Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Thomas T. Wood

Maywood Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, October 23, 2006

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas T. Wood

Officer Wood will never be forgotten. His dedicated service forever honored. His family, friends and colleagues are in my thoughts as another year soon goes by.

Surviving parent G Birkholz
Officer Craig Birkholz EOW 3/20/2011 Fond du Lac PD

September 9, 2019

Thank you for your service to your community. You will not be forgotten, Tom Wood. Peace to you and your family.

Friend of Punishers of Northern Illinois

August 24, 2019

I love you, Dad.

Daughter Savannah Wood

August 11, 2019

Officer Wood was a great police officer. If he was still alive and working for the department. He could change a lot of people's lives. When I get my future career as a police officer. I would want to be like Officer Wood. What I would describe Officer Wood that he is a hardworking man that cares about serving his community. The questions I would ask Officer Wood are what it feels like to become a police officer, how did your family react when you became a police officer, would you teach teenagers ages 15-21 to become a police officer and why, would you enter your career again if you had the chance to start all over. If not what would the career be, why did you want to become a police officer, and when did you realize that is what you wanted to do, and if you wrote a letter to yourself what would you say to the people in the future? You will always be remember with Commander Paul Bauer. I will never forget you Officer Thomas T. Wood.

Kelly Lynn Alexander

May 30, 2018

Your memory still lives on

Student Nicolas Becerra
Mission Hills High School

May 2, 2017

Officer Wood's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 3-15-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

March 15, 2017

I wish your case will be investigated again. The government of Maywood let it go cold sadly. I still think they interviewed the suspect first night, but didn't think it was him. They should reinterview him and solve your murder.


August 17, 2015

Always thinking, when will the case be solved?


August 12, 2015

It's horrible to think this case has still been unsolved. It's tragic, horrific, and heartbreaking. Everyday I visit the FBI page to see updates about you. You were my hero.


May 28, 2015

Woke up early this morning and thought about you, Helene, & the kids. It's been such a long time but I remember standing at the podeum in the ER Room like it was an hour ago. I scrolled through the sites looking at the photos and cry everytime I see the kids faces, especially your youngest son who reminds me so much of mine. You told me to come to work, just do my 8 hours, go home when all the drama was going on. I stayed a little after you left. Then I realized that I never wanted to do this job ever again. Be in peace my brother.

co-worker MPD

January 15, 2014

As we are at the start of a new year, you are remembered and honored for your service. I pray for solace for all that call you beloved.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 1, 2014

Not forgotten!


October 23, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Wood. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

I was thinking of you. I hope you are doing okay. I cannot believe that it has been 6 years since we both lost our officers. Please call me, I need to talk to you,.


November 12, 2012

I thought of you, Helene and the kids yesterday as I always do on 10/23 and then find myself always driven to this page, 6 years seem to have flown by so fast. I know you are looking down and watching everyone. Just know that you have left a lasting impression in my life and I will NEVER forget you.

Dina Nee

October 24, 2012

haven't been here in a while...5 years already huh? Rest in peace my friend.


October 23, 2011

helene , just want to express to you how very strong you are and that tom will never be forgotten . every time i think of mary i think of tom and i know that they are like spirits . i pray that there is justice in his case and soon and that when your tears flow there will be smiles too remembering all your beautiful moments together ......... may his love and spirit comfort your little girl as she heals as well.......

val pickens
retired officer (b'ham p.d.)/b'ham , al

August 11, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with all of your loved ones today. So much pain being suffered by those that love you and caused by an individual that is nothing more than scum. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones, you will never be forgotten.

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

October 23, 2010

On behalf of the Italian American Police Associaton of Illinois we would like to offer our sincerest condolences to your family and the Maywood Police Department. I can assure you, you will not be forgotten!

President, Anthony Langone
Italian American Police Association of IL

June 14, 2010


I cant believe that it has been over three years and I am still shocked by your passing. I often think about you and I pray often that the coward who took your life will be caught. I know it will happen and I look forward to being there the day that scum gets what is coming to him.

You have not and will not been forgotten.

Commander Randy Hart
Streamwood Police Department

March 29, 2010


I hope and pray for your family, that they remain strong and that peace and Gods grace stays with them.I sincerely hope that one day soon your killer and any co-conspirators will one day be brought to justice. Rest in peace brother.

Lt. Mark Kosevich - Hillside Police Department

Lieutenant Mark Kosevich
Hillside P.D.

November 7, 2009

I never had the chance to meet you, tho have heard great things. Your family,friends,dispatchers and brothers in blue will not forget you.Rest easy with your Lord as your work will continue on.One day there will be closure to help heal the wounds.


October 23, 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.

Rest In Peace.

To your family: I understand the meaning of lives forever altered and know that the hurt of losing a beloved never goes away...the pain and pride are forever. I pray for your solace.

Phyllis Loya


October 23, 2009

You know Helene I think your post just summed it up for me. The bag pipes,the tripping and falling, and the chicken that he was forever picking from his teeth. I think you pulled the words right from my head. R.I.P Tom.

Maywood PD

October 23, 2009

After three years I still go back to these pages for comfort. Everyday is a new beginning and an end to an old chapter. Who would have thought after so many years I would still hear the bag pipes playing, I can still feel the pain he must've felt during those last seconds of his life.

I still cry the same amount of tears when missing him and today our 9 year old daughter said..."Mom, I think I finally get it. Dad's really not coming back is he?" the tears ran down her mind of a child. Did it really take her three years to register it in her mind? I went back to the pictures of the funeral and sure enough there she was, just looking around so innocently as if there was a parade crossing her path.

Life is good and I still believe that Tom's death is a part of all of our lives one way or another. I cherish the moments we can all sit around and talk about him as if he were in the seat next to us. Pullin' his strings about his running methods and chicken meat in his teeth. As we all laugh about his quirky little ways, he's up there looking down on us laughing too. Thanks everyone for continuing to keep him alive.

Love you baby....til we meet again.

Helene Wood
Surviving Wife

October 22, 2009

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