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

"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 6, 2009

On behalf of the Salem Auxiliary Police Officers... no words can express the pain of loosing an officer.

My tears and heart are heavy... rest in peace Officer Edwards... you are gone but are never forgotton.

Your brothers and sisters will watch over your young family.

Auxiliary Officer Daniel Means
Salem Police Dept, Ohio

June 5, 2009

Officer Edwards,
you know better than anyone that an officers shift never ends. It is a huge responsibility, but you answered the call and served with with pirde and integrity. You are a true American hero, and you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace brother, we'll take it from here.

Sgt Nyce
Broward Sheriff's Office

June 5, 2009

Officer Edwards; You were and are a hero to your big sister and to all of us in the Dept of Education touched by her loss. May your death bring us all closer together as human beings of one race.

citizen of Brooklyn, Barbara Solomon
friend of Melida Edwards

June 5, 2009

Rest In Peace - Thank you for your service to this great city. Fidelis Ad Mortem

Jen
Citizen

June 4, 2009

My heartfelt sympathy to Police Officer Omar J. Edwards family and friends and to the New York City Police Department.

Robert Wigton #9516
Patrolman
San Antonio Park Police,TX.

Patrolman Robert Wigton # 9516
San Antonio Park Police

June 4, 2009

Rest in peace, Officer Edwards. My heart goes out to your family and all those involved in this terrible accident. I pray that the person responsible for breaking into your car and causing this whole tragedy is somehow held responsible.

Linda Lamm - LEO wife and sister of
Jay Balchunas EOW 11.05.04

June 4, 2009

This is very difficult time for your brother and sisters in law enforcement to hear of your death. May your wife and children be blessed to have be their husband and father.

Daniel P. Means
Salem Auxiliary Police Dept, Ohio

Patrolman Daniel Means
Salem Auxiliary Police, Ohio

June 4, 2009

My sympathies to Officer Edwards family, and especially his chidren. After reading the story I hope that everyone keeps his family, and the other officer involved in thier prayers. This tragic accident could have happened to any one of us on the streets. The public is going to persecute the shooting officer, but I bet Officer Edwards would be the first to forgive. Rest in Peace, keep it safe up thier and we will try our best down here.

Carl M. Snellings Jr\Corporal
Belton,TX PD\ Brother in Blue

June 4, 2009

My heart broke while reading about this tragic mistake, however you served with great purpose until the very end. I know you will be missed greatly.

Stephanie Wood, citizen of Phila.
Sister to an officer in Fountain Hill, Penna.

June 3, 2009

Rest in peace Brother Omar, you are a true Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Anonymous

June 3, 2009

May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

June 3, 2009

God bless his soul and God be with his family. What a shame and tragedy to occur to a brother officer. My thought's and prayers go out to his family, friends and to the entire NYPD family for this sad sad case. May his death be a lesson to all officers nation wide so his death will not be in vain.

Cpl.Presti-Retired
Inverness PD-Florida

June 3, 2009

Thank you for your service, God Speed. Rest in Peace, Officer Edwards.

Police Dispatcher C Reese
Arizona Department of Public Safety

June 3, 2009

May you rest in peace. God bless.

Anonymous

June 3, 2009

Rest in Peace Officer Edwards. I have no words that can comfort a tragic loss and situation like this. Thank you for your service! GODSPEED!

Ofc. Aaron P. Sparks
Newbury Police Department N.H.

June 3, 2009

Rest In Peace, Officer Edwards.

Lt T Carr
NYPD

June 2, 2009

Rest in peace Officer Edwards, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you very much for your service!

Shelly
Citizen

June 2, 2009

Rest in peace brother.

PO Best
LVMPD

June 2, 2009

rest in peace, you past as a hero.

Det. Castelhano
Mount Vernon Police Dept., NY

June 2, 2009

My heart goes out the widow, children, family, and friends of Officer Edwards. Words cannot bring him back, but I hope you feel the comfort we your City are sending you through our prayers and warm thoughts. We are extremely proud to have had an officer who loved his family and loved his City enough to serve in such a great capacity.

May God give you the courage to fight on and know Your City is proud to call Officer Edwards one of our finest.

Tyrrell L Eiland
Candidate for Mayor, NYC

June 2, 2009

May God Bless you and Your family. You will always be remembered as a hero.

D. Gonzalez, Investigations Section
Federal Bureau Of Prisons

June 2, 2009

What a terrible tragedy!

Officer Edwards, thank you!!!

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

June 2, 2009

Rest easy brother and may god watch over all those who are missed by you

Police Officer Lawrence Welch Boston PD

June 2, 2009

Rest in peace brother. My thoughts are with your family and the brave men and women of NYPD during this difficult and tragic time.

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret.
Jackson, NJ PD

June 2, 2009

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