Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer David Joseph Nelson

Bakersfield Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, June 26, 2015

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Reflections for Police Officer David Joseph Nelson

RIP Brother. We'll take it from here.

Officer William Mosher
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

July 11, 2015

RIP Officer Nelson. Your sacrifice will not go unnoticed.

Police Explorer Ben Quist
Angels Camp Police Department

July 11, 2015

God has a plan for us all. Having attended your funeral and memorial I know part of his plan for you was to bring light into dark areas and safety into chaos. Rest easy knowing you have done that. Prayers for you family.

Probation Supervisor Brent Hughes
Kern County Probation Department

July 10, 2015

I'm so sorry but grateful for his dedication to us citizens. Rest peacefully and my respects to al the family.

eugenia flores

July 8, 2015

David, My prayers are with you and your family. I knew you in the Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Glendale, California. My son Christopher and our family know you did your job to the best of your abilities. We honor and appreciate your service.

Officer Dean Bowman
Glendale PD

July 7, 2015

We will never forget your service. I work for the sheriffs department inside the jails. I could never do what you did, but I understand what you did and why.

As I watch your service on tv now it gives me a sick feeling in my stomach. Turns out that we shared the same badge number 101. My blue light at our home will remain on for you.

Thank you

detention deputy
kern county sheriffs dept

July 7, 2015

May the good lord welcome with open arms for you have done your job well.

Chaplain Douglas J. Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge #187 Mt. Clemens Michigan.

July 6, 2015

You were much more than an shift-mate, you were a bother. Rest in peace, we'll pick up where you left off.

Officer E. Celedon
Bakersfield Police Department

July 6, 2015

R.I.P. May the good Lord comfort your family and friends. Thank you for your service.

Sergeant David Sheetz (retired)
Houston Police

July 5, 2015



July 5, 2015

My Condolences to the Family, Friends, Community and the Bakersfield Police Department
May the love of our Lord and Savior comfort and guide through this most difficult time.
Thank you for your Heroism Officer David Nelson
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

I have two brothers on here, one killed in a chase of an individual taking his pregnant wife to the hospital. The other was shot & killed in a robbery of a Wendy's restaurant. I am retired now but I miss both of them now as much as when they were killed.

Inspector Grrald Bursi
Memphis P.D.

July 3, 2015

The law enforcement community is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Police Officer David Joseph Nelson. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go to the family, friends, and coworkers of Officer Nelson. We thank him for his service, may his soul rest in peace.

Zone Five Academy Session 58
Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Academy

July 3, 2015

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Retired

July 3, 2015

Rest in peace Officer Nelson. My sincere condolences to your family and to your department. Godspeed as you now patrol the streets of gold.


July 2, 2015

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

July 1, 2015

Rest In Peace Brother

Captain Steve Yancey
Forest Hill Police Department, TX

July 1, 2015

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

July 1, 2015

God's peace and speed Officer Nelson. Thank you for your brave, dedicated service. RIP Brother.

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

July 1, 2015



July 1, 2015

RIP Brother. May God bless your family, friends and department during these sad times.

Sgt Cody Davis
Lumberton, TX Police Department

June 30, 2015

Rest in peace Brother we have the watch from here. May God Bless your Family and Friends.


June 30, 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

June 30, 2015

David, it was an honor to know you and to serve with you. You made Bakersfield a better place. Thank you.

Jason Townsend
Bakersfield Police Department

June 30, 2015

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Nelson. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Bakersfield Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

June 30, 2015

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