Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Terrence E. Loftus

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, October 12, 1976

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Reflections for Police Officer Terrence E. Loftus

.DEAR OFFICER
THE VOTE TO KEEP YOUR MURDERER BEHIND BARS WAS 12-2.THIS WAS PRETTY INTENSE BUT JUSTICE PREVAILED.
HE WONT BE COMING UP FOR PAROLE FOR ANOTHER THREE YEARS. I KNOW THAT YOU WERE THERE WITH US!
GOD BLESS OFFICER LOFTUS AND HIS FAMILY!

P.O. T KUCHARSKI # 11902
CHICAGO POLICE DEPT

November 22, 2013

OFFICER LOFTUS,
YOUR MURDERER WILL HAVE A PAROLE HEARING ON 13 NOV.
REST ASSURED THAT YOUR POLICE FAMILY WILL FIGHT THIS TOOTH AND NAIL. WE CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT FORGET THAT YOU GAVE YOUR LIFE FOR THIS CITY.YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. EVER!!!!!! GOD BLESS THE LOFTUS FAMILY!!!

P.O.T. KUCHARSKI # 11902
CPD 012

November 9, 2013

Given recent news, I want to stop by this page and reflect about what it means to be a man. What kind of a man has the courage and self assurance that it takes to step up and get involved in something you don't really have to get involved in but you do because you are a man and it was the right thing to do. It was the only thing to do. You are not intimidated, you are driven by courage, conviction, character and faith. These traits are only part of what made Terry a man. I wanted to see a picture again of what kind of man this is.

A Chicago
Area Resident

May 9, 2013

I too was assigned to the 014th District and was working the night Terry was killed. and was involved with the obtaining of the killer's identity. Terry was a real cop and his murder affected me greatly. About 5 years ago I went to the police memorial wall in Washington and found his plague, along with Killroy and Houslers. I cried like a baby. God bless all fallen Police Officers.

T. Ward CPD retired
Chicago police Departmnt

December 1, 2012

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

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

I worked on the tactical team in the 14th District with Terry. I remember the night he was killed, he was showing me his new green leather jacket in the tactical office. A few hours later he was shot. I remember seeing him later at the hospital with a breathing tube in his mouth and the sounds of the air machine pumping in a steady rhythm. That vision to this day has haunted me and will until the day I die. Unlike the reprobate that killed him, Terry was an honorable and exceptional person. I so look forward to the day when Jesus Christ returns to this earth to establishes the “Kingdom of God” and after the 1000 years of his rule resurrects Terry to perfect health and on to everlasting life. Terry is sleeping and his existence is not over and was not in vain. Jesus Christ, the son of God and our brother will keep his promise and Terry will be with his loved ones again. Read it for yourself.
1st Corinthians (New Testament) Chapter 15 Verses 50-58[50] Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
[51] Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
[52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
[53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
[54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
[55] O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
[56] The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
[57] But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
[58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Jordan Kitover
CPD Retired

December 9, 2011

Once again parole has been denied for the individual that took your life and caused so much pain to those that love you. I was under the belief that his sentence was life, but he would coninually come up for parole every year but this time the parole board said he has to wait 3 years to be heard again. When that time comes, your brother officers will be there again like they have been in the past to stop this individual from getting out of prison. You have not been forgotten.

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

November 2, 2010

Thank you. Men like you have helped me become the officer I am today. You will live forever through me. God bless you and your family. RIP brother.

ARIZONA OFFICER
BROTHER IN BLUE

October 28, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 12, 2010

It is somewhat sadly ironic 46 years earlier, to the day, Chicago Police OfficerWilliam Rumbler was also killed in an off-duty incident. It proves we are on duty 24 hours a day. Your actions that day prove the dedication of the CPD and makes us all proud. You will never be forgotten.

Detective Thomas Downes
Chicago

October 7, 2010

I know a lot of great Chicago Police Officers. I can't say enough about them. I have no doubt that Officer Loftus helped shape the mold from which these Officers are formed. I understand his killer may have "found God". While I hope that is in deed true, It does not diminish the scope of his crime. He may have found forgiveness, but his debt to society is far from paid.

May God bless the family and friends of those who knew Officer Loftus best. He is still sorely missed to this day.

May God also have mercy on the family of Officer Loftus' killer. Two families suffered a tremendous loss in 1976. There were no winners.

All we can pray for is the end to the kind of violence that brought about this and so many other murdered Police Officers.

Officer Doug Wiencek
Metra Transit Police, Chicago, IL

September 25, 2010

I believe it was Junior year at Austin High School and we were in Gym Class. We were playing Basketball and Terry and I were on opposing teams. I've thought of that day a thousand times through the years! Terry was an aggressive player but dribbled the ball high and I took it away from him as he made his run for the basket. Instant replay is, that I did the same thing again on his next approach. You gussed it, I did it again and this was too much for him. He grabbed the ball back and bounced it off of my face. I lost a front tooth (Lower Center). I picked up the tooth and shoved back in place and it gradually grew back.Years later we would meet at a local "Watering Hole" on Division St. and laugh about it and he would buy a round.I have a "Partial" replacing 3 teeth in that area since age 22. I think of Terry and that day long ago every night at the bathroom sink and smile.
Rest Easy Old Friend and God Bless.

Terry R. Reinhart
High School Friend

December 3, 2009

I was at your En Banc hearing today regarding the possible release of your cowardice killer. He was denied parole, but received several votes for release. He received these votes even after information was given regarding your killers current gang position. For the life of me I don't understand how he has gotten several politicians to go request his release. Day in and day out we hear of the destruction that gangs cause. How can anyone now want one released back into our society? He has found God and wants to be released to do Gods work. Is God not needed in prison? Could he better serve God by staying in prison to turn the new young offenders to God?
It is nothing more then a farce. We, common sense people know this. God help us when we start releasing gangbanging cop killers back into society.
Officer Terrance E. Loftus please watch over us.

Gold Star Family Member
Kurt G. Kaner

P.O. K.Kaner
Chicago Police Department

October 31, 2008

I was 4 years old when Terry was taken from my family My Mother(Terry's cousin) as well as the whole family has not forgotten.
I want everyone to know that he is still missed and that he is not forgotten.

Terrence J Julian (CPD Patrolman)
Chicago Police

May 4, 2008

Officer Loftus was a brave man of great integrity. It saddens me to type "was" even though it has been over 31 years since his death. I am honored to take this time to remember and honor this great hero.

March 19, 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 17, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over all of them. You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your service to law enforcement and the citizens of Chicago.

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

October 12, 2007

On the upcoming anniversary of your passing we remember you today, and thank you Sir for your service.

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

October 10, 2007

Bravest of the Brave.

September 21, 2007

This week a girl was killed in Chicago on a playground, caught up in gang gunfire and your name was in the news. Your killer, a gang leader in the same gang is now bidding for parole with as reported, the assistance of an alderman, county board commissioner, 2 state legislators and a congressman. The Mayor blustered on TV against gun violence on the streets this week but it seems that officials in all levels of government are seeking release of this gang thug for some unexplained reason. We have not forgotten your selfless sacrifice to keep our streets safe and we will see to it that these officials don't either.

citizen

June 30, 2007

Ofc. Loftus will never be forgotten! God Bless his family, friends and Dept.

Ret. PO
City of Miami PD Fla.

June 15, 2007

GOOD COPS FEEL THEY ARE NEVER OFF-DUTY. IN THE MIDDLE OF CHAOS A SINGLE MAN IN BLUE STOOD HIS GROUND AND UPHELD AN OATH HE EVIDENTLY TOOK SERIOUSLY.A NUMBER OF YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE YOUR UNTIMELY DEATH AT THE HANDS OF A COWARD,BUT NO AMOUNT OF YEARS CAN WIPE AWAY THE COURAGE AND DEDICATION YOU DEMONSTRATED ON THAT OCTOBER DAY IN 1976.GOD BLESS YOU ,YOUR FAMILY,FRIENDS AND FELLOW OFFICERS.

CAPT.STEVE BEZET
PLAQUEMINE , LA. POLICE DEPT.

September 22, 2005

My heart and my prayers go out to all that was affected by the death of Officer Terrence E. Lotus

natalie carrasquillo

June 2, 2005

GOD BLESS YOU,BROTHER.
YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

P.O.
CPD

October 12, 2004

we miss terry and all the others. when a policeman or fireman is killed in the line of duty, a little bit of society dies as well. we grieve for them and for their families and friends. we are grateful that someone has updated these chicago police memorials and others. they are more than just names. we remember them and hope that others will learn from them.

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