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Police Officer Thomas Coulter

Daytona Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, May 21, 2018

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas Coulter

Officer Coulter, may you continue to Rest in Peace with Our Lord & Savior. Your service and sacrifice is not forgotten, it is honored, remembered, and have paved the way for so many of us who have put on this uniform and badge and proudly served the citizen and visitors of our great city, the City of Daytona Beach, Florida. Rest well brother and continue to watch over us.

Lieutenant Kelsey Harris
Daytona Beach Police Department

October 14, 2022

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

May 23, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Coulter.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 21, 2020

I personally knew Thomas. He made an impact on many lives and people who came to know him. I worked for Volusia County and he was the prisoner transport driver for DBPD. He always brought a smile to our faces and we were all so excited when he went full-time to be a road officer. It was a tragic loss we all felt when he passed. And unfortunately I am reminded of him every time another officer passes that I know. I hope you have found paradise Thomas and I will see you again when my watch ends.

Deputy Patrick B. Norden
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office
Cumming, GA

April 9, 2019

I hope that everyone can find comfort in Revelation 21:4 where it says, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Until we see him again in Paradise, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

August 16, 2018

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Thomas died in the line of duty.

To the Coulter family, fellow officers , and all who call Thomas beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you. You were so young and just starting your career, but you answered the call to duty and service and for that I honor you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Thomas gave to his community and the citizens of Florida and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 21st, 2018.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

July 27, 2018

Officer Coulter,

Thank you and your family for your sacrifice. May you rest in the arms of the Lord.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

June 2, 2018

Rest in peace brother. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten....................

Det. Sgt. Edward Carlile
Northfield Village Police Dept (OH)

May 29, 2018

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

May 29, 2018

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Police Officer Thomas Coulter and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever. 

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Officer Coulter, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on.  Just as you were always with him in the course of his duties, know that he will always be with you - wherever you may be.  In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Officer Coulter is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

FBI Special Agent
FBI Washington, DC

May 27, 2018

Thomas, so young, so new. God chose you early, for reasons we will never understand. To Thomas’ family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thomas is a hero, not for what he did, but what he chose to do.

Sergeant (Ret) Frank Ellering
Minneapolis Police Dept.

May 26, 2018

"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 Police department
Powell, Wyoming

May 26, 2018

Officer Coulter, your career never got a chance and you never were able to prove yourself. This is sad but not as sad as your passing and the void you have left in so many lives. If they keep you forever in their hearts and minds, you will never truly be gone, Brother.

God Bless and may you Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

May 26, 2018

Rest in peace Officer Coulter!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

May 26, 2018

My condolences to the family of Officer Thomas Coulter, and may his soul rest in heaven. Peace to his family and may they receive God's blessings.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

May 25, 2018

Rest easy my Brother.

Retired 29years. Ron Buchholz
Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office NM.

May 25, 2018

May you Rest In Peace . I am sure you would have made a great officer. Terrible tragedy

Retired Chief of Police Johnny McCurry
West Point Ga P.D.

May 24, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers for this fine young officer. From our department to your, please accept our deepest condolences.

Chaplain Steve Davis
Mountain View Colorado Police Department

May 24, 2018

Rest in peace Officer Coulter!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

May 24, 2018

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

May 24, 2018

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.

Javier Cornejo, Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee WI

May 24, 2018

I attended the police academy with Officer Coulter. While I only knew him for the 6 months we were in the academy together, I knew that he was such a strong willed, dedicated individual who wanted to do nothing more than help people. Everyday he showed up to class with a smile a strong positive attitude. He studied more than half the class put together and even helped me study on a couple tests. Officer Coulter was exceptionally proud of his accomplishments during our graduation, and even married his wife only a couple months after. I am deeply saddened by this, and if Officer Coulter's family reads this, I am sorry for your loss.

Officer Cresenzi
Edgewater PD

May 24, 2018

Rest with God Officer Coulter. Your untimely death will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family during this time in their lives.

retired police officer Bob Lester
Midland Texas Police Department

May 23, 2018

The Daytona Beach, Florida Police Department, the City of Daytona Beach, Florida and the family Daytona Beach, FL Police Officer Thomas Coulter who died in the line of duty after a training session at the Police Academy. This will be a sad Memorial Day as the family and the City of Daytona Beach, FL along with other agencies in the State of Florida and around the country will come and honor Officer Coulter as he died in the line of duty serving one week as a police officer. He will be missed by all.

Bradford Paulson

May 23, 2018



May 23, 2018

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