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

Officer Zapata,
While I watched the Tribute to a Fallen Officer, I sobbed. I was shocked by my range of emotions for you and your lovely family. Although I was saddened by your death, I also was proud of you and everything that you stood for. My heart aches for your immediate family, your KDPS family along with all of the other firefighters, police officers who make up your extended family. This extended family is a wonderful family to belong too as you and you family serve your city with dedication, love and dignity and the courage to put your life on the line for others.Your children are now our children and Kalamazoo will always look out for them as you looked out for us.
To all of the Zapata family, I am sorry for you loss, but thank you for sharing your son with us, we are a better community because of him. Thank for for allowing us to greive with you and honor your son, brother, father and cousin in the manner that he deserved. Our community will cherish our short time with Eric and remember him for his heroism. My hope for you is that you can heal and remember all the "good times" with Eric. Thank you again and God bless you during you time of need.

Greiving Citizen

April 28, 2011

REST IN PEACE, BROTHER THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

PROVINCIAL CONSTABLE MARTY LALONDE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

April 27, 2011

As I watched the procession and heard some of the remarks made I cried. Why should a wonderful person be shot when he was just protecting his city. I will pray for his family and him. May he rest in peace and be welcomed into the arms of Jesus. Joycie

Anonymous

April 27, 2011

Thank you for your service. This should not have happened to you, but we are all praying for you to be in God's grace now and for comfort for your family and friends. God is real and may you now dwell with the Lord. Love and prayers to all who love Eric, especially his children. To Eric, your life had a purpose and you served that purpose in an outstanding way. Thank you.

Anonymous

April 26, 2011

Rest in peace, sir. Your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.

Greater love hath no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Friend of USFS Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9/20/08

Anonymous

April 26, 2011

today was a tribute to you PSO Eric Zapata, and a fine tribute it was. We hope we made you smile!!! your kindness and dedication will be rewarded in heaven, I am sure of that. We promise to make you proud as we work on building a kinder, safer place...in you honor!!!

Anonymous

April 26, 2011

Eric, you will be missed more than I can say. I will see you again someday, but not yet. Rest easy Brother, we'll take it from here.

PSO Steven Heyduck
Kalamazoo Public Safety

April 26, 2011

EZ-
The first time I met you, I wanted to be just like you. You embodied what a police officer was. You took your job seriously, but had fun. You were always smiling, and made others feel at ease. We are all better officers for having you with us. I will miss you and never forget.

Rick

PSO Rick McCall
KDPS

April 26, 2011

I'll always remember the early grappling training at REPZ gym. It didn't take you long to start catching me in all sort of submissions. You taught me to chase after your dreams no matter what anyone else says. I'll miss you brother. You'll always be remembered.

PSO TONY EVANS
KDPS

April 26, 2011

"EZ" as his close friends and co-workers called him, know him as a fun living, humorous and loving person. He gave is all when he was on the job, and was also very respected. He brought 90% of the laughter and humor to the department. I will be dearly missed, and his legacey lives on in his children. I wish the best for the Zapata family, and don't hesitate to call if you need anything. As we say in Kzoo PD, "were all family".

Respectfully,
PSO A. Jackson #12916

Public Safety Officer Aaron Jackson
Kalamazoo Public Safety

April 26, 2011

EZ

Little would most of have known like me that the last time I worked with you, there would be no next time. You made each shift with you go a little quicker. We will never forget you, amigo. I will hold my end up and continue the fight you started. We will miss you and God bless.

Respectfully,

PSO Fidel Mireles II #12671

PSO Fidel Mireles II
Kalamazoo Dept. of Public Safety

April 26, 2011

Eric was a brand new rookie when I first met him. I was a PSO police officer prior to going into the fire station with public safety. He came to the PSO station that I was working at and rode the rig with me for a shift. He was surprised that his driver was female, but was so enthusiastic about being on a fire engine for the evening. He talked non-stop about his hopes and dreams and his family. He made me want to start my career all over again. I retired a couple of years later, but I will never forget his eagerness and willingness to learn. I will also never forget his smile. My condolences to the entire Zapata family. God bless you all and safe passage Eric.

Retired PSO Casey Stellini

April 26, 2011

Met Eric when he was a new guy. Had the new guy syndrom that he was going to change the world. He changed our part of it forever.

PSO John Karraker (Ret)

April 26, 2011

Officer Zapata, I did not know you, but to me you exemplify the very finest in our young people, and Public Safety Officers. T hank you from the bottom of my heart for your brave and heroic sacrifice--may it remain in the hearts of all citizens and hopefully lead to a better understanding of what our Safety officers face each day. My sympathy to your family and friends, and may you Rest in our Lord's Peace.

JANET M. GATES
private citizen

April 26, 2011

RIP brother.

Detective
kalamazoo Department of Public Saftey(retired)

April 26, 2011

To Officer Zapata and the family thank-you for your service and sacrifice the memorial was very touching and memorable. To his fellow officers may god keep you safe and heal your department.

Anonymous

April 26, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you, family, friends and the entire law enforcement community.

Celene Jackson
civilian

April 26, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you, family, friends and the entire law enforcement community.

Celene Jackson
civilian

April 26, 2011

My deepest condolences to the Zapata Family! Mis Mas Sinceras Condolencias!!! God took another Hero!!!! Rip!!! you will be missed!!!

Anonymous

April 26, 2011

I worked for Kalamazoo Public Safety temporarily in dispatch when I left to go to Police accademy. I worked for 15 years as a Police Officer for South Haven City. I was so very saddened to hear of Eric Zapata's death. I think as a officer it is something we never really think about. I am so very sorry for Eric's family. Te bendiga Eric. May the lord bless your family. May they know where you are and how much you are loved.

Ricki Butler
retired/ South Haven P.D.

April 26, 2011

Officer Zapata, As I watch the Tribute to you, A FALLEN OFFICER on Television. I can't help but, feel very sad, happy and proud of you, your family, your KPSO family and all the Brothers and Sisters from the Fraternity of Law Enforcement Officers around the State of Michigan, surrounding area States and from around the World.It is truly a very special group. You all have much Dignity, Grace, Peace, Pride and most of all Courage to go out and serve and protect the communities you have sworn to protect regarding the increasing danger to your lives. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.I pray for each of you that God keep you safe. May your fondest memories of any fellow fallen LOE'S bring you peace in your time of dis pare. To the Zapata family, Thank you for allowing all of us strangers to be apart of Eric"s Funeral Service today. It is an honor to pay Tribute to your son, brother, father, fiancée, uncle, cousin and friend. A funeral is such a private event and very hard on one another in a regular normal life but, for such a public figure many many people mourn with you and Eric's extended families. Peace and God Bless you all.

AMS
Grand Rapids, MI

April 26, 2011

My deepest sympathy to the Zapata family and to PSO Zapata's other family...those who served with him. We have all kept you, and will continue to keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn his loss. Rest in peace, my brother.

Sheila Gardineer FF-EMT
Casnovia Twp. Fire Department

April 26, 2011

To the family, friends and co-workers of PSO Eric Zapata, my heart goes out to you. I was just watching the funeral and waves of emotion washed over me to see all the officers who turned out. I remember my experience 7 years ago. The support is of tremendous help on the path toward healing. Eric, you will never be forgotten. Thank You all for your sacrifice.

Denise Garn
sister of Terry Loftus EOW 5/28/04

April 26, 2011

May God Bless your family PSO Zapata, and we all thank you for your unselfish service.

Anonymous

April 26, 2011

RIP Brother. We got it from here.

Sergeant Kevin Callahan
Springfield Department of Public Safety

April 26, 2011

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