Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Omar J. Edwards

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Reflections for Detective Omar J. Edwards

Officer Edwards,


I am deeply saddened by the news of your passing. You paid the ultimate price for your City, and your Country.

May God bless you, your family and your brothers at the NYPD. Watch over us all, and thank you.

Officer Lee
Genoa Police

May 31, 2009

Rest in peace Officer Edwards!
You will not be forgotten!
VALAWENFORCEMENT salutes you!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

May 31, 2009

To the Family of Officer Edwards,

I am so sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers at this diffcult time in your life.


"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 of us 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 awfully 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've 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 the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

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

Author Unknown

Anonymous

May 31, 2009

Rest in peace brother and may GOD bless your family and NYPD.

Tpr. A. Forsyth
Louisiana State Police

May 31, 2009

R.I.P. brother, my prayers are that God will see your family through this difficult time of berevement.

ex SGT
London Metropolitan Police Service

May 30, 2009

Your time spent on the force, though short, will leave a lasting legacy that your family, as well as the department, would be proud of.

R.I.P.

Citizen
None

May 30, 2009

R.I.P. bro!

Senior Officer D. W. Reichhardt
Waverly, Va. P.D.

May 30, 2009

GOS SPEED

SCOTT DAVIS
SMITHVILLE POLICE DEPT.

May 30, 2009

Now the force is less by one on earth, but now the force in heaven has gained a new man well trained.. God Bless You Officer Edwards you served well and you will be remembered.

Sgt Chambers
Military

May 30, 2009

May you rest in peace my Brother! God Bless ! your Family and you will be in our thoughts tonight at our dinner table.

God Bless you!

Officer D.Cannella
Department of VA Police Department Denver CO.

May 30, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Officer Edwards as well as the brotherhood at NYPD. May you rest in God's eternal peace our brother!

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse (NY) Police Department

May 30, 2009

rest in peace

PC Graham Riley
Gloucestershire Police, England

May 30, 2009

Officer Edwards all my prayers are with your family and friends. This is such a sad day for the NYPD.

God Speed my young brother.

Sgt. Mary Huggins
Orange County Sheriff's Office Orlando, Florida

May 30, 2009

My heart goes out to you, your family and my beloved NYPD.
May God be with you in your journey to heaven.
R.I.P. Officer Edwards. For, you will not be forgotten.

A/LT Francisco Plsencia (Ret)

May 30, 2009

What a tragety! God Bless Omar and may he rest in peace.

Sgt. Michael Paciorek
Hampshire County Deputy Sheriff

May 30, 2009

I am saddened to learn of your tragic death. My thoughts are with your family, friends and fellow officers. The circumstance of your death compounds this tragedy. You, your loved ones and the NYPD will be in my prayers.

Staff Sergeant Brian Bowman
Toronto Police Service

May 30, 2009

An Angel in the Sky Must Leave His Place of Rest.Gently Tucking His Wings Beneath His Armored Vest.For Duty has called, There is much work to do.Little did he know, This One is Dressed in Blue.Arriving on the Scene, He Knows Just What to Say,Follow me Fallen Brother, I'll Show you the Way,"Your Duty has Ended, Your Work is now Through,"Come Hang Your Hat Beside mine,I'm A Cop Too.

God bless the Edwards family

Rocky Geppert

May 30, 2009

This is a tragedy I'm very sorry to hear about the family's and the NYPD loss. Thanks for keeping our streets safe.

James G

May 30, 2009

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Police Officer Omar Edwards as well as to the New York City Police Department. Rest in peace Officer Edwards, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch, CTO
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

May 30, 2009

Rest in peace brother..taken way to early. You will be in the hearts of all who met you and served with you. You will never be forgotten.

Dep. TLE
BCSD

May 30, 2009

For Police Officer Omar J. Edwards:

The circumstances surrounding Omar's death are exceptionally worrisome and extremely saddening. Yet, they will continue to create confusion and make complex decision-making in the mind of every law officer who actively enforces the law. It simply is our lot.

Nobody who wears a badge wishes to take the life of another --least of all-- a brother or sister officer.

An emergency can be thrust upon us in a flash. To act or not to act. To shoot or not to shoot. It is as extremely complex. It is horribly consequential. In this case it is deeply tragic.

When one law officer fatally shoots another law officer by mistake the shooter is devestated. He or she then faces a life that includes asking for something which others cannot give -- freedom from the agony that surely comes with the shock of what he or she has done. While forgiveness might be achievable, the inner-process is surely more difficult. In a sentient being, the after-math is too dreadful to imagine. Only those who have entered this room can know what is inside.

They have arrived where no hope exists for a second-chance. They inhabit this place alone. They will remain there forever. As law officers each of us run this horrible risk. None of us are to be excluded.

For the family of Omar I have no profound words to comfort you. I can say only to remember that he was a valiant and noble soldier-of-the-law. I somehow feel that he would tell you that he bears no resentment. (I did not know Omar, but I do know the world where he worked and thrived.)His thoughts would be for those who know him and love him. That you should try to live free of any excessive resentment. Rather, he would want you to be more concerned with all the good things associated with a loving family, close friends and especially the bond between all of us in his extended law-enforcement family.

Especially now.

I hope to shed great light on Omar's proud and noble calling to our world of law enforcemen. He marked his rightful place among us, though it was woefully too short.

Officer Omar J. Edwards did it proudly and he did it with honor.

I am proud to render him a final salute.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennylvania State Police

May 30, 2009

Our hearts and prayers go out to your family and friends in their of sorrow. May God Bless and Rest in Peace!

[email protected]
TX DPS

May 30, 2009

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us 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 tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
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 the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

May God be with everyone!!!!!!!!!

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

May 30, 2009

REST IN PEACE.

CHIEF E.J. MORRIS
RANDOLPH MO P.D.

May 30, 2009

Brother,
Thank you for serving and giving the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless your family and partners left behind. Be at Peace brother. We have it from here.

B. Anderson
Fort Worth PD

May 30, 2009

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