Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent Daniel Lee "Danny" Knapp

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Reflections for Special Agent Daniel Lee "Danny" Knapp

Agent Knapp,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 29, 2019

Rest in peace Special Agent Knapp.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 19, 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 18, 2018

Special Agent Daniel Lee Knapp was a true hero, a person who clearly made an attempt to save another human being, and he gave his life in an effort to save another's life. Special Agent Knapp's soul is now in Heaven, and may God bless his family.

Special Agent Daniel Lee "Danny" Knapp will never ever be forgotten. He was a peace maker on earth and I'm thankful for any and all people who tries to build bridges across all barriers of life.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

March 24, 2018

Special Agent Knapp,
I have had the honor and the privilege of getting to know you better through some wonderful articles I've read and through your family. I remember when you gave your all to save a precious life. I was so sad when I read about your loss as you are a part of my FBI family. I was very touched though that you did what you did for a stranger. Greater Love Hath No Man.
I know you and my dad are dear friends now.... sharing stories about life, love, your families, honor, fidelity, bravery and integrity. I am excited to meet you as well.
I pray for your family. Rest well Sir. You are one of my Heroes.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

April 2, 2013

RIP Dan.


March 14, 2013

Danny, we are keeping the watch for you here in San Juan. Dustin


December 18, 2012

Danny, you were a remarkable person and an unselfish, amazing act of love. You are a hero to us all. I cannot drive along the water in PR without thinking of you and your heroism. I did not know you as well as many but will never forget you, how you were, and what you did. Aaron Haven


December 17, 2012

You will always be a hero.


September 19, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

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

February 24, 2012

Solo quien nace para servir a su país acepta trabajar en algún departamento de investigaciones, porque es donde realmente ofreces tu vida por el prójimo... luchando contra el crimen, tratando que los delitos no queden impunes, a cambio de la satisfacción del deber cumplido.

Dios ha de tenerte en un buen lugar Sr. Knapp, porque mostraste amor por Dios, por el prójimo y por tu país haciendo lo correcto, personas como tú es que necesitamos en este mundo... yo, mi esposa y su familia lamentamos mucho tu muerte, fuiste un ejemplo a seguir en la iglesia y en tu trabajo. No te olvidaremos.

Cabo Domingo A., M. de G.
Iglesia Mormones

February 9, 2012

Agent Knapp,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. You sir are true hero-you were off-duty but you didn't hesitate to help a fellow human being in trouble. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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 Agent Knapp. 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 Danny 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 Danny's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Danny's life was about so much more than the way he died. Danny will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Agent Knapp, 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

Thinking about you every day. I'll never forget, brother.

Special Agent

January 20, 2012

In memory of Daniel Lee Knapp
A true and faithful man who gave his life saving a swimmer on December 29, 2011 in this location. God alone understands.

God bless.


January 19, 2012

Whatever our duty, or wherever we serve, we are all brothers and sisters in this most honorable calling. We have lost yet another brother who we must never forget.

My deepest sympathy to both his family and his law enforcement family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May he rest in eternal peace.

Sgt. Tom Waller, Cincinnati P.D., Ret.
Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society

January 16, 2012

John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Would I save a life without regard for my own life? Do I possess that "greater love"? I've always believed that I do and that I would. Unfortunately I haven't lived a life that would help me to be that person. Once I heard how Danny had died, I wanted so much to be like him. To be the kind and gentle person that loves people so much that he would lay down his life for them, even a complete stranger. Lessons in life hit you harder when they happen to you or your friends and family. I pray that I can learn from this experience and aspire to be like my friend, and that if and when the time arises for me to make that choice I won't have to, the answer will be yes.
Danny, thank you so much! You were an inspiration to me in life and you are again in death. Thanks to his parents for raising such a wonderful son. He is greatly missed by us all.


January 15, 2012

To the family and co-workers of Agent Knapp. My husband was an officer and also drowned in the LOD. He was on a picnic and a boy fell in the river. Thru all these years of pain and grief, I can say how proud I am that my Kevin served in Law Enforcement and that his split decision to save a life was the right one, even with the pain we have endured. Never doubt that he did what he did was who he is and who he had become and will always be. He faced the dragon head on while others watch, only wondering what they should do. It is that heart of a lion that you know, and will be in your heart, for eternity. Grace and peace I leave to you.

Cheryl Schultz
Widow, PO Kevin W. Schultz, EOW 8/17/2002

January 9, 2012


I sure hope you left us knowing how much we all admire and love you. You were the one person who brought peace to work on a daily basis. Your calm, quiet ways of handling everything kept us balanced. How many times I joked around with you telling you, "Danny you need to stop being a trouble maker" and you just smiled, nodded your head and whispered I know, I know. You were our historian, you got along even with our most difficult co-workers and Im sure you know who I'm talking about. That shows how good of a human being you were. You were such an example to follow and I will always remember your voice when you used to say "Im boricua de pura cepa". I only have good memories of you. And I just want to say that it was a true blessing, a privilege to know you and to work alongside with you. You came to San Juan as a Special Agent, but when the time came, you left San Juan as a Hero and most definitely you went Home, where you will spend eternity shining all over us. You will always be in our hearts and our thoughts. We will become better human beings, better co-workers because of the legacy you left in us. We will miss you each and every day! To Danny's family, my most sincere condolences and my respects for raising such a wonderful human being.
See you later Danny!

Special Agent

January 9, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of this brave officer. Rest in Peace.

Sheriff Ray Foster
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office

January 8, 2012

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, 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 tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got 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 an unmanly tear.
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 often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

January 6, 2012

When God Made Police Officers...

When the Lord was creating police officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an Angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this human model Lord."..."You look tired and frustrated".."Its only a police officer"..

And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this human, police model order?

A police officer has to be able to run miles through alleys in the dark. Scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, fight with super human-stoned-on-drugs suspects and not wrinkle the uniform."

"A cop has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a bloody homicide scene that night, work with narcotics suspects, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses and testify in court the next day. after 3 hours sleep."

He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten, fast-food meals.

And he has to have six pairs of hands."

The Angel shook her head slowly and said "Six pairs of hands...".." no way."

"Ummm, its not the hands that are causing me problems." Said the Lord, "its the three pairs of eyes a police officer has to have."

"That's quite a model human Lord?", said the Angel. The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, "May I see what's in there, Sir?" "And finds a gun hidden away before he is killed"...

(When he already knows and wishes he'd taken that accounting job when he graduated from college.)

Another pair here in the side of his head for his partner's safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, "You'll be all right ma'am, when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord." said the Angel, touching his sleeve, "Rest and work on this tomorrow.".."its too tough"..

"I can’t.” said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and it can feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck." The Angel circled the model of the police officer very slowly, looking at the fine details the Lord was including. The model looked strong, smart, even dedicated.

"Can it think?" she asked."..."You bet" said the Lord, "My police officer model can tell you the elements in a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings to remain silent;; investigate, search and arrest a gang member on the street in FAR less time that it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the vehicle stop/search that my new cop will make"..."And it still keeps it's sense of humor."..

"This police officer I'm making also has phenomenal personal control"..." He can deal with crime scenes painted by Hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, not hurt a criminal by using his brains and mouth, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily News how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the Angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the model
Police Officer God had made and said,. "There's a leak Lord."she pronounced... "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model, trying too hard."

"That's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear."..

"What's the tear for?" asked the Angel....

The Lord said, "It's for bottled up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to the gold or silver badge the officer wears and for that piece of red, white and blue cloth called the American Flag, a flag for global justice."

"You're a genius Lord", said the Angel. "Even the tears too"...

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put the tears there." he said, "They just appeared on their own, actually just a few minutes ago".."It must be a premonition of times to come"...? "Even I don't know how to control that"...!

...Author Unknown...

Sgt. Randy Keenan / Ret.
Alameda, CA Police Dept.

January 6, 2012

Of all the duties I've had to perform in my career, nothing was more difficult or more painful than knocking on the door of the parents of a fallen agent and giving them that news.

To Daniel's family and friends, we share your grief. We understand that, at any moment, it could be our family, our spouse, or our parents receiving that knock on the door. John 15:13

A Friend

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

My prayers are with Danny's family and his beloved ones to find comfort and peace, he always was and is a great man, a gentleman. I couldn't have the chance to say how much I appreciate him, and valued his friendship. I know that he will keep working helping others in the place he is now. He was a man of faith and did the right with the people he knew and the unknown as well. It was an honor to was his friend and spent some time in the past talking with him. I know many people will miss your kindness and sense of humor, nice smile, and kind heart.

Rest in Peace my dear friend, We'll miss you.


January 5, 2012

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