Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Dwayne N. Freeto

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, December 17, 2006

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Reflections for Officer Dwayne N. Freeto

I live in Fort Worth, and I remember this happening. I remember thinking that his wife and kids would have a rough Christmas just a day over a week later...probably always will. Officer Freeto was just trying to do the right thing-help a poor motorist broken down in a bad place at a bad time-something most of us have driven right past without thought a hundred times. If there is a silver lining to this terrible cloud, it's that he got to stand in front of Saint Peter with a very fresh good deed-the one that was his last, and most likely not his only.

I drove past that spot on I-35 a few dozen times before either the weather or the city cleaned up the charred soot burned into the traffic barrier that was the only physical evidence of officer Freeto's sacrifice to the preservation of our way of life here in Fort Worth Texas, and everytime I couldn't keep my mind off of his family and the ultimate sacrifice he gave for our citizens. I hate to sound tacky, but to be trapped in a burning vehicle with no escape is the stuff nightmares are made of-I hope that the end came as swiftly and painlessly as possible for this hero.
God bless you Dwayne Freeto. God bless all of this nation's law enforcement, who get up every morning and go to work to preserve our way of life knowing full well that they may not live to see tomorrow-you are heros, each and every one of you.

SSG. J. Bland
U.S.Army retired

April 16, 2013

R I P........


December 17, 2012

Rest in peace, Officer Freeto, you died doing your duty; helping others.

We shall not forget.


November 4, 2012

Thought about you today at the Panther Badge Centennial pinning Dwayne, miss you.

Officer J. Doshi #3560
Fort Worth Police Department

June 9, 2012

Was thinking of you and Hank today. I think of your family often. I had the blessing of meeting and being with your mother and father following your accident. You have an incredible family here bro. I hope they are well.

B. Anderson #3476
Fort Worth PD

March 23, 2012

Thanks for your 9 months of services, Dwayne.


February 25, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fifth anniversary year 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.

I pray for solace for all those who miss and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 17, 2011

I miss you, brother.

Officer Cliff Miller
FWPD Brother

April 13, 2011

I can't believe its been four years. We still miss you.

JMA 3552

December 17, 2010

Happy anniversary! Would have been 14 years today! Love and miss you sweet pea!


January 1, 2010

I lost my daughter, Sherry Lopez this year. She died in March of a massive stroke. She prayed and kept up with you, your wife and children after your death. Now, she is in heaven with you. Please watch over her for me til I get there. Martha Sheffield

Martha Sheffield

December 23, 2009

Three years have passed since you were taken from us here on Earth. It is impossible to forget about you, although forgetting is the last thing I want to do. I think of you each and every time I see another Law Enforcement Officer, and I wonder if they are any kind of caliber the the Officer and Man that you were.

We served together in the Army, from 1997 till 1999. We deployed twice, in the Kuwaiti Desert, and the Balkans. Regardless of the conditions we were in, you never lost your smile. Even when you went months without being paid due to a screw up in the system, YOU never lost your smile.

Your word was always good. Your personal standards of excellence never wavered. You were fair and impartial. You were trustworthy and capable. I always enjoyed the missions when we rode together. The same qualities that made you a top notch Infantry Sergeant would have made you a highly respected, very decorated Policeman, but a drunk driver brought it all to an end three years ago tonight.

The Medlin-Freeto Act is a good thing, but all things said, I'd rather it have someone else's name. I'd rather have my friend back.

The years pass, and we move on here on Earth, because we have to. You were a Cop AND a Soldier. You knew the risks faced in both professions, and this was a reality you knew would have to happen, but know also that a part of me, and everyone else you left behind, stopped living, stopped growing, and will never get past the 17th of December 2006.

Rest In Peace Dwayne. You have earned it.

Richard "AL" Allison
Army Brethren

December 17, 2009

3 years baby! Never in a million years did I think that this would have happened to us. Even the night/early morning they told me, I had no clue why they were all there, until the words "he didnt make it" were said. I was expecting "lets get your things and head to the hospital" but thats not what they told me baby! I cant wait to be with you again but i think i want to wait until the girls grow up before i can be with you again. i need to make sure they are taken care of and know right from wrong and can handle thier lives without me. then you may come get me ok sweety! i love you soooo much and miss you sooo much! bye for now and see you later!

Karen Freeto

December 16, 2009

I really feel for the family of officer dwayne freeto. I want to become a fort worth police officer, i am currently in law enforcement but not old enough to be a peace officer. always wanted to go fort worth and after some investigation i realized officer freeto work at king district which is not even a block away from my house. i still want to be a peace officer. I even saw officer freeto several times on ride outs with officers, ALL OFFICERS I APPRECIATE WHAT YALL DO FOR US ! you may not hear it alot but its true, we could not live without officers, firefighters and of course the medstar. Thx for your sacrifices, sometimes even life.......

Texas Law enforcement

October 21, 2009

Man i still miss you honey bun! i feel that if you walked through that door we could pick up where we left off almost 3 years ago. I miss you so much and the girls talk about you still. i try to be happy and sometimes i think i am but mostly its just me trying not to make people uncomfortable to be around me. the girls and i will always remember and love you! You can never be replaced, i promise!!!! see ya later bun bun :)

Your Wife Karen

October 9, 2009

Hey brother, just wanted to let you know we haven't forgotten about you, not even close. Still feels like yesterday we were in the classroom at the academy. We all miss you very much. Thanks for watching over us everyday we put on our uniforms.

Officer Jay Doshi #3560
Fort Worth Police Department

September 2, 2009

Officer Freeto
Keep up the good work Patroling the streets of gold.
your are greatly missed. AS you know by now Bridgeport
lost an Sgt. this week by some craz. God bless you and yours. Might be gone but never forgotten


April 6, 2009

A candle will be lit at Mass for you and Offc Brent Wisdom.
God Bless all LEOs


March 11, 2009

You are not forgotten. May The Lord watch over your loved ones and Bless them in so many ways.


January 3, 2009

Merry Christmas

Sherry Lynn

December 25, 2008

Officer Freeto served proudly and was deeply loved and respected by those who knew him. It is a tragedy to lose him. We never know when our lives on this earth will end, but we can make a reservation in Heaven now and assure us a place when God calls us to Himself. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) and He PAID the price for our sins on the Cross so we don't have to pay the penalty for our sins. Yipee! If we accept His payment by faith we can have salvation and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. It is not something we must earn, it is a gift. The most precious one we can ever receive. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith_and this not from yourselves, it is the GIFT of God_not by good deeds, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2: 8,9. For without faith, it is impossible to please God. And our faith must be in God's only Son, Jesus Christ.
You were a credit to the uniform, Officer Freeto. My heart goes out to your
loved ones left behind and may the Lord comfort them as only He can.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


December 17, 2008

Karen and girls,
Today you are in my thoughts and prayers.I know DeWayne is watching over you.BE STRONG May God be with you during this time and may your Christmas be a great one.
Officer Freeto - Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice and you will ALWAYS be remembered and loved.

Sherry Lynn
EX Ft Worth resident

December 17, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this second anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

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

December 17, 2008

I last saw Dwayne Freeto sometime in the early morning hours of December 16th and I will never forget the last time I saw him. We were at the jail and he had brought in a PI. I teased him that everytime I saw him he ALWAYS had a PI and I ask him if that was all there was in Ida district, to which he responded "Pretty much."

We each went about our business and when I left, our goodbye wasn't much more that "See ya later." I wish I had hugged him that night. It still hurts that I didn't. I had done so many times in the past, but for some reason that night, I didn't. People that know me well know that I'm a touchy-feely person and to-wit, I'm a "hugger." I make a point now to hug my classmates, EVERYTIME I see them. It may sound stupid, but when I do, it makes me feel better about not hugging Dwayne that cold December morning. When I see my classmates, my friends, my first thought is of him. I see him in the face of every member of 113.

I vowed the morning of December 17th 2006 to never drink again, and although I hadn't been a big drinker in the first place, that vow not to drink has really been a big deal. Anytime anyone offers me a drink, and I tell them "I don't drink" They always ask "why?" They probably regret asking why, because I make them sad, when I tell them what a wonderful man the world lost, what a wonderful police officer the City of Fort Worth lost, what a wonderful husband Karen lost, what a wonderful father Jordin and Jenna lost, what a wonderful son and brother Carl, Linda and Chuck lost, and what a wonderful friend I lost.

I admit, it has gotten easier to deal with this horrific tragedy, but I WILL NEVER FORGET.


December 16, 2008

RIP.You will never be forgotten.


October 25, 2008

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