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Police Officer Erik David Hite

Tucson Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, June 2, 2008

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Reflections for Police Officer Erik David Hite

For some reason your memory passed through my mind again today and just felt the need to stop and reflect. You were an amazing mentor in the air force and a good friend to me. I'll never forget the day we all found out about your passing. Our entire squadron came to a grinding halt and many of us were devastated. It's been over 11 years now, and 15 years or so since your were apart of our military family, but you have never been forgotten and your service to God and country lives on in our minds. Rest easy brother.

MIchael Brown USAF Ret
355 AMXS / 357 AMU

October 23, 2019

Monday, September 30, 2019, My name is Kass Llanes, i didn't know you, but for some reason, i have a purple and gold coin in my desk for the past 5 or 6 yrs with your name and picture, I don't know how i got it, i kind of remember my son brought it from school, I really don't know how this coin thing works but if someone will like to have it back they can come pick it up, if not it will remain on my desk's drawer, and every time i come across it i will say a prayer for you.
Thank you for your service and for keeping the community safe.

KASSIANA I LLANES
Merit Foods of Az, Tucson Az

September 30, 2019

Yesterday, which was Sunday, February 18, 2018, I happened to be driving by the neighborhood where you were shot. I stopped and got out and looked at the markers on the side of the street that the Tucson police have put up. Hard to believe you've been gone almost ten years. In a way, I've come full circle in my life. I've started going back to Saguaro Canyon Church, where we got to know each other. There's the park on the church grounds that's named for you and your family, and I still think about you almost every day. I've got almost four years until retire from the Pima County sheriff's department. Still in the monitor room, keeping the courthouse safe. We got the watch for you, Erik. Take care, until we meet again.

PSSS Casey P. Jennings
Pima County Sheriff's Department, Tucson AZ.

February 19, 2018

This police week makes me think about you Erik. It makes me think of Nohemy and your kids. Makes me remember your perpetual smile while taking over the watch at that ungodly hour and without fail whenever you and I passed each other you saying, "How's it going big guy?" and actually meaning that you were there to talk to if I needed it.

The world is a poorer place without you.

Dep. A. Elliot (Former TPD Badge#46592)
King County Sheriff's Office

May 17, 2017

I learned of Officer Erik Hite's death recently when I was walking down Bonanza Ave. I happened upon a very moving tribute to him near the Mariposa Health Club.

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends. I am very saddened that Officer Hite died at such a young age.

I appreciate the dedication and sacrifice of all law enforcement professionals. Officers' Lives Matter!!

David Oxley

October 27, 2016

Sir, I sincerely thank you for your service and commitment to making the world a safer and better place. Bless you, and your family, and may you all be together again someday.

LJ
Cochise County Employee

May 3, 2016

Officer Hite,
On today, the 7th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USAF. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

June 2, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

June 2, 2015

RIP MY BROTHER IN BLUE

Officer E S
Tucson Police Department, AZ

October 2, 2014

hi eric, im your wifes neibor now and i want you to know , there will never be another man in her life she is still very much in love with you as in for ever as her next door neibor i do watch over her and every week bring in your garbages pails out front after the garbage has been picked up your friend lewis wagner

civilion
his wifes neibor

July 10, 2014

Hi Erik. I thought of you today. I wanted people to know that you are not forgotten. And I sometimes hear you ask me still, "How you doing big guy?"

I'm doing okay. Keep watch over us.

Officer A. Elliot
Seattle Police

February 12, 2014

Just wanted to leave you a message to say you are missed and not forgotten. Thank you for being such a wonderful person and your family for building a safe place for our babies to be watched while we put our lives on the line to keep the community safe.

Sergeant

December 28, 2013

I was SSgt Kaira M. Brown, we were stationed at Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ wherein, you were my First Sergeant. When our squadron was deployed, and I fell to hospitalization, you and your wife Noheme were by my side, you always there for us troops. We worked together daily at the 354 Fighter Squadron 'Bulldogs', I was devestated to learn on America's Most Wanted of your death!! I will never forget you. My prayers are with your wife and children.

SSgt Kaira M. Brown
United States Air Force

November 25, 2013

I was assigned to your bedside after you were wounded. I was present at your funeral. I wish our department could have done more for you and and your family. TPD will never forget your ultimate sacrifice. God bless!

Ofc. L.G.
Tucson PD

April 16, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 4th anniversary year 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 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 pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

November 15, 2012

Hi, Erik. It doesn't seem like it's been four years since you went to be with the Lord. So many changes and struggles since then. The big change was my reassignment to Judicial Security at Pima County Superior Court. I'm the monitor, so I think it's fitting that I work the courthouse cameras, still watching everything that goes on, like you used to kid me about when you first saw me at the main jail front desk:"Your eyes were everywhere." It was heartbreaking to see Nohemy and Pastor Neil Watson come to the court hearings, and be filled with rage when I would see your killer sitting at the defense table. On Memorial Day last week, I finally was able to go to the memorial set up on the street you were ambushed on and I left a "God Bless America" button under your plaque. The day before, this MSNBC host named Chris Hayes had mentioned that he felt uncomfortable using the word "hero" because he felt it was a justification for more war. I wrote a very pointed email to Mr. Hayes about that comment, which is to be expected from someone that has never served in the military. Towards the end of that email, I mentioned you specifically as a defintion of a hero. You wore the uniform of law enforcement and retired honorably from the U.S. Air Force. You attempted to stop a rampage and sacrificed your life for it. No residents in that neighborhood were hurt that day. For all the words that have been said or written about you, Erik, the plaque sums it up in five words: Erik Hite: A True Hero. Rest in peace, my friend, and will see you one day in the sky with the Lord.

PSSS Casey P. Jennings
Pima County Sheriff's Office Judicial Security Unit-Tucson, AZ

June 3, 2012

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

June 1, 2012

Sorry for your loss

Lt. Jonathan S. Suddeth
American Security

May 25, 2012

So sorry for your loss GOD bless you all.

nancy
NYPD widow

February 20, 2012

That is horrible. I am so sorry for the loss. Is their a motive? I listed additional suspects on your facebook page.

Susan Christine Knisely BSN RN
iGeometric Media Group

February 19, 2012

"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.
-David L. Bell

Deputy Jody Boerner
Cleburne County Sheriff's Office

February 19, 2012

Erik,
I still think about you and the way you'd say "How you doin today big guy?" And genuinely be interested in hearing me grunt or complain. I miss you and I wanted to say I have not forgotten now or ever. And by the way, I still have the bike that nearly took off my foot on our ride to Bisbee.

Ofc. A. Elliot
Seattle Police Department

June 22, 2011

Erik was a cops' cop and all of us will all keep him in our hearts for as long as we live.
Sgt. Steve Belda

Sgt. Steve Belda
Tucson Police Dept.

January 8, 2011

You are still our brother, our family, our friend. Time passes and we are well aware you should have the same or more of a right to spend it with your family, friends, cops -brothers and sisters. You trained one of us -alesson I'll never forget. You worked about the same years as another. You are a brother -God is the Father. Our Father. We tell him bring us home should we have one unfortunate shift -should He do so, I'll meet you in Heaven. Until then, we have not forgotten.... you, your family, yur sacrifice. God bless. Rest in the peace that your family is ours as well and you were taken in a way that makes you a hero -a way I owe you my utmost respect.
All our love,
Eric and Lynsey

Eric and Lynsey Coutts
Tucson Police Department

August 10, 2010

Eric, you and I never met, but the day you left us is a day I will never forget. I pray for your family and strive to be as good a cop as you were. It is hard to believe it has been two years, it seems like just yesterday. Know that you are missed and I will get to meet you someday.

Brian
Deputy Sheriff

June 4, 2010

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