Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Kyle Russell Ballard

Pasadena Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, February 24, 2006

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Reflections for Police Officer Kyle Russell Ballard

I can't believe it's been 4 years. It's almost like it was yesterday, just a little less painful. I am proud to say that Laurie and the boys are doing GREAT. You would be so proud. Owen reminds me most of you...his grin, his temper, and is enthusiasm. Andrew has your fire and Ethan has your drive. Laurie is my inspiration...she never gives up. We are are so fortunate to have had you for the time that we did. I will never forget. Until we meet again.

Darcy Lantz

February 24, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 24, 2010

I miss being around your strong spirit! Thank you for being so proud of me and caring so much about me. You would not believe how fun the boys are, this is the age you were so looking forward to. They are passionately into fishing, trapping, building, sports, and riding! You'd be in heaven wrestling with them! Oh, wait, you already are..haha! And on top of it! It really takes a village, and I have some amazing people in my life. We continue to honor you Kyle, tomorrow and Saturday and forever!
In loving thoughts, prayers, and memories, Laurie

Laurie Ballard

February 23, 2010

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

Mother, daughter, sister & granddau. of LEOs

February 22, 2010

Some of the best memories of my childhood were spent with you and all our close neighborhood friends. You guys were always brothers to me encouraging me to always do better, always play fairly, and always remember the important things in life that we sometimes forget as adults. It has been years since I last saw you, but you and your dad always had more of an impact on my young life than I knew at the time. Thanks for everything. See you later.


Michael Koch
Childhood Friend

November 13, 2009

Thinking about you today and wish you were still here with us. Love you.


February 25, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the third anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Laurie, I read your wedding vows and they were so beautiful and heartfelt. Thank you for sharing your wonderful love story with us. Death end a life, not a relationship. Your approach to life is inspiring. How you must miss Kyle's glorious smile. You and your three little troopers are in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace, Kyle.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllias Loy
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 24, 2009

Rest in peace brother, you are not forgotten..

Seregeant Chris DiToro

February 24, 2009

May God lay his healing hand upon the family and friends of Officer Ballard and may they know he will never be forgotten. Thank you Officer Ballard for your dedicated service to the people of California and the United States.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 24, 2009

Thinking about you Kyle... miss you. I know you and mom are hanging out in heaven playing practical jokes and cracking up.

Lori Fontyn

February 23, 2009

Just thinking about you a lot today and hoping you know. You would be so proud of your family, they are all so incredible! We all love you and miss you!


August 25, 2008

Happy Anniversary Kyle! It would have been 9 years (12 years from when we first met)!! I'm just glad for the times we had and how highly we thought of eachother and how much we got to talk. There's soooo much going on I wish I could tell you. I don't know why this year all the holidays are harder then the last 2 years. Your warrior spirit keeps us strong and is always remembered.

Laurie Ballard

August 19, 2008

Officer Ballard,

I have never had the honor of meeting you but I am so grateful for all you have done to make this world a better and safer place. Everyday as I walk pass the memorial wall and raise my right hand, I pay homage to you and all of the fallen officers who have laid their life down protecting us. Thank you sir.

Elgin Lee
Pasadena P.D.

June 4, 2008

This Sunday is Mother's Day Kyle :) I am grateful everyday that you saw in me the mother I could be. You were an amazing leader and just as stated in a reflection below, we live our lives to glorify God-and that is exactly what you did! You know how much I appreciated you because I told you everyday. I remember how we were unique together, I cuddled you and loved on you despite any looks or comments we got. Nobody could change the way I felt for you because that is how I show my love. You were so smart and you saw that in me. We were so ambitious together. We knew we were our own team. You trusted me with all your heart as I did you. You loved me for who I naturally was and every day I felt your acceptance, forgiveness, and protection-I couldn't have asked for anything more! Remember, I was about to start a new pack of birth control pills-it was the car ride home from a river trip-April '00. We had been together for 3 1/2 years, married for 1/2. You said lets not start that pack. I was so scared-I didn't like messy, screaming kids and I had a successful career! You mean we are actually going to try to raise a family! Your strength as the good man you were, I could be comforted through anything. Then that's how we roll, balls out! Survivors-Victors, not victims! I see Ethan, Andrew, and Owen, so cute, active, smart and playful...any father would feel on top of the world to have their little arms wrapped around his neck! I hurt and am so sorry you can't be here for them to hug, play, and follow :( I am trying Kyle! WE TRIED! Thank you Lord for being my light. Thank you Lord God for making me nurturing; attractive in spirit, body, and personality; kind; honoring; intelligent; and positive! Despite our ups and downs common in all healthy relationships, we deserved eachother. We were people of our word and stuck to the choices we made. “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 10:9). In other words, since God is the one who decisively makes every marriage, only God has the right to break a marriage, and he does it by DEATH. I came across our wedding vows for the first time since 11am on August 20th of 1999! and looking back, even though they were tucked away, we just naturally lived them! Our pastor talked about marriage=garden: what you get depends on what you plant...friendship, companionship, joy, trust, forgiveness, honesty, and love! LAURIE: Do you Laurie, choose Kyle, from this day on as your beloved, to be your husband? To live with him and to laugh with him? To stand by his side and to sleep in his arms? Is it your desire to be joy to his heart and food to his soul? To bring out the best in him always; and for you to be the most you can be? If so, you may say, "I do". KYLE: Do you Kyle, choose Laurie, from this day on as your beloved, to be your wife? For you to commit yourself to laugh with her in the good times; to struggle with her through the bad? To be solace for her when she is down hearted and to to wipe her tears with your hands? To comfort her with your body? To mirror her with your soul? To share with her all your riches and honors? To play with her as much as you can until you grow old and still loving each other sweetly and gladly, until your lives come to the end? If so, you may say, "I do". LAURIE: Kyle, I promise to treasure the wonderful, unique person that you are. When we are together, nothing seems impossible. I want to work with you to continue to build our life together. Let us grow our lives forever intertwined, our love bringing us closer together, let us create a home that expresses our individuality and our love for each other. May it be a home filled with peace, with happiness and with love. Kyle, I promise to share with you in times of joy as in times of trouble. To talk and to listen; to honor to respect and to appreciate you; to provide for and support you in trust and in love. KYLE: Laurie, I love you with my entire being and I want you to be my wife. Today I give myslef to you without reservation and ask that you share your life with me for all time and eternity, during health and illness, good times and bad and in joy and sorrow. I promise to you, Laurie, to love you as no other can, to be your best friend and to give you may complete loyalty, fidelity, and trust. Do you accept me as your husband?

THANK YOU for making our pregnancies wonderful and making me a wonderful mother. Happy Mother's Day. You know how love and acceptance is the only gift I need, and even more so after all I've learned after you left. (Sorry, just was never that materialistic.)

Laurie Ballard

May 8, 2008

I am often reflecting on my childhood and love sharing with those that are close to me about the countless stories and great memories I had with you. Kyle, I am always thinking of you. Our friendship molded me into the person I am today.

Just wanted to say a quick thanks.


Bradley Smith

April 11, 2008

I miss you so much Kyle. I know that you are okay and that my Mom and Papa are in heaven with you. You guys are probably playing crazy practical jokes on everyone up there. I miss you so much, I love you.

Lori Fontyn

February 25, 2008

I miss you my friend, always! And can't wait to meet up with you again.


February 25, 2008

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this day. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero and will never been forgotten.

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

February 24, 2008

Officer Ballard,
Thank-you for your service.
May your family be comforted and blessed today and always.

Holley Orr
Wife of Detective Kevin Orr EOW 11-22-06

February 24, 2008

The 2nd anniversary of your EOW. Looking forward to
meeting you in that special place. I know your families
and friends miss you like crazy!
Our purpose in life is to bring God glory. You succeeded! I'm sure your boys will follow in your
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

February 24, 2008



February 19, 2008

May you rest in peace and may our loved ones be ever blessed by Him

February 16, 2008

I think of you every day. i still struggle why you were taken. but I know we will be together in heaven. Be well.

Russ Ballard

January 11, 2008

I love you Kyle. Christmas is sad, the last time I saw you was at Christmas. I still think about you every day and what a wonderful man you were.


December 26, 2007

"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

December 5, 2007

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