Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Public Safety Officer Eric Emiliano Zapata

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, April 18, 2011

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Reflections for Public Safety Officer Eric Emiliano Zapata

You will always be remembered by the brotherhood of law enforcement men and women. You gave the ultimate sacrifice by having your life taken. Peace be with you Eric.

anonymous

April 26, 2011

Today we would like to Honor Fallen Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer "Eric Zapata" whom grew up in Lake Odessa, and gave his life while on duty doing his job. The funeral services are being televised as we post this. From the crew at THIRSTY NEEDLE we send our humble condolences to the family and loved ones.

THIRSTY NEEDLE TATTOOS
local business

April 26, 2011

You took the oath to serve and protect the citizens of the state of Michigan and the city of Kalamazoo. Many times officers are disrespected, hated, and unappreciated by the public. The brotherhood you joined when you put on the uniform will never falter and will always be there with and for you. Officers will carry on with upholding the law and service the public knowing you and others who have proceeded you have given the ultimate sacrifice.

anonymous

April 26, 2011

I am so sorry for the loss of Eric Zapata. I did not know him but can tell he was a great officer and person. As a psychology student I intend to become a grief counselor along with helping children who have such emotional issues it leads them to a life of crime. I want to prevent this type of life style. I do know a great deal about grief due to the loss of my totally disabled son, grief can literally destroy a person. Children undergo grief also. At some times grief can be more difficult for a child to understand all their emotions they will go through during the stages of grief, they need so much more care to help them understand what they are going through. Please make sure his children get what they need and are not left to deal with the loss of their dad by themselves.

Lee Driskel
Psychology student

April 26, 2011

Peace be with you and THANK YOU for your service and dedication.

Lisa Danowski, Grand Rapids

April 26, 2011

Thank you for your dedicated service and for giving the ultlmate sacrifice for you community. My thoughts and prayers will remain with you and your family. May God Bless You Officer Zapata.

Reserve Deputy
Van Buren County Sheriff Dept.

April 26, 2011

Officer Zapata protected and served in my hometown and worked directly with a fellow officer who is a good friend of mine. I want to thank Officer Zapata for his service and offer his family my deepest condolences.

Anonymous

April 26, 2011

Rest in Peace Brother we will NEVER forget.

Officer Chris Vinson
Sylacauga PD 507

April 26, 2011

My prayers are with the family and community. I am so sorry for the loss all are suffering.

Diana Buuck

April 26, 2011

Rest in peace Warrior.

Sergeant
Ionia County Sheriff Dept

April 25, 2011

Officer Zapata vowed to serve and protect and he gave his life in service to a city I care about. My humble gratitude is not enough. For all law enforcement officers who call into service each day, thank you. Thoughts and prayers for his family, friends, and the KDPS officers who carry on.

Anonymous

April 25, 2011

RIP Officer Zapata, we appreciate all you have done to protect and serve. May God be with the family, friends, and fellow officers during this terrible loss.

Anonymous

April 25, 2011

Heros will never be forgotten

Cpl Cole Britton
Lincoln County CO Sheriff's Office

April 25, 2011

RIP PSO ZAPATA. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND COWORKERS.

HPPD HONOR GUARD
HAZEL PARK PD

April 25, 2011

may you be remembered for who you are and the lives you touched. god rest for you are not forgotten.

inspector 436
us customs detroit

April 25, 2011

You saved lives and your actions will never be forgotten. RIP warrior

PSO Rieser
KDPS

April 24, 2011

I never realized that one man could have a positive reflection then you have on peoples lives, intell i hear the people of your community tell the great things you have did for them and there family. I know that K.D.P.S has lost a good man,Father and a great Police Officer. Never Forgotten for your service in the hearts of all Officers.Thank You

Reserve Officer Burrows #674
S.H.P.D

April 24, 2011

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Zapata. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Eric, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Eric's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Eric's life was about so much more than the way he died. Eric will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Zapata, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been eight years and he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

April 24, 2011

Rest in Peace my brother.

Lt. Stephen C. Sarle Retired
KDPS

April 24, 2011

Rest in peace, your sacrifice will never be forgotten.........

Detective Edward Carlile
Northfield PD (OH)

April 24, 2011

Thank you for your service! Praying for your family and friends!

Cari Henley
Wife of Lewisville Police Detective

April 24, 2011

Thankyou for your service, you are a hero for us all to look up too. You will never be forgotten. God bless your family during these tragic events.

POLICE OFFICER
PHILA PA

April 24, 2011

God please grant security, understanding, and peace to the family, and friends left behind. Rest easy now my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is now over.......

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

April 24, 2011

May you rest in peace my brother! We will take it from here. I know you will be watching us from above and I am sure you will be making jokes and laughing at us. You were a great officer and more importantly a great friend. You were always there to brighten the day and were there for me when things got rough.

You are truly a warrior with a gentle heart, always there for everyone and that is exactly what you were doing the night you left us...running to aid a fellow officer engaged in a gun battle. It was an honor to be your friend and an honor to work with you. You will be missed.

See you on the other side, my brother!

PSO Bruce Ott
KDPS

April 24, 2011

RIP Officer Zapata. Thank you for your service. May your family and friends find peace knowing that you will never be forgotten.

Detective Laura Price
Island County Sheriff

April 24, 2011

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