Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Paul John Koropal

Allegheny County District Attorney's Office - Investigative Division, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Reflections for Detective Paul John Koropal

An obvious dedicated man to the profession of law enforcement. May God bless your family and comfort them by knowing he's in Gods kingdom.

Lieutenant Jay Hill
Del City Police Department

May 7, 2015

RIP, prayers for the family.

Sgt. Ron Cromer
Martin Co. Sheriff, FL.

May 7, 2015

I salute you and your family.

Randalyn Benson
Survivor daughter of Chief James Leonard Speer

May 7, 2015

Rest in Peace Det. Koropal. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Koropal Family and the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office.

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

May 7, 2015

Rest easy brother

Chief Michael Gromatzky
Collin College Police

May 7, 2015

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

May 7, 2015

IN MEMORY OF DETECTIVE PAUL J. KOROPAL

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Detective Paul J. Koropal:

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, one detective has sacrificed his life to protect the citizens of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Today, we honor the sacrifice of Detective Paul J. Koropal, of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, District Attorney’s Office; who died in the line-of-duty on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, from a fatal heart attack while participating in serving eleven search warrants in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Detective Paul J. Koropal. He died serving us. Help us never to forget. Help us celebrate the life of Detective Paul J. Koropal 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 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, help them to faithfully equip their law enforcement officers with the best tools to protect their county. May their training be adequate to the task. Help the citizens of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to remember to pay their law enforcement officers fairly and treat them with respect. Help the citizens of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to obey the law and treat each other with dignity so as not to add to the burden of crime and pain to their county.

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 Detective Paul J. Koropal 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.

Now, Detective Paul J. Koropal, 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. Amen.

In His Service,

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police of the Nashua NH (USA) Police Department
Police Chaplain of the Merrimack NH (USA) Police Department
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Merrimack NH Police Department

May 7, 2015

Thank you for your long life of service and sacrifice. We will be praying for your family and friends.

Darlene Newton
friend of Story County Sheriff's Office

May 7, 2015

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

Surviving Sister of Deputy Sheriff Steve

May 7, 2015

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Detective Koropal and the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office during this time. Thank you, Detective Koropal, for your service.

Administration
National Police Wives Association

May 7, 2015

R I P Brother

Ret. Officer, Herbie Buck
NYSDOCS

May 7, 2015

May the family's fond memories help them through this difficult time.

Terry L. Vice
Patrol Officer (1979-1984)
Greeley PD
Colorado

May 7, 2015

Rest in Peace Detective Koropal. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, co-workers, and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department

May 7, 2015

Thank you for your service brother ,and may God watch over your family

Police Officer Daniel Tonnessen
NYPD

May 7, 2015

Rest in peace Brother Paul, you are a true Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham (retired)
Sand Springs OK PD

May 7, 2015

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

May 7, 2015

Rest in eternal peace, Detective Koropal, for we have the watch now. Your family and your brothers and sisters in uniform, our brothers and sisters, too, are in our thoughts and prayers. May they find comfort in remembrances of your dedication and service.

Deputy Warden Patricia Powers
Philadelphia Prison System

May 7, 2015

Rest, brother.

PFC Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

May 7, 2015

Rest in peace brother. Thoughts are with your family both blue and blood during this difficult time. Thank you Detective Koropal for your 18 years of service and dedication to your community.

Sergeant David Post
Reno County Sheriff's Office Hutchinson, Ks

May 7, 2015

Heroes live forever. Prayers to family and friends.

BLR
Team Texas

May 7, 2015

Rest in peace brother. We'll take it from here.

Special Agent Mike Tamez
Kingsville Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force

May 7, 2015

Thank you Detective Koropal for your years of hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of Pennsylvania. 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.

HEROES LIVE FOREVER...

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

May 7, 2015

R.I.P. We will take it from here ....

Captain / Investigator Myles Fairless
Top Tier Safety (Illinois)

May 7, 2015

Thank you for your service.

Tim Liddell
CA Hwy Patrol (retired)

May 7, 2015

RIP brother. May you be with GOD and may GOD be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

May 7, 2015

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