Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Derek Kotecki

Lower Burrell Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Reflections for Patrolman Derek Kotecki

RIP Officer Kotecki

Kathy Alvarez (retired dispatch)
Hialeah PD (FL)

October 13, 2011

Patrolman Kotecki, thank you for your service. My prayers go out to your family, friends, and your Department. RIP my Brother in Blue, we have the watch now.

Patrol Officer

October 13, 2011


Deputy J. D. Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

October 13, 2011

May God Bless you and your family. My heart goes out to you.


October 13, 2011

Godspeed brother...So honored to hear your dedication...You also had one dedicated K-9, and that is something to be proud of...


Ofc. K. Jarrell

October 13, 2011

May St. Michael carry you to our farthers heavenly Kingdom. Rest well my brother! May the Lord watch over your family.

Sgt. Steve Falbo
Weirton Police Dept., Weirton W.V.

October 13, 2011

My family's and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Thank you for your service!

Bryce Stevenson
Son of Sgt Howard Stevenson, Ceres Police, EOW 010905

October 13, 2011

Officer Kotecki you are a true HERO. Rest in peace and leave the rest to us. You will NEVER be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your wife, kids and K9 so that they may find peace for themselves. Thank you for your dedication to this profession.

Sgt. Kristine Schmittgens
St. Louis Metropolitan Police

October 13, 2011

We started our careers together. You were an amazing person in this life and I am confident that Heaven is a better place now that you are there. You presence will be greatly missed here. Thank you for selfless sacrifice and dedication to the people of your community and this nation. You will not be forgotten. Rest now Brother, Rest.

To your family. Words cannot express how sorry we are for you loss. We pray for grace, mercy and comfort as you move forward from here. Your sacrifice will forever be remembered.

Thomas Benge

October 13, 2011

Rest in peace, Patrolman Kotecki...and to the family: My prayers are with you and my arms are around you, if only in spirit.

Deborah Gish

October 13, 2011

What can we say other than another terrible tragedy by a true Humanitarian Warrior. God be with you!

J. Ezell, Major (Ret)
Indiana State Police

October 13, 2011

Sadden to here again one has been taken from our ranks. Patrolman Derek Kotecki serve the citizens of Lower Burrell proudly, giving 18 yrs of service. MAY God comfort his family and be with them during this terrible time. RIP Patl. Kotecki

Lieutenant Cedric Smith
MS Dept. Of Corrections

October 13, 2011

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the Lower Burrell Police Department. May you rest in peace.

Off. William F. Shields
Federal Reserve Police/Philadelphia - Retired/Haverford Police

October 13, 2011

RIP PO Kotecki. May God watch over you, your family, K9 Benny and the Lower Burrell PD. You will not be forgotten !

Sgt David Tarantino
Suffern, New York PD

October 13, 2011

My heart as well as my prayers go out to this hero and his family.

Officer David Ertter (Retired)
McAllen Police Department

October 13, 2011

May the Good Lord receive you with open arms, and watch over your family.

Rest In Peace Brother Kotecki

Det. Fern Trujillo
Union City Police Dept NJ

October 13, 2011

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department

October 13, 2011

Rest in peace, God Bless you, your entire family , including all your fellow officers ! You will never beforgotten !

Sandra Sims
Private Citizen

October 13, 2011

RIP Brother, we have your watch now.
Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten!

Eric Margolin- Officer
North Hills- Allegheny County

October 13, 2011

RIP my brother in blue!! To your family and the Lower Burrell Police Department, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you and hold you in your time of sorrow. We continue your watch from here.

Det. Larry Kester (ret.)
Kingstree, SC Police Dept.

October 13, 2011

How aweful. God bless the family and friends of Officer Kotecki. Prayers go out to the family and friends/co-workers in this tragedy. The fact that his K-9 partner would not leave his side is a testament to the bond of the two who dedicated their lives to the citizens of Lower Burrell and to Pennsylvania. Having spent some time as a K-9 handler, I appreciate the devotion of the K-9 partner giving total dedication to his handler. What a wonderful display of unconditional love and respect by the K-9. Rest in peace brother, we have the watch down here.

Donnie Meaders, Deputy Sheriff
Seminole County (OK) Sheriff's Office

October 13, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with this brave hero and his family. RIP brother.

Sergeant Ron King
Port Canaveral (FL) Police Department

October 13, 2011

I never thought this would happen in Lower Burrell. Our whole community is behind your family. May you rest easy knowing you are a hero in the eyes of the world.


October 13, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Kotecki. May he rest in peace....Heroes Live Forever.

Melanie Karpinski
Western PA Concerns of Police Survivors

October 13, 2011

Another Hero taken to soon.
Faith Family Friends
Rest in Peace

Karen Reever
Mother of Officer David Tome
E.O.W. 10/21/08

Karen Reever

October 13, 2011

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