Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Thomas E. Wortham, IV

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, May 20, 2010

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas E. Wortham, IV

Thanks for the memories of seeing your mother bringing you and your sister Sandra to church on Sundays when you were children; for seeing and hearing you present your science fair project when you were about nine years old to the Science Fair Judges, Rev. Wright and Dr. Colleen Birchett with authority and with the expertise of an outstanding scientist; for your thespian participation in the TUCC Dance Ministries and for being an ambassador of 'The New Life Performance Company' in their outreach programs of, each one, teach one; for seeing you as a teenager and later a young adult, drive yourself and your sister to Church; for hearing of your academic choices for higher learning; for the places that I prayed for traveling mercies for you when you were on your tours of duty representing our countries finest, after talking with your father about you, Andre, Sandra, and Michael; learning of the 'love' of your life, Caitlen, I say/write/type to you, your family, your loved ones, and your friends, God bless you all, and as Bob Hope used to say and sing..."Thanks for the memories"!

Marguerite A. Bien-Aime
A member and friend from The Trinity United Church of Christ Family

June 1, 2010

Tours of Duty: In Memory of Thomas Wortham IV

These eyes hold the tears of the eyes of your son
It‘s been sixty hours since you have slept
Remember our pledge to bury his gun.

In your afterbirth, new life had begun
One instant infant gaze and your heart leapt
These eyes hold the tears of the eyes of your son.

Upstanding manboy even then, chores done
He'd meet the siren sidewalk, promises kept
Remember our pledge to bury his gun.

His mettle to serve meant medals to be won
Brave in blue on streets, green-clad on shores he stepped
These eyes hold the tears of the eyes of your son.

You prayed, counted days, cloistered as a nun
Hallowed on the night he homeward crept
Remember our pledge to bury his gun

Like IEDs, sudden sidewalk shots would stun
Even the Fates, who uncontrollably wept
These eyes hold the tears of the eyes of your son
Remember our pledge to bury his gun.

by Sandy Sedacca, Newton, Massachusetts
May 31, 2010

Sandy Sedacca, Newton Massachusetts

June 1, 2010

Rest in peace my brother in blue. Now you can walk Heaven's beat. Your family, friends, and co-workers with the Chicago Police Department are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

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

June 1, 2010

RIP brother for all you have done. My prayer are with the family.

A sad day for a father to run to the rescue of his son and watch him be gun downed in front of him.

This city is becoming full of animals, sad when a PO is robbed and killed. Hope the citizens realize it is time to wake up and support LE against the criminals taking over the city.


June 1, 2010

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Police Officer Thomas Wortham IV as well as to the Chicago Police Department. Rest in peace Officer Wortham, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

May 31, 2010

Final Inspection
The warrior stood and faced God, Which will always come to pass, He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass.“Step forward now, old warrior, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To my church have you been true?” The warrior squared his shoulders and Said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t, ‘Cause those of us who carry guns Can’t always be a saint.“I’ve had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough, And sometimes I’ve been violent, ‘Cause the world is awfully rough.“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 fears.“If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, It needn’t be so grand. In life I didn’t expect nor need too much, So if you don’t, I’ll understand.”There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often trod, As the warrior stood quietly. For the judgment of his God..“Step forward now, my warrior, You’ve born your burdens well, Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets, You’ve done your time in Hell.
Author Unknown


May 31, 2010

My prayers are with you and the Wortham family. Another brother in blue has fallen to the violence of america.

Thank you for all you have done, you won't be forgotten.

Protect us from above my brother in blue. god bless you and your family.

Former LAPD/ now King county Sheriff (Seattle).

master police officer
King County Sheriff's office

May 31, 2010

Rest in peace hero. You survived a foreign war only to be taken by our own home grown criminals. What has become of America? God bless you and your family.

Retired Sergeant

May 30, 2010

Blessed are the peacemakers. Thomas you truly were one on many levels. Thank you for your brave, dedicated service. As a true hero, you will never be forgotten. RIP brother.

P/O #7903
Chicago PD

May 29, 2010

On behalf of all Missouri officers, dispatchers and the like, I extend our sincere sympathies to the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Wortham. Rest in peace our fallen hero.

Scott Barthelmass, Founder/President
Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Assistance Team

May 29, 2010

Officer Wortham, thank you for your brave, dedicated service. You truly were a hero, and will NEVER be forgotten. God's speed my brother.

P/O Popelka #7903
Chicago PD

May 29, 2010

You lived a great life. You did all the right things, followed your path. Now you are resting. You will always be remembered and loved. May God bless your family and my you rest in peace.


May 29, 2010

I first met Thomas when he was an Evergreen Park P.D. recruit in 2006. He attended the Cook County Sheriff's Police Academy when I was a Lieutenant with the Sheriff's Police and the Director of the Academy. This is a terrible loss to the good people in the City of Chicago. He was a fantastic young man, both physically fit and striving for excellence in academics as well as in everything he did.

To Thomas Wortham III, I too lost a son who also died a hero. If you ever need to talk, feel free to look me up at the Cicero P.D. I know what you will be going through. It was an honor to have known your son.

1st Deputy Supt. Patrick J. McGee
Cicero, Illinois Police Department

May 28, 2010

I must say that Thomas was the best of the best.

Thank you, Thomas.

Lieutenant Tom Batchelor
Tribune Company Security

May 28, 2010

To the family of Officer Thomas Wortham,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this exteremly difficult time. From everything I have read about Thomas he was an extrordinary man who was taken from this earth way too soon. May he rest in peace and may justice be served to those who committed this terrible crime.

-Officer's Wife


May 28, 2010

My heart breaks for this Officer and his Family. I know many Police Officers and they do their duty every day. We must do our duty and get together and stop this "INSANITY" We need to step up to the plate and begin to raise our children to do the right thing.

Teen Mentor - Maurice Mack
African American Mentoring Group

May 27, 2010

Rest in Peace my Brother, God Bless you, your Family and your Dept.

Officer Bob Swope #5609
Olmsted Falls Police Dept.Ohio

May 27, 2010

What a complete tragedy!! I probably even threw back a couple with you at Police Week this year! Rest well brother, you've more than done your duty for your city and country!

To Ofc. Wortham's father: You are a true hero like your son. Words can never give the right comfort to you or your family, but I know your son has to be a little more comfortable knowing you were there for him one more time!

Det. C. Bonaiuto
Prince George's County Police, Maryland

May 27, 2010

May God give you strength and healing during this most difficult time. RIP Officer Wortham

Sara D.
Wife of an Austin Police Officer

May 27, 2010

You are a hero, You did what many of us hope that we would be able to do in that situation. You have made this world a safer place like we have all sworn to do. I thank you and your father for taking a stand. I hope your family can find comfort in the support that we all have for our fallen brothers.


May 27, 2010

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. - General George S. Patton Jr.

How do you thank and honor such a man who served both his city and his country with such honor? May you serve as a roll model for those who join our "family". The actions of your father were heroic and it is obvious where your strength, honor, and integrity initiated. My deepest sympathy to your family and co-workers.

Special Agent - FBI
Former MPD

May 26, 2010

On behalf of the men and women of the Camillus Police Department, our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Police Officer Thomas E. Wortham IV. Rest in Peace Brother, We now have the Watch.

Town of Camillus Police Department, Central New York

May 26, 2010

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Chicago Police Department. To Officer Wortham's family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May peace be with you during this tragic time. Your hero will never be forgotten.

Rachel Watson
Colorado Springs Police Department Wives Association

May 26, 2010

Rest easy Soldier you've given all to protect us
here and abroad. You are a true Hero. May God
comfort your family and friends and bring them
Peace and understanding. Thank you for your
outstanding service.

R Eberhart partner to Royce Anderson
EOW 10/26/1981 Harris Cty Sheriff Dept, Harrris Cty Tx

May 26, 2010

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

Carl Wortham Assistant Chief
Sand Springs Ok.

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham

May 26, 2010

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