Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Jeremiah Alan MacKay

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Reflections for Detective Jeremiah Alan MacKay

In Valor There Is Hope......Truer words were never spoken..

Paul J. Schettino, Lieutenant (Ret.)
City of Beacon, New York

February 15, 2013

Rest in peace my brother, job well done.


February 15, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Detective Mackay's family and everyone at the San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department. Rest in peace my brother.

Officer Joe Hoyer
Green Bay Police Department

February 15, 2013

Rest in pace Brother Jeremiah

Officer Timothy M Furlong
Nahant MA PD

February 15, 2013

Jeremiah you are the true definition of a Warrior brother. Thank you for your service and the courage you showed in the face of evil. Rest in Peace

Patrol Officer Ruben Ramirez
Guadalupe Police Department, California

February 15, 2013

The suspect assumed that all engagements would be on his terms, instead, you and your fellow Deputies and Officers took the fight to him and ended it on your own terms. In the process, you made the ultimate sacrifice. May you rest in peace, and may your loved ones find the strength to push forward through these trying times. I shall never forget the sacrifice you made to help put an end to the rampage of a murderous criminal.

Grateful Californian

February 15, 2013

Thank you for your selfless service. God bless your family, friends, and your fellow officers during this time, and for all time as they will live with this loss for the rest of their lives.

Katherine Thornberry
Daughter of Anthony Thornberry, #6336, California Highway Patrol (ret)

February 15, 2013

Rest in Peace Officer MacKay, you held the line and made the difference. Thank you for your sacrifice. God speed.

Officer Matt Wolfe
Chico, CA PD Ret.

February 15, 2013

My prayers are with you, your family and all those bereft for their loss of you in their lives.
Your children will always have their 'Daddy Angel Cop' looking down upon them from Heaven, watching out for them, walking silently along side their live's paths, protecting and guiding them with your love.
I know this to be true.
You are a Hero, and will be sorely missed.
God Bless you.

D. Lyle
Daughter of Officer Jack W. Lyle, Menlo Park Police, CA EOW 9/22/1960

February 15, 2013

Dear MacKay Family:

We extended our love, prayers & deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one.

Thirty days ago, we were notified that our son Kevin (EOW 1/15/13) had been shot in-the-line-of-duty.

Ever since our sad day, we we have truly experienced God's peace and comfort. We pray that you also will find true peace and comfort as you look and cry to God.

In Love and Sympathy,
Will & Mary Ann Tonn

Will & Mary Ann Tonn

Parents of Kevin A. Tonn,
E.O.W. 01/15/2013,
Galt CA Police Officer.

February 15, 2013

Sir you are a hero to many people including myself. Your extreme courage in the attempt to capture the man that has been taking officers lives was that of a true hero and you will be missed by many R.I.P sir.

Police Explorer Aaron Figueroa
upland police department

February 15, 2013

God bless you brother and the sacrifice you made.

Former Officer D. Henry
Langston, Ok Police Dept

February 14, 2013

May you Rest in Peace Sir....................................

Officer Thomas Wiederhold, Retired
Fort Worth PD, Texas

February 14, 2013

“No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.”
-Theodore Roosevelt


Sergeant Tom Pennington
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office - Ann Arbor, MI

February 14, 2013

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. May you rest in peace.

Ptlm. William F. Sshields
Federal Reserve Police/Philadelphia - Retired/Haverford Police

February 14, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and your fellow officers! R.I.P Sir!

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP Service, Trafic Unit

February 14, 2013

Many heroes fall during battle
this fight for freedom often costs
these men and women we send to protect us
often its these lives that are lost

but they will not be forgotten
we honor those souls that slip away
and know that they've become angels
In heaven, on this day

The memory of them lives on
as we sleep we see their face
the dreams seem so very real
we often imagine their warm embrace

God has given them free reign
to whisper gently to the trees
to glide effortlessly among the clouds
and dry your tears with a breeze

So as long as we are alive
we will hold them in our hearts
and as long as we can breathe
our heroes will never be apart

So as we bury you with honor
we will grieve, then heal & pray
and even though we'll miss you you
we'll be reunited in heaven one day
by Linda Racaniello

Rest in Peace, your are among they angels.

Sr. Inv Tina & John Greco
SBCDA & Riverside DA retired SBCSD

February 14, 2013

You are a hero & an angel. God bless you & your family.

D/S Timothy Hernandez & D/S Christina Hernandez
Escambia County S/O. FL

February 14, 2013

Blesings and peace to your family and friends in dealing with what has happened to you. The piece of garbage who took your life is with his own kind now. Rest in peace brave officer. An ordinary citizen's thank you formyour sacrifice and bravery.

A regular citizen

February 14, 2013

Rest in peace Detective Jeremiah MacKay. This is such a tragic event and our hearts go out to you and your family as well as your Police family. You are a true hero. I am so sorry your life was cut short by this individual.

Sgt.(Ret) Dennis Norling
Phoenix P.D

February 14, 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

February 14, 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

February 14, 2013

Thoughts and Prayers go out to the family and the department. Detective, you have laid down your life doing what you were trained to do and fighting the good fight. There is a special place with god just for you. God Bless you my friend.

Ptl. Lance Adkins
Braceville Police Department (Ohio)

February 14, 2013

God Bless


February 14, 2013

Detective MacKay you are a hero in the truest sense of the word and to your grieving family and fellow deputies our department extends our heartfelt thanks for your valiant sacrifice. May God bless the San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department and the entire MacKay family during this time of tremendous loss and grief. May you rest in eternal peace in the presence of God.

Firefighter/MFR Lance Chancellor
Powers Vol. Fire & Rescue, Laurel, MS

February 14, 2013

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