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Officer Bruce Thomas Hinman

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Tuesday, October 3, 1995

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Reflections for Officer Bruce Thomas Hinman

Officer Hinman,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 3, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

October 3, 2020

Semper Fi to a real hero. Your loss will always be felt and I hope God will bless you and your family. Thank you for your dedicated service and your love for our beloved Blue & Gold. Rest In Peace...

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol, AREA 530 & US Marine

October 3, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Hinman.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 26, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice on the 22nd anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

October 3, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

West Valley CHP was fortunate to have such a dedicated officer. We assisted each other many times on all sorts of incidents and I remember I could always count on you. I ended my career at the Death Valley resident post, but sometimes find myself in the Valley and see your memorial sign near the 101 and the 170.

Tim Liddell 5342
CA Hwy Patrol (retired)

July 8, 2014

I thought of you yesterday and shared our memories with my daughter Rachel, who you never met. You would have loved her, she's beautiful. Today, she is sharing with her class the heartache that drunk driving causes and including you as her inspiration. I still think of you often my friend and miss you so much. I love you Buster.


May 29, 2014

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

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th 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


October 3, 2009

Brother, I rememeber how hard we all prayed that you would recover. Our loss was heaven's gain.. Keep resting easy knowing the Blue and Gold Never forgets our own and your families sacrifice and pain is not forgotten either. God Bless All.

Calif Hwy Patrol.Ret.

October 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

November 21, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.


October 15, 2007

I had gone to grade school with him, the last time i had seen him was at my 9th birthday party and, had always wondered about him. I'm sure he was as good as an officer, as he was at being a good friend. I'm so sorry to find he is gone.I am sure no matter where he may be, he is still on duty.My prayers go out to his family. Tracy Evans.

tracy evans
old friend

May 2, 2007

Remembering this officer's dedicated service and tragic sacrifice on this day eleven years ago. He is not forgotten.

M. Walker
Widow, CHP Lt. Michael Walker EOW 12-31-05

October 3, 2006

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of the California Highway Patrol. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Officer Hinman deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Officer Hinman is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas Doyle
Cary Police Department, North Carolina

July 3, 2006

Our son, CHP Officer Scott Greenly (eow 01/07/98), was also killed by a drunk driver. This year at the Memorial Service at the Academy we heard "The Badge of the CHP" for the first time. This beautiful song was written and sung by Cliff Bemis. He has donated all proceeds from this song to the CAHP Widows and Orphans Fund .. This song was written to honor Officer Hinman who was a dear friend of Cliff's. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to Officer Hinman and other CHP Officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. My best to Officer Hinman's family.

Phyllis Bell

May 10, 2006

It seems so many years have passed since you used to come by my station and we would have lunch together. I think of you everytime I pass that fateful location where you gave the ultimate sacrifice. I miss your humor and your stories about your young family. You are missed.

Sgt. Robert Ontiveros (ret)
Los Angeles Police Department

Sgt. Robert Ontiveros (ret)
Los Angeles Police Department

October 31, 2005

Ten years ago today you died serving the citizens of California.
Your memory lives on.
Rest in peace.

Master Trooper
Virginia State Police

October 3, 2005

I honor you Bruce . . . you were a warrior. Thank you for answering that calling when you heard it. With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

PS To my fellow LE brothers and sisters . . . NO MERCY FOR DUI OPERATORS . . . LOCK THEM UP !!!

Jim Crotty Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

November 21, 2004

The Final Inspection

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

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