Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Thomas E. Baker, III

Nicholas County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Friday, June 3, 2022

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Thomas E. Baker, III

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

July 1, 2022

Rest, brother.

Sgt. Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

June 26, 2022

To the family, friends and coworkers of Deputy Sheriff Thomas E. Baker, III: My deepest sympathy for your loss. Thomas's sacrifice will never be forgotten. God's Speed Sir!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

June 25, 2022

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Deputy Baker, III. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Nicholas County Sheriff's Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

June 22, 2022

Rest in Peace Deputy Baker. 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

June 16, 2022

I wish I was there for you brother! You went out a hero...

Captain S. A. Mohamad
Texas Police Officer, 20 years

June 15, 2022

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

Captain E.Kemmer
Nevada State Police

June 13, 2022

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

June 13, 2022

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends.
Thank you for your unselfish commitment to protect your community.

James P. Waggle, Jr.
US Army Veteran (SFC)
Civilian

June 13, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Thomas Baker. I am truly sorry for your great loss. The service and sacrifice of Deputy Baker will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs
Maryland

June 12, 2022

Sheriff Baker, our world is full of evil people, and yet, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa
Civilian

June 11, 2022

Rest In Peace, Deputy Baker III. Praying for your loved ones.

Officer C Curione (Retired)
Rochester Police Department, NY

June 9, 2022

Blessed are the peacemakers , got the are the sons of God

Dale Pauley
FOP lodge 74

June 9, 2022

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 Nicholas County Sheriff's Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

June 9, 2022

Rest, brother.

Sgt. Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

June 9, 2022

Deputy Baker,

Your courage is noted.

Rest in Peace my brother.

Captain Bernard Flint
Department of Defense Police Division

June 8, 2022

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Deputy, Thomas E. Baker, III, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Deputy makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. Our Prayers and Thoughts to the other Deputy who was wounded for a safe and speedy recovery. Our Prayers and
Thoughts to the Cowen, Summersville Police Departments, Raleigh County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Bureau of Prisons where Deputy Baker had previously served.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

June 8, 2022

Rest in eternal Peace, good and faithful public servant.
God has already reserved a special place for our peacemakers.
Please continue your careful and vigilant watch over us.
When Law Enforcement perishes, a proud and caring nation mourns.
Thank you for your heroic sacrifice!
Thank you for your selfless service!
Thank you for your guardian protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

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

June 7, 2022

My prayers to your family and loved ones. Rest in peace.

Ofc. Paul Martin III
FL Department of Corrections

June 7, 2022

So very sorry for your loss, both blood and blue! Praying for strength, both physical and emotional as family works through these next months.

Anna Filson
Wife of retired police officer mother of two end of watch sons.

June 7, 2022

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue.

“Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be Called Children of God.” Matthew 5:9

Detective D. Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

June 7, 2022

Rest In Peace brother. Your courage and service will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and department during this tragic time. Matthew 5:9

Lieutenant Don Barton
Garden City PD, MI

June 7, 2022

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

LT. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

June 7, 2022

Rest In Peace…

Retired Detective Ed Falkowski
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

June 7, 2022

Rest In Peace Deputy Baker, my sincere condolences to your family and to your departments. God speed as you now patrol the streets of gold. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. Fair winds and following seas. brother.

TERRY F. ZECH OFC RET
Department of Veteran Affairs Police Department Detroit Michigan

June 7, 2022

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