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

RIP Brother, Thank you and your family for your sacrifice

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

August 13, 2017

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

August 13, 2017

Rest easy Brother. Prayers for family, friends and coworkers.

Career Officer (Ret.) Victor Agosto
Chesterfield County Police (Va.)

August 13, 2017

Rest in peace.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

August 13, 2017

The actions of two groups, neither of which are supported by the majority of Americans, caused you to be up and on duty that day and it lead to your untimely and tragic death. It sickens me that you were taken from your family, friends and co-workers (which are both family AND friends) for such a disgusting display of "Free Speech". We, who occupy reality, mourn you, grieve for those you leave behind and pray that you are spirited off to Heaven on a fast track and that those who are ultimately responsible, KNOW it, FEEL it and never FORGET what they've caused.

God Bless you Brother and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful. I know those you leave behind will always keep you in their hearts and minds and never truly let you go.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

August 13, 2017

To the family of Trooper Pilot Berke Bates, friends, Colonel W. Steven Flaherty and the Virginia State Police.
You are lifted up in thought and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you peace now and always. Thank you for your service. John 15:13 Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Cherry / O'Berry Police Department, NC

August 13, 2017

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

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

August 13, 2017

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero.

Deputy J Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

August 13, 2017

RIP Brother we have watch from here

Senior officer Anthony McCormick
US Dept of Justice

August 13, 2017

Rest In Peace my brother. My prayers to your family friends and fellow Troopers. Godspeed.

Trooper (Retired) Travis Qualls
Arizona Highway Patrol

August 13, 2017

Rest in Peace Brother.

Lt. Arrend Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

August 13, 2017

Rest, brother.

PFC Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

August 13, 2017

Thoughts and prayers for the families of Lt. Cullen and Tpr. Bates and to the VA State Police family. RIP brothers.

Tpr. (Ret) Timothy J Bishop
Pennsylvania State Police - Troop B Washington

August 13, 2017

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Trooper Bates during this time of tragic and sudden loss.

Deputy Donnie Meaders
Seminole County (OK) S.O.

August 13, 2017

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

James P. Waggle

August 13, 2017

Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends. May you Rest In Peace sir. Your brothers and sisters can take it from here.

Tammy Burgan
Tennessee Highway Patrol Citizens Alumni

August 13, 2017



August 13, 2017

RIP brothers. Prayers for the families and department.

Sergeant (retired) Bob Jones
Illinois State Police

August 13, 2017

Rest in Peace Trooper Bates. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers, and friends.

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

August 13, 2017

Rest in peace Brother Berke, you are a true American 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

August 13, 2017

R I P Brothers

Herbie Buck -Ret. Officer

August 13, 2017

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

August 13, 2017

On behalf of the Tennessee Highway Patrol our hearts are broken. We stand beside our brave brothers and sisters of the Virginia State Police . May God welcome you with open arms and hold you family close. My. Respect Sir.

Sgt. David Osborne Jr
Tennessee Highway Patrol

August 13, 2017

A Prayer for Trooper Pilot Berke M.M. Bates:

Lord God of Mercy, Peace, and Love, we remember before Your throne in this moment our Brother-in-Blue, Trooper Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, of the Virginia State Police, who sacrificed his life in the Line-of-Duty. We recall with gratitude and respect all that he stood for in this life. Help us to live in the companionship of his spirit. May we be kind to the family, friends, and colleagues he loved; devoted to the state in which he served; and loyal to the causes which he championed in law enforcement. Thus, in our life, may he live on, to our great comfort, to the betterment of Your creation, and to the furthering of Your most Holy Will. Almighty God, we ask that you grant us a deeper appreciation of the efforts of all police officers who serve our communities and states daily. For their dedication to our security, order and peace, we give You thanks. May they be encouraged in their work which benefits us all. Help us to grow that spirit of community that will make their job both easy and fulfilling. And now may our fellowship together and Your blessing today bring a renewed sense of joy to each of us. Amen.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons 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]

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

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

August 13, 2017

may HIS light shine perpetual upon his face

Chief Jim Allen (Retired)
Mobile County Child Support Enforcement
Mobile County, Alabama

August 13, 2017

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