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Officer Kenneth Richard Novak, Jr.

Lansing Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, April 8, 1992

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Reflections for Officer Kenneth Richard Novak, Jr.

17 years ago today, you are not forgotten
rest in peace brother

Anonymous

April 8, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the seventeenth 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 8, 2009

My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to your family, friends, and entire department. I know that Angels carried you high into the heavens above, where you are in the loving arms of God. You will never be forgotten! Rest in Peace & God Bless!

Stephanie Burns

Stephanie Burns
Wife of a NY State Trooper

January 12, 2009

DEAR KEN I HAVE RESENTLY MET YOUR SISTER THROUGH FACEBOOK.I REMEMBER THAT NIGHT. WE HAD LIVED IN LANSING AT THAT TIME . YOUR A TRUE HERO AND THERE IS A BLUE LIGHT LIT IN YOUR HONOR IN OUR HOUSE. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY . MAUREEN ROLNIAK WIFE OF ( DET WILLIAM ROLNIAK JR EOW2-4-04)

Anonymous

December 13, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe
MANCHESTER, NH

April 8, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 18, 2007

Officer Novak -
I was a patrolman working just the other side of 394 at that same moment in time and only wish we could have been there for you. I have always admired you and how you lived your life as a police officer. It has been 15 years and I remember it like it was yesterday. I hope that you and your family know how many of us remember your heroic actions.
Pat

PR

April 9, 2007

We attended many law enforcement classes together at Thornton Community College but I don't remember if we had ever spoken. I remember the day you were taken from us and I still think of you today. God Bless You, watch over us.

Lieutenant Michael Cioni
Metra Police Department

November 11, 2006

Officer Novak,

I never personally met you. But I know all about the day you made the sacrifice while protecting your community.

I was a Harvey Police Officer on that day. I remember Officer Novak's murder. I attended his funeral. I was in the motorcade and at the grave side for the internment.

I know the officers that worked on his case and at least got the conviction against the murderer's girl friend. I think she had a lot more toi do with it, but in the end, that will be between her and God himself.

His sacrifice hasn't been forgotten. I will always remember. May God bless Officer Novak and the family that misses him.

Patrolman Douglas M. Wiencek
University Park Police Department

October 26, 2006

i STILL THINK OF YOU ALL TIME AND MISS YOU HILLBILLY

HB-1

September 12, 2006

I have heard of you through your sister and I have a great deal of respect for all you did for the town of Lansing. It is people like you who are truly heroes. I believe that you are continuing to watch over your loved ones and our great town. Thank you for all you've done. Your truly missed by those who knew you.

Steven

March 29, 2006

In Valor there is Hope. I Hope your eternal rest has been easy. Gone but not forgotten.

P.O. Chris Welby
Bridgeton, Mo. Pd

January 18, 2006

Remembering you today, and thinking of the impact you made on those who knew you...and those who didn't. You are loved and missed, and will never be forgotten.

PJ Nagel

April 8, 2005

Hi Butch. It's coming up on 13 unlucky years. I have also entered the field and think of you daily and the good you performed to society when you were here. I wrote out Gabe's LEADS message to you which was posted on the BB and keep it in my wallet. I have two children now, my son likes trains, my daughter wants to fish.
It has taken me 13 years to finally write something, and April is still hard for me, but it is getting easier.
Continue to watch over us, as you did so well on Earth.

CTO Bryan D Gumm #361
College of DuPage Police

February 11, 2005

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Today, April 8, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Officer Kenneth Novak who died in the line of duty on this date twelve years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Officer Novak's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

April 8, 2004

Wow...it's been almost 12 years now, and time has really flown. I know without a doubt that you are looking down on your niece and nephew, and probably smiling quite a bit. Ashley is just a character, you would've had fun teasing her. She would've held her own and teased you right back, like she does with Dad. She talks about you quite a bit, even though she never knew you. I try to tell her as much as possible about you, so that she does have a sense of who you were. You and Brett would've had an awesome bond...he loves trains so much, just like you did. He spends a lot of time with Dad watching your train videos. There are times when I see glimpses of you in his face. I did show the kids a video of you a few months back, where you were train watching. Ashley thought it was pretty neat to get to see you "in person", and Brett of course loved seeing the trains. Just wanted to let you know that you are thought of often, and missed as well.

Kathy

April 2, 2004

We will not let you be forgotten...rest in peace, my brother


Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County Illinois

September 1, 2003

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