Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Nick-Tomasito Birco

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, July 26, 2006

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Reflections for Police Officer Nick-Tomasito Birco

Birco!

Hey boo! I'll see you next month, it came quick but I still wish it wasn't to honor you, wish we never even lost you- I take that back, you were taken away! I went after some knucklehead who blatantly blew FOUR stop signs at clearly over 35mph, one was at Cambridge and Felton. It was like everything went silent and I floated through the intersection, I looked over at you, and caught up to the fleeing vehicle. Let's just say he got two pages of cites and I towed his vehicle from in front of his house! Specs ordered pizza for us last week and one had pineapple and ham, a few officers had the guts to eat a slice in your memory, I wish you were here to pick off the pineapple for me...Love you Birco, semper fi brother.

PB
SFPD Bayview MIDS

April 8, 2007

Hey Nick,
You have been on my mind a lot. I miss you so much sometimes. I want to talk to you and hear your laugh. It sucks! We are going to Hawaii soon, I know you would be happy for us! Please watch over us. Love you :-)

Claudia
friend

April 5, 2007

Officer Birco -
The circumstances surrounding your death are so paralleled with the death of Sgt. Jonathan Dragus of Oklahoma City, a dear friend. The person being chased should have NEVER even been on the street. Thankfully in January he was convicted of Murder and sentenced to 50 years (life) in prison. Thank goodness he's finally behind bars. I'll be praying for the same results in your case. God Bless your family and friends during this time. We know all too well the pain they are going through.
Thank you for your service. Go rest in God's Arms and we'll see you on the other side.

Wife of Oklahoma City Officer


Oklahoma City Police Wife

April 3, 2007

I know you were listening to me the other day.
Thank you for brightening my days. I love you and miss you so much. I'll see you in my dreams.

March 26, 2007

Birco!

Its been almost 3 years since I put on my mourning band for Zak, and promised to never take it off- I haven't. I've been asked what seems to me to be a stupid question, "Who died?" and I always reply, "An officer dies every day, and on two of those days I lost good friends." Sometimes people sound so cold like its a nonchalant conversation, little do they understand we're a family who see and do things they couldn't imagine. I wear it for you and all our officers, you are not forgotten and we love and miss you. Semper Fi Birco, see you in Sac with my hair pulled back in a bun just how you liked and that huge silver EGA pin my recruit D.T. gave me (another jarhead). Haaaaa. So sweet.

P.B.
SFPD, Bayview Mids, USMC

March 17, 2007

Birco-

I had a dream the other nite: there was confusion everywhere, people moving around and packing things with their heads down, and the sun was bright and warm. No one seemed to care how crowded everything was and the fact that everyone was on top of each other trying to put things in bags in a hurried frenzy. Your family was there, officers were there, but I couldn't see you. I woke up crying and realized it was everyone packing up for the Washington Memorial to Honor YOU, that's why you weren't "there". This was one of those weeks I just missed you really bad, no matter how bad/sad/upset anyone was, you always made it better. Most of the guys went to swings, and its kinda hard. Anyways, miss you my brother...

P.B.
Bayview MIDS

February 26, 2007

Hey Nick,
I went to visit you today because you have been on my mind a lot lately. It has been a while since I visited and I am sorry. Sometimes going to visit means that I have to face reality that you are not here, so I choose not to go. We took the kids to watch a movie, Bridge to Terabithia. And during the movie all I thought about was you. The movie is described as having characters that share "a friendship that will change you forever". That is what I feel your friendship did to me. I miss you so much. You made me fall in love with the gym because of your presence there. After you died, I didn't even want to go back. I told Tamara I wanted to change to another gym. She convinced me that it wasn't what u would have wanted for me and that I would keep your memory alive by staying at the gym. That is the only reason I go, that and I need to lose weight :-) LOL. There are times that in my head I can hear your voice making fun of me when I mess up in class or telling me how stupid I am for getting upset with Jose. I can't believe how much I miss that and how much I miss you. Love you!

Claudia
friend

February 25, 2007

A Valentines Day thought,

Good friends are like Great memories
They dont fade with the passage of time...

Sgt. Sherman Lee
Bayview Station-Third Watch

February 15, 2007

Nick,
I know you were with me the other night, protecting us. I will visit you soon my friend.

EC
SFPD - Bayview

February 8, 2007

Birco!

Its been 6 months and its just still hard to believe you're not here with us. The laughter isn't the same, the conversations that go on and on aren't there, and we just miss you so much. Chiang made a book for you and it turned out great, we love you and think of you often, you know this! Where's the 36" when we need it? I wish I could joke with you one last time about hating pineapple on pizza-and you still offered to take the pieces off one by one so you could share with me. Faithful friend you were...my fellow Marine and Officer.

P.B.
SFPD, BAYVIEW MIDS

February 2, 2007

Hey, Nick!! Bro, you don't realize how much you are missed. I think about you everytime i get in to the radio car, every time I look at my star, everytime I walk in the station. Do you remember how you always said I would end up at Bayview, and how you would find some way to train me? Yeah, well here I am in Bayview, and I was trained by one of your close friends... you know who Im talking about.. I guess that was the next best thing.. I still can't go to the gym without somehow hoping to see you bench pressing or lifting the dumbells or simply walking around the gym with that big smile of yours, or talking my ears off! Man, I wish you were here bro. I know you are looking after us. Until we meet again brother.

RS Bayview

Ofc. R. Sevilla
SFPD

January 23, 2007

Last week I was in the area of Bayview Station, so I stopped by. I was met by Officer Petterson. He took me inside the station and showed me places where pictures of Nick hung. In one place a picture of NIck and a picture of Isaac Espinoza hung side by side.

What a great station Bayview is. There are pictures of Nick and Espinoza. I can tell they miss you (both).

Thank you Bayview Station for your kindness and rememberance of Isaac and Nick. May God Bless you all and keep you safe.

January 22, 2007

Hey Nick!
I got the strength to go and have lunch at the sushi place we would frequent together and it was hard. I looked at the last table we sat at. I remember the last conversation we had there. You were being your loud mouth self and I was getting embarassed because the people at the next table could hear all the things you were saying. God I miss you. I miss the way you made me laugh and all the silly things you teased me about. Who is supposed to tease me now? Love you :-)

Claudia
friend

January 17, 2007

Hi! kuya nick

Nag-hihinayang ako na dman lang tyo nag kita.
Happy B-day kuya....

JOSE JOEL HERNANDEZ
COUSIN ( MANILA. PHILIPPINES)

January 16, 2007

--"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." -- Maya Angelou

Aloha Police Officer Nick-Tomasito Birco,
Thank you for your service and dedication to your community and your country. You and all officers that continue to lay your lives on the line and pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities and country safe will NEVER be forgotten.

I personally pledge, (after one of Hawaii's own, Honolulu Police Officer Steve Fovea, lost his life in the line of duty protecting our Commander in Chief, President George W. Bush), to become a continuum, a keeper of the ODMP light. That light is in the form of an ODMP tribute. People from all walks of life, regardless of age, race, religion, profession, education, and geographical location can share here. That "LIGHT" comes from within the heart and soul of every person who cares to share a word or two on behalf of each and every fallen officer. Every fallen officer is a hero. The ODMP; Officer Down Memorial Page gives us a place to come together and share our feelings as one family. May we find comfort as we give comfort to the families who have lost a loved one.

As we say in Hawaii, “You are`ohana.” You are family. God Bless this fallen hero. May we embrace him as one of our own family member. No one will ever be able to replace you for you were unique and very special. No one, not in this lifetime. May God allow you to rest in His Divine peace.

Police Officer Nick-Tomasito Birco,
I wish you, your loved ones, your fellow officers, and friends, peace and love beyond all understanding. I HONOR you today. You HAVE NOT been forgotten.

** May this Hawaiian prayer give all those who read it comfort. **

THE PEACE OF " I "
KA MALUHIA O KA "I"

Peace be with you, All My Peace,
O ka Maluhia no me oe, Ku'u Maluhia a pau loa,

The Peace that is " I ", the Peace that is "I am".
Ka Maluhia o ka "I", owau no ka Maluhia,

The Peace for always, now and forever and evermore.
Ka Maluhia no na wa a pau, no ke'ia wa a mau a mau loa aku.

My Peace " I " give to you, My Peace " I " leave with you,
Ha'awi aku wau I ku'u Maluhia ia oe, waiho aku wau I ku'u Maluhia me oe,

Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace,
The Peace of " I ".

A'ole ka Maluhia o ke ao aka, ka'u Maluhia wale no,
Ka Maluhia o ka "I".

Moana V.C. Molale Private Citizen-Hawaii
Malama o ka la`a kea (Keeper of the Light)

January 16, 2007

GODSPEED Nick. We miss you at the family gatherings with Vern and Myla. RIP bro...

Darren Nagtalon
Retired AHAO

January 11, 2007

Birco!

Please keep Holly strong for her bday, it fell so close to everything/holidays and hit pretty hard. I'm just happy that she looks so much like you and reminds me of you, its like I still have my friend. Because of you I have new friends.
There were things that only you would do or say that no one else could get away with, you made us laugh so hard! You were a teddy bear with us and courageous and unforgiving on the streets, you had a way with words- in between popping peanuts and sunflower seeds. I miss and love you much, PB.

PATTY B., USMCE5
SFPD, BAYVIEW MIDS

January 6, 2007

nick, merry christmas, you're missed..and your in our hearts

M M
sfpd

December 30, 2006

I cant think of many noble professions such as law enforcement where and individual sometimes lays down their own life in the course of their duties,
It is people like yourself that truly define moral character and set forth an example for others to follow,
Your dedication and selflessness are greatly appreciated and honored,
I would like to thank you for service and foremost,
I do pray the Lord will keep your family close during these harsh times, as they have suffered a great loss,
May you Rest In Peace.

December 29, 2006

Hey Nick,
What should have been a wonderful holiday season was not because you were missing. I was fortunate enough to have people around me try to fill that void. Unfortunately it can never be filled. I opened up Holly's Christmas gift and it brought tears to my eyes, it was something you would have totally given me. For a moment I felt you were here. She brought gifts for the kids, just like you would. They were gifts that the kids loved just like you would get them. The death of another officer was hard to take it brought all those feelings back and now another family has to go through what yours did. It's not fair.

Claudia
friend

December 28, 2006

Birco!

This holiday has been tough for us, we miss you and our fallen brothers so much. I talked to Holly this week, and we just can't get over the fact that you're gone. I still see your smile and hear you talking...and talking..and laughing! My second phase recruit used to work out with you at 24hr. on Ocean, he told me about the "backpack" holding thing! HAAAAAAAAA. It didn't surprise me, you were an AN I MAL, as you used to say. Love and miss you, Semper Fi, Patty. Blessed holidays and new year for your family and friends.

Ofc. Patty Brown, USMC
SFPD BAYVIEW MIDS

December 25, 2006

Devil Dawg: This has truly been a tough year for the SFPD, as well as the rest of the California Law Enforcement Community. May you Rest-In-Peace

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

December 25, 2006

You're sadly missed Nick....Thank You for your ultimate sacrifice.

Officer Martin Ferreira
SFPD Co-Worker

December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas Nick! Jolly old St. Nick Christmas is just not the same without you. I miss you so very much and you are in my thoughts every day. Love you.

Claudia
friend

December 25, 2006

You will be missed. You always took care of your nieces and nephews. You're an inspiration to me and made me want to be a SFPD police officer. I hope my my dad and your dad (Uncle Tom) agrees in the long run, but I applied myself to SFPD recently and hope I make it through the process. I understand what you worked and died for and want to help the community like you.

Jason
family friend

December 9, 2006

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