Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Bridge and Tunnel Officer Thomas K. Choi

Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police, New York

End of Watch Monday, December 29, 2014

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Reflections for Bridge and Tunnel Officer Thomas K. Choi

Rest in peace sir

Mr Stephen Mccartney

December 29, 2014

Thank you Lord for looking over officer Choi's and his family during this long ordeal. Your grace has been with them even when they didn't feel it. Now be with his family during this time if healing. Amen.

Retired Officer Steve Grinley
USAF/Dept of Justice, Blue Knights, Indiana-10

December 29, 2014

Rest in peace Brother! We have the watch from here. May God Bless your family and friends.

Officer A. OROZCO

December 29, 2014


To the family, friends, and colleagues of Police Office Thomas Choi:

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, only one police officer has sacrificed his life to protect the citizens traveling inbound and outbound along the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York. Today, we honor the sacrifice of that police officer; Police Officer Thomas Choi, of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, New York Police Department; who was mortally injured in the line-of-duty on October 20, 2013, when he was struck by a vehicle while on foot and attempting to reopen the lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York. He remained in a coma until he succumbed to his injuries and died on Monday, December 29, 2014.

“Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Police Officer Thomas Choi. He died serving us. Help us never to forget. Help us celebrate the life of Police Officer Thomas Choi 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 traversing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York; help them to faithfully equip their police officers with the best tools to protect their bridges and tunnels. May their training be adequate to the task. Help the citizens traversing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York to remember to pay their police officers fairly and treat them with respect. Help the citizens traversing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York to obey the law and treat each other with dignity so as not to add to the burden of crime and pain on their bridges and tunnels.

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 Thomas Choi 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 Thomas Choi, 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
Police Chaplain, Merrimack NH Police Department
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Merrimack NH Police Department

December 29, 2014

RIP brother!

Sgt. C.A. Kovacic
Montgomery Police Department AL

December 29, 2014

Bridge and Tunnel Officer Thomas Choi rest in peace you are
now a member of an elite group The Thin Blue Line
of Heroes. There is no greater sacrifice that one can give
for his ellow man. To the Family I salute your lost loved one,
and pray for you during the days to come. Thomas will be in
the company of heroes forevermore.

The Thin Blue Line of the Fallen are Standing at attention
in their class “A“ uniforms, badges gleaming and shoes like glass, They are your brothers and sisters of Law Enforcement.
All of whom have previously paid the ultimate price.
Today, like many others,they welcome you to this hallowed place. As you march down the Thin Blue Line of the Fallen, all eyes are focused on you as if to say it will be ok you’re with your eternal partners. A salute follows and a tear can be seen on so many faces. Welcome, you served well. Now come join the ranks, another member of The Thin Blue Line has come home.

Your Brother in Law enforcement

Dr. stan phillips Usa Ret, Ms, Bs
Walnut Grove Ms Police, Lt. retired

Dr. stan phillips Usa Ret, Ms, Bs
Walnut Grove Ms Police, Lt. retired

December 29, 2014

R.I.P. Officer choi. We thank you for your service and dedication. Prayers to the family, brother officers, friends and community. You will be missed by many and forgotten by none...

M.Sgt. Angel Alverio (Retired)
Wilmington De. Police Department

December 29, 2014

RIP, prayers for the family

Sgt. Ron Cromer
Martin Co. Sheriff's Office

December 29, 2014

God bless Officer Choi's family, friends and coworkers and give them strength and peace to get through their grief and pain. Thank you for your service brother.

Sergeant Clark O. Parry
Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office, New York

December 29, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are a Hero Officer Choi. Thank you for doing your job. Rest in peace Dear Brother. God bless. "Heroes Live Forever"

Surviving Sister of Deputy Sheriff Steve

December 29, 2014

Officer Thomas Choi , thank you for your service, and sacrifice. May you rest in peace, and may your relatives find peace in the knowledge that you lived and died a hero. May your have fair winds and following seas as you patrol the Streets of Heaven

Deputy Doon Hamilton (ret)
Kent County Sheriff's Office

December 29, 2014

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

Sgt Richard Eckert
Town of Chester Police Dept

December 29, 2014

Rest in peace officer Choi. May God be with your family in this time of healing.

K9 officer Robin Weiner
Golden Beach Florida

December 29, 2014

Rest in peace brother. We've got your watch.

Special Agent Mike Tamez
Kingsville Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force

December 29, 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

December 29, 2014

may HIS light shine perpetual upon his face

Chief Jim Allen (Retired)
Mobile County Child Support Enforcement
Mobile County, Alabama

December 29, 2014

I am so sorry for your great loss. It is a loss we all share.

Betsy Horn, mother of a police officer
Carrollton Police Department, Texas

December 29, 2014

Rest in Peace Officer Choi. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Choi Family and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Police.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office Wayne NJ

December 29, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

December 29, 2014

Rip and deepest sympathy to your loved ones and coworkers!

Ret. Patrol officer Sandie Kowalski
Waterbury P.D., Waterbury, CT

December 29, 2014

Rest in Peace Brother in the Arms of our Lord Prayers for your family and your law enforcement family

Chief Deputy John Tomaino
Mahoning County Sheriffs office Youngstown oh

December 29, 2014

Thank you Officer Choi for your years of hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of New York. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!!!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever, rest in peace, my brother.


Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

December 29, 2014

Officer Choi,
May you rest in Heavenly Peace. May your family be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues find comfort. Please watch over us from on high.
We will see you again dear Sir.
Thank you for your service. I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your family.
Greater Love Hath No Man....
Prayers for all involved.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

December 29, 2014

Thank you for your service, Off. Choi. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

Sgt. Mike Walsh
Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office

December 29, 2014

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