Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Thomas Gerard Brophy

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, April 21, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas Gerard Brophy

I <3 you Thomas Gerard Brophy!You are my hero today and forever!!Please watch over our family this Sunday on September 11th,2011. <3 ur sister Erika Lynn xxoo

Erika Lynn Schwarz

September 7, 2011

What a terrible way for a hero to go. You are remembered today sir, and you always will be. Thank you for your sacrifice.

My heart aches for all you are missing in the life of your little one. RIP brother.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

April 21, 2011


5 years has passed and it still feels like 5 minutes. I miss everything about you and wish you were still with us. Unfortunately that's not possible so I struggle everyday to go on without you in our lives. I am strong and I feel your guidance with me all the time. I always ask myself "What would Thomas do?".

You guide my sail and are always in my heart.

I love and miss you,

Your Brother,


Justin M Schwarz

May 4, 2010

Dear Tom,
I cannot believe it has been 5 years today that you have left us. Matthew and I miss you. Continue to watch over us as you always have.


Rita Brophy

April 21, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

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

April 21, 2010

The anniversary of 9/11 is coming up in a few days as you well know. I just wanted you to know that you have not been forgotten. Rest in Peace...

Sergeant Chris DiToro

September 8, 2009

Thomas, on the day that should of been your 41st birthday you are on the minds of family, friends and many that never met you. Today is no different than yesterday, the day before yesterday or any other day since April 21, 2005.

Rest in piece big guy.

Love you, Dad.

Tom Brophy

August 5, 2009

Today is your 4th Anniversary in God's care. From that tragedy I met your beautiful wife and wonderful son. I know you are keeping watch over them. Peace to you Tom.

Eileen Ryan

April 21, 2009

Officer Brophy,

On this 4th anniversary of your tragic passing, I wish to let you know that I, as someone trying to go into the same profession of law enforcement, think you you and your family and all officers and their families who have made this kind of sacrifice. I cannot say the word thank you enough.

Josh Holcomb

Josh Holcomb, Civilian

April 21, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fourth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to our country and the supreme sacrifice you and your family made. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I wept when I read the words you had written about your son. I hope your friends and family are there for your wife and son and that your friends and male relatives realize that no matter how wonderful a mother may be it is hard for a woman to teach a man how to be a man. Please be there for this hero's son.

Phyllis Loya (also a grandmother of a beautiful grandson who lost his father before he was even born)

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 21, 2009

Rest in peace brother. You are gone but never forgotten...

Seregeant Chris DiToro

April 21, 2009

To Officer Thomas G. Brophy, his family and his fellow officers with the New Yourk City Police Department:

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

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

April 21, 2009

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends and family. May God bless and keep them.


To his son: I just wanted to let you know that your dad is a hero, now and forever. He loves you always.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 6, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer Brophy and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

January 12, 2009

My name is Thomas Brophy and I was part of the recovery efforts at the Fresh Kills Landfill after 9/11. I may or may not be a relative of Thomas G. Brophy but how our lives are so closely related and the Jobs we do are the same. To the Brophy famiy may god bless you.

Detective Thomas L. Brophy III
Trenton Police Departmnet Trenton NJ

January 10, 2009

Thanks for pushing us all in our academy class 94-20 you keep us all going.God Bless you and your family.Rest in peace...

Ret PO Christian Doran

October 28, 2008

Another hero lost through the evil of terrorism,another family who will be re-living that terrible day.God bless you,Officer Brophy.You and your colleagues,all the other emergency services,and all the other unknown heroes of that day,Rest in Peace.May your families find peace.

bernadette chantrey

September 13, 2008

Thomas was the best - He was my idol, my mentor and my big brother all rolled up into one. I love and miss him so much and I know that he died a hero.

Justin M Schwarz
Brother of Thomas

April 30, 2008

Tom, february 28th just passed and I can't believe it has been 14 years since we met in the police academy. We became quick friends and had a blast for those six months. Those memories will last a lifetime. I'm so glad that we were able to remain close friends. So many times when I go to they gym I feel that you will be by the squat rack getting ready to train your legs or on the treadmill where we could talk about the latest supplements. Tom, you're on my mind all the time and I miss you dearly. I'll never forgot the times we spent together. You've finally been recognized as a hero, but to me you've always been my hero.

Lt. Jason Harris

March 4, 2008



February 9, 2008

Thomas, you are missed no less today than yesterday. You live on in your son Matthew. The photo of you on this Officer Down Memorial Page has Matthew’s left hand on your right shoulder. You will be touching your son in everything he does. Rest peacefully. Love you big guy, Dad.

Tom Brophy

February 3, 2008

You are our hero and now it will be written in stone. Matthew truly knows now that you are a hero. You got the recognition you deserved and wanted. Rest in peace my love.
Rita and Matthew

Rita Brophy

February 1, 2008

Rest in peace, Officer Brophy. The 109 Auxiliaries proudly wear your memorial bar.

A/Lt Richard Oberhaus
NYPD Auxiliary 109 Precinct

January 26, 2008

Tommy I still remember riding next to you in the RMP, sharing your lunch when I didn't bring mine, teaching me the "ropes" when it came to car stops and reminding me my family always comes first. Its too bad we didn't have the time to get to know each other better. I got promoted recently and just to let you know a piece of you came "upstairs" with me. Watch over all of us down here Brother. The family is safe, the guys continue to treat them as one of "ours". With all my prayers and love you will never be forgotten.

NYPD - 109 PDU

January 17, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 2, 2008

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