Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer David Alexander Tinsley

Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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Reflections for Police Officer David Alexander Tinsley

We send out deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Officer Tinsley who gave his life in service to his community and our Nation. May the Amazing Grace of God be your strength and hope during this difficult time.

Chaplain James Gysel
Calhoun County MI Sheriff's Office

September 13, 2018

Rest in peace brother.

Investigator Stephen Trejo
Donna I.S.D. Police Dept. Tx.

September 13, 2018

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero.

Jamie Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

September 13, 2018

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

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

September 13, 2018

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Retired

September 13, 2018

Rest In Peace, brother.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana

September 13, 2018

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow coworkers of Police Officer David A. Tinsley 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 Police Officer David A. Tinsley.

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

September 13, 2018

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service. God's speed sir.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden

September 12, 2018

Thank you for your service and giving your life for our community.

To his family- thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. I pray these next few days you feel supported and are able to experience all you need to for your grief journey. As the daughter of a fallen FWPD officer do not hesitate to reach out to other survivors. We are here to support you, along with the rest of the FWPD, their families, the community, etc. Again, all of my love and prayers to you all.

Melanie Matteson-Cork
Daughter of Bradley W. Matteson

September 12, 2018

Rest in Peace Officer Tinsley and thank you for your service to the Fort Wayne community.

Police Officer Ahmed Danso-Faried
City of White Plains Police Department

September 12, 2018

Prayers to his family both blood and blue

Detective Marcie St John
Dallas POLICE Department

September 12, 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
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

September 12, 2018

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Officer Tinsley and the Fort Wayne Police Department during this time. Thank you, Officer Tinsley, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

September 12, 2018



September 12, 2018

Officer Tinsley, your efforts helped capture a criminal and you are a hero for that. Thank you for all your efforts to keep Fort Wayne and everyone around it, safe. So long as your loved ones keep you in their hearts and minds, you will never be truly gone from them.

God Bless, Brother and may you eternally Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

September 12, 2018

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

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

September 12, 2018

Rest in peace brother.

Officer Kyle Groose
Laramie PD, WY

September 12, 2018

RIP, Officer Tinsley. Praying for you and your loved ones.

Officer C Curione
Rochester Police Department, NY

September 12, 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, David A. Tinsley, from complications from a foot pursuit. It is always a huge loss when a fellow officer makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

September 12, 2018

R.I.P Police Officer David Tinsley


September 12, 2018

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Tinsley. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Fort Wayne Police Department.

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

September 12, 2018

Walk well, my Brother. (Inuit prayer)

Donnie Bowerman
Kansas City Police, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and DEA (Ret.)

September 12, 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

September 12, 2018

Rest in Peace Officer Tinsley. 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

September 12, 2018

RIP brother. God bless you, your family and coworkers especially your K-9 partner. Thank you for your service and sacrifice !!

Sergeant (retired) Robert Salmon
Topeka Police Department

September 12, 2018

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