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Police Officer Thomas Allen Hodges, Jr.

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, April 1, 1976

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas Allen Hodges, Jr.

It has been more than 40 years since that night on Miami Beach ! I was 30 minutes late getting to North Beach and arrived as Frank was shot ! The shooter was driven north where he ran into a MBPD officer who ended the assailants rampage. That night has been my constant companion for these last decades !

MDPD Sergeant (70's)
MBFD -1980's/1990's

December 21, 2018

It’s not the way you died that made you a hero it’s how you lived your life RIP hero

Luis reyes
Just read the story not in law enforcement

April 1, 2018

Tom, I don't know what led me to your page today, perhaps it was you calling me or maybe God just wanted me to talk to you. I'm so sorry we never met, I hope you approve of me. I need you to know how much I love your son Chris. He is a such a wonderful man. He is in K9 now, I am so proud of him. He excells in everything he does. He is so much like you, ready to lay his life down for his community. I pray for his safety everyday. As a school police officer, I know I would lay my life down for the students and teachers entrusted to me, so I understand the risks we take. Chris and I are incredibly happy together. I could not ask for a better husband and father to our girls. He is my best friend and the love of my life. I wanted you to know that I look forward to meeting you one day. Until then, I promise to love and cherish your son, love your grandchildren, take care of Karen, serve my community, and since I wear your name, I will proudly honor your memory. Rest in peace.

Sergeant Lourdes Hodges
daughter in law, MDSPD

March 16, 2018


I am truly honored to be in the position that I am now for the Miami-Dade Police Department. I have the ability to shape and mold the future of this great Police Department. I have done my best to make you and mom proud of me. I miss you more each and everyday. The girls are doing great. All three are in college now and doing fantastic. Lourdes and I are always checking in on mom she is doing awesome. I really wish you could have been here for parents weekend we had an amazing time even though FSU lost. I know that life is short, but if you could put in a good word for me I would truly love to spend a lot more time with your daughter in law. I am sure you are watching and you see just how good she is for me. I wouldn't doubt it if you didn't put in a good word for that gift. Tommy is doing great (as you know you now have seven grandchildren six girls and one boy) and your baby girl Laura is just the greatest. She is making all of us so proud. I love you so very much until we meet in the clouds.

Police Officer Christopher Hodges
Miami-Dade Police Department

October 31, 2016

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016


It's now my first year in college and it's been over four years since I've written. I haven't forgotten you in a second. I'm doing everything I possibly can do for you and grandma. I promise I won't disappoint you. You, grandma, and dad are my biggest motivators. I can't wait to meet you Grandpa, I know that'll be the happiest day for me.

I'll see you in the clouds.
Love your granddaughter

Kaycee Hodges

April 2, 2016

God bless our heroes and the families they've left behind because of their service and sacrifice.

CDR(r) R. Conner

April 1, 2016


It's now my first year in college and it's been over four years since I've written. I haven't forgotten you in a second. I'm doing everything I possibly can do for you and grandma. I promise I won't disappoint you. You, grandma, and dad are my biggest motivators. I can't wait to meet you Grandpa, I know that'll be the happiest day for me.

I'll see you in the clouds.
Love your granddaughter

Kaycee Hodges

April 1, 2016

Even though I never got the chance to meet you, all I can ever do is think about you or brag about you to my friends of how great of a man you were. Dad tells me stories all the time, and now that I spend more time with grandma, she tells me stories too. Recently, she told me how you two met and I couldn't help but smile. You really were a terrific man, and I will love you more than you will ever know. I'll see you in the clouds Grandpa

Kaycee Hodges

September 5, 2012

Officer Hodges,
On today, the 36th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow officer for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Metro-Dade County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

April 1, 2012

Continue to rest in peace hero, we will never forget....

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

April 1, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

You made the ultimate sacrifice for the people of this county, and you are truly a hero. You will not be forgotten.

You would be proud of your sons.

State of Florida

January 6, 2012

To the family and children left behind of this hero may you know that we will never forget the sacrifice that your father made for all of us, a hero forever...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


April 1, 2011

To The Family of Det. Hodges:
I wanted to offer my sympathies on your tragic death along with your partners. You are missed by your family, friends and colleagues. The bravery and courage you all displayed will never be forgotten. My dad was a New York City policeman for almost 40 years. I received my first driver's license where you and your partners were killed. I have driven by there numerous times. Rest in peace Det. Hodges.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 8, 2011

Tom: You would be VERY proud of your two sons. They have become exceptional police officers. I watch them at the memorial for our two recently killed officers and floods of memories came back. Your entire family and the families of the others we have lost are in my prayers daily.

David Rivers, Sgt. (ret)
Metro-Dade Police Department

March 3, 2011


I cannot believe how long it has been since I posted on this site. You have a grand daughter getting ready to graduate high school, Another getting ready to start high school and another getting ready soon to start eighth grade. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and wonder what could have been. I was at the police memorial yesterday and I had a really hard time dealing not just with your loss but with the loss of Marcel. Mom is retired now and we talk all the time. I miss you so much sometimes that it hurts. My faith keeps me strong. I love you and will forever miss you. Until we meet in the clouds.
P.S. Not care of all the officers that are arriving they are going to need a good F.T.A (Field Training Angel).

I Love You

Detective Christopher Hodges

February 22, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 1, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty third 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.

Rest In Peace

I hold your family in thought and prayer today. You must be so proud that your sons have continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 1, 2009

Mr. Hodges
For some reason you came to my mind and I came across your memorial page. I was 12yrs old when you were killed in the line of duty. I lived across the street from you and loved your kids. I was really impacted and always wondered about your boys. I will never forget when one of your sons was interviewed he said he wanted to be an officer like you and from what I have read, I see that your 2 sons followed in your footsteps. God Bless and protect them and their families always.

Lili Navarro Somoano

July 29, 2008

Mr. Hodges

I recently had the honor of meeting both of your sons Chris and Tommy. In the few days I've spent around them, there is no doubt in my mind that they have become the men you envisioned. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten!

Richard Garcia
Emmaus Brother

May 6, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 9, 2008

I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I have the honor of knowing your son Thomas. He is quite a man, and followed well in his father's footsteps. He is an excellent police officer, terrific father, and wonderful human being. I am certain you are extremely proud of him. God Bless You.

Sergeant Nicky Echezabal

November 8, 2007

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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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 3, 2007

I have had the honor to work with your son in the same Bureau you were in when you gave all. You should be proud, as I am sure you are. He is a good cop, an honorable man, and someone I trust; much like the man I have heard you were. Your loss is felt 31 years later, and will be felt 'til the end of time. Your memory will be held tight by the citizens of the county through the the streets named in your and your partners' honors, and by the employees of the Department through the memorial bench at the MDPD Training Bureau. Chris spoke from his heart on Monday, and I was proud of him. You will never be forgotten.


April 6, 2007

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