In the Line of Duty
A Special Section of The Cincinnati Enquirer
The Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati.Com join our readers in sharing
our deepest sympathy with the family of Officer Kevin Crayon.

Today the world has lost a true hero. I didn't know him but he will be greatly missed as a protector of our society and even more as a person. May God be with you.
- Babette, Cincinnati


My husband just retired after 20 years as a police officer with the City of Newport. Although he was fortunate enough to come home each night, I know the agony an officer's family goes through wondering if tonight will be the night he doesn't return. I hope you can take comfort in knowing that your loved one is in a better place and that you will be together again someday. Also know that he died a hero, and he will always be remembered as such. You have my deepest sympathies and prayers.
- K. Popham, Newport


The strength and courage you showed throughout this ordeal is remarkable. I am sure your father would be proud. May fond memories of the times you shared comfort and keep you.
- Barbara Rousey, Cincinnati


God Bless all of this man's family and friends.
- Paul Jones, Western Hills


I pray that your heart grows stronger with every tear shed, and may the grace of God rest, rule and abide in you!
- LaToya Gates, Cincinnati


As members of the Law Enforcement family it breaks our hearts to hear news like this. It is a reality though, in this line of work. We will be keeping this family & department in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. Please know that you are never alone!
- Tony & Honey Ryan, Roseburg, Ore.


My most heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the family and co-workers of Officer Crayon. As a police officer I know the unfortunate pain of losing a comrade, friend and partner. I also want to thank The Enquirer for creating a very touching tribute and historical perspective on the tragic deaths of both Officer Crayon and Courtney Mathis. - Nicholas Metz, Seattle, Wash.


I offer my sincere condolence to the Crayon Family and friends. As an active duty soldier with the US Army, I feel the pain of the fellow officers when one is lost. As a soldier, the feelings expressed for Officer Crayon are the same when we (U.S.Army) lose one of ours. GOD will continue to bless you all. We have suffered a great loss with both deaths. - Master Sergeant Sandra T. Hightower-Smith, Cincinnati


To the family of Officer Kevin Crayon: You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Officer Crayon made the greatest sacrifice of all by giving his life trying to protect the safety of others. Never again will we drive through that intersection without thinking of Officer Crayon. Your family's willingness to forgive is a shining example to the rest of us. Officer Crayon would be proud of your example, and you should be proud of the wonderful job he did in his brief four years on the force. May your hearts find peace.
- Frey family, Cincinnati


May the sacrifice P/O Kevin Crayon paid remind all officers how vulnerable we are. When an officer falls in the line of duty, a piece of every officer dies, as we are all bonded by who and what we represent. May his death help guide the new and the seasoned down that path we have chosen, serving and protecting. Be proud of who he was and let none of us forget.
- Cpl. Peter J. Enderle, H.C.S.O., Cincinnati


As a wife & daughter of police officers, my heart goes out to the family & department of Officer Crayon. I know you build a close bond in the Law Enforcement family. Know you are in our thoughts & prayers even out here in Oregon.
- Jack & Tracy Van Dolah, Sutherlin, Ore.


I'm very sorry for you. I thank God everyday my brothers have retired from the Cinti. Police force. I know I'm one of the lucky ones. Still to here of one losing their lives saddens me.
- Pamela Smith, Cincinnati


May God Bless Officer Crayon's children and his family. I am very sorry for your loss.
- D. Kinley, Cincinnati


When you can't make sense out of something that doesn't make sense, your only recourse is to turn to God for comfort, strength, and understanding. Our prayers are with the Crayon family.
- Pastor Dwight Driskill and the family of God's Church of Miracles, Glendale


My sincere condolences to the family of officer Kevin Crayon. Although I didn't know him personally, all the newspaper reports are of a kind, courageous and spiritual man. God bless you all. My prayers are with you.
- L. Porter, Cincinnati


With deepest sympathy to the family of Cincinnati Police Officer Kevin Crayon.
- Bernard and Sandra Hussels, South Burlington, Vt.


I didn't personally know Officer Crayon, but I didn't have to. I know many others like them. You see them everyday, in black & white cars, blue cars, white cars, all with different uniforms, but all doing the same thing, protecting everyone in their community. It really doesn't matter that assailant was only 12 years old. He was, and will forever be, a cop killer. May God's light shine on all policemen in the darkness of this tragedy.
- Ann, Cincinnati


The Cincinnati Chapter of Cops For Christ sends it sincere condolences to the Crayon family. Our prayer is that Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will strengthen the family in the death of our Christian brother.
- Joe Stutler (Treasurer), Cincinnati


My 7-year-old son always wants to know about the pictures in the paper. So I told him about your dad and how he was trying to protect the little boy who was having some bad behavior. He asked if we could to over to the "police statue," the memorial place. So we took some wildflowers from our garden that we had just picked and went to tell you that we were sorry your dad died while protecting us. He was very impressed with the flame that never goes out. I explained that its always lit because no matter what time of day it is, there will always be people in the world who want peace and police officers trying to protect us.
- Brook, Cincinnati


Dear Crayon family, As the wife of a Cincinnati Police Officer, I just wanted to let you know that we will never forget the sacrifice that Kevin made, and we will continue to pray for you. In addition to your family and your church family, you also have a police family that cares. As a member of the FOP family auxiliary if there is ANYTHING we can do now or in the future please let us know. I hope that you will take advantage of the services of the COPS program (Concerns of Police Survivors) because only they can say that they know what you are going through because they have been through it themselves. God bless you.
- Sharon Fangman, Cincinnati


You have my deepest condolence of your lost. I grow up and play with Abraham Crayon. I also know the Albrights. God Bless!
- Linda Dupree, Cincinnati


To the family of Officer Kevin Crayon, my husband and I offer you our deepest love and condolences. Brittany, Christopher and Kevin II, your father will visit you in dreams, and may you find comfort in knowing that he was a great man and will be missed by all of us who respected him and the work he did. God bless you.
- Michael and Michaela Brantley, Cincinnati


To the family of Officer Crayon, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss you have suffered. I was so sorry to hear this tragic news, as I grew up Covedale (not too far from Mt. Airy) and have several family members in law enforcement in Ohio and in the DC area, where I now live. Officer Crayon's death brought back painful memories of the Capitol Hill shootings here --it was a tragedy for the entire city of Washington, as I know it is now for Cincinnati. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Kevin Crayon, as do my prayers. May God bless and comfort you.
- Ann, Washington D.C.


May God give you His blessing of peace.
- Bobbie Stevens, Price Hill


My Dear Barbara, I send my deepest sympathy to you and the family. Words cannot express how heavy my heart is for you. There is one thing for sure, "Christ is our Peace!" Wishing you the inner peace that is the gift of God, and his tender Blessings will be with you always.
- Bonnie Cameron Albright, Mt. Healthy


May God Bless the Crayon family and District 2 through this time of sorrow. I will continue to keep both the Crayon family and District 2 in my prayers. Kevin Crayon will be truly missed but certainly not forgotten.
- Shyra Cross, Cincinnati


Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during your time of bereavement.
- Your cousins in Chicago, Melvina Albright-Hurley and Michele Hurley


May the peace of God be with you all until you meet your loved one again. Be blessed.
- Joanne Ogletree Moore, Louisville, Ky.


As I watched the picture of the mother and her son salute your resting place, tears swelled in my eyes, and I knew why I was proud to be an American. "For if you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything." Rest in Peace.
- LaVonya D. Humphreu, Cincinnati


I just wanted to say that you are in my prayers. I believe that Officer Crayon died a hero, for I believe that he may have kept other people who where at the dairy from being hurt or killed. With time God will give you peace and comfort in the midst of your sorrow. Trust the Lord as your father did and would want you to do. We all are praying for you.
- Pastor David Brown Jr., Cincinnati


We are so very sorry for your loss. And we feel for you deeply. But remember God is with you. And he will walk through your loss with you. You are not alone, for our Prayers are always with you. May God keep you and bless you. And always be with you and your family.
- Deborah And Lee Satterwhite & Family, Cincinnati


I want to express my condolences to the family of Officer Kevin Crayon. I did not know Officer Crayon, but I have felt his wonderful presence throughout this week. May God continue to bless the Crayon family and the Cincinnati Police Department. When you are feeling sad, read Ps 23 for comfort. God Bless
- Jackie, Cincinnati


May God bless you and keep you Officer Crayon. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and your service to the citizens of Cincinnati, we owe you a great debt.
- Melissa Scherer, Cincinnati


God bless the crayon family and the Cincinnati police force.
- Richard Weaver and family, Covington


My deepest sympathy to your family. As the wife of a police officer, the loss of Kevin Crayon really hits home. He died serving his community and in my eyes he is a true hero.
- Lauri Butler, Villa Hills


Wanted to give my condolences to the family of Officer Crayon. He will be greatly missed throughout the city. Also give a message to the City of Cincinnati - Always wave, or just give a thumbs up to your local police officers whenever you see them. Just remember that they are the ones who will we be protecting you when the time comes. A wave or a thumbs up is the least of our duties as citizens. God Bless all badge numbers and especially those of fallen officers. A thank you to all officers for laying your life on the line for complete strangers. Thanks!
- Kevin, Delhi


I'm so very sorry to hear of the tragic death of Officer Kevin Crayon. May God be with you, his friends and family, and always with him as he travel through the valley. God Bless You.
- Mrs.Khlayer James, Cincinnati


"Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me." Psalm 50:15 May the peace of our Lord be with the Crayon family.
- Ed Myers, Germantown, Tenn.


I know that you all have so many messages to read, so I'll keep it brief. I just want to say that I am sorry for your loss. As I watched the news and listened to people sing Mr. Crayon's praises, I knew that he must have been a special person. It's not too often you see grown men crying on television- especially about another man. I'm glad to see that you have been able to celebrate his life. Your family will be in my family's prayers. God bless you all.
- Antoinette Davis, Cincinnati


I just wanted to send you all a note saying how sorry I am to hear about your father. I am from Cincinnati, but I live in Greensboro, North Carolina. I heard about the incident from a family member there in Cincinnati and saw a little bit of it on the news down here. I try to keep in touch with what goes on in my hometown via the Internet and/or family, and I felt I had to tell you all you are in our prayers way down here in North Carolina. Your father is in good hands now. We will continue to pray for each of you.
- Gina Jordan, Greensboro, N.C.


You are in our thoughts & prayers. May he rest in peace.
- Gary & Cherie Doellman, Scottsdale, Ariz.


To the family of Officer Crayon and the Cincinnati Police Dept., may God watch over all of you and give you the inner peace to heal. -God Bless
- Maucher family, Missouri


To Officer Crayon's Parents and Children: Nothing can take away the pain you feel--nothing. But please accept my condolences for the loss of your son and father. The entire Greater Cincinnati area mourns with you.

This is the sort of thing that lets us know Christ's return is near, even at the door. May you all be prepared to meet Him in peace. On that great day of the Lord, the trump will sound and the dead in Christ will rise first (the unrighteous dead will still be in the grave!). And we which are alive and remain will meet the Lord-and our loved ones-in the air. (See I Corin. 15.51-55 and I Thess. 4.16-18.) Then, you all can be with Kevin--never to have to depart again. Quite a wonderful promise, huh?!

Until then, though your hearts are crying, allow God to hold you up and comfort you. He loves to do this for his hurting children. God bless you!
- Ms. Pat West, Cincinnati


To The Family and His Children: May the peace of God mount and guard your heart through Eternity. To His Mother, Barbara -Your name is easy to remember, my mother's name is the same: from one mother to another, I feel you in my heart. However, God is still Faithful Jehovah. As I viewed your picture and your head was down, you can look up over the hills from which cometh your help - the peace of knowing that Kevin, your son, is resting, knowing peacefully that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I ask God to give you that sound whisper to know that he is resting in HIS bosom. May your joy mount into the heavens and the sun pierce through the open gate of your Love for your son, your child from the womb, to the bosom of the LORD, forever and ever. Fallen but never forgotten. God Bless you, Isaiah 54:13 "Great is the Peace of your children" God's promise to mothers and fathers - so shall it be Isaiah 55:11 "Your son is in peace" -John 10:10 Forgiveness is the greatest gift of God. There is power in forgiveness. See you one day soon, Officer Kevin Crayon. Barbara, You are in my prayers. BLESS YOU!
- Ms. Melody Huguely & Family, Alpharetta, Ga. (Dayton, Ohio)


May God give you strength during this tragic time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
- Shelly and Bill Staggs, Cincinnati


Officer Crayon was a hero. He put his life on the line to protect us. He served his God, and now is with his God. He will be rewarded for his deed.
- R. J. Apke, Cincinnati


My love and sympathy go to you and your family at this terrible time of tragedy. I have two sons in the Army and I can sure relate. May God be with you all & give you strength beyond compare.
- Marcia Iker, Cincinnati


I am really sorry for the loss of this great man. They say God has a plan for everyone and the good die young. I can only believe this is true. I just want you all to know you will be in my prayers.
- Joy Creutzinger, College Hill


As a brother police officer, I'd like to extend my sincerest condolences to Officer Crayon's family. I am truly sorry for your sorrow. To Officer Crayon, all of us owe a great debt to your sacrifice and commitment. I am proud to have "served and protected" alongside you. Godspeed, brother officer.
- T.J. Seymour, Alliance, Ohio


To the Family of Officer Crayon: I just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow. I didn't know Officer Crayon personally, but I did go to Forest Park High School with him and Shawn, who was in my class of 1980. His passing has touched me and many others as you know... I know you are proud of the way he carried himself, and the service he did to his family and community each day. I hope and pray that your memories of him will be lasting, and good... and filled with love. I hope and pray that our community will embrace Kevin's memory, as a tribute to the honor of public service, and doing good for others, and caring for all members of our society, regardless of age or place, or color. God Bless Officer Kevin Crayon, and may God Bless all of you, his family and friends.
- Mike Haverland, Forest Park


My condolences go out to Officer Kevin Crayon, his family and co-workers. My prayers are with you. May God watch over and protect the Cincinnati Police Department.
- Michelle Oates, Cincinnati


Not a day goes by that we don't meet a hero. We may not recognize it - in fact, we rarely do. And I'm certain that the little boy did not realize it when he came face to face with Officer Crayon.

Far too often police are unfairly lambasted as dishonest and abusive. This usually comes as a result of the poor actions of a few. But police officers - ones that know their unfair reputation, the ones that, often times, are ostracized from their peer groups for their career choice - commit themselves to a life spent defending the public against the vagrants of society. And that makes them heroes. They are willing to serve a generally under-appreciative public.

Please know that my sentiments, as insignificant as they are in the presence of your devastating loss, are with you. Be proud that Officer Crayon was a good man and father.
- N. Lane, Cincinnati


Life has bumpy roads. In order to find smoothness, the inner peace within must be cleansed. Through the rejoice, the Lord gave Officer Crayon life, through a tragic moment, the Lord spoke out and said to Kevin, "My son your work is done, it is time to come home." Rest in peace, Officer Crayon.
- Curtis Whaley, Cincinnati


My family and I pray for you in this difficult time. May you be at peace knowing that your father died doing what he loved. Thank God for all he has done to keep the rest of us safe. God Bless and Keep you Safe
- Debbie, Cincinnati


Please accept my condolences in the loss of Officer Crayon. He is in my thoughts and prayers.
- Rocco D. Stellatano, Jr., Peach Grove, Ohio


May it comfort you to know that I care. I pray that your family will be comforted by your faith.
- Doris Celenza, Cincinnati


Please accept our deepest sympathy.
- The Houston family, Latonia


I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of Officer Crayon. This is a hard time for all concerned. My family shall keep you in our prays, praying for strength and understanding and clarity to ease your pain. We also pray that you can soon do the same for the Mathis Family in the near future. God Bless.
- Debra Strader, Cincinnati


As a former resident of Cincinnati, growing up in College Hill, I share in the grief the city feels as a whole when one of its officers is struck down while in the line of duty. May God be with your family in this time of tragedy.
- L .Wren, Belpre, Ohio


I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Officer Crayon and to his other family, the Cincinnati Police Department. The community will keep your safety and well-being in our prayers at all times. God Bless
- Stephanie Brown, Cincinnati


May God bless Officer Crayon's family, friends and co-workers. I hope the community of Mt. Airy can find some peace after such a tragedy. Please pray that closure be brought to both families involved. We should never take life for granted. No one knows when a tragedy may occur .... I hope everyone learns from this.
- Mrs. Gentry, College Hill


To the family of Officer Kevin Crayon, may the Lord strengthen you during your time of need. Please know that Officer Crayon is in my eyes and in the eyes of many others, a Hero. He and the many other police officers in this world put their lives on the line every day so that the rest of us may live in a better world. We should all stop and be grateful for that. Know also that Kevin Crayon will never be forgotten. He and the other officers in this world stand as an example of courage, strength and integrity. An example we can all look to when there is doubt if Hero's still exist in this world. I am sorry for your loss and I thank you, his family, for his ultimate sacrifice.
- John R. Goebel, Cincinnati


May God Bless you all.
- Lori Laux, Cincinnati


Kevin, Christopher and Brittney, I know at a time like this there is nothing that can be said to ease your pain. I just want you to know that if you ever need someone to talk to or lean on, we are all there for you. Try to always remember the good times and the love that you shared with your Dad. Always be there for each other, and his memory will live on forever.
- The Reid Family, Atlanta


I was so sorry to hear about the tragic death of Kevin. He and I were in the same graduating class from Forest Park High School. My thoughts go out to his family.
- Maureen Runyan (Haas), Tampa, Fla.


I am sure that many former Cincinnatians share your grief with me.
- Charles Fisher, Murietta, Calif.


It is a shame...
- we don't have more police like Kevin Crayon willing to risk their own safety for the public good
- we no longer have officer Crayon to protect and serve the citizens of the city of Cincinnati
- Kevin Crayon, father and husband, can no longer be with his family
- we have precious children who are merely inconvenient nuisances to their parents, who do not love, care and positively guide and supervise their children
- we have children of all races who are brought up to believe police and authority figures are villains and not to be respected
- two human beings had to die for no good reason
Our prayers, thoughts, hearts and tears are with Kevin Crayon and his grieving family, and even with the misguided child who also lost his life. God bless them all. - Jay Scott, Cincinnati


Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Kevin Crayon's family. May the good Lord give you strength during these times of sadness. Kevin will be in our prayers. We are former residents of Cincinnati and lived near Colerain Ave.
- Clem & Olivia, Adelaide, South Australia


My deepest sympathy goes out to all of Kevin Crayon's family and the rest of the police force.
- K.D., Cincinnati


My heart and prayers go out to the family of Officer Crayon. Many times a person does not know what to say when something as tragic as this occurs. The Crayon family, hold fast to the memories to all of the cherished moments that you had with your brother, father, uncle. Hold on to the blessings, the laughter, joys, tears and celebrations that were enjoyed during his time here. By thinking of these memories, Officer Crayon will always be close in spirit, thought and heart today and forever more. God Bless.
- Sharon Todd, Cincinnati


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Words can not express my heart-felt sympathy. May God Keep you and your family in the days ahead.
- Debra Pitts, Atlanta


I can't pretend to know exactly what you are going through, but I do empathize with your pain. I know and deeply care for a Cincinnati Police officer who knew and worked with Officer Crayon. He speaks of him well and I regard all officers that do their job, day in and day out as HEROS. They aren't all corrupt, as many may think; most are willing to help, serve and protect even as they enforce and uphold the law. As I cover my friend in prayer I will do so for your family as well. The Bible says to "give honor where honor is DUE". Officer Crayon and the other officers who have given the "ultimate sacrifice" will NEVER be forgotten...
- Nichelle J. Payne


To his family, friends and the men and women of blue, I never knew Officer Crayon, but I know the areas that he patroled. I have been in many of them, so I feel I must express my deep regret at his passing. From what I have read, he was very much a man of the law who worked hard and did it with much dignity. I was especially touched by an account in the paper of a gas station owner who remarked that Officer Crayon would stop by each night to make sure he was safe. I feel that I can wake up, go to sleep, and do the things I have the freedom to do in this city because of officers like Officer Crayon. I never knew him, but I will miss him. My deepest sympathies to all.
- Michael Prucha, Fairfield


May Officer Crayon rest in peace. For the family, you are in my prayers.
- Ramika Freeman, Cincinnati


My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please remember, like all police officers, Kevin Crayon was a hero.
- Kathy Fulvi, Grand Rapids, Mich.


Who knows how many lives Officer Crayon saved by selflessly sacrificing his own at the hands of wayward, but confused, young boy. Officer Crayon - you are a true hero. Your community is proud of you and grateful for your years of service to the people of Cincinnati. Our prayers go out to your family, your friends, your fellow police officers and ourselves.
- Gary Hancock, Cincinnati


Dear Crayon Family: Our son knew Police Officer Crayon when Jeff was a police officer at Xavier University. (He's now with the West Chester PD). Jeff has only positive things to say about remembering Officer Crayon. May you feel the Peace of God at this time, and may Officer Crayon be at rest throughout Eternity. Love and prayers.
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard Newman, Mt. Healthy


May your family find the strength to get through this most difficult time. Although I did not know Officer Crayon, just knowing that he was a police officer speaks for his character and unselfish dedication. Our society has allowed disrespect and contempt of authority to grow. Please know that I and those who I hold dear, are grateful that there are men and women who still risk their lives so our community can be safer. My condolences to the family of a man who should be honored and who was a credit to our town. Our citizens should thank God every day that if someone calls 911, there is an officer who will respond -with the utmost in sacrifice and dedication. Bless You,
- Don Marsh, Cincinnati


To the family of Officer Crayon, today my heart and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your loved one. My sister is also a police officer in Illinois, and we just lost our mother in March. We still are in the grieving process of her, and I would be totally lost if I had lost my sister. I can only offer my deepest condolences to all of you.
- Martha Gamble, Cincinnati


"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." John 10:11. My prayers are with you and your family.
- Tracy Taylor, Cincinnati


"The Lord gives strength to his people; The Lord blesses his people with peace." Psalms 29:11. God bless your family and the Cincinnati Police Department.
- The Johnsons, Forest Park


You have my deepest sympathy. You will always have the memories of a wonderful man who had a job that protected our city and cared about the citizens.
- Hollie Beemer, Cincinnati


The prayers of the Cleves Police Department are with your family. Officer Crayon died doing what he loved and was trying to stop other people from getting hurt. We shall never forget what he did or how he died. Be proud of who he is and know that he is now protecting us at the gates of Heaven. God Bless.
- Mark Demeropolis FTO Cleves Police, Cincinnati


The Richmond, Va., Department of Fire & Emergency Services, is sadden in the loss of Police Officer Kevin Crayon. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his family, friends, the members of the Cincinnati Police Department and the citizens of Cincinnati. May God watch over him and the ones that he left behind. One day we all will be together.
- Captain John Hinant, Richmond, Va.


As the child of three Cincinnati Police Officers (father, step-father and step-mother) I can only imagine what you must be going through. I just want to let you know that you are not alone in you grief. Unfortunately in the past several years we have found out all to well that the entire Tristate area mourns the loss of an officer. Although I did not personally know Officer Crayon, I have heard how well respected he was among his fellow officers and members of the community. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
- Amy, Madeira


As a dispatcher for Hamilton County...Officer safety is a number one part of my job. How it grieves me to hear of an officer's death. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your family and for our family of officers. You will be in our hearts and our prayers.
- Kelly Wood Communications Officer Hamilton County


Hearts break everywhere in this country, every day it seems. A heart broke in Pennsylvania on September 1st, when I heard about the horrendous loss suffered by the Cincinnati Police Department, as their officer, Kevin Crayon, died all alone in the street. There is nothing that I can say or do to erase the pain, but that is not my purpose. My purpose is just to share in it. Althugh I know it means so little, I am so sorry. God be with the Cincinati Police Department, and Officer Crayon's family.
- Gabriel L. Nathan, Wynnewood, Pa.


God bless you.
- Susan Hadley, North College Hill


May God bless and keep all in his care. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for healing.
- Karen, Delhi Township