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Master Patrol Officer Kevin Jermaine Toatley

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, September 19, 2015

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Reflections for Master Patrol Officer Kevin Jermaine Toatley

"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 PD

September 21, 2015

I'm so saddened by this news. I saw you often at the Oak Grove Market and we had a brief conversation there about a month ago. When I saw your sweet face on the news, I cried. Thank you for your bravery, your courage and your selfless service to this community. You are already missed.

Community member

September 20, 2015

We are all inspired for having Officer Toatley in our ranks showing us the courage it takes to get in that car, put on the badge and go out into our nation's streets to protect society.

God bless you sir and your agency.

Special Agent in Charge (ret)
Ca. Dept of Justice

September 20, 2015

Thank you for your service. Praying for your family & department.

Detective Monica Veney
Baltimore City Police Department

September 20, 2015

While we are deeply saddened by your passing, the Law Enforcement Community was enriched by your professionalism, your service, and your sacrifice. Our thoughts are with your family, department, and friends. May you Rest In Peace.

Zone 5 Academy Session 59
New York State Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy

September 20, 2015

Rest, Brother.

Police Thomas Allen
Newport News Police Department

September 20, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers to the family of this officer. Thank you for your service to your community sir.

Christina Bonk
Pewee Valley, KY
Honor, Remember, Respect

September 20, 2015

So very sad and sorry for the loss of this officer. May peace and comfort be ever abundant for his loved ones during this terrible time.


September 20, 2015

Toatley a great young man. I can't tell you how saddened I am and how my heart hurts. I was his lead Instructor of the 80th DeKalb County Police Academy. Officer Toatley was a amazing recruit and a even better police officer. I was fortunate to have trained him and even more fortunate to call him a friend. Rest in peace my brother you will be missed but never forgotten.

Instructor Chad Clark
DeKalb Police Department

September 20, 2015

Police Officer Kevin Toatley:

Thank you for your 7 years of service to the citizens of DeKalb County, Georgia and to the DeKalb County Police Department. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God" Matthew 5:9. Let us now celebrate your life and remember your selfless sacrifice. "Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13. However, death is not the end; it does not have the final say! And He [Jesus] said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise" Luke 23:43. Now, my Brother in BLUE, rest easy; we will take it from here. "Well done, good and faithful servant" Matthew 25:11. May the Lord God bless you always!

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs, MNACM
Merrimack NH Police Department

September 20, 2015

Rest in peace, Brother. Godspeed!

Deputy Sheriff (Retired) Louis Roqueta
Hernando County Sheriff's Office

September 20, 2015


Deputy J. Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

September 20, 2015



September 20, 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

September 20, 2015



September 20, 2015

Rest in peace Officer Toatley. Thank you for your service to the citizens of DeKalb County.

Allan Jones, Det./Sgt.
Lincoln Nebraska PD/ Retired

September 20, 2015

R.I.P. Brother.

Inv. Bowman
Dare Co. Sheriff's Office, NC

September 20, 2015

23rd PSALM

Earnest Hawkins Jr.
Prince Georges County Police MD (RET)

September 20, 2015

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

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

September 20, 2015

R.I.Peace Officer Toatley! God be with your family and send comfort to all!

Betsy Ratliff

September 20, 2015

I am sadden for the loss of Officer Toatley. Heaven is rejoicing as we thank god for his life, his commitment and his service to the community.
May he rest in God peace. My deepest sympathy to his loved ones.
Dolores Fryling
Allen TX

Dolores M Fryling , citizen

September 20, 2015

My Heart aches for the loss of Officer Toatley. We in the Fire Service

are your next of kin. God bless your Family. Thank you for Keeping

All of Us Safe.

HAZ?MAT Rafael Iglesias
City of MIami Fire/Rescue

September 20, 2015

Avenue of the Fallen

Standing at attention in their class “A“uniforms, badges gleaming and shoes like glass, 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 wonderful place.
As you march down the Avenue of the Fallen, all eyes focus on you as if to say “it’s OK, you’re with your eternal partners.”
A salute is followed and a tear can be seen on so many faces.
Welcome, you served well.
Now come join us in the ranks, another is coming home.
Officer Jim Weaver (#11452), Los Angeles Police Department retired

Sheriff Jim Weaver Retired
Jerome County Idaho, Sheriffs Office

September 20, 2015

R.I.P. Officer Toatley, we're keeping you, your family and all our brothers and sisters with the DeKalb County Police Department in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you, and may God keep you in his loving care my brother as we remain " Standing Tall For Those Who Have Fallen "

Corporal James E. Barth
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, Tampa, Fl.

September 20, 2015

Another hero gone.My heart goes out to the family and friends of Kevin.He,and the family made a tremendous sacrifice for the safety of others!

Capt.David Post
Gwinnett S.O

September 20, 2015

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