Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Eric Guy Kelly

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, April 4, 2009

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Reflections for Police Officer Eric Guy Kelly

Your heroic sacrifice is a testament to your life. To give so much of yourself to save your fellow brothers is a virtue found only in the truly brave and courageous. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your family’s bereavement, and leave them only the cherished memory of the loved, lost, and the solemn pride that must be theirs to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Officer T. Burfine
Lufkin Police Department Texas

April 4, 2009

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the fallen and to the members of the Pittsburgh Police Department.

PO Sam Spencer
Kansas City, MO PD

April 4, 2009

I just heard the news of the shooting and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved and the Department. Domestic Vio calls are ALWAYS the most dangerous calls an officer responds to. You all are in the Los Angeles Police Departments prayers. Rest in Peace.

Lt. Reynoso
Los Angeles Police Department

April 4, 2009

Rest In Peace.

#2959
U.S. Marshals

April 4, 2009

RIP brother. God bless you, your family, friends and Pittsburgh Police Dept.

Trooper Wolchetsky
New York State Police

April 4, 2009

To my hometown brothers in blue rest in Peace. Your family, friends, and co-workers with the City of Pittsburgh Police Department, are in my thoughts and prayers.God Bless

Sr. Officer D. Johns
City of Sandy Springs Police, Georgia

April 4, 2009

This is a sad day. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice. May God be with your family during this sad time. Thank You for your service. You will never be forgotten.

Officer Martinez
Fort Worth PD

April 4, 2009

My heart breaks for Officer Kelly's family, friends and co-workers. I am sorry that you have to experience this pain.

I am the widow of Michael H. Wise, II who was killed in the line of duty in 2004. He was a former City of Pittsburgh paramedic and he always had good things to say about the officers who worked in the City. He said that the officers were always there when the paramedics needed them. I also have two friends who are officers and I know they must be hurting right now--especially Bill.

My heart goes out to Officer Kelly, his friends, his family, his fellow officers, and his fellow residents of Pittsburgh. It's a great town that just experienced a great loss. My condolences.

Denise L. Wise
Widow, Michael H. Wise, II EOW 6/5/04

April 4, 2009

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 4, 2009

Rest in Peace brother. You are truly a hero.

Corporal R.A. Zona
Pennsylvania State Police

April 4, 2009

Rest in peace brother!!

Ofc. Ott #1724
Anne Arundel County Police (MD)

April 4, 2009

Thank you for your service Rest in peace.

PSC John O'Mara
PA State Constables Office

April 4, 2009

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

April 4, 2009

This is a very sad day for the city of Pittsburgh. God be with Eric's family,friends and Officers of Zone 5. Eric you now have a special place in Heaven with God. RIP . God bless you for your service to the city of Pittsburgh.

Officer David English
Stowe Twp. Police

April 4, 2009

Rest in peace, brother.

Officer R. Law
Rocklin PD

April 4, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and Pittsburgh Police department.

Officer Nichols & wife
Sanford PD, Maine

April 4, 2009

To Officer Eric Kelly, to all family members and friends who call him beloved, and to his Pittsburgh Police Department family:

I was heartbroken to learn of Eric's death and the tragedy of today's events for the officers involved, their families, and their department. We were holding a meeting of the Northern California chapter of COPS when we received news of this horrific incident, and we were all deeply saddened.

I extend my sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you have suffered. Words are insufficient to describe the sadness I feel for the Kelly family. May you find comfort in your faith and the support of the law enforcement community.

There are many police survivors who share this same journey with you, and that community will be there to support you. Eric's memory will be forever honored and revered.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the 14 years of distinquished service Eric gave to his community and the citizens of Pennsylvania and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 4, 2009.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer

April 4, 2009

You are a true hero sir. Thank you for your service. You did well and may you rest in peace sir!

J.B.
Retired Officer

April 4, 2009

God Bless your family.

Anonymous

April 4, 2009

My deepest condolences on your loss. Rest in peace Office Kelly. God bless you!

Peggy Parker
Texarkana, TX

April 4, 2009

Rest in peace brother...you served well and will never be forgotten. We will take it from here....

Dep TLE
BCSD

April 4, 2009

Truly a sad day for all of law enforcement. Rest in peace, brother.

PO Ari Maas
NYC PD

April 4, 2009

R.I.P. brothers, a sad day for the city I was born in. God bless all three of you, your families, the Pittsburgh Police Bureau, Zone 5 and the great City of Pittsburgh.

Trooper Allan McMurray
PSP Media

April 4, 2009

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Officer Eric Kelly and to the entire Pittsburgh Police Department. RIP

Ofc. Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department

April 4, 2009

RIP to you and your brother officers...thank you for your service ...thoughts go out to your family, friends, and fellow officers

Lisa Rebar Police Officer
LAPD Topanga Division

April 4, 2009

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