missed you. Even after all this time, I cannot believe that you are not here. I know there was a reason God called you home so soon, I just wish I knew what it was. Maybe it would make it easier to accept. Then again, maybe it wouldn't. I look at your picture and see that smile, and it makes my heart hurt knowing I will never see that smile here on earth again. The smile that could light up a room and was so infectious. I just don't get it, Why YOU? You still had so much left to do. We asked each other that question yesterday. No one could come up with an answer. I guess we may never know, and maybe we are not supposed to. I love and miss you. I know you are watching over all of us.

Brandy Mapp

July 24, 2006

Chucky

I’m sorry it has been a long time since I have left any messages but it doesn’t mean we haven’t been thinking about you. You are always in our minds, conversations, and thoughts each and everyday.
I just wanted to say Thank You for watching over Emily during the accident she had last week, Henry County responded very quickly and took great care of her and I told her the whole time you were standing over here making sure it was done right and she was being cared for.
“WE LOVE & MISS YOU”
Please say hey to my daddy- your favorite uncle!

Love always, Melissa, Mike & Emily
(cousins in Henry county)- THANKS HCPD & RESCUE

July 17, 2006

Chuck,

Hey man! I transferred back to Patrol from C.I.D.!! It was time for a change. I missed the road, and all the FUN it brings! I was thinking about you as I drove around Zones 11/12 you know the old 154. I remembered how we would sit on County Line and Linecrest and stir things up. I miss you.

V.R.

Sergeant V.T Rosen
Henry County Police Department

July 6, 2006

Amen Brandy... I was thinking the same thing. I come to this web site almost everyday to see who is writing and yet I cannot believe this is where I see Chuck. I miss you bro. I am glad we exploited every sleepless night of our youth because you just never know. I am truly thankful for the times we had and all of the hilarious memories I still have. God Bless everyone who had the privilege to know you.

Greg Banks

July 1, 2006

Well, we were all saddened to hear that Dekalb County lost an officer last night in a shoot out. It is amazing how different it is to hear about officer's losing their lives in the line of duty after you lose one yourself. I used to hear the news of a fallen officer and think how sad. Now I feel the pain of the family left behind. I cry with them and pray for them. Our family has been where they are now. The greif, the disbelief, and the pain are too much. All of us were hoping not to lose any officers this year, but I guess when you live in the times we live in, that is too much to hope for. I am glad that there are people like you who are willing to put on the uniform and go out there and try to protect us. I just hate that it cost lives of those we love. But like the Korean War wall in DC says, "Freedom is not Free". I love and miss you today and always. I wonder if I will ever again hear about the loss of an officer, and not cry for them and you. I doubt it. I believe it will always hurt and always remind me that you are gone.

Brandy Mapp

June 30, 2006

I still love you more than anything. You are in my mind every day and I miss you more than anything.

June 25, 2006

Chuckie, I am sorry I haven't written all year - I have had a mental block - something keeping me from this site, from reaching out through this site. I think having the 1st year - hitting Feb. 16th and knowing that one year again - just one day before that I heard your voice and felt your smile and your laugh! To go through yet another birthday (mine and yours) without was just tooo much to bear. And finally going through May - What an Honor it was to be there in Washington to Remember YOU! Honor YOU! And thank you for the ultimate sacrafice that you made - for me, for your family, for your friends, for all of us. We are alwasy in debt to you and when I am dead and gone - you will always be remembered and honored and respected and cherished and loved. I tried to reach your kids - with no luck. We hoped they would be with us in Washington, no luck. I am sorry that I have proably let you down in that area. I would give anything to make that situation right. But if I coudl give anything and make things happen - I would have never lost you. Never given away a piece of me - lost a piece of me. I made you a special box that I left in Washington - It was SO YOU! But ofcourse I know you saw it. I was proud to represent you at the Candlelight vigil and to sit on the lawn in Washington DC and meet W --- Yes W was there to honor you!! I know you had to love that... I remember when he was going through re-election and you and I were back and forth all day - W... W... W -
I am so proud of you. I know you gave your life for all the right reasons - because of your passion, your desire, your big heart, your compassion and so much more. But I miss you - I wish you didn't. I also went down to Forsyth - Cheif Abernathy had a little break down - just remembering that day. He was with you. He prayed and lifted your soul to heaven in prayer. He misses you. Christy misses you, Vance misses you and so many more. Mike is helping us with the foundation - he is selling your pins and keychains, Vance, Chrisy, Mike and Jeff were all there to support us in Washington, and represented YOU better than anyone else could have. We all miss you. I still feel lost in so many ways. I feel a sense of sadness - I know you know what is going on w/ me and that to has been hard, is hard. In combination with everything - it's hard. All of it. And I know if you were here - you would be by my side, giving me one heck of a bear hug. I reach for your strength, God's strength - I love you. I miss you. And I simply don't know how I am suppose to do this for the rest of my life. We had the best shirts made for Washington - They kicked butt!! If I can ever get my act together and finish your website, maybe we can sell them for those who want one. It's amazing how the loss of someone so close can bring out truth in others - You would be amazed what I learned in the short time since you have been gone. Well, I guess not amazed - since you probably knew before I did. But sometimes it is just hard to believe the truth you find in people - Quick. You find out where loyalty lies and where your true friends are. Your true loved ones are. It is sad really - how petty people can be - Yet on the other hand -how precious and special some are and how they will amaze you with their hearts and kindness along the way. I have learned a lot since you left us. I cherish the friendship that we had. It was so genuine - something so rare. And I look back at our lives together - as brother and sister and don't have a single regret. I don't wish I had one more chance or wish I could tell how I really felt or wish we were closer - BECAUSE - We were as close as a brother and sister could be, and we both loved each other openly and knew it 100% and we both talked just hours before and knew it - felt the friendship, the sibling relationship. I don't have regrets, I have things I miss - but no regrets. I love you, you know I love and I feel blessed to have had you in my life. I feel gratful for you, your friendship, your brotherly love and support. I will do everything I can in my power to keep you alive. To help your kids know how much you loved them. To share with hopefully god willing my own kids all about their Uncle Chuck and how special you are! I will keep you close always. In my heart, in my mind, in my soul, in my prayers, in my laughs, in my heartaches, in my sunshines, in my life. I will miss you forever. But will always remember, honor and cherish the time and what you gave. We are proud of you. Sorry again for my absence. LOVE YA, Sis

Sis

June 13, 2006

Hey buddy. It's been over a year now and it still seems like yesterday. They put your name on the wall in Forsyth and in Washington. There you have it, you're finally famous. Ha Ha. I think every now and then about how we use to go out after roll call and stand in the parking lot. How's the wife, How's the kids, We've got to get together. How I wish we would have got together! I Know writing this will not bring you back, but it makes me feel better. You can't hide, you know me better than that. I know where you are. Let me finish down here and I'll see you soon. I miss you buddy!!!
D.B.

Ofc. D.B. Gibbs
Henry County P.D. Same Watch Partner

June 9, 2006

Not a day goes by that I do not think about and miss you. Especially with summer starting. We used to have the most fun during the summers. Oh, the places we've been! Oh, the places yet to go. I wish you were here to experience them with us. Nothing will ever be the same without you here.
Love ya!
Brandy

Brandy Mapp

June 1, 2006

I love you and I miss you very much!!!!

May 23, 2006

Chuck,
Hey man, I got back fron D.C. yesterday, and boy what an experience. I was honored to be there for you. I left a patch for you, and a small note. I continue to thank you for what you did for me. I hope I have done you proud. Please tell Sergeants Berry, and Gilbert, and Officer Chandler I said hello, and viewed their names as well. Take care friend.

Detective Sergeant V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police Department

May 17, 2006

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