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.

God speed brother, Bless your family.We now have the watch.

Deputy R. L. Matthews
Father of Deputy C. Brian Matthews EOW 9-30-05

October 30, 2010

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got 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 an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, Tx

October 29, 2010

God Bless and Godspeed.


October 28, 2010

rest in peace brother.


October 28, 2010

My deepest sympathy to your family and may God help to ease their pain


October 27, 2010

The Florida Police Chiefs Association would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Tommy Portz, and the Baltimore City P.D. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sadness. Please take comfort in knowing that your extended law enforcement family grieves with you. Officer Portz, we thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Members and Staff
Florida Police Chiefs Association

October 27, 2010



October 26, 2010

rest in peace, brother thank you for your service


October 26, 2010

On behalf of our office, we would like to extend our condolences to the family at home and the B.P.D. family and friends. We pray that the Lord will keep and support you in the coming days and bless you with understanding that GOD called for an Angel. Officer Portz was the lucky one to answer that call. GOD Bless my brother and R.I.P.

Officer V. B. Arceneaux
Houston Metro Police Dept.

October 26, 2010

Rest In Peace, Police Officer Portz.

Lt T Carr

October 26, 2010

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. Matthew 5:9

Gordon Hobbs
NC Game Warden

October 26, 2010

Tom. It was a pleasure to know you while I was working in the Western District. Please rest in peace my dear brother in blue. Job well done. We'll take it from here. You will be missed.

Officer Lavon'De Alston
Baltimore City Police

October 25, 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 whose 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 (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 25, 2010

My heart goes out to you and your family. Rest in peace brother.

Andrew / Detective
Baltimore City Police Dept.

October 25, 2010

Thank you for your service Officer Portz. May God always keep and hold you, your family and brethren in his gentle hands.

Scott Hornick citizen
N. Babylon NY

October 25, 2010

God Bless you sir.

Rick F.
Ret. CO

October 25, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Officer Portz as well as the brotherhood at Baltimore (MD) City Police Department. May you rest in God's eternal peace our brother!

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse (NY) Police Department

October 24, 2010

Sorry for you lose. May Officer Portz's family be in everyone's prayers and that they get through this hard time of sorrow. RIP Officer Tommy Portz.

-Lan Piquette
Mother of Deputy David Piquette
EOW 7-7-06
L.A. County, California

Lan Piquette

October 23, 2010

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

Officer Bob Swope #5609
Olmsted Falls Police Dept.Ohio

October 23, 2010

So sorry for your lose of Officer Portz. My son passed away four years ago because of the same thing. My heart is still broken and I still cry for my son everyday. I can share the same sadness your family and friends are going through. My son was a Deputy of L.A. County. God Bless Officer Portz and his family. I hope you get through this hard time and that the sadness and shock of loosing him weakens.We pray together with your family.
RIP Officer Tommy Portz.

-Lan Piquette
EOW 7-7-06

Lan Piquette

October 23, 2010

For Police Officer Tommy Portz:

Our duty as law officers presents us with difficult and dangerous encounters that become routine. In a perfect world we would be continuously prepared for every situation. Who among us that patrols has not had a close call? We regret that our brother Tommy would lose his life performing his duty, but apparently fate has deemed it to be so.

We pray for Tommy's family, friends, co-workers and all who care about him. May they be ready to reach-out to one another in the days ahead.

I am proud to render Off. Tommy Portz a final salute.

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

October 23, 2010

Rest in Peace Sir.............

Officer Thomas Wiederhold,Retired
Fort Worth Texas PD

October 23, 2010

Rest in Peace

Patrolman Jeff Tripp
Marion,Ma Police Dept

October 22, 2010

Our deepest sympathy to the dear family of Officer Portz. God Bless him for his faithful service to the Baltimore Police Department. Rest in Peace sir, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, North Carolina

October 22, 2010

Thank you for your service. May God Bless you and your family. May he also grant you eternal peace. May he give your family, friends, and co-workers the strength they need during the rough times ahead. Rest easy we will take it from here.

PO James McPartland Jr
Mount Vernon PD NY

October 22, 2010

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