Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Joseph M. Airhart, Jr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, November 4, 2008

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Reflections for Detective Joseph M. Airhart, Jr.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, fellow officers and dispatchers of Detective Joseph Airhart Jr. He will be missed but never forgotten. May you rest in peace Detective Airhart, you are truly a hero.

Shelley Creasy
York County 911 York PA

November 6, 2008

We will never forget.

Carol Gordon
Mother of Michael Gordon CPD - EOW 8-8-04

November 6, 2008

May you rest in peace Detective Airhart.

Your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jonika Winkler
Sister of Det. Jared Jensen EOW:2/22/2006

November 6, 2008

Detective Airhart,
I know you are in a better place now. Thank you for your sacrifice. Your community and this nation is forever in your debt. You are a true american hero in every sence of the word. Rest in peace brother, we'll take it from here.
You will never be forgotten.

Sgt Josh Nyce
Broward Sheriff's Office

November 6, 2008

Thank you for your sevice Joseph you are a true HERO , GOD'S SPEED.


November 6, 2008

Rest in peace Detective Airhart Jr. you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your service. You will be missed!


November 6, 2008

Thoughts and prayers are with your family and your agency. RIP Brother in Blue.

Police Officer D. Kirk #309
Round Lake Heights PD (IL)

November 6, 2008

My six year old daughter sits next to me as I log onto ODMP. She asks if these are all Police Officers like me. She then asks if they are all my friends. My reply "yes they are" Your friends and family were so much larger than you may have thought. Rest in peace.

Just a Cop

November 6, 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

November 6, 2008

Rest in peace....


November 6, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know you are in God's hands and are not suffering anymore. God bless your family and friends.

k-9 Officer Tom Summerville Jr
Eutaw Police Department

November 6, 2008

Rest In Peace Brother. At least you got to see your killer pay for his crimes. My condolences to your Family and the Chicago PD.

PO Fred Nordt
Lake Success PD, Long Island, NY

November 6, 2008

Detective Airhart, You are a true hero. You served well and fought hard. Rest easy now, we have the watch. The angels have brought your wings.

J. Kindley
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

November 6, 2008

Detective Airhart, during your tour of duty you have served your community and city with honor and dignity. For the last 7 years you fought a hell of a fight, it is now your time to rest we will carry on from here. To the family of Detective Airhart you all are in our thoughts and prayers. The police family will be by your side forever. To the man and women of the Chicago Police Department hold your heads high as you all carry on during these difficult times. God Speed Brother

Detective First Grade Robert F. Jackson
Metropolitan Police Department Washington DC/Homicide Branch

November 6, 2008

Rest in peace Detective. God bless you and your family.

CPD 011

November 6, 2008

Rest in perace, your service and sacrafice will not be forgotten!

Patrolman Jeff Tripp
Marion,Ma Police Dept

November 6, 2008

God has received a heroic,honorable and trustworthy brother in His department of our law enforcement elite. Your devotion, your dedication, bravery, honor and integrity will stand as shining hallmarks for those who follow in our profession. Know your family will be cared for by those you have left behind and that your name is enscrolled in the purest of gold in all our hearts. Your new assignement with God will be full of peace and joy and His love for your service is eternal as is your life in His kingdom. Until we all meet there, God speed and bless you.
In Christ, Tom Bradley Arizona State Chaplain FOP

Tom Bradley, Retired
Phoenix AZ PD

November 6, 2008

Rest in Peace...

Syracuse Police Dept,NY

November 6, 2008

I praise God for this officer's time and service here on earth and pray for the peace to cover the family. In Jesus name. Amen.

Lt gary Langston
Choctaw Nation Tribal Police

November 6, 2008

God speed brother... thank you for your service.

Atlantic City Police Dept. NJ

November 6, 2008

Rest in Peace Officer Airhart, my thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, and to the members of the Chicago Police Department. God Bless you, and may you continue your watch from the streets of heaven.

Tonya M. Stephenson
Private Citizen, Knoxville, Ia

November 6, 2008

God bless your Detective Airhart; may you rest in peace.

Board of Trustees
Matteson IL Police Pension Fund

November 6, 2008

Bro. Airhart,
May you rest in peace brother.

Sgt. Walter Hughes, Retired
MNPD - Nashville, Tennessee

November 6, 2008

The following is a Fallen Officer's Prayer that was found while a Pueblo Police Officer visited the N.Y.P.D. Museum & Ground Zero in 2005 Officer's Prayer

Fallen Officer’s Prayer

I Never Dreamed It Would Be Me.
My Name For All Eternity.
Recorded Here At This Hallowed Place.
Alas, My Name, No More My Face.
'In The Line of Duty' I Hear Them Say.
My Family Now The Price To Pay.
My Folded Flag Stained With Their
We Only Had Those Few Short Years.
The Badge No Longer On My Chest.
I Sleep Now In Eternal Rest.
My Sword I Pass To Those Behind And
Pray They Keep This Thought In Mind.
I Never Dreamed It Would Be Me.
And With A Heavy Heart And Bended
Knee, I Ask For All Here From The
Dear God, Let My Name Be The Last.
We here at our internet radio offer words of comfort. We hope the family and friends will have some kind of comfort from the words left in this solemn space. GOD BLESS YOU ALL
Canon City, CO

Marilyn Robinson
KWLF internet radio

November 6, 2008

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

PO JA Bottillo
Troy PD

November 6, 2008

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