Death of Officer Jeff Azuar resonates...

Death of Officer Jeff Azuar resonates 10 years later

There are 23 comments on the Vallejo Times-Herald story from Apr 11, 2010, titled Death of Officer Jeff Azuar resonates 10 years later. In it, Vallejo Times-Herald reports that:

Editor's note: First of two parts. A number of years ago, Mandy Azuar said detectives escorted her through the Tennessee Street house where her father was killed on April 12, 2000.

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Jim Capoot

AOL

#1 Apr 11, 2010
We miss you Jeff! You are in our thoughts everyday! Love to you and your Family!
former Vallejoan

Fairfield, CA

#2 Apr 11, 2010
This was heartbreaking in so many ways, then and now. Mandy, you are doing a great job of keeping your father's memory alive by telling your daughter these stories. He would have been pleased!
Robin Keeney

United States

#3 Apr 11, 2010
I miss Jeff and think of him often. He was a good man and a good officer.
Brent Pucci

Vacaville, CA

#4 Apr 11, 2010
Gone, but never forgotten. A toast to you and your family on Monday! God bless.
Debra Alexander

Fairfield, CA

#5 Apr 11, 2010
My heart goes out to Officer Azuar's daughter. May the peace of the Lord be with you and your family. As a FYI, I have had the priviledge of meeting your grandfather (Officer Azuar's father) on several occasions. He is a resident at the same care facility as one of my relatives. Your grandfather is a very nice gentleman -- qualities of which I'm sure your dad also inherited.
Steve Johanson

Grass Valley, CA

#6 Apr 11, 2010
RIP Jeff. I didn't know you, but I won't forget you.
Mike Price

Vallejo, CA

#7 Apr 11, 2010
Jeff was one of my best friends. I knew Jeff since 2nd grade. I was partying with Jeff the night before he went to Viet Nam and we reminisced about our short lives (20 yrs. old) the night he returned from Nam. As young men, Jeff and Chris and my wife and I got together frequently to play cards and party in our 20s. I have so many fond memories with Jeff, like his annual Christmas parties and his 4th of July bashes he put on. I was driving the Vallejo transit bus that runs down Tennessee St. the day of his death. It was so ironic that I saw the ambulance leave for the hospital with Jeff and the VPd motorcycle police clearing the way to the hospital. I have had tough memories of my/our loss of Jeff. I can sympathise with Mandy and I pray for her quite often. Although my pain dwarfs to mandy's pain, I too miss him so. Mandy, my prayers and thoughts go out to you. Jeff was a credit to the City of Vallejo. People don't know of all the behind the scenes things that Jeff did for Vallejo and for the regular citizens of Vallejo. Jeff went to public schools with his two canine officers, Rhondo and A.J., and promoted the VPD theme of community involvement. Not many people know that it was Jeff who is responsible for the inception of the VPD canine patrol. Jeff was passionate about starting and expanding the VPD canine division. We all remember Jeff's loss of Rhondo on duty when Rhondo was killed answering a call in the swamp called Austin Creek near Sacramento St. Every time I go to City Hall or the library, I stop at the VFD and VPD memorial and say a prayer for Jeff, His fellow VPD fallen comrads, the fallen VFD men, and the current VPD and VFD officers for their service and their their continued safety. Jeff I/we miss you and will remember you always.
John

Vallejo, CA

#8 Apr 11, 2010
I have a funny story of Jeff that I will never forget. He was a very nice man and great child to his parents. It's so sad to think about the whole story again but our prayers go out to his family. Mandy I too have lost both of my parents to a horrible death while I was young and it's tough. Our love goes out to you and your child. God Bless the family
deep B

Vacaville, CA

#9 Apr 11, 2010
John??? You're supposed to tell us the story. You left us hanging here. Remembering the good times is important!
WBC

Newcastle, CA

#10 Apr 11, 2010
Like many other people who knew Jeff, I too have lots of very good stories about Jeff and his shenanigans. I would like to share this personal story of mine.
I first met Jeff at his 1987 4th of July party. I had recently been hired as Vallejo Police Officer and my father and step-mother wanted me to come to the party and meet some of the department family members at Jeff's annual party. Even though I grew up in the Vallejo Police family, I remember being very nervous about attending the party, because I didn't feel I had earned the privilege to attend.
When we arrived at Jeff's party, I could not believe how many people were in attendance. Not only were their members of the VPD family, but Jeff's neighbors, friends and other associates.
My father immediately introduced me to Jeff and I was surprised by his very easy going demeanor, his quick wit and his warmth. Jeff immediately started calling me "little Doug" and began showing me around his house. He showed me his collection of Pigs and gave me brotherly advice about the job.
While Jeff was showing me around, I saw this cranker looking guy walking around at the party. I had no idea he was a VPD detective and Jeff did not tell me he was a detective. I asked Jeff what the deal was with that cranker at his party.
Jeff did not skip a beat, he fed me this grandiose story of how this guy was a local crank dealer who was on some sort of witness protection, because he had given evidence against other drug dealers and he had to stay in the company of the Vallejo Police "witness protection" detective as he pointed to someone at the party. He asked me to keep an eye on the cranker, because the guy that was supposed to watch him wasn't very reliable and he was a fairly dangerous man.
For the next couple of hours, I intently watched this cranker as he mingled with others at the party, resenting the fact that this scumbag was among good people. Jeff would occasionally look over at me and give me the nod of approval as he watched me watching this cranker.
After some time, the cranker approached me and said, you must be Doug’s kid and held out his hand to shake mine and introduced himself as Bob Lee. I reluctantly began to raise my hand to shake his, when Jeff immediately came to us both and said I see you have met Bob Lee, one of our narcotics detectives and he began heartily laughing while I stood there dumbfounded. Yep, Jeff Azuar, who didn’t know me from Adam had welcomed me into his home and clowned me for a couple of hours, like you would do to any other family member. I never let Jeff forget about the first time we met and I will always cherish our first meeting.
Jeff was a mentor, a great friend and a great beat partner for many years. Like most of my colleagues, I have lost many friends and acquaintances throughout my military and police service, but for whatever the reason Jeff’s murder left an indelible mark in my mind. I remember everything I heard over the radio that day, I remember everything that I saw on the scene that day; and, through the tears and heartache, I remember how proud I was to be one of Jeff’s friends and colleagues as the motorcade followed Jeff to Skyview memorial lawn and hundreds of Vallejoans stood along side the rode, waving flags, holding signs, crying and saluting the procession as it passed by. It’s hard to believe ten years have passed. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t stare at Jeff’s empty locker while I suit up before shift, or when dressing down at the end of my shift; or check on Jeff at least one time during my patrol shift. So Mandy, I know it wasn’t easy for you, but thank you for sharing your Dad with the rest of us!
deep B

Vacaville, CA

#11 Apr 11, 2010
WBC, Good story! Warms the heart, Thanks! Anyone else?
ex vallejoan

Moorpark, CA

#12 Apr 11, 2010
These are all such touching stories. Life is just so much emptier without him in my life. There are not words, just emotions and memories. My prayers and thoughts are always with his Family. Thank you Jeff, and I know you are at peace.
The Saint

Alameda, CA

#13 Apr 11, 2010
I met Jeff just from him being a VPD. I knew Joey the guy that shot jeff from childhood. He is the real lesson, a life life spent using drugs will get you dead or in prison. I remember thinking when I was in high school that this is where this guy is going. Its to bad that Jeff had to pay the price.
ex vallejoan

Moorpark, CA

#14 Apr 11, 2010
To The Saint,

Well said. There is a lesson. Jeff is Dead, Teitgen is in Prison. We will Celebrate Jeff Azuar and all he was and did to make Vallejo and this world a better place. His legacy lives in his Daughter and Grandaughter. They deserve all our respect and support.
SpeakEZ

Hilmar, CA

#15 Apr 11, 2010
I am so glad the paper remembers and respects his sacrifrice. Day in and day out, the VPD officers keep us safe. Tomorrow, when you see a VPD car pass by, salute it! Let the VPD know that we support them and remember Officers Azuar, Eason, and Thacker.
Mandy

San Jose, CA

#16 Apr 11, 2010
Thank you for the great story! I can picture my dad in his backyard torturing you like that! My hubby and I were laughing so hard we could barely get through your story! Thank you!!!!!
WBC wrote:
Like many other people who knew Jeff, I too have lots of very good stories about Jeff and his shenanigans. I would like to share this personal story of mine.
I first met Jeff at his 1987 4th of July party. I had recently been hired as Vallejo Police Officer and my father and step-mother wanted me to come to the party and meet some of the department family members at Jeff's annual party. Even though I grew up in the Vallejo Police family, I remember being very nervous about attending the party, because I didn't feel I had earned the privilege to attend.
When we arrived at Jeff's party, I could not believe how many people were in attendance. Not only were their members of the VPD family, but Jeff's neighbors, friends and other associates.
My father immediately introduced me to Jeff and I was surprised by his very easy going demeanor, his quick wit and his warmth. Jeff immediately started calling me "little Doug" and began showing me around his house. He showed me his collection of Pigs and gave me brotherly advice about the job.
While Jeff was showing me around, I saw this cranker looking guy walking around at the party. I had no idea he was a VPD detective and Jeff did not tell me he was a detective. I asked Jeff what the deal was with that cranker at his party.
Jeff did not skip a beat, he fed me this grandiose story of how this guy was a local crank dealer who was on some sort of witness protection, because he had given evidence against other drug dealers and he had to stay in the company of the Vallejo Police "witness protection" detective as he pointed to someone at the party. He asked me to keep an eye on the cranker, because the guy that was supposed to watch him wasn't very reliable and he was a fairly dangerous man.
For the next couple of hours, I intently watched this cranker as he mingled with others at the party, resenting the fact that this scumbag was among good people. Jeff would occasionally look over at me and give me the nod of approval as he watched me watching this cranker.
After some time, the cranker approached me and said, you must be Doug’s kid and held out his hand to shake mine and introduced himself as Bob Lee. I reluctantly began to raise my hand to shake his, when Jeff immediately came to us both and said I see you have met Bob Lee, one of our narcotics detectives and he began heartily laughing while I stood there dumbfounded. Yep, Jeff Azuar, who didn’t know me from Adam had welcomed me into his home and clowned me for a couple of hours, like you would do to any other family member. I never let Jeff forget about the first time we met and I will always cherish our first meeting.
Jeff was a mentor, a great friend and a great beat partner for many years. Like most of my colleagues, I have lost many friends and acquaintances throughout my military and police service, but for whatever the reason Jeff’s murder left an indelible mark in my mind. I remember everything I heard over the radio that day, I remember everything that I saw on the scene that day; and, through the tears and heartache, I remember how proud I was to be one of Jeff’s friends and colleagues as the motorcade followed Jeff to Skyview memorial lawn and hundreds of Vallejoans stood along side the rode, waving flags, holding signs, crying and saluting the procession as it passed by. It’s hard to believe ten years have passed. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t stare at Jeff’s empty locker while I suit up before shift, or when dressing down at the end of my shift; or check on Jeff at least one time during my patrol shift. So Mandy, I know it wasn’t easy for you, but thank you for sharing your Dad with the rest of us!
covc

Vallejo, CA

#17 Apr 11, 2010
Who lives in that house on Tennessee street now?
Kirty

Fairfield, CA

#18 Apr 11, 2010
I was in the jury pool for the first trial, so had to sit in a room with that murderer. Luckily the defense realized having a jury member with family in law enforcement wasn't a good idea, because I would have been very upset if I was on that first jury that ended in a hung trial.

God bless Jeff Azuar, his family, and the Vallejo PD
Miss Ya

Newcastle, CA

#19 Apr 12, 2010
I remember Jeff when he brought his K9 to Steffan Manor, I was 9 at the time. He was a great man and I loved his dog Rondo. I will always remember that experience. Thank you Jeff, we all miss you!!
Vallejoan

San Lorenzo, CA

#20 Apr 12, 2010
Rest In Paradise.
Thank you for your service.

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