Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff James Phillip Tutino

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, January 26, 2005

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff James Phillip Tutino

Maureen and family, you have been in my thoughts and prayers all day today. I can't believe it's been 19 years since we lost our heros. It's as if a lifetime has went by until the 26th and then it feels like yesterday all over again. Our families were joined together forever on 1/26/05. Believing we will see them both again in God's glorious kingdom and this life here is only temporary keeps me going every day. I pray you are comforted. Take care and God bless.

Tomya Cochran-Metcalf
Daughter of fallen officer, Sgt. Det. Thomas Cochran, EOW 1/26/05

January 25, 2024

I was a freshman at Simi High when you passed. You were coaching football that year. I played for the freshman team but knew who you were. Everyone did. I went on to serve in the Army but recently got out so I can pursue my dream in law enforcement. I no longer live in Simi but in Utah instead. I am in the Police academy now at 32 years old at the start of my career. Tomorrow we are doing a downed Officer workout. We were asked to honor a fallen officer from our state. I asked my supervisor if I could choose someone else and they approved. I knew I wanted to share you with the class. My uncle worked with you at LASD and you gave so much to the community as well as the young men on the football field. Tomorrow I will share your bio and do a workout in your honor. Rest Peacefully Sir. Thank you for your service to the community.

Officer Crow
HCPD, Utah

September 12, 2023

Good morning,
You are always on my mind but, strongly on my mind the last few days. flashes of your smile, and the kindness in your eyes that always make the family feel safe. Its been quite some time since last wrote to you on here. It is a beautiful fall day out , and memories of you flood my head.
Thank you for all your love and kindness, an thank you for watching all of our family from above. the grandkids Lynn, Kyle An Paige are all so grown now its crazy how the time flys. An little Boston who is 4 years young now. Yepp I started all over again I did, Crazy i know but it has been wonderful. Hes funny, kind sensitive yet strong an independent. reminds me a bit of you. quite the character. Boston says he wants to be a Firefighter police officer, his words exactly. I asked him why, he answers with a great big smile " so i can help an save people". I love it. Lynns little ones are growing fast, hard to believe your a great grandfather. You indeed would be proud. Myla an Kaysen are wonderful an kind. Kaysen definitely has a bit of a wild streak. He got it honest. lol. I sure Miss you! sending lots of love to you. Thank you for being so loving, supportive and understanding. I very much look up to you, an hope I make you proud. Thank you for giving me strength and guidance as I was growing up. You will always be one of my heroes an a great influence on me. Always and forever in our hearts! I Love U Dad.

Michelle Anderson/ Lawrence

November 22, 2022

As time goes on, the pain remains. It will be a permanent scar in my heart. I love and miss you each and every day. Continue to bless the family and I, especially my two boys. Dad, you are missed but not forgotten. 2658 forever

PROS Police Officer/ Nick Tutino

May 12, 2021

Hello Tutino family. Today marks another year without our heros. This year is especially difficult for the Cochran family. We lost our oldest sister of the 5 of us in March 2020. This is her first memorial in heaven with daddy on his EOW, but she would not have had it any other way. The worst part is tomorrow is her first heavenly birthday since she left us and her 4 young children. It would have been her 52nd birthday. It's hard to understand sometimes why life can be so cruel, but if anyone were to understand, it is our blue families, unfortunately. Thinking about you today and everyday. Praying for you, Maureen and your family. Please know, I am sending all my love and virtual hugs. Love you all, as I know, we all share this EOW for our 2 heroes. Praying you and the family are doing well during these trying times. Stay safe and healthy. From the Cochran family, we love and cherish you all. From our blue family to yours, much love and admiration. Take care, Tomya Cochran-Metcalf

Tomya Cochran Metcalf
Daughter of fallen officer, Sgt. Det. Thomas Cochran, Lawrenceburg PD

January 26, 2021

Hello Tutino family. It's that time of year again where Christmas ends and i get that gut wrenching feeling because I know what's coming, the EOW of both of our loved ones. It's so hard to believe it's been 13 years. It feels like yesterday, still. You all are always in my thoughts and prayers. Sending my love to you, Maureen, and all! Take care. Through us, they will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. Much love, Tomya

Tomya Cochran-Metcalf
Daughter, Sgt Thomas Cochran, EOW 1/26/05

December 29, 2018

Jim was known as Tony’s big brother to all of us baseball players. A role model, mentor and all around great guy. Reading his son Nick’s reflection brought back a lot of great memories of a youth filled with family, friends and baseball. Rest easy Jim, you’re surely missed.

SMSgt Don Bickham
USAF Retired

December 2, 2018

Missed is an understatement. I will never stop thinking of you, nor do I ever want to. People always say "Time heals. It get's easier." Well it hasn't and in a weird way, the pain helps me succeed and be the person/officer I am today. I wake up every day thankful for the blessings I have been given. I wear my badge proudly, but I wear my name plate even prouder! Tutino isn't just a name anymore, it's a legacy. I love you. 2658 forever.

Police Officer/ Nick Tutino
SVPD / Son

September 7, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 26, 2018

Tomorrow is that day again, that day we dread, we remember but we also must celebrate the life of our loved one.... I think of the Tutino family as we share that day of emotions together, for my father and for James. Even though it has been 13 years now, today I felt like that day 13 years ago when my father had his accident and we waited all day at the hospital, the grief all comes flooding back to me. I'm sure you understand that grief just the same, although, I wish you hadn't. One thing for sure is that every year I think of how I can honor my father and others, like James, so to make it through another year and keep their memories alive. Of course, all along praying the younger boys (my 2 brothers, my step son and your LEOs) make it home safe to their families at the end of their shift. This I know, I will be thinking of you all tomorrow while keeping you all in my prayers, as we remember loved ones. Take care Ms. Maureen, my heart and prayers are with you. Much love to you all, my blue family.

Tomya Cochran Metcalf
Daughter, Det. Sgt. Thomas L Cochran, EOW 1/26/05

January 25, 2018

I was thinking of the Tutino family today. I am long overdue and always feel that when I read these reflections, I get to know your loved one a little bit more although I never had the pleasure. Nothing more honoring we can do for a family member gone way too soon, than to remember them. To speak of them, to speak to them, to notice the signs they leave us (& there are many), and to show how much LOVE and loss we feel for them. That says everything about the kind of wonderful man he was. Maureen I am humbled that you remember my husband each year as that fateful awful date comes and goes that we share in common. Your son, husband. Know that you are also in my thoughts even when I don't have the energy always put it into words. The holidays are again drawing near...they have never been the same. Then, comes January....sigh. But I have always said I would NEVER change the pain, if it meant I wouldn't have ever had him at all. I have seen also that there is another generation of LEO's with Officer Tutino's son now in LE. My son did the same. I am fearful...but I am PROUD. I know that Officer Tutino is smiling down with pride. May God bless you all this holiday season. Maureen, you left an impact whether you know it or not. It is clear that your son did the same. NEVER FORGOTTEN

Jo'Nee Cochran - Spouse
Sgt/Det Thomas L. Cochran - LPD

November 11, 2017

Never forgotten dad. Currently In SWAT School and they just told me you are being the honored fallen officer for our class. Times like this brings me so much respect and honor for who you were and the sacrifice you made. I love you so much. 2658 forever.

Officer Nick Tutino
Simi PD

March 28, 2017

You are never forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff LASD

January 26, 2017

It is crazy how long a person can be off this earth, yet how close they remain in spirit and in your heart. Not a day goes by you do not cross my mind in same way. Literally every single day I think about you and what it would be like to have you here with us. But then again, that is the selfish way of thinking. I know you are doing just fine up there and are probably coaching God's football team. I want to be able to stop by your house in my patrol car and hear you make fun of me for switching to the blues instead of the tan and green... I love you so much and bleed your values. You taught me well and I cherish that. Keep blessing us from above. I miss you pop. 2658 Forever.

Officer Tutino

March 14, 2016

Cannot believe it has been 11 years . I miss you so much . But I have such wonderful memories that I will cherish forever. Thank you for the smells last night ...I needed that . All my Love forever .

Rita Tutino

January 26, 2016

Well long time no write... Hard to say what I feel Not a day goes buy that you don't cross my mind.. Tonight or I guess you can say early morning I am a bit restless an tired as I lay awake in my bed. Would love a Birthday hug from you an to have one of our fun competitive cycling races or to even toss around a softball with you. Or share a father daughter dance with you... Even though I would smash your an my two left feet. An would love to see your silly faces you make. So much is changeing an the family is growing. I remember you being at the hospital when I was giving birth to your first grand daughter Lynn Marie Anderson seams almost like yesterday an now Lynn Marie has a beautiful daughter of her own now. Yes.. Believe it or not you are a great grandpa now!! She's so preciouse an beautiful you would be so proud of her an Lynn Marie. She was born December 23rd 2015 on a Wednesday at 8:05 pm 7 lbs 7 oz 19 inc long. I think she sees angels. It's such a new an wonderful crazy feeling to have a grandchild who would thought I could fall in love again so easily! I hope you saw the San Fransisco penny we left for you when the kids an I came to visit you this past June 2015. The kids enjoyed our trip to San Fran. We went camping an visited the pier at fishermans warf...the kids wanted to leave you a lil gift from our trip to let you know you were with us an in our thoughts on our trip. Camping made me think an remember when we took our family trip in the new car the dodge colt to flaggstaff to camp..we were all so excited about the third row seats in the car an how the boys Mike James An Nick would all want to ride in the very back. An I was remembering when we went fishing an James or was it Nick who cought the first fish. An how we went to the petrified Forrest. I loved that trip believe it or not. It was a memorable Time an left a great impression on my heart.. Just wish we could do it again with all the family an all the grand kids an now great grand baby . Wishful thinking on my part. Thank you so much for being apart of my life. I still to this day believe you saved us... My mom an brother an I you came into our lives for a reason an I am forever greatful for that!!! I am forever greatful for the whole Tutino family! I love you an miss you so much! Xoxo Smile always!

Michelle Anderson/Lawrence

January 26, 2016

Here we are again my son ..another year and I feel just as bad as the 1st day..It doesn't get any easier......we live each day with your memories in our hearts . I think you would be proud of what each of us has accomplished since you left us .Your grandkids that you have not met , I think, would love you a lot ..We all miss you. A little note is that Simi High School won the Tutino Trophy for the 2nd year in a row.. I miss your smile most of all ...I would love one more day with you ...Hug my Mom and Pops ..I miss them too. keep the coins coming ..and keep smiling down on us ...

Maureen Tutino
Jim's proud Mom

January 26, 2016

I keep wanting to write but did not want to write over what your son has said .....but sorry Nick .. Jim ..I miss you more than words can say ,cry for you every night ,and wish I could hug you and see your smile again. Just for a little while ,I want to hold you and tell you that you were a better man than you ever knew you were.As the Irish saying goes ...Until we meet again ...may God hold you in the palms of his hands...Keep an eye on all of us especially your Dad right now ...Hugs always

Maureen Tutino

November 25, 2015

It has been a while. Please forgive me... I have been thinking about you more than ever. I continue to meet people who you had coached, mentored, and touched in some way of their lives. You left a huge legacy in this city, and I am reminded of it every single day I put my uniform on and wear the name badge. I want to think I have succeeded so far in caring on the Tutino legacy. My approach to patrol is exactly how you were at work. I treat everyone equal, give people a fair chance, and always have a smile on my face. I miss you very much father. I only wish you could see me wearing the blues. I love you and please continue your blessings from above. My strength drives from what I have learned from you. BTW, Michelle and I talk about you like you are still with us on this earth. Watch over her and provide her the strength to be a cops wife!! I love you. 2658 forever.

Officer Tutino

May 18, 2015

Happy Birthday my beloved son ....We all will be thinking of you today....wishing above all that you were here to celebrate with us ...We miss you so much.....10 years later and although it hurts just as much now as it ever has ....I still keep hearing stories about what a great man you were ...just found a guy who is on our COPS board who told me that he has your picture in his house and how much he respected you .And that is just one of many ...keep the smile on your face and watch over us ...I know it was you pushing me back to this side of life ..
thanks and hugs ...

Maureen Tutino

March 6, 2015

Continue to watch over all of your loved ones. You have been gone a decade and for some it feels like yesterday but for others it has been a lifetime since they saw your smile, felt your warm touch and heard your laugh. Take your Mom under your wing and watch over her and protect her. I leave this for her, this was written by a Bereaved Mom and I know she will know first hand the meaning:

"Do not judge the bereaved mother.....She comes in many forms....She is breathing, but she is dying....She may look young, but inside she has become ancient....She smiles, but her heart sobs....She walks, she talks, she cooks, she cleans, she works, she IS, but she IS NOT, all at once....She is here, but part of her is elsewhere for eternity."

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 26, 2015

I keep running across people who tell me the most wonderful stories of you that make me so very proud to be your Mom. Over the weekend I met someone from LAPD who said he worked with you almost on a daily basis and how much he admired you....and actually has your picture in his house ...the interim Sheriff told me you were a really good man as well...I miss you every day.and cry most nights cause you are gone .... but I know you are around me always ...keep smiling and watch over us all...

Maureen Tutino

November 11, 2014

Well I will be moving on in my career path with Simi PD. Keep your blessings upon me. I love you dad. I will always be 2658 in my heart. but I now need to put a Tutino stamp on patrol. I miss you every day. Continue to smile up there. 2658 forever.

Officer Tutino
Simi Police Dept, Son

April 27, 2014

happy birthday in Heaven my son .......miss you every day and love you always....

Maureen Tutino

March 5, 2014

It's coming up on the worst day of my life again ! !! We miss you just as much today as ever ... Things are so different now ..Wish you were here to see them all.. Your grandkids are adorable , I think you would be having fun with them. Connor is very athletic ...any sport with a ball ...he plays for some of the others......Trevor is in the Air Force Reserve ...Carrie is in Austin ...Tanner is chasing girls and playing ball....the twins have grown into very beautiful young women...One thing I know for sure ...that little Kendal would have you wrapped around her little finger...Keep watching over us ...and smiling .....I appreciate the coins and feathers ya always ....

Maureen Tutino

January 23, 2014

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