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Police Officer Fred Eckles, Jr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, January 17, 1984

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Reflections for Police Officer Fred Eckles, Jr.

Hey Fred, this is your cousin Juanita. I missed you and Eleanor’s from your visits on 35th Street to see Aunt Mae and the family. You were a good friend, a faithful cousin and a gentleman. You left us much too soon, BUT GOD, never makes a mistake. Your grandson, Jeffery, was a good reflection of loving family first. He got that from you.

Juanita Zimmerman
First Cousin

February 9, 2023

To my Loving Father Fred Eckles Jr. it’s been 39 years since you went off to Heaven. Daddy your second oldest grandson Jeffrey Antwuan Eckles has passed away February 1, 2023 after a long battle with cancer so dad he’s on his way to be with you in heaven . He also has given you a great grandson Jesse Roy Henson who is now 20 years of age . We Love you and misses you year after year . May you guys Rest In Peace. Love you Father your oldest Daughter, Christine Marie Eckles ❤️‍

Christine Eckles
Oldest Daughter

February 6, 2023

Fred, Prayers for you now and always. You will never be forgotten.

Ray Cowell class 73-3E (classmate)
Chicago P.D.

January 16, 2023

I know for certain that Angel's exist. I'm fighting daily grandpa this C word sucks but I know that you are watching over me and our family. I'm proud to call you grandpa! I don't remember you but I feel you with me daily.

Your 2nd born grandson
Jeffrey Eckles

Jeffrey Antwuan Eckles

September 5, 2022

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 28, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Eckles.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 17, 2019

Love you Daddy your loving daughter Christine Eckles

Christine Eckles

January 19, 2018

I will never forget. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Retired PO B. D. Mingo
Chicago Police Dept.

June 17, 2016


Illinois Antique Emergency Vehicle Assn.

June 24, 2015

Sir, on this, the 31st anniversary of your passing, you are remembered. May you rest in peace and may your family know that you are honored, even by people that never met you.

Lt. Milton E. Proctor
Deer Park Police Dept, Oh (Ret)

January 17, 2015

Rest in Peace, Officer Eckles. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

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.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect. 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
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 17, 2012

Dad, I miss you everyday of my life. I love you and I know I'll see you someday. I know you are shining down on me everyday. Thanks for all the great memories, God is Good.

Mr. Fred Eckles lll

October 4, 2011

I miss you grandpa, you were taken to early from me. The events of Sep 21, 2011 led me to a point of reflection today. I know your at peace!

Capt Derrick Hodges Jr

September 22, 2011

It has been 27 years since your ultimate sacrifice but your contribution shall never be forgotten. Thank you for your service.

Detective Thomas Downes

January 18, 2011

You have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still on patrol.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 17, 2010

Ofc. Eckles, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

January 17, 2010



January 6, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 17, 2007

I will never forget how as a child I looked up to you. You were brave, cool, and respected. Your love and presence will always be felt and remebered in the hearts of all who knew you. We love you and miss you dearly. Rest in peace.

Paresh Herrington, nephew

September 21, 2005

missing you very much but we shall see each other again someday in heaven.

arthur eckles

September 15, 2005

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


March 10, 2004

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