Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent Thomas A. Crowell

United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, November 1, 2007

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Reflections for Special Agent Thomas A. Crowell


Only 2 years prior, we were paired up on a mission to the middle east. In a twist of fate, I was back on that mission & not too far away when I learned of the attack on you & your detachment in real time. You were one of the best agents with whom I had the privilege to serve. I know you set the best example possible for the agents under your watch & care, just as it was no surprise you were taking the lead at that horrific moment of that ill-fated mission.

Your undying optimism and uncanny sense of humor is something I can only hope to achieve. With every effort, I hope to share your unique personality with everyone else so they may know a part of you through me.

I'm sure at this point you'd send me a pic of a bunny with a pancake on its head saying you "don't know what I'm talking about, but here's a bunny with a pancake on its head." Rest in peace, friend.

D. Plyler
AFOSI (Retired)

June 3, 2021

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

November 1, 2020

Special Agent Crowell rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 14, 2019

Thank you, Special Agent Crowell for your service and your ultimate sacrifice. Always remembered, never forgotten.

Mema Copeland
Grandmother of SA, AFOSI (Ret.) Ryan Smith

June 5, 2014

Thank you, Special Agent Crowell! Always remembered, never forgotten!

Mema Copeland

May 25, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 7, 2012


Reflecting on our short time together at SOCCENT and reflecting on 911 rest in peace brother.....In my memories forever and the best for your family


Paul Davies, MSgt USAF Retired

September 10, 2011

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

May 21, 2010

Special Agent Crowell,

Many thanks for your service to our Country to both you and your fellow SA. Thank you again.

I have met your lovely wife-on this the second anniversary of your death, my prayers go to her and your young sons.

another widow


November 1, 2009

To Special Agent Thomas A. Crowell, his family and his fellow officers with the Untited States Air Force of Special Investigations:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Special Agent Crowell’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Special Agent Crowell and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Memebrs and Staff

November 1, 2009

You remain in our hearts. You are not forgotten. May God continue to comfort your loved ones. Rest in peace brother.

Special Agent Charles Ashe

August 30, 2009

Thankyou for your service sir, you are a hero for us all to look up too. You will never be forgotten. God bless your family


December 18, 2008

To Special Agent Thomas Crowell, his loved ones and friends, and fellow officers:

On this the first anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your valor, bravery and dedication to your job is remembered.

I hope that your family continues to be supported and cared for by their law enforcement family, and other police survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Thomas gave to his country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 1, 2007.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

November 1, 2008

SA Crowell,

I spent time with new AFOSI agents in training at FLETC the other day. I noticed your picture on the wall -- they created a beautiful memorial for you and your brothers. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.


October 31, 2008

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 12, 2008


I have been away from OSI for 4 years and yesterday I was thinking about those 11 weeks at Andrews with you, James, Heather, and everyone else in our training Det and decided to check the OSI web site to see if anyone had broke a big case, unfortunately I found that you had passed away. My heart goes out to your family and for the service you gave this wonderful country. You made a difference and will be sadly missed.

Robert Mitchum
Former OSI Special Agent and classmate at Andrews

January 20, 2008

The highest of distinctions is service to others. -King George VI

Agent Crowell -- Your dedication to the good of your community will not be forgotten.

To all those touched by the loss of Agent Crowell -- Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Colorado Springs (CO) Police Protective Association

December 24, 2007

May God Bless You
You are a credit to the Badge and to your uniform
Rest in Peace

desmond Goulding
retired Local Government Law Enforcement officer Australia

December 23, 2007

Thank you for your service and dedication to our country. May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

December 20, 2007

GODBLESS you. you and your comrades gave their lives.
For DUTY,HONOR,COUNRY you made the ultimate sacriface.
May GOD be with your family.


November 24, 2007

May you rest in peace and may God bless your family and loved ones. By virtue of your chosen profession I am sure you have served to this great nation, United States of America, with honor.

Sgt. Gary T. Martin
Collier County Sheriff's Office (FL)

Sgt Gary T. Martin
Collier County Sheriff's Office FL

November 23, 2007

Thank you for your service and dedication to our country. May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer
Chattanooga, Tn

November 21, 2007

We all know the very real danger we face when we go to fight for not only our nation’s freedom, but the freedom of those who cannot fight for themselves. Freedom is NOT free and only those who serve or have served (including their families) understand the true cost. We pay for it with our own freedom and you and others like you offered up the ultimate sacrifice. You are a warrior and a hero. You defended those who defend America and it’s way of life. There is no higher calling, nor service to our country. We will move on, we will do right by you and your sacrifice, we will not forget you. Rest in peace brother. May God grant your family solace from their grief. Watch over us as we continue the fight.


November 20, 2007

You are in our thoughts and prayers every day. Thank you to your family for Tom's dedication to our country. We will always remember the support that you and Tom gave to us in our grief. We will always be here for you.
Pam and Keith Ferris

Pam and Keith Ferris

November 19, 2007

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Special Agent Thomas A. Crowell,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of Special Agent Thomas A. Crowell. 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. Special Agent Thomas. A. Crowell 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

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