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.