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The Parkside Police Department dedicates this page to all those individuals whose selfless acts of heroism will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their friends and families, for they too have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Fidelis Ad Mortem"

I am a Warrior

Law Enforcement Video Tribute

Lest We Forget

A Shield Against the Night

In the Simple Performance of Duty
Dedicated to Officer Brian Gregg

A Police Officer's Prayer
Dedicated to Officer Adams and Cpl Deguch

A Part of America Died Today
Dedicated to OfficerDennis McNamara

Police Officers Sacrifice
Dedicated to All Law Enforcement Officers

Police Facts

Officer Survival Creed

How You Can Help
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God Bless our Fallen Brothers and Sisters

by Jon F. Hooper

I fight not for glory or fame,
For they are momentary.
I fight for those who can't.
I fight for Justice.
I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden.
And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets,
For I serve to protect the innocent.
It matters not where or when,
For evil knows no boundaries.
Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny,
I will not flee.
Justice is my weapon.
Faith is my shield.
Hope is my armor.
Cry not at my passing,
For it was my Honor to fight for you.
Shed not tears of sorrow,
But tears of joy,
For now,
I stand with God.

In Honor and Memory of the Men and Women of Law Enforcement, The Armed Services, Firefighters, Coast Guard, and Emergency Medical Teams

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"Lest We Forget"

Dedicated to:
Police Officer Chris Jones 
Middletown Township Police Department, PA
End of Watch: Thursday, January 29, 2009

I never dreamed it would be me,
My name for all eternity,
Recorded here at this hallowed place
Alas, my name, no more my face.

"In the line of duty, I hear them say:
My family now the price to pay.
My folded flag stained with their tears;
We only had those few short years.
The badge no longer on my chest,

I sleep now in eternal rest.
My sword I pass to those behind,
And pray they keep this thought in mind.
I never dreamed it would be me,

And with heavy heart and bended knee,
I ask for all here from the past:
Dear God, let my name be the last.

- Anonymous -

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A Shield Against The Night
By: John K.

A uniform, a gun, a badge upon your chest.
These things make not super beings ...
just men and women, human like the rest.
Though sometimes taken for granted,
or even viewed with scorn or spite ...
Some eyes see you for what you truly are ...
A shield against the night.

At times your job is thankless.
Another shift has gone by,
and not a kind word is spoken,
not a single word at all.
Those endless hours spent filling out
reports bring nothing but boredom.
A headache rages in your skull.

You may ask yourself if it is really worth it?
There are many risks, no progress in sight.
The answer is a simple yes my friend,
for you are a cop, an officer ...
A shield against the night.

An car overturned, a robbery, a chase,
consoling a victim, whispering all will be well.
A frightened child's hand is held,
he is lost and out of place.
The call of duty is answered
no hesitation, no question.
A champion to those who can not fight.
You stand alone sometimes,
the only thing between the darkness
and the light.

A hero every minute, no matter how mundane the day.
Take pride in what you do.
Although very human,
You my friend....are
A shield against the night.

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In the simple performance of duty

Dedicated to:

Police Officer Brian Steven Gregg
Newtown Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Thursday, September 29, 2005

In the simple performance of duty,

he pinned on a badge,
checked his gear with a practiced eye,
and kissed his loved ones good-bye.

In the simple performance of duty,
he reported for work,
joked with his buddies at roll call,
and made his last trip down the squadroom hall.

In the simple performance of duty,
he answered the call
to help the helpless, to find the lost,
no matter the danger or how great the cost.

In the simple performance of duty,
he lay down his life,
for those in peril he tried to save,
our brave friend went to his grave.

In the simple performance of duty,
we honor his deed,
as we carry him to rest in a flag-draped casket,
long after the world has forgotten, we shall never forget.

Never judge or regret, what he did, In the simple performance of duty.

Rest in peace brother, you will always be remembered.

~Ofc. Greg South
Newtown Township Police Department

The following poem was written by Officer Douglas Adams, of the Elkhart Indiana Police Department, who dedicated the poem to fellow Officer, Cpl. Paul R. Deguch, of the South Bend Indiana Police Department. Corporal Deguch was shot and killed while questioning a suspect. Corporal Deguch had stopped the suspect who was riding a bike in a high drug traffic area and while patting him down the suspect produced a handgun and shot him several times, including once in the head. Corporal Deguch died approximately one hour later at a local hospital. The 16 year old suspect was arrested three hours later and charged with murder. Corporal Deguch is survived by his wife, 2 month old daughter, and 3 and 5 year old sons.

On March 20th 2001, at approximately 7:21 pm, Officer Douglas Michael Adams himself died in the line of duty. Officer Adams and another Elkhart Police Department officer were en-route to back up a fellow officer who was engaged in a foot pursuit nearby. Officer Adams and the other officer collided at the corner of Main & Fraknlin while running lights and sirens. Officer Adams was ejected from his car and was killed instantly. As of this time the suspect from the foot chase has not been apprehended, but leads are being followed. Officer Adams was 2 1/2 weeks from his 1 year anniversary with the department and is survived by his wife. Doug was a dedicated, caring officer who died living his life's dream. He touched all who met him, and we will miss him for all of our days.

He was only a few weeks from his one year anniversary with the Elkhart Police Department.

By: D. Adams - Patrolman #332
Elkhart Police Department
Copyright © April, 2000 - All Rights Reserved

"A Police Officer's Prayer"

God bless my family when I am away,
Leave the lights on I'll return from harms way,

Grant me courage and strength to protect others each day,
So they live in peace without worry, fear or dismay,

Bless those who have fallen given their life for another
May their spirit live on from then and forever,

Return me home to my family at the end of each night,
May I pass through the door before the morning's first light,

Shall I give my life for another before the dawn breaks today,
God bless my family when I am away.

"A Part of America Died"

Dedicated to:

Police Officer Dennis McNamara
Upper Darby Township Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 30, 2002

"A Part of America Died"

Somebody killed a police officer today
and a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
will be buried with him at his side.
Somebody killed a police officer today
it happened in your town and mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors
a cop put his life on the line.
Now his ghost has the beat
on a dark city street
and he stands at each rookie's side.
A cop answered the call
of himself gave his all
and a part of America died.

- Author Unknown -

"Police Officer's Sacrifice"

While you sleep, we're there.
When you're sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, or celebrating Christmas, we're there.
When it’s raining and cold, and you're glad to be in your home with your family, we're out there.
When it's your children's birthday, we're out there.
When it's our children's birthday, we're still out there.
You put on a suit and dress to go to work, we strap on a ballistic vest and a gun.
There's little room for error in your job, in ours there is none.
An error by you means a demotion; an error by us means a funeral.
When you tell your families "see you tonight" as you leave for work, you mean it. When we tell our family that, we pray we will.
At your job you strive to succeed, at our job we strive to survive.
In your job, one bad person is the talk of the office, in our job; one bad officer makes the news and suddenly we’re all bad.
In these headlines it's not what good we've done, but how much better it could have been done.
When you're scared you call us, when we're scared, we must carry on.
While you're eating a home cooked meal, we're having another hamburger.
While you're asleep with your spouse, ours sleep alone.
So the next time you're out with your family or friends, and you see a patrol car go by, remember the incredible sacrifice made by these officers every day.
Inside that car is a person that sacrifices his/her life, both professionally and personally Everyday.

- Author Unknown-

Police Facts

Law Enforcement Facts

(updated June 2015)

  • There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever. About 12 percent of those are female. 
  • According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, an estimated 1.16 million violent crimes occurred nationwide in 2013, a decrease of 4.4 percent from 2012.
  • Crime fighting has taken its toll. Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been over 20,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Currently, there are 20,538 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
  • A total of 1,466 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 60 hours or 146 per year. There were 117 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2014. 
  • On average, over the last decade, there have been 58,930 assaults against law enforcement each year, resulting in 15,404 injuries. 
  • The 1920s were the deadliest decade in law enforcement history, when a total of 2,417 officers died, or an average of almost 241 each year. The deadliest year in law enforcement history was 1930, when 301 officers were killed. That figure dropped dramatically in the 1990s, to an average of 162 per year.
  • The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America.
  • New York City has lost more officers in the line of duty than any other department, with 701 deaths. Texas has lost 1,695 officers, more than any other state. The state with the fewest deaths is Vermont, with 22
  • There are 1,092 federal officers listed on the Memorial, as well as 633 correctional officers and 34 military law enforcement officers.
  • There are 280 female officers listed on the Memorial; four female officers were killed in 2014.
  • During the past ten years, more incidents that resulted in felonious fatalities occurred on Thursday than any other day of the week. The fewest number of felonious incidents occurred on Tuesday.


Source: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

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