Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Toshio Hirai

Gardena Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, November 15, 2018

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Reflections for Police Officer Toshio Hirai

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

John 14:1-2

Ransom De Castro Recruit

November 30, 2018

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of officer Hirai. May he rest peacefully in our Father's arms.

Dana (Neice of Ret. Sgt. Ralph Buckles)
Long Beach Motor Patrol

November 30, 2018

Praying for peace and comfort for your family and agency during this difficult time. I am humbled in reading about all of your accomplishments and what you brought to law enforcement. Even more than that- in reading beautiful words spoken about your character. Thank you for your service... may you Rest In Peace

Amanda, DST

November 30, 2018

To the family, friends, and partners of Officer Hirai, my deepest condolences and prayers. Hearing in recent days about the man he was and the energy, motivation, dedication and excellence with which he conducted himself both at home and on patrol will forever be an example to my classmates and I. Please know his legacy will continue to impact us as we seek to serve our communities as excellently as Officer Hirai. To Gardena PD, keep pressing on... make him proud!

God bless!

R. Jensen, DST
LASD Academy Class 433

November 30, 2018

Officer Hirai was a hero. I hope to be able to honor him by becoming a great officer. Thank you for your service and Rest In Peace, Sir.

Recruit D. Rodriguez

November 30, 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 28, 2018

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the police Police Officer Toshio Hirai who was tragically killed in the line of duty as well as the officers who continue to put themselves in harm's way.

CBP Officer(retired), Luis Otero
Department of Homeland Security/Bureau of Customs & Border Protection

November 26, 2018

On behalf of the San Diego County Sheriff's Motor Unit, we offer our sincere condolences for the loss of a great man, Officer Hirai. We thank-you for your service, rest in peace.

Sgt. Hernan Gonzalez
San Diego Sheriff's Department

November 26, 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, Toshio Hirai, from complications from a Motorcycle accident. 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

November 26, 2018

Officer Hirai, thank you for your service. A true tragedy for all who know and love you best, as well as the entire Blue Line family.

God Bless you, Brother and may your eternal rest be peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

November 26, 2018

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Hirai Family and the Gardenia PD Family. May you find comfort in the love that only we as brother and sister officers know.

Sgt. Blaise Kostielney, Retired
San Benito County Sheriff

November 24, 2018

My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Hirai and your son. May God bless you and your son forever. May Toshio's soul forever rest in peace.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired
New York State Police

November 24, 2018

Rest In Peace brother.

Corporal (Retired) Glenn Elliott
Temple Police Department--Temple,Tx

November 22, 2018

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Gardena Police Department . Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

November 21, 2018

God Speed, Brother.

Sergeant Kevin Murphy
Union PD, NJ

November 21, 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

November 20, 2018

Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Police Officer Toshio Hirai. We thank you for your service. God Bless!

DeKalb, IL Police Department

November 20, 2018

RIP Officer. Sincere condolences to his wife and family. Thank you for your service

Constable Tessa Le Roux
South African Police Service

November 20, 2018

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Cpl. M. Davis #2614
Prince George's County Police Department

November 20, 2018

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

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

November 20, 2018

On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Police Officer Toshio Hirai and the extended law enforcement family of the Gardena Police Department, California.

End of Watch Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

November 20, 2018

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero.

Jamie Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

November 20, 2018

May God rest his soul and that his family assuage their grief and pain for his great loss.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

November 20, 2018

Thank you for your service. R.I.P.

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

November 20, 2018

Thank you for your dedicated service Police Officer Toshio Hirai My condolences go out to your family, friends and the Gardena Police Department. May you rest in eternal peace.

PSO A. Marwaha
Campus Public Safety

November 20, 2018

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