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Police Officer David Smith Payne

Chandler Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, October 31, 2014

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Reflections for Police Officer David Smith Payne

Rest in peace Officer Payne. Heaven has another hero. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Janet Rowe
Arlington County Police Dept., Arlington, VA

October 31, 2014

You made a difference, Officer Payne. And your life has not gone unnoticed. Thank you for your sacrificial service. I took flowers to the site today...and I wept over your tragic and senseless death. You are a hero to all of us.

Laurie Mount, Chandler resident

October 31, 2014

R I P Brother

Herbie Buck Ret.Officer NYSDOCS

October 31, 2014

OMG! I'm Sorry sounds so weak when you actually know the Offficer Killed. I lived in Chandler for some time with my family,and I got to know Officer Payne. He was a Great Cop,LOL,But he was also a great man,and friend. He always made sure I made it to the Airport on time so I wouldn't miss my duty call in California! I will miss my friend,May God Bless him,and his entire family at this very difficult time!

R.Binkley ( Sfc USArmy ret)

October 31, 2014

R.I.P. my friend.

Officer Kelly McClain #380
Chandler Police Department

October 31, 2014

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 BMI © 1993 - All Rights Reserved

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

October 31, 2014

I give my condolences to the Chandler, AZ Police Department on this tragic event that took the life of Officer Payne when a drunk driver killed him. There have been quite a few police officers who were killed by drunk drivers in the past. Most of those drunk drivers are behind bars is where they should be.
The city and the police department are in mourning today because one of their own lost his battle with a drunk driver who will never drive again and may have to spend the rest of his or her life behind bars.

Bradford Paulson

October 31, 2014

RIP brother.. Thank you for your service...

Corporal S Z
Pennsylvania state police

October 31, 2014



October 31, 2014

Thank you for your service. Jesus wept.

Craig Hamilton

October 31, 2014

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the Chandler Police Department. May you rest in peace.

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

October 31, 2014

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Sgt E.Kemmer #142
Nevada Highway Patrol

October 31, 2014


To the family, friends, and colleagues of Police Officer David Payne:

From the beginning of time after Cain killed his brother, Abel, there has been a need for law enforcement officers to protect the weak and to bring evildoers to justice. This work is necessary in a sinful world and is dangerous. In modern times, some four police officers have sacrificed their lives to protect the citizens of Chandler, Arizona. Today, we honor the sacrifice of Police Officer David Payne, of the Chandler, Arizona, Police Department; who was killed in the line-of-duty when his police motorcycle was rear-ended by a drunk driver on Friday, October 31, 2014, while stopped at a red traffic light at the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and Pennington Drive in Chandler, Arizona.

“Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Police Officer David Payne. He died serving us. Help us never to forget. Help us celebrate the life of Police Officer David Payne and honor his sacrifice. Be with the family, friends, and colleagues of this fallen hero. Comfort them and give them your strength. Guide those who seek to take care of the family of this hero. May those empowered to do so, care for them with integrity. In commemorating the death of this hero, help those who mourn to remember that death is not the end. Death does not have the final say, but is simply the transition to the glorious life to come. They should look forward to that life to come with joy and thanksgiving.

As for the citizens of Chandler, Arizona, help them to faithfully equip their law enforcement officers with the best tools to protect their community. May their training be adequate to the task. Help the citizens of Chandler, Arizona, to remember to pay their law enforcement officers fairly and treat them with respect. Help the citizens of Chandler, Arizona, to obey the law and treat each other with dignity so as not to add to the burden of crime and pain to their community.

The time for mourning will soon pass. We have now remembered and celebrated the life lost in this great tragedy. As the family, friends, and colleagues of Police Officer David Payne go forward, they must celebrate the good things in their lives; and to celebrate life itself!

Finally, Lord God, we pray for the families, friends, and colleagues of all the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line-of-duty and we thank you for their sacrifices. Bless the lives of their families, friends, and colleagues so they might find healing. Help their law enforcement organizations support the families of these fallen heroes. Even though their deaths might have been senseless, make something good come out of these situations so that their law enforcement organizations and the communities in which they lived and served might be stronger because of their lives and their deaths. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

Now, Police Officer David Payne, may the Lord bless you, and keep you: the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In His Service,

Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police, Nashua NH Police Department
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry

Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police, Nashua NH Police Department

October 31, 2014

R.I.P. Officer Payne - God's Peace to you and your family sir

PSA/M.E. Berryman
VA Police Services

October 31, 2014

You and your family will be in our prayers

Special Agent
ATF Gulfport MS

October 31, 2014

Rest in Peace, Officer Payne. May God comfort your loved ones and may justice be served on the offender who took your life from your friends and family.


October 31, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Payne's Family.

Ret.Inv.George Yekich
Ret.CCSD Fugitive Unit

October 31, 2014

Rest in peace Officer Payne!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

October 31, 2014

Rest in peace Brother

Cst.L.Stefaniuk (fellow DRE)
Calgary Police Service, Alberta, Canada

October 31, 2014

RIP, prayers for the family.

Sgt. Ron Cromer
Martin Co. Sheriff's Office

October 31, 2014

I wish Gods blessing and comfort on your friends and family like only He can give. I will be honored to meet you one day in Heaven my Brother. SEMPER FI !

Ladd Paulson (Ret.)
Motor Officer
Billings, Montana

October 31, 2014

Officer Payne, may you rest in peace our brother. You will never be forgotten.

Sgt Richard Eckert
Town of Chester Police Dept

October 31, 2014

Thoughts and prayers go out to your family and coworkers. Rest easy brother we'll take it from here.

Deputy Alisha Sladek
Sherman County Sheriff's Office

October 31, 2014

To the family, friends and co-workers of Police Officer David Payne. I am extremely sorry to learn of the loss of your loved one. Law Enforcement Officers from all over the country acknowledge this tragedy and that people close to Officer Payne are traumatically affected. Your loved one will be forever honored in our profession. I will be praying for you at this time.

Sgt Scott Bodah
Syraucse, New York Police Department

October 31, 2014

Officer Payne your service to your community was appreciated. We are very sorry to hear of your loss and will be praying for your Family. May GOD be with them.

Retired Sergeant Charles Carty
Benton AR Police Department

October 31, 2014

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