Photo Essay

Saying Good By To A Brother Police Officer Who Has Taken His Final Call

A Farewell Salute

Any funeral is a sad occasion for all involved but when a police officer dies the whole community feels the loss. This is a series of photos I took from inside one of the patrol cars during the procession.

Sergeant Jimmy Bellomy of the Barboursville, WV Police Department was only 52 years old when a heart attack ended his time on earth. Jimmy was an exceptional officer, always smiling, always treating everyone with respect. He had many friends both on and off the force.

It was over thirty year ago I first started working with Jimmy. We were with different departments but still worked together many times. The sheriff's department worked short handed many times back then and Jimmy and his co-workers would back us up on serious calls. Jimmy never failed to respond if someone needed help.

Even though I have been retired from law enforcement this past fifteen years I still thought of Jimmy as a friend and had to attend his funeral.

As you can see from the photos there was an outpouring of respect for Jimmy, both from law enforcement, the fire department, and the public.

Farewell Jimmy Bellomy, rest in peace.

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9 responses

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (10 May 2013):

    A great tribute to a good friend. Wonderful story, Fred. I am sure Jimmy would have been touched to read this, and to know how many friends saw him off.

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (10 May 2013):

    A nice tribute.

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (10 May 2013):

    Wonderful tribute, both in writing and photos. The loss of a friend is always a sad thing to go through. Our hearts go with you and all who knew Jimmy. RIP

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (11 May 2013):

    A fabulous and moving story and a fantastic tribute to Jimmy from a good friend. I voted for your story Fred.

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner said (11 May 2013):

    Well done Fred.
    A very fine tribute and farewell to your friend and a brother officer.
    Both your writing and photographs are moving and heartfelt.
    My sincere condolences to you and officer Bellomy's family and friends.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper said (12 May 2013):

    The public show of support and admiration for the police in Watertown, MA was very touching. Something that was, in my opinion, long overdue. We take their service and protection for granted and the disrespect for these brave men is a constant.

    Honoring Jimmy in this way is another rare example of the gratitude and respect we should pay the men in uniform that are on the responding end of the never ending calls to 911.

    Well done Fred. RIP Jimmy. Thank you for keeping us safe.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (17 May 2013):

    Fred, you wrote a very nice story with nice photos about your friend and fellow law enforcement officer. 52 was so young to die of a heart attack! Jimmy had a nice send off, may he rest in peace.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (21 May 2013):

    It is hard to lose a friend and one so young... Well written story and pictures to support it...You have my vote.

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (22 May 2013):


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