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

To Officer Zapata, we thank you for your service and for making the ultimate sacrifice. You will not be forgotten! RIP Brother!

K-9 Officer Jason Williams
Henry County (Ind) Sheriffs Department

April 22, 2011

Chief Strzelecki and the entire Niles Police Department extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Zapata. Godspeed.

Niles, Illinois Police Department

April 22, 2011

RIP Eric, Thank you for your dedication and service, someday we will see you on the other side!!! Godspeed:)

Deputy Amy Moon
Otsego County Sheriff Department

April 22, 2011

To the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Zapata, we would like to express our deepest condolences. Officer Zapata's service will never be forgotten. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Sssion 50
The Zone Five Police Academy

April 22, 2011

My prayers go out to Officer Zapata's family and Brothers in Blue. "Blessed are the Peacemaker's for they shall be called the Children of God". RIP

Police Officer's Mother
Fairfax County, Virginia

April 22, 2011

Rest in peace brother Zapata. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Ptl. Shriver-Kelch
Kettering PD, Kettering, OH

April 22, 2011

Vaya con Dios Eric.

Police Officer Nelson Marti
New York State Park Police/Taconic Region

April 22, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Officer Zapata as well as the brotherhood at Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. May you rest in peace our brother!

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse (NY) Police Department

April 22, 2011


You were my Quarterback in school. My job was to protect you. I was an offensive lineman. I protected you to the best of my ability. You helped me up when I layed on the ground even when I did not do my job very well.
When we did well and won, you thanked the guys that protected you.

Now, all these years later, I feel like I should have been there to protect you... like you have protected the population of K-zoo.

I am extremely proud of you and all that you accomplished.

Now it is time for you to beef up and be an offensive lineman. Your family, friends, and department will flourish and lead long and happy lives with OL Zapata blocking for them.

God brought home a good one.


April 22, 2011

Rest in peace Officer Zapata. My sincere condolences to your family and to your department. I believe that I met you one time while I was stationed in the Battle Creek VAPD. God speed my brother as you now patrol the streets of gold. Thanks for your service. Terry F. Zech


April 21, 2011

To family and friends:
'God didn’t promise days without pain,
laughter without sorrow, sun without rain;
but He did promise strength for the day,
comfort for the tears and light for the way'.

Rest in peace Officer Zapata.

Sgt. Randy Keenan
Alameda, CA Police Dept.

April 21, 2011

my conddolences to the family and friends of officer zapata , my thoughts and prayers are with you thinking of you in time of need

member of milwood neighborhood watch

April 21, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers to the dear family and friends of Officer Eric Zapata. God Bless him for his service and the sacrifice he made to keep others safe. Rest in Peace brother, hero's are never ever forgotten. Our prayers to the officers of the Kalamazoo Police Department.

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

April 21, 2011

You will be missed, you were and always will be a Great Public Safety Officer. The memories will never go away, from the trout incident to all the annoying pictures you put on all the station computers. I will never forget that laugh you would do to annoy me. We had great times working together and riding two man cars, even when we weren't suppose to. You were a good friend and powershift partner. I can go on and on of all the good memories. You were a fun person to be around and always put a smile on people's face. I will miss that infectious smile and you easy going attitude.
We miss you brother, you will always be in our hearts and minds. You will NEVER be forgotten. Rest in Peace.

PSO Amil Alwan
Kalamazoo Dept of Public Safety

April 21, 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 times.


April 21, 2011

Even though Eric was older than my three boys, he spent alot of time watching over them, by his choice, You have never witnessed a house clearing out so fast as when Eric drove in the driveway. He was a Rock Star at our house. I love you Eric, and thank-you for always having the time for my boys

close friend

April 21, 2011

Thoughts and prayers are with PSO Zapata's family and the KDPS family.

MCO J. Killey
Michigan State Police - Traffic Safety Division

April 21, 2011

My Prayers and Thoughts are with the Family of Officer Zapata as they get through these days,Take comfort in knowing he was called home by our Heavenly Father in the line of Duty,He loved so much.As a Daughter of a Police Officer to his Children I say (He took the oath to Protect and that he did well)He now has a Pair of Angel Wings that will always and forever be watching over you,and I am sure they are made of BRASS we all know what Brass means to an Officer always shining bright R.I.P Officer Zapata

Pam Henry
Daughter of a Former K.T.P.D.Officer

April 21, 2011

Though I have never had the chance to know you, to meet you, but over the past few days I have heard a lot about you. I have heard how funny you are, how loved you are, how hard of a worker you are. My thoughts and prayers are with your kids and loved ones, the officers you served with and all those people who's hearts you touched. I have not heard one person say it was an easy day. I woke up to a email from a Detective at KDPS that was delivered to my email box way to early in the morning for a normal day work for him. I knew from that moment something was wrong in the city. I got on the news and heard of the loss of a member of KDPS. My heart just sank, there is no words that can express the loss of someone who puts their lives on the line to defend their community.

Thank you for your service, and to the rest of KDPS our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss, keep your heads up high and laugh a lot, because from what I have heard that is what EZ would want you to be doing!

Kevin Hoffer

April 21, 2011

I'm one of the secretaries in the Detective Bureau and work at KDPS HQ. One day I see PSO Zapata on the 1st floor at KDPS in the Teleserve Office (a temp assignment). I speak some Spanish and thought with a name like Zapata, he has to speak some Spanish. So I thought I'll ask him so I wld know who to turn to in case I got 'stuck' in translating. I asked. He looked at me with a big smile and said 'No, I don't speak any Spanish.' I said, 'it's not too late to learn.' He kept on smiling. I will always remember that conversation along with his great smile. He will be truly missed. I know Eric is watching over us now. May the Good Lord hold Eric and lead him Home. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Take care all of you and Dios' te bendiga (God bless).

Martha Pineda Gutierrez, KDPS/Det Bureau

April 21, 2011

Rest in peace, Officer Zapata. Your service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Linda Lamm - LEO wife and sister of
Jay Balchunas EOW 11.05.04

April 21, 2011

God needed another hero. RIP Officer Zapata

Survivor, Stan Jerlecki

April 21, 2011

Officer Zapata thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, co-workers and loved ones. RIP Brother, we have the watch from here.

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office (MI)

April 21, 2011

I want to thank everyone for all your support during this very difficult time. I am learning how much Eric was loved by so many people and how dedicated he was to his job and the people he served. It is a sad and tragic moment in our lives. He had his whole life ahead of him and was planning to get married in the near future. He was planning his daughter's future education and was always involved in his kids' lives. He enjoyed spending time with his children and loved them very, very much. They were his whole life along with his girlfriend. And in a split second his life was taken away, so, to me, being the father of such a loved person, it is hard to accept the fact that I, as a father, am burying my youngest son, for, as you know, it is our children who are supposed to bury their parents. So, I am hurting and hope time will heal this wound. Thank you for all the nice things you have said about my son. He will be missed.

Adolfo Zapata, Eric's Dad

April 21, 2011

Rest in Peace Officer Zapata. My prayers and thoughts are going out to your family both at home and on the job. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Never Forgotten

Karen Perrucci
survivor of law enforcement

April 21, 2011

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