Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Stephen Dmytryk

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, November 16, 1993

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Reflections for Police Officer Stephen Dmytryk

Thanks for your service to this great nation. Your Marine service and Purple Heart says a lot about who you were. You later heroically attempted a dangerous arrest, without regard for your own safety. Thanks for your sacrifice and honoring our profession. Glad your family is doing well. They should be proud.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret)
Washoe County Sheriff (Reno, Nv) & NVDPS

November 16, 2020

On this actual anniversary of your heroic and untimely death I'd like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that you are never forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

November 16, 2020

Rest in peace and watch over your son and namesake from above during his tours of duty. Always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 28, 2020

Dearest Steve, you are a friend from years gone by. We met and sometimes hung out in the late 60's. What simple and more joyful times. We both moved on with our lives. I moved to New England in the early 70's and lost track of friends in Pa.

You were always up for an adventure. I was very fortunate to share some of those adventures with you and friends.

I remember water skiing the dirty Delaware.
I remember climbing Bowmans Tower and you and I think Dave decided to side ride the spiral rail from top to bottom. Very dangerous and frightful to me.
I remember driving around Big Boys with no plans for anything and not a care in the world.

Then I remember you going to Boot Camp.
I remember you going to Vietnam.
I remember Junior telling me you had bad shot in Vietnam.
I remember you showing me your scars and sharing with me the story.

I never knew you had aspirations to become a Police Officer.
You are a hero in many ways. I shed tears of gratitude for you, you have payed the ultimate sacrifice. Part of you will always live on in those who you have touched. Thank you for the memories.

My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Elaine Withers Fortier

January 11, 2020

It has been 26 years and you are still remembered thought of and talked about today.

Police Officer Currently Active
Philadelphia Police Department

November 22, 2019

A Hero now in Heaven, Always remembered and Never forgotten

Kim Weigand - PA C.O.P.S.
Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand E.O.W. 9/14/2008

November 16, 2014

Steve Dmytryk worked the 9th District Burglary Detail, he was a Cop's Cop.

P/O Phil Bowdren (Retired)
Philadelphia Police Department

February 27, 2012

I had the honor of riding the tour de shore charity event with your name on our sleeve. You inspired the team of 35 to complete the 65 miles. You will always be a hero to us and will never be forgotten.


August 10, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the sixteenth 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 the solace of your family. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 16, 2009

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice. You are a hero for us all to look up too. GOD bless your family


April 22, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 24, 2008

A true hero - Steve was one of the bravest Officers I've known who cared about the citizens he served. He will never be forgotten.

Lee Rominiecki (Ret.)
Phila. PD (Fort Mill, SC)

December 3, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

November 29, 2007

We'll never forget you and your courageous actions and may you always rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

November 16, 2007

Officer Dmytryk, I never knew you sir, but today I want to remember you for your ultimate sacrifice 14 years ago. May peace find your family and friends. May you continue to rest in peace.

Phx PD

November 16, 2007

Steve, I wanted to acknowledge your family on the anniversery of your Dad's heroic passing. He raised a wonderful son and I'm proud to know you! I wish I could've met him.

Jackie S.

November 16, 2006

To Officer Dmytryk on the 13th anniversay of your final watch,

Heroes and the sacrifice they make will never be forgotten. Continue your beat on Heavens streets. Thank you Brother.

Salem, Va

November 16, 2006

So many hearts were broken the day your tour of duty ended. They have kept your name alive by talking to others about you and I'm sure they were told many stories from your close friends that they never knew. Keep watch over them as you have been doing over the past 13 years. They will love you always and will never let you be forgotten, you are a true hero and heroes never die.

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

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

August 15, 2006

Not a day passes where me and Stephen do not think about our father. Our lives were forever changed the day he was taken away from us. It has been 12 1/2 years, but it still seems like only yesterday. At least now we can can find comfort in knowing that our mom is now up in heaven as well and they are reunited once again. My father was a wonderful man and his memory continues to live on in my son and my neice and nephew...

Stacy Sullivan

May 18, 2006

You are not forgotten brother!

P/O James Finnegan
X-PPD / Pentagon Police Dept.

May 15, 2006

a great person and a role model. cared so much about everyone and would go the extra mile for a friend. i lost my best friend! he now has two grand kids that look up to him also!!!

p/o stephen dmytryk jr.
son and now a p/o

May 12, 2006

Policeman's Prayer to St. Michael
St. Michael, Heaven's glorious Commissioner of Police, who once so neatly and successfully cleared God's premises of all its undesirables, look with kindly and professional eye on your earthly force.

Give us cool heads, stout hearts, hard punches, an uncanny flair for investigation and wise judgement.

Make us the terror of burglars, the friend of children and law-abiding citizens, kind to strangers, polite to bores, strict with law breakers and impervious to temptations.

You know, St. Michael, from your own experiences with the devil that the policeman's lot on earth is not always a happy one; but your sense of duty that so pleased God, your hard knocks that so suprised the devil, and your angelic self-control give us your inspiration.

And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll us in your Heavenly Force, where we will be as proud to guard the throne of God, as we have been the city of men. Amen.

May God bless you and your family.

Sgt. John Huinker
Niles, IL P.D.

May 3, 2005

The years may pass...The memory of you will not...We will never forget


Bill Repsch
Philadelphia PD (Ret.)

March 7, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute your for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

November 16, 2004

may you rest in peace my brother. god bless

p.o. birkenstock
village of monticello p.d.

August 5, 2004

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