End of Watch: Tuesday, September 23, 2003 Age: 37 Tour of Duty: 13 years Badge Number: SO #6 Cause of Death: Automobile accident Investigator Tepe was killed in an automobile accident while performing investigative duties on US 50 near Spearville, Kansas. A car driving in the opposite direction experienced a tire blow-out, crossed into his lane and struck him head-on. Investigator Tepe and the other driver were killed instantly. He is survived by his wife and three children.
“Oh Lord, while I'm on my beat may I know that you're with me,
And protect me as I go to guard other's lives and property.
Help me ignore those who scorn and show me no respect,
But be mindful of all citizens I've sworn to protect.
Be with my fellow officers and guard their safety too.
May I always put duty first in the work that I must do.
May I not disgrace the uniform, but bring pride to the badge I wear.
That I'd be a good policeman, Lord, Would be my only prayer.”