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

Rest in Peace, Detective Hosey. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

November 21, 2012

Hey Uncle Anthony! Wow, after reading everybody postings , i think to myself "Wow my uncle made a big difference in everybody lives". Your was my super hero. I always looked up to you. Thats why i decided to be in the criminal justice field, so i can make a difference in peoples lives too! I Love You Sooooooo Much! R.I.P <3

Naomi Harvey

May 28, 2012

Thinking of you and your family today, the seventh anniversary of your death. I am holding your family in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 26, 2012

Was thinking about you today Tony, and the ISUPD days. Can't believe its been 6-years since you passed away. You were always a good friend and I miss you bro.


Rick Spiers
CODPD and Friend of Tony's

May 11, 2011

It's been six years now. To those who know and love you, it's been a long six years though it may seem like it was yesterday.

Continue to RIP.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

April 26, 2011

Can't believe it's 6 years coming up . Your imprint on many is still strong, God Bless

Martin G Ortiz

April 13, 2011

Dear Tony,
Its saddened me of your departing I never knew thatyou would pursue a career in law enforcement, but as I understand you represented the badge well. I remember times long ago in your football days and the prescense of your frat and frat brother's I remember the times when you helped me out of Jams at the night club and the Q"s backing and your self backing me up! Thanks bro live large in God's eye's you''ll never be forgotten my big brother

Tony Brown

March 18, 2011

Forever in prayers


December 13, 2010

My family and I made the yearly trip to the Illinois Police Memorial Services. This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the Memorial in Illinois. It also marked the 5th Anniversary of your name being added to the Memorial. I remember that day all to well, me placing your wreath, Lt. Bonnie DeVore accepting the brass and plaque. This year E. Cooper, A. Woodruff, and I were there. NPD had its usual strong presence. I see the dreams you wanted for your children are coming true for them one by one. Without doubt, you still watch over the "blue line" and your loved ones. Rest in Peace Our Fallen Brother!

Detective C.K. Marshall
Washington P.D./ Formally ISU PD #136

May 7, 2010

I did it! I finally made the big move dad. I wish you were here to give me your look like"i told u so". I read all these postings and it makes me feel beyond blessed to know my father was one of the greats. You would be pleased to know I am attending college and pursuing my education towards criminal justice to become a judge. Thanks dad for all the great u did. My son has ur middle name how could I not name him after u. I wish you could see us now. But I guess in a way you can. Your daughter is finally at where you said I always could be all i needed to do was believe. rest in peace dad I will carry your memory forever. love Vee

Veronica Hosey

April 16, 2010

Well this is your birthday month, and I will always remember the plans we would make to celebrate (wink wink). I know I'm writing early, and I'll be back, but I was thinking of you and felt like saying once again....I miss you so much and think of you every single day. It's been 5 years now and I have moved on and so much has happened, but I will never forget our 18 years together (how could I ever) and what a huge part of my life you were and still are. I love you my dear Husband. Shannon

Shannon Hosey (Wife)

March 15, 2010

Tony, another holiday passing . Good Times remembered . Peace and much love


December 25, 2009

Recently, I was reminiscing about some old college memories as I tend to do each year around football season. And I thought about Hosey, and one of his college roomates, Hester Williams and the times we'd spend laughing and having a good time at their apartment. That prompted me to make an attempt to find out either one of there whereabouts and unfortunately I learn of this tragic news. Tony and I were teammates on the ISU Football team. The last time I saw him was at a Pro Football tryout in Orlando, Florida in the Fall of 1991 and he was trying to pursue his dreams of playing football. I'm glad to see that Tony went on to do great things serving the ISU community. Tony was "good people" and a great teammate. I remember him as a fun-loving guy who loved football and was fun to be around. My thoughts and prayers go out to his Parents, Wife, Kids, family and friends. I am saddened by the news, but he's in a better place now. RIP Big Hosey. We'll miss you man. May God bless your soul.

ISU Teammate

ISU Football Teammate

November 11, 2009

To Det. Anthony J. (Tony) Hosey, his family and his fellow officers with the Illinois State University Police Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Det. Tony Hosey’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Det. Tony Hosey and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members and Staff

April 25, 2009


family and friends

December 25, 2008

I just googled my old friends name and my heart broke at the results... I remember the day I said goodbye to my friend as he left for college to pursue his dreams. He spoke well of his mom who worked so hard to get him there... Tinley and Markham wouldnt be the same without our big football star. I cant believe your gone. We go on with our lives assuming the ones we love will always be there when we call on them. Tony was an awsome person. He once drove 150 miles to pick me up cause I was stranded. That beautiful smile will always be remembered. You were a great childhood friend. God Bless the Hosey family. I cry with you. God will heal the broken hearts. We will see you again #43, when we walk those streets of gold..

Claudette Kelley-Beauchamp
old friend

September 16, 2008

April 25th ..3 years gone by and I still can't get over it. It even rained like it did that night, was it a symbol of the many tears felt..I think so. I myself purposefully made sure to work that night to less the replay of that day in my mind thinking if I kept busy I wouldn't keep the sadness, but it failed. God Bless You Tony

Shawn Cooper

April 26, 2008

Three years gone by, and the good things you did are still rippling through those of us left behind, touching us still. In some ways I think I have a better appreciation now than I did then of what you meant then (and still do now) to the people who knew you better than I did. Fair winds and following seas, Tony.

A Telecommunicator
Illinois State University Police Department

April 25, 2008


Tomorrow...3 years...

I didn't find out until a few months ago - it was my first day working as a part time jewelry store sales officer came in with his wife to buy a new wedding band - he'd lost enough weight that his no longer fit - he told me he was a police's a little cloudy now how you came up...but, you did - as you had in many conversations over the past 2 years with my friends and family - blaming myself and wondering how we could go from talking everyday to never hearing from you again...come to find out - he actually worked in your old department...I remember him saying - "I'm sorry" - I immediately thought he was joking with me because that would have been something coming out of a friend of your's mouth - then, I remember like it was yesterday him saying "What, it's been about 2 years"...I said - excuse me...what are you talking about?? He then said, since the accident...Tears just started uncontrollably rolling down my face, I couldn't breathe and it was all I could do to remain standing...I'm sure I shocked him and his wife with my reaction and I'm sorry I made them so upset too...They even bought the ring - it was like someone sent him to tell me what had happened to you.

I couldn't bring myself google your name until weeks afterward and I came upon this website - there are no words to explain the emotion that I still feel everyday.

I remember the first time I met you in Champaign before a bust in that giant white Chrysler looking all scruffy...all the way to one of the last times, the night before the 2nd big run in Springfield - big enough and fast enough to be a linebacker, but the lungs couldn't handle the distance...coming back from a carb load energy dinner for the big run the next day - then, both of us being shocked by the Springfield Police surrounding us with 5 squad cars, jumping out with guns drawn - hands on the roof of your truck, trying to convince them that you were you actually legit...explaining the other H last name - and being so upset that your boss would surely find out that you were in Springfield to test for a trooper position and how you wanted to tell him first.

Once I'd read this website, I left my career in Champaign and moved to Kansas City - I've been in a fog since I got the news - All of my questions have now been answered...first and foremost, why you never returned my calls...((I know someone got your phone and they could have called me back)) I'm mad at you for not sharing crucial details about your life...but, I'm going to do my best to remember only the great ones.

I will never forget you.


To the Hosey family - even though I never had the opportunity to meet you - I'm sure you are all equally as amazing as your Husband, Father & Son. There are absolutely no words to tell you how sorry I am.


April 24, 2008

It has been a while since we last worked, although I know you are up above bringing us home every night. Just wanted to let you know that YOU will NEVER be forgotten. I have your TF#6 poster in my room, to serve as a daily reminder!!!


Police Officer T. Carlton #9002
Bloomington Police Department

April 16, 2008

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 the love 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.


April 9, 2008

My brethren Big Tony, missing you so much today man, need one of those talks where I start off complaining and because of your insight and BRUTAL HONESTY (LOL) we end up sharing a gut wrenching laugh. You are and always will be here in my heart. I LOVE YOU BIG DOG.

Michael Gulley
Fraternity Brother

January 16, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 7, 2008


June 18, 2007

Two years have passed since your EOW and you have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

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

April 25, 2007

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