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

Erik, by all accounts you were an exceptional man. You volunteered 21 years of your life in service to your Country, then volunteered again to spend your AF retirement serving your community. You were also a family man, a father, a husband, a son. And a good Christian witness, too. I KNOW you are in His holy Presence right now.... and I hope that thought can bring solace to those you left behind. Until we are all together again in Paradise, rest easy Erik - we have the watch.

CSO Huber
Tucson PD

June 5, 2008

Sir, your duty to your country and your community does not go unrecognized. Thank you for your service. May God Bless You.

Sergeant
Washoe Co. Sheriff's Office

June 5, 2008

My condolences for the family of this brave hero.

June 5, 2008

God Bless You, Erik Hite. I knew and worked with Erik for nearly three years. What a tremendous human being. Mere words cannot do justice to the man he was. Rest in Peace Erik and thank you for your service.

Ofc J. Stone #47518
Tucson Police Department, Ops Div East

June 5, 2008

We will listen with our hearts when you embrace us. God Bless you.

Detective Margaret Lenard
Tucson PD

June 5, 2008

God bless you Erik, and all you've done for our country and community. You will never be forgotten and the world will never be quite the same without you. Jim & Jennifer

Ofc. Jim Sullivan and wife Jennifer
Tucson Police Department

June 5, 2008

OFC. HITE,
I AM INSPIRED TO THINK THAT YOU JOINED TPD AFTER RETIRING FROM THE ARMED FORCES. THAT SAYS ALOT ABOUT YOU AND YOUR DEDICATION TO PROTECTING OTHERS. GOD BE WITH YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS IN THEIR TIME OF NEED.

K9 HANDLER ROBERT DERFUS
MARANA POLICE

June 5, 2008

Erik, I spoke with you last week about helping out with Spanish Training for the "new kids" coming to post basic. You were just finishing up a 5 week stint of field training and you were so happy with how your rookie was doing, but looking forward to having a few weeks by yourself. You were a hell of a cop, a fantastic field trainer and a leader to many of your co-workers. Words cannot express how much you will be missed. God Bless you Erik....but keep watching over us and the "new kids" as we send them out to the mean streets.

Sgt. Tammie Penta
Tucson Police Department

June 5, 2008

My condolences and prayers for you and your wife and children and family, friends and Police Family. Thank you Officer Hite, for your dedication and hard work and your bravery, the sacrifices you gave in protecting the people of Arizona, You will never be forgotten and will be remembered in my every day prayers God Bless you as you sleep in God's Love and in His Arms
Respectfully,
Kathi Halligan Philadelphia PA., wife and mom of LEO'S

Kathi Halligan
Philadelphia PA

June 5, 2008

Godspeed brother! Rest assured the members of your department will take care of your family from here.

Trooper Mark Holthaus
Washington State Patrol

June 5, 2008

May you rest in peace and may your loved ones, friends and family know His love and comfort.

June 5, 2008

Thank you Erik for your dedication to this community and the sacrifice that you made. You are a true HERO and may God bless you and your family.

Ofc. Collamore
Tucson Police Dept

June 5, 2008

A great man who died fighting protecting the country that he loved. You will not be forgotten. May you rest in peace.

Johnny Walker
Tucson Police

June 5, 2008

Officer Hite,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. Thank you for your dedicated service to both our country and the citizens of Tucson. Your memory will be forever in our hearts. Rest in peace.

Cheryl Koontz
Tucson Police Department

Cheryl Koontz
Tucson Police Department

June 5, 2008

Please pray for the members of his squad out in what used to be my Team, Team 4. Erik is a member of squad 3 and I know that his fellow squad mates are having a very difficult time with this, not to mention the entire substation itself. The impact of this loss is enormous, it is felt throughout the entire department, from the Chief of Police on down to the call taker in Communications...Thank you Erik for your dedication, I didn't know you when I was your team secretary but your reputation precedes you. In the light of the Lord you will rest in peace and your pain is no more...

Maria Annette Corrales #40792

Secretary/Maria A Corrales
Tucson Police Department

June 5, 2008

Erik,
Although I never had the opportunity to work with you, I appreciate your due diligence and steadfast committment to the career we have all chosen. You are a hero among us and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. I pray for you and your family every day and commend you for the ultimate sacrifice you have paid serving the citizens of this community. The rewards will be yours with our Heavenly Father.

Ofc Barry
Tucson PD

June 5, 2008

Erik, you were a pleasure to train as a rookie officer and later an inspiration to see the officer that you became. It was always an easy task to respond with you on calls for service and your devotion to duty with be sorely missed. You always had an easygoing manner about you.Your friendship will be remembered and treasured forever when ever I look back on my career. Thank you for those memories.

Ofc W. Spalding #25453
Tucson P.D.

June 5, 2008

Our hearts go out the family and friends who loved Officer Hite. Because of his bravery and dedication, a friend of mine is still with us. He was doing what he swore to do, serve and protect. We thank him with all our hearts. He will never be forgotten. Thank you.


Thankful Tucson Resident

June 5, 2008

The way you lived your life as a career Airman and as a Peace Officer honors us all. I cannot find adequate words to fully express the sadness nor do I presume to imagine what your family and those closest to you are felling now. Please know you and your family are in my prayers.

Lt Col (Ret.) Stephen Lowery
Concerned Citizen

June 5, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

June 5, 2008

Erik was an acadamey mate and a friend. He always had a smile and will be greatly missed. Godspeed my friend.

Officer C Dennison
Tucson Police Department

June 5, 2008

Thank you for all you did. You will never be forgotten. Your family and friends will stay in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Ofcr Hite.

Police Dispatcher
Pima County Sheriff's Department

June 5, 2008

"The Final Inspection"

The policeman stood and faced his God,
which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders
and said, "No Lord. I guess I ain't.
Because those who carry badges,
can't always be a saint."

"I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough...
and sometimes I've been violent
because the streets are awful tough."

"But I never took a penny,
that wasn't mine to keep...
though I worked a lot of overtime
when the bills got just too steep."

"And I never passed a cry for help,
though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I wept unmanly tears."

"I know I don't deserve a place
among the people here.
They never wanted me around
except to calm their fear."

"If you've a place for me here, Lord,
it needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But, if you don't...I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne,
where saints had often trod,
as the policeman waited quietly
for the judgement of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman
You've bore your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on heaven's streets.
You've done your time in hell."

Your sacrifice for your community will never be forgotten my brother. Rest easy now, we'll take it from here.

PC Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police (Ontario)

June 5, 2008

The first time we met, you responded to my request for a Spanish-speaker to assist me in returning a found wallet. Boy was I surprised to hear you speaking Spanish fluently! Somehow we got on the topic of God. Next thing I knew, Heather and I were at your house for couples bible studies, and we were visiting Saguaro Canyon Church on Old Spanish Trail (I think I got the name right, it's been a while). While God took you away from us, be in peace knowing that you brought a piece of God to countless others. You will be dearly missed by our department and community.

Det. Cross #41819
Tucson Police Department

June 5, 2008

Rest in peace bro',we'll take it from here.

PO JA Bottillo
Troy NY PD

June 5, 2008

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