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Patrol Agent Thomas Kent Byrd

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, November 21, 1983

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Reflections for Patrol Agent Thomas Kent Byrd

Tom, you were a good friend and it was great to see you in the USBP class behind mine. We were able to visit and reminisce about the thing we had done together when I was a deputy sheriff and you were and El Centro PD officer. Had you graduated, you would have been the forth consecutive honor graduate of the USBP academy from Imperial County, California. You are well respected and missed.

Senior Special Agent USBP (ASU)
USBP Anti-Smuggling Unit

February 13, 2015

Tom was and is my brother. I recently found a poem that he had written years before his death:

"If tomorrow morning were judgment day and the only time left were tonight.
could you close your eyes and go to sleep knowing things you had done were right?

Or would your last night be spent making last minute amends, Trying to find your family or reaching forgotten friends?

As darkness gave its hours to this day's morning sun,
would the first day of forever see the Lord's work done?

These days we live so quickly, the time that goes so fast.
Tomorrow's the day we plan for when today may be our last.

So as you leave tonight behind and tomorrow you awake,
Take the time to follow Christ for there is little time to take.
- Tom Byrd"
Not a day goes by that I think of you, your nephew and niece have are grown now and they daily wear your remembrance bracelet. I love and miss you.
Your brother Jeff

Police Officer
Brother - Cathedral City Police Department

October 30, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace


Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 21, 2011

As I look at the faces of the men and women here, I see the faces of my co-workers. I can imagine each of them shooting the bull and swapping war stories at choir practice as the meat sizzles on the grill. I see them laughing, pranking and teasing their fellow agents, as we often do when we relieve stress. I wish that each of them were still here to share the good times.

And I feel compelled to look at each of the faces here and remember…to remember that each of them made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country and we should NEVER forget them or their service.

Too often the sacrifices of those who serve our country are overlooked or casually dismissed by the very public they served so selflessly. But WE should never forget them…each and every one of them. May they each rest in peace eternally in God’s loving embrace.

SBPA James Doran
US Border Patrol

July 21, 2008

Officer Byrd your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 27, 2008

"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 whos 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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 18, 2008

Rest in peace hero

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 30, 2007

Thank you Agent Byrd for your service and dedication.
My thoughts and prayers to your family, friends and co-workers on the anniversary of your passing.
May God continue to give you comfort.

911 Dispatcher
Virginia

May 17, 2007

Agent Byrd,
On today, the 22nd anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Patrol.

A fellow BPA

November 21, 2005

On this anniversary of your passing, know that you are not forgotten and that your service was and is appreciated.

a citizen

November 21, 2004

Rest in peace brother.

V28
USBP

November 21, 2004

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