Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Kenneth V. Velez

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, September 15, 2016

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Reflections for Trooper Kenneth V. Velez

RIP brother Kenneth.

May God bless and be with your family, co-workers and friends at this very difficult time.

Inv. Bevenour
Gettysburg Police Dept.

September 17, 2016

A Prayer for Trooper Kenneth Velez:

Lord God, you are always faithful and quick to show mercy. Our Brother-in-Blue, Trooper Kenneth Velez, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was taken from us suddenly and violently in the Line-of-Duty. Come swiftly to his aid, have mercy on him, and comfort his family, friends, and colleagues by the power and protection of the Cross. Heavenly Father, as we mourn the death of our Brother-in-Blue, Trooper Kenneth Velez, show us the immense power of your goodness and strengthen our belief that he has entered into Your presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

"For the policeman does not frighten people who are doing right; but those doing evil will always fear him. So if you don't want to be afraid, keep the laws and you will get along well. The policeman is sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for he will have you punished. He is sent by God for that very purpose. Obey the laws, then, for two reasons: first, to keep from being punished, and second, just because you know you should." [Romans 13:3-5 TLB]

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

“Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13 ESV]

Pastor/Chaplain Steven R. Closs, BSBS, LOICM, LOICC, MNACM
Merrimack Police Department
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers
Merrimack, NH 03054
“An Intercessory Prayer Ministry for Law Enforcement”

Captain Steven R. Closs (Retired)
Nashua NH Police Department

September 17, 2016

G-d Speed my Brother

UC
ODPS-OIU

September 17, 2016

Rest in Peace Trooper Velez. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Velez Family and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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

September 17, 2016

To the Family of Trooper Kenneth Velez

Losing a loved one is difficult. Please take comfort in Jesus words found at Acts 24:15 where he said that there was going to be a resurrection. Just think of the time when you will see your loved ones again, in paradise conditions, here on earth. My condolences to the family.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police

September 17, 2016

Rest In Peace.

Det. Randy Evans
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Son of Patrolman Robert Wayne Evans
E.O.W 10/14/1971
HEROES LIVE FOREVER

September 17, 2016

Final Salute Trooper Velez, thank you for your service. You are a hero. Rest peacefully in the presence of God. We are praying for the family and fellow officers.

Former Patrol Sergeant
Johnny Allison
Wylie TX Police Dept

September 17, 2016

RIP MY BROTHER MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY AND HIS CO WORKERS.

Officer Robert Swope
Olmsted Falls Police

September 17, 2016

RIP

Fmr. Juvenile Corrections Officer Ron
Santa Clara Co

September 17, 2016

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends. Thank you for your unselfish service.

James P. Waggle
Civilian

September 17, 2016

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE AND SERVICE

MAY YOU REST IN PEACE

Retired TFC Theresa Medcalf
Ga.State Patrol

September 17, 2016

Rest in peace brother.

Corporal (Retired) Glenn Elliott
Temple Police Department--Temple,Tx

September 17, 2016

Very sorry to hear the news... Rest in peace. My thoughts are extended to family, friends and fellow officers.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Departmen

September 17, 2016

May you rest in peace brother. May YHWH give peace to your family and friends.

Chief Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

September 17, 2016

Thank you for your service. Your watch is over, your fellow officers will continue to do their job with you in their hearts and your hands to guide them in safety. They'll watch your family and they'll never be alone. You were loved on earth and you are loved in heaven.

LEO Wife Jean Bonifacio
Richardson Police Department (Texas)

September 17, 2016

Rest in peace, Trooper Valez. You deserve your divine reward.

May God comfort your family, friends, and fellow officers at this difficult time.

God bless and protect the Thin Blue Line that protects us all.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

September 17, 2016

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

September 17, 2016

G-D Speed Old Friend and Brother

UC
ODPS-OIU

September 17, 2016

To the family, friends and fellow officers who worked with Trooper Valez, please accept my sincere condolences at his tragic death. My this hero rest in peace.

Jack Mrozinski (Retired Deputy Sheriff)
Portage County Sheriff's Dept., Wisconsin

September 16, 2016

TO THE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES OF OHIO STATE HIGHWAY PATROL, TROOPER KENNETH VELEZ.

My heart is filled with great sadness at learning of the lost of your loved one and fellow Trooper.
We in the law enforcement community are a family, although our uniforms may be a different style and vary in color, a badge, shield or star may be pinned upon our chest.
Our areas of enforcement may vary but our goals are the same, to Serve and Protect our communities. We consist of many different agencies from across the nation, for we are: Municipal Police Officers, Sheriff's Deputies, State Police Investigators, State Highway Patrol Troopers, Conservation Police Officers, College Campus Police Officers, Correctional Officers and Federal Agents just to name a few.
We patrol small towns, large cities, college campuses, county roads, state highways, state prisons, county jails, state parks and the United States Borders.
Whether active duty or retired, we are one family, a Law Enforcement Family, the thin blue line of protectors, brothers and sisters bonded together by HONOR, SERVICE and PRIDE.
Daily we honor our fallen brothers and sisters never forgetting their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families.
Daily our position is clear that we will Serve and Protect our communities without faltering and with no hesitation.
Daily we show pride in our chosen profession Law ENFORCEMENT, for we willingly walk the line of good over evil facing the unknown with courage keeping our trust and our faith in GOD.
We know that evil roam these streets and at any moment in the course of performing our duties the ultimate sacrifice might be required of us in the service to our community, for Law Enforcement is not a job but a calling and only a few will make the decision to commit to that calling to serve for some will give all that they have.
ALL LIVES MATTER - LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SHOULD BE RESPECTED - If we don't respond to that call for help, or investigate that suspicious subject(s), or stop for that stranded motorist, or rush to that call of shots fired then who will?
TROOPER VELEZ
You did not die in vain.
You sacrificed your life in the service to the citizens of Ohio with HONOR, PRIDE and DISTINCTION.
I'm proud to have worn the uniform of a law enforcement officer like you did.
I'm proud to have pinned the badge upon my chest like you did.
I'm proud to have Served and Protected my community as you did.
I'm proud to call you my BROTHER!
I commend you my fallen brother for making the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of your duty.
For you left us doing what you chose to do.
Performing a job you were trained to do.
Upholding the oath you swore to do.
Most importantly doing what you loved to do..........Serving and Protecting your community with Honor and Pride making a better and safer place for us all.
FOR THOSE WHO FIGHT FOR IT, "LIFE HAS A FLAVOR THE PROTECTED WILL NEVER KNOW".
FINAL CALL
Trooper Velez status.............Trooper Velez status............. Trooper Velez status............Attention All Units................. Ohio State Highway Patrol, Trooper Kenneth Velez having served the citizens in the State of Ohio with HONOR, PRIDE and DISTINCTION is now 10-42.
Rest in Peace my fallen BROTHER, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!

Senior Master Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

September 16, 2016

Eternal Rest

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

September 16, 2016

"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
Sergeant

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

September 16, 2016

To the family, friends and department of Trooper Velez,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your hero. Your all in my thoughts and prayers.

Trooper Velez, thank you for your dedicated, loyal and selfless service to your community. Your memory will live on in the hearts of those you loved and that loved you.

Gone But NEVER Forgotten, HERO's live forever...

May God bless you all and give you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Gina Miller, Washington State Patrol
Surviving Fiance WSP Trooper Tony V. Radulescu EOW 2-23-2012

September 16, 2016

Trooper Velez,

God Bless you and thank you for your 27 years of service. You will never be forgotten among your brothers in law enforcement.

Special Agent Stephen Huvane
US Dept. of HUD OIG

September 16, 2016

Thank you for your service. Prayers for your Family & Dept.

Detective Monica Veney
Baltimore City Police Department

September 16, 2016

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