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

Hi Kyle. I saw you in my dreams last night. You were there, we could see touch and hear you. It was unbelievable. I kept hugging you trying to decide if I was dreaming or not, knowing I did not want to wake up if it was. Best dream I've had in a long time. Thank you....now I know you're watching over us.
Mike and Jesse have been working so hard on the dune buggy....it finally runs! Wish you were here to take a ride with them. They miss you too!

Darcy
friend

October 19, 2006

Dear Kyle,

I haunt this and many other web pages, searching for someone or someway to make your absence not real. I know I'm not the only one who does this. I have such a hard time believing that it's been almost 8 months - it still feels like I could pick up the phone at any moment and find you on the other end. You were such a big part of my past, personality, and character that I don't know quite what to do without you. But don't worry. You'll make up for it. When we next meet, you'll have years worth of noogies and wedgies ahead of you. :)

Diana Newport
sister

October 18, 2006

Kyle - Your memory and character continues to serve as a beacon to us.

Mike Korpal
PPD

October 17, 2006

Hey buddy! I'm sitting here thinking about the competition we're going to Monday and wishing you were with us. You are probably the fastest operator I have ever worked with and trained. You had the unique ability to balance intense competition with laughter and fun. You have become a living legend in the unit as we pass on to the newbies how quick and accurate you were. I laugh now that I think I took to calling you "new guy" once you left the unit and went back to patrol. I am grateful that unexpectedly I was able to hang out with you at training the day before the run. Our jokes about the differences between CNT and SWAT that day continue to bring a smile to my face and have helped keep you alive in my memory. Kyle, you would be so incredibly proud of Laurie! She has been and continues to be so strong!! Your boys are an absolute delight. We have been able to hang out and play with them during a couple of our training days. Rest easy brother knowing that your SES family will be there for Laurie and the boys. We will not let the boys forget what kind of man you were! You are missed greatly Kyle!

Laurie, you have been and continue to be such an incredible source of inspiration! May God continue to meet you, comfort you and strengthen you!!

John Mercado
PPD/SES

October 14, 2006

Laurie-
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys. I will say a prayer for you all tonight. So many of us have lost a loved one in a police department that it makes my heart heavy just to think of all of those who are left. I lost one of my closet friends (who I worked with for years) and can not imagine your pain. I just hope you know that you are not alone.
retired P.O. and mom of two

retired, SFPD
friend

October 12, 2006

Baby-I think of you constantly and see a little bit of you everyday! I go places to be distracted from my thoughts, and you are with me. The kids do things that you showed them. They say things you told them. There are so many resemblances in your Brothers when I visit. I try to remember the things we talked about, the beliefs we shared, your viewpoints on life. You had so much figured out, you taught me so much that helps me all the time! I know you would give me the biggest, hardest hug right now...."squeeze me like you mean it" (remember?). You always said the right thing at the right time.

I am trying to continue some things where you left off. This will make you cry, but Andrew has started saying, "My Daddy's been gone- long- long time."!!!!!!!!!!! He doesn't seem disturbed, but more of a matter of fact way. Ethan's been asking if you can come back alive. I tell them that Daddy has been gone a long time and that Mommy misses Daddy and wants Daddy to come back too, but it doesn't happen that way and Daddy is with us in our hearts. Daddy is with God and God needs Daddy. Daddy was always proud of you and loves you very much. Lots of people love you guys. You know, they need to keep hearing that. Tomorrow is the Fair, and I know you'll be there too, I always see a little bit of you everyday! I can't wait for the next time...I love you Kyle.

Laurie Ballard
wife

September 30, 2006

Kyle,

It's been 7 months and I still can't believe you're gone. I just want you and your family to know that you are never far from our thoughts. Rest easy bro, you will never be forgotten

Cpl. Alonzo Wilkins
PPD

September 26, 2006

Sir, I honor your service and your sacrifice. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9.

Daniel
Citizen

August 29, 2006

To Officer Kyle's immediate and PPD family, my deepest and sincerest sympathies. To Kyle, thank you. Although I only assist LAPD with all their traffic needs, I feel like part of their family. So, from our family to your's, God bless you and thank you for your service and dedication. To the Ballard family, and PPD, you are prayed for!

Traffic Officer Tom Williams
City of Los Angeles DOT

August 28, 2006

Kyle,

I cant believe it has been six months since you left. There is not a day that goes by that you are not missed. Laurie is such a wonderful and strong mother to your sons. I know you are so proud of her. There are so many days I want to talk to you about what is going on and get your advice on how to handle a case. You were such a great police officer, a true warrior. The integrity you displayed in all areas of your life is hard to find these days, but we always have your example to remind us of the life we should strive for. Thank you

Juls
Pasadena PD

August 27, 2006

It'll be 6 months on thursday. But yet, I feel like I just saw you yesterday. We still think about you everyday and miss you even more. Your boys are perfect...I can't believe Owen is 1 now! He is a gem. I know you are so proud of all three of them. And I know they are proud of you, just like we are. Love always, truly and forever.

Darcy
Friend

August 21, 2006

It has been six months since you left and I have never
seen your page before. I just read all the reflections and now I am wondering: How does one overcome
such a huge loss? You seemed almost perfect! I'm
sure your loved ones have cried rivers of tears.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

August 20, 2006

Bye,Bye

NY

August 12, 2006

Kyle,
The picture of you and your family on the card from your memorial services sits on my dresser and I look at it every day as I get ready for work. I take a few moments to remember how you touched our department and your family here. We all miss you terribly.
From the sounds of the Laurie's last update, Laurie and the kids are taking one day at a time, and she's doing a great job with the boys. Laurie, we don't know one another, but we're related-family by marriage :) You're married to one of my brothers. I know he would've given anything to be here for you and the boys. Our hearts are with you.


PPD family member

July 25, 2006

Hi Kyle,

Just a thought to let you know how much you are missed around here at the PPD family. So much has gone on, some you would probably not care to know about hahah. Anyway we miss you buddy and you will always be thought of.

July 23, 2006

Peace be with you always...

Mrs. Natalie Jensen
wife of Detective Jared Jensen EOW 2/22/06

July 15, 2006

MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY OF OFFICER BALLARD, REMAIN STRONG AND REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES YOU SPENT WITH YOUR LOVED ONE. TO MY FRIENDS AT PASADENA POLICE DEPARTMENT, KEEP YOUR HEADS UP AND STAY STRONG, THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON AND WE DONT KNOW WHY THEY DO. BUT REMEMBER, OFFICER BALLARD IS STILL WATCHING OVER YOU JUST LIKE HE DID AROUND WORK. OFFICER BALLARD, MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE...

ALEX PRATT
SON OF PASADENA POLICE SGT(RET)

July 9, 2006

MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF OFFICER BALLARD. WE CANT EXPLAIN WHY THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN, BUT WE KNOW THAT OUR LOVED ONES ARE IN A BETTER PLACE WATCHING OVER US WITH A SMILE. WE MUST REMAIN STRONG AND REMEMBER ALL THE GOOD TIMES. MAY GOD BLESS YOU OFFICER BALLARD AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

ALEX PRATT
SON OF PASADENA POLICE SGT(RET)

July 9, 2006

Happy Birthday Kyle!
Even though I didn't know you well, I think about you and especially Laurie all the time. I pray often for Laurie for God to give her the strength that she needs. She's an amazing person.

I hope you're enjoying heaven as much as you enjoyed earht. As you smiled on Earth..... you are smiling in heaven.

Gina Hallinan
friend of Laurie's

July 5, 2006

Happy Birthday Baby. I miss you soo, sooo incredibly much. I wonder what we would have done today? You would be 31. I remember when you turned 21!! I know one thing, I would be so happy to be in your arms and by your side every second of the day, of my life! A part of my soul is with you. My whole world surrounds you and I don't think this pain will ever go away. You would be so excited to know that Owen is crawling and standing, he's got 2 bottom teeth and a top one and is such a good eater. Andrew potty trained hisself and took Ethan's spot in Ms Jennifer's class and Ethan moved up to Pre-K with Ms Celia! Dammit Baby you would be so proud. I am trying so HARD! You were supposed to be here! We miss you so much, everybody misses you so much. Thank you for all you gave us. I LOVE YOU. I NEED YOU.

Laurie, wife

July 5, 2006

Hi Kyle. The whole gang is off to the river tomorrow. It's definitely not going to be the same without you, but it will be in memory of you. But I think the part I will never forget is when you drove your boat intentionally into a wave at night so that I would get soaking wet in my pjs last summer. Don't try and tell me it was an accident. ( ; I'm sure nobody will forget about that. That memory used to make me mad, but now it makes me smile. Thanks for those memories. Please watch over us. We all love you.

Darcy
Friend

June 22, 2006

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Ballard, especially his wife. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading all the reflections left for Kyle, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Kyle's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Kyle's life was about so much more than the way he died. Kyle will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Ballard, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been three years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis Ray McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

June 6, 2006

I think that lovely smile of yours must really light up Heaven even more brightly.May G-d Bless you and your family.

May 26, 2006

Kyle, I could not figure out why you have been on my mind all day today. I mean of course you are on my mind everyday, but especially today. Then I figured out that today is the 24th. Three months? It feels more like 3 years. I miss you buddy. I wish you were here with all of us. I'm definitely going to miss our summer time together. I know that you are watching over us. Love and Friendship Always.

Darcy

May 25, 2006

Dear Kyle~
I had the opportunity to meet your mother last night. She spoke of you with such love and pride. I am honored to know a bit about you and your family through her words.

I know you are surrounded by love.

Jan Stoker

May 11, 2006

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