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Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman III
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From Denise Zimmerman, Bert's Wife
Happy Anniversary Bert. I
can not believe we are spending our 1st wedding anniversary apart. I
hate this day without you here with me.
Word’s from Bert’s Sister
I want you to know that I love you and will always be here for you. You are and always will be a special part of my life. I want you to know that I think of you as a sister and that there is a very special place for you in my heart. From the first day I met you I knew you were the one for my brother. My brother was very lucky to find such a wonderful person like you. There is no question about how much you and Bert loved each other. I was so glad to be a part of you wedding day. A day in which I will never forget and will remember for the rest of my life. I wish I could fix all the pain that we are all going through but I can’t. I can only hope that as times goes by it will get less painful. We just have to remember all the good times we were able to share with him. I know my brother will watch & protect you and one day you will be with each other again. He is now your new “Guardian Angel”. Not only are you a special part of my life but you are a special part of my kids lives. Jenna and Bobby are very lucky to have such a wonderful Aunt like you. One of the hardest things I had to do was to tell Jenna about how Uncle Bert was up in heaven. It took me almost a month to get up the strength and courage to be able to sit her down to tell her and I remember getting an email from you telling me that if I couldn’t do it you would for me. That meant the world to me. It wasn’t easy but I did it. I can still remember one of the things Jenna was sad about was that she thought she wasn’t gonna see you and Jayda anymore. But I explained to her that you would always be a part of her life and that she can see you and Jayda anytime she wants. That showed me just how important you are to her and Bobby as well. I also want you to know that Bob and I am very honored to have you as one of Bobby’s Godparents.
First I want to tell you how much I LOVE YOU! I sit here and still wonder why you and all that I can come up with is that God had other plans for you. I just wish he could have waited about 40 more years. Your life was cut so short but I can honestly say you lived life to the fullest. You had no fears and loved life. The day you left me a part of me died with you. My heart breaks and will for a very long time. I go to bed at night and all that I can hear is the front door knocking. I remember answering it and seeing John & Joe and having John tell that my biggest fear had come true. There isn’t a minute that goes by that I am not thinking about you. You were one of the most important people in my life. On March 26th it will be 9 years since dad passed away. That day saddened all of us but because we had each other we were able to get through it. Sometimes I wonder if we are being tested to see just how much we can take. I can honestly say that I can’t take anymore. I am to my limit. I have now not only lost my dad but I lost you my brother. I feel very empty inside. I feel like I just lost my best friend and you know what in some way I did. I can still remember my wedding reception, in which just a few weeks ago I celebrated my 3rd wedding anniversary, that when most daughters dance the “Father-Daughter” dance I was not able to. But that was OK because I had you. We danced to a song in which years later became you and Denise’s wedding song. We cried, we laughed, and I can still remember you telling me how proud you were of me and how much you loved me. You also told me that dad would have been just as proud of me as you were. In my heart I had a special place that only belonged to you. I am very honored to have called you my brother and very proud to tell people that you were a NJ State Trooper. Even though I feared you being a State Trooper and that one-day this could happen know that I was very proud of you. You protected not only your family but also the whole state of New Jersey from the bad. I have gained so much respect not only for NJ State Troopers but also for all law enforcement. You are gonna be greatly missed not only by me but also by everyone who knew you. Know that Denise will always be a part of our family and that we will take great care of her. I could always see just how special she was to you and how much you loved her. I remember meeting Denise and from the first time I meet her I knew she was the one for you. Their was just something about her and I told my self this is the one he’s gonna marry. Here I am one month later still wishing that this was nothing but a bad dream and at the same time wondering how will I go on without you. Not only were you my brother but you were an uncle to Jenna and Bobby. I want you to know how much you meant to them. Jenna was lucky to not only have you as her uncle but as her godfather as well. I want you to know that when I had Bobby christened that you were also going to be his godfather. I couldn’t ask for a better godfather for my kids than you. One of the first things Jenna asked for when I told her what had happened was if I had a picture of you and her together so that she can carry it with her. As for Bobby is saddens me very much because I know he is too little to remember you and that he will never really know you. My promise to you is that I will never let Jenna & Bobby forget you. When they get older I will share many stories both happy and sad with them. I only ask one promise of you to please watch over them and make sure they are safe from bad and that nothing happens to them. Rest in peace and know that one day we will be together again.
-Love always your little sister,
Words from Denise's Mom
My heart is broken for Denise and Bert. As parents we want to fix everything for our children when they are hurting or in pain. I want to put my arms around you both and say, "it's okay, we'll fix it". Oh, how I wish I could.
I am so sorry your beautiful life was cut so short. No one can explain why bad things happen to good people. But God only wants the good ones, so I have to believe you are in a better place and needed there.
I could not have asked for a better husband for Denise. How happy we all were on your wedding day. You were everything I could have wished for and beyond for Denise. I am proud and honored to have called you son-in-law. I know you will watch over Denise always.
I will always hold a special place in my heart for you and I will cherish the time I was able to call you "son".
God Bless You in your new position of "Heavenly Trooper". We will miss you and love you beyond words.
It brings a smile to my face and peace to my soul as I picture you renovating houses for the angels and passing out speeding tickets when they are flying just a little bit too fast.
Words from Denise's Dad
Denise, what can I say to my little girl to help ease your pain? I wish that I could just hold you in my arms and make it all better, but I can't. You have shown great strength and courage through a very tragic time. You are every bit the Trooper that Bert was. He would be very proud of you. You know that I love you more than anything in this world and I will always be there for you, day or night.
.....Bert, one of things that I will always remember about you is the day that you came to my office and ask for my permission to marry Denise. I'm sure that I was more nervous than you were. I knew that Denise would be marrying a good man with great values and who obviously loved her with all of his heart.
The day I walked her down the aisle and gave you her hand was one of the happiest and proudest moments of my life. The look of love on your face when you first saw her that day will be forever be ingrained in my mind.
I can't say enough about how wonderful the support has been from your brothers, the NJ State Troopers, for Denise and both families.
To say that I love you and will miss you would be an understatement. You are a true hero. I know you are in Heaven. Rest in Peace, my son.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
-Bert's father in law
Bert, Happy Memorial Day. As we celebrate and acknowledge all of our heros today, I honor you, for you are a true hero.
Bert, Happy Easter! We'll this is the first holiday that I had to spend without you. I wish you could have been here to spend it with us. Know that I love you and miss you very much. I think about you all the time and I am trying very hard to deal with this but still two months later I'm not able to. I still sit waiting to get a phone call from you or for you to knock at my door to see the kids. I'm just so afraid to let myself deal with this. I just like to think you're working crazy hours and that's why I haven't heard from you. Please stay safe and continue to look over all of us. I LOVE YOU!! Love, Jamie XOXOXO
I had the honor of meeting Bert on a traffic stop on the Garden State Parkway over the past summer. I was so impressed with his courteous and sincere demeanor. Bert treated me like a true brother Officer. As I left the traffic stop I then said to my wife "this guy gets what we are all about". It was a sincere honor to meet you Bert, you exemplify what being an Officer is all about. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bert, on behalf of myself and the Voorhees Twp. Police Dept.
-Patrolman Tom Cocco
-Voorhees Twp Police
Bert-the last time I talked to you, you were at my Mom and Dad's house fixing the grout in their tile floor. You were telling me how well things were going for you with the State Police and how much you loved your job. You were also telling me how great your home life was going and how lucky of a guy you were to have Denise. You made anyone who considered you a friend proud to say they knew or worked with you. You looked like the quintessential trooper and always exuded professionalism and pride. You will be greatly missed. Keep an eye on the rest of us from up their, will ya. We'll keep an eye on your family down here. Rest in peace brother, you tour on Earth may be over, but your shift in Heaven has just begun. God Bless You.
Denise, we got your beautiful note. Thanks for the kind words. Your requests will be our pleasure. No matter where you go or where you rest your head we will be looking out for you and your family. Take care.
-Sgt. Bob Stavola #125
-Gloucester Twp. Police Dept.,
Where do we find the words to say at a time like this? Bert is constantly on minds and will always be in our hearts. We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
We thought we would enjoy many years with you as our grandson but it seems God had other plans for you. In the short time that you were a part of our family, you left a lasting impression.
We will never forget how kind you were when Nan had her accident. We were at the ER most of day. We had a big snowstorm earlier that day and never gave it a thought until we were on our way home. Imagine our surprise when we saw you and John clearing our driveway. You had driven a distance and even though you had to be up at 5AM, you gave up your time and sleep to come and help us in our time of need. Your act of kindness made a huge impact on all of us.
We pray to our Heavenly Mother every night and will continue to keep you and Denise in our prayers. Until we meet again, Rest in Peace.
-Nan & Pop
-Ann & Carmen Petrelli, Denise's Grandparents
PS. Whenever we see snow or a Hummer, we will think of you.
I had the privilege of knowing Trp. Bert Zimmerman. We attended high school together at Highland High School in Blackwood, NJ. Bert graduated 1 year behind me. Bert then worked with us at Gloucester Twp. Police Dept. He always aspired to be a New Jersey State Trooper, and he achieved his goal. I remember Bert as a hard charging aggressive cop, a real warrior. My prayers are with his wife and his family. It was an honor to know Bert. HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.
-Sgt. David J. Harkins #122
-Gloucester Township Police Department
My sympathy and condolences go out to the Zimmerman family and friends. I know the heart ache of losing a loved one who for God only knows taken from us far to soon R.I.P TROOPER ZIMMERMAN.
-New Jersey Department of Corrections
Aunt Margie and I were both devastated by Bert's loss. We discussed writing something in these pages several times, and both of us have difficulty putting into words our feelings regarding what is probably the most tragic loss either of us has witnessed in our lives. Denise, you had the family fooled. I agree with your Dad, you are every bit the trooper that Bert was, and Bert would be proud of you. We are most sorry that Bert's life was taken so shortly after you were married. Denise, we are truly sorry, deeply saddened and will miss Bert; his enthusiasm for life, love of family, love of children, and willingness to help family, friends and others. I only wish that we had the words to somehow make it all better, but no words seem adequate to express how Aunt Marge and I feel. We love you and Bert, and would do anything to ease your pain and the feelings of loneliness that you undoubtedly feel. Bert will always be alive in you, and I am sure that he will watch over and protect you from heaven. If there is ever anything we can do, please call on us. We want to help.
Always remember that your family loves you and we are all pulling for you. We will always keep you and Bert in our Prayers.
-Uncle Rich and Aunt Margie
Bert: May you rest in peace with the knowledge that YOU made a difference! You will never be forgotten & you will be missed.
Denise: We know that
times are tough and we're sure they will get tougher, but remember that
God wouldn't give you anything he didn't think you could handle!
If he brought you to it...he will bring you through it! Know that
we are here for whatever you might need! We will never understand
what you've been though but we want you to know that you'll never be a
lone! Always remember that love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss
and ends with a tear! Always remember that when it hurts to look
back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and
your friends will be there! Good Friends are hard to find, harder
to leave and impossible to forget. We shall never forget!
-Chrissie, Tim & Michael Mauger
-Friends of Bert & Denise
Words cannot express the love and feelings we have for Bert. He was more to us than just a husband to our Granddaughter, he was part of our family. We were proud and honored to call him "Grandson". The short time we knew him, we have precious moments to remember that we will always cherish. When the hot weather comes and we put on the air conditioner, we will remember how quick he and John came over to make us comfortable. Before he left, he kissed me goodbye and shook hands with Grandpop. He had great respect for everyone. At your wedding, he took time out and came to our table and asked to dance with his "two grandmothers". I have the picture of the three of us dancing and will always remember that moment. He will be remembered and loved forever.
-Mom-Mom and Grandpop
-Mary Alice and Victor Ciminera
I met Bert for the first time at a wedding in 2002. I must say I was intimidated at first. His broad shoulders and shaven head demanded your attention and respect. It was not until his own wedding though that I saw the "real" Bert Zimmerman: the Bert that Denise knew and loved; a man that loved life to the fullest everyday. That is the Bert that Jen and I will remember. I wish I could understand why someone like Bert had to be stolen away from his family and friends. All we can hope is God had much bigger plans in store for him and from what we knew of Bert, I'm sure he is up to the challenge. They say the happiest people are those that are able to balance their personal, professional and spiritual lives the best. Well... Bert balanced those with ease in life. It is in death that he will realize his true mission and success is inevitable.
Our hearts go out to Denise and Bert's family during this time of suffering. We will remember Bert for the ultimate sacrifice he made for those he served and protected. But most importantly, we will remember Bert for the loving husband he was and the indelible impact he made on those closest to him. God Bless Bert Zimmerman.
Bob and Jen McFillin (Friends of Denise and Bert)
Denise, your uncle and I are very proud of you and Bert. Bert for all he achieved in life and you for the poise and decorum you presented during a time that challenges the strongest of people. Though you may be small in size, we always new you were an equal to Bert. Someone who could make the strongest bend. Denise, we are truly sorry, deeply saddened and will genuinely miss Bert. We only knew Bert for several years but we love him as we love you. We will miss his unbridle enthusiasm, love of life, quick tempo speech and the conversations, ahhh, the conversations. As I said several times, your intense loss will not diminish; there will always be a void that can not be filled. This void will evolve. As life moves forward, you will not lose him for Bert will always be with you.
Denise you will enjoy this story knowing the history of Bert and your Uncle Tom. I believe Bert had the final laugh with your uncle as he climbed into the passenger seat of a NJ State Police cruiser. While the irony was lost on the very nice Trooper (and we tried to explain it) your Uncle and I didn’t miss it and I am sure you won't either.
The day of Bert's funeral we parked our car in the family section of the church parking lot. Unfortunately when it was time to leave for the cemetery the car in front of us did not have occupants. Rather than risk another “citation” for you uncle’s driving abilities, we moved into Uncle Rich and Aunt Marge’s car. However, the cruiser in front of Uncle Rich’s car was also missing it occupants as your Grandparents were in the family limos. The Trooper, having an empty cruiser, approached the car (Bert always enjoyed your uncle’s driving stories and he knew whenever a trooper or policeman approaches Uncle Tom on the driver side of a vehicle he cringes awaiting another “driving citation”.) The Trooper explained she didn’t want to drive an empty car and asked us to ride with her and we did. She was very nice and we enjoyed sharing “Bert” and other stories with her. Denise it still bring a big smile and a small sense of comfort to both your uncle and I when we think of Bert (with a big grin on his face) saying as your uncle climbed into the cruiser “Gotcha Uncle Tom this is for the first time we met”.
-Our love always
-Uncle Tom and Aunt Kathi
I wrote this two weeks after Trp. Zimmerman left us. Not to anyone specifically, but to all of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Also for all of those families and friends who must carry on... Trp. Zimmerman’s story was part of the inspiration of this poem... My deepest sympathies to his family and friends and the NJSP. I post this here, in Honor of Trp Bertram T. Zimmerman III.
-Sgt. Marc Turner (Ret.)
Denise, Verna, Andrea & Jamie,
There are no words to express the deep sadness we feel at the loss of such a wonderful man. Bert had such a presence about him...I think we all felt safe knowing Bert was in our family and a part of our lives. We were so touched when you asked Nico to be in your wedding, though we weren't sure he would go down the aisle you guys didn't care as long as he showed up in his little tux. I remember all the times Bert would kneel down to talk to him ....holding him during the girls christening while he slept. .Nico loved the trooper car Bert gave him and the bank.. Nico adored Bert, we all did. We are all so proud to have known him and honored that he touched our lives. Bert was very much loved, he will forever remain in our hearts and a part of our family. We love you and will miss you always. All of our love,
-Liz, Rich, Nico, Holly & Syndey
I think we were becoming good friends. We talked about everything. Sometimes we laughed and sometimes even cried a little. We talked about things like; plasma tv's, weimararners, DVD players, Seagirt, the car show, and his wife Denise. We talked about paint ball guns, 3D drivers' licenses, his father, S.W.A.T., beer signs and his best friend Denise. We talked about graduate school, Shawn and Michele, catching bad guys, sheet rock, plain burgers, movies, but most of all Denise.
God, please take good care of my friend.
Trooper Zimmerman, you will always be my hero and may rest in peace!
-SO Luis F. Abreu II
-Belmar Police Department
As I read through the memorials for Bert, I couldn't help but think what a great man he was. I only knew him as your loving husband and devoted son-in-law, but every time I was in his presence I could see the love in his eyes for you. Denise, I can't forget the day I met the two of you in Super G grocery shopping right after your marriage. It was such a adorable moment watching you try to decide what to make for dinner. As it turned out it was the last time I saw Bert. May God Bless all of you and keep you safe, we already know that Bert is safely in the arms of God looking over you.
-A friend of the family
There are no words I can speak to ease your pain. There are no actions I can take to reverse this tragedy. My heart goes out to Bert’s family, Denise’s family and most of all to Denise. Please know that whenever, however and whatever I can do to help my friend through this challenging time I am ready. Bert’s love for Denise will never waiver . . . nor will Denise’s love for Bert. They are “soul mates” and will remain that way forever. The responsibility of Denise’s family and friends is to remain at her side as she learns to cope with this lose. Denise, we are all here for you (always). Bert, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I never saw Bert without a smile on his face. He was also a very giving and caring person. He opened up his home to group of us on his own wedding day. He was concerned with our well-being and making sure we were comfortable even though it was his big day. That is the type of guy he will be forever remembered as. He will be greatly missed.
Bert was a great guy with pride, enthusiasm and a huge heart. He shared so many good times with us and he will be greatly missed. I know he is looking out for you Denise and taking care of you every single day. Times may not be easy for awhile but let his spirit for life live on inside of you. Be strong and remember all the wonderful memories the two of you shared.
-Wendy and Chuck
Bert was one in a million. He will be greatly missed and will live on in our hearts forever.
Another one among us has made the ultimate sacrifice, paid the highest price, and surrendered to us his life. To his family I'll say this: I will always think of your loss whenever I run toward the danger, whenever I feel the pain or pride of doing this job, whenever I feel times are too rough to handle. I hope your grief is tempered by the knowledge that your Trooper will no longer have to fight the battles others are afraid of fighting, he has done his job, he is at rest. To the NJSP: Godspeed, never forget.
-Frederick R. Williams, Corporal
-Princeton Twp. Police Dept.
Although I have not had the honor of meeting Bert, I have come to know what a wonderful human being he was just by the love and admiration his family and friends have spoke of him. Denise was one of my best friends in college and she deserved to be loved by one of God's great ones. Bert is one of God's finest. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Denise and the Zimmerman family.
-Leslee Dominick O'Donnell
-Friend of Denise and Bert
Danielle, Gracie and I will miss Bert terribly, but we count ourselves fortunate to have known him. He has left an impact on all of us, in his own, unique way. We have numerous things around the house that he built especially for us, memorabilia of him with Denise and the rest of the family. We will miss him, gone but not forgotten. We are comforted that he was responding to the aid of another officer, responding like any other law enforcement officer would, despite any dangers that may befall.
I in particular will remember the few times we talked alone about the various stages he went through in his professional career: the rigors of becoming a state trooper, achieving his Masters Degree, passing the exam to the tactical patrol unit, and eventually joining the SWAT team. Bert has changed all of us, leading by example, pushing all of us to do a little better in all that we do, yet still remembering that family is the most important thing. We love you and miss you Bert. Keep watch over all of us.
-Vincent Petrelli, D.C.
-Brother to Denise
-Brother-in-Law to Bert
I am so thankful that we had someone like Bert in this terrible world, risking his life everyday to make ours better. He is a wonderful Soul Denise. I wish I met him, just once, to say that I knew him would have been an honor. As it is an honor to know his wife, and to consider you one of the greatest people I have ever known. My heart bleeds for you Denise, as it does for the rest of his/your family. Know in your heart, the day will come that you and Bert will be together for eternity in a better place, with no evil – just love. Please lean on me, my love to you and yours. I love you always.
-A friend of Denise’s
For the 5 years that I was privileged to have known Bert, I knew I was in the presence of a wonderful man. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations as he recounted his day on duty. I admired his passion for life and respected his job as a Trooper. I felt safe when he was around and proud to have him in our family. I also quickly realized that Bert valued things in life that I often took for granted. I wanted to be a better person because of him.
Bert had "skills" that were unmatched and he was willing to help anyone with any project. And when he helped, he gave 110% of himself. If that meant sacrificing sleep to help a friend or family member, he did it without hesitation. He loved his life, his friends, and family more than most people I know. But most importantly, he loved his wife Denise with all that his heart could hold and was devoted to her in every way.
One of the last conversations I had with Bert ended with, "Danielle, you know when I do something, I don't do it half way. It has to be the best". I find comfort in this because I know he lived his life in a way God would be proud and now he is in heaven guarding Denise and his family and friends from above.
I value the time I had with Bert and will miss him immensely. I love him and hope to see him again one day.
-Sister in Law of Denise and Bert
Bert was an inspiration. He was someone who was always in the best mood and could change the outlook of your day. He made Denise the happiest girl in the world. I have never met a couple as happily in love as the two of them. Denise - I can't even begin to imagine the pain and sorrow but always remember he is right by your side. He is your guardian angel protecting you. We will miss Bert, his humor, his love of life, and his courage. Denise - we love you and are here for you. Stay strong.
-Shannon and Jeff Heaney
-Friends of Denise and Bert
My memories of Bert are those of a well respected, kind and fun-loving person who sure loved to dance at weddings!!
Bert is now your special guardian angel who will be watching over you for the rest of your life….one day you will both meet again. For now, let the memories you hold so deeply locked within your heart give you the strength at this difficult time. Eventually, you will find the courage to carry onward to a brighter, better day. My thoughts are with you now and in the days to come.
-Friend of Denise and Bert
Bert was very dedicated to protecting US. I know from heaven he is still protecting US. Rest in peace.
Rest in peace brother. You were a great co-worker at Evesham and a better friend. We've created a lot of great memories together which will stay with me forever. Me and my wife were fortunate enough to share in your wedding day and blessed that you and Denise shared in ours. You affected so many people in such a positive manner and a large void in all their lives was created when you left us. Me and Prudence will always hold the memories that we created close to our hearts and will hold onto them forever. We will never forget you.
-Bruce and Prudence
Denise and Verna -
Words cannot express our sympathy for you and your families right now. Bert was amazing and truly touched our lives. He was always there to make you laugh when you were feeling down. He will truly be missed, but always remembered. He was a great husband, son, brother, and friend. We are here for you - remember that. Don't be afraid to ask for anything.
-Christine Tierno and Dave Taitt
To Denise, family and friends of Bert Zimmerman. I deeply sorry about your loss, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless
-Friend of Denise and Bert
Denise & Zimmerman family --
I came across these poems that I thought were comforting. All my thoughts and prayers.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone;
part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
He Only Takes The Best.
heart of gold stopped beating. Two shining eyes at rest.
days are sad and lonely, And evening shadows fall.
To My Best Friends: Bert and Denise
Denise- I wish I could do Something to make the pain disappear but I cant.... Bert was an awesome husband, a loyal son and brother, and a GREAT friend. He will be missed by many . You are a strong women and I know you will pull through this...Bert loves you very much and he want you to be happy. Remember your Family and Friends are here for you .
Bert- I know you are in a better place now. You are loved by many and will be greatly missed . You were an Awesome friend and a dedicated Trooper and son. Shawn and I will think of you everyday. WE miss and love you!!!
-Michele & Shawn
The policeman stood and faced his God,Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said,"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badgescan't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny, That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a placeAmong the people here.
They never wanted me aroundExcept to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throneWhere the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,You've done your time in hell."
-submitted by a grateful citizen....God's speed Bert.
Rest in peace Bert, and please continue to protect us and watch over us. You will never be forgotten by me or any of your other family and friends. You gave so much of yourself to your family, friends and especially your work. What you did for others will never be replaced. You will be missed for a lifetime. Love you.
-Your Best Friend,
Trooper Zimmerman was an inspiration to all that knew and or worked with him. You couldn't help but feel inspired by Bert's positive attitude and willingness to help. He gave all of himself everyday, all the time. Trooper Zimmerman may be gone, but he will never be forgotten !!!! REST IN PEACE------BROTHER BERT
God Bless you and your family. I know you are patrolling up in heaven now!
-NJ Dept of Human Services
Our thoughts and prayers are with Denise, Family, Friends, and our entire state police family. May the lord be with you everyday!
To Denise, family and fellow brother and sister's in our State Police Family..... My thoughts and prayers are with you today, tomorrow and forever. I am here if needed. to laugh, cry, or what ever you need. God Bless you
Denise if you need me please call anytime.
Our hearts bleed for the loss of one of the finest of the finest. Rest now our brother.
-Sgt James Paul
-West Milford PD
Your dedication was exemplary. I am fortunate to have been your classmate and friend. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family. You will not be forgotten. Rest in peace brother.
Rest in peace brother ....your work here on earth is done. Thank you for giving your all. May we never forget the sacrifice that all officers make on a daily basis. You, my friend, made the ultimate. NOW, you are Gods protector. R.I.P.
I am greatly shocked and deeply sorrowed by the passing of Bertram T. Zimmerman III. He is protecting us from above.
-Trooper Brandon Hoaglan
-Florida Highway Patrol
God Bless Trooper Zimmerman and his family. May God shine upon you always.
-Officer Suzanne D'Ambrose
-Monmouth County Police Academy
My blessing go out to the family and friends. May God always be on your side.
-ODU NORTH NJSP
To the family & friends of NJSP Trooper Zimmerman....Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy.....
Our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Zimmerman’s family and the NJSP.
-Ptl. Ron DeMarchi
My deepest sympathy. I am currently a recruit with the Burlington County Police Academy (Alternate Route) So, while I did not know trooper Zimmerman I have the utmost respect for him and the career he chose. My condolences and prayers to the family.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Zimmerman and his family. May God bless you our brother in blue.
-Pltm Rob Miller#96
-Bloomfield Police Dept
one among us has made the ultimate sacrifice, paid the highest
-Frederick R. Williams, Corporal
-Princeton Twp. Police Dept.
Are condolences and sympathies go out to the family and friends of Trooper Zimmerman III. Rest in peace!
-NUTLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT
My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the family, friends and fellow Troopers who knew and loved Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman III.
-Corporal Michael J. LaPorta
-Monroe Township Police Department
-F.O.P Lodge #125 Honor Guard
My family and I wish to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Tpr. Bertram T. Zimmerman III. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you.
-Detective Joseph McFadden
-Atlantic City Police Department
My brother Bobby married into the Zimmerman family at about the same time Bert was graduating from the NJ State Police Academy. I still remember him dancing with his little sister Jamie at her wedding reception, taking the place of their father in the father/daughter dance. Standing up and being the "man" of the family in his place. As did many others, his sister looked up to him, with good reason. He had to leave early that evening, as "duty called" and no one thought twice about it. That was the kind of man Bert Zimmerman was. He loved his family and was completely devoted to being a police officer. He will be missed by everyone who he has ever come in contact with but I can't help but feel for his little sister "Jamie" who looked up to and adored him as much as I have ever seen a sister do. God Bless the ENTIRE Zimmerman family, my thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.
-Friend AND family member
God bless the family and friends of Trooper Zimmerman. Our prayers are with you brother.
-Patrolman Deron J. Ilarraza
-Red Bank Police Department
My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the family, friends and fellow Troopers who knew and loved Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman III.
-Corporal Michael J. LaPorta
-Monroe Township Police Department
-F.O.P Lodge #125 Honor Guard
On behalf of the Tinicum Township, Delaware County Pennsylvania Police Department, we would like to offer our condolences and prayers to the family, friends, and fellow Troopers of Trp. Zimmerman.
-P/O S.M. Edmiston
On behalf of the Plainsboro Township Police Department we wish to express our deepest sympathy & condolences to the family, friends and fellow troopers for the tragic loss of Trooper Zimmerman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Trooper Zimmerman's Courage, Professionalism and Dedication to Duty will be sorely missed by the entire law enforcement community.
-Ptl. Scott Seitz
-Plainsboro Twp PD
It is with deep regret that I'm writing about another fallen brother struck down in a daring attempt to make the lives of the people of the garden state safer. Trooper Zimmerman will be missed deeply by everyone that had the luxury of Trooper Zimmerman to serve their community.
-NJDOC SCO R.Curry
On behalf of the United States Park Rangers, Sandy Hook, God bless the troopers and family of Tpr. Zimmerman. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
-Patrol Sgt. Sandy Hook
My thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman III 's family, friends and fellow Troopers. May he rest in peace.
-Patrolman Brian Teeney
God bless the family and friends of Trooper Zimmerman. It is a huge loss when any law enforcement officer falls in the line of duty. Those of us who had the privilege to work with Trooper Zimmerman during his law enforcement career must stay strong and carry on his work. May his family find some peace. God bless his soul and the souls of all who went before him.
-Patty Jacobs #910
-Dispatcher Gloucester Township Police
On behalf of the men and women of the Somers Point Police Department, we wish to express our deepest condolences and sympathy to the New Jersey State Police. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the family of Tpr. Bertram T. Zimmerman III.
-Somers Point Police Department
Words can not express the sorrow I feel for this tragedy. My condolences and prayers go out to the family of a Hero.
When a Hero gives the ultimate sacrifice he is rewarded with the ultimate gift, an eternity in paradise with God. Rest well brother, for we will continue the fight in your honor.
-Officer B. Errigo
-Brooklawn Police Department
AS A FATHER WHO JUST LOST HIS SON LAST MONTH, CLIFTON SAHLBERG, AGE 23, WHO BATTLED FOR 6 MONTHS WITH P.T.S.D. AFTER BEING AMBUSHED IN TUCKERTON. YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES. WE CAN BE SO PROUD OF OUR SONS WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES SO OTHER CAN LIVE IN A SAFER WORLD. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU THROUGH ONE OF THE HARDEST TIMES IN OUR LIVES.
-PRESIDENT OF L.B.I.P.B.A.#175
It hurts us all when one of us falls. I pray for my brave brother and for his family. May God fold him in his arms and keep him. Let those of us left behind realize how quickly we can be gone and remember to tell our loved ones that we love them.
-Hendry County (Fl) Sheriff's Office
May God give comfort to Trooper Zimmerman's Family at this time. Trooper Zimmerman will always be a part of ODU south.
-Operational Dispatch Bureau
Me and my family share your grief God Bless you and keep you strong.
-Martin E. Neville
God Bless our fallen brother. If there is anything that the Mount Holly Police Department can do for the family, friends or brothers in arms of this fallen hero, please ask and it will be done to the best of our abilities.
-Mount Holly Police Department
MAY GOD BLESS TROOPER BERTRAM T. ZIMMMERMEN III. HE WAS A WARRIOR IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME AND EVIL. MAY OUR MOST SINCERE CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY FRIENDS AND ALL THAT KNEW HIM. HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. MY HE REST IN PEACE.
-RECRUIT IANOS CLIFTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
-KLING TELOFSKI JOHN H.STAMLER POLICE ACADEMY CLASS 90
On behalf of The Honor Legion of the Police Departments of the State of New Jersey (NJHL), we offer our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the family of Trooper Zimmerman.
-Stanley A. Ragen
-Immediate Past President
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and the New Jersey State Police on the tragic loss of Trooper Bertram Zimmerman. There are no words to express when a Law Enforcement Officer is killed in the line of duty, serving the citizens of this country. I am positive GOD will be with all of you and help you through this tragedy. I am also certain that Trooper Zimmerman will begin his new tour of duty in his earned and rightful place with our savior Jesus Christ. Blessed Are The Peacemakers: For they shall be called the children of GOD.
~ Lieutenant Gene DiGiacomo ~
~ East Orange Police Department ~
On behalf of the Medford Township Police Department and the Evesham Fire-Rescue, where Tpr. Zimmerman first served as a patrolman for Evesham Township Police, our sincere condolences go to the family, friends and Brother Troopers of Trp. Bert Zimmerman on your loss. Take comfort in knowing that he gave his all doing the job that he loved. Rest In Peace Brother.
-Sgt. Thomas Switick
-Medford Twp. Police
My Deepest Sympathies, to Trooper Zimmerman's family, and friends. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you.
-Officer W. Finnegan
-Linwood Police Department
My sympathy goes out to the family of this trooper who gave all in the line of duty. Anyone who wears the uniform feels the pain when a brother officer sacrifices for the betterment of us all. It's good to know the perp was caught at the other end of his last call to service.
-PTL Dan Caldarale
-Pemberton Borough PD
My sincere Condolences to the Family of Trooper Zimmerman.
-Lt. Daniel J. Daly Newark Police Department
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of trooper Zimmerman. there is no words to express when a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty, it is more understood among all of us that share a law enforcement profession -each and every day, when such a occurrence happens it is felt throughout many departments there is such a loss that something is taken from us all ,i hope that god will be with all of you and help you all through this tragedy and sadness. among the brothers and sisters who worked and schooled together with trooper Zimmerman i hope that you all someday will find closure, and live in the memories of knowing and or working with trooper Zimmerman how he was and the good that lived with in him. god bless you all and may god send guardian angels to guide you all .
-Corporal Harry Henion
On Behalf of the Officers of the Edgewater Park Twp. Police Officers Association, I would like to express our sincerest condolences, prayers, and best wishes to the family, friends, and fellow troopers of Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman III. God Bless and over all Police Officers who put their lives on the line ever day of their lives from the time they "Take the Oath".
-Sgt. Gene J. Di Filippo
-Edgewater Park Twp. Police Dept.
Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family, friends and department of our fallen brother. We are one in spirit. Please be at peace that God has a special place for you.
-Washington County Sheriff's Department
My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the family, friends and fellow Troopers who knew and loved Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman III.
-Auxiliary Officer Scott Fishman
My deepest sympathies to Bertram T. Zimmerman III family, both in blood and in blue. My he Rest In Peace with our other departed Brothers and Sisters and keep and Eye over Us as we keep ytrying to carry on. You will not be forgotten.
-P.O. Jon Rynander, Morris Township PD
-P.O. Mark Fernandes, Clifton PD
My deepest condolences go out to Trooper Zimmerman's family, friends, and fellow Troopers. Although right now nothing can seem to take away the pain of losing a Brother Officer, he perished doing what he loved. Again, my prayers and thoughts go out to Trooper Zimmerman's family, friends, and co-workers.
-Scott A. Turdo
-NJ Dept of Corrections
On behalf of PBA Local 157 and the officers of the Essex County Department of Corrections we would like to offer our prayers and condolences to the family friends and coworkers of Trooper Zimmerman for their tragic loss.
-President, PBA Local 157
-Essex County Corrections
On Behalf of PBA # 63 and The Officers and Members of the South Amboy Police Department.
We wish to express our deepest sympathies to The Family and Fellow Troopers of Trooper Zimmerman. Our Prayers are with them during this time of great sorrow.
-George F. Kern
-Secretary /State Delegate
-Local # 63
God has called brave men and women to stand guard over the meek and those who would become victims of the evil of our society. Trooper Zimmerman was such a man. Most Merciful God, grant eternal rest onto the soul of our protector and comfort unto his family and friends. Give us the faith to see in death the gateway to your promise of eternal life. God's peace to all members of that thin blue line who share your burden of sorrow this day.
-The Missionary Priests of The Servants of the Resurrection.
-The National Anglican Catholic Church
From the Galloway Twp. Police Department, I would like to send our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and fellow Troopers. God watch over the family of Trooper Zimmerman in there time of need. God Bless all who wear the uniform of a law enforcement officer.
-Ptl. Wm Kline
-Galloway Twp. PD
God bless Trooper Zimmerman and his family. He truly is a hero of the blue. May the spirit of his dedication, honor and courage return to us on the wings of an angel, to protect us all from evil.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
May the good Lord Bless the family of Trooper Zimmerman and those who worked with him. Unfortunately it takes a tragic event to show the countless sacrifce that Law Enforcement Officer's across the country make every day. May God Bless all those who serve. God Bless,
-Ofc. A. Poulos Jr.
-US Department of Defense Police
-Fort Monmouth, NJ
On behalf of Long Branch PBA Local #10 our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the family, friends, fellow Troopers for their tragic loss of Trooper Zimmerman.
-PO Frank Morey
-President, PBA Local#10
I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Zimmerman.
-Detective H. Fox
-Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
Our prayers and thoughts are with Trooper Zimmerman’s family…
-Vineland Police Department
On behalf of Maple Shade PBA Local 267, all members wish to extend condolences to the family of Trooper Zimmerman. Our prayers are with him and his family.
-Ofc Mark W Woodland
-PBA President Maple Shade PBA Local 267
May the good Lord Bless the family of Trooper Zimmerman and those who worked with him. Unfortunately it takes a tragic event to show the countless sacrifce that Law Enforcement Officer's across the country make every day. May God Bless all those who serve.
-Det. T. Watkins
-City of Camden Police Department
stood with Pride and Courage
I wish to express my sincere condolences to the family and to all my brothers of the New Jersey State Police on the tragic loss of Tpr. Zimmerman III. My prayers are with you all.
-Det Tim Abline
-Morris County, NJ Park Police
-Detective Robert Koob
I would like to express my sincere sympathy to Trooper Zimmerman's family, fellow troopers, family and friends. Its sad to see another brother in blue die trying to serve and protect our state. God look over and protect us all.
-Ofc William Aldridge
--Somers Point Police Dept
I would like to express my deepest sympathy and prayers to the family and Trooper Zimmerman's Fellow Troopers. Its always a very sad day when a Brother officer gives his life for the safety and welfare of others.
-Det.Peter R. Cipollini Ret.
-Cop 2 Cop team
On behalf of my self and the members of the Edison Police Auxiliary we'd like to send our Prayers to the family, fellow Troopers, and friends of Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman III. He made the ultimate sacrifice and will Never be forgotten.
-Ptl. C. Alameda
-Edison Police Aux.
My deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and co-workers of Trooper Zimmerman, May the lord give them strength during this time.
To the Family, co-workers, and friends of Trooper Zimmerman my deepest sympathy for your loss. This is truly a tragic loss for the citizens of New Jersey and also to the law enforcement family. God Bless you.
My Prayers, Condolences and Sympathy Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman III and Family. Trooper Zimmerman will be rewarded in heaven for making the supreme sacrifice. May we all remain strong in such trying times. Lord, have mercy on us all.
-Sgt. T.W. "Buzzy" Rabi
-Superior Court of NJ
-Special Civil-Passaic County
My heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers go out the friends, family and coworkers of Trooper Zimmerman. May he rest in eternal peace.
-NJ DOC - EMCF
Our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Zimmerman III, his family, and fellow Troopers in the NJ State Police. May he rest in peace.
-Bernards Township Police Department
On behalf of members from PBA Local #59 Cape May County we liked to send our condolences to the Zimmerman family. He made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of this State. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May God Bless You Trooper Zimmerman.
-City of Newark Police Department