Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Tony Ray Patterson

Topeka Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Thursday, October 12, 1995

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Reflections for Patrolman Tony Ray Patterson

Tony, Nothing can ever replace you. Memories of that night will never dim.

Frank Gregg
Topeka P.D. (Ret)

October 14, 2023

Rest in Peace my Brother in Arms

Anrae Godley-Cooper
U.S. Army Military Police

January 26, 2022

Patrolman Patterson,
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 Topeka. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 12, 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 12, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Patterson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 9, 2019

tony was a true hero
one of the best athletes and cops i have ever had
the pleasure of knowing
i hope his wife and children are honoring his name
because it was truly honorable


August 31, 2017

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Patterson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2014

come what may, i will love you until my dying days

<3 daddy's girl

daddy's little girl

January 10, 2013

Thank you for your Heroism Sir. Sometimes there is justice and other times there is just us.....

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

December 18, 2012

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 28, 2012

Thank you Cherylene. I'm not sure that I know you but I was thinking about my uncle today. I was Ricks daughter. I really wish he was still here today. I also think that its sad that Stephen Shively(who's name I will never forget) walks free to this day. And his neighbors who were just as shallow has him.
I miss you so much Uncle Tony "Bone".
Love Jamie

Jamie Patterson

December 2, 2011

I went to grade school with Tony and his brothers, we lived next door to his family...My dad was in the Air Force and we moved several times before settling in Topeka. I then went to High School with the Patterson boys. He truly was the good guy...His death just truly broke our hearts. I'll never forget seeing his son walking thru the church with his badge on.
How mad and disgusted we were that the man that murdered him did not pay for this senseless death.
RIP Tony...

Cherylene Algarin

October 24, 2011

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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 25, 2007

On the 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

R.I.P. you will never be forgotten.

Deputy M.Reed

October 12, 2006

Sleep safe for Justice will be done by Our Lord.G-d Bless you and your family.

October 12, 2006

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 11th anniversary of your end of watch. Justice was not served in your case. The individual that caused so much pain and changed so many lives forever, just walked away. You are a true hero and heroes never die, you will never be forgotten. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line.

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

Bob Gordon, Gold Star Father

October 11, 2006

I was a member of an honor guard unit at Tony's funeral. I still remember his little boy walking out of the church with his Dad's badge pinned to his chest. It still makes me cry...

God bless his family.

December 1, 2005

I wish to acknowledge the distinquished service Patrolman Patterson gave to his community and the citizens of Kansas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 12, 1995. Ten years later your heroism is still being honored as it should be. It is sickening to read of the jury verdict in this case. What a travesty of justice. Patrolman Patterson, you are a true hero.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05

October 13, 2005

Gone, but not forgotten. Topeka still remembers you and thanks you for your sacrifice. Rest in peace.


October 9, 2005

It has been nearly ten year since officer patterson was shot and killed. What happened in the aftermath of his deat seems hard to believe. His killer is free from jail. It is a tragedy when we lose an officer, but even more so when his killer is free to walk the streets. I did not know Officer Patterson, but I do know several other officers who worked with him. I pray for their safety and for Officer Patterson's friends and family.

A Concerned Citizen

October 9, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

December 20, 2004

Patrolman Patterson,
Thank you Sir for your service and sacrifice. Rest assured that although your assailant did no time here on Earth for your murder, he will serve an eternity in another place when his time comes. Godspeed.

Detective T. Henshaw
Bell Gardens Police, CA.

September 28, 2004

tony you was a real good can careing officer. i was in kansas the day it happen and just seen you like 2 days before then tony i well miss you

jeff crenshaw

August 13, 2004

Rest in peace blue angel, you are not forgotten.

December 25, 2003

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