Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Theodore Lawrence Benda

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

End of Watch Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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Reflections for Trooper Theodore Lawrence Benda

Sheriff Brad Swain, along with the deputies & staff of MCSO, offer our heartfelt sympathy to your entire department and to the family of your fallen Trooper, Ted Benda. May the outpouring of support and encouragement you receive from agencies both near and far, provide you with peace and comfort at this difficult time.

Liane Johnson, #53-66
Monroe County Sheriff's Office

December 8, 2021

Rest in peace Trooper Ted L. Benda, and thank you for your service.

CBP Officer(retired), Luis R Otero
DHS/Bureau Of Customs And Border Protection

November 2, 2021

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

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

October 29, 2021

Rest in Peace Trooper Benda. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this very difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

October 29, 2021

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

Lieutenant Brian J. Wills II
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
New York

October 28, 2021

Rest in Peace Brother.

TFC (Retired) Len Widener
Connecticut State Police

October 27, 2021

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

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden & State Trooper (Retired)

October 27, 2021

Rest in Peace, Trooper Benda. Thank you for your service.

May God comfort your family, friends, and fellow agents at this difficult time.

God bless and protect those that protect us all.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

October 26, 2021

My condolences to your family you were a good officer may you Rest In Peace.✝️

Wandü Peterson
I use to live in that area.

October 26, 2021

Rest in Peace Trooper Ted L. Benda! Thank you for your 5 years of service with the Iowa State Patrol, in Iowa and your previous 11 years of service with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. We are all thankful to you for your service, your devotion and your sacrifices, and also to your family and friends for their sacrifices. Our hearts break for your wife, your four children, your parents, and your siblings during this tragedy, and we want them to know that you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the rest of your family and to all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew5:9)

Kelly & Eddie King

October 26, 2021

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

October 25, 2021

So sad 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 G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

October 25, 2021

May you rest in peace

A fellow copper
St. Louis Police Department

October 25, 2021

Thank you for your service, Trooper Ted L. Benda.

I am so sorry to hear of your tragic accident. Thank you for all you have done for our communities. My prayers of love and support to your family, the Department and community. I pray God rests you in His peace.

Kim Durham
Christina Giannone - Police Officer City of Davis

October 25, 2021

Rest In Peace…

Retired Detective Ed Falkowski
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

October 25, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC)
New York Field Office
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 25, 2021

Rest In Peace Brother!!

Lieutenant ( Retired ) Victor Manata
Newark Police Department , Newark NJ

October 25, 2021

James P Waggle, Jr.

October 25, 2021

Trooper Benda,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

October 24, 2021

Prayers for his soul and for his family and friends during this difficult time. May we now have another advocate in heaven to assist us in our brotherhood as we fight the wickedness and oppression of our enemies.

PO Ret. Michael Prince
City of Rochester (NY) Police Dept.

October 23, 2021

Benda family and friends may God grant all of you with a speedy healing. Trooper Benda thank you for your service to your State, Community and Department. Most of all thank you for your Ultimate Sacrifice in the Line of Duty.

Rudy Jones ( Retired )
Former Reserve Sgt Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Police Dept.

October 23, 2021

On behalf of Sheriff John Spears and the entire Vernon County Sheriff's Office, our heart goes out to the family of Trooper Ted Benda. We thank Trooper Benda for his dedicated service to the community. What happened to ISP #313 could happen to anyone of us.

Deputy Roy Torgerson
Vernon County Sheriff's Office

October 23, 2021

Psalm 15
God bless.
Rest in peace brother.

Sgt. Paul Schanno
Minnesota Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

October 22, 2021

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Retired

October 22, 2021

RIP Brother...God Bless!!!

Detective Carlos Selvi
Balto. Co. P.D.

October 22, 2021

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