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Patrol Officer John David Hetland

Racine Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Monday, June 17, 2019

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Reflections for Patrol Officer John David Hetland

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Hetland during this time of tragic and senseless loss.

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

July 9, 2019

Officer Hetland, for 24 years, you put your life on the line unselfishly so that others may be safe. Your reward in heaven will be abundant as all good deeds do not go unnoticed by our all-loving, all-generous God. May He immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa
Civilian

June 29, 2019

Rest in peace Ofc. Hetland. My thoughts & prayers are with your family, friends, and the members of the RPD during this most difficult and tragic time.

Sgt. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Township NJ Police Department

June 29, 2019

Our prayers and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Officer Hetland. RIP Officer Hetland you will not be forgotten.
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc Police
Deborah Roelandts (retired 911)

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc Police

June 27, 2019

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Lieutenant E.Kemmer
Nevada Department of Public Safety

June 26, 2019

I would just like to say thank you (although that doesn't seem to be enough) for your service and sacrifice (trying to make this crazy world a better and safer place). You will not be forgotten. Deepest sympathy to your friends, family and coworkers. RIP.

Marie C
NJ Citizen

June 25, 2019

“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

June 25, 2019

Rest in Peace Officer Hetland. thank you for your Service.
My Prayers to your Family, both Blood and Blue!!

Deputy Terri Albright, #668
DuPage County Sheriff's Office

June 25, 2019

Officer Hetland,

May you rest in the arms of God and may God be with your family.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

June 24, 2019

RIP Brother! Your selfless heroic action is at the core of the profession of law enforcement. "No one has greater love than this: to lay his life down for his friends." You have made all of us extraordinarily proud and you will be missed.

Sergeant Robert D. Foreman (Retired)
Miami-Dade Police Department

June 24, 2019

My condolences to the family and friends of Patrol Officer John Hetland on their loss. Thank you for serving our country and may you rest in peace my brother in blue.

CBP Officer (retired), Luis Otero
DHS/Bureau of Customs and Border Protection

June 23, 2019

Officer Hetland, you will forever be remembered as a hero. We pray for your peace and know that you are seated now at the Lord’s table. We all will reunite someday.

Officer Dan McClure
St. Cloud Police Department

June 22, 2019

Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called SON'S of GOD. Matthew 5:9

Jimmy Boyd
Maryland INVESTIGATOR

June 22, 2019

Rest in peace my brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and the Racine Police Department.

James J. Scanlon (Retired CPD)
North American SWAT Training Assoc

June 22, 2019

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

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden

June 21, 2019

Requiescat in Pacem

Police Officer Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

June 21, 2019

Officer Hetland, Rest in Peace, knowing that your murderer will face true justice for his/her crime, either in this world or the next. I have strong faith that it will start in this life when he/she IS caught.

Brother, may God Bless you and those who feel your loss the hardest.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

June 21, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Officer Hetland. We are so very sorry and we thank you for your service.

DeKalb Police Department
DeKalb Police

June 21, 2019

TIP

captain E. BRIAN Grubb
Denton Police Department North Carolina

June 21, 2019

To the family of Patrol Officer John Hetland, friends, Chief of Police Art Howell and the
Racine Police Department.
You are lifted up in heart, thought and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you His peace that surpasses all understanding to keep your heart's and minds through Christ Jesus now and always. Thank you for your service.
"For god so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16 & 17
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A.S. Batson
CH / OB PD
Goldsboro, NC

June 21, 2019

Thank For Your Service Officer your job is done Rest InPeace

Corporal Stephen A Sullivan
Federal Reserve Bank Chicago Law Enforcement-Retired

June 21, 2019

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

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

June 20, 2019

Avenue of the Fallen

Standing at attention in their class “A“uniforms, badges gleaming and shoes like glass, are your brothers and sisters of Law Enforcement. All of whom have previously paid the ultimate price.
Today, like many others, they welcome you to this wonderful place.
As you march down the Avenue of the Fallen, all eyes focus on you as if to say “it’s OK, you’re with your eternal partners.”
A salute is followed and a tear can be seen on so many faces.
Welcome, you served well.
Now come join us in the ranks, another is coming home.
Officer Jim Weaver (#11452), Los Angeles Police Department retired
12-25-2010

Officer Jim Weaver
Los Angeles Police Department retired

June 20, 2019

Always on duty, always serving those we swear an oath to protect!
Rest in peace Officer Hetland you have done your job well.

Cpl Investigator
Paul A. Loop
Churchill County Sheriff's Office
Churchill County Sheriff's Deputies Assoc - President
Fallon, NV

June 20, 2019

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 Police Officer Gary Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

June 20, 2019

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