Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Pilot Berke Morgan Matthew Bates

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, August 12, 2017

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Reflections for Trooper Pilot Berke Morgan Matthew Bates

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 14, 2017

We send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Trooper Bates who gave his life in the line of duty. May the Grace of God surround and support you all during this time.

Chaplain Jim Gysel
Calhoun County Michigan Sheriff's Office

August 14, 2017

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Trooper Bates and the Virginia State Police during this time. Thank you, Trooper Bates, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

August 14, 2017

Rest in peace brother. Thoughts are with your family both blue and blood during this difficult time. Thank you Trooper Bates for your 19 years of service and dedication to your community.

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

August 14, 2017

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Cpl. M. Davis #2614
Prince George's County Police

August 14, 2017

You have the prayers, condolences and support of all of us with Cape Carteret PD in NC. May God Bless and watch over the families, both blood and blue of these two heroe.

Lt. M. Caldwell. Chaplain
Cape Carteret Police Department

August 14, 2017

Praying for peace and comfort today and in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker, Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

August 14, 2017

The 1800 employees of our Department offer condolences and a hope for peace to comfort our colleagues in Virginia. As a former State Trooper myself, I'm burdened by the loss of this young servant...

Commissioner David W. Purkey
Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security

August 14, 2017

Thank you for your sacrifice and service. You are not forgotten. Our sincere condolences to your family and brothers/sisters in blue.

Session 63
Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy
Schenectady, New York

August 14, 2017

"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."
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Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department

August 14, 2017

My condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Berke M. M. Bates. Losing a loved one is always difficult. Please take comfort in Jesus words found at John 5:28,29 where he said that there would be a resurrection. Just think of the time when you will see your loved ones again, in paradise conditions, here on earth. Once again, my condolences.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police

August 14, 2017

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

August 14, 2017

I am sorry for your loss to the Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends. I will keep you all in my prayers. RIP.

Balto. City Fire Dept.

August 14, 2017

Thank you for your service Rest In Peace

Retired Pittsburgh City Police Officer V
Pittsburgh police department

August 14, 2017

Rest in peace Trooper Bates, My sincere condolences to your family and to your department. God speed as you now fly over the roads with angel wings. Your service will not be forgotten.


August 13, 2017

RIP now my brother. Thoughts and prayers to your wife and kids during this time.

Sergeant Geoff Odom
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

August 13, 2017

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Retired

August 13, 2017

My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Trooper Berke M. M. Bates. Rest in Heaven my brother.

Sheriff Carlos Turner
Surry County Sheriff's Office

August 13, 2017

Jesus wept.

Craig Hamilton
American Citizen

August 13, 2017

Thank you for your time and Service to the citizens.

Dominick Murry

August 13, 2017

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Trooper Bates. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Virginia State Police.

U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Horne
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

August 13, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss

Jacquie Rebel survivor

August 13, 2017



August 13, 2017

Thank you Trooper Bates for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of Virginia. 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

August 13, 2017

May Trooper Bates rest in the arms of the Lord. God bless his family, colleagues and friends.

Blair M. Gluba, Special Agent (Ret)

August 13, 2017

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