Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Anthony J. Hosey

Illinois State University Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, April 25, 2005

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Reflections for Detective Anthony J. Hosey

Another hero from Illinois has been taken to patrol the streets of heaven. Take it easy up there brother your time is done here in this mess of a world. All my thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. Rest in peace we will take the shift from here

P.O. Suroviak #48
Downers Grove IL PD

April 28, 2005

We work in a thankless job so I say only this to you and your family...

THANK YOU. And God Bless.

Sgt. Marcus Leighton
Peoria Airport Police Dept.

April 28, 2005

While it is no consolation for your loss, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Detective Hosey.

While I did not have the privilege to have known him personally, I am certain that he has found a place in heaven through his selfless service to those he swore to protect.

Rest in peace my friend; those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.


April 28, 2005

Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Detective Hosey and to all the personnel of the ISU Police Department who worked with him.

While it is no consolation for your loss, remember that we, and many others in this country, appreciate the sacrifice that he made in his effort to ensure the safety of the public.

God bless.

Southwest Central Dispatch
Palos Heights, IL

April 28, 2005

You will be missed everyday. To your family,friends,and co-workers my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know that you made a difference in the lives of hundreds.What you and the co-workers you left behind do on a daily basis is something that only few can do. I know you will be watching over all of us and smile at our achievements. God will keep you safe from harm forever. God bless!

Kelli Dehm friend

April 28, 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

April 28, 2005

To the family of officer Hosey...

I am so deeply sorry about your loss. My prayers are with you and yours in this difficult time. It is obvious that officer Hosey is a hero, and he will never be forgotten. We lost an officer in Joliet last year, a very close friend, and it is still very hard. Hopefully they will find each other in Heaven, and watch over us all. Again, my heart goes out to you.

Friend of Officer Jonathan Walsh #305
E.O.W. August 20, 2004

April 28, 2005

Rest In Peace.

Darin L. Paul, Special Agent

April 28, 2005

Tony and family,

When I heard the news, my heart sank. So many different feelings ran through me. Tony was a awesome police officer and a GREAT person! No matter how difficult his current case was, there was always a smile to come. His love for life and his dedication to the job wil always be at the forefront of my mind. Thank you for taking time out during investigations and showing me 'the necessities.' May God bless and watch over your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you ALWAYS!

Officer Ty Carlton
Illinois State University PD

Patrol Officer Timmothy 'Ty' Carlton
Illinois State University PD

April 28, 2005

My hearfelt condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Detective Hosey. God bless all of you during this tragic time.
It's time for you to rest and to be with our lord and savior Jesus Christ. Rest easy knowing that you served your fellow man with dignity and honor.

Officer Paul Moeller #262
Joliet, IL PD.

April 28, 2005

My fiancé, 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 Tony did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Tony be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Detective Hosey's 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. If you ever need anything please do not hesistate to contact me. Dennis' department will always know how to reach me.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Tony 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 Tony was well respected and well loved. You were blessed to have had him in your life, even for a short time.

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

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

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

April 28, 2005

my father died in the line of duty, im sorry for your loss.

he was a great man who put his life on the line for us and we will always remember him

rest in peace, thank you for everything you have done

tim greener

April 28, 2005

Detective Hosey,
I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of the state of Illinois.


April 28, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, detective. May you rest in peace.

Deputy Daniel J. Luffman
Monroe County (NY) Sheriff's Office

April 27, 2005

My thougths and prayers are with Detective Hosey's wife, children, family, friends and co-workers. May GOd bless you and give you peace. Psalm 55:22

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

April 27, 2005

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation would like to express its sincerest regrets at the loss of a true hero.
Our hearts and prayers are with your family at this time Tony. As you join all of our lost brothers and sisters in heaven please watch over us.

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

April 27, 2005


April 27, 2005

Rest in peace Brother Tony, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service and courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham Retired
Sand Springs Okla Police Department

April 27, 2005

Brother, your shift is over and now you can rest. We will take it from here. My prayers to your family and friends, until we meet... Rest in Peace.

Corporal Gregory A. Cohn
Florida Highway Patrol - St. Augustine

April 27, 2005

I met and worked with Tony when he started at ISU and he was one of the nicest people i have ever encountered and a wonderful officer. You will be sadly missed. My condolences to the family members and all the fellow officers.

Telecommunicator Ross Boshera
Clinton Co IL Sheriffs Dept

April 27, 2005

Thank you, Detective, for your service and dedication to making our country safer. Your loss is felt across this great country. Our hearts and prayers are with your family, children, friends, co-workers. God bless all of you on the thin blue line. Rest peacefully, Tony.


April 27, 2005

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the police 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 the job, for justice."

"You're a genius, Lord," said the angel.

The Lord looked sombre. "I didn't put it there," He said.

~Author Unknown
The UNOPD offers its sincerest prayers to the family of Det. Hosey. GOD BLESS

Sgt. Henry Gueringer Jr.
University of New Orleans Police Department

April 27, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Detective Hosey's family and friends. Please watch over us brother, for you are in a better place. God Bless

Officer Jack Manuel
Pocono Twp Police, Pa

April 27, 2005

Just by walking in the door, you could brighten our days. No one can replace you. Our hearts are broken.
We will always miss you.
You were one of the best.

ISU police

April 27, 2005

To Detective Hosey's wife, children, family, friends and coworkers my heart and prayers are with you all in this very sad time. May God be with you all and give you the strength that you will need. May the children of this fine officer know always that their dad, a true HERO will not be forgotten.

God bless you all -

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

April 27, 2005

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