Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Thomas Russell Portz, Jr.

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas Russell Portz, Jr.

Rest in peace Officer Portz.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 14, 2022

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 29, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

October 20, 2017

Tom loved his family with his whole heart. Everything he did was for them. To me, he was a mentor and a best friend. He was an example of what a man, a husband, and a police officer should be. I think about him every day. He is not forgotten.

His service honored the department.


March 28, 2017

Another year. I made it one more. My last day is December 15th. Papers are in. I miss you. Even though I'll be gone, I'll still try and keep your memory alive in the Western some how. People remember. They moved on, but they will always remember. Till we see each other again, love you brother. Thanks.

Officer Todd Murphy (cousin)

October 21, 2016

Its been 5 years. I still have your locker upstairs. I still miss you very much. Being a cop for me is coming to an end. Its not the same. I cant do it anymore. 8 years man. It was good and I owe it all to you. I will never forget you and the Western. I wish you were here to help me with this decision. Ill tell you I'm scared.....Please keep looking after me after I leave the streets. Miss you, rest in peace.

P/o Todd Murphy
Baltimore Police Dept. WD, and Cousin.

October 20, 2015

not forgotten. Rest in peace brother

Cpl. S D'Alto
Bel Air PD Maryland former Balto City

May 29, 2014

Thinking of you and your family today, honoring your service and sacrifice, and praying for the solace of your family who just went through their third Christmas without you at their holiday table. I am sure you were there in spirit as our beloved officers are always in our hearts and souls.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 27, 2013


You are not forgotten you are always with us and shall always be remembered as we head out every day to keep others safe.

Your Friend

Sgt. Kurt roepcke
Baltimore Police Department

February 25, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

February 6, 2013

rest in peace and may god bless you

CMPD-Retired B.P.D.

October 20, 2012

Reading all the nice thoughts from family and Tommy's police family are heartwarming. Each time I read them, I feel his loss even more than I usually do. The tears and sadness will never leave me,but it helps to know that others loved him too. He loved his family most of all, but he loved his brothers and sisters on the job and told me early in his career of the bond they have with each other. I pray for all those still on the job. Tommy was proud of the life he had and was a happy man and I miss him terribly.

JoAnn Portz

July 19, 2012

So many changes happening proving that life goes on. I find myself doing everyday things and stopping and thinking how is the world going on while I'm standing here knowing what we've lost. I want to scream and make everyone know how this feels. I feel you with us, I know you are here . A hug would be nice I miss those so much


January 25, 2012

Continue tio keep watch over all of your loved ones and those special friends that keep you in their thoughts. You will never be forgotten as true heroes never die.

"Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names" Proverb

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

October 20, 2011

I have your locker now upstairs. Everyday when I come in to change I see your name on top. I will never take it down. If I do decide to put my name up there it will for sure go underneith of yours. I never got to tell you, Thank You for helping me get this Job.
I remember every conversation and story prior to me getting hired. I was in Jersey screwing around and I was on the phone with you, you were apparently in sector 2 under the laffayette bridge, and you said "I gotta go call you back!". You did call me back and said you responded to a call for a guy with a gun. You went right back to talking with me. I thought that was so cool I couldnt wait to get down to Bmore.
All I wanted to do was work in the Western District with you. They wouldnt stop hearing that from me in the acadamy lol. I have been looking up to you since that day you were giving me beer at your house when mom and dad were talking to all the old people lol. Well, I got what I wanted. I got to work the streets of West Baltimore right by your very side fighting crime together. I will never forget you Tom.
Theres not a day goes by I don't. I miss you so much. 2moro is your one year anniversary and I couldn't get off. You know all about that nothings changed. I arranged a little get together for 2moro night at the FOP. We are all going after Charlie shift. Bills gonna be with the kids but I will def take his shot for him for you thats a promise. Your the best cop Ive ever known and ever will know. I've learned so much from you. You protected me on the shift when "things" happened. And every time I got into something crazy on the streets, you were right there, out of sector for me lol.
I will continue to carry your sense of humor, I wish you were there when i put a boot on Hopkins pov lol lol. The best yet. I will pass on to others what you have gave me. I will keep your memory alive in the Western. Please don't stop looking over me, I need you the most now.
One day I will see you again, and it will be then I get to tell you to your face. Thank you for everything Tom. I will never stop looking up to you. Rest In Peace Cuz.

P/O Todd P. Murphy (WD)
Baltimore City Police, Western District, and Family Member as Cousin

October 20, 2011

I cannot believe it's been a year since I have heard your voice. This pain is deep. You are remembered and thought of everyday. I feel you watching over us. I love you


October 19, 2011

A day doesn't go by that I don't think about you. I am so sad that you're gone.


September 29, 2011

Today we sat on the lawn of the Capital and received two metals of honor for you and a pin. We would give all of these things back to have you. We saw your name etched into "the Wall" this week for the first time. Once again that realness hit where we can't escape the reality that you are not here. Little Tommy kissed your picture on the wall. The girls traced your name with pencils onto paper to keep. Jess is doing a great job with them, but you already know that. We love you and miss you so much. I wish we could be together again. I know you will continue to watch over all of us. I love you Tommy and I am extremely proud of you.

Karen Portz

May 15, 2011

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



January 2, 2011

To the friends and family members of Officer Tommy Portz,

We wish you peace during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Session 49
Zone Five Police Academy, NY

Session 49
Zone Five Police Academy

December 13, 2010

I feel like this isn't happening and I keep calling your phone waiting for you to answer and not your voicemail.
I miss you Tommy. I miss our talks and your hugs and our laughs. Thanksgiving was hard but we did spend time with Jess and the kids.
I know you were with us watching the kids play together. Chris had so much fun with little Tommy and the girls had a great time
With Emily. It's like it's always been with them they all just pick right up where they left off.
I kept looking out the window waiting for you to pull up. We laugh a lot about stories of you like the camping trip in Maine
Where you woke us all up by running the truck lol. The deer ate the flowers Kris left and we want to put a fence around your plot (pretty sure
That's not allowed) but we're a little crazy as you know. We left flowers for Crystal too and Mommy and daddy went today and put a wreath and flowers and also left
A wreath for Crystal. Tommy, continue to look down on us and
Help us get through this. You are so loved and so missed. I am thankful that all our calls
Ended with "I love you". Now that Aunt Joan is with you I am sure you are having a few laughs.
We all miss you and all lost a piece of us when you left. I am proud of you for the cop you were, the wonderful husband and
The amazing Daddy you were. I wish I could have a hug. I love you.

Karen Portz

December 5, 2010

As you celebrate this, your first Thanksgiving without your loved one, please be aware that his service and sacrifice where not in vain. Though these words are small comfort on a day such as this, his brothers and sisters in law enforcement shall ensure that he and you are never forgotten! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, may GOD bless you and keep you on this and every day!

Deportation Officer

November 25, 2010

The 1199 Inc. Families wish to say how sorry we are to hear that Police Officer Tommy Portz has lost his life in the line of duty. Thank you for your dedication and service to The Baltimore City Police Dept. We will keep your family, friends, as well as your law enforcement family in our thoughts and prayers. God's speed Officer Portz.

Sgt. Jeff Caudill
1199 Inc. for fallen officers

November 10, 2010

God bless you and your family, Rest in peace brother......

Officer E. Borghesani
San Francisco Police Dept

November 6, 2010

Thanks for being true! Thanks for the laughs and for making my days go by a little better. We will trully miss you.
Your Sister in Blue,

P/A L. Powell

October 31, 2010

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