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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

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
Observer

May 23, 2018

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, REST IN PEACE.

N.J. TROOPER (RETIRED)
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE

May 23, 2018

God Speed, Brother

Deputy Sheriff Rob Wilkins
Allegany County Sheriff's Office - New York

May 23, 2018

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

May 23, 2018

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow coworkers of Police Officer Thomas Coulter during this difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May happy moments from the past bring forth precious memories to cherish for a lifetime. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace Officer Coulter.

Gail M. Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/2004

May 23, 2018

To the family of Police Officer Thomas Coulter, friends, Police Chief Craig Capri and the
Daytona Beach Police Department.
You are lifted up in thought and prayers. May God comfort, hold you closwe and give you His peace that surpasses all understanding through Christ Jesus now and always. Thank you for your service. Matthew 5:9.

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

May 23, 2018

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