Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Tara Marie Drummond

Kennesaw Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, September 13, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Tara Marie Drummond

Heavy on my heart as always this time of year. Ten years has both been an eternity and seems like you just left. Your baby brother is now 23........the same age you were when you died. He has his Mechanical Engineering degree and a great career and life ahead of him. He is a good man. Your little sister is now a college professor. She is living her dream and so good at it. I know there would be no one prouder of them than you, Tara. I try to fill in the blanks.....what accomplishments would you have now.....career, husband, children, joy. Just know you are in my heart and on my mind every day. I love you, baby girl.

Mom

September 12, 2015

Good Morning Tara,

Ten years ago this week, our world at the City of Kennesaw stopped for longer than I can remember. Thank you for your service to our profession. I'll post to you again down the road Tara.

Paul

Officer Paul Vargas
Smyrna Police (Formerly Kennesaw Police)

September 11, 2015

The last time I saw Tara, she was an 11 year old lover of life. She would have made an incredibly good law enforcement officer. She had compassion...something far too few people have.

And now, she's dancing for Jesus. And I suspect her enjoyment of life is beyond any measure we who remain could ever imagine.

Dance, Tara. Dance!

Pfc Len Johnson
Beaufort County Detention Center

May 20, 2015

Happy 33 Birthday Tara I miss you everyday! I wish I could talk to you everyday! I really wish you were her so we could celebrate your birthday! I miss you and love you!!!

Lindsey

Lindsey
friend

May 19, 2015

Tara, Happy birthday. Sorry I missed it yesterday. Still haven't forgotten you.

Sergeant Brice Barth
Kennesaw Police Department

May 19, 2015

Again, Happy Birthday in Heaven, Tara. 33 years ago today, you entered this world and God showed me His Love through you. I had no idea I could love anyone as much as I loved you, my first-born. I still love you and miss you and think of you every single day. Daisy turned 14 years old this week. She is so precious to us because she was yours. I will give her treats from you today to celebrate your day. Love forever,

Mom

May 19, 2015

Thinking of you and talking of you today, as we always do. Miss you so very much, sweetheart. Love, Mom

Tina Drummond

December 25, 2014

Tara,

I just want you to know that I still think of you often. Every single time I see a butterfly, I think of you.

Ryan

Ryan Reichert
Class mate and former MPD.

December 1, 2014

Tara,

Last week I was in GPSTC two separate days and I checked in with you on the memorial as always. I just wanted you to know we will never forget you even in the short time I got to know you.

Paul

Officer Vargas
Smyrna Police STEP Unit

November 15, 2014

This morning is so peaceful and serene. There's almost a misty fog over the pastures and every now and then a little breeze. I could see us sitting in the rockers while you tell me how you're conquering the world. And the anxiety is just under the surface. The dichotomy that develops every year around this date, I suppose will be forever, I would want it to be forever. 9 years have passed since we've talked so I'm scrolling memories and missing Tara this morning.

Dad

September 13, 2014

With much respect for the career path you chose I know you must be a special person and I am sure you would be an outstanding officer. Your story breaks my heart and I send my deepest condolences to the Drummond family.

Cherie Hatmaker

September 12, 2014

Tara, For the past 9 years, this has been a bitter sweet day for me. As well as your passing it is my wedding aniversary... so I cant forget one without forgetting the other. So I forget neither. We had a promotional assessment recently, and I am sure you would have made Sergeant. We all miss you every day and keep your memory alive.

Sergeant Brice Barth
Kennesaw Police Department

September 12, 2014

Its been so long already, you are turly missed by many! Happy birthday Tara!

Sgt.C
PSCO

May 22, 2014

32 today. I can only imagine the Officer, woman, daughter you would be today. As many lives that have impacted through your death, there would have been ten times ad many through your life. Still love our COPS and PCSO friends. Most of all the amazing folks of Kennesaw and KPD. Happy Birthday Sweetheart.

Daddy

May 19, 2014

Happy Birthday sweet girl. Brittney & I are going to spend the day celebrating you with makeovers, shopping, and doing anything else we know you would have wanted to do for your birthday. Brittney & I are not really the "makeover" type....we would be more likely to spend the day at a used book store & Whole Foods.....but we are celebrating your birthday so we will make our memories with you in our hearts and plans. I so wish I could see the 32 year old Tara. I know you would be my pride and joy.

Mom

May 19, 2014

Happy Birthday angel. We miss you and love you.

n/a
friend

May 19, 2014

Tara, it is Police Memorial Week. Been thinking of being in DC for the Candle Light Vigil when your name was added to the wall. Its been a while since then. Your birthday is Monday... Happy Birthday! We Miss You and have not forgotten.

Sergeant Brice Barth
Kennesaw Police Department

May 15, 2014

To Joshua, Brice, Paul.......each of you who still post on here, Thank you. I still come here and read and re-read posts...even those from the beginning. Thank you for remembering her. Thank you for sharing the little details of your memories. You make me smile. Joshua, I love that song, but can't listen to it. It breaks my heart.

Tara, as we approach the season of your birthday and the police memorials, my heart gets heavy again. You are so loved.

Tina Drummond

April 18, 2014

Tonight while I was working on shift a song came on the radio that I hadn’t heard in quite some time. As I was sing along with it I felt as emotional as I always had when I heard it because it made me think of you . I had only discovered the ODMP website this past year and I thought that I just might check to see if you were honored by this website. I see that you have been. You have been honored by those who love you, and those that don’t even know you, but by the ties of Blue they honor you by recognizing you as a sister law enforcement officer. I recognize you as not only being my “Sister Officer” but as my friend. The friend that sat next to me during basic training and would give me the wake up nudge before the instructor would see me snoozing and I would return the favor when the day was long and the topic was dry for you. I remember the sound of your voice when we talked about how the day was going. It’s funny because I can actually hear the sound of your voice when I remember you talking to me. I will never forget that sound and how I felt when the tragic event of September 13, 2005 changed so many lives all at once, including my own. And after I remember myself in tears and holding hands with our class mates and praying for you as tears drowned my face. Though it was short I miss the time we had here on earth but somehow I know that you’re still my friend and watching over me. I know it was you that made me go back into the class the next day bare through the rest of my training and receive my certification. It was me that did want to, but it was you that would not let me quit. I know that it’s also you that is looking over me and your other classmates and friends and keeping us safe. I’ve learned quite a bit more about you by reading all of the heart felt posts on ODMP and I have to say to your mother that tonight I heard the song “Who You’d be Today” by Kenny Chesney come on the radio and every time I hear that song I think of your daughter. To your father I absolutely love pumpkin pie and from reading your post so did Tara, so the next time I have a piece of pumpkin pie will most assuredly remember Tara. And to Michael Gloyd I know it was hard for you like it was me to return to that building and pursue the career we gathered at that building for but every time I look at my class shirt and see “Strength and Unity” it is made clear. Tara we will all see you again someday and until then please sister watch over us and we will remember you.

Officer
Joshua Dills
Classmate and Friend
East Ellijay Police Department

March 4, 2014

Since this terrible accident in 2005, this sad story has become part of our opening firearms safety review for in-service and new hire training and the importance of a sterile environment when conducting demonstrations and NOT having live ammunition in the classroom setting.

Firearms Instructor / Training Crd.
Tompkins County Sheriff's Office

November 13, 2013

Tara,

I was at GPSTC this week and as I always do I found your name on the wall in the courtyard. I know it has been years since you left us, but I still remember the day like it was today. I tell your story still to this day.

Paul

Officer Paul Vargas
Smyrna Police STEP

September 13, 2013

You have not been forgotten Blue Angel. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

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

September 13, 2013

YEARS HAVE COME, EIGHT YEARS HAVE GONE
LONG MONTHS THEY ALL HAVE PASSED,
SINCE THE DAY YOU GAVE YOUR LIFE FOR US,
THEN CAME THE BREATH YOUR LAST.

WE'VE HAD THE JOY OF KNOWING YOU
BEING BY YOUR SIDE THAT DAY,
WHEN GOD WOULD CALL YOU HOME FROM US,
AND WE WOULD HAVE TO STAY.

THE JOB, THE TEAM, AND LIFE GOES ON
BUT IT IS NOT THE SAME, YOU SEE,
FOR WHAT YOU DID FOR US THAT DAY,
LIVES ON INSIDE OF ME.

THEY SAY THAT TIME CURES MOST THE GRIEF
AND THE PAIN WILL GO AWAY,
BUT THE MEMORIES OF WHAT YOU DID,
ARE ALWAYS HERE TO STAY.

I GUESS FRIENDS, ARE FRIENDS, FOREVER
REGARDLESS OF HOW WE PART.
THE JOY OF KNOWING YOU, MY FRIEND
REMAINS WITHIN MY HEART.

Tara, you are forever in our hearts!

Sergeant Brice Barth
Kennesaw Police Department

September 13, 2013

What if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise
Laura Story; "Blessings";

On Saturday, Sept 10, 2005, Tara sat on the front stairs for a while while I stained the stairs,,, and we talked. It was an amazing time. Tuesday, Sept 13, 2005, she was gone. Seems like yesterday. Parents should always choose to "put-down-the-brush" every chance you have.

Daddy

September 12, 2013

Always remembered & honored 4 her service & her ultimate sacrifice.

Joanie
Mother, daughter, sister & granddau. of LEO's

September 10, 2013

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