Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer II William Andrew "Drew" Henley

Suffolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, March 19, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer II William Andrew "Drew" Henley

My thoughts and prayers or with your family and friends. I truly hope that with time your sadness will subside and you will remember the hero that God placed in your lives. We never know what we will encounter in this job. We have a duty and we do our job. Officer Henley did his duty and his sacrifice will forever be remembered. To the family of Officer Henley I hope that you know that your father is a hero and he did a job that not everyone has the bravery and the dedication to do. I am truly sorry for your loss and I hope that the strength of your father guides you through these sorrow times. God bless you Officer Henley and those that loved you.

Sgt. WD Norris
Chesterfield County Police

March 21, 2005

Drew, you are definitely one of the best friends I've ever known. You loved this job and were one of the best Officers at it. God bless your wife and kids, dont worry we are all here for them. God bless you Drew, and keep the angels safe. Take it easy Brotha.

Patrolman Christopher A. Scherer
Suffolk Police Department

March 21, 2005

Thank you for your sacrifice, you will never be forgotten. God Bless you and your family.

York County Sheriff's Office

March 21, 2005

Gone but not forgotten. Our prayers to your family and your fellow officers as well as to your Communications Officers. We do not always know the WHY but we who believe know that GOD will wipe all tears from eyes and this type of sorrow will be no more. Keep your faith close to your heart and allow the good times you remember to carry you through.

ECO Supervisor Debra L. Harris
Chesterfield Emergency Comm Center

March 21, 2005

rest in peace...god speed

skip roberson

March 21, 2005

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and Suffolk P.D.

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

March 21, 2005

I pray that your family and friends find comfort and strength in the reflections left by your extended family. Your actions show the commitment that you obviously had to getting the bad guys, what a legacy! May you have a joyous homecoming and eternally "Rest high on the mountain"!

D/Sgt. Vencent Woods
State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

March 21, 2005

May God bless your family and friends, our thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones in this time of tragedy. Your service to your community shall not be forgotten and your scarafice not in vain. Rest easy brother, we have the watch.

Cpl. R.D. Riddle
U.S. Dept. of Defense Police NAVSTA NORVA

March 21, 2005

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9
Your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

LEO Wife
Fort Worth, Texas

March 21, 2005

Henster, I rarely called you by any other name. You are a bright shining star that will never fade within the memories that we have. I truly honor your dedication and service. You are undoubtedly the best definiton of hero I can find as well as a model for others to follow. My deepest sympathies to your family and children. God bless you Henster and hopefully we will serve together again. Steve Patterson, Suffolk Police Department

Steve Patterson, Lieutenant
Suffolk Police Department

March 21, 2005

Our time together reinforces the saying "the light the shines twice as bright burns half as long." I miss you brotha...

Detective John E. McCarley
Suffolk Police Dept.

March 21, 2005

On behalf of the men and women of Industry Sheriff's Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Patrolman William Henley. Having lost Deputy Michael Arruda this past year (EOW 06-15-04), we know all too well the pain and reality of losing one of our own. Please take comfort from knowing your extended law enforcement family grieves with you.

Industry Sheriff's Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

March 21, 2005

Rest in peace Officer Henley. My thoughts are prayers are with your family and friends. Keep watch over us from above.

Officer K.A. Lokey
Norfolk Police Department

March 21, 2005

May God bless your family at home and your family in blue. Rest in peace brother.

Officer Inman
Birmingham Police Dept Al.

March 21, 2005

To Officer Henley family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you

God Bless you

terry miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD, Fl 11/6/86

March 21, 2005

Upon the markers of their graves
Our heroes etched in names we save
For all the life they gave with pride
To keep the peace within life's stride

To honor serve and do their best
To keep us safe through any quest
They gave up what was theirs to share
Their spirits shall be always near

No fear within the hearts and minds
To keep us safe within our times
The glory that is ours to see
Those special hearts of bravery

They have walked where no man dare
Their lives in danger with no care
For they have given all they could
For their courage we have stood

In awe of every one who gave
His life for others who they saved
So we will know their contribution
Their firm resolve and resolution

For those they left with hearts so broken
In every whispered word that's spoken
We bow our heads in confirmation
In every word life's revelation

Those who stand within their shoes
Will follow courage as they choose
And give to all the best they had
They carry on with spirits glad

We will know that they walked through
With colors bright and hearts so true
No Island stands alone they say
For heroes they are born this way

Protecting those with loyalty
A glimpse of so much royalty
Within the years of courage bound
These officers have earned their crown

Upon the earth we shall remember
The special goals and all their thunder
That proves a hero came our way
Who left their hearts on earth to stay.

~ Francine Pucillo ~
(c)Copyright November 16, 2004
In Memory of all those lost in the line
of fire with courage, strength and love.

E.O.W. 10/10/04


March 21, 2005

God's blessings for the men and women of the Suffolk PD as well as the family and friends of Patrolman Henley.
Just know that there are lots of people out here that care deeply....even old retired cops from Texas like me. The sacrifice by Patrolman Henley will not be forgotten.

Patrolman D.E. Hutchison
Irving, Texas Police Department, retired.

March 21, 2005

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"


March 21, 2005

Rest in peace brother. Your bravery will not be forgotten. You are true hero.

B. Talesnick CID Analyst
St. Petersburg Police Florida

March 21, 2005

Again we mourn as another hero is taken from us. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Patrolman Henley. 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

March 21, 2005

To the family of Officer Henley and the Suffolk Police Department,
Your extended law enforcement family here in California greives with you. May the lord comfort you in your time of need. Rest in peace brother Henley.

Officer S Villaneda
Department of Corrections, State of California

March 21, 2005

“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

March 21, 2005

Drew, I remember when you first started with Suffolk, I remember when you graduated from the academy and I remember you on patrol and the excitement you showed. I will never forget your smile, how proud you and your family were and the times we spent together. Your service to the city will never be forgotten, you and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace.

Sgt. Allan K. Iversen Jr.
Suffolk Police Dept.

March 21, 2005

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

March 21, 2005



March 21, 2005

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