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

You are a sister in Christ, and a sister in law enforcement. Now you are in God's sweet presence, worshiping Him face to face. Wow!!! I'll see you in heaven Sis. My prayers are with your loved ones. I'm your brother Leo, a Cop from Hawaii.

JBPHH Police, Hawaii

January 25, 2012

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

This may be re-posted in the Honor of his death and the death of any Law Enforcement Officer!

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 25, 2012

Hearts are weeping all over America for your loss.
May swift and final justice prevail. She will not be forgotten.


January 25, 2012

RIP Officer Thomas Well done thou good and faithful servant. My heart goes out to Atlanta Police Department and your family.

Candice Johnson Training Coordinator
New River Valley Regional Jail

January 25, 2012

Rest in peace sister Thomas. May God be with you and your family.

Det. Jame P. McGrath(Retired)
Schenectady Police Department

January 25, 2012

WHEN will people learn a simple rule: If you drink...DON'T DRIVE!!! We are saddened by the loss of this fine officer and we will pray for her family, friends and co-workers. Officers of Atlanta P.D. please keep your spirits up and remember there are more drunks out there. You get them before they get you. Gail will be your inspiration. Look towards your nearest MADD and COPS chapters to help you through this tragic time.

You are loved.

LoVae Pray Martines, Law Enf. Liaison
MADD, San Bernardino County

January 25, 2012


I had the pleasure of working with you at the church over the last 6 months. You always made Sunday mornings so much more enjoyable. You had a beautiful smile and never spoke ill of anyone. Today a new life begins with death.

Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

"I am standing on the mountain.
I can hear the angel's song.
I am reaching over Jordan
Take my hand, Lord lead me home."

ofc J Harwell
APD zone 1

January 25, 2012

Our entire staff sends our prayers to the family of Officer Thomas and our support to the APD. Your dedication to serve and your service to this Country will always be honored.
RIP sister Gail.

Commander Griffin

January 25, 2012

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

National Police Wives Association

January 25, 2012

May you RIP officer Thomas as you shall not be forgotten. My prayers are with you and your family. Hero's can be taken but will never be forgotten. You will always be watching over us from above, RIP now sister, we will take over from here.

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

January 25, 2012

My heart goes out to the family of Gail Thomas. I never met her but, by what I have read, she is a warm hearted person and an outstanding officer for Atlanta. Now "GOD" has her with him in "HIS" Kingdom. Another angel has gotten her wings.

Tyrone Callen Supervisor
LandMark Aviation Heartsfield Airport

January 25, 2012

I'm at a loss for words. Thank you for all that you have given our community. Rest in Peace. My prayers go out to your family that they may have some peace knowing that you have been lifted up in HIS arms.


January 25, 2012

We are so sorry to hear about the death of Officer Thomas....we will keep all her friends and family including her brothers and sisters at APD in our thoughts and prayers. May Our Great God bring comfort and healing to all that know and love this brave and selfless Officer....We will Never Forget Your sacrifice

Family of
Sgt. Howard K. Stevenson EOW 1/9/05

January 25, 2012

Gail I cried when I heard the news, I will always remember your beautiful smile. RIP. God now has a new angle.

Sgt. Paul Poole
Atlanta Police Department retired

January 25, 2012

Officer Thomas, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

January 25, 2012

Such a tragedy. Prayers and thoughts for your family, friends, and fellow officers.

Special Agent

January 25, 2012

RIP Sister

Deputy Anita Price
Bexar County Sheriff's Office, San Antonio, Texas

January 25, 2012

We have lost one of our finest at the hands of a young lady that felt the need to drink and drive. Thank you, Senior Officer Thomas, for your bravery, service and your brilliant smile! God Bless and Godspeed.

Lisa Burton

January 25, 2012

God bless you, Ma'am. May you rest in peace, and watch over your family. Rest easy, we got it from here.

Police Officer

January 25, 2012

Rest in peace Officer Thomas, our prayers are with your family and department.

Father of fallen Officer Andrew Dunn EOW 3-19-11

Ofc. Matthew Dunn
Sandusky PD (Oh.)

January 25, 2012

Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace Officer Thomas. May God Bless you, your family and your APD family.

Clayton County Solicitor General's Office

January 25, 2012

Rest in peace my blue sister.

Deputy T. Luttrell

January 25, 2012

You are truly missed and just know that your APD family misses you and know you are walking the beat in heaven looking over us.

Officer B. Hart
City of Atlanta Police Department

January 25, 2012

Another Sad day for all LEO to read about. My prayers go out to her family, friends, brother officers. R.I.P. Officer Thomas.

Lieut. M. Piz
Connecticut Dept. of Correction

January 25, 2012

Truly a great person and Officer, you will be missed always.

Ofc. J. Hemphill

January 25, 2012

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