Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Reserve Officer Theodore Herman Brassinga

Palo Alto Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, May 15, 1994

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Reserve Officer Theodore Herman Brassinga

Reserve Officer Brassinga, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 6, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 15, 2018

It has been 21 years and I still miss you and Mark misses you as well. I wish you had known our sons and made me laugh the way you always did one more time. I am glad your mom is with you now as it was 20 years of sorrow for her losing you. I know she is up there cooking for her boys, as Angela says. We think of you often. You are not forgotten. Love you and miss you, Mark and Randi.

The McMasters Family
Friends of the Brassingas

May 16, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 15, 2015

Almost daily, I still remember that day. God Bless you for you, Ted! Patricia


August 5, 2014

Now 20 years and the sadness is still here
work together play together....


Dave Badge # 6 BPD

May 11, 2014

It was 19 years ago today that Joe Golgosky a close friend of Ted's whom we both played paintball with, called and told me the horrific news never to be forgotten.
oF all Days it has to be Law Enforcement Day. The PA Dept
placed a beautiful wreath stand on the gravesite today so I stole 3 roses for myself! I gave myself full pardon as most all from that day are now retired or damn welkl should be.
God Bless ya Ted I miss ya soooo much Dave S
star 15901 CPD

Boss man
CPD ~~ warm friend

May 15, 2013

Like Steve I will never forget that day, it was the longest day of my life. You were my friend, a partner and a brother. However tragic that day was for all of us, you made us all closer. Angela stayed strong throughout and your son grew into a man. Not a day passes I do not think of you, nor a day on duty I was without your symbolic badge attached to my vest or somewhere on my person. I miss your classic smile and sense of humor. You will never be forgotten. RIP

Erik Colandone

May 16, 2012

Wow....18 years. I was there and will forever carry the memory of that day. I know it was an accident but that doesn't make it any easier. I will never forget having to face Angela and your parents at the funeral, I dreaded it but they were so gracious, so full of love for you.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and your enthusiasm was infectious. And you were always smiling.

Rest well knowing that your legacy lives in your fine son.

Sergeant (retired) Steve Herrera
Palo Alto PD

May 15, 2012


After 18 years, the pain has lessened and I can now look back on the time we worked together with fond memories. Your excitement for the job, your eagerness to come to work and your sense of humor have all been missed. I am amazed that only a small fraction of our current officers actually knew you, but it doesn't matter. Your memory lives on not only because you were such a great guy, but also because you gave your life in an effort to make us better. You will not be forgotten!!! Rest in Peace.

Palo Alto Police Department

May 14, 2012

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

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012

You are so loved and forever missed. I remember our Academy days & hold them dear forever. Your light shines on in the souls of so many you touched in your brief years.

Kathyleen Wright

February 9, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 15th 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

May 15, 2009

Ted lived with my family briefly while he was attending SJSU. He was pretty influential to me at the time, given my poor academic standing and lack of a solid plan for the future. He was even a neatnik... was astounded to see a college guy that folded his own clothes ;-P

Ted was a mentor to me in a way and i regret never having had the opportunity to tell hm so. If there's anyway I can contribute to his child's educational fund please contact me.

Soli Deo Gloria!


Edward Jonathans, BSc

Private Citizen, Edward Jonathans
DHS-BioWatch Program Field Tech

April 6, 2009


I was working on patrol as a Reserve officer for Mtn. View PD the day you left us. I remember it like it was yesterday and still feel the pain of the news. I've been a police officer for over 10 years now and always think of you and your family. Watch over us and keep us safe.

Police Officer
Fellow Brother

March 23, 2009

Off Brassinga, God Bless you and your family.
May 15 2008 National Police Officers Day.

Police Family
Newark CA

May 15, 2008

I worked with Ted before he became a police officer. He was a great person and human being. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.

John Rey Garcia

February 4, 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

December 5, 2007

I just found out about your death. We were the best of friends in 1974-76 in Vallejo. We spoke briefly in 1988. You were looking forward to a life with Angela. That all seems like a short while ago now. From what I've read of you from your law enforcement friends postings you were still the same perceptive, engaging and refreshing person I expected. You gave your life for our country in a most heart-breaking way. The Lord chose to take you at a young age, we cannot always understand His will. May we meet again in His Kingdom+

Father David, Monk
Dormition Skete (Monastery), Buena Vista,CO

October 3, 2007

Thank you for your service. Heros never die. Memories last a lifetime. Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher

May 15, 2007

It has been many years now Ted...2006 now and I still reflect as to our friendship and the calls I received for your background investigation. Today as I travel trhough Texas I saw a pic & Patch of a 28 yr old patrolman killed here in Texas leaving a wife & kids also in an accident.
I still have the weapons your wife gave me & then I paid for however just cannot fire any of them..they are now safe I still love ya! Badge # 15901 Chicago swat and Barstow PD badge #6 in the 70's.....I miss ya and your laugh..You would have been one of the most proud and professional officers in my humble opinion ever. The officer who shot & killed you by accident I am sure feels terrible regret ans I have long forgiven him as human is human error at times no matter how we feel abouve human
frm Ft Stockton Texas...your pal from AMD.....Dave

Special Op's 15901 Dave Sanders
Chicago PD/ barstow PD

September 30, 2006

I remember this day very well. It was a shock to hear that an accident like this could happen. I did not know Ted very well, but the Law Enforcement community is like a family and we all grieve for our sisters and brothers.

Betty Lowe
Supervisor, Records

May 22, 2006

Still in my memories after 12 years, remembering the fun we had going through the academy. You and your family in my prayers.

Ben Arellano
Academy Classmate

May 17, 2006

Rest in peace my brother. You are still remembered twelve years after the end of your watch.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

May 15, 2006

Everyday I walk by the plaque that bears your name, I am reminded of your wonderful smile and enthusiam. You loved being a cop and the department loved you. You will never be forgotten. May God Bless You.

Officer Joyce Metzger
Palo Alto

February 2, 2006

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.