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Police Officer Antwan DeArvis Toney

Gwinnett County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Reflections for Police Officer Antwan DeArvis Toney



June 24, 2020

I have been in law enforcement going on 15 years, no matter if your just starting policing or a veteran always expect the un-expected. This is a field you can never get relaxed, if you do you will shorten your life or the ones you protect.

Police Officer 1 Tracy Jemison
Fulton County Schools Police

February 27, 2020

its a sad story . No one like to hear about an officer losing his life in this manner.

atlanta pd

February 8, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Toney.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 2, 2019

always sorry for the loss of a officer in the line of duty and the family's.

sfc-bobby ray mccoy
swainsboro police department / supervisor

October 6, 2019

My guy, i received a call from jose that morning(missed it) moments after a group message Toney has been shot. Puzzled like what nah it must be a joke(bad humor) rushed home & turned on my tv & i broke down. My brother has been injured in the line of duty(doing what he loved) than another text message he’s been pronounced dead upon arrival. I broke down(memories of adventures at goodsam, always watching eachother’s back you, jose, scott & myself. Best 3yrs of my life the crew & the dream of becoming officers(you left for G.A i was mad but so proud of you for achieving it) & than finally your funeral i didn’t know how to cope wit it. Luckily my wife was by my side through it all(i was nothing but tears that morning/evening hurt & afraid to say goodbye) my friend you will always be remembered / my mentor / my hero

Enrique Delacruz

July 26, 2019

God bless your sacrifice and thank you for your service brother.

Thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice so that your community can feel & be safe for another night.

July 22, 2019

I only got to meet Officer Toney once, at the Gwinnett County Fair. He was very kind and had a bright welcoming smile. I asked I’m about Law Enforcement, The Gwinnett County Police Department and I asked him for advice and tips that would help me when I become an officer one day. He told me about his past as a Police Explorer/Cadet and how much he loved being a Police Officer. We talked about California and the Military and how he had family in the military.I didn’t remember his name till I saw his picture on the news. I knew that smile, and that comforting look. I went to his vigil at Gwinnett Church and prayed for him and his family. Officer Toney is the type of Officer and person I want to strive to be. He was friendly, kind, strong, caring and he loved his community and people around him. He inspires me to be the best I can be, and I can only hope he’s looking down right now knowing he had an effect on my life and the lives of others. I wear a blue line band on my wrist every day in memory of him and as a reminder of him and others who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Rest In Peace Officer Toney.

Explorer Daniel Goller
Gwinnett County School Police Explorers

February 14, 2019

It has been a privilege and honor to serve with this man. He was a brother, a friend, a family member, and a hero. You would never see Antwan without a smile on his face. He was a man of love, character, integrity, and passion.
Rest in paradise brother. You earned it. “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

M.P.O. Justin Cofield #1732
Gwinnett County Police

January 12, 2019

Rest in GOD'S arms HERO. Prayers for family blood and blue

Patricia deblois

December 2, 2018



November 12, 2018

My heart goes out to this officer's friends, family, and department. I hope that everyone can find comfort in Revelation 21:4 "And he (God) 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". One day, we'll be able to welcome back our loved ones that we've lost to death and never have to lose them again. Until then, my sincerest condolences goes out to everyone that knew this brave officer.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

November 12, 2018

Officer Toney, Thank you for your service. May the comfort of God ease the pain to your Family and Friends. You are my new Hero. My friends tell me that we should make a movie of your life and your act of Heroism.

Maxwell Highsmith-SC or

Maxwell Highsmith-OFC
SC National Guard-Force Protection

November 7, 2018

When I heard this story it broke my heart. He was never given a chance. To be shot at just checking out a suspicious vehicle, before even reaching the car. Police put their lives on the line every day, for not enough pay, so it’s the love of the job and helping people. God bless all of you and the job you do.

Teresa Kick

November 7, 2018

Great man and great officer. Missing you my friend. I will see you again. Till then, we will hold the line. Rest easy.

Sgt John Bailey
Gwinnett County Police

November 6, 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

November 2, 2018

So painful to see the long list of fallen officers annually. I never had the pleasure of meeting Officer Toney but throughout all of this, I have heard nothing but positive things about his character. It saddens me to think of him responding to a seemingly routine call and not knowing it would be his last moments in this life. It is a reminder that any given day could be our last as a law enforcement officials.
My sentiments to Officer Toney's family, friends, and colleagues at the Gwinnett County Police Dept. His Spirit shall forever shine.

Detective J.T. Favors
Dekalb County Police Dept.

November 1, 2018

Every so often in life, you indirectly cross paths with a person you don't know, and that person marks you forever. Although these were tragic circumstances, It was a great privilege to honor Office Toney and his family with the 12Stone parking team at his service. By the end of the service I felt I knew this young man personally, and was saddened that I never had that opportunity during his life here on earth.
Since your service Officer Toney, each day I hear your final call from the radio in my head and it reminds me to thank our First Responders every time I see them in life and never again wish I had during a funeral service. May the Almighty Father in Heaven, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit bless, comfort and keep your family. I will meet you one fine day Officer Toney. Rest in Peace.

Chuck Keller

October 29, 2018

Brother is has been a week and my heart is still heavy. I’ve learned so much about you in the last week and I am grateful knowing that you wore the same uniform that I wear. You touched a lot of people in a positive way. Rest in heaven brother. Gone but never forgotten. You will truly be missed. Gwinnett will never be the same without you.

Cpl. Grissom #1555

October 28, 2018

From what I've read and watched Antwan is up there laughing at us wondering what all the fuss is about. What a remarkable young man. Antwan, your sister did you proud, had me weeping for the loss but as I sat here crying I realized that's not necessarily bad because in death you're touching people that would never have known you.

I believe that even in death he will continue to impact and change lives ... every time you guys do something he would have suggested, each time you extend a kindness because you remember that's what he would have done when you use something ... anything from humor to mediation to empathy to touch lives and you do it with Antwan in mind, he is living and making a difference. My heart breaks for you all.

Deborah Wood

October 28, 2018

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

I know that God sends those angels to watch over our officers, sometimes to protect them and sometimes to whisk our officers into His presence.

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted your family to God every morning for over seven years. I pray that Antwan's life and death will bring glory to God.

Trust those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

October 28, 2018

Rest in peace Brother....My thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of the GCPD
during this most difficult and tragic time.....

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

October 27, 2018

Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest easy.

Investigator K. Kuebler
Nebraska State Patrol

October 25, 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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Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 25, 2018

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 Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

October 25, 2018

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