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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

My sweet Tara, as I sat in the living room on Christmas morning with only the lights on on the Christmas tree, I wondered how would we get through the day. I cried for awhile and then you spoke to me-remember the gifts you said. I thought for awhile and what that would mean. Then I thought of the gifts you have given me. It was because of you that your father Frank moved to Georgia years ago. Without you I would not of met and married him. What a wonderful gift you gave me in your dad. And with that marriage came another great gift-you-a daughter. What an amazing daughter you were and I wouldn't have missed it for anything. I couldn't have hand picked a more wonderful daughter! You also gave me Stephanie and Michael. I will do my best to take care of the special gifts you gave me. Please continue to help me help them. I told you many times that "You were your father's heart." Now that heart is broken and he misses you so much. Please continue to watch over him and help him. I will miss our long talks on the back screened in porch, our shopping marathons, curling in up our blankets on the couch to watch movies. Our bottle of Kaluha and your Starbucks coffee are still in the pantry. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and talk to you. I know you are taking care of all of us. I miss you sweetheart and I love you. Since you would never allow me to use the term step-I will sign off-
Your mom,
Renee

Renee

January 2, 2006

I'm trying hard to understand all that has happened this year. I had the time of my life getting to know you during our time at the academy. Life is so strange how it can be so perfect one second and turn to into complete madness the next. It makes you appreciate good times,true friends,and family. But sweetheart, if I had to go back and do this again, even knowing all of this, I would do it the same all over again. You taught me what it is to be truly happy within myself. I have been miserable without you and just when I feel that I can't deal with it anymore something special happens around me that reminds me that love is forever. Like a butterfly or a heavenly sunset.It goes beyond this earth and all we know. You told me once that I was your hero. No Sweetheart, your the Hero! I love you, and I miss you so badly. I have gotten to know Frank and Renee really well. I see where you got your free will. Frank knew all about us which shows that you talked to him about us quite frequently. Blue angel, tell Jesus I love him to. Ask him, and St. Michael for their continued guidance and protection for all my brothers and sisters down here. I'm on a mission still sweetheart. I will continue to tighten up my boots, throw on my rucksack, and keep my heart and mind ready for anything. I will march on until the good lord calls me home. When that day comes I will be expecting to see you smiling with a shopping bag in one hand and a cup of starbucks in the other. Thank you so much for loving me. Happy new years sweetheart.
It will never be the same....for those directly affected and all that loved our Tara. You read my Ranger Creed Plack at my apartment once and you loved this stance:

"Never will I leave a fallen comrade in the hands of the enemy."

Tara, rest assure, I didn't leave you, I was there until the end, and I will be there for the new beginning. Love knows no boundaries.

God Bless the family of Officer Tara, and the Kennesaw Police Department.

Frank and Renee
Brian,Tina,Michael,Brittany,and Daisy.


D/S Gloyd
cobb county

December 31, 2005

I just read about this and I am sorry about what happened. My respect and continued prayers to this officer's family and friends. The person who's actions lead to this tragic accident needs prayer and healing, too. Much respect to all of you from this. Hold your heads up and continue to serve the people of Kennesaw, Georgia.

Much respect to all.

Anthony Wilson

December 25, 2005

Tara,

You are in our hearts and minds everyday...but especially today. We love you and miss you!

Greg, Teresa & Blake

December 25, 2005

I didnt know Tara, but I know her father (Brian), MY regular customer from Starbucks... I just wanted to say I am very sorry for your loss- and God bless you all! Let us love those around us and continue to appreciate life and the little things it brings us- God bless the Drummond family...
Latrice,
Starbucks barista

December 24, 2005

Tina and Brian,

I cannot imagine the grief you must feel over losing Tara. Please know that you are in my prayers.

Love,
Steve and Cathy Lackey

Steve Lackey
friend of the family

December 21, 2005

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
I feel you everywhere I go
I see your smile, I see your face
I hear you laughing in the rain
I still can't believe you're gone

It ain't fair you died too young
Like a story that had just begun
But death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the hell that I've been through
Just knowing no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder who you'd be today

Would you see the world, would you chase your dreams
Settle down with a family
I wonder what would you name your babies
Some days the sky's so blue
I feel like I can talk to you
I know it might sound crazy

It ain't fair you died too young
Like a story that had just begun
But death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the hell that I've been through
Just knowing no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder who you'd be today

Today, today, today
Today, today, today

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
The only thing that gives me hope
Is I know I'll see you again someday

-- For those of us that were blessed to know Tara, we know this song is about her. The pain of missing her seems almost unbearable, but knowing we will see her again...because that is a promise from God...is where we must put our faith.

Brian, Tina, Brittney and Michael - you are lifted up every day in love and prayers. No one can know your loss like those of you that shared your daily lives with Tara. No one knew her like you four knew her. Find comfort in knowing that she chose to spend all her days in your home. A home full of God and love and laughter. Tina and Brian, your efforts in raising Tara are now rewarded through the wonderful, heart-warming memories we all share of her -- nice job! I have no doubt, God is smiling down on you both.

Love Always...

December 21, 2005

Frank and Renee, I can not imagine your grief as you deal with the loss of your only daughter especially during this holiday season. Please know that we loved Tara too. She was a remarkable young lady that will be missed by all who knew her. As always, we remain here for you!

Kristin

Kristin Garner

December 19, 2005

My heart goes out to Tara's family. I was good friends with her in high school. I saw her not long ago at the courthouse when I was working. She was always so high-spirited. It was a joy to see her whenever we crossed paths. I still can't believe she's gone. I will always look back and think of what a wonderful person she was and what a great impression she has left on all of her family and friends.

Summer Sims

December 14, 2005

It has been three months ago today. I love you and I miss you sweetheart. I know your my gaurdian angel. As you are for so many. Keep us safe blue angel. Love, Michael Gloyd

D/S M. Gloyd
ccso

December 13, 2005

My condolences and prayers go out to all the colleagues, family members, friends, and all who knew you. You will NOT be forgotten! Thank you for dedicating your heart and soul to your career to keep our community safe. As each day passes, may your family know what a “true hero” you are!

I work in Law Enforcement, as does my husband. He works 3rd shift patrol and is also a member of his agency’s SWAT team. Every single time he walks out the door, I kiss him goodbye, as I know it could be my last. We live in a city that has a high rate for drugs and gangs. We lost a female officer on 10/3/05 named Robin Vogel, due to a drunk driver. I know there are no words that can ease the pain in your family’s situation right now, but know that there are other Law Enforcement Officer’s who think about you daily, even all the way from IL.

May God be with all of you!

Rest in peace blue angel! J

At this time, I would like to show my gratitude for you dedicating your life for our community to be safe. This is something I found and put on Robin's Memorial Page and I would love to share it with you!


Christmas In Heaven

I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below, with tiny lights like heaven's stars reflecting on the snow.

The sight is so spectacular please wipe away that tear, for I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear, but the sounds of music can't compare with the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you of the joy their voices bring, for it is beyond description to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart, for I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I can't tell you of the splendor or the peace here in this place, can you just imagine Christmas with our Savior face to face?

I'll ask him to lift your spirit as I tell him of your love, so then pray for one another as you lift your eyes above.

Please let your hearts be joyful and let your spirit sing, for I am spending Christmas in Heaven, and I’m walking with the King.


C/O Rachel Guenther
Macon County Sheriff's Department (Decatur, IL)

December 6, 2005

Days continue on but you are not forgotten! We think of you and your family often! May the family and friends of Tara find comfort through the upcoming Holiday Season.

Officer's Wife
Cobb Co

November 29, 2005

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of a loved one in law enforcement. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support. As we personally know, sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Alissa Scott
Widow of Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-03

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network

November 28, 2005

Thank you for you dedication. My thoughts and prayers go to her family and boyfriend. You will not be forgotten, and you will be missed.

Detective
Cobb County PD

November 22, 2005

On 09/18/05 Boston Police Academy RTG 42-05 remembered Officer Tara Drummond and dedicated our training day to her.

You are not forgotten.

Boston Police Academy RTG 42-05
BPD

November 22, 2005

I'm not sure I will ever be able to forgive myself for not talking to you just a few days before you died. I was at the doctors office and you were across the hall, I saw you but I decided not to take the extra few steps to go say hello to you because I figured that I would see you again. But I was wrong, the next time I came over to see Britt you wouldn't be there. Thanks for all the laughs from your stories.
Watch out for Britt and Mikey, and of course your mama and dad. Thanks for showing us how we should live and appreciate life. A spirit like yours can never die.

November 21, 2005

Tara,
I miss you more and more everyday. Keep the light in heaven on for me and all of us down here. Just the glow of your smile could do that alone. You are truly the only angel that i've had the opportunity to know. Rest easy sweetheart, your man will take it from here. We are all trying to make you proud, I love you, Michael

Deputy Sheriff Michael Gloyd
CCSO

November 19, 2005

Rest in pease and sending my best wishes to your family.

SD AMIOTT PATROL OFFICER Ret.
Calvin Police Dept.

November 15, 2005

I saw this and had to ask " Why does God take good people?" There's just no reason for this. I'm sure that if she had the chance she would have made an excellent Police Officer. Rest in Peace!

Officer Ed Merritt #1510
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Chattanooga, TN

November 11, 2005

My heart goes out to all of you. One day I know that I will understand God's plan.

Brian & Tina - we send our deepest condolences.

The Brown Family

Anthony Brown

November 9, 2005


Though I had never met you, my Grandson, Michael glowed with happiness when he spoke of you. We had not heard such joy and caring in his voice for many years.We take comfort in the knowledge that you will always be by his side to guide and protect him.

May you rest at God's right hand.


Joyce Quinn -Michael's Grandmother

October 30, 2005

I told him that God sends angels our way to teach us things. In his sorrow, in his despair over losing you, it's hard for him to grasp that just now. Sweet Tara, in such a short time, you taught someone what truly loving someone else was all about. Though not too many knew about this amazing love, those of us who did will always remember you sweet girl. You touched our lives in ways no one else has ever. I will carry your voice in my head and my heart forever, because you two loved each other so. We will see you again one day, until then, sweet Tara, enjoy Heaven and when you can send him a warm fuzzy now and then.

October 30, 2005

Tara
I don't know what to say just that I love you and I miss you everyday. You were such a beautiful, vibrant, smart, caring, person I am so blessed that I am able to call you my Best Friend!!!
I Love You
Lindsey

Lindsey Aiken

October 28, 2005

I'm sure you served your department well. May God rest your soul and be with your family, friends, and boyfriend Michael.

Deputy Meredith Ward
Gulf County Sheriff's Office

October 27, 2005

Tara, I think of you and miss you every day. I know you are in a better place and are watching over all of us. You were such an awesome person. I will never forget all of the joy you brought to me. I will see you again one day. Until then just know you are deeply loved and missed.
Love always, Stephanie

October 27, 2005

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