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

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 23, 2012

EZ,

Time passes on, but you and your family are in our daily thoughts and prayers. It is hard to believe that it is approaching a year since you were taken. There are many small memorials to you: from the bracelets that many people wear, to the stickers on so many cars in the area, and to the memorial that is being planned for you in the downtown mall area. Such small things for the incredible price you and your family paid! There will be a large group of us going to the National Police Week Memorial this year to pay our respects to you and everyone else who has made the ultimate sacrifice.

Keep watching out for us from above. I believe you were with the county deputy who was grazed by a bullet recently and helped keep him safe.

Rest peacefully, EZ. You are always in our hearts.

Det. Mike Treu
KDPS

February 4, 2012

You are always in my prayers EZ

CSO Nick Kirk
Kalamazoo Dept. of Public Safety

January 13, 2012

I just miss you brother.

PSO Todd Christensen
Kalamazoo Dept. of Public Safety

January 11, 2012

To the family and friends of Officer Eric Zapata, his fellow officers, and most especially to Eric:

We honor your service to your community as a law enforcement officer and you will always be remembered and revered. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Eric was killed in the line of duty. It is obvious he was well-loved by many and well-respected by his peers as reflected in the loving reflections left for him.

May his loved ones continued to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you. To Eric's family, you are in my heart's embrace today. To his mom, I share your anquish in losing a beloved child which surely has to be life's greatest sorrow.

Today was your family's first Christmas without you and we are also approaching your eow anniversary date. They are all in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of distinquished service Eric gave to his community and the citizens of our country and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 18, 2011

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 25, 2011

celebrated your birthday son and all the family came. There was 40 people in my house all at once. You was loved by all the family and they laugh and cried in your memory. Thur your sprite we will live together forever. Your children will always be loved and protected. love mom

connie Bernal
mother

December 2, 2011

Hey buddy, 1st big holiday coming up...no one will ever forget your sacrifice...You're a hero Eric when you gave your life to save others. I've recounted our times in the gazebo at Station 7 more times than I care to remember...but remember I do...and I wouldn't trade those memories for anything. Happy Thanksgiving buddy...we'll be saying a prayer at the table for you and your family...and all our brothers and sisters in blue.

Love you buddy,

Don

Sgt. Don McLennan
KDPS (Retired)

November 2, 2011

EZ,

Five months ago today. You and your family haved been in our thoughts and prayers every single day since that horrible night. When I put my son to bed tonight and we said our prayers, he asked me what was wrong. I told him how much it means to me that he prayed for you the night you left us and went to Heaven.

Rest in peace, EZ. We carry on with you in ourt hearts.

Mike

Mike Treu
KDPS

September 18, 2011

Thank you for your service Officer Zapata.

Holt
TN

September 14, 2011

Yesterday, we drove to visited Dave and Vida Fisher. We touched our life in that their Son, Owen Fisher, was also a fallen officer in the Flint area. We touched memorials of you and Owen and How you too are touched in heaven. They have helped many families that have been with fallen officers .Vida is really involved with Mi-Cops and a number one supporter. I hope that by your grace and God that i may too follow her in this quest. We love you Ez. Wherever your roam we will be with you..smile Son.,our hero.

connie Bernal
mother

August 22, 2011

Not a day goes by that I don't think of your bravery and sacrifice that you have given. Your family and KDPS family are always remembered in my prayers.

Wife of KDPS PSO
Kalamazoo Dept of Public Safety

August 20, 2011

Eric,

It has been over 3 months now and still it seems like just yesterday. Thank you so much for your dedication and sacrifice and thank you for protecting the rest of your dept, our family, that night. You really are a true hero. Not a day goes by that I don't think about the sacrifice you have given. I hope you are smiling down and laughing at each and every one of us. Thank you Eric.

KB

CSO Dispatcher
Kalamazoo Dept of Public Safety

July 29, 2011

I went to your graveside, my son, and there has been many visitor there, many items left for you, many smile, kind thoughts, and tears but most of all love and prayers. You are remember every day, every minute and and every second by people who you have touched and loved, May you rest in Peace and watch over your dept and family. Mom

Connie Bernal
mother

July 16, 2011

EZ,

You are thought of everyday!! We miss you!

Mike Treu
KDPS

June 30, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with those friends and family members that are left behind and cannot follow. Rest in peace my brother in blue...we will take it from here.

PFC Adam F Laser
Westminster City Police Department

June 6, 2011

Thank You for your service Brother, watch over those of us who try to live up to your example. RIP.

Deputy Shawn Brimmer
Osceola County Sheriff's Office (MI)

May 29, 2011

Eric We started in this work about the same time, you were my friend, my teacher and my Brother in Arms. We learned a lot from each other. What I learned the most from you was unconditional love for life and to never forget to laugh. (Life is Short) Although your soul moved on in its journey as all of ours will. Your spirt continues to live here in every one of us who knew you, were connected to you and in those who will be sure to learn of you through us.

Michelle Greenlee Deputy
Kalamazoo County

May 23, 2011

PSO Eric Zapata you paid the ultimate sacrifice for your dedication and service to the citizens of Kalamazoo County. You will be deeply missed.

Reserve Deputy
KCSO

May 18, 2011

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal"
Thank you for your selfless service to us all, you are loved and will be missed, God bless.

Anonymous

May 6, 2011

The sound of gunfire echoes,
Angels look down in sorrow,
Another officer has fallen,
The Gates of Heaven swing open,
A hero is welcomed home.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

Anonymous

May 3, 2011

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

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
USBP

May 3, 2011

Rest in Peace Hero

Det. Castelhano
Mount Vernon NY pD

May 2, 2011

You are the kind of officer that I would build a department around. Always positive, the biggest smile ever and a great work ethic. You will be missed, I am so proud to have known you and I will always use you as an example and role model when teaching the new recruits at the academy.

Retired Captain Larry Belen
KDPS worked in KVET together

April 30, 2011

Eric, “EZ"

No words can be written or spoken that can accurately describe the example of strength and honor that you showed us. I thank you for the honor of knowing you. You have taught us much. I promise you that you will always be remembered.

PSO Rod Mox

PSO
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

April 29, 2011

Eric, it was an honor to serve along side you and call you friend. We at KDPS will never forget you. You are a hero to us all.

Anonymous

April 28, 2011

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