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

I worked for 5yrs with the Western Mich. University Police in Kalamazoo. KDPS is a great group of Officers. Officer Zapata left this world way too early!! You may be gone, but will never be forgotten. RIP, we have the watch now!!

Officer Bill Clock
Ann Arbor, MI Police Dept

April 19, 2011

Sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers to your department, family and friends. Rest in Peace bro.

Ofc. Shaun Alcodray
CN Railroad Police
Port Huron, Michigan

Ofc. Shaun Alcodray
CN Railroad Police

April 19, 2011

Rest in peace Eric. Thank you for your selfless service and your never ending smile! Our prayers are with you and your family.

Capt. Rick Ives
Kalamazoo Public Safety (Retired)

April 19, 2011

Thank you Eric for protecting us and our community. I did not know you but my heart breaks for you and your family. May you rest in peace and go with God. May God watch over your family for ever. You made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank-you.

Pat Adams
Kalamazoo Citizen

April 19, 2011

Rest in peace Eric. You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts everyday. Thank you for your service and God bless.

Shelby Twp Police Officers Assoication
Shelby Twp

April 19, 2011

Officer Zapata- Thank you for your service. You are a hero and will be forever remembered. May you rest in peace Brother.

Police Officer R. Thompson #007
Saginaw Police Dept.

April 19, 2011

I know of no words that will suffice. No words that are adequate. I would like for the family, friends and co-workers of Public Safety Officer Eric Zapata to know there are folks all across this country that will be lifting you up in prayer before the Almighty in the coming days.
May you each experience the eternal love and endless blessings of our Lord and Savior in the coming days.
I am very sorry for your loss.

Special Ranger Doug Hutchison
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

April 19, 2011

Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice brother. See you on the high ground!

Officer J. Evans
Niles City Police

April 19, 2011

RIP PSO Zapata

What is the meaning of "In The Line Of Duty"
It means that an officer made the Ultimate sacrifice.
It means that someone took an officer's life.
A hero has fallen.

Officers who gave their all
To protect and serve
Have been killed by someone whom they swore
To protect and serve.

It means that their badge will no longer be on their chest
And they will join
"The Best Of The Best"

It means that family and friends are left behind
To deal with the lost of a loved one.
Only having the memories of that loved one
Close to their hearts.
Something no one can ever take away.

It means that family members will stand at the officers grave
And wonder why ...
Why would someone take an officer's life
And leave them there to die?
If we only knew.

Today an officer will place their badge on their chest
To fulfill the dreams of heroes killed
"In The Line Of Duty"


April 19, 2011

My dear friend and brother, You are missed by so many and will live in our hearts forever. When I am on patrol, alone, and in the face of danger I know your angel will be looking over me on my beat. I look forward to the day when we can ground fight again. Last weekend when we were on the mats will be a day I shall never forget. I will always remember how you made me laugh and how when we hired you we joked how you could not speak a lick of Spanish, the day you wrecked your truck at Rose and Kalamazoo, and the funny moment when you stood, foot on your captive suspects back, handcuffed, smoking a cigarette. I think of you Eric and I can only smile. I just wish that you were still among us, but I know you are in a better place and will watch over our brothers and sisters who face fear and danger with a brave warriors heart. See you on the high ground my brother.

Strength and Honor! my dear friend, I look forward to our time in heaven.
Todd Christensen.

PSO Todd Christensen
Kalamazoo Public Safety

April 19, 2011

What a rough night EZ. The guys are a mess but we will all get through this tragedy together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and this most difficult time. you will not be forgotten Brother!

Police Officer Eric Vesey
Portage PD

April 19, 2011

Thank you for your years of dedication and service to your community. Bless your family and may God watch over them. Brother, we now have the watch. Godspeed.

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

April 19, 2011

Thank you Officer Zapata for your fine work and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in Kalamazoo, (GO BLUE) Michigan. My condolences for your family, friends and co-workers. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!! May you forever, rest in peace...

Mitch Cheselka
Sergeant, CA/OR Retired

April 19, 2011

To the family of this hero my heart and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. May God be with you and guide you. Rest in peace Officer Zapata, may you continue your watch from above.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02


April 19, 2011

My deepest condolences and prayer go out to family and friends. Thank you for your sacrifice, Rest in peace warrior. God Speed, and may he look after your family.

Asheboro Police, NC

April 19, 2011

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

April 19, 2011

RIP brother.


April 19, 2011

Thank you for protecting all of us. You can rest in peace knowing that you will not be forgotten. All our love to you and your family.

Deputy Kyle J. Holewinski
Winnebago County S.O. Wisconsin

April 19, 2011

Although I did not know you we shared many things together. We have fought the same boogie men and ate the same smoke. You are the ultimate warrior. You have set an example in you personal and professional life for many to look up to. Your sacrifice for your community will not be forgotten. The prayers of my department go out to you and your family in this time of loss and sorrow. You family can take comfort in knowing that you are now at peace and in the lords loving arms. Know that you job is not done as you are now an angel of gods and I ask that you watch over those of us that are still on the job. Sometimes word seem so hollow, but thank you for your service and sacrifice

Sgt. Gary Valentine
Greenville Department of Public Safety, Michigan

April 19, 2011

My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Zapata's family, friends and brothers and sisters in uniform during this most difficult time. He may be gone, but may he never be forgotten. Officer Zapata, you are a true hero, and KDPS lost a good one last night. My heart breaks for your children and everyone that this affects. I know the shock that they are feeling, as I've been in their shoes when a friend of mine was killed in the line of duty in Cass County in July of 2000. I'm sure that Shane greeted you at the gates and welcomed you to the big department in the sky. Thank you so much for your service, for keeping the citizen of Kalamazoo safe for all those years. RIP Officer Zapata~your memory will live on forever.

I never dreamed it would be me
My name for all eternity
Recorded here, at this hallowed place
Alas, my name, no more my face

"In the line of duty" I hear them say
My family now the price will pay
My folded flag stained with their tears
We only had those few short years

The badge no longer on my chest
I sleep now in eternal rest
My sword I pass to those behind
And pray they keep this thought in mind

I never dreamed it would be me
And with heavy heart and bended knee
I ask for all here from the past
Dear God, let my name be the last
(Author Unknown)

Friend of another fallen MI Officer (Shane Britton EOW 07/19/00 CCSD)

April 19, 2011

Rest in peace. Thank you for your service. Prayers and blessings to your friends and family.

Patrolman Michael Hubbard
Ontwa Township Police

April 19, 2011

"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."
-Winston Churchill
Thank you for protecting our freedom in this community. God bless your family as they grieve your loss.
You will never be forgotten.
Rest well, Hero.

Sue Triquet-VandenBrink

April 19, 2011

RIP my brother in blue, my thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Zapata's family and friends.

Burton PD, MI

April 19, 2011

A simple radio call for a standard shots heard, then face to face with evil.
My thoughts and prayers for all left behind to deal with this tragedy.
Rest easy brave Warrior Brother.
May the filth who did this rot in Hell.

Senior Constable
South Australia Police

April 19, 2011



April 19, 2011

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