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Police Officer Kevin Andrew Tonn

Galt Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Reflections for Police Officer Kevin Andrew Tonn

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 work 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,
I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills just 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 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 judgement 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."

Det. John Braun
Euclid Police Department

January 15, 2013

Rest in Peace my brother, it is our watch now. My thoughts and prayers are with the friends, family, and brothers and sisters of the Galt Police Department.

Officer B Ruth
Baltimore County Police Department

January 15, 2013

Rest In Peace Officer Tonn. My sincerest sympathy to your family, friends, and co-workers. My utmost admiration to you and your law enforcement brethren for the path you valiantly chose.

Kyle
Civilian, Galt

January 15, 2013

MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO ALL WHO MOURN THE LOSS OF OFFICER TONN. MAY GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU WITH THE LOVE AND PEACE OF HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, JESUS CHRIST. OFFICER TONN, YOU HAVE SERVED WELL. MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE, A HERO FOR SURE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

January 15, 2013

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Police Officer Kevin Tonn and to the entire Galt Police Department. RIP

Officer Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department

January 15, 2013

May God put his loving arms around your family and members of your department giving them wisdom, courage and strength to get through this most difficult time.

Major Walter R. Landrum (Retired 2012)
Bainbridge Public Safety Department

January 15, 2013

'Blessed are the peacemakers'.
Rest in peace Officer Tonn.

Sgt. Randy Keenan (Ret)
Alameda, CA Police Dept.

January 15, 2013

You are in the hearts of all who serve, Rest in Peace.

Corporal Michael Mancini
Presidio of Monterey (Federal Police)

January 15, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and co-workers. It saddens my heart that yet another HERO has been lost. May God comfort each of you during this time!

Ed S.
Grateful Citizen

January 15, 2013

Rest in peace Officer Tonn, may God bless your family and fellow department members.

The Men and Women of the
Niagara Falls, NY Police Department

January 15, 2013

My heart aches. My condolences to Officer Tonn's family and to his Department.

Senior Investigator Kathleen Swineford
Santa Clara County DA's Office in California

January 15, 2013

Rest in Peace...

Detective
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

January 15, 2013

Rest in peace, Officer Tonn. Thank you for your dedication and service to your community. Your ultimate sacrifice and that of your family will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family, friends, Galt PD and many law enforcement brothers & sisters. Godspeed and God Bless, Hero.

Kathy B
Grateful Citizen

January 15, 2013

Your work is done here on Earth - Heaven has called upon you today, leaving so many words left to say. But now it's too late, for your time has come, words unspoken; I am sure everybody has some. Regrets and wishes are probably there too, but lasting forever are memories of you.
There have been many times that we waved to each other, but we were there for each other in time of need. Now it's time for us to say Good-Bye, until we meet again in heaven to fly. Now go and Patrol the Heavens Above and Watch Below those you Love. Thank you for your service.

Retired TFC Divita L Washington
Maryland State Police

January 15, 2013

Rest in Peace, Brother.

P.O. Randy Evans
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Son of Patrolman Robert Wayne Evans
E.O.W 10/14/1971
HEROES LIVE FOREVER

January 15, 2013

Rest in peace Brother Kevin, you are a true Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.

Son of G. GTruman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief CArl Wortham (Retired)
Sand Springs OK PD

January 15, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends. So sorry for this tragic loss.

Lori M

January 15, 2013

By profession you were an Angel on Earth, Now you find peace and fly with the "good people"...God bless you, RIP

Ret. P.O.
Yonkers, NY

January 15, 2013

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

January 15, 2013

ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, BUT A FEW BECOME BROTHERS!! R.I.P MY BROTHER!

OFFICER BRYAN SIMMS
Federal Police

January 15, 2013

This poem was written after getting my wife’s 19 years perspective of being a police officer’s wife.


“He Does it For You!”

He doesn’t do it for the money,
Cause surely there’s something better to do,
He says, “Someone has to do it!”
So really, he does it for you.

His eight to twelve hours is from call to call,
From a murder to a cat in a tree,
You say he’s never around when you really need him,
But without him, where would you be?

You curse him when you get a speeding ticket,
And scream there’s something better he could do,
But have you looked at how many deaths there are on the highways,
So really, he’s doing it for you.

He’s always seeing so much bad in the world,
He really doesn’t know what to do,
He wonders sometimes if it’s even worth it,
But he knows he has to do it for you.

Each day when he leaves for work,
And I always kiss him good-bye,
I don’t know if I’ll see him again,
Cause the day might be the day he dies.

So many times he comes home from work,
And I see a small tear in his eyes,
I ask him what is the problem dear?
And he says another innocent person has died.

You always say a cop isn’t human,
Cause at a tragedy he’s cool from the start,
But you don’t have to live with him,
And watch his mind and heart break apart.

I remember one hot June night at work,
His supervisor came, “Your husband’s been hurt!”, he said,
It was such a long ride to the hospital,
They wouldn’t say if he was alive or dead.

Crime is always on the increase,
The streets a battle ground,
And when one in “Blue” is slain,
At the funeral-taps will sound.

He’ll lay in a flagged draped coffin,
An honor for those who die for this land,
Just like the Army, Navy and Marines,
He died by the enemies hands.

Most ordinary citizens won’t be at the funeral,
But you’ll see plenty of people wearing blue,
You’ll see dozens of marked patrol cars,
Honoring the one who died for you.


Written by David L Bell Copyright © 1991
Retired Deputy Sheriff after over 38 years
Richland County Sheriff’s Dept
Columbia, SC

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

January 15, 2013

R.I.P. Thank you for your service

OFFICER JAMES ''SPEEDY'' HARKINS
HIAWASSEE POLICE DEPT. GEORGIA

January 15, 2013

Rest In Peace Brother. Keep watch over your fellow Officers as they continue on with the watch. My condolences to your Family and the Galt Police Department.

Sgt Fred Nordt
Lake Success PD, Long Island, NY

January 15, 2013

So sorry for this tragic loss of one of Americas heros. God bless all his brothers and sisters in blue and his family and friend.

Bob Snider
Blue Knights Tennessee VII

January 15, 2013

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
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
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 15, 2013

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