Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer David Aaron Haynes

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Reflections for Police Officer David Aaron Haynes

I am the uncle of David Haynes and was always, always proud that he joined the Marine Corps. David & I were the only Marines in the family and He made me so proud when he joined the Marines!

His grandfather was a Marine, I was a Marine and Daivd was a Marine. We were the only Marines in the family.


Joe Carroll Jaycox
U.S. Marine Corps
Proud Uncle to
David Haynes

Cpl. Joe Carroll Jaycox

March 29, 2010

Rest in Peace, Brother

Sgt. Mona McKinley, Retired
City of Elgin, Illinois Police Department

March 29, 2010

The fact that the man you were pursuing will be charged with murder is small consolation for the loss of your life. In my home state of Massachusetts, that bag of dirt would simply face traffic offenses. I'm glad Missouri does things differently. It might give some small bit of closure to your family and co-workers.

Though you have been physically taken from family, friends and co-workers, you will never truly be far from them.

God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 29, 2010

For Police Officer David Haynes:

Our duty as law officers is to patrol and remain vigilant for those who violate the law. Pursuit and apprehension is high risk and includes demonstrating to others that we are committed to keeping the public safe. There are those who would criticize and point to pursuits as higher risk than allowing a violator to escape. Tell that to the parents of an obducted child, the wife of a murdered husband or even the owners of a household entered by a stranger - the whole family living afterward in terror - perhaps forever.

The decision to pursue will always be debated, but the officer on patrol debates very little - his duty is at the fore-front. The law officer takes the risks every time and the public, whether the officer lives or dies, will always render their opinion. Our brother David made the decision to pursue - as many of us in law enforcement have done before and will do again - we are sworn to a duty, and duty requires decision.

We pray for David's family, friends, co-workers and all who care about him. May they be ready to support each other from this day to the next.

I am pround to render Officer David Haynes a final salute.

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

March 29, 2010

Officer Haynes thank you for your service. May God bless you and your family. Rest in peace. You will not be forgotten.

Del Rio Police Department (Texas)

March 29, 2010

To the family of Officer Haynes,
You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Find happiness in holding all your memories of him close. He will be missed by many but NEVER forgotten!


March 29, 2010

To the Family, Friends and Co-workers of Officer Haynes the Vinita Park Police Dept wishes to extend our condolences.

Rest in Peace Officer Haynes, a True American Hero.

Chief R. Fairman
Vinita Park Police Dept

March 29, 2010

Mrs. Haynes,

We are deeply sorry for your loss and cannot imagine how your are feeling. We are certain that your husband will be missed by you, his fellow officers, as well other family and friends. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We would also like to thank your husband, Officer David Haynes, for his service and dedication.

With Sympathy

Arden and Katie Koyle, Paramedics
Fellow Public Servants

March 29, 2010

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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

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

March 29, 2010

Officer Haynes, Thank you for protecting our community. You are a true hero. Please know, we will be here to help your family with whatever they need. Please say hi to Nick for me.

Officer Haynes's family,
I am so sorry that you are having to go through this. I lost my brother, Officer Nick Sloan (also a St. Louis City Policeman) on January 30, 2004. Take one day at a time. If you need anything, please contact the Police Department and they can get you in touch with us. We have a great group of family members from the MO police departments that have gone through what you are going through right now and we all get together to help support each other. God Bless all of you!! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Officer Haynes
Officer Nick Sloan's sister - STLPD eow 1/30/04

March 28, 2010



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March 28, 2010

John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" Thank you David, we love you! You will be greatly missed! Your love of our cousin, your humor and love for life will live on in our memories forever! Godspeed!

Cary and Kate

March 28, 2010

Breaking the ice and keeping a smile on people's faces was always your specialty. Your memory will ALWAYS fill the hearts of those whom you've touched. Rest In Peace my brother (USMC,SLMPD,and classmate) SEMPER FI!!!!


March 28, 2010

Rest in Peace, Brother.

OFC B. Grajek

March 27, 2010

Semper Fi, It is a true tradgedy that you have gone from this world so early. I am sure that you will be missed. May you rest in peace and may your family find their peace from this incident.

Lieutenant(ret) Glen F. Harding
Grand Traverse County Sheriff

March 27, 2010

Rest in peace, Officer Haynes. Thank you for your service to your community. You will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family, friends, and fellow law enforcement officers.

Kathy Bubb
Ohio Citizen

March 27, 2010

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

Cpl David Murphy

March 27, 2010

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Your Family, Friends and the St. Louis PD will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Rest in peace Officer

J Clendening #407
Glades County Sheriff's Office (FL)

March 27, 2010

Our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Officer Haynes. We are all members of the policing family, whether Canadian or American, and any officer who loses his/her life in the line of duty is respected and honoured. He will be remembered.
Cst. and Mrs. Brian Wise
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA

Claire Wise
wife of Ottawa Police officer, formerly LVMPD

March 27, 2010

Thank you for your bravery, for making this world safer for my family!

Blessed are the Peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD...Matthew 5:9

Cpl. J. Keener
Buchanan Co. Sheriff's K-9 Division, St. Joseph, MO

March 27, 2010

Thank you for your bravery, for making this world safer for my family!

Blessed are the Peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD...Matthew 5:9

Cpl. J. Keener
Buchanan Co. Sheriff's K-9 Division, St. Joseph, MO

March 27, 2010

Dave it is so unreal. in the ten years I have known you we have had our fights and joys. Your are a great uncle and brother. James and Thomas will greatly miss you. James is handling this good for knowing that his "hero" is gone. He says he is still going to be in the military and an officer because you would still want him too. Thomas was telling a story to Janet and he said my uncle died. so I think he knows but doesnt really understand. This is just aweful. You have a great family and wife and I am sorry you had to leave us behind. but thank you for doing your duty and protecting the county and community that your nephews are growing up in. I will always love and miss you, Dave.

Danielle Haynes

March 27, 2010


I knew the first time I met you on a crime scene that you and I would get along just fine. Your personality and sense of humor told me that you knew how to handle this job; be serious when necessary, but have a good time and don't let anything or anyone get you down. I always looked forward to talking to you on a scene because I knew you and I would have more than our fair share of laughs.

My heart sank when I looked inside your car and saw your equipment and it hit me that I had lost a friend and I would only have a few memories to remind me of our friendship.

May God bless you and keep you always. You are truly one of the "Good Guys" who were taken from us too early.

Doug Eatherton
Police Officer/Evidence Technician St. Louis Police

March 27, 2010

Rest in Peace, Brother. Thank you for your service.

Detective Kevin Kratz
Buena Vista Twp Police Department (Michigan)

March 27, 2010

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