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Detective Kenneth Joseph McCoy

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, June 7, 1973

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Reflections for Detective Kenneth Joseph McCoy

Det. McCoy,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

June 7, 2023

I am your sons wife. I wish I could have known you, but I somehow feel I do. I have your picture, oddly it looks very much like the picture on this memorial above, but somehow different. The difference is, Kenny, your son, my husband, looks so much like you in the picture we have. Your eyes, your mouth, your neck, yet the picture in your obituary doesn’t except for your neck. I know this sounds odd in the way I’m describing a picture but for some reason I feel the need to include that sentence. Mary Lou continued your journey as parents and I know why you picked her to be the Mother of your children. She was and is an amazing Mother. I also think you gave her some help and guided her and Andy together. He stepped in and was patient and loving to your children. They have become his own without respectfully making sure you are remembered. You would be very proud and grateful to him. I have one last thing to say until we meet,...thank you for the gift you gave to me, my husband. I think he is very much like you and I know you would be so proud of the man he has become. He thinks of you often and has never missed a birthday visit to where you rest since I have known him. You are in Kenny’s heart and therefore my own. God Bless You.
Your Daughter in Law, Jenny

Daughter in law

October 3, 2019

Rest in peace Detective McCoy.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 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

June 7, 2018

Thank you for your service

Janice Pfeiffer Castiller
high school friend of Mary Lou

September 1, 2015

With everything going on in the U.S. Today, I gust want to take the time to say thank you for your service.

Janice Pfeiffer Castiller
high school friend of Mary Lou

September 1, 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

June 8, 2015

Rest in Peace, Detective McCoy. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 5, 2012

"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 1, 2008

G-d Bless.

June 7, 2007

Uncle Kenny,
I just want you to know that you are my favorite uncle. I can remember times when you used to babysit us when we were little. You took us to Price's for malts and hamburgers. You showed us off to your friends. It was always fun. And, I remember staying all night at your house after you were married. There were tornado warnings and we were a little worried. You always used to say 'Never fear! Kenny is here!'. You would tell us not to worry that if a tornado came you would just blow it away. Your were funny all the time. You were full of life and love and you spread it where ever you were.
I remember the day you left was the very first time I saw my dad cry. Even when I think about that now it brings a tear to my eyes. I hate that you're no longer here but you will always be with us.
I married Jimmy Jacquot. You and him were pretty good friends. He has some pretty comical stories about times he had with you. He knew you in a very different way than I did but as with everyone who knew you, it is all good because you were all good.
I miss you, somedays more than others. I love you and I know you are watching over me and my family.

Joyce Jacquot (McCoy)

March 4, 2007

Uncle Kenny,
Thanks for being a great uncle and god-father. You always went above and beyond the call of duty for your family, friends and job. I will always remember the day you died because it was also the day you took me and my little brother to the zoo. We miss you and love you. God Bless you and may you rest in peace.

Your Nephew



February 12, 2007

Detective McCoy,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of East St. Louis.


June 7, 2005

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