Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Senior Police Officer Gail Denise Thomas

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Reflections for Senior Police Officer Gail Denise Thomas

Oh, Gail. I miss you so much. This is the only picture I have of you. I can't remember the first time we met, but I can't forget knowing you. You're the one who made me want to be a police officer. And this picture of you in my patrol car is going to remind me to be safe very day. I miss you. Wish I could have gotten to see you before you left. I still wish you had adopted me :P I love you, don't forget me up there.

Adopted child :)

May 24, 2013

Later this week I will have the privilege of riding in honor of Officer Gail Denise Thomas of the Atlanta, Georgia Police Department, during this year’s Police Unity Tour. Gail made the ultimate sacrifice Tuesday, January 24, 2012. While Gail and I never met I have a good picture of this special woman, after reading the love and pain in the numerous reflections in the Officer Down Memorial Page. A selfless, caring, fun loving woman and mother, who made Atlanta a better place for her having been there. I hope that the sense of loss and pain Gails’s friends and family feel can be eased by knowing that they are not alone. Gail is part of a larger family, the Law Enforcement Family. Although we may not have met, we care and are here for you.

As Vernon J. Geberth, Lieutenant Commander NYPD retired said

“Remember we work for God”.

Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Police Parsippany NJ

May 6, 2013

Hey Gail! It's been a long time. Wish I'd gotten the chance to see you before we lost you. You're still here with me. You're what keeps me safe when I'm on scene. I hope that I'll get to come visit you soon. You're always, and always will me in my heart.

David B.
Crandon Area Rescue Squad

April 17, 2013

Thank you for your service Officer Thomas. You will not be forgotten. I am proud to ride for you this year in the Police Unity Tour. To your family and friends I pray that will cherish every memory of you and smile when they think of you.
"Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be sons of God" Matthew 5:9

Melissa Christian
wife of Officer Buddy Christian EOW 3-22-11

April 15, 2013

What's up Gaily Gail, I hope that you are enjoying yourself.Evertime I pull into the parking lot of the church I often think about our last talk. You know I missing talking crazy 2 u, and seeing you smile. They started two services in the morning and one now in the evening. Thats fine with me, because I only work in the morning and now I can make more money because we are there longer in the morning. Well I just wanted to drop you a few lines to let you know that I haven't forgotten about you. Continue to rest and relax. We will chat again, LORD WILL


March 18, 2013

We are coming up on one year. We still feel your loss so deeply. The drunk was sentenced the other day, to the max. It served as a reminder of how pathetic human justice is compared to the loss. I wrote this with you in mind.

This Thin Blue Line

The black band, so solemn, so tragic,
Represents so much, that thin strip of fabric.
It bears the memory, the pain, the tears,
Of too many lost over the years.

We don’t have the luxury of falling apart
Not even when grief is twisting our heart.
We bear our grief upon our chest
Wrapped tightly round our family crest.

Polished, shined, to respect, to honor
Bearing scars of friends who went on before.
We hold each other up, lean on one another,
Shoulder to shoulder, sister, brother.

Afterwards we put that black band away
Praying we won’t wear it another day.
This Thin Blue Line may ripple, rumble,
But it will never fall, break, crumble.

Sometimes justice is a damn dirty joke.
Nothing can return what was taken or broke.
Looking through these tired eyes so jaded
Often hope for the future is tarnished, faded.
We know too well sometimes there is no justice
Sometimes all we have is us, just us.

Ofc. Kristi Mason
Atlanta PD

January 15, 2013

As we start a new year(2013), your service and sacrifice will always be remembered.
Rest in Peace.

To my active duty Brothers and Sisters, PLEASE STAY SAFE!

Master Senior Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

January 1, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and friends. May you Rest In Peace.

Special Agent
Homeland Security Investigations - HSI

December 30, 2012

You sacrificed your life to do a job - the one who will miss you most is your daughter. I don't believe anyone realizes what a terrible loss your child must be feeling. We cherished your existance, but need to embrace what you have unwillingly left behind. My former family in blue, surround Jasmine (Gail's daughter) she was all Gail lived and worked so hard for; if you respected and loved Gail, please don't forsake her daughter - she is still in need of comfort.

Gail, my friend and co-worker, I will remember you as you were: REAL and Direct, you paid a hell of a price. Time does heal all wounds, but the mind never forgets. My gratitude for sharing time and space with me and mine.

Sergeant (Retired)
Atlanta Police Department

December 15, 2012

Never will your sacrafice be forgotten. THANK YOU for your service.

Citizen of the world

November 11, 2012

Still miss your smile Gail.

Sgt. Paul Cooper
Atlanta Police Department

November 5, 2012

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 2, 2012

I remember so vividly the day this just north of where Officer THomas was killed. I know the danger this point of separation incurs to drivers and stranded vehicles. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a car decide at the last minute to swerve to either 75S or 85N at this point, despite the signage warning them well before that the road splits.

After Officer Thomas was killed I was so deeply saddened - she was described as so caring and well-loved. Her photo exemplified that she was a really nice person, in addition to a respected police officer. A memorial was placed at the site with teddy bears and other stuffed animals and flowers. For a long time, and still to this day, I think of this officer who gave her life so tragically to a stupid drunk driver, and to the dangers our police face every day in the name of public safety and serving us. You all deserve more respect than you get from some people!

Lori Smith
Civilian and citizen of the City of Atlanta

October 31, 2012

Rest In Peace....

John Ruth, AEMD Comm. Specialist
MOMR, Farmers Branch, TX

October 20, 2012

It is obvious what an inspirational Officer and Community Leader you where! You Ma'am are not forgotten and Forever a True HERO!

J. Rasler
ER Technician & Friend to Many LEO's

October 12, 2012

I turned 47 the other day. It hurts me that you won't be celebrating your Birthday in December. You are still very much missed and remembered.

Zone 5
Atlanta Police Dept.

July 25, 2012

I knew Gail she was a good friend we work together and the Atlanta Braves stadium.She always put a smile on you and we would talk for hours about our kids and family. She was one the best cops I knew in the Atlanta Metro area. love Tim

Deputy Sheriff II Tim Shaw
Fulton County Sheriff Office

July 20, 2012

Though I never knew her, she was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace through such incidents. May family & friends feel the presence of the "God of All Comfort" as they endure the distressing days ahead. I join them in their agonizing grief & remember them in my prayers.

Another senseless tragedy
Another day of grief,
Another day of praying
To help us find relief.

Relief from bitter anguish
Relief from rage so great,
Relief from lenient justice
Which continues to seal our fate.

Relief from heartache’s torment
As we continue on,
Oh, the awesome loss of brotherhood
Now that you are gone.

Though our hearts are deeply broken
And our tears forever flow,
There’s a comforting assurance
That now with God you go.

We know that you are welcome
Now at Heaven’s gate,
While meeting brothers & sisters
Who also met such fate.

The family of Law Enforcement
Knows no distance here or there,
And we recall in comfort
You await us there.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

July 17, 2012

Rest in peace...

APO Daniel W. Torres

June 25, 2012

Hey Gail, I still think of you a lot. I walk into the precinct everyday I see your photos but not you. I miss the times we played jokes on sarge and the other officers and we would just laugh all day. I remember when you were dispatched to those crazy carriage horses that one got out and you said on s1 come get this horse Colley. I rode over to ur location and said that's a big horse it was a Clydesdale. As you were locked in your patrol car. I jumped on the back of the horse and rode off and u just started laughing. I miss u a lot and I love you I keep your photo of u sleeping in the honor guard van in my patrol car, you know sleeping on the job is against s.o.p lol love you and keep us safe

Atlanta pd zone 5

May 24, 2012

Just reading about this, don't really know what to say, god bless you and your family.

Jake Bishop S/C 11048
West Australian Police

May 18, 2012

I just learned a little about your life. I know that you are truly missed. May God continue to bless your family in their time of grief.

Police Officer III (Senior Ofiicer)
Los Angeles Police Department

March 31, 2012

r.i.p thank you for your service to the comunity may you never be forgotten

future deputy
volusia county sheriffs office

March 31, 2012

Rest in Peace Officer Thomas <3

Future Police Officer
Tampa Police Department or Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

March 28, 2012



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