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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

"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 6, 2007

Happy Birthday Nick! Your honor and memory are remembered always. My thoughts and prayers are with the Birco family today as they remember Nick on his birthday.

family friend

December 6, 2007


Hello my brother! Miss you and that smile. Wishing you a blessed and happy 232nd. USMC birthday!!! Semper Fi!

Ofc. Patty Brown, USMC
SFPD, Bayview MIDS

November 11, 2007



October 21, 2007


Think about you all the time and never know what else to say...other thoughts are between friends and not to be shared, that's what keeps us close. Miss you and see your smiling face everyday, love you my brother, spread your wings across us when we're on the streets...Can't have another call like the one I did that night, just can't...Semper Fi.

SFPD, Bayview MIDS

September 26, 2007

A year has passed. still think about the day i got the call...Friends for life and beyond brothah!!

see you in the surf!!

friend for life

August 8, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Birco on the anniversary of his passing.
May God comfort you all. Heros are never forgotten. Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher

July 26, 2007

Devil Dawg:

May You Rest-In-Peace !

Maj M. B. Parlor

July 26, 2007

Thinking of you and your family on this sad day. What a beautiful face and smile.

Linda Rittenhouse
Mother of Matthew Rittenhouse EOW 9/16/04

July 26, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with Nick's family today as they honor his memory.

family friend

July 26, 2007

Nick, a year has passed, but it still doesn't seem real.

I check here a lot, but until now haven't left a reflection. I just haven't found words that are worthy. My feeble efforts fall short of measuring what a truly good man you were, and they aren't strong enough to erase the grief or the anger.

Nevertheless, on your anniversary, I just want to say that I miss you, Nick.

SFPD (203rd)

July 26, 2007




July 26, 2007

Officer Birco,
Today, many people are thinking of you on the one year anniversary of your EOW. Thank you for your committment to making the world better. Always remembered!

Pennsylvania citizen

July 26, 2007


I can't believe its a year, I'm so friggen upset, as is everyone else. You were not supposed to go! You smiled at everything, everthing was made into a positive, and you found an AK while chucking peanut shells in the rain!!! Birco, you were absolutely one of a kind and a wonderful person. We trusted you with our lives because you would "handle it" and make sure we all went home together. You never tried to be, but you were a leader and awesome man. I love you brother and always will. You are greatly missed and the 36" is a legend. The day (our end of watch) before you passed, Wise took a picture of us, its still in my locker...Semper Fi, PB.

Ofc. Patty Brown, USMCE5
SFPD, Bayview MIDS!

July 26, 2007

What up boy!!!! Man I can't believe that it has almost been a year since... well you know what happened... its a shame that you have passed on brother... I still miss you at the gym, none of the guys can replace your crazy workout routines and the endless conversations we shared at the gym... you made my workouts extra long but it's ok, I really miss that... I'm sure you know whats going on in my situation, but somehow I know it was supposed to turn out this way.. maybe I woulda been next or something... I still have your pic in my car bro, I stare at it everyday and wonder if sometimes your sitting up front with me... well brother, I will visit you soon...

R. Sevilla

July 23, 2007

In a few days time, we will honor your passing and the day you were called home by the Almighty. We fondly talk about you often and how you were a good cop and a deeply good person. We miss you Nick.

Ofc. Eric Chiang
SFPD - Bayview

July 16, 2007


I'm going to Sac tomorrow for Memorial Day and will put flags up from the Officers of Bayview Station for you, Zak, and all the other jarheads we lost in '06. Others will visit you and Zak at Holy Cross, we're fortunate to have you two side by side and not alone (we would rather not have had you taken away from us though). We miss you much and think of you often, love you love you and Semper Fi! PB

Patty Brown, SFPD, USMC
Bayview MIDS

May 27, 2007

Officer Birco, I never had the chance to met you, serve with you, or be in the same state, but I got the honor of riding for you in the Police Unity Tour.

I'm from Chapter 4 in Virginia and had the distinct honor to ride to Washington D.C. in honor of your sacrifice to our cause. For over two hundred miles I thought about you and your sacrifice. I remember seeing your police chief on the internet defending your pursuit and blaming the judge for letting the suspect out on bond. He said you were doing your job and would have still been alive if the suspect was still in jail. I thought at the time, "wow, what a great chief and an awsome cop you were." Little did I know then that I would get the honor of riding in your memory.

The braclet I wore with your name inscribed on it was a constant reminder of why I was there and when the hills got longer and taller, I felt you pushing me. When I arrived in D.C., I found your name on the wall, and knelt down to pray for you and your family. Your agency patch, a Marine Corps patch, and your photo were next to your name.

I, like you, am a Marine Corps vetern and I think we would have had a lot in common had we ever met. Reading the other reflections left here for you, I think we are a lot alike.

God bless you brother. I hope we will finally meet one day where there is no pain and suffering and we can all walk our beat in peace and safety. As the memorial wall states "In Valor There Is Hope", and with officers like you watching over us, we all "hope" we will make a difference. Your sacrifice wasn't in vain and we will remember you.

"We Ride For Those Who Died"

DFC Jason Houston
York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy First Class Jason Houston
York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office, Virginia

May 18, 2007

Hey Nick,
I wish I could have been there in Sacramento. Please know that you are in my thoughts and in my heart every second of every day. There are some difficult days where it is a chore to go to the gym and not see you there. I find a lot of comfort in your sister and she often brings a smile to my face. I find comfort in talking to people who worked with you too. I miss you so very much and there is a big void in my heart that can't and won't ever be filled. I wish you were here fly!


May 8, 2007


This was my first memorial and it was a beautiful day, the weather was wonderful and I ran into some other jarheads that were representing Kern County. I was very upset in the days leading to the memorial, but once your name was called, I guess I was relieved. It's still quite unreal that you are gone, but we have such fun memories of you and your one of a kind personality. You touched so many people and it was your spirit that made people remember you- they still do. Love and miss you much my brother in blue and fellow Marine, I left a USMC sticker for you to put on your 36" baton (wink wink). I left one for Ofc. May and Ofc. Clearman as well, Semper Fi, PB.

SFPD, Bayview MIDS

May 5, 2007

Yesterday we honored your sacrafice in Sacramento. In a few more days in Washington DC we will again honor your bravery and dedication. But everyday we cheerish your life and the brief time you spend with us.

Ofc. Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department - Bayview Station

May 4, 2007

semper fi brother

sgt johnny richerson
oklahoma dept of corrections

May 2, 2007


It makes me absolutely sick to my stomach knowing you're not here! We miss you so much, such a genuine and gentle man who shed laughter during difficult times. I type to you through sheets of tears because this year, in two days, we will be honoring you (and Brian) in Sac. For what!? You should be here Nick! (along with everyone else that was taken away from us)

I keep in touch with Holly and Claudia and its crazy "seeing" another side of you, the gym rat and big brother and uncle who always had energy to take care of everyone and make them happy. We got to see the "gutsy" side of you and we knew you would always be there no matter what. Holly looks so much like you, and she has the same innocence and honesty, but not quite as crazy as you...Haa!
Love and miss you much, see you Thursday my brother, Semper Fi. PB

Ofc. Patty Brown, USMCE5
SFPD, Bayview MIDS

May 1, 2007

To Officer Birco, Birco's family and friends,

I have read your story and many others about the sacrfice you guys have made for your family, friends, and the communities you served. I want to let your family and friends know that I participating in the Police Unity Tour this year in Washington, D.C. I will be riding 250 miles to honor of all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2006 especially you! I will be wearing a memorial bracelet with your name on it throughout the tour. I would like to get in touch with someone who knows you and your family so I can personally deliver the bracelet in Washington D.C. The LAPD Family lost one of our own brothers(Officer Landon Dorris) on Oct 22, 2006. A fellow rider is riding with Landon's memorial bracelet. It would be an honor to deliver your bracelet to your family or friends in Washington D.C. during the National Police Week (May 13-19, 2007). I hope this reflection find its way to your loved one!

Officer Quan
LAPD-Hollywood Station

April 12, 2007

Officer Birco,
I just read your story and it makes me crazy that things like this occur and I ask myself, why? Well I can't come up with one. This should of NEVER happened and you should be home with your family and friends who love you. I pray that God blesses you, your family and friends and that your brother's and sister's in uniform know that they are safer with you watching over them.

Officer Shannon Inman
Leavenworth, Kansas Police Dept

April 9, 2007

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