Mayor Bill Bogaard
Funeral Service Remarks
First Church of the Nazarene
March 3, 2006
Mayor Bogaard joined with Police Chief Bernard Melekian and others at a funeral service on March 3, 2006 for Officer Kyle R. Ballard. Officer Ballard, an extremely effective police officer and the father of three young children, died suddenly on Friday, February 24 while training with fellow officers for an annual Police-sponsored benefit run. The Mayor’s remarks follow:
It is said that a funeral service is for those who are left behind, for those mourning the loss of a loved one. If that is the case, then this service is for all of Pasadena, because last Friday morning, Pasadena lost somebody everyone loved a lot.
The death of Officer Kyle R. Ballard has devastated the Pasadena Police Department, and has saddened everyone at City Hall. Kyle Ballard was one of those persons whom everyone liked immediately because of his naturalness, because of his comradeship, and personality, and sense of responsibility. He was a natural leader; a true professional; a friend and a wonderful human being.
I took office as Mayor in 1999, not long after Kyle began his service as a Pasadena Police Officer. In my work since then, I have learned of what a fine role he played in the Department, and am not surprised about the significant impact his death has caused.
I am grateful for Kyle’s contributions to the City, and want to acknowledge the many ways he helped Pasadena progress during the last eight years. We all owe Kyle Ballard a debt of gratitude
On behalf of the City Council, I want to extend condolences to his wife Laurie and children Ethan, Andrew and Owen, to his parents, and to all the members of his family. At the same time, I extend condolences to the Pasadena Police Department.
Perhaps it will be of consolation to know that he will be remembered by everyone in Pasadena who came to know him as exemplifying the best this City has to offer
There are no words that can ease the burden of this loss, but I want to assure you that you all are in my thoughts and prayers, and those of every member of the Council. It is our hope that over time memories of the love and respect of his many friends will lessen the sorrow you feel today, and bring you joy.
I want to mention that at its weekly meeting on Monday, the City Council honored Kyle by observing a moment of silence “in memory and in honor of Officer Kyle R. Ballard”.
172 hours ago—one week to the hour—the winds went out of the sails of this great City—and since then, all of us, with heavy hearts, have been trying to get the ship started again.
It has not been easy.
But with these ceremonies, starting with the memorial service at the Rose Bowl, and with this event here at First Church of the Nazarene—with the spirit that prevails today among us all--the sails of Pasadena are filling up again, with strong winds that will carry us forward, still with heavy hearts, but truly inspired by Officer Kyle R. Ballard, and “strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”.