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

Happy Birthday Dad - I love you and miss you!


March 26, 2007



March 23, 2007

Happy Valentines Day!!!


February 14, 2007


I just wanted to say that you are not forgotten. I only got to work with you on a few cases but you always made me feel welcome. I will never forget your smile and your generosity. Rest in peace knowing you made a difference in many lives that you touched.

January 26, 2007

We will be in Washington with honor and respect to hear your name read.

Linda Rittenhouse, Matt's Mom
Matthew Rittenhouse EOW 9/16/04

Linda Rittenhouse

May 4, 2006

You and your fmaily are remembered prayerfully on this first anniversary of your tragic death. May you rest in peace in the loving arms of the Creator.

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

April 26, 2006

Please know that you and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers as you have just marked the first annniversary of your arrival in Heaven. Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice. You will forever be remembered as a hero.

Linda Lamm - LEO wife and sister of
Jay Balchunas EOW 11.05.04

April 26, 2006

It has been one year since your death. Although we hit the streets as usual we all remember that day. I remember the 0130 phone call from Nikki all to well and the hours of disbelief that followed.
I spoke with your wife Shannon on 04/25/06. She is doing well but it was a ruff day for her. Bonnie and I will be going to the Memorial as your name is added to the list that continues to grow.
Rest in Peace and continue to watch over us.

C.K. Marshall #136

Ofcr. C.K. Marshall
Illinois State Univ. Police

April 26, 2006

To Detective Tony Hosey and his loved ones and his fellow officers:

On this the first anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is revered and honored today.

May your family continue be to comforted by the warm embrace of their law enforcement family, and other police survivors who share this painful journey with them. My heart is with your family and I look forward to meeting them in D.C.

Reading all the loving reflections left by those who cared for you gives us an understanding of what a good and honorable man you were and of the high esteem with which you are held.

Tony, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Detective Hosey. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Detective Hosey gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 25, 2005.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 25, 2006

Well brother it's been a year and a long one at that. Your smile, humor and warm personality have definately been missed. Thinking back to my first days at the University and remembering that loooooooong car ride down to O'Herron's with you and Sgt. Summers. I remember thinking I must be crazy, but after getting to know you I realized you were just big teddy bear. I've remembered all the buy bust fun while I was on 3-11, the late night star gazing with you and Earl and even the way the office looked on Monday mornings while I was in detectives (ha ha). We were hired together just five days apart and I always felt for that reason we held a bond. You taught me alot and I try to pass that knowledge on everyday. Rest easy brother on this day and know that we carry the flame and your spirit with us in our hearts.

Ofc T. Peasley
Illinois State University Police Dept.

April 25, 2006

One year , we may have lost a great friend and partner on this earth but we truely gained a strong loving Spirit Protector up above > God bless all those feeling this day and may we all Pray that we never to feel alone and blessed we will be > Tony's checking the gates and paths that leading us all to that is safe............................


April 24, 2006

One year has past your birthday and you departure . God Bless You Tony and all your family ...


March 30, 2006


Happy Birthday and I miss you.

Love Alex

March 25, 2006

Det. Hosey,
I did not have the honor of knowing you but by reading your reflections you seem to be a very wonderful person with a beautiful smile. God bless your family. I'm sure you are watching out for them. Thank you sir for your service. God Bless you.

February 28, 2006

Tony can't believe its almost a year now.... keep your eyes on us all and you know your in our prayers


February 17, 2006

Thank you for your role in keeping the students of Illinois State safe under your watchful eye and guidance. May your memory live forever in the hearts of those under your protection.

Brian Greenenwald
Illinois State University

December 18, 2005

One of the best law enforcement officers I have ever known and an even better person. One thing Tony always had every time I saw him was that big smile. He is missed and will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace.

Assistant State's Attorney
McLean County State's Attorney's Office

December 17, 2005

Gone but never forgotten. Rest in peace.

NIU Police

December 7, 2005

I have decorated the outside of my home entirely with blue lights. One of those blue lights is in your honor and will be lit every night from now up until New Years. It is my way of saying that you have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon

November 20, 2005

Tony -

We miss you and think of you everyday. Thanks for the time and memories.

October 17, 2005

Hey Tony was on the website today and I was thinking of you. I know you are guarding heaven and keeping everyone safe up there. Take care Tony and I know you are watching over all of us in law enforcement.


Rick Spiers
College of DuPage Police Department

October 4, 2005

I've left a reflection in the past and was just reading some of the more up to date postings. Shannon, if I may be so bold as to call you by your first name, you obviously did indeed love your husband deeply. I've been deeply touched and moved by your postings. It's apparent that MANY have felt the pain of Tony's departure but you, who held that special place in his life, have not held back any of your thoughts and feelings. We all yearn for such love and devotion. Tony was obviously a very lucky and blessed man.

My deepest sympathy to all who felt the loss, but to you especially. God bless you and keep you and I truly believe that you really DO have Tony with you, always.

Jim Leahy

Ptl. Jim Leahy
Harvard Univ. Police

September 8, 2005

To the family and friends of Detective Hosey and his fellow officers: I wanted to extend my deepest condolences on behalf of my family for the grievous loss you sustained when Detective Hosey was tragically killed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted and embraced by the circle of love and support you will receive from the law enforcement community, and other police survivors. This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Tony gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made in the line of duty. His dedication to his work will be forever remembered and his memory honored. His memorial page reflects what a distinquished and meritorioius law enforcment career he had....a real warrior in the battle against drugs. How tragic he had to die at such a young age leaving a loving wife and four children.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater of Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05

August 23, 2005

Hi sweets! Just wanted to let you know I was invited to receive the Police Cross on the 16th of August on your behalf. You are one of 5 officers that ended their watch in the last 12 months. I will be there to accept this award and will hold my head high and be proud of your work as I have always been. Hey you wouldn't believe it, but I have lost 40+ pounds since I lost you. I know you liked me heavier, but with my back and all, this is best. I look durned good would be proud that I did it even so. I love you and miss you.

Your wife

Shannon Hosey

Shannon Hosey

June 29, 2005

Well baby, our beautiful house goes on the market tomorrow morning (soooo sad)....I also sold your bike. Didn't get what I thought it was worth, but do you ever with customization? No. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know things are moving along ok, and some of the burdens are beginning to lessen. I'm still with you every second of every and Jess and the baby (and maybe Alice - she still hasn't made up her mind yet) are getting a family portrait done. There might be something wrong with Na's hearing, but we shall see. I also talked with your mom. We are much calmer now and I told her that I would not forget her and would help her in any way that I can. Anyway, that's about it babe..just wanted to give you an update on what's going on. I love you!

your loving wife

Shannon Hosey

June 24, 2005

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