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Police Officer Thomas Frederick Ballman

Kirkwood Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, February 7, 2008

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas Frederick Ballman

Tom,

10 years have gone by and we still think of you often.

Rest in peace.

Roger and Amy
Friends

February 7, 2018

Tom
I am sitting here dealing with the loss of one of my officers (Sgt Steven Floyd DE DOC E.O.W. 2-2-17). And I am comforted by the thought that he is there with you in heaven. You were a great mentor to me while we served in the Corps and I would like to think that I took some of those qualities & traits you taught us young devil dogs and have applied it to my career. You may be gone but you will never forgotten.

Semper Fi brother!

Lt. M. Stevenson
Delaware Dept of Corrections

February 8, 2017

Hard to believe that today is the 8-year anniversary of that horrible night at City Hall. I still remember - I won't forget. It was a privilege to get to know you. You were taken from us way too suddenly and way too soon.
(Too many of your brothers and sisters in uniform have joined you in Heaven in recent years. I hope you all are enjoying your time together up there, swapping stories and "walking your beat on Heaven's streets".)
Praying for your fellow officers, your friends, and your family today. You are dearly loved and greatly missed.

Taylor Wilmering
Civilian

February 7, 2017

Godspeed my brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)
N.Y.P.D.

February 7, 2017

Friday was a very sad day. It reminded me constantly of my being notified that you had been killed. I cried most of the day. I hope there is a place where all of you heros can spend time because as you knew before me, 5 more came to join you Thursday night. Since I know firsthand how terrible this tragedy can be to a Mother, I am sick that 5 more mothers are now minus their sons.
I love you so much Tom and miss you that much too, You will always be my baby!!!

Sue C. Neely
Mother of Officer Tom Ballman, EOW 2/07/08
Kirkwood, Mo. Police Dept.

July 11, 2016

Once again we reflect on your loss ... Doesn't get any easier.

I miss our talks about the military time we each spent and how our branches of service were so different yet the same.

Rest in peace brother.

Lt. Cliff Pope
Kirkwood PD

February 9, 2015

Well my Baby, another year has passed and I still ache for the loss of you. Today is the worst day of each year and it just doesn't get any better. I miss your humor and your ability to find the best in any situation. I really miss that! If I could see you one more time or touch you one more time - well words can't describe how I would love that. I pray that you are happy in heaven. I pray that you are with all the people who passed before who were your friends and relatives here on earth. I will always love you and always miss you. But I know I will see you again.

Sue C. Neely
Mother of Officer Tom Ballman, EOW 2/7/08

February 7, 2015

Today is your 44th Birthday. I just want you to know that every day I think of you. The memories are great but very poignant to me. I love you and will love you forever. You are still my baby.
Love you Tommy.

Sue C. Neely
Mother of Officer Tom Ballman, EOW 2/07/08
Kirkwood, Mo. Police Dept.

September 29, 2014

I miss you every day of my life. It has been 6 years and it just
never gets better.
I will always love you Tommy.

Your Mom.

Sue C. Neely
Mother of Officer Tom Ballman, EOW 2/07/08
Kirkwood, Mo. Police Dept.

April 21, 2014

Tom,

Six years later and the shock and sadness still resonate like it was yesterday. Rest in peace our dear friend.

Amy and Roger
Friends

February 7, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

April 21, 2013

Hi Tommy

I have kept every tee shirt and your KW Police shirt up until now. Now I have sent a lot of them to the Final Call Quilts. They will be making me a quilt with many of your tees, your police shirt and the shirt declaring you my Guardian Angel ( which you are!) I am so excited to be having this done into a beautiful quilt by two police officers from Derby, Ks. Right outside of Wichita where you visited me when I lived there. I know you will see it being made so I hope I make you proud by doing this. You know how much I miss you and love you.

Your Mom

Sue Carol Neely, Mother
Kirkwood Mo. Police Dept

April 18, 2013

Tom, I think about you everyday. I promise you there is not a day that goes by that you don't cross my mind. I know that you are in Heaven with Sgt. Biggs and Sgt. Mckentee. I miss and will never forget you.

Ed Crenshaw
Ex. Kirkwood Officer

April 16, 2013

The hole in my heart from the death of my only son Tom, will never heal.
Till we meet again, and WE WILL!!!

Sue C. Neely
Mother of Officer Tom Ballman, EOW 2/07/08
Kirkwood, Mo. Police Dept.

April 4, 2013

Dear Officer Ballman, I didn't know you but I'm watching a story about you right now and right as I heard it, my heart went out to you and your family. I'm not an officer or anything. Just a civilian. I hope you are resting in peace. Well done. My condolences to your family

Heidi Dietrich
none

March 4, 2013

Sergeant Biggs,
No one will ever forget your actions on that fateful night in February. God bless and rest easy brother. From one sergeant to another.

Sergeant John Capuzzi
Seminole County Police Explorers

October 13, 2012

I still can't believe you are gone! I have so many fond memories of you Tom; playing softball, going to the driving range and breaking your driver, karaoke, or just hanging out. I miss you dearly but have peace knowing that you aare in a better place.

Scott Wilson
Friend

March 13, 2012

Thinking of you and your family today. I will never forget this tragedy.

Kathy McEntee
Sister of Sgt. Bill McEntee

February 7, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 4th anniversary 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.

Time never diminishes respect and you will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your mom for sharingi in her reflections her devotion to you. I share her anguish in losing a beloved child which surely has to be life's greatest sorrow.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 7, 2012

Thinking of and praying for you, Cindy and your entire family today. You are never forgotten.

Jayne McEntee

February 7, 2012

Tom,
It is hard to believe fours years have passed since that terrible day. I was honored to have known you through explorers and have put many of the lessons you taught me into practice in my own career. Rest easy now, Officer Ballman. We have The Watch.

Deputy Ethan Doerr
Vinton County Sheriff's Office, OH

February 7, 2012

Tom,
Four years have passed and we will never forget your sense of humor, your zest for life, your pride in service to country and community, and most of all that we were blessed with the opportunity to have had you in our lives and for that we will always honor your memory.

Amy & Roger
Friends

February 6, 2012

Another Christmas is coming and my heart is so heavy. Putting up the Christmas tree was very hard and a tearful event. The music of the season which you loved just tears me apart.
I don't think I could ever make you understand just how much
your leaving has broken my heart.
You are my only son and I miss you so very much. I know you are in the Best Place but I wish you were back with me just so I could put my arms around you and tell you how much I love you.
I miss you my Son. Always, all my love Tommy

Sue Carol Neely
Mother of Officer Tom Ballman

December 4, 2011

I just successfuly graduated from the 2011 St. Louis Area Law Enforcement Exploring Association Training Academy, and had the great pleasure of being awarded the "Tom Ballman Award for Best Overall Explorer". Having lost a father myself I can safely say that Tom Ballman sounded like an exceptional man who stived for nothing short of perfection, persistance, and sincere dedication to not only his career, but to the ones he loved also. I try to strive for all of these aspects and characteristics in not only my workplace but with the individuals I encounter on a daily basis. Being commemorated after such an exceptional man is truely a great honor, particularly when that same man is a role model to many of those around him, to those he had never even met.

Parker Smith
St. Peters Police Explorers

July 30, 2011

We went to the Fritz Foundation event Friday and there was a great turnout. Cindy has honored your life well.

It's hard to believe it has been three years since you were taken from your family, friends, and community.

You'll never be forgotten.

PO Dan Retzlaff
Brentwood PD MO

February 7, 2011

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