Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Nicholas J. Hopkins

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, August 23, 2019

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Reflections for Trooper Nicholas J. Hopkins

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.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

September 17, 2019

Rest in peace Trooper Hopkins. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, and the members of the ISP during this most difficult and tragic time.

Sgt. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Township NJ Police Department

September 10, 2019

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Nicholas was killed in the line of duty.

To the Hopkins family, fellow officers, and all who call Nicholas beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I hope that that you receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Trooper Hopkins gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 23, 2019.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 9, 2019

Brother, we may not know you personally, but yet, we still know you. We celebrate your life and mourn your passing. We pray for those left behind but know that, so long as they keep you in their hearts and minds, you will never truly be gone from them.

Trooper Hopkins, God Bless you and your family and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

September 7, 2019

Rest in Peace Trooper Hopkins. Thank you for your Service.
My Prayers to your Family, both Blood and Blue.

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

September 5, 2019

Thank you for your service and sacrifice
Rest In Peace Trooper Hopkins.
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, brothers and sisters at Illinois State Police Department.

Officer Janet Sanchez
Yuma Police Department

September 3, 2019

So sorry, Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, so very sorry. My prayers are with your family, friends and the Department. I pray you rest in peace and that we might see you some day on that other side. God Bless and thank you.

God Bless,
Kim

Kim Durham
Davis Police Department - Daughter

August 29, 2019

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

LT. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

August 29, 2019

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Trooper Hopkins. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Illinois State Police.

US Postal Inspector
US Postal Inspection Service

August 28, 2019

Thank you for your service. Prayers for your Family & Department.

Sergeant Monica Veney
Baltimore City Police Department

August 28, 2019

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Trooper, Nicholas J. Hopkins, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow trooper 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

August 28, 2019

Thank you for your service. Prayers for your Family & Department.

Sergeant Monica Veney
Baltimore City Police Department

August 27, 2019

RIP, Never Forget

Edward McConnell, Asst. Police Chief
OPD

August 27, 2019

On behalf of DeKalb, Illinois, Police Department we offer our heartfelt condolences to the family (blood and blue) and friends of Trooper Hopkins. We will be forever indebted to you for your selfless service and sacrifice.

DeKalb Police Department
DeKalb Police

August 27, 2019

A real "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, NY

August 27, 2019

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
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Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

August 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

August 27, 2019

Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect the citizens of IL. May God bless you and give comfort to your family. Even in death you chose to help save others through organ donation. Rest easy brother.

SRT -CHICAGO
HSI- Dept of Homeland Security

August 27, 2019

Thank you sir for your service GOD BLESS.

Mrs.C Singleton /Concern Citizen

August 26, 2019

Thank you brother.

SGT Nicholas Armeni
U.S. Army

August 26, 2019

Rest in peace my brother. To my brothers & sisters with ISP, stay strong and live your lives in the fullest in his honor and Troopers Ellis, Jones-Story, Lambert and those before them. To Trooper Hopkins' family, no words can relieve your pain and explain the unexplainable. Please know the ISP family and C.O.P.S. will be with you and your children now and forever. Strength and Honor to you all.

Sgt John Donaggio
Arlington County PD, VA.... Long Enforcement United rider

August 26, 2019

Rest in peace brother

CPL. (RET) Brian SULLIVAN
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

August 26, 2019

On behalf of the Albany Police Academy Session 4 Recruits we send our condolences to the friends and family of Illinois State Police Trooper Nicholas J. Hopkins.

Recruit Kennedy
Albany Police Academy

August 26, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Trooper Hopkins and the Illinois State Police. RIP Brother.

Lt. Fred Parker
Putnam County Sheriff's Office, TN

August 26, 2019

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

Investigator Jimmy Boyd
State of Maryland

August 26, 2019

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