Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Nicholas John Hopkins

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, August 23, 2019

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Reflections for Trooper Nicholas John Hopkins

Your golden wings will fly high for your outstanding dedication and service. May you rest in peace and stand proud for your accomplishments. May God Bless your family and watch over them. Thank you for your service.

Telecommunicator Marty Nicholson
CAIRO POLICE DEPARTMENT

August 25, 2019

Thank you Trooper Hopkins for your hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of Illinois. You are a true American HERO. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever rest in peace, my brother.

HEROES NEVER DIE...

Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

August 25, 2019

May the good lord welcome you with open arms, for you have done your job well.

Douglas Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Central Macomb Lodge #187 Macomb County Mich

August 25, 2019

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Nicholas Hopkins on their loss. May our Lord give them all the strength and comfort they need during this time of grief. Thank you fellow officer for your dedication and service to our nation and your community. Rest in peace Trooper Nicholas Hopkins .

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

August 25, 2019

Now you will watch over us from above. Rest in peace my brother

Stanley Clark N.O.P.D.

August 25, 2019

Trooper Hopkins, you have lost your young life at the hands of yet another bad man with a gun out here. You bravely went in to stop him and I am so sorry that your life ended there. Thank you for your bravery and your service to your State and community.
I know God has opened His arms to welcome you into Heaven and has comforted you. May He comfort your family and Bless your wife and children as they grieve your sudden loss and learn to live without you now.
The world is even more violent now against our Brothers and Sisters in Blue. I pray for you all. I also know you will be watching over them from above. Rest in Peace, my Brother.

Mary Milam
Sergeant (Ret)
Chicago Police Department

Flowery Branch, GA

August 25, 2019

Trooper Hopkins, you lost your life at 33, the same age as our Lord's when He died on the cross. Our Lord loved you so much that He shared His sufferings with you. And now, it is time to collect your rewards, and it will surely be abundant. May our Lord grant you His peace, in heaven where there will be no more pain, no more tears, only peace and joy in His presence. May He immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa
Civilian

August 25, 2019

Rest in Paradise, Officer. Thank you for your service!

Sunshine
No relation

August 25, 2019

God bless you and your family Officer Hopkins. I pray for your family and thank you for your service.

Mike Argyrou
n/a

August 25, 2019

God bless Trooper Hopkins and his family at this time. Trooper Hopkins did not die in vain. He died protecting his fellow man. There is no greater love.

Ret. Off JR [email protected]
East L A, CA

August 25, 2019

RIP my brother, you will be missed. May God bless and keep those you have left behind.

Deputy Robert J.Young, (Retired)
Monroe County Sheriff's Department - Waterloo, IL

August 25, 2019

Rest in peace Trooper Nicholas. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. We honor your service. May your family and friends, both blood and blue find comfort and peace knowing you will never be forgotten.

Catherine S Coyle

August 24, 2019

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

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden

August 24, 2019

Rest in Peace, good and faithful servant.
God has already reserved a special place
for our protectors.
Please continue your watch over us.


Thank you for your service!
Thank you for your protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

Charles F. Holloway, Jr.
Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Elizabethtown Police Department

August 24, 2019

I heard that you were going to be at the Indy race and they had a moment of silence for you and your family. They were so sad that you didn't get to be there, I'm so sorry. Thank you for your service and I hope your family will be okay.

Tammy Branch - a civilian
Just a citizen of Texas who supports police

August 24, 2019

RIP BROTHER!!

Stephen Bruet PPO
NCDPS

August 24, 2019

Rest in Peace brother. Prayers for the family of Trooper Hopkins and the extended Illinois HP family. " In Valor There is Hope" Tacitus

Trooper ( Ret) Kyle L. Carroll
Missouri State Highway Patrol

August 24, 2019

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

August 24, 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

August 24, 2019

On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Trooper Nicholas J. Hopkins and the extended law enforcement family of the Illinois State Police, Illinois.


End of Watch Friday, August 23, 2019


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."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

August 24, 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
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

August 24, 2019

God Bless you Trooper Nicholas J. Hopkins, thank you for your service with the Illinois State Police ❤️. Thank you for making the people in the East St. Louis, IL area feel safer. We are all thankful to you for your service, your devotion and your sacrifices. We are so saddened by this terrible news and you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, and all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew 5:9)

Kelly & Eddie King

August 24, 2019

I was so saddened, once again, to see that the nation has lost another law enforcement officer due to a senseless shooting. Mere words could never assuage the incredible loss that is surely felt by your precious family, friends, and fellow officers. I have faith that your precious soul is now with The Father and our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know your family will be uplifted by your fellow officers and townspeople in the coming days, weeks and months. So Mote It Be.

John C. Turner
Mobile, Al.

August 24, 2019

May God bless you and your family. You paid the ultimate sacrifice. May you rest in peace my brother in blue.

(Ret) Trooper Dean Aires
PA State Police

August 24, 2019

Rest in Peace Brother

Sgt. CCB (Ret)
USPP

August 24, 2019

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