In May of 2000, I started what would prove to be an exciting journey. I was fresh out of college, having graduated with a degree in criminal justice, and I was ready to take on the world as a police officer. A career in law enforcement was the goal from the beginning. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of becoming a police officer.
As a child, and later a teenager, I walked by a picture my uniformed Great-Uncle Walter, a Patrolman with the New York City Police Department (badge no. 14153), daily. Walter was killed in the line of duty on January 7, 1933, leaving behind his wife and young son. Although I never knew him, I keep his memory alive by continuing with his work.
I presently serve as a Deputy Sheriff Major – Jail Administrator for the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. Working for a Sheriff’s Office is a little different than working for most police agencies in that the Sheriff’s Office is also responsible for the county jail. The beginning of my career gave me dispatch, jail, and road patrol experience. From the beginning, I have always understood that there is a chance I will not come home to my family; this possibility is and always will be real; this reality is also understood by my family. Although rarely ever discussed, it is always in the back of our minds. This was further enforced on August 17, 2005, when Deputy Sheriff Eric P. Loiselle (badge no. 026), a friend and co-worker, was killed in the line of duty. Eric was struck by tractor trailer while conducting a traffic stop on the interstate. He is survived by his wife and son.
It is comforting to know, not only does a law enforcement agency come together following the loss of an officer, but there are also organizations available to help support a fallen officer’s family. The Tour de Force, a 501(c)(3) charity, was established following 9/11 to help keep the memory of the fallen alive through cycling events. The mission later grew to raise funds for the families of polices officers who were killed in the line of duty each year, nationwide, making the ultimate sacrifice. Since 2000, over 2700 officers have lost their lives.
In September 2017, I will be riding in memory of my co-worker and uncle as a participant in the annual Tour de Force bicycle ride from Boston, MA to New York, NY. This supported four-day cycling ride is a fundraiser for the Tour de Force, a volunteer run foundation providing assistance to families of fallen law enforcement officers.
There is a mandatory fundraising minimum; however, I have set my personal fundraising goal as $2,500. I know that I can reach this goal with your help.
To donate, please click here: Click here for the link to donate!
If you prefer not to use the online form, cash and check donations can be given to me and I will make the donation in your name and provide you with a receipt.
Please help me honor their memory.
14153 and 026 will never be forgotten.
Thank you in advance,
Thomas W. Murphy II