Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin

Lakeland Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Reflections for Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin

Rest in peace Officer Crispin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 21, 2019

The Final Inspection

The policeman stood and faced his God. Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My church have you been true?”

The policeman squared his shoulders and said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t. Because those of us who carry badges can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays, and at times my talk was rough; and sometimes I’ve been violent, because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny that wasn’t mine to keep…though I’ve worked a lot of overtime when the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear; and sometimes, God forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, it needn’t be so grand. I never expected or had too much, but if you don’t…I’ll understand.”

There was silence all around the throne where the saints had often trod. As the policeman waited quietly for the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, policeman, you’ve borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets, you’ve done your time in hell.”

Rest Easy Crispin, you were a great young man and not forgotten

Katrina Pruitt
Deputy's wife

Katrina Pruitt

September 10, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 20, 2018

Rest in peace my brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

December 21, 2017

Officer Crispin, I was a patient at LRH when you were brought in, and was heartbroken when I heard what happened. As Lakeland resident, thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Please continue to watch over your LPD brothers and sisters.

Jimmy Russ
Citizen

November 17, 2016

I'll never forget that day December 18, 2011. I was home on vacation and I get a phone call from my roommate and LPD officer telling me you had been shot. He said I'm on my way back from Orlando be ready to roll when I get home. Him and I rolled out to the scene that night to find the punk that shot you and bring him to justice. I was there all night with my brothers and sisters in law enforcement from agencies from all all over. We were hoping and praying it was going to be ok, sadly most of us wouldn't learn until later that you were already watching over us the whole time we searched your killer. Rest In Peace Brother Crispin you are missed but not forgotten.

TPR. RD
FHP

December 18, 2013

Your murderer was denied bond today.
You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service. May final justice prevail.

citizen
Tampa, FL

October 31, 2013

I am writing another paper that brings you to the front of my mind and bringing up your page again and photos I have taken of your memorials. Your death changed the way I looked at patroling. Rest easy sir while you patrol the streets of gold, your brothers and sisters have the watch from here.

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

C.R.R.
LPD 183

October 2, 2013

God Bless your family and Fellow brothers' and sisters.
R.I.P. we'll continue the watch brother.

Mark Miller
Former CWO / Ocala Police Dept.

June 19, 2013

Thank you again for your Heroism Sir, RIP

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

December 21, 2012

HEROES live forever and you sir are a hero, Officer Crispin we will never forget ....

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

December 21, 2012

Rest in Peace Crispin we miss you your smile will never be forgot everything you did will never be forgotten its police officers like you that really made the city of Lakeland a better place thank you so much for everything you did and laying your life down

Family of Leo Lindsay Meagan
Lakeland, FL

October 15, 2012

I thank you for your valiant service, and will proudly continue it through my own. May you rest in peace, my brother.

I salute your bravery and sacrifice.

Reserve Deputy Sheriff R. Railton
Callaway County, Missouri Sheriff's Office

October 14, 2012

RIP Sir, you will never be forgotten

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

February 20, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Crispin. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

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

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
U.S. Border Patrol

February 6, 2012

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiance Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Crispin. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Arnulfo he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Arnulfo's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Arnulfo's life was about so much more than the way he died. Arnulfo will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Crispin, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiance Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been nine years and he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne :)

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

February 3, 2012

RIP my Brother Officer

Sgt. Steven Yodice
Freeport (NY) PD - Retired

January 31, 2012

It has been an entire month and I still cannot believe I will never see you again. Rest in Peace Arnie. We miss you dearly.

Ofc. D. Carli
Lakeland Police Departmet

January 21, 2012

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Officer Arnulfo Crispin and the Lakeland Police Department during this time. Thank you, Officer Crispin, for your service.

Staff
National Police Wives Association

January 13, 2012

No Not How Did He Die, But How Did He Live?


No Not, how did he die, but how did he live?
No Not, what did he gain , but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man , regardless of birth.
Not what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he passed away?....may you cherish him still ..deepest sympathy ..To The Family And Friends Of Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin

THERESA MELODY
Someone who cares

January 11, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of this brave officer. Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now.

Sheriff Ray Foster
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office

January 8, 2012

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Virginia

January 6, 2012

"The Final Inspection"

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Lauren, Ca
Family of LEO

January 6, 2012

RIP Brother. You made the ultimate sacrafice and you will not be forgotten.

PTLM Brian Hanson
Bartlett Police Department, Bartlett TN

January 3, 2012

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