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Officer David Lamar Curtis

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Reflections for Officer David Lamar Curtis

David, I didn't get to spend enough time with you while you were alive. I am very thankful for the times we did share together. You left this world a much better place. I know you would have done so much more, but for the time you were here, you touched many lives, did so much good, and brought good life, into this world. You will live on through your sons and in the hearts of every life you touched! I love you, I miss you, and I know you're always keeping an eye or two on us! Rest In Peace now. Love, Christy

SSgt Crystal D. Dunkin, USAF Retired
Love, Aunt Christy

November 20, 2013

Your murderer was found guilty today. Rest in peace. You will never be forgotten.


November 16, 2013

I didn't know you well, but I was blessed to have known you at all. You are still deeply missed by all of us and we still keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Deputy D. Turner
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

December 16, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the second anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 12, 2012

Mrs. Curtis and boys, may you know that we have not forgotten your hero and that we will never forget the sacrifice that you and your hero made for all of us. May God continue to be with each and everyone of you and continue to guide you all through these troubled times. Continue to rest in peace Officer Curtis, we will never forget....

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

June 29, 2012

God Bless you both. The world is worse without you and Officer Kocab.

Officer Anderson #3476
Fort Worth Police

April 21, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Curtis. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012

To Officer David Lamar Curtis, his family and his fellow officers with the Tampa Police Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Officer Curtis’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Officer Curtis and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

June 29, 2011

Officer Curtis, You are a true hero. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. It will be an honor to ride for you in the 2011 Police Unity Tour. Godspeed brother.

Patrolman Robert Stober
Branchburg PD (NJ)

April 19, 2011

Officer Curtis,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tampa. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



March 16, 2011

Thinking of you and Jeff as we return from yet another tragic line of duty funeral. You are not forgotten and I think of both of you daily. Your brothers and sisters miss you greatly! Continue to watch over us.


March 2, 2011

This message is to all my fallen brothers/sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the City of Tampa. On Febuary 9th, 2011 we broke ground on an enhancement to the Tampa Police Monument. This project was done to provide the most honorable place to remember your service.

Some of the names on that monument had fallen before my time, however we all wore the same uniform and were family. This enhancement will remind your loved ones that we will never forget all of you nor the sacrifices you made. I am proud to be part of this and hope that you will be smiling down at the finished product. God bless you all and your families. RIP..your sacrifices are remembered daily through those who continue to serve.

Officer Shane Gadoury
Tampa Police Department

February 19, 2011

I never knew you but your death affected me deeply. I still think about you and your family everyday and my heart goes out to them. Your sacrifice can never be repaid, but I'm sure God is looking out for your family


January 27, 2011

To the family, especially the son's of officer Curtis,
Your Hero is in Heaven Eternally On Watch with all the Angels. He loves you more than you can even begin to fathom. My son has three young children as well and although their Daddy is in Heaven too, they always have them in their hearts. Here is a Christmas Poem from Heaven.


I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you stil make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue to climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
so don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year

deputy David Anthony Abella

December 23, 2010

~~A place in thy memory, dearest, Is all that I claim; To pause and look back when thou hearest The sound of my name”~~
God Bless and Guide You on your Journey, may his healing hand touch your family, and fellow officers---Never Forget.

Sgt. C.P. Hart
Dixie County Sheriff's Office - Patrol

December 13, 2010


I am sure your family is missing you more than anything right now. Please hold them tight and watch over them. We lost another brother last week, Deputy Coates, I am sure you, Jeff, and Mike showed him the way. We lost a Sergeant at Polk County this morning. At such a hard time, please watch over all of us down here. We all pull together to watch each other's back, but a little help from above is always welcomed. RIP

Tampa Police Dept

December 12, 2010

I pray for the families of these two brave officers. God Bless.

Lt. Leslie Bank (retired)
Baltimore Police Department

December 10, 2010

On the night I heard about you and your partner my heart was crushed. Rest in peace my brother. God bless you and your entire family.

Police Officer - Logan

October 8, 2010

I just found this page. Oh my! God bless each one of you that said such kind and wonderful things about my son. He was everything the news reported. He left a precious wife and four wonderful little boys and a twin sister. We have just cleared the 3 month mark and it does not get any easier. But, reading the words you have posted, both those that knew him and those that feel our pain, bring a smile to my heart. Thank you.

Cindy Warren
Mother of Officer David Curtis

September 30, 2010

Thank you for your service and my heart goes out to your family. Rest in peace.


September 22, 2010

Your shift is over. Rest in peace.
May God keep you in the palm of his hand.

Bill Winkel (Retired Deputy Sheriff)
Ramsey County Minn.

September 6, 2010

I think of Officer Curtis' family everyday. I no longer live in Tampa, but my heart is there. I pray for you and I want you to know I have not forgotten.
I am waiting patiently for swift and final justice.
My heart breaks for you and I pray you are well.


August 27, 2010

When the Lord was creating peace officers, he was into His sixth day of overtime. An angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of idling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the specs on this order? A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle his uniform. He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day at a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvas the neighborhood for witnesses and testify in court the next day. He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of way!"

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord. "It's the three pairs of eyes the officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, "May I see what's in there, Sir?" (When he already knows and wishes he'd taken that accounting job) Another pair here in the side of his head for his partner's safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, "You'll be alright, Ma'am....when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord, " said the angel, touching his sleeve. Rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't", said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly. "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet", said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in its sleep, detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop...and it still keeps its sense of humor. This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily newspaper how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the peace officer. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the Lord. "It's a tear."

"What's a tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber, "I didn't put it there," He said, "It comes with the job." (Tears Of A Cop ~ Unknown Author)


August 27, 2010

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

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs OK PD

August 10, 2010

Rest easy Brother In Law, your watch on earth is now over. I pray Gods mercy and Love towards your Family, and Loved ones.......

Sgt. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia CO Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

July 31, 2010

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