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NYPD PO Brian Moore

NYPD PO Brian Moore

Harris County, Houston, Texas : August 2015

Harris County, Houston, Texas : August 2015

Dallas, Texas : July 2016

Dallas, Texas : July 2016

Baton Rouge, Louisiana : July 2016

Baton Rouge, Louisiana : July 2016

Sergeant Steve Owen

Sergeant Steve Owen

Sergeant Steve Owen Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 BFTF Representatives That Attended Funeral: Jeanne Osias PO 5552 Community Outreach Kelly Hartill PO 6274 Police Academy Michael Fales Det 1213 6th Squad Michael Coyne PO 6169 5th Pct The following article was written by Detective Mike Fales of the 6th Squad. THE BROTHERHOOD FOR THE FALLEN embarked on its inaugural trip to honor Sgt. Steven Owen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Dept who was shot and killed. He was a 29 year veteran that was shot on a burglary call and then executed as lay on the ground. The organization sent four officers to the funeral in Lancaster California on October 13, 2016. P.O. Mike Coyne - 5th Pct, P.O. Kelly Harthill - In Service Training, P.O. Jeanne Osias - 1st Pct, and Det. Mike Fales - 6th Squad.  JET BLUE in its generosity allowed the four officers to fly round trip to the funeral free of charge. JET BLUE's generosity and treatment of law enforcement is unparalleled. When we arrived at the funeral the quietness of thousands of officers was overwhelming. Suffolk Police was asked to join the Honor Guard that escorted the hearse and the casket. There were representatives from California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Maryland, Chicago, Florida and NYC PD. There were over 100 mounted police officers and over 100 motorcycles from different agencies. The motorcade went back for miles as far as the eye could see. It was a solemn day as the sole bag piper played, the 21 gun salute rang out, four helicopters flew over and the bugler played taps outside the church. As we walked around outside the church, and officers saw that we were from Suffolk County New York, many stopped to shake our hand and thank us for making the 3000 mile journey. They were amazed that New York was in California. We brought a check from the Brotherhood of the Fallen for $500 that went right to the Owen family on behalf of our organization. Your membership dues of $2 a check is vital to keep this cause going. We do this to pay respect to the officer who was killed doing the job that each of us does everyday. We are showing the officer's family and their department that we support them during this difficult time. The solidarity when an officer is killed in the line of duty is felt across the fifty states. It shows the world that we care and we are willing to sacrifice our time and stand in formation for one of our own. We stood there in uniform proud to be representing the SCPD and the Brotherhood for the Fallen organization. By volunteering, we gave up time from our busy lives and families and used our own time to be a part of this three day journey. It was alot of hustle and bustle and traveling to be on time. This is not a sightseeing vacation or a out of state party. It is a commitment to represent the department and the organization in a professional manner and pay respect to the fallen officer. Please consider joining the Brotherhood For The Fallen organization. This is the LA news coverage of the funeral where Det. Mike Fales was interviewed. http://www.foxla.com/news/local-news/211357855-story#.WEL6om4kEas.email Thank you, Jeanne, Kelly, Michael and Michael, for representing us so well. We are proud to have you as members of the Brotherhood For The Fallen, Suffolk County, NY.

Police Officer Leslie Bashioum

Police Officer Leslie Bashioum

Police Officer Scott Leslie Bashioum Canonsburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, November 10, 2016 BFTF Representatives That Attended Funeral:

John Chiquitucto Det 1474 ID Section

Robert Jenkins PO 5389 Marine Bureau


Rob shared his experience with the Brotherhood. He felt it was a good experience in unfortunate circumstances and that they received positive responses, particularly whenever someone realized the distance they traveled to get there. The local media had released the procession route and the community support was substantial. The family held a nice reception catered at the fairgrounds and the local FOP invited them for refreshments at their hall afterwards.


Rob feels that meeting and socializing with the representatives from the other Brotherhood chapters was important. An Officer from the Crafton, PA Police Department, expressed an interest in starting a local chapter. They exchanged information and Rob forwarded him additional information. Hopefully they will be able to form a chapter.


Thank you, John and Robert, for representing us so well. We are proud to have you as members of the Brotherhood For The Fallen, Suffolk County, NY.

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wallace

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wallace

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wallace

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, November 13, 2016

BFTF Representatives that attended funeral:

Anthony Chin PO 6469 1st Precinct

Christian Carney-Titone PO 6399 1st Precinct

Thank you, Anthony and Christian, for representing us so well. We are proud to have you as members of the Brotherhood For The Fallen, Suffolk County, NY.

Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers

Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers

Deputy Commander Patrick Thomas Carothers United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, November 18, 2016 BFTF Representatives That Attended Funeral: James (Jeff) Flammer PO 2109 Retired When the call for representatives was cast to attend the funeral for Deputy Commander Carothers, we had the unfortunate problem of Atlanta not being a JetBlue city and with limited funds in the coffers, we just couldn’t easily send representatives. But Brotherhood member and retired SCPD PO James (Jeff) Flammer graciously answered the call. He volunteered to drive to attend as our sole representative and to present our donation to the family. We asked him about the trip and he told us that he arrived on the Saturday after Thanksgiving after a 460-mile drive! He was greeted at the hotel by members of the Brotherhood from Chicago, Illinois; Fort Worth, Texas and Aurora, Colorado. That evening, the NYPD joined them and they went as the full Brotherhood group in their class A uniforms to the viewing and presented the checks to the widow and their family. They were warmly greeted with hugs and tears. The next day the BFTF contingency from all chapters went to the funeral and stood in honor of the fallen Marshall. They were warmly greeted by members of the US Marshall service, police departments from around the country and the family. The service was approximately 6 hours. Jeff has gone to three line of duty funerals over the last several years. In 2014 he read a notification from the Commissioner’s Office requesting retired officers to attend funerals for officers killed in the line of duty. He responded and they provided him with a class-A uniform. He purchased a gun belt, patent leather shoes, and white gloves to complete the honor guard appearance to represent the SCPD when needed. Jeff became one of our first members of the brotherhood and will continue to represent our department with great pride whenever he can. He became a Suffolk County Police Officer in 1970 after serving in the US Coast Guard. He was assigned to the 3rd Precinct and while working in the street crime unit, was struck by a drunk driver in Islip and seriously injured, which later required two back surgeries. Jeff was forced to retire in 1983 due to the injuries. Thank you Jeff for representing us so well. We are very proud to have you as a member of the Brotherhood For The Fallen, Suffolk County, NY.

Detective Benjamin Marconi

Detective Benjamin Marconi

Detective Benjamin Edward Marconi San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, November 20, 2016 BFTF Representatives That Attended Funeral: Katherine Willox PO 6254 5th Pct Eilleen Emiddio PO 5535 5th Pct Kate and Eileen each provided us with their own synopsis of the trip: Kate: Detective Ben Marconi's funeral was held at Community Bible Church, large enough to fit all who attended. Uniformed officers lined up outside and Det. Marconi arrived by horse drawn carriage. Then we all proceeded inside for the funeral mass and ceremony. Friends and family spoke about Ben Marconi; his office was always open lending an ear to anyone who needed it. A candy jar was always full to satisfy a sweet tooth. He was loved by all and hearing these stories and being a part of the ceremony was truly a sad but amazing experience. I didn't know Ben Marconi but I certainly felt a brotherly connection. Observing the Sea of Blue with a variety of members from all of Texas and the rest of country sitting in the stands of this huge church made me feel extremely proud to be a member of the law enforcement family. I'm glad I was able to be a part of that. The San Antonio Police Deptartment welcomed us, along with the other Brotherhood For The Fallen members and outside agencies to "break bread" with them after the service. Eileen and I met with members from Chicago, Illinois, the NYPD, Aurora, CO and Fort Worth, TX Brotherhood chapters. That evening, members of the San Antonio community held a vigil walk from the Alamo to San Antonio police headquarters, where a memorial for Det. Marconi stood. We held lit candles and walked through the streets of this beautiful city. We ended the march by shaking the hands of some high-ranking members of the department. The words "I'm sorry for your loss" just didn't feel like enough for SAPD's tragic loss. Eileen and I left the memorial with BFTF members from NYPD and went to a restaurant in the area. With only a handful of people there, Det. Ben Marconi's sister, Debbie, arrived. During a sorrowful embrace, I mentioned I was a member of the Suffolk County Police Dept. in New York, to which her hug became tighter. I felt her sincere appreciation for our presence in support of her brother. We all toasted in memory of Ben. Due to holiday travel we were only able to be there for a very short amount of time, missed the wake and passed our donation on to a member of SAPD that grew up with Det. Marconi's son. I left San Antonio feeling a bit somber but ever more proud to be able to represent our SCPD brotherhood. Eileen: Kate and I had a very rewarding experience in San Antonio, Texas and we were both proud to represent both the SCPD and the Brotherhood at the funeral of Det. Marconi. Due to the crazy travel weekend (Thanksgiving) we were not able to fly out until 9PM on Sunday night. We landed in Austin, Texas at 1AM, got the rental car and drove an hour and a half to San Antonio. We got settled and hit the sack at 3:30 AM and were up at 7 AM for the service. (Thank God for coffee!) In the lobby of the hotel we meet other officers from the Brotherhood chapters. Jimmy Johnson and the others did an incredible job with all of our travel plans as well as setting up a mass text with all of the other departments so that we all meet up and stayed together. On one hand I was a bit shocked and disheartened that besides the 5 departments present from the Brotherhood, I did not see any other out of state police officers at the service, even from the neighboring states. It is always tragic when a fellow cop is killed in the line of duty but Ben Marconi was randomly murdered because he was a cop! I somewhat expected to see more of a police presence then we did from around the country. It was an amazing feeling to be surrounded by so many people that instantly felt like family and you know would do anything for you. It was especially interesting to meet so many Mexican American police officers who work on the boarder. They were so intrigued to meet us! A girl from the group (NYPD) happened to be Colombian and she was interviewed by Telemundo. Kate and I were also on the local news while we were at the memorial in front of SAPD headquarters. The Brother For The Fallen is an great organization and it would be amazing to see more departments join. Especially with how our society is changing, I feel this organization helps to tie us all together. Thank you, Kate and Eileen, for representing us so well. We are proud to have you as members of the Brotherhood For The Fallen, Suffolk County, NY.

Sergeant Collin Rose

Sergeant Collin Rose

Sergeant Collin James Rose Wayne State University Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 BFTF Representatives That Attended Funeral: James Johnson PO 6118 1st Precinct Crime Control The following was written by James Johnson, BFTF President who attended the services for posthumously promoted Sergeant Collin Rose. Again I find myself inside another church flanked by hundreds of men and women in an array of uniforms with colorful stitched patches denoting locations from across the United States and Canada. The first thing that always strikes me at line of duty funerals outside of the New York City/Long Island region is that nearly every attending police officer is invited into the venue. Often times where we’re from, space constraints do not allow us to enter a church as such is reserved for family, friends, and immediate members of that decedent’s command. That is not to say that we do not still mourn the loss of a local service member any less, but we are accustom to waiting outside in gaggles in between the starting and ending formations, and do not really get a sense of who it is that was lost unless we knew that officer personally. So when you arrive in an unfamiliar place and you’re welcomed with open arms inside it can be a moving experience. It tends to humanize the tragedy more so when you’re a few feet away from a grieving mother, or widow, and you can see the trails of pain on their faces. On this particular day I find myself seated in a pew, fourth row back from the front altar, at the Saint Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan. It’s a small town, a few minutes outside of Detroit, on a cold day that is marked by scattered snow flurries and a graying sky. I am seated at the last spot adjacent to the center aisle. To my left is a stoic New York City Police Officer and a hulking Chicago Police Officer. To the front of me are rows of smartly uniformed Detroit Police Officers, and members of the Wayne State University Police Department whose colleague, Sergeant Collin Rose, we are all here to mourn. To my right, across the red carpeted aisle, are members of Collin Rose’s family who are blankly staring in awe at the sea of blue that is before them. In between their tears and sobs you can see them squinting to read the names and places of the patches that are littering the church. I exchange glances with a middle-aged woman with tears streaming upon her pretty face; maybe an aunt or a cousin of our fallen colleague. No words are spoken but she gives me a look of approval and gratitude, and I return her a look conveying my condolences and the honor it is to stand before her. Though there are hundreds of otherwise outgoing “Type A” personalities in the building, you can hear a pin drop. Suddenly the gentle and quintessential hum of our beloved bagpipes emerge through the silence and with that comes the cortege of pipers, drummers, honor guardsmen, and the body of Sergeant Collin Rose. I can feel the hairs on my neck stand at attention and my body becomes engrossed in goose bumps. As they play their pipes and drums with military precision, and escort Collin into his final tribute, my eyes begin to well up at the sight of his loved ones overcome with emotion at the pomp and circumstance their hero is justly receiving. I find a lump in my throat, and water in my eyes, as Collin is presented before the altar of his church. Over the next few hours I, and my colleagues from afar, learn about who Collin Rose truly was. A gentle soul with an easy smile who was quick to help the best of people, and the worst of people, without a second thought. A man who loved dogs and had a knack for communicating with them in a way that they lovingly obeyed his every request. A man who loved police work and could not get enough of it every day. A man that our colleagues in the New York area would refer to as a “buff” and a man who would wear that moniker as a badge of honor. Collin was truly a cop’s cop and as I sat and learned about a life cut tragically short, I could not help but be thankful that I was able to get to know such a man even in death. Police Officers in our area do not often get the opportunity to get an intimate look into the window of the life of the officer who was killed, and I am humbled by the opportunity. The experience transcends all jurisdictions, jobs, ranks, colors, genders, races, and creeds. From the Chief of the Detroit Police Department a few rows in front of me, to the Canadian street cop from the Windsor Police Department behind me; everyone’s face revealed the reverence of the occasion. Following the mass the entire congregation made their way outside to stand in formation and salute Collin Rose as the Pipe and Drum corps delivered him to a waiting hearse. I joined officers from the Chicago Police Department inside of their marked ‘Brotherhood for the Fallen’ suburban and we made our way into the funeral procession. The local street was besieged with hundreds upon hundreds of marked police units from across the nation; all with their light packages in full effect. We followed in unison behind the moving casket of Sergeant Collin Rose as he made his way to his final resting place at a nearby cemetery. To say that his procession extended miles is an understatement. We arrived at the cemetery and his grave site was surrounded by police officers, family, friends, honor guards, and a contingent of dozens of trained police dogs. As we walked to our positions it struck me that all of the German Shepherds were lying down, facing the grave, and yielding muffled whimpers; an ultimate testament to the impact Collin had on animals and the loss that even they felt. Nearby Collin’s father wept, as did his mother and lovely fiancé. As the twenty-one-gun salute was fired, the air was punctured by the wails and moans of the dogs. It was a moving moment to hear the crying canines, shots being fired, punctuated by the whirr of a pending helicopter fly over; it nearly brought me to my knees. As this was completed, and the American Flag folded, family members’ tears turned to uncontrollable sobs at the realization that Collin will not being coming home with them. They were presented with their folded flag, a final salute, and we stood by helpless as their pain and anguish grew further. A neighboring Wayne State University Police Officer was inconsolable with grief. We soon learned that he was Collin’s Field Training Officer and close friend. His pain became our pain and we embraced him with our condolences and tried to comfort him the best we could. Shortly after we were invited to a fellowship in Collin Rose’s honor and shared a meal with his family and police officers from across the country. There we further learned about the life of this young man and brought more tears to my eyes. By all accounts he was an incredible Police Officer and a wonderful member of his community. I was honored to have shared in the tribute of his life on that cold, gray day in Michigan. I know as much as anyone how trying and difficult it can be to take personal time, and travel to a far way place to attend a line of duty funeral. It is no easy task and it hinders our personal and family lives along the way. However, I also know that the honor of the experience is sobering and worth every bit of inconvenience to get there. These men and women that are killed in the line of duty are just like us. They may wear different colors and use strange ten codes and acronyms but they, like us, are the shepherds herding the flock away from the wolves. The sad fact of the matter is that this could be any one of us, at any moment, and we embrace that fact and go to work every day regardless. Moreover, we sadly live in a time where it is commonplace and popular to brow beat the police and vilify their efforts every step of the way. The media, celebrities, politicians; all take turns soiling our reputations and second guessing our decisions without any frame of reference of what it is we do each day.   With that in mind, now more than ever, it is imperative we stand together as one law enforcement community and support one another and our families. And that, to me, is worth waiting in airport screening lines, packing bags, being stuck in traffic, having to take off a few days from work; and all of the other inconveniences that come along with being a participating member of the Brotherhood for the Fallen Suffolk County. I encourage each member of our organization, regardless of rank or unit, to get involved and attend an out of state line of duty police funeral. The gravity of the occasion will remain with you for the rest of your lives and will reinforce and motivate you to continue the police mission we undertake every day. Thank you Jimmy for representing us so well. We are proud to have you as our President of the Brotherhood For The Fallen, Suffolk County, NY.

Police Officer Reginald Gutierrez

Police Officer Reginald Gutierrez

Police Officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez Tacoma Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 BFTF Representatives That Attended Funeral: John Chiquitucto Det 1474 ID Section Laurie Anne McManus PO 2873 5th Precinct This is John's second time representing us and we appreciate him taking the time to do so. Both John and Laurie Ann were willing to fly directly to Georgia for the two funerals there but arrangements were just impossible to accomplish due to travel time constraints. Thank you, John and Laurie Anne, for representing us so well. We are proud to have you as members of the Brotherhood For The Fallen, Suffolk County, NY.

Police Officer Nicholas Snarr and Public Safety Officer Jody Smith

Police Officer Nicholas Snarr and Public Safety Officer Jody Smith

These Officers were killed responding to the same domestic violence call. They were best friends… Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr Americus Police Department, GA
End of Watch: December 7, 2016 Public Safety Officer Jody C. Smith Georgia Southwestern State University Department of Public Safety, GA
End of Watch: December 8, 2016 BFTF Representatives That Attended Funeral: James (Jeff) Flammer PO 2109 Retired When another call for representatives was cast to attend not one, but two funerals in Georgia, retired PO James (Jeff) Flammer immediately answered the call yet again. He volunteered to drive to attend as our sole representative and to present our donation to the families. Jeff stayed in the area for five nights as the funerals were a couple of days apart. The following was shared by Jeff. I arrived in Americas Georgia on Saturday 12-10-16 expecting to attend a funeral for Nick Smarr and Jody Smith on Sunday. I soon found out that there was a viewing that night requiring my attendance. I met with two NYPD officers and together we met with the Smarr and Smith families. The funeral for Nick Smarr was on Sunday and was performed with all the formality and dignity due this hero officer. I was originally to drive home the next day, however, Jody Smith was an organ donor and was kept alive awaiting the harvesting of all his organs. It turned out that seven lives were saved do to this officers organ donation. He was still saving lives even after death. His funeral was that Wednesday, so I stayed at request of the Brotherhood. His mother Sharon is a Deputy Sergeant with the Sheriff’s office. Both funerals were attended by former president Jimmy Carter and thousands of uniformed police officers from around the country. I spent the entire week in Americus to fulfill my duties to represent the SCPD and the Brotherhood at these funerals and was honored to do so. The picture sent that was of the police marked unit and members of the department. This photo was representative of the Americus PD for both funerals. Thank you, Jeff, for once again representing us so well. We are very proud to have you as a member of the Brotherhood For The Fallen, Suffolk County, NY.