Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

I have such wonderful memories of us working together in T4. You were truly an amazing person. It has been an honor to be able to call you my brother in blue as well as my friend!! I know that your family meant everything to you. Rest assured, we will take care of them. I hope you know how much we are going to miss you and your fabulous personality! We always got in trouble for "saying it like it is"....I guess I will be flying solo for a while! You will NEVER be forgotten! Till we meet again!!

With much love,
Stacey, Terence, Trennon, Cole, Travis and Drew Hickey

Det. Stacey Hickey
Tucson Police Dept.

June 8, 2008

Yesterday a police sergeant from Tucson was passing through Texas (met him and his family at a local gas station) and he told me about the tragic death of Officer Hite. I read his story here and was taken a back by officer Hite's heroism.

I wanted to stop by and leave my deepest condolences for the family and officer Hite's fellow officers. He looked danger right in the face and charged on for his fellow officers.

Highest respects.

Police Officer
El Paso, Texas Police Department

June 8, 2008

My thoughts & prayers are with you. Rest Easy.

Cindy, Arkansas
Sister of slain Officer Randy Basnett, eow 9/24/1976

June 8, 2008

Thank you, Officer Hite, for your service to the people of Arizona and the United States. Your dedication and efforts are appreciated and will not be forgotten. Rest in peace, Hero!

Janice Brown
Conway, Arkansas
civilian

Janice Brown
civilian

June 8, 2008

Rest in peace young brother.
M. Nations
Lake City TN., Police Dept.

Patrolman Mike Nations
Lake City PD, TN

June 8, 2008

From my 8 year old son's words, "I am not sad, because he did it for his people!"

Officer Hite, "your people" are grateful for your service and sacrifice!

May we all pass with such honor.

Deputy Michael Moseley
Pima County Sheriff's Department

June 8, 2008

I knew and worked with Eric too briefly. A Good person a dedicated professional.
He will be forever remembered and missed!

Sergaent Martin Broderick
Tucson police Department

June 8, 2008

Another morning has approached
as I think of my officer again.
One of the many officers that swore
to serve and to protect,
and gave up his life in the very end.

That fateful day is something that
I am not allowed to forget.
It is that memory that reappears
each time I put on my headset.

And when I sit in front of the radio
and dispatch my officers to a priority call,
I silently hope and pray
that I hear them clear,
instead of hearing them take the fall.

You see, I have always read their voices
and sent back up when I sensed tension or fear.
But now, more than ever, it is their voice
I want to continue to hear.

Taking for granted that you will hear
an officer do another traffic stop,
just should not be done.
For it does not matter how routine
the stop or call may be,
it only takes one.

When one of our brothers or sisters
is lost in the field
the briefing room will then be left
with an empty space.
And in our hearts it is perceived,
that this brother or sister will
never be replaced.

It is my solemn vow to all of my officers
to give my very best,
and to be the voice they want to hear
in their worst times of distress.

It is for my officers that
my loyalty is firmly planted
And it is their voices
that I will never again,
take for granted.

Authored by: Paula Ann Gomes

Micaela Lopez, Communications Supv
Tucson Police Dept

June 8, 2008

We had such a great time working together in T4. It is truly an honor, not only to call you my brother in blue, but also my friend! You are going to be incredibly missed! I know that you will always be looking after us. I know that your family meant everything to you...rest assured, we will take care of them! You will never be forgotten! Till we meet again!!!

Det Stacey Hickey
Tucson Police Dept.

June 8, 2008

Our Hearts and Prayers go out to the family of Ofc. Hite, as well as our Brother and Sister Officers of Operations Division East. May God Bless our entire Law Enforcement Community, as well as our Brother and Sister Officers through out this great Country.
"QUE EN PAZ DESCANSES, MI HERMANO".
Ofc. A.Gallego #18671 - ODS
PCJCC Detention Ofc. M.Gallego and Family, Krystina.

Officer A.Gallego #18671
Tucson Police Department

June 8, 2008

To you and your family, I wish much love and peace. Your friendship and service to all is and was appricated so very much. You will forever remain in my heart and soul. I know you touched many lives. Thank you for your kindness, love, compassion, and friendship. Just thanks. I wish your family all the blessings in the world.

Diane Bradley

June 7, 2008

I was privlidged to know Eric as his basic training officers at the academy. Eric was very motivated and excited about becoming an officer, he had already served his country and now wanted to continue in service to his community and he did so with Honor. Eric was a leader both in his recruit class and in his squad. My brother you will be missed, General Patton said it best when he stated "We should not be saddend that men like these died, but be greatful that men like Eric lived...Go with God, our prayers are with you and your family...The Brandt Family

Sergeant Rob Brandt
Tucson Police Department

June 7, 2008

Erik,

I have seen so much in your family this week. The unmatched character of your son, the sweet smile of your daughter, the Godly love your wife has for you. I know the grief is so very deep, because the love is so very great. Thank you for allowing me to be blessed and humbled by your legacy. May the peace of Christ be with you.

Sgt. Jim Kirk
Tucson Police Department

June 7, 2008

Ofc. Hite,
Thank you for laying down your life to protect the community I was born and raised in. Your sacrifice may have saved an unknown number of people in Tucson, some of whom I love and care about, including some of your fellow TPD officers whom I am proud to say are some of my best friends. Words can not express my gratitude. You will not be forgotten.

My deepest condolences are extended to the Hite family, and to the Tucson Police Department.

Ofc. Doug Newman
Port of Seattle Police
Seattle, WA

Officer Doug Newman
Port of Seattle Police

June 7, 2008

The good ones are taken way too soon. Rest in Peace Officer Hite. Thank you to all the emergency services that
protect and serve.

KCR
Thankful Citizen

June 7, 2008

God takes the good ones. Rest in peace Officer Hite.


Thankful Citizen

June 7, 2008

With served together in the military as Police Officers and then again as "Brothers in Blue". It was an honor serving with you in both capacities and I will never forget you. You are in a better place and I hope to see you again someday.

Sergeant V. Garcia II
Friend

June 7, 2008

Friends and Family: I found out about Erik's passing listening to talk show radio at work in Phoenix. I grew up with Erik in Susanville/Janesville, California. I remember Erik as a good kid who never hurt anybody. In 1992, I met up with Erik at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and experienced the man he had become. I only wish I could have returned the kindness he transmitted to others.

My prayers go out to Erik, his Sister and Parents in Janesville, and his Family in Tucson.

Eric Kaupanger,
Former Susanville CA Resident
Scottsdale, AZ


Highschool Mate

June 7, 2008

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jason Nelson
Tucson P.D. / Evanston IL P.D.

June 7, 2008

Erik,
Please watch over all of us you left behind. And bring guilt to anyone who chooses to defend the man who murdered you.

Tucson Police Officer
Tucson Police Department

June 7, 2008

My sincere condolences to the family, friends of Police Officer Erik Hite and to the entire Tucson Police Department. God Speed

Ofc. Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department

June 7, 2008

It has been six very long days since Tucsons greatest loss of one great officer. I live down the street from his memorial site, and have to drive past it every day to go to work. As I pass by so early in the morning, I have seen your brothers and sisters in uniform visiting the area. What a blow to Tucson, and his family.
officer Hite's last name to me stands for the folling.

H=Hero
I =In
T=Tucson's
E= Enforcement

May you rest in peace and walk beside God my friend!

Sincerely, Mary Myers

Mary Myers

June 7, 2008

Reading all these makes me feel like I knew you. My thoughts are with your family and loved ones. Your life and death has touched everyone and you will never be forgotten. Please keep a close watch over your fellow TDP and PCSD officers. Rest in Peace.


Girlfriend of a PCSD Deputy

June 6, 2008

Erik,
It was an honor to work with you every day for the past few years and I am glad to call you my friend. May God bless you and your family. Thank you for your sacrifice for us and may you rest in peace.

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

Ofc. Southard #40420
Tucson Police Department

June 6, 2008

Words can not express how sad we are to lose such a wonderful and dedicated officer. We will truly miss him.
4a37....good bye RIP

Laura Robles - Dispatcher
Tucson Police Dept - Communications

June 6, 2008

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