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Police Officer Thomas Lindsey

Utica Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, April 12, 2007

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas Lindsey

tom we will always miss you we will never forget what you have done for all of us here in utica your a hero. they got the man who did this so hopefully you can rest in peace love u cuse will see u agian someday.

dave bumbolo
1st cousin

August 13, 2007

"Semper Fidelis"

Ptlm/GySgt USMC (Ret)
"Once a Marine, Always a Marine"

August 12, 2007

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

August 9, 2007

Your watch is ended. May our Heavenly Father watch over your family and friends during this tragic time? May your soul walk carefully and proudly into everlasting life. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in God’s peace my friend, you deserve it. Yet another brutal act of violence against those who keep the peace. These are "American Heroes" who just yesterday were women and men just doing their job!


Chaplain Michael Grinnals
Camillus Police Department

August 1, 2007

Officer Lindsey, Reading your story and looking at the photos of the many people whose lives you touched, and those who did not know you but felt compelled to wish you Godspeed, I have felt a calm like never before about the decision I made to turn in my badge years ago - in a quest to make my life's contribution to the safety, training, and education of future officers. Your passing was not in vain, because people like myself make sure your life is reflected upon as we tell the future officers coming up your story in the hope that they will learn. I am moved when I think of the lifelong sacrifices and contributions you made for us, Officer Lindsey. And I understand that the meaning of your life's work will never cease, but grow stronger, as police recruits I will one day train will hear your story and realize the importance of the greater good we all do. It wasn't easy to take the leap of faith from officer to academy trainer. But I now know, after reading your story and reflecting on your life, that I will do my best to make sure that the men and women coming up will be a reflection of the type of officer you were. You will be their hero, too - and they will live stronger and safer in your memory. God Bless.

Proud former officer

July 25, 2007

May you guard the streets of Heaven as well as you did here on earth.

Semper Fi Brother

Det. Damien Ortiz

June 15, 2007

what can i say tom was my big brother. i have a lot of memories thank god we have them. that is all we have now no one can ever take them.all i ever wanted 2 tell my brother was that he was the one i always look up to even when we where kid,(now i cant )that was riped away i didnot say bye i love you or anything, i can only hope he knew.i was the one that told on him and my other brother and sister all the time they would not tell me anything.but i knew as long as tom was there it was going 2 be ok i was safe.that was tom even as a kid tom was the one that tryed to make it see i felt that tom my mom, art and my sister eddie was all i had. what i would like for people to know most tom was not just a vary good cop,he was a vary good friend,son,person,man, and one hell of a big brother, i love you tom and will alway miss you more then you can ever no. i will not let braylee,jordan,jaz,pj,and amanda,ever for get you, thanks to all of you, the upd,what can i say we love you for all your doing and becuse tom did. thanks agin.and good bye. hope i did this right

christina lindsey
sister of tom

June 9, 2007

Good news today.....

Jenna R. Gross
Onondaga County Emergency Services (Syracuse, NY)

June 7, 2007


Fellow brother

June 7, 2007

Thinking of you....

Jenna R. Gross
Onondaga County Emergency Services, Syracuse New York

May 24, 2007

You are in my prayers.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

May 16, 2007

I think about your sacrafice every day Tommy. Your example pushes me to press on and do the job the way you did it. Rest in peace, brother.

Fellow Police Officer

May 13, 2007

Rest in Peace brother! Heart felt condolence to your family!

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside, Ca PD

May 13, 2007

A routine stop it should have been,
A tail-light out, is how he called it in.
The next radio traffic was barely a sound,
Get me some help, I've been hit, I'm down!
The page went out, help on the way,
Oh, please God, can we take back this day!
To calls advise status, there was no sound,
As this brave officer lay on the ground!
More calls advise status, again and again,
Another officer calls in, he's taken our friend!

May 8, 2007

You made the ultimate sacrafice while serving and protecting the community. Watch over the rest of us as we work to make this world a safer place to live. God bless you and your family, you will never be forgotten.

Deputy Mary B. Syson
King County Sheriffs Department

May 8, 2007

On April 12, 2007 our community was saddened at the tremendous loss of Officer Thomas Lindsey.
He was a dedicated member of the Utica Police Department and worked to make going to school a safer experience by acting as a security guard for the Utica City Schools. His death at the hand of a gunman that fateful night should not go in vain.
On May 12, 2007 at New Hartford Rec. Center between 3PM and 11PM the community will be celebrating his life by holding a benefit concert in his honor.
All proceeds will be going to the Utica Police Benevolent Association, a trust for his family and the reward for the person still at large who is responsible for this tragedy.
It is only through the generous support of our community members that this benefit can be a huge success.
Yours truly,
Nedim Mujic and the friends of Officer Lindsey
[email protected]
(315) 254-3255 (Ned)

Admin of

May 6, 2007

Rest in peace brother, your job is done here. We have the watch. Say hi to Joe......

New Hartford Police Dept.

April 30, 2007

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all your family,friends and the Utica PD

Officer Terry Paspalis
Town of Windham Police Department,Windham,NY

April 29, 2007

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Officer Thomas Lindsey,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of Thomas. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Officer Thomas Lindsey is a hero.


Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

April 28, 2007

Like many of you, I've seen too many officers killed in the line of duty during my career. Having grown up in Utica, I guess I hoped never to see it happen there. My sympathies to Officer Lindsey's family, friends and co-workers.

Assistant Chief Sharon Papa
Los Angeles Police Department

April 27, 2007

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

Aloha Police Officer Thomas Lindsey,
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 Favela, lost his life last year 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 sacred 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.

This "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 solace as we give solace to the families who have lost a loved one.

Police Officer Thomas Lindsey, God Bless you. You are a hero. As we say in Hawaii, “You are`Ohana.” “You are Family.” 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. I wish you, your loved ones, and your fellow officers, peace and love beyond all understanding. I honor you today. You will NEVER be forgotten.

--"Your life is more important than you can imagine."-- Maya Angelou

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


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
Kahu La`a Kea (Keeper of the Sacred Light)

April 27, 2007

Deeply sorrowful, I leave another reflection about a brave soldier killed by cowardly enemies. I hope the community will show appreciation for the sacrifice Officer Lindsey has made, and outrage for this violent attack. To the citizens in this community, I ask that you do your civic duty and punish these ruthless criminals for the brutal murder of this decent man. With swift justice, sentence this murderer to the most severe penalty. Officer Lindsey, may the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. May God bless you, your family and fellow officers in the Utica Police Department. AC

Pennsylvania State Police

April 26, 2007

Officers Live, Officers Die, we comfort families as they cry, On our beats we still all trod, Rest in Peace Your Now with GOD.

Detective L Calhoun
Naugatuck Ct PD

April 26, 2007

We pause to mourn the death of DOfficer Lindsey and honor his memory. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies, go out to his family, friends, and all the members of his department.

May God comfort each of you.

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery Police Dept. - Montgomery, AL

April 25, 2007

Tom and I went through High School together and I always remember him smiling and upbeat.
Another sensless act to one of our areas finest. May justice be swift.

My heart and condolenances go out to his family.

Rest in Peace brother.

Correction Officer T. Bolanowski
New York State Department of Correctional Services

April 25, 2007

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