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

Rest in Peace, Brother.

OFC B. Grajek

June 6, 2008

Thank you Sir. Rest in peace with God.

John

June 6, 2008

This is a Spartan oath about their shield.

This is my shield, I bear it before me in battle, But it is not mine alone, It protects my brother on my left, It protects my city. I will never let my brother out of it's shadow, nor my city out of it's shelter. I wil die with my shield before me facing the enemy.

My prayers are with Officer Hite's family and the fine Officer's that he worked with. God bless Officer Hite and his family. Officer Hite is a true hero and warrior.

June 6, 2008

You, your family and your department are in my prayers during this difficult time.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

June 6, 2008

I hope that all who read this take time to remember that Erik was Hero in Life. He is not hero because he died but because of the selflessness and dedication that he lived his entire life. Erik gave his life to his country and this community, He completed service to this country and found himself compelled to continue serving. Erik was not only a fine officer but a better human being. We should all aspire to be the kind of person Erik was. In death Erik has taught not just the city he served but the community around it the meaning of selfless sacrifice for others. I am not suprised that an area as diverse as Tucson has rallied around the inspiration that is Erik Hite. You will be missed.

Det Troy Wallen
Tucson Police Dept

June 6, 2008

May God bless Erik and his family during this time of tragedy. Erik was a fine policer officer who dedicated himself to serving our community. He was a role model for his peers and superiors alike. His presence will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hite family.
God bless,
David, Linda, Brandon & Diane, Ryan & Brittany Azuelo

Sergeant David Azuelo
Tucson Police Department

June 6, 2008

Rest in peace brother, we will take it from here.

Deputy Norris
Pima County Sheriff's Department

June 6, 2008

Rest In peace Brother and thank you for your service and courage, my prayers are with your family

Deputy John Latour
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

June 6, 2008

"But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives." Philippians 3:20

My tears are of joy as well as sadness as I read the many reflections others have left. It is clear that Officer Hite's life was one well-lived. He served bravely and with wisdom; there is no question he made the world a better place. But he knew this was not his true home, and now he has arrived in heaven.

Abba Father, thank you for the gift of Erik Hite. In our eyes, You took him too soon, but we trust that Your ways are best. Please give your peace and comfort to all those he left behind: his family, friends, fellow officers, and the Tucson community. Prepare us all so that we can join him and You in heaven some day. Amen.

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant... Enter into the joy of your lord.’ (Matthew 25:21)

June 6, 2008

Erik, man, 4 years ago we met at the academy when you were a recruit. You were the 'oldest' guy in the squad. But damn you kept up with those young ones and then some. Our squad, David Ortiz, Jason Bredehoft, Tommy Rizzi, Dan Bartlett, Martin Guerena, Chris Dennison, Mitchell Schreiber and of course you, you men were the best. HANDS DOWN. All of you guys were such warriors. You had the same pain as everyone else and instead of focusing on yourself you helped big Dan with his shin splints...always helping someone even when your were in pain too, I'll never forget how much Ibuprofen you said you were taking. That brings back good solid memories for me because you never complained you and the rest just gutted it out. Not one complaint, you men complimented each other so well and it was because of your selflessness and teamwork. And you were an integral part of that and I will never forget it. I will cherish the military coin you gave me at graduation. You told me only someone of your rank in the military can distribute that coin. I will forever hold this coin as a symbol of our friendship and comradarie. Every time I hold the coin it will remind me of the good times at the academy and the bond it sealed with the other guys. I will miss you. Rest now Erik. Look down and smile because we have you covered.

James

Patrol Officer
Tucson Police Department

June 6, 2008

Thankyou Erik for your dedication and service. My prayers are with you and your family.

Ofc. Bryan Bachtel #43580
Tucson Police Department

June 6, 2008

Rest in peace.....

Patrolman
New Hartford Police Department, NY

June 6, 2008

Officer Hite,
While I was in church on Sunday, feeling grateful for my family and life, you were in the middle of the fight of your life on the very streets I drive every day. We are honored by your dedication and sacrifice to preserving the safety of our city. We are deeply saddened by this tremendous loss to our community and the pain your loved ones feel. Rest in the Glory and Peace of our Lord.
The Harting Family
Tucson

June 6, 2008

You've fought the noble fight and now God has called you home. Return to Him in honor, my brother, and rest forever in peace. Thank you for your selfless sacrifice. You are my Hero!

Jeff
Former GPD Officer

June 6, 2008

On behalf of the 5,200 members of the American Association of State Troopers (AAST), we extend our sincere condolences to Officer Hite’s family as well as the members of the Tucson Police Department. AAST members throughout the United States know first hand what all of you are going through right now. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken Howes, Executive Director
American Association of State Troopers

June 6, 2008

May your spirit have a joyous homecoming. I pray your family and friends find comfort in the heart felt words left by your extended Law Enforcment family. "Rest high on the mountain".

D/Sgt. Vence Woods
Office of Criminal Invest, Michigan DEQ

June 6, 2008

Officer Hite,

Thank you for your service to this Country both in the military and as a police officer. You made the ultimate sacrifice in trying to make this world a safer place for us to live. I offer my deepest condolences to your family during this difficult time. Rest easy sir, you will not be forgotten.

Trooper
New Jersey State Police

June 6, 2008

Officer Hite, You, your family and your extended family at the Tucson PD will be in my prayers. May god embrace you. Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the son's of God..

Sergeant Chris DiToro
NYPD

June 6, 2008

Erik,

I am at a loss for words... You are missed every passing second of every day! I have so much respect for you! It has been my honor helping your family and friends in this time of need! As you had always described... Your family truely is BEAUTIFUL! I can't stop thinking of calls that we took together and multiple interactions that we had talking about our families. Thank you for all you have contributed to this life! You are greatly missed!!!

Officer Melissa Ayun # 48377
Tucson Police Department

June 6, 2008

Every time I saw Erik, he smiled and said something nice. I'll miss him.

June 6, 2008

I'm deeply sadened for the loss of a great officer. My prayers are with the family. God Bless Ofc Hite and his family.

Ofc Egurrola 47233
Tucson Police Department

June 5, 2008

Erik,

It was truly an honor to know you. You were my first "Rookie" or as you would put it, Trooper. I know we meshed well and so well that you told your first trooper, " If you like Timmy Matthews style of F.T.O.ing then you'll love me and if not, you'll have a long five weeks." I will never forget how lucky I was to have had you as my first rookie as an FTO. During our downtime we spoke of your family and current events. You always expressed how much you loved your family and how proud you were of your son. You glowed of joy when you and your wife had your baby daughter. I had my fingers crossed for the two of you that the day would come for the baby to arrive as did Christal. You always spoke highly and proudly of the personnel in the United States Air Force. Never once do I remember hearing a swear from you no matter the circumstances. Remember the prank you played on me to help me quit my nicotine habit? You know, the time we went on a call in sector 1 as Usbaldo recalls. I left my can in the car and when we got back it was gone. You know I always blamed Matt for that but usbaldo came clean a couple of days ago. Too funny, I can hear your chuckle and see your smile now. Thank you for that effort. You would be proud though, it has been about a month now in case you didn't hear me when I was at Tomahawk. We spoke of your first Trooper before he came back to me to wrap up field training. It is good to see you in him but saddening at the same time bro, I miss you and can't even begin to express the sorrow I feel for your family's loss. You are no doubt one of the most pleasant people I have been around and could always count on you to put a positive spin on things. I know you are proud of how he is doing so far. I had no doubts that you would train others well. Erik, rest in peace my friend, it's been rough seeing your locker two down from mine knowing you're not going to be back. I will continue to pray for your family. Good bye buddy, you have left an everlasting impression on very many lives, Good bye.

Ofc. T. Matthews #43123
Tucson Police

June 5, 2008

Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

June 5, 2008

REST IN PEACE BROTHER.

INVESTIGATOR BOB CAMERON
CLEVELAND HTS PD (OHIO)

June 5, 2008

All of heaven hushed when God announced his arrival.

June 5, 2008

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