Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Petty Officer Travis Raymond Obendorf

United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Reflections for Petty Officer Travis Raymond Obendorf

Our deepest condolences to the dear family and friends of Petty Officer Obendorf. God Bless you sir for your service. You will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

January 2, 2014

God Bless You. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may He be with all of your family, friends, and co-workers at this time. Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue.

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

January 1, 2014

Rest in Peace Brother!

Lt. Arrend Hoopes
Spotsylvania SHeriff's Office Va.

January 1, 2014

Rest in peace Officer Obendorf. Your dedication, devotion, courage and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. Prayers for your family during this time in their lives.

Retired Police Officer Bob Lester
Midland Texas Police Department

January 1, 2014

Boats - we have the watch from here. Rest in Peace. Fair winds and following seas brother.

Lt. Andrew Bechdolt

December 31, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Petty Officer Obendorf's loved ones and everyone at the United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement. Rest in peace my brother.

Officer Joe Hoyer
Green Bay Police Department

December 31, 2013

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. He has served well both our country and our community.

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

December 30, 2013

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

Ptlm F J Kapusta
Mohawk Police Department

December 30, 2013

Rest in Peace, Brother. Thank you for your service.

Sgt. Kevin Kratz
Buena Vista Twp Police Department (Michigan)

December 30, 2013

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Obendorf. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at US Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

December 30, 2013



December 30, 2013

The Men and Women of the Cheverly Police Department would like to express our sincere condolences for the loss of Petty Officer Travis Obendorf. Our thoughts are with Travis, his family, crew of the WAESCHE and all the men and women of the United States Coast Guard.

The Men and Women
Cheverly Police Department

December 30, 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

December 29, 2013

May God Bless you and your family...know that you will not be forgotten and will be rewarded in heaven for your unselfish service.

Det/Sgt (Retired)
Milford PD, Delaware

December 29, 2013

Petty Officer Obendorf,

Rest well in the arms of God.

To Your Family,

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray, “Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over two years. Feel those prayers. God is with you, He knows and will ease your pain.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

December 29, 2013

Rest In Peace.

Det. Andreoli

December 29, 2013

RIP my Fellow Brother in Blue. My Prayers go to your Family, Friends, and, Co-Workers.

Retired Detective Don Vine #5896
Phoenix Police Department

December 28, 2013


Stephen Bruet, PPO II
NC Department of Safety

December 28, 2013

Rest in peace po OBendorf. My sincere coondolences to your family Godspeed as you now patrol the streets of gold,

Terry Zech MA1 ret USN
VAPD Detroit

December 28, 2013

Rest in Peace Petty Officer Obendorf. You will never be forgotten.

Transport Officer M. Kouris
North Charleston Police Dept.

December 28, 2013

You sir, like so many others made the ultimate sacrifice so that others could carry on. May you rest in peace & I pray that your family finds peace & closure in their loss of you knowing that you are a true hero. God bless & keep you & your family.

U.S. Army (Veteran)

December 28, 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

December 27, 2013

Thank you for your service Pety Officer Obendorf. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace...

Chief Joseph A. Edwards
Columbia Police Department, IL

December 27, 2013

God bless this hero & his family. Selflessly taking on a challenge most would shirk, he gave his best, he gave his all. Bless his family, his friends & all who serve selflessly.

Mother of a Sgt
Colorado Springs Police Department

December 27, 2013

Travis is a true hero and will never be forgotten. May God grant those who knew him and loved him the strength to carry on and peace within their hearts.

Arlene O'Rourke
Mother of Sgt. Patrick John O'Rourke........E.O.W. 9/9/12

December 27, 2013

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