Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Sergeant Frank Lema

United States Department of Defense - Naval Station Newport Police Department, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Reflections for Detective Sergeant Frank Lema

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 26, 2020

Detective Sergeant Lema, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 5, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 13, 2018

I only wish I got to meet him when I was older, I am his cousin from Florida, his Uncle Marion Frank Lema was my father, worked for Kennedy Space Center. My cousins and Aunts and Uncles are almost all gone on the Lema side now. This is very heart breaking I have to read this online. Rest in peace and thank you for your service.
Love Nancy Lema Henderson

Nancy Lema Henderson

February 26, 2016

I worked with Det. Lema at Naval Station Newport for the 3 years I was station there. I would go into his office and just talk with him and on occasion he would give me word of advice. I would take those words to the heart for the respect I had for him.
I was shocked when I heard not only about his death but how it happened.
I am at training at FLETC right now and at the beginning of ORT (Officer Response Training) we have what is called a End of Watch where a student would talk about a Police Officer they knew or just heard of that died. I did mine in respect for Det. Lema.

My deepest prayers go to the family, friends, and police officers who knew Frank.

PFC Hanks
NDW Pax River Police Dept.

July 8, 2014

To the Lema Family: words cannot express how honored I was to ride in memory of your father/grandfather during the Law Enforcement United 2014 Road to Hope Memorial ride. The emotion I felt as I met you all at the Lincoln Memorial was indescribable. You all are so wonderful and I am so sorry that he was taken from you this past September. Please keep in touch with me. I left my card near his name on the wall, but if you cannot find it just call my department. Rest in Peace Detective Sergeant Frank Lema, your dedication and memory will continue to live on in the hearts of your loved ones and I will never forget my first ride to honor our fallen nor will I ever forget you as you are the first brother I have ridden in memory of!

Detective Misty Holley
Portsmouth Police Dept

May 13, 2014

Det. Sgt. Lema, you do not know me, but I will be riding in your memory and honor this weekend in the Police Unity Tour. You are gone, but will not be forgotten. Thank you for your 47 years of dedicated service.

Rest in peace brother.

Ptl Christopher Nelson
Pequannock Twp PD - NJ

May 10, 2014

A very good man, gone but not forgotten.

Sterling integrity.

Rest in peace Frank.

John Haelsen
Teacher / Former co-worker

January 30, 2014

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Rest in peace, brother... truly, your watch has just begun.


Fidelity | Bravery | Integrity

Daniel O'Donnell
Intelligence Analyst
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Fidelity | Bravery | Integrity

January 21, 2014

Whatever our duty, or wherever we serve, we are all brothers and sisters in this most honorable calling. We have lost yet another brother who we must never forget.

My deepest sympathy to both his family and his law enforcement family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May he rest in eternal peace.

Sgt. Tom Waller, Cincinnati P.D., Ret.
Greater Cincinnati Police Museum

October 27, 2013

God Bless you Sir. May the good Lord above cradle you in his arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

October 24, 2013

Rip bro we got the watch.

det lt geiss
dod ft monmouth nj

October 21, 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

October 16, 2013

God's peace and speed Sergeant Lema. Thank you for your many years of brave, dedicated service. RIP brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago P.D.

October 14, 2013

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Commonwealth of Virginia

October 11, 2013

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the Naval Station Newport Police Department.

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

October 10, 2013

Thank you Det. Sgt. Lema for your service to our nation and to your community. Rest in peace, and may God's peace and comfort embrace your family and colleagues.

Chap. Jerry Steele

October 10, 2013

On behalf of the Stark County Sheriff and it's Honor Guard, we would like to extend our condolenses to all of those effected by this sudden loss.

Stark County Sheriff's Office
Deputy CD Newman
Honor Guard Compliance Officer

October 9, 2013

Sir, thank you for your service. We will never forget.

Carlos Cuellar
Miami Beach Police Department(FL)

October 7, 2013

Expressing deepest sympathy and hoping you will find comfort in knowing we care and are near in thought today.

Rita Rocker, Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

October 7, 2013

Rest in Peace

1st Lt. Stephen A. Joy #980
Prince George's County Police Departmant, Maryland

October 6, 2013

"The Final Inspection"
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 talk 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....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just 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 judgment 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."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department, WY

October 5, 2013

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Frank was killed

To the Lema family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Detective Lema gave to his community and the citizens of our country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 26, 2013.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

October 4, 2013



October 4, 2013

Losses such as this are forever etched in our memories. So close to the end of a distinguished career. My condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of Detective Lema. May he Rest in Peace.

James Bourque, Correctional Counselor
USDOJ/Fed. Bureau of Prisons (Ret).

October 4, 2013

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