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

OFFICER SCHMIDT
NYPD

June 16, 2008

Officer Hite,

Thank you for your service to your community and country. I did not know you personally, but I am touched by your selflessness, courage, and determination that you have exhibited by the career paths you chose. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace. You are truly a hero and your memory will live on forever. God Bless the Hite family! Peace be with you all.

June 16, 2008

AS A RETIRED TPD OFFICER OF 26 YEARS, 8 AS A RESERVE AND 18 AS A PAID OFFICER, I DID NOT KNOW OFFICER HITE, BUT I DID LOOSE 4 FELLOW POLICE OFFICERS WHILE ON WAS WITH THE DEPT. EVEN THOUG I DIDN'T IKNOW OFC. HITE, I STILL CONSIDER HIM MY BROTHER AND I AM DEEPLY SADDEN BY IS UNTIMELY DEATH. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN AND TO HIS PARENTS DURING THIS TIME.
MY WIFE AND I ATTENDED HIS SERVICES AND JUST FROM THE REMARKS THAT WERE MADE, I FEEL AS THOUGH I HAD KNOW OFC. HITE THE WHOLE TIME I WAS ON THE JOB. TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WITH TPD, MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AS YU WORK THROUGH THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME. MAY GOD PROTECT EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU WHILE YOU ARE ON YOUR WATCH AND RETURN HOME SAFE AND SOUND EVERY DAY.

LPO FRANK DOMANICO
RET. TUCSON POLICE DEPT

June 15, 2008

Officer Hite,

May your wife and children feel you close to them as they struggle through this day and always. What a beautiful gift to have left the world with a loving legacy...

"Children's children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children"
~Proverbs 17:6
Respectfully,
Brigitte Targosz- Wife of fallen Officer Rob Targosz E.O.W. 4/30/06

Brigitte Targosz

June 15, 2008

Still thinking about Officer Eric Hite and his family on this
Fathers Day which will sadly be just one of many firsts in this upcoming year. To his father, I know this day is so sad
for you. The thought of your heart break brings me to tears.
I hope that in time the wonderful memories you have will bring
you comfort and dull the empty ache at least for some moments.

I am equally sad for his wife and for Roy and Samantha who are experiencing this day with a sense of emptiness. To all of you as well I hope and pray that your memories will console you. I know that words are inadequate to express
and to console such deep loss. I just hope that to know that
others are thinking of you, and praying for you brings what
little comfort it can. Wishing you peace and the knowledge that beneath tragedy lies triumph.

Mother of A Police Officer

June 15, 2008

Hey Shirt. You served your country, and your community well. There is not more anyone can ask for. You will be missed, But Never forgotten! You a GREAT guy, Sergant, officer, father, and husband. RIP.

SrA Michael F.
355 SVS

June 15, 2008

Ofc. Erik Hite, My heart goes out to your family and friends in this most difficult time. You have contributed so much to society serving this country and your town. All know what a wonderful person you were.

Though I didn't know you personally I was pulled over by you for traveling far too fast when I was visiting my family in Tucson AZ. By showing you respect and talking to you and because you were such a nice guy, you let me go with a verbal warning.

You have served your time well... rest easy now.
God Bless!

Lesa LePage

June 15, 2008

Erik,
I will miss your smile at church and the hug you always had for me. You are with Jesus now, at full rest and peace. Well done my friend, well done. I love you brother.
Bill Hatch

Bill Hatch
Friend

June 15, 2008

Being a fellow believer, I wanted to see the video of your
service. The first video I went to, I couldn't figure out
how to get the audio. The second video I went to, I couldn't figure out how to get the visual. Oh, heck. I just listened to the service with a blank screen. I am glad I persevered. You made quite an impact, Erik...on your parents, your wife and children, law enforcement, military and spiritual families as well. You proudly served
your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and it trickled on down
from there. You had a beautiful witness and may many come
to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ because you helped to
pave the way. I know that is what matters most to you.. to
see souls won for the Kingdom and to be reunited with all those you cared about. You were a good reflection of the
King, Eric and I am supremely happy you are with Him forevermore. We will miss you, Eric and may God comfort those who are grieving this tremendous loss here on Earth.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

June 14, 2008

Rest in Peace Brother

Lt. Joseph Ward, ret.
Jackson, NJ PD

June 14, 2008

I miss you Erik. You set the bar high. I know you loved your wife, son and daughter with all your heart. Thank you for setting the perfect example as a father and a husband to your family. You invited me so many times to your church. I have now started attending and love the members and your pastor. Why did I wait so long? Thank you for showing me Christ's love through your life. I still can't believe that your gone. You will be greatly missed but not forgotten. Thank you for being my friend!!!

Officer Dana Mattocks
Pima College Police Department

June 14, 2008

Erik,

You would have been awestruck at the number of people that attended. The church had 3000 people in it and the motorcade was 11 miles long. 12 helicopters did your flyby. I cried at last call.

There were people lining the streets in 105 degree weather to watch you pass. The outpouring of support for Nohemy, Samantha, and Roy was amazing. I will miss you my friend. I will miss you saying, "How you doing Big Guy?" in the locker room and telling me it's going to work itself out.

Rest well, be at peace. The watch is ours.

Al

Ofc. A. Elliot
Seattle Police Department

June 14, 2008

Officer Hite,

I just have poured over the numerous tributes to your life. You will definitely be missed by your family, your friends, your co-workers, and the citizens of the City of Tucson. I just want to say thank you for your service to your country, state, and city. I grew up in Tucson and cannot believe how it has become more violent over the years. With that said, it did not deter you from service to your local community. There is something that makes you and other police officers unique across this country. Most people are taught to run away from the sound of gunfire. We, as police officers, move toward the sound of gunfire to protect those who may not be able to protect themselves. You responded without hesitation to answer that call. For that sir, you are owed a debt of gratitude that cannot be paid back on this earth. Your reward is in heaven. I pray that the members of your agency watch over and take care of any needs your family may have in these troubling times. Thank you! You have served your time well. Go 10-42 and rest brother. We'll take it from here.

Cpl. Corey J.Borns #0293
Frederick County Sheriff's Ofc., Maryland

June 14, 2008

Our hearts will forever have an empty spot from the loss of our best friend. Erik gave his all to his Air Force career and the Tucson Police Department, but nothing came before his family. You will be forever remembered and missed.

Officer Rick Tindall /Miriam Tindall
Largo Police Department

June 13, 2008

To Ofc. Hite,
Although we did not know you personally, you left us too soon and tragically. You are a true HERO. To Mrs. Hite and family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. The service was beautiful and touching. Obviously Erik was loved by all and will be missed by all. Thank you for your service to our Country and to our City.
-Tony & Lisa Windsor

Lisa Windsor
Tucson Police Dept. Crime Lab

June 13, 2008

Officer Hite,

Thank you for your service to your community and our nation. On behalf of myself, my family, and my department, I send my deepest, most sincere condolonces to your family and the men and women of the Tuscon Police Department during this difficult time.

May you rest in peace my brother in blue.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" Matthew 5:9

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13

HEROES LIVE FOREVER 1*

Officer James H. Belcher II
Radford University Police Department (VA)

June 13, 2008

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Hite. My heart aches for you all. God Bless.

911 Dispatcher
Virginia

June 12, 2008

My most sincere sympathy to Officer Hites family and friends. God Bless you Officer Hite and R.I.P brother.

Officer
HPD

Officer
Henderson PD, Henderson NV

June 12, 2008

May God wrap His loving arms around you and your family.
Thank you.

Citizen
Citizen

June 12, 2008

Being the mother of a police officer, what happened to you Erik is and will always be my worst nightmare. This is a
senseless tragedy. While it is true and has been said by many your loss constitutes the ultimate sacrifice. While that sacrifice required selflessness and commitment it is clear that you lived your life in ways to express that selflessness.
A good son, loving husband, devoted father, dedicated police officer,a devout Christian, A ready mentor, a solid friend.
You left your foot prints to be followed. You left a legacy
that requires reaching to a higher standard. You left people whose desire it is to follow your path. There is no greater measure of a man's worth than that. I imagine how much better Tucson will be with police officers wanting to "do it
the way Erik would". I imagine a Tucson where citizens realize that police are men (women) with a tough job who deserve respect and support. Who sacrifice daily for our
best interest in the community. A world where a struggling father who determines by your example to make the time to
instill wisdom into that son, or even though tired will sacrifice sleep to comfort his teething baby. Or a friend who sees another friend struggling and is willing to speak truth to the situation because that is the example left by you Erik. There is no doubt you have left your light, to be
picked by any and all whose desire it is to honor and remember you. So you continue to give as was your way. And your gifts to us all will be in evidence forever.
I add to the prayers and condolences for your family. In tragedy there comes triumph. I have no doubt that those many lives you touched will reflect not on the loss as much as they will reflect on the lessons, the love, the devotion and the commitment that exemplified you. You left a legacy that
will stand proud for your family, friends, department and
the community. We can not know all the things that will
result from your life and choices, the impact it will have
on individuals. What we can know is that any and all who
follow your example will be made better. In that way you
continue to contribute to your family, friends, department and the community.

The world has become a little darker and a little sadder in
your passing. But there are many who carry your light within and will remember you in action in their lives. Thank You Erik. Thank you to the Hite family for sharing him with us all. May his light shine brightly on all of us.


Mother of a Police Officer

June 12, 2008

both me and my wife wish the best of wishes to officer hites family may god be with them.officere hite gave the ultimate sacrafice by giving his life that fateful day. may god be with you and may you rest in peace. you may be gone but not forgotten thank you for your ultimate sacrafice protecting us that fateful day.

citizen
citizen

June 11, 2008

Erik, I have attended many officer's funerals in the four years I have on the job. Yours was the first one I attended as a member of our department's Honor Guard. I felt so privileged to stand with others as we celebrated your life and passing into Heaven. God rest your soul my friend. Watch over us buddy.

Cpl. John Tewes
Flagstaff PD

June 11, 2008

"Well done, good and faithful servant."
Matthew 25:21

Public Safety
Public Safety employee

June 11, 2008

You gave your life to protect this town that I love so dearly. There are no words powerful enough to say THANK YOU our actions are the only way of thanking you may everyone stand a little taller and be a little stronger and someday we all might attain the level of love you gave us all to your family may God Bless you and keep you in is protective arms of love. I cry with you at your loss.

God Bless

citizen
citizen

June 11, 2008

We put our lives on the line to protect the innocent and to pursue the guilty.Each time we put on our uniforms and get into our patrol cars we take the risk of not coming home to our loved one's. We make a sacrafice every single day on the job. Most people say we bleed blue but we all know thats not true. It hurts us to hear a call come over the radio informing us a brother/sister in blue is hurt. We try our best to make our communities safe and each time we respond to a call we risk being killed "In The Line Of Duty". All officers who sacrafice their lives are truly heroes and angels to all of us.

10-7 Officer David Hite
You will be missed. Last Watch June 2, 2008

Captain Tyrone Davis
Los Angeles Police Department

June 11, 2008

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