Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Frank Charles Denzinger

Floyd County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Monday, June 18, 2007

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Reflections for Officer Frank Charles Denzinger

I had the privlege of knowing you before you were an officer, a husband and a daddy but my greatest honor was knowing you and standing beside when you were all three. I love you, I miss you and I am proud of you. Your little Half Pint

Half Pint

August 24, 2007

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
that wasn't mine to keep
though I worked a lot of overtime
when the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
among the people here.
They never wanted me around
except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
for the judgment of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
you’ve born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
you’ve done your time in hell"

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers, thank you for your service and dedication to the law enforcement field, its men and women like you that make everyday a better plac to live.

911 Dispatcher
Franklin Park Illinois

August 18, 2007

Dear Frank,

I wrote to your sergeant to offer my condolences and he praised you so highly and you are sorely missed, brother. You sacrificed your own life saving the lives of countless others. I'm sorry to lose you sir, but your little one has a hero for a daddy and heros never die. She will see your spirit in the eyes of every officer. She will walk safer streets because of all the comforts you gave up in exchange for the hardships of police work. She will be comforted knowing her daddy put all his heart and soul not just into keeping his own child safe, but in protecting countless others as well.

But know this - behind every badge is a friend that will comfort and be there for your family. We all salute you, sir. Rest in peace and comfort Frank, you have surely earned it.

God bless you!

Civilian Employee
El Paso County Sheriff - Colorado

August 15, 2007

Officer Denzinger,
Just wanted to say that it is heartwarming to see messages your family (sister) has left to other grieving families. It has been less than two months since you were called home, and the pain is still fresh, I can imagine. Your legacy of honor and bravery will continue on through your loving and caring family.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 14, 2007

Frank was our beloved son and we miss him so much! Thank you to all who have sent condolences and special prayers. Frankie will be forever missed by his parents, sisters Sara & Amy (&their families), his wife Tara and his beautiful daughter, Avery.

P. R. Denzinger
Mother

August 13, 2007

It has been 2 months since you were called away from duty and I know the broken hearts left behind think of you every day and cry the silent tears in your memory. There are no magic words to help you with your grief except to keep Frank's memory alive by talking to others about him and telling them what a hero he truly is. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

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

August 13, 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
Sergeant
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

Thank you for your service.

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

August 3, 2007

Our bodies turn cold each and every time we learn of a fellow officer's line of duty death. It is such a tragic reminder to each of us the danger of what we do and how each day that we don the uniform may be our last.

To say thank you is simply not enough. This world is a safer place because of the heroic, selfless actions of officers like Frank Denzinger and we owe him and his family our respect as well. He is so much more than a hero to us; he is a man who placed the safety of others above his own and we are so very grateful for his noble actions.

May your family be blessed and may they feel the strength of our prayers and thoughts. Blessings to you Officer Denzinger... and a most humble thank you for what you have done.

"Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

Respectfully submitted on behalf of my department,

Officer Matthew Lewek
Menomonee Falls (WI) Police Department

July 21, 2007

All of Boston mourns your passing! Thank you for your brave service, you will be missed!!

PO MICHAEL CONNOLLY
Boston Police Department

July 19, 2007

My heart and prayers go out to the Denzinger Family and to the Floyd County Sheriff's Department. You have suffered a great loss. Officer Denzinger you went down a hero. I just listened to the 911 tape from this call and it had me crying. The dispatcher on duty did everything that he could to get you and your partner to safety. You will never be forgotten and always remembered as a HERO!

Melissa
Former Dispatcher

July 18, 2007

Officer Denzinger,

We thank you for all of the honor, and dedication that you have given your community. We now have your watch as you patrol the golden streets of heaven.

Explorer Troy D. Hanson
Louisville Metro Police

July 17, 2007

MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY, KEEP WATCH OVER YOUR BEAUTIFULL DAUGHTER FROM ABOVE. SHE WILL BE ABLE TO TELL HER FRIENDS FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE HOW DADDY WAS HER HERO.
DETECTIVE/NYPD.

DET. BRIAN BOURKE
N.Y.P.D.

July 15, 2007

I went on a motorcycle ride today to raise money for Officer White. I can say I sit here with tears in my eyes and pray that your family can deal with the loss. I love you brother even though we never met. God speed for your family.

Toby
A brother Officer

July 15, 2007

Thank you for your service. Rest easy Brother. "We have the watch."

J. Hayes Patrol
CPD

July 14, 2007

It broke my heart listening to the 911 tape...

May you rest in peace.

Renee Lee Greco
webmaster, "Stop & Frisk!" national police memorial

July 13, 2007

With all the Love, Respect, and Hope in our hearts, we wish to extend a wish of thanks to Officer Denzinger. Thank you for all your service and thank you for your sacrifice! From my family to yours: You will not be forgotten!

To Officer Denzinger's family, we wish you the best in the hard times to come. Thank you for your sacrifice and your strength!

Rest in peace brother, rest in peace!

Respectfully,
Dy. J.P. Prescott and family

Dy. J. Prescott

July 13, 2007

Frank,
I didn't know you, but I feel the loss your fellow officers are experiencing. Know that you are not forgotten and neither will your sacrifice be forgotten. Rest in the peace of Christ.

Sgt. Bill Kraus
South Bend, IN PD

July 12, 2007

I appriciate all you did to keep the citizens of indiana safe, It is very sad that you are not with us anymore, but you will always be remembered and are a true hero. Thank you for your service. The turn out for your funeral was amazing and alot of people truely loved you.

EXPLORER LIEUTENANT CASEY T. SCOTT
LOUISVILLE METRO POLICE DEPARTMENT

July 12, 2007

To the family, I can only offer you a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen. I am proud to say that I worked with Frank on several different runs and I have never met a better person. He was always ready to make the best out of the worst situation, I believe it an honor to call him a friend. We will continue your efforts to protect our community, rest in peace brother, you will be missed.

Captain Rick Bader
Georgetown Fire Department

July 10, 2007

Frank,
It was an honor to serve as your dispatcher for the past four years. I have never met a more professional police officer. I enjoyed your sense of humor and wish I could have known more of you outside of the police department. As a son of a police officer for 27 years, I have always known the risks associated with this profession. We (the law enforcement family) are keepers of the peace, and because of our service and sacrifices, the citizens are kept from descending into anarchy. As a father, husband, friend, and police officer, I have never known your equal. I cannot express in words how much you are already missed. You are in God's hands now, which gives me peace knowing that you are walking in Heaven with the Lord. As much as it pains us here on earth that you were taken from us that Monday night, it is comforting to know that God has a new angel.

Godspeed Brother, you will never walk alone

Communications Corporal Jason Higdon
Floyd County Police Department

July 8, 2007

We just lost our Officer Scott Wheeler on the same day in June. Officer Denzinger and Wheeler are probably sharing stories together in Heaven.
May Officer Denzinger, a great peace maker, truly rest in peace.

PFC John Gazmen
Howard County Police Department in MD

July 5, 2007

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Denzinger and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever. Today, because of the sacrifice Officer Denzinger has made, the house of freedom is stronger, sturdier, and more secure.

To the family and friends of Officer Denzinger, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. Just as you were always with him when he walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that he will always be with you - wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Officer Denzinger is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Special Agent
FBI New York City

July 4, 2007

God bless Off. Denzinger. Whenever I go to a domestic disturbance I am always aware of the possibility that someone could be waiting for me to arrive and set up an ambush. It is a tragedy that it happened to you and a reminder for me to look for the unexpected; hoping it never happens. May those who loved you and knew you best feel comforted during this time of great loss.

Off. Hanes
Oklahoma City PD

July 4, 2007

Deputy D. Mayfield (1926)and Officer F. Denzinger gave all for the people of Floyd Co. I am able to sleep at night knowing that men like these are watching out for my family member who live throughout Floyd Co. You are a HERO.

Sgt Tom Mayfield
Alachua Co. Sheriff Office Alachua Co. Fl.

July 3, 2007

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