Officer Kuzak would like to thank everyone for all of the well wishes and inspirational messages.
They have helped lift his spirits in time of need, and continue to carry him through his long road to recovery.
The support he has received has been a blessing that he will never forget.
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Hello, this is Lena from the spinal cord unit at Mercy. I have moved back to VA but am still able to see your fabulous recovery on your website and I wanted to send a note of thanks for the continued inspiration you offer so many of us. Your strength and courage from the very beginning days of rehab were amazing to be a part of. I recently came across the video of the Red Cross interview and I was reminded of how far you have come. Jim, you are still an inspiration to me as your courage reminds me why I chose occupational therapy as a profession. If it's ok with you, I will continue to draw inspiration from our short time together as I strive to become a better therapist every day. I am grateful to have shared in even a small part of your journey. If you and Cris are able to find this email among the many I am sure you receive daily- keep up the amazing work! Thank you for continuing to share your story, your recovery, and your passion. You are touching more lives than you can possibly imagine. I will continue to pray for you and your family as I am sure this is still the very beginning of an amazing recovery! Sincerely with love. - Lena Ulses, Virginia
Jimmy, I worked with you for your dad at South Hills. I felt like I had been punched in the stomach when I read about what had happened. Having worked next to you, I know that you have the heart and drive to overcome this challenge that has been presented to you. I wish you and your family all the best in your recovery. The lord is watching over you I am sure. Those who brought this upon you will face justice in this life or the next. - Jeff Brown, Myrtle Beach
Hey, Jim, Good to see you're making progress. Hang in there, keep the faith and remember you've got an army of people cheering for you. - Eric Blackburn, Cecil, PA
Dear Officer Kuzak, A big Eastern PA greetings to you! My husband and I were in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago for the Phillies/Pirates game and the hotel provided us with the Post-Gazette where we read your story. We wanted to thank you for your bravery and heroism for all that you have done to protect and serve in your duties as a police officer. Our prayers and positive thoughts go with you as you rehab. You are an inspiration to us with your energy and ‘not give up’ attitude. Even tho we do not live in Pittsburgh, we are going to donate to your website because we were so touched by the strength of character and good heart that you display. May you get stronger each day physically and mentally. Remember that if the road you are traveling ever gets too rocky, always look for another path. May God bless you. Take care. - Tom and Joyce Lokitus, Reading , PA
My husband and I have been following your amazing progress and recovery ever since the tragic and horrifying news of your shooting broke. I have been most impressed and inspired by your incredible upbeat, positive, always smiling demeanor throughout what must have been and continues to be difficult times. Today I was so honored to actually talk with you in person at PVSEC during eye testing for therapy, service, and working dogs. You are as inspiring in person as you have appeared on TV! Wishing you all the best and a speedy and full recovery. Thank you for your service - you and all your fellow officers can never be fully compensated for making our world a safer and saner place. - Martha Higgins, Mt. Lebanon, PA
Jim, You don't know me, but I know you. I have been lucky enough to know you through your actions. I have been lucky enough to know several people who choose to live selfless lives. On this day when we honor heroes, those that protect us, I just wanted to thank you for what you've done and what you have now become. You are a true hero and an inspiration. I've seen you do several interviews, and you are always positive and still concerned about others. Thank you for allowing me, my family and friends to live in a safer world. I always feel that saying thanks does not convey my real gratitude for people like you, but it's all I've got. Maybe some day I will be able to shake your hand. I hope that in your quiet moments you find peace, because you and those like you really do make this a better world. I wish you well as you heal emotionally and physically. You are my hero dude. - Steve, Plum Boro
Officer Kuzak!! Glad to see you are coming along and also glad to see another arrest in your shooting! Your GS's are beautiful as well as your wife!! Finally, NICE TAT!!!! You and your family are in my husband's and my prayers, always!!! . - Lee Lansing, Pittsburgh
My friend Steph (Jefferson Hills PD) told me about you and how much you have been through. Just wanted to tell you that a fellow police officer from Hillsdale City PD, Michigan, is thinking of you. I think of you every day and can't even begin to imagine what you are going through. I was involved in a shooting involving a suicidal subject with a shotgun. All four Officers/Deputies went home. The suspect, did not. I am thankful every day I got to go home to my family. Just thought I would share and let you know, we are here for you even from afar. In my thoughts. - Shelby Gibson #2114, HCPD
Hang in there Jim. It's a long road but there are a lot of people cheering you on. Any sense of frustration can be transformed into strength. We all believe in you. Every tiny step is a ginormous victory. Battle with a sense of peace & honor, we're here 4 u. - Eric Pastor, Pittsburgh
Jim, please know that I have got your back from here to eternity brother. I know that you are a true warrior and will not rest until you have kicked the @$$# out of this. You are the kinda guy that makes a difference and I have no doubt you will continue that trait. I will use every connection and lead I have to "be my brothers keeper", I have got your back! - "Drew" Volchko
Hi Jimmy, Its your old neighbor Brittany, and I wanted to see how you were doing. I have not had a chance to come see you and I am sorry for that. Also I wanted to ask you if it is okay to hold a benefit spaghetti dinner in your honor. I have already contacted my sorority and also a fraternity that I am close with up at school and they are more than happy to help. I have been planning it for September 17th at the Edinboro fire-hall up at school. I was talking to Aaron about it and he said I might want to run it by you, and I honestly didn't even think about that. I am sorry for contacting you so late but I would really like to do something for you. I hope you don't mind that I planned this event I can still cancel it if you don't want me to do it. I didn't mean to dump this all on you like I did but I was just really excited to do the benefit dinner and then Aaron kinda got me worried that I could potentially not be able to do it. I miss you and I hope to hear from you soon. Love, Brittany :)
Officer Kuzak, I just want to say Thank you and to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. You are truly a hero and even though I live in Kansas, men and women like you protect me everywhere I go. I am an 8 year veteran of the US Army Military Police Corps and I am proud to have you as a brother in blue. God Bless! - Jamie Decker
Officer Kuzak, although we've never met, I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your service to the community. Your dedication, bravery and sacrifice are why we sleep a little more soundly. We know that you and your brothers and sisters protect us against those who will do us harm in the name of greed and evil. I am praying for you and for your family, and I know that one day I will see you WALKING. Your courage and determination are an inspiration! - Lenore P. Wossidlo, Swissvale
Hi Officer Kuzak; I have noticed that it has been a while since anyone posted a message.....so, I thought I would just drop you a quick note and hope that you are doing well. I hope you are progressing well with your rehab. You are still in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there. - Helene, Baldwin Boro
Dear Officer Kuzak, Today is Memorial Day and as I sit here writing a note to my friends in the military I thought of you. I just wanted you to know you are in my prayers. I know you have a long road ahead, but I know you can do it.
God Bless - Keli
Dear Jim, I’m a resident of Peters Twp. You came to my house on two occasions, maybe two summers ago, when my adult son, Christian was severely ill, misbehaving and acting out. I didn’t know you left Peters Twp. I saw what had happened to you on television. I was so sad, especially sad and angry. I was with a lot of people, officers, those nights, walking through my destroyed house and yard, but only one person connected with me, tried to advise me by giving me suggestions, didn’t treat me like I was the problem and talk down to me (since I went to 17 rehabs with my son trying to help him, testified against him when he was going to be freed in court twice, etc.) One person was upbeat and made a positive and lasting impression on me in the face of the chaos. This one person was you. Despite hoping and praying that I never had any contact with the police or the department again, I was happy knowing that you would be there, a good and caring and honest officer. I have had enough experiences to see some manipulation of the law in the Peters system. Your presence and your smile and uplifting presence was really refreshing. I remembered you! That means you’re special! So, I felt like I wanted to tell you that I could see you were special. Despite any setbacks you may have, look forward, embrace difficulty, be happy even this crisis (and I think you are when I see your big smile) and in everything. I’m a Christian, I think you are too. I will be praying for your full recovery. Further, asking for God to focus on your maintaining your positive energy and interpersonal skills that helped me in my crisis’ and will surely help others in theirs and despite your physical medical outcome. Don’t let that go to waste. This is a wonderful world, I’m so happy to know that you are in it. Thanks for making a difference in my life, however short! Kind Regards, Jim - Sherri White
Dear Jim, May it give you both strength and comfort in knowing that many, many people are thinking of you and remembering you in our thoughts and prayers. We may have never met, but we know your Mom and Dad through Kenny & Fran Demko. A lot of hearts skipped a beat when the news was spread that YOU were the one who was hit. WE hope you have a full recovery and want to "THANK YOU" for your service to your community. God Bless You and Your Family. Best regards, - Mike & Maria Demko, West Mifflin
Hi Officer Kuzak; Just wanted to let you know that my husband and I attended the Annual Blue Mass at St. Paul's Cathedral. I was so excited to see you there, but unfortunately did not have the opportunity to shake your hand and thank you for your service. I also wanted to let you know that I am still praying for you. The Mass was beautiful and touching. I cannot express how sad it was to hear that long...too long list of names.....but so relieved that your name was not among them. Keep up the good fight....don't lose faith. - Helene, Baldwin Boro
Officer Kuzak - Although we do not know you personally, we wanted you to know that our family prays for you and your recovery nightly. We are so thankful for your service and we pray that God - who is the GREATEST physician of all - will continue to heal you, encourage and remind you that you are NEVER alone! My son was so thrilled to see you on the Channel 11 news the other night and put a face to your name. Keep your chin up and know that we continue to support you! God bless you! - The Lemonovich Family, Bridgeville, PA
Hello Officer Kuzak, I am the wife of City PO and my name is Chrissy Cain. Our family prayers have been being sent to you and your family since April 4th. I know all to well what you and your family have gone through and the road ahead. My husband has been hurt quite a few times, but the worst was when he was in a full leg cast due to reconstructive knee surgery for a whole year. Our police family and friends were very supportive and looking back, I learned to overcome adversity just as my husband had learned in the Marine Corps. YOU CAN DO THIS!! Some days will be more difficult than others, but don't let that path win. I've been in this police family for 15 years and have been through a lot to support my husband and our other brothers and sisters who have been wounded and even killed. Perhaps your mission has taken a new path in your life's work, but make no mistake, you must keep your Faith Strong and nourished, and let God's Divine Intervention continue to heal you so you can help others. Please extend my thoughts to your family and let them know they are not alone either. It's tough being the caregiver. I can remember not having the 'luxury' to break down and cry because I had to make decisions in hospitals, take care of him, etc. Thank you for the courage and strength you continue to show others. You are already becoming inspirational to people who never heard of Officer Kuzak until your injury. I was glad to see the media made you a headline story last night. You deserve that and more. In fact, all of our police officers deserve kudos for what they do. God Bless You and Your Family! - Chrissy Cain
Jim, The moment I heard what had happened I was sick to my stomach. I've been following your progress and I am so happy that you are now home to finish your recovery. You have so many people pulling for you. I am in awe of all the support as I'm sure you are as well, but you have to know that it just goes to show that when you live your life the way you have, as a role model, a wonderful son, and all around terrific human being, people show up when you need them. My mother and I are keeping you in our prayers everyday. Thank you for your service and I know you will be back out there again doing what you love and best wishes, - Chrissy Kovack, Mckeesport
Officer Kuzak, I've never met you before but I would like to thank you for the work that you do in the community. Police officers are not adequately compensated for the work that they do & they do not get the credit they deserve. I am very sorry that this had to happen to you. You & all of your "brothers" will be repaid, in this life or the next, for the sacrifices you have all made in order to make Pittsburgh a better place. Get well soon!! - Jennifer M.
Hi Officer Kuzak. I am so very sorry to hear about your life changing injuries. I truly wish you the best with your recovery.
I am also a 1990 graduate of Seton La Salle High School, and Amy Ganser has been keeping the alumni up to date as best as she can. It is great news that you actually made it back home--best of luck to you. I will continue to pray for your healing and speedy recovery. - Rebecca Hauser Faber, Class of 1990, Seton La Salle High School
Just wanted to wish James a speedy recovery. I am a Police Officer myself in Canada. Was passing through the Pittsburgh area when I heard on the radio about the incident. I found an off ramp and went to the nearest Walgreens to buy a support t-shirt. Just wanted to let James know that his Canadian brothers are thinking of him. Hang in there brother and we wish you all the best in your recovery. - PC Kevin Molloy #3132, Durham Regional Police, 17 Division, Oshawa Ontario. Former member Toronto Police Force.
Hey babe! Been following closely since everything happened and went down. (You know I would be too. Haha). Have been trying to get down to see you but unfortunately family had a medical emergency and been camped out at a hospital myself lately. Just wanted you to know that we think about you constantly over here in Washington Co. Keep up that wonderful attitude and perseverance I know you have. Let Cris and the rest of us worry about the other things. Don't be stubborn unless it is a good way! And you truly are an inspiration and hero and always have been. Hope to see you soon. Keep smiling! - Margaret (Victor)
Hey Jimmy, Just thought I'd drop by and let you know that we are all thinking and praying for you and your family daily. My dad ( Bernie Tomayko) told me about your incident while I was in the hospital after giving birth to our precious son, you and I both know my dad is a tough guy but when he told me about you, he had tears in his eyes. You guys were always very close and I was glad I got the opportunity to get to know you throughout the years. All I could think was who would do this to someone so dedicated and loyal to the job but being married to an officer and being raised by one ( or 100..lol) I know there are people out there with no respect for your profession. Just know that you are a Hero and we are so glad you are recovering well :) I do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own power, it's an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength, and courage. I've learned that how we face challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them and I know you being the strong man you are you will come out victorious. I'm glad that my dad got to talk to you I know it meant a lot. I hope you do get a chance to make it down to SC for a visit we'd love to see you. Stay strong Jimmy, you have a lot of support and prayers going out to you from all over and know that the city of Clairton and all surrounding areas are grateful to have a BROTHER like you. We luv ya, - Erik, Heather, Makenzie and Braylon Karney
Officer Jim, I wanted to tell you that I appreciate you and all your police brothers who sacrifice so much to protect us. We often take you guys for granted but we need you to protect us from the bad guys. Thank you and I hope you get better every day. I am praying for you and my wife lights a candle for you every Sunday. - Max Hunter
Officer Kuzak, You are a hero to us and we are wishing and praying for your recovery. We live in
Grove City now, but my husband lived in Clairton for many years... back when it was a different town.
We were crushed to hear of your shooting. What a crazy world we live in now. Keep your spirits up.
May the Lord God lift you up and keep you in his care. - Connie & Ray DiCola
Hi Jimmy, It has been a long time since I’ve seen you. Look forward to seeing you soon. All my best, prayers and thoughts always. Fraternally yours, - Robert R Tuite Sr. Retired, Wilkinsburg Police
Jimmy The support for you is AMAZING! You are so loved. You are in my prayers day and night and I know that God will bring you through this. Love ya man. - April
Officer Kuzak, I pray for your speedy recovery. Just keep thinking of all those people who love you and need you! - Lexie
Hi Jimmy k, it's pat Cunningham. I wish you well in your healing, I know your determination and the good lord will guide you to a speedy recovery. Your dad will make sure of that, in no time you will get back on the golf course. Good luck. - Pat C., Ps I was your dad's best worker
We who celebrate the American Dream everyday under the security and freedom as provided by the warriors of law enforcement and the US Military indeed thank you all very much. We also fight with all our heart & soul to end the scourge of recidivism that is knowingly created by a failed court system across the land, sending evil monsters back into our neighborhoods to destroy innocent lives and kill the heroes of law enforcement who must face them when they unleash their guaranteed evil upon us. Stay strong, tell all our LEO BloodBrothers to turn up the heat and be ever vigilant and safe. Godbless you all, Godspeed, American BloodBrothers, - Ted Nugent & family
Jim, May God speed you to a quick recovery! Always keep your faith and know we are with you. Thanks again for being there for me when I needed you. Anything you need I am here for you brother. - Rich, JJ, Justine, and Jr Griffith
Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Get well soon. - Denise Waddle, Cranberry Twp. PA
My hero, my partner, my lover, my best friend: stay strong and keep up the amazing fight! I watch you get stronger as each day passes and each day you amaze me even more with your determination and your will to beat this and rise above the unthinkable. This will be a difficult road with many turns and speed bumps but know that I wouldn't want to be any place else but on this journey with you. I am so proud of you baby! With all my love,- Cris and woof, woof from Ziena and Zar too!
Jimmy, I pray for you and with you everyday. Don't let anything stand in your way, you have the strength and love of everyone around you to help you thourgh whatever lies in your path ahead. Before all of this happened I wanted to get in contact with you again, so get better soon I would love to see you. I miss the friendship we had and your wonderful smile. - Christine (Mamie) Krutules
Jim, you need to focus on positive and productive thoughts, reach back when needed to your past trainings. Realize how many sincere supporters outweigh the negative. God Bless, - The PKA gang...
Jimmy, You don't know me but I have heard a lot about you through my sister (Fran Williams, South Hills Country Club). You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you a healthy and speedy recovery - JoEllen Kraynak, Coraopolis, PA
Officer Kuzak, Thank you for being so brave and may I send you my most sincere best wishes and prayers for a good recovery. - Mrs. Leslie Staschak
Officer, we've never met but I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your service to the community. Your dedication, bravery and sacrifice are why we all sleep a little more soundly. We all know that you and your brothers stand to protect us against those who will do us harm in the name of greed and evil. I am praying for you and for your family. Thank you from the bottom of my broken heart. - Mike M., McKeesport, PA
Jimmy, I've never seen such a wonderful group of friends, supporters and "brothers" like I did last night at the "Clubhouse" that were there for you. Bryan and I were very touched by the overwhelming outpour of support. I'm so thankful that I finally got to meet your beautiful girlfriend and your very sweet mother too. We love you so very much and please know that we will ALWAYS be by your side. May God Bless You Jimmy!!! - Bryan and Denise Barbour
We would just like to send our get well wishes to officer Kuzak. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family...we thank you for your dedication...and for protecting the families of Clairton. We are not from the area but we so appreciate all our local police officers who go out everyday and protect us all. - Chuck and Lori Kaylor, Smithfield, Pa
Happy Easter Jimmy! We wanted to let you know we were thinking of you! We will see you soon! Take care! Love, The Bukovinsky's
Jim, Can you eat regular food or do you have to eat that hospital food? We would gladly deliver anything from our menu to you free if you are allowed. I will bring it myself. We make desserts on the side as well, name it. Get better soon! - James Percy & Staff, Vocelli Pizza, Pleasant Hills
Get well & God Bless you and your Family. As a Partner in Law Enforcement, thank You for Your Service. - Chuck, Pa. State Constable.
Jim, Everyone is pulling for you and wishes you a fast and successful recovery. Be positive, Stay positive. - Dickie, Officer Richard Painter, Bomb Technician Allegheny County Police
Brother, my prayers are with you for a healthy and speedy recovery. May your dedication to serve and bravery in the eyes of danger remain unchallenged. - Master Sergeant Evan Melendez, Operations NCO, 28th Military Police Company
Jim, I hope you are well. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Continue to fight the good fight. Our world is a much better place with you here. Because of you I'm proud to say I am a Police Officer. I'm here for you and your family for whatever you need. - Ron
Officer Kuzak: I have been praying for your speedy and complete recovery. I attended the Prayer Vigil, bought a wristband, donated, ate spaghetti and will try to do more to help you. You are my hero as all Officers are, and I am grateful for your dedication to serve and protect. I respect what you stand for. Now it is my turn to step up and try to help. Your job now is to get well, don't get discouraged, and to realize that many of us civilians really care. God bless you. - Helene, Baldwin Boro, PA
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Stay strong Jim. - Detective Todd Dolfi, Allegheny County Police Department, Pittsburgh, PA
Jimmy, It was great to see you the other day. You are always on our minds! Dylan and Ethan wore their pins and bracelets to school the other day and told everyone about their hero....YOU! We will see you again very soon! Love, - The Bukovinsky's
Get well soon! In my thoughts & prayers. Stay strong! Thank you for everything you do it's greatly appreciated. - Jillian Churilla, West Homestead, PA
Brother Kuzak, My prayers continue to go out for you and your family, that you may have Gods Blessing with a total recovery. I Thank You for your Bravery while performing your duties that night of such a tragic event, leaving You, a Brother Officer, Seriously Wounded, by a couple of Dirt Bags, that run the streets today, with No Regard to the Police Officer, and the General Public. I'm doing all that I can for you, since I am located out of town after my retirement. May God Heal Your Wounds, and give You Strength during this time of Your Special needs! Take care Jim, and know, that you are a True Hero! Happy, and Blessed Easter, to You, and Your Dear Family! God Bless You!!! Respectfully, and Fraternally - Elmer Falcione (AC PD Ret), Safety Harbor, FL
I hope you are recovering and keeping your spirits up. We are all going to keep praying to God for your recovery. I know you are a very determined person and a fighter, and every day you will get a little better . Just keep listening to what the nurses tell you to do since when you are in a hospital we nurses generally get to be the boss. Just ask mom! Will keep you in my prayers. - Kris Felicetty, Elizabeth, PA
Just wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers for a quick and full recovery. - Kim Sprence, Canonsburg, PA
Dear Jim, We are praying for you everyday! God Bless you! Take care. - Brent & Kristen Enos, Jefferson Hills, PA
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family, - Kim and Mark Divelbiss (ACPD)
All your PKA friends wish you the best. Know you are in our hearts and prayers. - JoAnn (Bradburn) Palmer
I believe you have an amazing Guardian Angel with you every moment of the day and we all know who that is. I want you to know how much we all love you Jimmy and are so proud of the man you are. When in need you are always there and please know that we will be there every step of the way... I love you so much cuz! - Natalie Kuzak-Demeis, Pgh, PA
Just wanted to send you a message to tell you to hang in there. You are a very strong person and if anyone can make it through something like this you can. I hope you remember me but if not I am the girl who interned with Peter's Police and rode with you a few times and we also went to Point Park together. My last name was Russell then. Just so you know, I have my blue light burning on my porch for you and will keep it on until you recover. You are in everything's thoughts and prayers. - Shelley Ryan, Houston, PA
I am the Mom of a City of Pittsburgh Police Officer and we were dumbfounded upon hearing the verdict with respect to your shooting. It is beyond comprehension how the jury can find at least one of the two guilty of the home invasion but not of shooting you. Leaves someone to think - "well then who DID shoot him?" Your strength and attitude regarding the shooting, your recovery, and the outcome of the trial are an inspiration for us all. We know that the guilty person will someday get their day, even though that thought may be of little solace to you at this time. Please know that you also have the support of every person in the City of Pittsburgh, not only the Clairton area and the law enforcement family, and that we wish for you continued good luck in your recovery, in finding inner peace, and welcoming the love and support of your family, friends, and even strangers. As I stated before, you are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Continued thoughts and prayers for you and your family. With Sincerest Regards - Diane, Pgh, PA
I have been following your story and am blown away by how you remain so positive. I was in the courtroom on the first day and I also shook your hand on the sidewalk outside of the courthouse but did not have time to tell you how much I respect you. You are a true inspiration to myself and many others and I consider you a true hero. Myself and my family are praying for your and your family. Stay strong! - Ryan
Thank you for everyday of your service, and for protecting citizens. I am sorry that our court system didnt protect you. Your shooter will be brought to justice even if it has to be by the hand of God. Best wishes in your recovery, and dont ever give up trying to walk again. The mind is the body's best healer, and willpower is the best cure. - Walter Salzer, West Mifflin, PA
I totally support you and feel that men like yourself should be the ones to run this country sit in high office. You are a true warrior and a real man. I pray for your health and recovery from the shooting. I spent over ten years in law enforcement and know that its people like us that keep society safe. You don't need to to war overseas to serve your country - police, corrections officers, parole agents, social workers, and ER Dept. workers serve everyday! - Lisa Nicolette, Pgh, PA