Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Herbert D. Proffitt

Tompkinsville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Reflections for Chief of Police Herbert D. Proffitt

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization.
As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
I have given my life so that others may live in peace.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.
You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.


Doug Gist, Captain (retired) Washoe S.O.
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

September 6, 2012

10-42 Chief...Thank you for your service!

Officer Lopez
Munday,TX PD

September 5, 2012

Thank you for ypur service and my prayes are with your family

Retired Deputy John Latour
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office

September 5, 2012

Chief Proffitt,
Thank you Sir, for the many years of hard work and dedication you gave to your community and to our country. Please know that we are praying for your friends, family, fellow officers, and for justice.

Wife of Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriff (California)

September 4, 2012

God bless this man and his family. You deserve a sincere Thank You for the service you provided to the State of Kentucky. Rest in Peace.

John Hall, EMT

September 4, 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

September 4, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and coworkers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas Kelly, Senior Federal Air Marshal
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 4, 2012

The members of PA Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 85 would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Chief Proffitt. He has spent his life serving others and you should be very proud.

N. Herb
PA State FOP Lodge 85

September 4, 2012

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Chief Herbert Proffitt and the Tompkinsville Police Department during this time. Thank you, Chief Proffit, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

September 4, 2012

God bless you Chief and your years of service to our country. The law enforcement community in our country is underated and UNDERPAID Shame on us!!

Tom Craig Citizen
A grateful person

September 3, 2012

Blessed are the Peace Makers. R.I.P Chief.

PT Officer B. Fragodt (Ret. Sgt - HCSO)
Corcoran and Dayton PD's, MN

September 3, 2012

RIP brother


September 3, 2012

Rest In Peace Chief Proffitt.

Officer Christopher Goodwin (Retired)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC Police Dept.

September 3, 2012

Rest in peace brother. It is a shame to have served so many years and then be murdered in this way. I am sure the lasting impression you have left on countless people over 55 years of service will ensure your memory and your legacy will live on. God bless the family and friends of Chief Proffitt.

Deputy Sheriff Donnie Meaders
Seminole County (OK) Sheriff's Dept

September 2, 2012

Rest in Peace my fellow officer and serviceman as you have done your time. Our Prayers go out to your family.

Chief of Police Dennis Wagner

September 2, 2012

Rest In Peace Chief Proffitt. We will continue the fight and never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made to keep those on your watch safe.

Officer C. Martin, Jr. #3136
Dekalb County GA Police Dept.
(Former Chattanooga, TN P.D. 1998-2011)

September 2, 2012

Rest in Peace

My heart goes out to the family, friends & fellow officers, Make these officers be safe each year.

Samantha from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

September 2, 2012

My condolences and prayers to Chief Herbert Proffitt and his family and my God s perpetual light shine upon him!!!!

Sgt. Gerardo D. Chavez
Loving Police Department , New Mexico

September 2, 2012

It's a cowardly misfit of society who, rather than compensate for his evil, would hold such hate. My condolences to Chief Proffitt's family and friends.

Ret, Sgt Eugene Don Hayek
Ramsey NJ Police Dept

September 2, 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

September 2, 2012

May you rest in well deserved peace. 55 years of police work and gunned down by a coward who could never get stop being a loser and blemish on society. God bless your family and friends in this time of grief.

Sgt. Jeff Puffenbarger #287
Charles County Sheriff's Office (MD)

September 2, 2012


James P. Waggle

September 2, 2012



September 1, 2012

Sir you have walked and patrolled the streets for over 50 years with no fear because God was with you and now you are with him as he has called you home to walk a peaceful street. There is no way for everyone in this family to know one another but we all feel the loss of a brother. God be with his family and friends. Rest in Peace.

Det. Stephen Johnson
Panama City Police Dept. Panama City, Fl

September 1, 2012

GOD bless you & keep you, Chief Proffitt ! Remembering
that we are never off duty, even after retirement !

Sgt. Bruce E. Price (Retired)
Bow New Hampshire Police Department

September 1, 2012

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