Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Kathleen O'Connor-Funigiello

New Rochelle Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Reflections for Police Officer Kathleen O'Connor-Funigiello

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

August 22, 2018

God Speed.

Viola M Grant
Military, US Army MP Corp

August 22, 2018

RIP officer. Prayers to your blood, love and blue families.

Deputy Sheriff Terri Van Houten
Rock Country Sheriff's Office

August 22, 2018

May God watch over the family and fellow officers these heroes worked with. We can only imagine their pain. But we can sympathize with them and we must support them. This is what the Patriots and Heroes looks like folks. Running to the danger when all others run away from it. Selfless and fearless to the end. They now work heavens Beat. And are in God's hands forever. Ever watching down on us all.

D.A.V. CHAPTER 11 Springfield, Missouri Color Guard.
Son of Chief of Police.Deceased
Their watch is over, now they patrol in Heaven.

August 22, 2018

Deepest sympathy as we lose another of the Bravest of The Brave. Freedom’s bill rises yet again. Deepest respect and condolences from England

s/Inspector Paul Jenkins
Cambridgeshire Police, England

August 22, 2018

Thank you.. we will never give up and never forget.. RIP, my sister

Nancy blanchard ret.
Barnstable pd

August 22, 2018

Rest in peace sister, we'll take it from here. Thank you for your service and courage during a major crisis, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer O'Connor-Funigiello during this time of tragic and painful loss.

Deputy Donnie Meaders
Okfuskee County (OK) Sheriff's Office

August 22, 2018

Thank you for your service Sir GOD BLESS

Mrs. C. Singleton
Citizen of South Carolina

August 22, 2018

Prayers for Kathleen and her family rest easy God speed sister..

Patrolman Graziani
Melrose Park

August 22, 2018

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Officer O'Connor-Funigiello and the New Rochelle Police Department during this time. Thank you, Officer O'Connor-Funigiello (NAME), for your service.

National Police Wives Association

August 22, 2018

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Officer, Kathleen O'Connor-Funigiello, from complications from the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks at the World Trade Buildings in New York City. It is always a huge loss when a fellow officer makes the ultimate sacrifice. Her bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

August 22, 2018

Thank you for your service . My respect .

Sgt David Osborne Jr
Tennessee Highway Patrol

August 22, 2018

Thank you for your service. RIP.

Sergeant Brian J. Wills II
Oswego County Sheriff's Office

August 22, 2018

RIP, Officer O’Connor-Funigiello. Praying for you and your loved ones.

Officer C Curione
Rochester Police Department, NY

August 21, 2018

Rest in peace Officer O'Conner-Funigiello, my sincere condolences to your family and to your department. We must never forget what happened that day. God speed as you now patrol the streets of gold. Your ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten


August 21, 2018

RIP Officer O’connor-Funigiello. Sincere condolences to your family and colleagues. Thank you for you service and your bravery. You will always be remembered.

Constable Tessa Le Roux
South African Police Service

August 21, 2018

Rest in peace Officer O'connor-Funigiello!
You will not be forgotten!

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

August 21, 2018

Rest in peace. Thank you for your service!

Robert Thomas (ret)
Corona Police Dept

August 21, 2018

Sending my sincere thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and department of our fallen. I am so very sorry for the loss of your HERO.

Thank you for your lifetime of loyal, dedicated and selfless service to your community. You will live on in the hearts of all who love you.

God Bless you and RIP HERO.

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

August 21, 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

August 21, 2018

So many heroes unspoken of from that day. So many broken hearts in the years that followed. September 11 has changed so many of us; it continues to taken lives. Rest In Peace Officer. May angels bow as you enter the gates of Heaven.

Detective Martin Connors
Philadelphia Police Department

August 21, 2018

Rest In Peace

Meighan Garrick
Civilian Supporter

August 21, 2018

God rest her soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Retired

August 21, 2018

Lest we forget, Rest in Peace!

Ptl. Bryan Waltz (Ret)
Avon Lake OH PD

August 21, 2018

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. Thoughts and prayers for your family, friends and coworkers.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 21, 2018

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