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Cabinet for Health and Family Services employees and others mourn the loss of our colleague, Boni Frederick, who died tragically Monday Oct. 16 in the line of duty.

Read the hundreds of messages posted to this guestbook in memory of and tribute to Boni Frederick and her service to Kentucky's most vulnerable citizens and precious resources.

The First Lady and I extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick. Ms. Frederick worked as a public servant for 15 years looking out for the best interest of Kentucky’s children and families, and we honor her dedication to her work. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been touched by this tragedy.
Governor Ernie Fletcher

I am deeply saddened at this loss of a member of our Cabinet family, Boni Frederick, a social service aide in Union County. She devoted herself to protecting children and she did so tirelessly and unselfishly. I join in grieving the loss of Boni Frederick, a devoted public servant and child advocate.
Mark D. Birdwhistell, Secretary
Cabinet for Health and Family Services

There is no higher calling than to open your heart and your arms to children in need of support and protection. Boni did this tirelessly each day. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and all our staff who share her commitment to Kentucky’s children and families.
Eugene Foster
CHFS Undersecretary for Children and Family Services

Words cannot express my grief over the loss of Ms. Frederick. I want to convey my sympathy to Ms. Frederick’s family, her colleagues and her friends. Over the last couple of days, many of Ms. Frederick’s friends and co-workers have expressed to me that she was an untiring advocate for children and a devoted public servant. During this time of deep sorrow, I am uplifted by the knowledge that Ms. Frederick’s commitment and passion will be honored by department staff as they continue to serve the vulnerable children and families across the state.
Tom Emberton, Jr., Commissioner
CHFS Department for Community Based Services

I wanted to add my expression of deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick. The entire CHFS Division of Protection and Permanency is mourning the loss of a member of this precious family whose mission it is to protect the vulnerable citizens of the Commonwealth.  In heaven God is going to openly reward obscure and unknown servants - people we have never heard of - who taught emotionally disturbed children, assisted the elderly, cared for AIDS patients, provided safe homes for children and served in thousands of other unnoticed ways. 
Michael Cheek, Director
CHFS Division of Protection and Permanency

We all mourn the tragic loss of our colleague and send our sympathy and prayers to her family and friends at this difficult time.
CHFS Division of Communications and Web Team

I am so sorry to hear about this terrible loss.  My prayers are with you all.
Lynn R. Posze, MA, LPCC
Program Coordinator for Recovery Advocacy, Women's Issues, Co-occurring Disorders, and Faith Based Initiatives
Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

I wish to express my condolences to the staff and Boni’s family on this tragic loss.  I had the pleasure of working with Boni when she was our building manager at the Union County office. I will always remember her as a tough but dedicated lady that enjoyed helping others.  She will be missed.
Roger Hamilton, Internal Policy Analyst
CHFS Division of Facilities Management

We all at the Washington County Family Support and P & P office would like to extend our prayers and thoughts to Boni's family and friends at this sad and tragic time.
Margaret Benedict, CBS/Family Support
Springfield, KY

My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and co-workers at this difficult and tragic time.
Sandra Mattingly Spencer, CHFS

I am so very sorry to hear about this tragic loss of someone who unselfishly served our children. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.
Mary Cumpston
Barbourville Commission office

I want to express my deepest sympathies for your loss.  I did not know Boni, but I do know many, like her, that have dedicated their life to helping families. I believe this has affected us all in so many ways. As I set here and try to find the words to say, I can’t.  Just believe in the work she did, and the wonderful life she led.
Dianna Ayers
Albany, KY

I would like to extend prayers and support for your precious loss from myself, my family and my division family. We are all deeply saddened and although we did not personally know Boni we are aware of her dedication to “her” children that she cared for. Her reputation was nothing but exceptional and as a citizen for the Commonwealth of Kentucky I was proud that we have such dedicated workers.
Please accept our condolences and prayers.
George W. Currie, CFE, CICA
Director, Division of Audits and Detection CHFS Office of the Inspector General

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ms. Frederick. 
The Lord’s loved ones are precious to him; it grieves Him when they die.  Psalms 116:15
God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Matthew 5:4
Paula B. Woodworth, IPA III
CHFS Division of Protection & Permanency

We share in your loss. Even though we may not have met Boni, we feel joined in our commitment to children and public service. We are sure there are many ‘Stars’ in Boni’s crown for her work in this life. We send our prayers to the family of Boni and her co-workers. If we can help in any way please contact Jefferson Regional Office.

I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of one of our teammates.  I will be praying for Boni’s family, friends, and co-workers during this trying time.
With deepest sympathy,
Crystal D. Boston
Protection & Permanency - Barren Treatment
Glasgow, KY

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Boni Frederick.I am a Social Service Aid and I know the work involved and emotions of Social Workers and Aids. We go out everyday to homes of our clients and never know what awaits us.Our prayers are with you.
Kathy Jesse
Trimble Co. Protection & Permanency

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Susan J. Barnett, MSSW, Social Service Clinician II
Protection and Permanency
Bowling Green, KY

This great tragedy is felt by all of fellow co-workers near and far across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Boni’s family, friends, and co-workers are in my thoughts and prayers.  It is hard to put our feelings and thoughts into words at such a difficult time.  I pray that God will give them and us all strength and encouragement to carry on.  I hope that all social workers will give their support and encouragement to this family.
Mike Brown, MSSW, Social Services Specialist
Warren County Protection and Permanency

I was saddened to hear of the loss of one of our employees. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as well as her co workers.  The work we do fosters strong relationships and commitments to one another as well as the community we serve. Though I did not know Ms. Frederick, I am certain of her great character and great heart.  It takes a special and genuine person to perform the work we do and I know she was a wonderful person.
Leora Gunn, Kentucky Works Program Case Manager
CHFS Southern Bluegrass Region

Everyday we are on the front lines, working face to face with the public.  This is a hard and thankless job, but it is an incredibly important job.  Although I did not know Ms. Frederick I am confident that her work has not been in vain.  I thank her and her family for her service to families and children.  I also send my sincere condolences.
Greg Holden
CHFS CBS Fayette Co.

My thoughts are with Ms. Frederick’s family and friends in their time of need. Her Co-worker’s in Garrard Co.  are feeling a terrible loss.
Wendell Combs, Social Service Worker
Garrard Co.

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of such a devoted individual.  The family and her co-workers will be in my thoughts and prayers.  May God be with you all.  Stephanie Rose, Grant County DCBS
Stephanie Rose, Social Services Clinician II
Grant County DCBS

We send our thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends of Boni at this time of their loss.
Kay Conway, Tamara Thomas, Sandy Braunstein, Miller Allison, Judy Johnson, Mary Ratliff, Cindi Brenner, Howard Abraham and Orvelle Dickerson 
DCBS Jefferson Co.

I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to Boni’s family and her co-workers in this time of loss.  My prayers go out to you all.
Jessica Peay, SRAA
The Lakes

McCreary County Protection and Permanency would like to extend our condolences to the family and co-workers of Boni Frederick.  Our thoughts are with you.
Joan C. Waters
McCreary Co. DCBS

This is being sent with prayers and love for you all. I did not know Boni, however I know
the job she performed was for the children. I know she was doing what she loved and what her heart felt compelled to do for her community. I am truly saddened by the news of your loss and my heart aches for you all.  Please know that by God's grace, strength and love for you all that you will get through this tragedy.  My prayers are with you all and the family. God bless,
Kelly W. Joyce, Field Service Supervisor
Hopkinsville, KY

I don't know Boni personally but want to express my sincere appreciation for all of the social workers who put their heart and soul into their job of protecting children that may be in harm's way.  Her unselfish dedication should speak to our Nation and leaders about how so much more is needed.  My thoughts and prayers are with the family for their strength during this time of tragic loss.
Laura Cardwell, Intake Paralegal
Kentucky Legal Aid

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear family member and the loss of your co-worker.  Although, in life it is difficult to make sense out of tragic, I pray that God’s nearness and steadfast love will be with you.  As you begin your journey through this trying period, my thoughts and prayers as well as those of so many people throughout Kentucky are with you all.
Trina Touchton, MSW, LCSW, Field Educational Consultant
EKU/CHFS Northeast Region

There’s beauty in the spirit,
Beyond the flesh that dies,
Although Boni’s face has faded away,
But in Christ she will rise.
With deepest sympathy.
Betty Sue Shelton
DCBS Pennyrile Region

Words can never express my deepest condolences to Ms. Fredrick’s family.  Although I did not personally know Ms. Fredrick, I too feel sorrow.  We as a social work family and community have lost a courageous and dedicated person. This tragedy is what our nightmares of made of but like Ms. Fredrick; we continue to answer the call to fulfill our destiny of protecting those who cannot.  Ms. Fredrick left this world with the greatest of honor and is a true hero. 
Tamie Back
Menifee County Protection and Permanency  

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Boni and her co-workers. She, as so many others in our profession, is truly a hero. I am sure she did her job everyday thinking only of the children and not the harm that could become to her. May God be the family and friends of Boni and help them through this time of sorrow.
Lisa Chaney
McCreary County DCBS 

I want to express my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Boni Frederick.  All of will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Sonja G. Tanksley
DCBS Fayette County

To the family and co-workers of Boni we send our deepest sympathy and condolences.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  Please let us know if we can be of any assistance during this difficult time.
Joy M. Anger, BSW-SSC I and
Melinda Weathers, MA-SSW II
DCBS Lincoln County

Father, we pray for your guidance,  for your guidance and for your compassion in regard to Boni Frederick. We pray for her family as they cope with this terrible loss. We pray that your Presence will surround this family and that they could sense your presence, your compassion. We know that in our grief, you also grieve. Give this family your Wisdom, as they try and make sense of this tragedy. I pray that your people would reach out, comfort and console this family. Let them experience your Love and allow us to be your humble servants in the relay of this love.
All things are in Your loving hands. We thank you. Amen.
R. Wayne Baldwin, M.S.W.
DCBS Berea, KY

I would like to extend my sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick.  Although I was not personally acquainted with Ms. Frederick, the fact that she lost her life in the “line of duty” shows her dedication and passion for what she did.  May God give her loved ones the strength and endurance needed during this most sad time.
Sincerely,
Maranda Cummins, CHFS Training Liaison
Office of Human Resource Management

I am very sorry to hear about the tragic loss of such an honorable public servant. My deepest and sincere sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick.
Prayers for you all.
Suzie Stafford
OIT CHFS/Frankfort

I wish to express my condolences to the family and friends of Boni Frederick.   Although I did not personally know her I know her presence will be deeply missed at home by her family and at work.   May God bless you and give you peace. 
Kristi Peavler
DCBS Training Branch
Frankfort, KY

Ms. Fredrick exemplified the love of children families with her devotion. She demonstrated the following words of St. Francis of Assisi that describe a social worker’s life:
Make me a channel of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may never be so much to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love with all my soul.
For it is in giving , that we receive; it is in pardoning, that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
My thoughts, prayers are with you, her personal family and her work family Let us not forget.
Charlene Clemons, MSW, Family Support SRAA
Eastern Mountain Region

The CHFS family mourns the tragic loss of Boni Frederick. Jane Addams once remarked, "Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world." Boni exemplified the altruistic nature of our profession-caring, selfless, kind, and compassionate.  As we are reminded in Romans, "Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good" (12:21). 
Arthur Hayden, MSW, Ph.D., Clinician
Fayette Service Region

I did not know Boni as I live and  work in Danville.  All of us that work with Ky.‘s families and children share a bond.  People are important and to be able to help people is a blessing for us.  I grieve for your loss.
Nell Fulton
Boyle Co. P&P

On behalf of the Lincoln County Protection and Permanency staff we offer our deepest sympathy to Boni Frederick’s family and co-workers through this time of sorrow and mourning.  We offer up our heart filled prayers that the Lord may bring comfort to all who have been affected through this tragedy. 
Respectfully
The staff and families of Lincoln County Protection and Permanency

My prayers are with those touched by the loss of Boni.  May God bless you all.
Deidra Jones
DCBS-Fayette Co.

All of the workers on P&P Unit II in Fayette County appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that social service aides contribute to the welfare of children.  We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Ms. Frederick and acknowledge all that she has done for the Cabinet and families she served.
P&P Unit II
Fayette County DCBS

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Frederick family during this difficult time.  We sincerely hope that Boni’s family and friends can find comfort knowing that Boni’s work was not in vain. 
Shenise Mack-FSOS, Enitan Campbell, Dannyell Nolan, Bobbi Mattingly, Jill Morris, Shamika Rivers, Edin Smajlagic and Margaret Hill
Jefferson County P&P

We want to express our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Boni Frederick.  May you feel God’s comfort, presence, and strength  during this time.

To the staff and family members of Boni Frederick I send my deepest sympathies. I didn’t know Boni however as a fellow social service worker I want to let you know that staff and family members are in my thoughts and prayers.
Amy M. Mitchell SSCLI, MSSW
Pulaski County

There is a dark cloud over CHFS offices this morning. This is horrible, sad news for all of us. We, in Northern KY, are praying for Boni’s family and co-workers, and for the safe return of baby Saige.

I held a conference call with all supervisors in the region today to discuss this tragedy and its implications for all staff. In the room with me were several supervisors and regional office staff. As I spoke to the group about what I knew about this situation, I noticed several staff wipe tears from their eyes. They were the tears of people who did not know Boni that made me think about how we are all tied together by a greater purpose. While none of us knew Boni personally, her death affected all of us deeply. As Boni obviously did, we all do this work because we care about people. And for someone who has dedicated her life to that purpose to be harmed by those she was trying to help is simply incomprehensible. I can only hope that Boni’s family and friends are comforted by the fact that there are literally hundreds of her colleagues across the state who are mourning her tragic death.
Joel Griffith, SRA
DCBS Northern Kentucky Region

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Boni’s family, friends, and co-workers.  May you all find comfort in God’s strength through this tragedy.
Sarah Hood, BSW, SSWII
Lincoln County Protection and Permanency

The Telecommunications Branch expresses our condolences to the staff and Boni’s family on this tragic loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Chris Taylor
Information Systems Manager
CHFS/ OIT

I just want to let you know that my heart goes out to the family, friends and co-workers.  Once again another senseless tragedy that leaves us all scratching our heads in disbelief.  Social work itself is a calling of which one feels the reward within their own hearts and resolve.  It is a sad day and I am so very sorry you have found yourself in this place.

I heard of the loss of your loved one on the news last evening.  I am so sorry for your loss.  It is hard to lose any family member, but, especially,  to lose one to this kind of  tragedy. I do not know Boni, but to me she is a hero for the work that she did for children of this State. 
God knows all things and has a season for everything. Please know the peace that passes all understanding and the love that God sends to us all. I feel in my heart that Boni had a love for God and He had a love for her. My prayers go to the family member and co-workers of Boni. She will be in heaven taking care of all God's children.
Jewell Brandenburg 
CHFS Dept. of Disability Determinations

I express the deepest sympathy for the family (both biological and comrades) and friends of Ms. Fredrick.
It is my belief that she has gone to a much better place.
I also feel rage at a system that constantly places the safety and well being of the staff behind that of “client rights.”
It has been years since Mr. Paul Grannis died in the line of duty and no systematic changes for staff safety have occurred.
Kenny Hinton
Warren Co. Protection & Permanency

I was saddened to hear about the death of a fellow co-worker. I want to give my condolences and prayers to each person affected by this situation. In this time of need, remember this worker’s hard work to serve families and children. Sometimes, the only comfort we have is a memory.
Jolene Cochran, Social Services Clinician
Casey County

I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni.  I will keep each of you in my prayers.
Sincerely,
Pat Venable, OSAII
Trigg Co Family Support 

I was saddened at the news of Ms. Frederick’s death.  My prayers continue to be with Ms. Frederick’s family.  Our God is the God of all comforts. 
Tori Mack
EKU/Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and co-workers through out the area. I did not know her personally but from what I have read and seen posted she was truly a Guardian for the children and kids she dealt with. She will be missed by all but not forgotten. With our deepest sympathy and condolences to all of those who are in this line of work and especially the ones whose life Boni has touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Tommy Poole, Resource Management Analyst II
CHFS Office of Technology Services

It saddens and concerns me to hear this horrible news. My deepest sympathies go out to all of my co-workers across the Commonwealth and to the family/friends of this most giving and kindhearted lady, may you take comfort in knowing that our heavenly father has said in his word that he will “never leave you nor forsake you. I will be with you always.” May God grant you peace and strength in this most difficult time. God bless you and my prayers are with you all.
Tracy L. Cornett, Social Service Clinician I
Protection & Permanency
Whitesburg, KY

I am shocked and saddened at this terrible news. I am from West Kentucky myself and know how tightly knit the communities there are and that this is a horrible blow to the county Ms. Frederick was from.  This is a horrible reminder that the job of social worker is not for the faint of heart and that oftentimes these folks must go "where angels fear to tread". Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Frederick's family, friends and co-workers. I pray that this innocent child is found soon and that these monsters who call themselves his parents are brought to justice!
Lisa M. Bannister, Internal Policy Analyst II
DCBS Family Support

As the Director of Social Work at a state psychiatric hospital, my staff and I send the deepest condolences and support to you and your co-workers during this time. The loss of a staff member is difficult at any time, losing that staff member while performing her duties is tragic. The work that you do is a risky job, putting yourselves directly in the line of danger. At the same time, you provide an essential service to the most vulnerable of our population, the children. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.  Sincerely,
Nina Maria Diana, LCSW-C, Director of Social Work Services
Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center

As part of the extended family that works for this state, it saddens the office in Pulaski Co. to hear of this loss.  No words can ease the pain and sorrow that your office is experiencing at this time.  Boni touched the lives of so many and will continue to do so.  Boni made the ultimate sacrifice to serve the children of this state.  We go about our day and often do not realize the risk that we are placed in each time that we knock on that door.  It is such a tragedy that Boni lost her life doing what we all do each day.  Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the family, friends, coworkers and all of those whose lives she touched. 
The Workers of Pulaski Co. Cabinet for Health and Family Services

I'm sad for your family, your loss and for us all! God bless you!
Laura "Lynne" Hutchens

I am so saddened over your terrible loss. I can only imagine your shock and grief. You are in my thoughts and prayers as I also thank the Lord for dedicated, hard-working, compassionate public servants, like Boni.
Ann Gordon
Office of the Commissioner
CHFS Dept. for Human Support Services

I have heard great things of Boni from the staff here at Crittenden County DCBS.  Our prayers are with her family and coworkers who will miss her so.  She was a hero and that is the way she will be remembered in my mind.
Tara Taylor, Social Service Worker
Protection & Permanency
Crittenden County

God Bless your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

By such a loss. How we pray, quite literally for all who are suffering through this. I also pray, quite literally, that our politicians and supervisors WILL NEVER again, leave our workers in such dangerous situations, without help or back up….ever again! One loss, is one loss TOO MANY!!!!! God Bless you and us all!
Lynne Hutchens

To the family of Boni Frederick: Words are so inadequate, but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that God will give you strength to endure this time of tragedy. 
The Marion County Staff of DCBS Protection & Permanency and Family Support
Lebanon, KY

In this time of loss and grief, may God comfort you through His promises and through the love of those who pray for you.
Steve, Kim and Tony
CHFS Adult Safety Branch

We all mourn the loss of our fellow social worker. God bless and comfort Boni’s family, friends, and co-workers.
Cynthia J. Swartz, SSS, MSW, CPS/APS Protection Specialist
Cumberland Region

Boni was definitely a unique individual and there are so many things I will remember about her:the bargain shopping, coupons, ham and pineapple at all the dinners, those disgusting orange cookies, jack o lantern earrings, her festive vests, the tanning bed joke, her nickname of BF PI (private investigator), her gift of gab and her impressions but most of all I will remember her as a lady who did not care to speak her mind and who did a lot of good deeds for those she cared about. My condolences to her daughter, grandchildren, family, friends and all of us here in the office on this horrible and unimaginable loss.
Jason Millikan
Union County DCBS

I would like to relay my condolences to Ms. Frederick's family, friends and co-workers.  This is a very sad day for everyone in the Commonwealth.
Jane Corder, Assistant to the Chief of Staff
CHFS
Frankfort, KY

Our hearts go out to Boni’s family as well as her co-workers.  Boni Frederick will continue to live on through the countless lives she has touched in so many positive ways through her courageous work.  We wish you peace in your hearts and homes.  Respectfully,
Maryann Strickland, Jessica Causey, Keesha Gill, Jennifer Bourgeois, Khristen Gatewood, Emily Kennel, Tina Speight, Nicole Thomas, Debora Smiley and Whitney Ballard
Jefferson County P&P

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni. I am sure she will be missed tremendously by all. May God bless each of you in this time of sorrow. Keep the faith.

Boni may not have been known personally by every employee with the Cabinet, but her death and selfless work she has given over years will be remembered forever and the sacrifice her family has to endure has certainly touched every employee and their families within the Cabinet.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family and the co-worker, as with Saige.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." - Irish Epitaph
Sheryl (Sherry) Ward, Training Specialist
Caldwell County

May this message give comfort and peace to her family and friends.  May God bless you and keep you at this time of loss.
Michelle Alexander, Case Manager I
Fleming County Family Support

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Boni's family and co-workers during this most difficult time.  Though we in Northern Kentucky are miles away, this sort of tragedy hits home and we are praying for those who knew and worked with Boni everyday.  Take care of each other during this time.  We all pray for Saige's safe return as well.
Angela K. Taylor, Family Services Office Supervisor
Domestic Violence Team
Covington, KY

“No man is an Island, entire of itself; . . . any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. “ -- John Donne

Our hearts break hearing the tragic news of Boni Frederick. Our thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s co-workers and family at this time and for the safe return of baby Saige. Thank you all for aiding our families with protection, permanency and stability. May God provide you comfort, courage, strength, and wisdom as you carry on.
Melvin Bynes, CHFS Office of Ombudsman, CHFS and
Kimberly Bynes OEOD, Personnel Cabinet
Frankfort, KY

On behalf of social workers from Brockton Massachusetts Department of Social Services, we send our condolences to Boni's family, friends and co-workers.  You are in our thoughts.
Social Workers from Brockton, MA

This tragedy reminds all of us how precious life is and how dangerous our jobs are. I did not know Boni, but I feel in my heart that she died doing her job and died attempting to protect the infant that she was in “charge” of.  I know these things about Boni because I am a Support Service Aide and know the job well.  I am confident that Boni touched many lives in her job and they are in my thoughts today and in the days to come. Today and in the days to come our agency will face many challenges regarding this tragedy and changes will come. My thoughts are with our agency as they work on these challenges.

Menifee County P&P would like to express our condolences to family and friends of Ms. Frederick.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. 
Darlene Perkins

I was heartbroken when I heard, on the news, of yet another community service worker's death.  My prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni.  I also pray for the safe return of baby Saige.  We are not meant to understand why tragic things like this happens, but through prayer you kind find comfort.  May God be with all of you!
Judy L. Story, Secretary
Fleming Co. R&C Unit

We have all been saddened by the news of Boni’s tragic death.  My thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family and co-workers.  May God comfort you during this time.
Donna Canchola
Bullitt Co CHFS

I would like to extend our deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers to the friends and family of Boni Frederick.
Ryan Saucier, Social Worker
Department of Social Services
New Bedford, MA

Hardin County Supervisors and staff wish to give condolences at the loss of "one of our own".  Boni's name and memory will be etched in our minds, not just today, but years in the future.  As Paul Grannis did, we hope that her spirit will live on in the work that we do with families and communities in order to promote a safe and happy childhood for all of Kentucky's children.  Paul Grannis, a Fleming County family services worker who was killed on May 8, 1987, during a child protection investigation.  (Lest we forget....) May God help you with your loss. 
Hardin County Staff

May God wrap his arms around your family during these hard and unexpected times of transgression.  I lift you all up with my prayers and thoughts. God Bless.
Ross Stocker, Family Support Specialist II
CHFS DCBS Madison County

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy for the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick. I did not know Boni but I am a social worker myself and know the dedication and risks that come with working with the families and trying to protect the safety of the children. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joanna Ouellette
Department of Social Services
Haverhill, Massachusetts

I DID NOT KNOW BONI BUT FROM WHAT I HEAR, SHE WAS A WONDERFUL INDIVIDUAL, HARD WORKING, AND LOVED WHAT SHE DID FOR THE COMMUNITY.   I AM VERY SADDENED.  I WILL KEEP FAMILY AND CO-WORKERS IN MY PRAYERS.  MAY THAT INNOCENT CHILD BE BROUGHT HOME SAFELY.   I ALSO PRAY THAT WE CAN FIND A WAY TO MAKE ALL WORKERS SAFER ON THE JOB.  THIS SHOWS ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.
Shelley M Edwards, Family Support Specialist III
Owensboro, Ky.

I feel very fortunate to have met Boni at a retirement party here in Daviess Co. a few short months ago.  My first impression of her was that she must be fun and a joy to work with, she appeared to have a lot of energy and a very good heart.  I would like to say to the family that I send out my prayers and my heart felt condolences, it gives me chills writing this message at this very moment. I think a lot of the people I work with, how dedicated, how brave, and how awesome to have the opportunity to work with people everyday like Boni who choose to work in the human services field.  Thank you Boni for all that you have given to the families and especially the Children that you have helped over the years.
Christal Mattingly, Protection and Permanency Worker
Daviess Co.

The staff within the Performance Enhancement Branch of the Office of the Ombudsman would like to extend their sympathy to the family, friends, and co-workers of Ms. Frederick.  All of us who have engaged in field work understand the value and necessity of the work; and we also are always aware that this, the unthinkable, is our worst shared fear.  We pray now for Boni's family and for those who knew her and loved her.  We also pray for all our colleagues:  please be safe and remember to take care of each other.
Performance Enhancement Branch
CHFS Office of the Ombudsman

I roomed with Boni at one of the support service aide’s conference in the 90’s. At that time she was covering two counties & transporting special needs children to the University Hospital in Lexington. She was committed to the Cabinet’s quest of protecting the children in her care. She liked her job and talked fondly of the families she served & her co-workers.  My prayers are with her family and the other employees she worked with.
Norma Birchfield, SSA II
CHFS DCBS Carrollton,KY 41008

Even though I didn’t personally know Boni,  In reading these posts I have learned about a woman whom sounds as if she truly enjoyed her job. I hope that her family and friends know how much we all appreciate her dedication and many sacrifices I am sure she and her family had to make through out her career.  Our thoughts are with the family, friends and co-workers through out this difficult time.
Pamela Handshoe, BSW, SSWII
DCBS Fayette Co.

My deepest condolences to the family of Boni Frederick. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
Sincerely,
Dionne Holt  MSSW, CSW
UK Targeted Assessment Program

I am very horrified and saddened to hear of the tragic and avoidable loss of a dedicated child welfare social worker. I have been a child protective social worker for the Mass Dept of Social Services since 1977 and know how unsafe our job is at times.  Boni was a fellow traveler and an unsung hero in the effort to improve the lives of the children and families we serve. Her loss affects all of us.
Peace be to her family and coworkers. May God keep us all safe.
Eileen Velez, LSW, Social Worker III
S. Weymouth, MA

I would like to extend my sympathy to the family, friends and coworkers of Boni Frederick. I will pray for your support and comfort during this difficult time.
Connie L. Greathouse, RN, BSN, Nurse Consultant
Owensboro/Northwestern Kentucky Region
Department for Medicaid

The loss of Bonnie is a great one. She was my friend and we would send emails. I had known her 15 years. I grieve for her loss and the loss to her family. A light has gone out.
Cindy Evans
CHFS DCBS Owensboro, Ky.

I was devastated to here of your loss.  We are all so connected through the work that we do to protect children and work with families.  Boni's senseless death is a loss for "our entire social services family".  I share in your grief and pray for your family in your time of need.  I hope that you find comfort in the fact that people all over the country are by your side and wish they could ease your pain.
Lisa Whitaker, Quality Assurance Specialist
Indiana Department of Child Services

I did not know Bonnie, but I know she was a very courageous woman and there will be a special place in heaven for a lady who gave up her life to protect a baby who was in “our” care! My thoughts and prayers are with her family and her co-workers.
Eileen Hamilton BSW
P&P Northeastern Regional Office

We extend our deepest condolences to Boni’s family, friends, and co workers.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you, as our CHFS family has experienced a great loss.  Thanks to all social workers who spend countless hours to protect the lives of the innocent, along with risking the lives of our own. 
Jessica Johnson, SSCI, Investigator
Fayette County

Our prayers are with the friends and family of a brave woman who labored in a dangerous job and gave her life to protect the families of Kentucky. 

My heart goes out to Boni Frederick’s family, friends, and co workers. 
Jennifer Couch
CHFS DCBS Kenton County

I pray for strength for the family of Boni to carry them over the next few days that will be wrought with tears and decisions. I then pray for peace in their hearts and in the hearts of her extended family as well. Kentucky cries today for your loss.
Lisa A. Bowers, Field Service Supervisor
CHFS Family Support
Henderson, Ky.

We would like to express our deepest sympathies for your loss. Like others we didn’t know her, but we do know her job. Were Social Service Aides in Breathitt County. Like Ms. Frederick this is not a job you do for money. It’s a job you do because the Love you have for children and the difference you make in their life. As for comfort—I read this in a book and it was so beautiful.  “One day God was out picking the most beautiful boutique of flowers, he only needed one more to complete his bouquet.” Again we are sorry for your loss.
Linda Evanoff & Barbara Spencer, Social Service Aides
Breathitt Co. Protection & Permanency

We would like to send our condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni.  Even though we did not know her, we know she served families and children to the best of her ability. This loss has affected us all and we are very saddened to have lost one of our own.  It takes a special person to be a social worker and Boni was one of these special people. We would like for everyone to know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
CHFS Foster Care
Fayette County

We are saddened for the loss of Boni. May we all learn from this tragic event to provide services to those in need.  We pray for the child that is missing and for his safe return.  We also pray for the family and co-workers of Boni.  If we can help, let us know.
Todd County Social Workers, Guardianship, Kinship Care, Secretary and FSOS

My thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family and co-workers in this difficult time.  May God Bless you all.
Melissa Brewer
DCBS Frankfort

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family during your loss. May God place a peace in your heart, and carry your family through this time of sorrow.
Diane Amos, M.A.E., Social Service Clinician I
CHFS Adult Protection Services
Bowling Green, KY

My thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family, friends, and co-workers.  God bless each of you.
Norm Johnson, Safety Coordinator
CHFS Facilities Management Branch
Frankfort

Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends, family and coworkers of Ms. Boni.  May God Bless each of you and help you in this time of loss.
Sara Richardson, RN, BSN, Nurse Administrator
CHFS Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Barbourville Region

I am so sorry about your family’s loss.  As a P&P worker for 10 years now, I know the dangers that we face daily in this job.  However, we are special people that are called to protect children and vulnerable adults.  I hope you find peace in the fact that she was one of those special people.  My heart goes out to you and your family.  God bless.
Kimberly Donta, MSW
Southern Bluegrass Region P&P

We would like to extend our condolences and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Ms. Frederick at this tragic time.  MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
Robertson County Family Support and Protection & Permanency

As a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) here in Illinois, my peers and I mourn over the death of Boni Frederick who gave the ultimate sacrifice in her devotion to helping shape the life of a child caught up in an untenable situation. Few people realize the danger involved in dealing with people who are dysfunctional and yes, in this instance, capable of extreme violence. Our hearts go out to her family struggling with the "how and why" of something like this happening to someone whose life revolved around service to others. May they find their reservoir of strength in their faith, and may Boni Frederick rest in peace.
Bob H., CASA
Illinois

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and co-workers of Boni Frederick.  This is the ultimate price that one pays to serve children who are abused and neglected.  We honor her memory and her dedication to children of this state.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rockcastle Protection and Permanency Staff
Mt. Vernon, KY

I just want to send my deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Fredrick and to the co-workers.  God bless each and everyone of you that has been touched or mourn the loss of this special lady.  You will be in my prayers and thoughts.
Michael Duncan  SSC I
CHFS DCBS Pulaski Co.

To Have Succeeded

To laugh often and love much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give one’s self;
To leave the world a little better,
Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch,
Or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived…
This is to have succeeded.

Deepest sympathy to Boni’s family, friends, and co-workers. Your loss is felt throughout all of CHFS. Boni’s memory serves to remind us that we are all in this together. May we never lose focus and never waiver in our commitment to Kentucky’s vulnerable children and adults.

My thought and prayers are with the Boni Frederick family.  May god continually bless each of you, during this time of sorrow. Remember, god is there to give you peace and contentment. Love in Christ!
Sabrina Palmer, Family Support Specialist II
Warren County

Life is short.  Blessings are the Angels that he has sent to us like Boni.  My Prayers goes out to you and you're Family.  Take Joy that her Crown in Heaven will be full and the work she left behind will cause her no more pain.  May you be blessed with the treasure she has left behind doing what she could do here on earth?  I did not know her but working with children and families the burden was great and the joys far and between, but we all know that she touched many and changed their lives for others to see. 
Judy Warner, Family Care Center
Lexington, Ky.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and co-workers of Ms. Frederick.  There is a special place in heaven for those who protect children!  God bless,
Bourbon County Attorney’s Office
Division of Child Support

A profoundly sad and profoundly horrific report of a caseworker killed in the line of duty. Boni Frederick's death has shocked us in our DSS Harbor Office in Chelsea/Boston, Massachusetts. Our thoughts are with the staff of the Cabinet of Health and Human Services. A friend and  Massachusetts DSS co-worker, Linda Silva, was similarly killed in 1996. We have never forgotten. Boni Frederick's death will also never be forgotten.
Brian Mulvey
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Social Services, Harbor Office

All of us in the DCBS Training Branch are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague, Boni Frederick.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family, friends and co-workers.  May her spirit of dedication and commitment continue to live in each of us.
DCBS Training Branch

To the loved ones of Boni, I too want to express my sympathies to you all. I want to take this time to say that only God knows the WHYS. We are all here to do our best; after hearing a story and reading the other messages, I know Boni did just that. Again I just want to let the family know that God is there and He is willing to keep His loving arms around each of you. May His Blessing be with you in your time of loss.
Theresa Thomas, DCBS worker
Lexington, Ky.

Owsley/Lee County Protection and Permanency would like to send our condolences to the family and co-workers of Ms. Fredrick.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers as we all go through this tragedy.  May the Lord Bless you and keep you.

My heart and prayers are with all social workers across the state as well as the Union County Workers.  The family will remain in my thoughts and prayers.  May God Bless us and help us through this very saddening and tragic event. 
Jodye Bauman, Social Service Worker II
CHFS Mayfield, KY

I did not know Boni Frederick, but her tragic death brings all of you to mind who work to protect Kentucky's children and families.  Every day you see the hidden, sorrowful sides of life, yet work unceasingly to promote "everyday miracles."  In the face of great pain, you must nurture hope.  This terrible situation drives home the risks you face.  I hold you all in my thoughts and prayers. 
Helen Deines, EdD, MSSW, Professor of Social Work
Spalding University

Although this day is hard, it is also the homecoming of one of Gods own children.  Ms. Frederick and Family, I know that her time was too soon but believe that her accomplishments and dedication to this job did not go unnoticed.  My prayers go out to the family and friends through their mourning.  I am sorry to have to type this email but again my prayers will continue for all family and friends that was truly close with Boni and all who were touched by her grace. God will heal those who seek him first.

I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family on behalf of the Massachusetts D.S.S. Plymouth Area Office.
Don Mitchell

I am so sorry for your loss and I want you to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that it gives you some peace in your hearts knowing that Boni was an individual who served others during her lifetime by protecting children and helping families through struggling times. It takes strong men and women to work in Social Services and without knowing anything else about Boni except that she worked for the Cabinet I know that she was someone to respect and admire. My condolences to you and may God be with you.
Michelle Gish, Social Service Worker II
CHFS DCBS Newport, KY

Although we did not have the opportunity to know her, Ms. Frederick’s tragedy has touched all of our hearts. This entire office is in mourning.  Please accept our condolences. Our prayers are with her family, co-workers and the multitude of friends. 
Knox County Protection and Permanency Office

Our social workers here are not only our colleagues, they are our friends. We can't imagine losing one in such a tragic manner just as we can't imagine the grief and suffering of Boni's family, friends and co-workers. We didn't know Boni but our thoughts and prayers are with you. 
Carroll County Attorney Staff

The Amber Alert last night frightened me--as it always does. The fear was soon mingled with grief as I learned of Ms. Frederick's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, her friends, and her co-workers. 
Michael Denney, Assistant Director
CHFS Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and staff. We are all affected deeply with this loss and share a small portion of your pain. Sincerely, with prayers,
The Whitley County DCBS office
Barbara Hill, FSOS; Jimmy Middleton, R & C; Carol Loughran, R & C; Elspeth Cobb, ILC; Christin Hunt, secretary; Tonya Thomas, SSW; Myranda Dixon, SSW; Melanie Wilson, SSW; LaKeshia Mabe, SSW; Jill Lockaby, SSW; Brandy Smith, SSW

I just want to extend my sympathy and prayers to Boni Fredrick’s family and friends. May God bless them and keep them in their time of need.
Vanessa Garr, Social Service Aide II
CHFS DCBS Jamestown, KY

I do not know her but we are all connected to each other in this world. My condolences go out to her family and my prayers also.  I also hope and pray for the child taken, that everything will be well and the child found. To her co-workers, I know when you work with others, especially in State government, they become like your family. May the peace that surpasses all understanding be with the family, and her co-workers.
Elaine Vance
CHFS MHMR/Hazelwood

My thoughts and prayers are with the friends, coworkers, and  family of Boni Fredericks.  God Bless.
Betty Bastin, Foster Care & Adoption Recruitment Coordinator
CHFS DCBS Jefferson County

My prayers and thoughts are for her family and friends, her co-workers.  She will be missed by all. 
Nora Pitzer, Records Management Analyst III
CHFS Records Section
Frankfort

I just felt a need to offer my heartfelt sympathy and prayers, for all those who cared for this special lady who gave so much of herself to the task of protecting the children of the Commonwealth.  Like a soldier on the front lines of battle, she was a hero. 
Deborah Sparrow
CHFS OIT Helpdesk
Frankfort

Our thoughts and prayers are with Boni's family and co-workers. We are all one family and we mourn her as one of our own. May God bless us and keep us safe.
Tim Rees, Adult Protection Supervisor
CHFS DCBS Kenton Co.

My heart goes out to Boni’s family, friends, and co-workers. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Lowania Eden, Program Specialist
CHFS DCBS Southern Bluegrass Region
Lancaster, KY

I wanted to extend my deepest sympathies to Boni’s family, friends, and fellow social workers. It takes a dedicated and honorable person to do this job, yet it is so thankless.  I am thankful for Boni’s commitment to Kentucky’s children and may her family remember that she was angel among us!
Melissa Metcalf, Social Service Clinician
Fayette County P&P

Our office would like to express our sincere condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of Boni Frederick. Support service aides perform a valuable function in assisting children in maintaining connections to birth families and Ms. Frederick’s contribution in this area will be remembered. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers as the days move on. Sincerely,
Shelby County Protection and Permanency Teams


May the light of our heavenly father forever shine upon Ms. Boni and her family.  It is with great sadness  that we lost yet another colleague. To do this job one has to be very unselfish and for the many years Ms. Boni gave her time and dedication to families in need. she will be missed.  Thanks Ms. Boni for being there.
Franklin H. Avinger
Department of Social Services
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

We are taught the greatness of giving up your life for a friend.   Boni Frederick gave up her precious life for the sake of “the least among us”, for a child she will not see to grow up and, we hope, to blossom.   We all know these times are hard.   For her family, her friends, her coworkers.   We can only support each other as much as we can and be oh-so proud of what she accomplished. 
Nancy Birdwhistell,  MSSW, Coordinator
KY Foster & Adoptive Parent Training Support Network
Murray State University

I knew Boni when I worked in Union County as a Kentucky Works Coordinator from 1992 to 1996.  Boni was always so friendly and upbeat.  She made Christmas ornaments out of pine cones and I got one from her.  Now, every year when I put up my Christmas tree, I will have a memory of Boni to add to my tree and will always say a prayer for her. 
Karen Boling

I just want to send my condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Bonnie.  I work closely with the social Work staff in Northern Kentucky and I see how special they all are.   Each day they make a difference.  I know Bonnie made a difference to everyone she came in contact with daily.  She will be missed. May God be with us all through this sad time. 
Helen Eddington
DCBS Training Branch
Northern KY Region

My deepest sympathies to the family and coworkers of Boni Frederick.  Although I did not know Boni personally, I am sure she was a wonderful person who, no doubt, put children first.  I am truly sorry for your loss and will pray that God will provide the needed strength for all of you to get through this most tragic event.
Theresa McDowell, Social Worker
Hardin County

Human service workers everywhere are mourning the loss of Boni along with you. It takes a special person to have the patience to change the world one child at a time. Our thoughts and prayers are with your agency, Boni’s family, the young child and his family, as you grieve.
Anne, Family Development Specialist
Youth and Shelter Services, Inc.
Boone, Iowa

It’s so hard to lose someone you love, and though words can’t take away the sadness and pain you feel, we want to tell you that we care very deeply about all you and all that you’re going through. Please know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers.  
Lillian Hyatt and family
Kentucky

I send my thoughts and prayers to Boni's friends, family and co-workers. The work that Boni spent her days doing is at times frightening and frustrating, but always done for the children. Boni, and social workers like her, make a difference everyday. We have all lost someone special.
Laurie Cyphers, Social Worker
Harbor Area Office
Mass. Dept. of Social Services

My thoughts and prayers go out to Boni’s family and co-workers.  When I heard the news that a Social Worker had fallen, my heart broke for the Department loss.  May God hold baby Saige in his hands and bring him home safe.

My heart goes out to the loved ones left behind due to this tragedy. I work very closely with the social workers in my county and am aware of the dedication involved in this type of service.  I am truly sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and the young child that is missing. God Bless,
Wanda Beth Boyd
Todd County Child Support
Elkton, KY

My prayers our with your family during this time. I pray for peace and understanding during this time for all of you.
S Lee
Louisville, KY

I would like to convey my condolences to Ms. Frederick's family, friends and co-workers. She was lost while trying to defend and protect a defenseless child who was in her care. She was a person totally dedicated to protecting those who couldn’t defend themselves.   
Tim Goff, Systems Consultant IT
CHFS OIT Client Server Branch

It takes a tragedy as this to make you realize how dangerous your job can be and to also realize that none of us have a promise of tomorrow. May God comfort her co-workers and her family in a way that only He can and may time ease your loss.
Mason County Family Support Staff

We are also shocked and saddened by your loss.  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Boni Frederick's family, co-workers and friends.  The work and life of a social worker is hard but it is also extremely rewarding.  No one but a social worker can really understand why we do what we do and that is why the "social work" community is so tight knit.  We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Department of Children's Services
Wayne Co. Tennessee

Although I did not know Boni Frederick, I know that she was a person who devoted her life to serving others with courage and conviction. What she did with her life made a real difference, and all the kindness and good deeds that she did will continue to have a positive impact on the world she leaves behind.  Her work on earth may be done, but she will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with Boni's family, friends, and fellow social workers.
Leanne Hernandez, Disability Adjudicator
CHFS Disability Determinations

We at the Hart County P and P and Family Support office wish to express our deepest condolences to Boni’s family, friends and co-workers.  She died a hero doing what she loved to do and trying to help a child that really needed her.  There are special places in heaven for people like her.  May God be with you as all our thoughts and prayers are.
Hart County DCBS office

I did not know Boni but want her family and friends to know that I am remembering them in my prayers.  No words can help fill the void left by her death but the love and thoughts of all who knew about her will help ease your pain.  Please keep your faith and know that she died defending the children she loved. With sincere sympathy,
Bonnie Rutherford, Case Manager
CHFS DCBS Barren County

I'm sending my prayers to the family and all the people who cared about and loved Ms. Boni Frederick. I don't know Ms. Frederick but I'm a child protection social worker and this hits home. Continue to hold on to God in this time of sorrow. Many blessings to you.
Sandra White
Hennepin Co., MN

May you know that the family, co-workers and friends of Boni, are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bring comfort and strenghth for today and days to come. “God shall wipe away all your tears from their eyes”  Revelation 21:4 KJV
Veronica Raglin, Administrative Specialist III
CHFS DCBS Permanency Team
Fayette County

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy for the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick. I did not know Boni but I am a social worker myself and know the dedication and risks that come with this line of work. My prayers are with all of you
Sandra Mahoney
Harbor DSS Office
Massachusetts

I had the privilege of working with Boni for almost 3 years in the Union County DCBS office. Her cubicle was right beside mine and she helped to make many a day more bearable. She was a very special and unique individual—always bringing a smile to the face of others. All of us who were lucky enough to call her a friend will miss her terribly. My prayers go out to her daughter, grandchildren, and extended family. ou could always count on her to do what was in the best interest of the child. May you find comfort in the fact that she made a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you, Boni, for all that you gave to others!!!  May we all strive to be as dedicated to children as you were.
Jennifer McDaniel, LPCA
Lighthouse Counseling Services 

We at the Boone County office in Northern Kentucky would like to extend our prayers and sympathies to the family, friends and c0-workers of Boni Frederick. Although we did not know Boni personally we do feel connected to Boni and her team in that we have dedicated our lives to helping children as well. We are truly sorry for your loss. 
CHFS DCBS Boone Co. office - Kelly Skerchock, Summer Neckel, Amber Wright, Marta Kirk, Maureen Morriston, Amber Callihan, Shelia Daniels and Jayme Linville

To the family and coworkers of Boni Frederick, you all are in my thoughts and prayers , I am so sorry for your loss.
Shawnetta Murray
Kenton co Family Support

My prayers go out to Boni and her family.  My prayers also go out to her co-workers who have lost a great friend and mentor. As I sit in my chair today as a social worker, I think about a woman who lost her life doing what she loved. May your light shine bright in Heaven.
Linda DeLeire, Social Worker
Department of Social Services
Chelsea, Massachusetts

Our hearts go out to Boni, her family and co-workers. This loss has affected us all and the job we do. We all understand how difficult our jobs are, but when something like this happens, we tend to take a different look at our lives and the job we do. Boni did her job unselfishly for 15 years and devoted herself to the families and children of Kentucky with great consideration and devotion. We have all thought about Boni today in every step that we have taken. We won’t forget the sacrifices that she made each and every day. Boni did what we do every day, in that we try to do what is in the best interests of families and children of Kentucky. Sadly, Boni lost her life doing this. May she never be forgotten. We pray for the safe return of Saige.
The Recruitment and Certification Unit
Two Rivers Region

WHO AM “I”?
By Tammi Greene, Social Service Clinician II
CHFS DCBS Hopkins County
I am an educator, but I’m not a teacher
I prepare legal documents, but I’m not an attorney
I answer emergency calls, but I’m not a firefighter
I referee the most important game of life, but I’m not an official
I’m the voice of the people, but I’m not a politician
I’m in every state, but I’m not dirt
I resolve conflicts, but I’m not a mediator
I serve many people, but I’m not a waitress
Who am I?
I am a person who services, but I’m not a postmaster
I protect, but I’m not a police officer
I make home visits, but I’m not a sales person (but I’m not in the home health field)
I mother you, but I’m not your mother
I discipline you, but I’m not your father
I hold your hand when you’re ill, but I’m not a medical professional
I am a financial advisor, but I’m not a CPA
I transport people, but I’m not a vehicle
I perform assessments, but I’m not a property evaluator
I develop plans, but I’m not an architect
I make life-altering decisions, but I’m not a judge
I counsel you, but I’m not a therapist 
Who am I?
When situations seem blue and problems arise, that’s when the calls for me really thrive. My work hours are long; my family is left to be home alone.
Who am I?
If I make a mistake the price is high, in fact someone could die.
Who am I?
My pay is less than the professions that I’m not, but I’m expected to greet all with a smile.
A lot of other professions depend on me, but I’m never respected you see, but who out there will defend me?
Because of all jobs that I perform, my state was raised above the norm, yet I didn’t even receive a job well done to me.
Who am I?
My work tool is a plastic badge that can’t even save my own ass.
Hazardous duty I don’t have, but I’m told to go into a meth lab, without something as simple as  a facemask..
Who am I?
When I call for help I hope that it comes, or I will be unable to see my son!
I’m forgotten by my Governor, and other politicians, but I’m needed by the citizens.
Who am I?
I am a KENTUCKY STATE SOCIAL WORKER
© 2006 Tammie Greene

The Lakes Region would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Boni Frederick, and the staff of the Union and Henderson County offices. They will be in our thoughts and prayers. We will also be thinking of all employees of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, as this tragic event will have a profound effect on anyone who commits their life to providing services to families and children.
Lakes Region Management and Staff

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Boni Frederick. What a tragic loss for the family, the community, DCBS, and the state.

While I did not know Boni, I know the work and when one of us is struck by a tragedy, we all are.  Our thoughts are with Boni's family. 
Peter MacKinnon, MSW, LCSW, Supervisor
Lowell Area Office
Massachusetts Department of Social Services

My thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family, friends and co-workers.  What a tragic loss for the child welfare world.  Know that what she and all workers do is so very important. 
Cindi Manuel
Center for the Support of Families

The moment I heard about the tragic death of Boni, I felt a great sadness for the loss of a caring person. I never met her but she had to be caring to do this work. I pray for her family and co-workers and for the little boy who is now in harm's way. I pray he comes back safe. May God richly bless you.
Sue Hill

You have may deepest of sympathy for the loss of your dear loved one. My thougts and prayers are with you. God bless.

We send our condolences to Boni's family, friends and co-workers. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Louisiana Department of Social Services
Livingston Parish

I hope the messages of sympathy and support from workers all over the state is some small comfort to Boni Frederick’s family during this sad time. A hymn I heard in church as a child keeps running through my head today. “Make me a channel of your peace, where there is hatred let me bring your love, where there is injury, your pardon, Lord, and where there's doubt, true faith in you.” An act of senseless violence like this is so hard to understand. None of us has been able to forget there is a small boy out there who still needs help. This hymn reminds me how as workers we cannot let the darkness we sometimes witness in people win.  
Ms. Kendrick Fischer, Central Intake
Fayette County DCBS

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Boni. Although I did not know her personally, we as front line workers understand the commitment that she had to ensure children are safe and protected. When I heard the news last night my heart sank. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Boni’s family and friends.   
Anastasia Cooper, MSSW, Social Service Clinician I
Northeastern Region, Rowan County

We are all stunned and saddened by the tragic loss of Boni. We send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to Boni's friends, family and co-workers. We also thank her for her years of dedication to Kentucky's children. We send up a special prayer for baby Saige.
Tammy DeBoe, KY Adoptive Parent
Adoption Support for Kentucky

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick.  Heaven is full of Heroes and yesterday it got one more. For her family and friends remember her when you read  “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Blessed are the dead which die in the lord from henceforth; Yea, saith the spirit , that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them”.  (Revelation 14:12) And for the rest of us her co-workers it is hard to sit here thinking of something to say about a worker giving her life to protect another.  Something we all do everyday. Do you wonder if your work makes a difference in the world or in Kentucky? The answer is YES and I want to thank each and every one of you for doing so. You may not think of it that way but you give help to the helpless and hope to the hopeless. I will be praying for you all “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). Keep in mind “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Tim Hodge
CHFS Southern Bluegrass Region

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the co-workers of Boni Frederick. The news of this tragedy makes my heart ache. Although I did not know her personally, I’m sure that she, like all our agency's Support Service Aides and other staff, worked tirelessly to help take care of our children in foster care. This is a great loss for us all.
Sincerely,
Martha W. Vozos, MSSW, Branch Manager
CHFS Out of Home Care Branch

I am employed by Florence Crittenton Home in Lexington and I met Mrs. Frederick on a couple of different occasions to transport a child to a home visit. She was always so sweet and professional. Her spirit was always upbeat and kind. What a sad loss of a wonderful life. My thoughts and prayer are with her family.
Tessa W. Lewis

We extend our deepest condolences to Boni’s family, friends, and co workers. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone one of you. May God bless you and keep you during this time of terrible loss.
Staff of Barren Co Area Child Support

My thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family both at home and at work. It is a senseless tragedy and my heart aches for all of you. I am sure Boni would be touched by the outpouring of support but I am sure she is saying to each of you, don’t let this incident keep you from living your lives and doing what you do best – protecting the children. I am not a colleague or employee but I would just like to add my prayers.
S. Reese
Severn, MD

Although I am not a social worker, I am an Income Maintenance employee of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services in Maryland. We too experienced the horrific act of violence that took one of our employees several years ago. All of us who serve the public are greatly diminished when any one of us is taken senselessly. I grieve as though it were one of our own, and I mourn your loss tremendously. May God be with Boni's family, friends, and co-workers.
Gretchen Whitaker, IM Supervisor
DHR, Baltimore, MD

My thoughts and prayers are with Boni's family may they find peace in
this time of sorrow.
Bonnie Hester,SSC
Probation and Parole
Bowling Green, KY

My deepest sympathy to Ms. Frederick's family, friends, and co-workers. I am sure that her loss will be keenly felt by all. I hope for the safe return of the baby soon.
Sharon Flood, Probation Officer
Schenectady, N.Y.

Please remember that you are not alone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Please inform us of any way we can assist the family and friends during this time of mourning.
Tricia Mack, MSSW, Social Worker
CHFS DCBS Neighborhood Place Bridges of Hope
Louisville, Kentucky

My heart goes out to the family, friends and department of which his lady was a part. As a social worker I realize our job has a lot of dangerous avenues which we go down daily, her dedication to help children will always be remembered by many. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who loved her. God Bless.
Felicia Turner
Nelson County Social Worker

I would like to send my deepest sympathy to Boni's family and friends, I knew her when she lived in Pittsburgh, PA many years ago. We have lost a very special person.
Rene Heitzenrater (Lang)

It was with deep regret that I learned of the death of Ms. Frederick. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with her family and co-workers at this very difficult time. Having done child protection work, I am well aware of the potential risk inherent in any home visit, as I am sure Ms. Frederick was. To my mind, real heroes are those that understand that risk and go ahead anyway to do what is right, in this case protecting children who cannot protect themselves. While it is likely small consolation to those she leaves behind, I believe Boni Frederick will live on in the lives she touched and the futures she made possible. Sincerely,
Ron Walters, Senior Court Services Officer
13th Judicial District Youth Court
Billings, Montana

I was not able to know "Ms. Boni" as a close friend but she was a part of our family that I am saddened to hear we have lost. Each day she was helping families to make a difference. She was a "shining star" to the families of Kentucky. My thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family and the Union County office she worked with every day. I hope we all will be able to take a moment to honor "Ms. Boni".  Sincerely,
Alice Kelly, SSCL II
Kenton Co. DCBS

I don't know you all or Mrs. Fredrick. Just wanted to let you all know that I am praying for you all. I heard about Mrs. Fredrick's passing in the news. Praying for peace and justice.
S. Dickerson
Atlanta, GA

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Boni's family and to her coworkers. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sandi Moran, retired employee of CHFS

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Boni's family, friends, and colleagues.
From a Social Worker for the Department of Children and Families in Connecticut

I just want to let the family know we as foster parents are always glad to have wonderful people like Boni to work for our children. I do not know her but it has made me realize there are not enough praise for those who care for the children that may be in danger. I WANT TO SEND MY PRAYERS AND THANKS TO THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY and to let you know there are people who really do appreciate you all
Cindy Watters, Foster Mom
New Albany, IN

I am so sorry to hear of Boni Frederick's death. It is horrible and very sad. My thoughts are with all her family, friends, and co-workers. 
Jenny Williams

I am a San Francisco County Protective Services/Child Welfare Worker, and I mourn the loss of Boni with you, the family at home and at work. I am again shocked by the terrible reality of the work we are called to do. Boni must surely have been among the best of us to be called. May healing prayers comfort you, and may you all find a way back to peace.
Sharon Richardson, MSW
San Francisco County Dept of Human Services, CA

My thoughts and prayers go out to Boni's family and fellow workers. Such a tragic event for one so dedicated to the safety and well-being of children. Rest well among the angels, Boni.
Gwen, Foster Home Development
Southfield, MI

I am deeply sorry to hear about the loss of Ms. Fredrick. My prayers go out to both her family and her co-workers. It takes a special kind of person to do the work that these individuals do. Ms. Fredrick ultimately gave her life to protect this innocent child. I pray the Lord will deliver swift justice to these individuals and will bring little Saige to safety. Bonni did not die in vain. Please take comfort in knowing that our Father will not leave or forsake you. I pray he gives you the strength to get through this most difficult time. (John 11:25-26)  Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.  God bless you all!
Christina Coomer
CHFS Family Support
Wayne County

I am from Webster County and have known Boni all of my life. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sandy and her children during this terrible time of loss. The loss of someone so close is so hard to understand and the grief can seem overwhelming, but remembering the love and happiness is a source of comfort. Take comfort in also knowing that you and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of countless people. I pray that God will provide the strength to endure this trial and you will find the comfort that only he can provide. 
Vicky Hibbs Tillman
Deloitte Consulting
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

I am both saddened and troubled by this tragic event. Who could kill someone who was only trying to help families? As an aspiring social worker, I understand that it takes a lot of courage to go into the field not knowing what lies ahead. I can tell that Boni had courage. Know that my prayers are with you all.
Stephanie LaCasse
Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, which is really all of our loss. The SSAs are an essential part of any social work team across the state and they perform many invaluable family services, including facilitating parenting, supervising visitation, transporting children many miles across the state, delivering lessons in life skills to parents who were likely poorly parented themselves. Boni gave her all to protect little Saige and to serve selflessly all the children of her region. Though I didn’t know her personally, I feel that to know any SSA is to know Boni. I hope the knowledge that many are grieving with you will give you some comfort. I pray God’s blessings and comfort to be wrapped all around you and that His grace, love and peace will guide you through this tragic time. I join you also in praying for the safe return of baby Saige.
Dilissa Milburn
CHFS Office of Legal Services
The Lakes Region

I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to Boni's biological family and to her work family, as well.  I can only imagine the grief that you each are experiencing due to this tragic loss.  I prayed immediately last night and will continue to pray for all of you.

The following is a quote that I thought of when I was reflecting: "It is only love for and commitment to something greater than ourselves that brings true meaning to life."  Boni  lived a life of TRUE meaning. She was committed to the families and children of Kentucky and dedicated her life to this pursuit. I did not know her personally but this is what I've heard about her from others.  Being a social worker is a gift...it is WHO you are. So it is a privilege of our profession to call Boni Frederick a social worker. Thank you, Boni. I pray that we will all continue on with an undying and relentless commitment to the families and children of Kentucky and make her proud. 
Missie Jo "MJ" Wilson, MA
DCBS Training Branch
Fayette Co.

Like many other I did not know Boni personally but from what I have read and heard she was a wonderful person. It does not really matter if I knew her personally we are all bonded together for a common goal in this line of work. I am very saddened by her loss, and would like to send my deepest condolences to her closest friends and families. My prayer is that God will give each and every one of them the peace and the strength they need to make it through the days to come. 
Nickie Walker SSCI
CHFS Green County

We are deeply saddened for the loss of such a person that cares for children and protects them without a thought of the danger they could be in. We are sorry for her and her family and we share in their grief and wish them the best in their difficult time. Although she is gone we can always say that she was a very brave person and someone that cares for others and that she will be missed very much. With our sympathy,
Security staff
Western State Hosptial

 I was saddened to hear of the passiing of Mrs. Frederick. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time.
Cindy Randolph, LSW
Muhlenberg County,  KY

This is a sad day for social work – I am so sorry for the family’s loss.
Margaret L. Wahrer
Department for Community Based Services

The Floyd County Family Support Office would like to send our condolences to Boni's family and co-workers. This has been a terrible lose to the children in her area as well as to the state of Kentucky. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

In this time of tragedy words do not seem sufficient to meet the great need for comfort and understanding.  Every day we put our lives on the line to protect the lives and safety of Kentucky’s children and vulnerable adults.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Frederick’s family and co-workers during this time of mourning.
Woodford County P&P staff

The loss of some one who has dedicated their life to keeping kids and families safe is devastating. The fact that she was harmed in the line of duty while going above and beyond what so many other people can do to makes it even more difficult to comprehend. I am truly sorry for you loss and the loss the entire state has suffered from losing such a wonderful person.
Rissie Forbes
CHFS TWIST Help Desk

My family and I wish to express our deepest condolences to Boni’s family for this tragic loss.  To put your life on the line for a child is the ultimate act of selflessness.  While tragic, it should be lessons to us all too fiercely protect those who can not protect themselves.
Linda T. Porter
Alexandria, Virginia  

Prayers and thoughts go out to you all at this time of grief and loss.  What Ms. Frederick did was to be a advocate for a child and her work is repeated daily throughout the Commonwealth directly and indirectly by DCBS.  I want to thank her and all of you. Reace,
Dana G. Hardy, MS
CHFS MHMR

We are sorry for this terrible loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Marjorietta Moore
Harlan County

My prayers are with you and your family at this terrible time.  God will never leave us. 
Pamela Jackson
CHFS DCBS Purchase Region

I want to express my sympathy to your family at this time of loss.  Ms. Frederick was spending her efforts to help children in crisis, and now has laid down her life in sacrifice trying to help an innocent child.  The Bible says, "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay his life down for a friend."   May God bless and keep your family through this difficult time of grief. 
Elaine Freeman, Account Clerk 2
Vanderburgh County Department of Child Services
Evansville, Indiana

I extend my heartfelt sympathy to you as you go through this period of grief and loss. I understand how close we get to each other as we work together…We become just like a family and share so much together on a day by day basis. I now you will miss her greatly. For the family, no one can take Boni’s place in you life , heart and mind…and nothing I can say can help that…Boni’s compassion was well known..and her love for her family and the families and children she served, knew that compassion…My prayers, and thoughts are with you…and may God bless you.
Frances Parris
CHFS DCBS Family Support
Henderson County

We wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends and coworkers of Boni.   You are in our thoughts and prayers.
CHFS OIG Western Enforcement
Hopkinsville, KY

We would like to extend our prayers and sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick. Although we did not know Boni personally we do feel connected to Boni and her team in that we have dedicated our lives to helping children as well. We are truly sorry for your loss. 
Kelly Skerchock, MSW FSOS, Summer Neckel, SSCII, Amber Wright, SSWI, Marta Kirk, SSWI, Maureen Morriston, SSS, Amber Callihan, SSWII, Shelia Daniels, SSWII and Jayme Linville, SSWII
Boone County Intake and Investigation Unit
Florence, KY

I read about this terrible loss this morning and wanted to express my condolences to your staff and to Ms. Frederick. This tragedy touches us all in the larger social work family. With prayers from Massachusetts,
Barry C. Sanders, LSW
Massachusetts Department of Social Services

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and the tragic circumstances surrounding it. Please know that Boni is in my thoughts. Peace and comfort in this difficult time.
Sarah C. Vargo, Protective Services Worker
Warren County Ohio

Although we personally did not know Boni, we feel from reading the many positive notes her legacy will be missed.  Let us each come closer to the heart for it is then we feel love’s reward.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and co-workers.  May each of you find comfort in knowing that others feel your pain.   Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted…Matthew 5:4
Bill Irvin, Donna Parker and Jeanna Foster
CHFS OHRM Central Programs Branch Payroll Staff 

As a fellow social worker and a saddened citizen, my heart felt sympathy goes out to the family and co-workers of Boni Frederick.  My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Lorrie Hayes
Warren County Ohio CSB

I wish to extend my sympathies to the family, co-workers, and friends of Ms. Frederick.  She surely had a sometimes thankless job, and I am sure performed her duties out of concern and love for children.  I pray that she is resting in the arms of God, and that her family can take comfort in this thought.  We are praying for your and for the little child involved in this terrible case. 
Gale Lester
Greenup County Child Support
Greenup County Attorney’s Office

My prayers are with the family and her friends  in their loss.
Mary Bradley

My thoughts are with you as you mourn you loss. 
Isaac Pugh LSW MSW
Massachusetts

Boni Fredrick, words cannot express the pain and sorrow I feel. Your presence is being missed statewide by all state public servants regardless on if they personally knew you or not. No one will ever know the life we front line workers face every single day we come to work, perhaps because like you it is inbred into our hearts to take care of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens, not for the money but for the love we have for the Commonwealth and her children. My fallen comrade my heartaches, for the children of Kentucky have suffered a great loss of a close and dear friend and protector and your family has lost a very special person but your death will not be forgotten and your fight to save and protect Kentucky’s children will live on and may you forever rest in peace knowing this.
Teresa Ann Page
CHFS DCBS Warren County Family Support 

Ontario Public Services Employees Union Local 454, representing Child Protection Workers, Child and Youth Counsellors, and Support Staff at the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada are saddened to hear of the death of Boni Frederick on Monday, October 16, 2006.  We extend our condolences to her family and her colleagues. We know how difficult this work is as we work for the protection of children everywhere. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
Rita Perry, President, OPSEU Local 454
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I, as many others who will respond, did not know this lady personally.  But I do know that for her to work in this agency for 15 years shows dedication and love for her fellow human beings.  We all say, “Well, we need a job.”  There are many other professions that we can choose to make a living.  Some with more pay and more understanding for what we do.  But as a whole this agency is filled with people who have hearts as big as the buildings they work in.  We see wrong and want to make it right.  We see the disadvantaged, whether elderly or children, and want to make a difference.  I applaude Boni for her professional life and her sacrifice just as much as I do the soldiers who lay their lives down every day for our country.  I hold her family and loved ones in my prayers.
Rebecca Hatton, Secretary
CHFS Wolfe Co. Protection & Permanency

I am new to the Cabinet, but a long time attorney practicing in Family Court. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication of all of the social workers for the Cabinet. I know how hard you work and the dangers that are always a possibility. Your loss is felt by so many people. Please know that you are appreciated and my thoughts and sympathy are with all of you.
Tara Hagerty
CHFS Office of Legal Services
Louisville, KY

While I did not know Boni personally, her death has affected the family of social workers across the state deeply. We all do this work because we care about the families we serve…Bonnie obviously did. For her life to end this way is incomprehensible. I hope that Boni’s family and friends know that her colleagues across the state are mourning her death. This is our worst shared fear. My prayers are for Boni's family and for those that loved her. She touched more lives than can ever be counted. I also pray for all who choose this profession…please be safe.
Amanda Seigle, Citizen Assistance Specialist II
CHFS Office of the Ombudsman

My family's thoughts and prayers are with you today. Please remember Jesus' promise: "I will not leave you comfortless." John 14:18 (KJV) 
Don and Linda Fedrick

I join you in grieving the loss of Boni Frederick. We were co-worker and meet at annual Social Service retreats. I have inlaws from union county and we could laugh and talk of job related experiences. I consider myself honored to have meet her. My thought and Prayers remain with you the Family. May God contune to keep you.
Fannie Cole-SSA
CHFS McCracken Co

As a former employee of Jefferson Co. CPS, I have first hand knowledge of the many difficult situations that CHFS workers face on a daily basis. I have deep felt sympathy for the loss of such a wonderful lady. Even though I did not know Boni personally, to have worked in the profession she held speaks volumes of her integrity and zest for a better life for our children. I know she will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and all touched by this tragic loss.
Laurie Ray
Louisville-Jefferson County  Metro Government

We are so sorry about your loss. Although you are a long way from our county you are close to our hearts.  Our hearts and prayers go out to each and every one of you that worked with Boni.  Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and dear friends.  It is a great loss for the whole state when one of our own is lost. 
CHFS Carter County P&P

The Permanency Team wishes to extend our condolences to all of Boni’s family, friends and co workers. Though we did not know Boni personally, she was one of our own and that makes it even more difficult to comprehend. May God wrap his arms of love around you and comfort you in this time of grief. Respectfully, Jennifer Little, Diana Abshire, Veronica Raglin, Lee Ann Williams, Amanda Spencer, Sylvia Howard, Shannon Nally. Fayette County P&P
Jennifer Little,BA, Family Services Office Supervisor
CHS Permanency Team
Lexington, Ky.

During such a difficult time, I pray you will find comfort in knowing Boni’s life must’ve touched so many others in a positive way.  We join you in grieving for such a selfless person.
Katie Morris, Executive Secretary
Office of the Commissioner
CHFS Human Support Services

I have been a child protection supervisor in Evansville, Indiana for 16 years. My family sends our deepest sympathy to Ms. Frederick's family, co-workers and friends.   Our prayers are with all in this time of sorrow.
Guy M. Gwaltney, Supervisor
Department Of Child Services
Evansville, Indiana

I join you in grieving the loss of Boni Frederick. We were co-workers and met at annual social service trainings. I have in-laws from Union County and we could laugh and talk about job related experiences. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers continue for her family and friends. We loved her too.
Fannie Cole, SSA
CHFS McCracken Co.

Sorry for your loss and we’re praying for you!
Courtney Miller
DBCS Ohio County

I have a saying on my office door that I think applies to Boni, a quote from Margaret Mead, " Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For Indeed, that's all who ever have."  I did not know Boni, but I know that anyone who does the job of a social service aid is definitely an individual who cares about the children she serves.  It's a very sad day in social work when those charged with the protection of small children die because they are doing a job they believe in.
Lisa CLark, Family Services Office Supervisor, MSSW
CHFS Hardin Co.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Toni Brown, M.S.W., School Social Worker
Fayette Co.

I am so terribly sorry to hear about this tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. I admire the work she did in her life and know that many children were safe because of her dedication. Sincerely,
Julie, Social Worker
Seattle, WA

May ALL family, friends and those touched by Boni’s love, be brought into GODS arms for the support that only he can give. May GOD be with all of you through this time of grief.
Sherri Giles, BSW, SSWII
CHFS P&P Taylor County

My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of deep sorrow and loss.  To commit oneself to the service of others is one of the greatest callings in life.  To do so in order to protect the innocent and aid their families in making better choices is an even greater calling.  We cannot make sense out of the nonsensical.  In the days ahead, may all find comfort in family, friends, colleagues and a loving & compassionate God.  I feel the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi says it best in times like these: Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is discord, vision. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, Grant that I may not seek to be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved, as to love; For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Peace & Prayers
Russell H. Williams, Psy.D., KCPC Forensic Evaluator
CHFS MHMR

Deepest sympathy to Boni 's family and friends.
Gerry Pirkot
Child Protection Team
Mass. Dept. Soc. Services

Our hearts fell when the news hit of losing one of our own.  Even though we did not work with Boni, we still feel for the family, the co-workers, and the Cabinet for the loss.  We have a black ribbon on the front door of our building out of respect to Boni and those who loved her. 
CHFS Breckinridge County P & P and Family Support

I am a social worker out of Massachusetts DSS and would like to extend my sympathies to the family at this tragic time. Sincerely,
Stephanie Goldberg

We extend our deepest sympathies to Ms. Boni Frederick’s family, her friends, and her co-workers. As Human Service professionals, we recognize and honor Ms. Boni’s dedication to helping children. May positive changes be realized for Kentucky’s children as this tragedy makes us all work harder to protect children and the public servants who are dedicated to improving lives of all children. May Ms. Boni’s family find peace and strength from our precious Lord during these terrible days. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. 
CHFS Pulaski and Hardin Counties Area Child Support Staff

I am deeply saddened to here of Boni’s death. I am an on-going social worker in the state of Ohio. Incidents like this make all f us to well aware that the job we love and do day in and day out can in some instances take our lives.

I want to send my condolences to her family and to all those that knew her. God bless her family. Sincerely,
Amy Miller
Lorain County Children Services
Ohio

I would like to express my condolences to Ms. Frederick and her family. My prayers are with you.
Ann M. Swank
Citizens Review Panel Jefferson County

I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and colleagues of Boni Frederick.  I am very sorry for your loss and although I didn't know Boni it seems to me she must have been deeply devoted to serving the children in her region.  God Bless and comfort you all during this time and the road ahead.
Evelyn Sites, LCSW, Foster Care Therapist
Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, Southern Region

I am so very sad to hear of this tragedy. Know that you loss is felt nationwide. Boni walks with the angels that have preceeded her. May her compassion for our children serve as a light as we all approach our Final Destination. God Bless
Elaine Brown
Taxpayers Improving Public Safety
California

So sorry to hear about the loss of such a great person.  My heartfelt sympathy for Boni’s family, friends, and co-workers.  May God bless you.
Melana Lockhart, BS, Intake Secretary 3
Lorain County Children Services
Elyria, OH

All of the family and friends of Boni are in my thoughts and prayers. Her life and tragic death have made an indelible impression of all of us working with the families of abused and neglected children in Kentucky. May you find comfort and peace in each other during the sad and difficult time. 
Sandra Halter
CHFS P&P Graves County

My thoughts and prayers go out to Boni’s co-workers, the foster parents she worked with and especially her family. I pray we all remember that she worked in the best interest of children and there is truly a special place for her in heaven. Boni would like us all to remember I am sure, that children are our most precious gifts and we need to protect them all. Peace to all.
Elaine I. Zemanek, MS, LSW
Lorain County Children Services,
Elyria, Ohio

On behalf of social workers with the Chatham County Department of Social Services, Pittsboro NC, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Boni Frederick. Although we did not know Boni, we mourn her loss along with you. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Tammy Yarborough, MS, CPS Social Worker III
Chatham County DSS
Pittsboro, NC

My heart goes out to Boni and her family and I am deeply mournful as I send my condolences and prayers to Boni's family, friends, and co-workers in their time of need. This tragedy has devastated each and every one of "Boni's Social Work Family" in Lincoln County. 
Sherri L Pottin, Social Service Worker
CHFS Lincoln County Protection and Permanency

Having had the opportunity to know and be touched by Boni personally, my team and I have no doubt that she is sitting at the feet of Jesus this very moment. Boni was a true example of a life that represented everything we in the social services strive to be. She was a servant that was dearly loved by the children and families she served. Boni made a positive difference in the lives of everyone in which she came into contact and she represented the dedication, honor, and love of the professionals where she worked every moment of every day. I am a life changed and made better because of Boni and I thank her family for sharing her with us for the past fifteen years. I refuse to remember this magnificent woman for the way her life ended…I will remember her for the way she lived!
Kenny Williams and the KBHC Western Region Foster Care Team

My thoughts and prayers are with the family members and co-workers of Boni Frederick.  May God Bless you through this tragic time.
Angie Ratliff, Social Worker
CHFS Gateway/Buffalo Trace Centralized Intake
Morehead, KY

I did not know Boni Frederick, however, as a fellow social worker I am deeply saddened by her loss.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts also experienced the tragedy of the murder of social worker Linda Silva in 1996, and we stand in solidarity with Boni's family and co-workers. These deaths are a reminder to us all of the dangerous work that social workers do on a daily basis on behalf of abused and neglected children. Please know that Boni's family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers here at the Department of Social Services.
Kara Prahl
Department of Social Services
Haverhill, Massachusetts

Condolences to the family and Child Welfare Family of Boni Frederick from an Ohio colleague. Peace and prayers
Ross A .Cuffari
Lorain County Children Services
Ohio

I was so saddened to hear that Boni had lost her life in ‘the line of duty”. I remembered Boni from some previous SSA trainings, and as we all would share how we all felt that this job had a lot of danger factors, Boni would always speak her mind about these things. She was witty, dedicated and I’m positive that she did not go down without a fight, as she was little but she was very spunky. As a support Service aide from McCracken co. I have been in some situations that made me very uncomfortable but you still do what you are told to do as I am sure Boni had done, and now she is gone. Let’s not forget her, but learn from this. Go be with the Angels Boni.
Deborah Lanier, SSA ll
CHFS McCracken Co.

I want to send my condolences out to Boni's family, friends, and co-workers across the state at this time. I didn't know Boni but a lot of my co-workers had the opportunity to work with her. The most common response that I have been told is that she wasn't any bigger than a minute and she never met a stranger. Our office has been deeply saddened by this tragedy and no words can explain the expressions on the faces of her co-workers who are mourning her loss. I will keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Stephanie Severs, Social Service Clinician
CHFS Daviess County Protection and Permanency

The child welfare social workers at the Alexandria (Virginia) Department of Social Services send condolences on the loss of Boni Frederick. We respect her profound dedication to children and families and her ultimate sacrifice. Our prayers are with her family and coworkers.
City of Alexandria, VA Child Welfare Social Workers

Our agency would like to send our condolences to Ms. Fredrick’s family and friends. Her death has made an impact on all of us in the Child Protection and Foster Care units, here in Stanly County North Carolina. We pray for all of you and also for Saige’s safe return.
Marie C. Webb, Child Protection Social Worker
Stanly County Dept. of Social Services
North Carolina

I have family that is involved with foster care and I’ve always admired and respected them for their dedication and for the love they show these children. It’s not an easy profession and I know they would give their life to protect these children as Boni did. God received a special angel when Boni went to Heaven. God bless and the nation is praying for her family and the safe return of the baby.
Jeanie
Frankfort, KY

I offer my deepest sympathies and prayers to the family of Boni Fredrick and to all of her colleagues at work.    
Joe Parlon, Social Worker
Massachusetts Department of Social Services

In a time of loss it is so hard to put your thoughts into words.  My deepest thoughts & prayers go out to Ms. Frederick’s family, friends & co-workers.  May God comfort each & everyone whom were touched by her life & her work, as they go through this time of loss and the days to come.  I felt the following scripture was fitting in memory of Ms. Frederick:  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Greg Adkins, SSCII/BSW, DCBS Recruitment & Certification Unit
Morgan County

Although I did not personally know her, it is a time of deep sorrow having lost Ms Frederick. It is due to Social Workers that we can keep Kentucky's children and families safer. Extreme care is never enough in situations with children taken into custody of the state, specially if involuntarily from their parents. My sincere condolences and prayers go to Ms Frederick family, and all CHFS social workers.
Julio A. Mendoza
CHFS Office of Technology
Frankfort, KY

My heart and prayers are with Boni's family and co-workers on this sad day.  Having worked with Boni, I can say she had a heart of gold when it came to caring for the children that she served.  She will be truly missed by all, and I will always carry a special place in my heart for her. 
Social Services Clinician I
CHFS Madisonville, KY

I send my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Boni's family and friends and to all of the social workers in her home state. Boni's death is a profound loss for all of us who do this work. Please know that Boni is in our thoughts and prayers.
Karen J. Wilson, Supervisor
Massachusetts Department of Social Services

I want to offer condolences to the family of Boni. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers. God bless you all.
Vanessa Pratt
CHFS Jessamine Co.

We are all shocked and saddened over this horrific loss to the community and to this Agency.  More importantly, we are so very sorry for the loss that family, friends and direct co-workers must be feeling at this time.  Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.  As stated in a previous message..surely God has a special place for this devoted woman in Heaven.  May God protect and bless all of us.  
CHFS Boone Co. Protection and Permanency

Although I did not know Boni Frederick from what I have seen and heard she was a wonderful compassionate person and an advocate for all children who did not deserve to be taken away from her family and co-workers.  My heat aches for you all.

I pray that her family and co-workers will find strength through God and each other to overcome this horrible tragedy.  I pray that the tow people responsible for Boni’s death will be caught soon and brought to justice.  I further pray that baby Saige will be returned safe.
Carole Mills, Support Investigator
Henderson County Attorney’s Office

There are no adequate words at a time like this.  Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.  May your love bring you comfort and time bring you peace.
April Vandeventer

We are saddened to hear of the sudden death of Ms. Frederick, a dedicated employee of our Commonwealth.  We have had the privilege of learning of her great character, her unsurpassed dedication, and her true desire to serve, to protect and to touch the lives of our children.  We will forever be grateful for her commitment and for the ultimate sacrifice she paid.  We offer our sympathy to you, her friends of family, during this time of terrible loss.

“The innocence of a child’s soul is what makes them seem so whole. So peaceful and trusting as they reach out. Full of life and rarely a doubt. Skipping along while holding your hand, knowing that you will take their stand…To see the beauty in all that we touch. To see through the eyes of a child would mean so much.” –Brenda Race
CHFS Employee Relations Branch

Your loss is our loss. Here at Franklin County children services Columbus, Ohio we were  remembering the loss of our own our child welfare workers Nancy Ellen Fitzgivens who was also killed on Oct. 16th 2001 in the line of duty. Mrs. Fitzgivens like ms. Fredrick, was killed at a home visit while performing her job. How strange that ms. Fredrick's death fell on the 5th anniversary of Mrs. Fitzgivens own death. We are still healing at our agency and extend our deepest sympathy. Our love, support and prayers go out to Boni Fredrick’s family, friends and co-workers.
Judy Sweazy CWC II
Franklin co. Children services
Columbus, Ohio

Boni leaves a testimony to all of us who work with children and their families.  While her dedication to the most vulnerable in our state brought such a tragic end to her life, her testimony, the light of hope she and others like her represent, burns brightly.  My prayers are with her family, friends and co-workers as they grieve. 
Carolyn Kisler, M.A., CCC-A
CHFS Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program

I am sorry about your loss. At this time of grief, you and your family are in my prayers.
Trudy Trowel, Social Service Clinician I
DCBS Jefferson Co.

On behalf of Logan County Family Support we wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and co-workers of Ms. Frederick.  May you find comfort in the good memories you have of her and the valued work she did.    
Patricia G. Ferguson, Field Services Supervisor
CHFS Logan County Family Support

To Boni's Family, Friends, and Co-Workers:  You have my deepest sympathy.  I did not know Boni, but as a social worker, I know many others that place their lives on the line every day to insure the health and welfare of our children.  My heart goes out to all affected by this terrible tragedy.  I hope you know that there are many of us across the country who will pray for Boni and her family.
Diane Burton
Fond du Lac County DSS
Fond du Lac, WI

I wish to extend my sympathy to Boni's family, friends and co-workers, as a fellow social worker in child protection.
Kyra Secraw, CSW
Chippewa Co DHS
Wisconsin

Although I do not know Boni Fredrick, I would like to extend my sympathy to her family, friends, and co-workers.  She and all of you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. 
Rebecca Ferro, Social Worker
Department of Social Services
Massachusetts

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Boni’s family, friends, and co-workers.  May God be with you in your time of need.
Octavia Pendleton MSW,CSW, Targeted Assessment Specialist
University of Kentucky

We here in Massachusetts lost one of our social workers from the Cape Cod region several years ago. Just last year Linda Silva was murdered by a former client who had lost all rights to his children due to serious abuse issues. There was no police escort for the funeral, no bagpipes, no line of uniformed workers to send her off. Our commissioner at that time did not even go to the funeral. Last year a social worker in Texas was murdered. I am an investigator in the Boston region with a catchment area that includes dangerous places and people. There but for the Grace of God go I. May God bless all of us who do this job day in and day out with not much support or respect. In know that I speak for everyone who does this kind of work.
Elaine DiSerio, Investigator
Mass. Dept of Social Services
Harbor Area

I was very saddened to hear about the loss of a fellow social worker.  We know that social work is a calling and I know that  she had to have a big heart to do this work. My prayer are with the family and co-workers.  God Bless.
Ethel Everett
Massachusetts Department of Social Services
Springfield, MA

I have always known that the work we do is dangerous and, at times, full of risks.  I have been amazed that this kind of tragic event hasn't happened more often.  When it does,  we are so shocked.  Heartfelt condolences to the family this  dear lady.  Our prayers are with you.
Elaine Pierce, SSCM
Chatham County DFCS
Savannah, GA

Our staff mourn the tragic loss of one of our own, Boni Frederick. The loss has deeply saddened us all and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and co-workers during this very difficult time.
Renee Sartin, SRA
Salt River Trail Region

My thoughts and prayers are sent to all of Boni’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
Cindy Wade
CHFS FSS Garrard County

I wanted to send a note to let Boni's family, and co-workers, know that thoughts and prayers are going out from social work staff here in Washington state. We are deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
Tim Hunter, Accreditation Specialist
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Our thoughts and Prays are with Boni and her family.  She will not only be missed by family, friends and co-worker, but my the abused and neglected children across the Commonwealth. 

When I left this world without you
I know it made you blue.
Your tears fell so freely,
I watched; I know this is true.
While you were weeping
Days after I passed away-
While all was silent within me,
I saw you kneel to pray.
From this wonderful place called heaven
Where all my pain is gone,
I send a gentle breeze to whisper,
"My loved ones, please go on"
The peace that I have found here
Goes far beyond compare
No rain, no clouds, no suffering-
Just LOVE from everywhere.
You need not be troubled
Just stay close to GOD in prayer
Someday we'll be reunited
My love, HIS love surrounds you always,
EVERYWHERE!
CHFS Nelson County P&P staff
Bardstown, Kentucky

I work for the State in Hickman County, which is in the far Western part of the state but I want you to know that our thought and prayer are also with you.
Jackie Bailey
CHFS Hickman County Family Support

I would like to join with others in mourning the loss of Boni Frederick.  My heartfelt prayers are with her family and for the missing infant Saige Terrell.  Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
James M. Terry, Internal Policy Analyst
CHFS Records Management
Frankfort, KY

I wish to express my deepest sympathy for the co-workers and families that have been directly affected by this.  I pray for easement during the tragedy, courage to deal with all that still lies ahead, and thanks for being a worker among you guys.  Having friends, family, and support, will surely be an asset during this time.  I pray these individuals that performed this act are captured and held accountable and the child Ms. Frederick was assisting and protecting is found safely, as this was obviously her mission that day.  God Bless everyone. 
Darrell D. Locke, MSW, SSCL I
CHFS Protection and Permanency
Elizabethtown, KY

My sincere condolences go out to Boni’s friends, family and co-workers.  Please know that those of us in Rockcastle Family Support office are keeping you in their thoughts.  
Jimmie Lou Abney, FSS
CHFS DCBS Rockcastle County

As a social worker in Massachusetts, my heart goes out to Boni's family, friends and collegues. You are all in my prayers.  I am sure she positively touched many people's lives as a social worker, friend and family member.
Colleen Hurley
Mass.

I was not only saddened but sickened to read of the terrible tragedy involving Boni. To be involved in such good work and to lose her life in the process is such a horrible tragedy for all. My heart goes out to the many family members and coworkers that Boni's life touched. She will be sadly missed by so many for so long.
Karen Cantrell
Financial Standards and Examination Division
KY Office of Insurance
Frankfort, KY

My heart goes out to the family, co workers and friends of Ms. Frederick.  May god bless you all during this horrible time.
Doris Stowers
CHFS Calloway County P&P

I would like to send out condolences to the family, friends and co-worker of Boni. I pray that at this time you will lean on the Lord because He is able to help you through this time. He heals all hurts and pain. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Marshay Boyd, Field Service Supervisor
CHFS Southern Bluegrass Region

Please accept my deepest condolences and prayers at this trying time. She will always be remembered for all of her years of courageous and untiring service to the rest of her fellow Kentuckians.
Christos Dimitriadis, M.S.
CHFS DPH Physical Activity Coordinator
Frankfort

I did not know Boni personally but I want to send my condolences to her family, friends, and co-workers.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Jewell A. Wilson, Office Support Assistant II 
CHFS Protection & Permanency
Hopkins County

We extend our heartfelt condolences the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of such a great loss.
Jackson County Family Support - Fay Neeley, Sharon Hicks, Phyllis Lewis, Sharon Gilbert, Kristen Miller, Donna Isaacs, Sheryll Walters, Charlene Frost, Dinah Ward, Crystal Browning, Susie Ball

We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends, and colleagues of Boni.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. 
Administrative Law Judge Office
Florence, KY

We wishe to express our sympathy to the family of Ms.Frederick. We raise them in our prayers.
Dawn M. LaBoone, CPS Supervisor
and Toombs County Ga. Dept. of Family and Children Services staff

My hearfelt sympathy goes out to Mrs. Frederick's family in their time of
loss.  As a social worker for over 25 years, I know the dangers that come
with the territory and it is sad that social workers cannot be more
protected than they are.  I pray that lawmakers will do something to change
the system so that tragedies like this are almost impossible to occur. I
hope the following poem I wrote will offer some comfort:
"The world here is not ours as a home,
Even though we have to toil and tarry;
We let God lead us at all times  and
All our burdens He surely will carry."
Peaches Everidge, Social Worker
Russell CO. DHR
Alabama

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the staff that worked with Boni.
Trish Scott, BSW
CHFS Adair County Protection & Permanency

My deepest condolences go out to the family of Ms. Frederick.  As a children services worker myself, I cannot imagine the loss that the family, friends and coworkers of Ms. Frederick is enduring  You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Tamara Shaver, MSW, LSW
Elyria, OH

Nothing can lessen the tragedy of her death, but we can hope that good will come of it. If the state finds ways to lessen the risks that hundreds of child protection workers run every day, then perhaps other lives will be spared.
Mike Jennings
CHFS DCBS
Frankfort

Our thoughts and prayers and with your family during this difficult time.
Linda K Thomas, DCBS Family Support
Kenton County, KY

Boni’s life reflected her service to God.  It is in helping others that we show God’s love.  Boni will be deeply missed by everyone whose path she crossed.  I know that she is with her Heavenly Father now and is at rest.  Look to God for the strength and courage that is needed to continue her fight, knowing that it is only in HIM that we can find comfort and peace.  My prayer is that her death will not be in vain.
Pamela Nichols MSW, Family Office Supervisor
CHFS Hopkins County P&P

My deepest condolences go to Boni, her family, friends, and coworkers at this time of need. May God Bless you all and I will keep you in my prayers.
Roxie Rusher, Social Worker II
CHFS Hopkins County P & P

On behalf of the Wenatchee, WA Department of Social Health Services, Division of Children and Family Services, we send our thoughts and prayers to the family and staff that worked with Boni.
Tracy Cash, Social Worker III
Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services

I had the pleasure of working with Boni while doing P&P in Henderson County. She was wonderful and caring and not afraid to stand up for what she thought was right. She always made us laugh with her quick wit and sharp toung. We always knew when Boni was in the building, you could not mistake her voice! Since we shared the same hometown, I felt a special connection with her while working in Henderson. She thoughtfully brought me the Union County Advocate every week so I could keep up to date on what was happening in Morganfield. I sincerely enjoyed our trips across the state transporting children and during these times, I learned from Boni the importance of being real with the hurting families and children that we work with. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to know her. To the Henderson and Union County P&P office, please pull together and support each other in this time.  We will be praying for you, that you are able to continue to provide protection to the children in Commonwealth and that God will assist you in your grief. If there is anything that I or our team at WRFC can do to help you at this time, please let us know. To Boni's family, thank you for sharing her with us.  May God give you peace as you mourn.
Roxanne Holt, Recruitment and Training Specialist
KBHC-Western Region Foster Care

Words cannot express the deep emotions this tragedy has erupted. Everyone is affected by Boni’s death. We can be comforted by the wonderful memories Boni has left and the love and dedication she showed daily to the families and children she served. Peace be with us all!
Shelley Rader, Director of Staff Resource Development
DCBS
Frankfort, Kentucky

The social workers from the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, Fall River Area Office, would like to send our deepest sympathy to Ms Frederick family, friends, and co-workers. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Sincerely
Corinne E. Quintal

I did not know Boni personally but this I do know, that she was a very special person.  How do I know?  To do the job that she did every day, giving of herself unselfishly automatically made her a special individual. No one just happens into this field. Whether one believes in God, a higher power, or plain old fate one was destined for this particular job. Boni like any dedicated SSW was proud to serve the community that she served.  Her work will not be in vain because of the many lives she touched through her job. Hopefully Boni will be remembered not only as a statistic but has one of life’s angels. She can rest on Heaven’s golden gate and watch over the rest of us and we continue the job she can no longer do. When we go to serve or client’s and encounter difficult times, stop and ask yourself WWBD WHAT WOULD BONI DO?  Rest in peace Boni. 
Linda Douglas
CHFS DCBS Daviess Co.

The CHFS, Office of Contract Oversight staff extends its deepest sympathies to the family and co-workers of Boni.
Kathey Irvin
CHFS Office of Contract Oversight
Frankfort, Ky

The Department of Social Work at Western Kentucky University sends its deepest sympatheies to Boni's families, friends, and coworkers. You will remain in our prayers and thoughts.
Suzie T. Cashwell, MSW Program Director
WKU

When Earth's last picture is painted
And the tubes are twisted and dried
When the oldest colors have faded
And the youngest critic has died
We shall rest, and faith, we shall need it
Lie down for an aeon or two
'Till the Master of all good workmen
Shall put us to work anew
And those that were good shall be happy
They'll sit in a golden chair
They'll splash at a ten league canvas
With brushes of comet's hair
They'll find real saints to draw from
Magdalene, Peter, and Paul
They'll work for an age at a sitting
And never be tired at all.
And only the Master shall praise us.
And only the Master shall blame.
And no one will work for the money.
No one will work for the fame.
But each for the joy of the working,
And each, in his separate star,
Will draw the thing as he sees it.
For the God of things as they are!  By: Rudyard Kipling
Boni must have loved what she did to have done it so long, and I believe that she is smiling for the work she has done.
Darla Griffin
Kenton County Child Support

Please except my deepest sorrow for your loss.  I did not know Boni but like her fellow workers she knew the importance of a child’s life.  She touched lives daily and I am sure she knew in her heart that these children loved and appreciated her.  I pray for Boni, her family and each field worker. 
Charlene Corder, Social Service Clinician
CHFS Livingston County

I am Praying for you and your family that Lord gives you strength and brings closeness to your family in this time. Continue Pray ask God to protect you and strengthen. Deepest Sympothy,
Janet L. Smith
CHFS Jefferson County

I would like to send my deepest sympathies to the family and co-worker’s of Boni.  I am sure she was a wonderful person to have known and to have been able to call her a friend.  Myself being a social worker for seven years now with a family of three small children of my own cannot begin to imagine your loss at work or at home.  May you find peace during this horrible tragedy. 
Georgie Kincer
CHFS Letcher County Protection and Permanency

My condolences to the family and loved ones of Boni.  Her hard work and dedication for her 15 years of service to children and families is to be commended.  I believe God will give special favor to those who have protected  children.  God Bless you all and may Boni's memory live on.
P. Amlin
Pike County Children Services
Waverly,Ohio

My family and I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Boni’s family, friends and co-workers, who have lost a wonderful person. We also pray for Kentucky’s children who have lost a dedicated advocate and supporter. And we pray that Saige be found safe. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow.
Clarizza Singayao, Case Manager
CHFS Southern Bluegrass Region

William James wrote “The Greatest Use of a Life is to Spend it on Something that will Outlast it”, what greater gift could one give than to dedicate their life to children and families.  May Boni be a light for us all.  Thoughts and Prayers to Family, Friends and Co-Workers.
Tina Ratliff, Social Service Clinician II
CHFS DCBS Boyd Co.

My prayers to the family of Boni, the safe return of Saige, the Henderson County DCBS office and the brave social workers all across the state of Kentucky. 
Tonya Holland, Social Services Clinician I
CHFS DCBS Eddyville, Ky 

 

My thoughts are with the Family and Coworkers –the memories of a good person will make all of us more aware of the love and care that is needed. 
Linda Lawler
CHFS N KY Child Support 

We are sorry to hear of such a tragic loss of a dedicated Child Protective Service Worker.  Please know other CPS Agencies around the nation are mourning with you.
Sincerely,
Tonya Arrington-Dean, Social Services Supervisor
Georgia Department of Family and Children Services

All of us who do this work are diminished by the loss of Boni Frederick. I send my sympathy and prayers to the family, colleagues, and friends of Boni Frederick, and thank the Creator for the gift of her life, and for all she shared with children and their families.
Nancy Lee Torrey, Social Worker
Cape Cod and Islands Area Office
Massachusetts

You all are in my thoughts and prayers.  May God’s guiding hand lead you as you endure this terrible loss.  
Cindy Christensen, FSOS Adult Protection Team
CHFS DCBS London, KY

I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Keep God first and he will see you through this hard time. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless You
Sonja W. Brent
Scott County Child Support 

Words cannot express our sadness in the loss of our friend.  Boni was a wonderful woman with such a warm personality.  She was one of the first to welcome us to this area when we first opened 3 years ago and we will always be grateful for her help, encouargement, and wisdom.  Every day we walk into situations other people would recoil from, and it is done in love and service to our fellow person.  This is a profession you must love in order to continue the stressful, tiring, and sometimes frustrating work.  Boni was an inspiration in her tireless efforts to fight for the children she so loved.  This is a tragedy of epic proportions; however, if there is any positive to come from this, I pray it is for the acknowledgement of those in this profession who give so much of themselves to serve others, often with very little reward.  Boni will be remembered for many things; and she is blessed for many others.  So were those who knew and loved her.  She will be missed by us, her fellow colleagues, and the communities in which she served.  Please accept our deepest sympathy for this tragedy.  God Bless.
Marcia Hires, LCSW, Executive Director; Jennifer Harwood, LCSW, Program Director; Teresa Mercer, LCSW, Therapist; Khara Williams, MSW, Therapist; Gale Fambrough, Administrative Assistant
Another Way, Inc.
Union County, Kentucky

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family, friends, and co-workers of Boni Frederick. I did not know Boni but I have heard many wonderful things about her and I know that she was dedicated to helping and protecting the families and children of Kentucky. She is a shining example of what social work is all about and I know that she will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Frederick family and to Boni’s co-workers and friends during this most difficult time. May God be with each and every one of you.  Here is a poem that I hope will bring comfort in the days to come:

The Rose Beyond the Wall
Near a shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in God's free light,
Watered and fed by the morning dew,
Shedding it's sweetness day and night.
As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
Slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall
Through which there shone a beam of light.
Onward it crept with added strength
With never a thought of fear or pride,
It followed the light through the crevice's length
And unfolded itself on the other side.
The light, the dew, the broadening view
Were found the same as they were before,
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing it's fragrance more and more.
Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
And make our courage faint and fall?
Nay! Let us faith and hope receive--
The rose still grows beyond the wall,
Scattering fragrance far and wide
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will forevermore.
~ A. L. Frink ~
Robin J. Wicker, Regional Training Coordinator
CHFS Northeastern Service Region
Morehead, KY

Just to let the family know that you are in my prayers and I will miss Boni very much. All of the jokes she told and just her sense of  humor. She was a terrific person and friend & will be missed.
Lisa M. Papineau, Family Support Specialist II
CHFS Morganfield, KY

My thoughts and prayers go out to Boni’s family, friends and co-workers.  I am so deeply saddened at this tragic loss.  As a colleague, a fellow social worker, I am mourning the loss of a family member.   Boni was a family member who was doing her job protecting the most vulnerable among us and that will not be forgotten. 
Stacy White, MSW, Family Service Office Supervisor
CHFS Newport, KY

Our deepest condolences go out to Boni’s friends, family and co-workers.  Words cannot express the shock that we have all felt about the events that have played out this week.  We hope that all of those who knew her realize the support and heartfelt sadness that our entire profession has for Boni and her family, even though many of us did not know her personally.  We all know how difficult this job is and the dangers that we face on a daily basis.  Please, let’s use this tragedy as a reminder of how cautious we should be in our daily jobs.
Amy Casey, SSCI and Ashley Barnes, SSWI
CHFS Warren County Intake and Investigation Unit, Protection and Permanency

I want to extend deepest sympathies from the psychiatrists, therapists and staff of Peace Counseling Services. Ms. Frederick's death in the line of duty was an awful tragedy. Our prayers are with her, her family, friends and co-workers.
Martha Hermann RN
Peace Counseling Services
Louisville KY

Boni Frederick like many other fine folks took risks everyday for the betterment of those she served, vulnerable children. These young victims depend on the Boni’s of the world to help them escape the situations of which they find themselves. I cannot understand the savagery that occurred to Boni; however, we cannot let the evilness of a few ruin the progress that is being made on behalf of our most precious, at risk citizens, our children. Let us not forget Boni Fredrick, a real hero. 
Marla J. Montell Commissioner
CHFS Department for Human Support Services

With deepest heartfelt sympathy in your loss.  She will be very much missed. 
Linda J. Nimohay MSSW CSW
CHFS DCBS Greenville, Kentucky

As a fellow worker for the rights and welfare of children in the world, my thoughts and prayers are with you during the time of your deep loss.
Karen Hvidding
Overseas Children's Aid worker

I am deeply saddened by the news of Ms. Fredrick's passing at the hands of the people she was trying to help.  My sincere condolensces to her family, friends, and co-workers at this extremely difficult time.
Melissa Raper, LSW, Family Resource Center Coordinator
Ockerman Elementary School
Boone County, KY

I have known Boni and her family for many years. I want to express my deepest sympathies to Sandy and her children during their loss of mother, grandmother, and friend.  I pray that you will find comfort and strength in God as only he can provide.
Betty Moran
Owensboro, KY

My wife reads CNN news daily and brought this terrible tragedy to my attention. My sincere condolences are with the family and friends of this fine lady at this saddest of times. Social workers are a special breed of people. They care enough to serve people in many kinds of trouble and at times expose themselves to danger. Their hearts and souls are so big that they feel a compulsion to help others and devote their careers and lives to doing so. Social work isn't as much a profession as it is a calling. God bless Boni Frederick and God grant some measure of peace to those who love and miss her. It saddens me so much that she had to give her life doing something she obviously loved to do.
Michael Zelter, CSW
Rochester, N.Y.

Thoughts and Prayers are with the family and co-workers of Boni Frederick.  My co-workers and myself are deeply saddened by the loss of a fellow worker in the field of child services. 
Jason R. Kimble
Department of Child Services
Indianapolis, IN

My heart is filled with sadness to learn that we have lost a fellow co-worker in such a senseless way. I send my thoughts, prayers and most heartfelt condolences to Boni’s family, friends, co-workers and those who knew and loved her.
Carey Calvin, Social Service Clinician
CHFS Jefferson County P&P 

Boni Frederick will be sorely missed by all her family, friends, and all the people whose life she has touched. Being a paraprofessional is a very difficult job. It takes a big heart, a thick skin, endurance beyond the call of duty and someone who works hard with little recognition for your efforts. It is wonderful to see the out pouring of expressions of sympathy of so many people in our state and others. If you have never been involved with social work you would have no ideal how hard, heart wrenchingly a job it can be. To be appreciated in life and in death is a wonderful thing. I knew Boni from the SSA conferences and knew her to be a person who spoke her mind with a candor that was refreshing and sometimes hilarious. She knew her job and felt confident in her ways of working with people. It is a tragic loss for everyone and the ideal that someone could be so cruel is even more horrendous. Please pray for everyone that puts their life on the line daily for the sake of others.
Alicia Clark, Social Service Aide III
CHFS Hardin Co. P&P

I am so sorry for your loss. Social Worker's are true angels doing good
work, and for that I am sure Boni is being rewarded. My thoughts and
prayers are with you all.
Scarlet Smith, BSW

Our sincere condolences are sent to the family, friends and co-workers suffering the loss of Boni Frederick.  We will keep you in our hearts and prayers during this tragedy.  Her dedication to protecting children should always be remembered. 
Sandy Skamperle, Services Program Manage
Scotland County Department of Social Services
Laurinburg, NC

I was deeply saddened when I heard the news during an Amber alert that was posted on TV.  I quickly called a friend that is a Social Worker to see how she was doing that evening.  It is hard to wrap my mind around these tragic events.  I did not personally know Boni Frederick, but I wanted to add my expression of deepest sympathies to her family, friends and co-workers.  I am so sorry this happened.  It is beyond understanding.  I pray that you will be comforted during this time and will remember the happy times you shared with Boni. 
Brenda K. Eadens, Assistive Technology Specialist/Bioptic Driving Instructor
Kentucky Office for the Blind

My thoughts and prayers are with all the staff, family and friends of Boni Frederick.  We must be reminded " I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Jackie Nale, Disability Adjudicator
CHFS DDS Louisville, KY

To all of Boni's family, friends and coworkers I send my deepest sympathy.  My heart is full of sorrow.  Boni was working to make a difference in the lives of families and children.  Her's was a life well lived.  May your terrible sorrow be replaced by joy in Boni's memory.

My heart goes out to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni. She was doing her work to improve the lives of others. Her's was a life well lived. Once again we are remined that child welfare is vital to the well-being of children and families, but not without risk to those dedicated and caring individuals who do this important work every day. Take care of each other during this difficult time and may your sorrow be replaced by joy in Boni's memory.
Viola Miller

On behalf of the Breathitt County Intake Team of Protection and Permanency, we wish to express our sincere sympathy.  Our condolences go to her “home” family as well as her “work” family and our thoughts and prayers go out to both families.  It is obvious that she touched so many lives and will be missed by many. 
Cathy Gay, BSW, LSW, Family Service Office Supervisor
CHFS Protection and Permanency
Jackson, KY

On behalf of Boyd County Ongoing Team B, we want to extend our sympathy to Boni's family, friends and co-workers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Its hard to lose a co-worker under any circumstance, but to lose one while on the job and so violently, quadruples the pain. All of us social workers, aides, and those affiliated with us know the risks involved and yet continue to do the job. It is very emotional to read the comments and see where they have come from. A huge nationwide community is grieving together
Debbie Marsee and Team B
CHFS Boyd County Protection and Permanency

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was touched by this amazing women.  Although we did not know Boni, we admire and respect the job that she did every single day.  It takes a true hero to protect those who cannot protect their selves.  She will be dearly missed but always remembered for the wonderful work she did.
Lori Zombek, Anna Burton, Kristina Kiraly, Vonda Coots and Allison Williams
CHFS Child Care Assistance Program
Northern KY

I would like to extend my sympathy to Boni’s family and co-workers.  Although I did not know her personally, just knowing that she was committed to protecting children and all of those who are vulnerable make her a hero.  The Cabinet has lost a member of it family and we all feel the loss. 
Angela Stumbo-Baldwin, BSW, LSW, Family Services Office Supervisor
CHFS Floyd County Protection and Permanency
Prestonsburg, Ky.

I want to express my sincere sympathy to Mrs. Frederick's family and the entire staff of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  Thank you for the jobs you do each and every day to help keep the families of the Commonwealth safe and self sufficient. Please know that your sadness is shared by those retired from the Cabinet. 
Ann C. Johnson

I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Boni Frederick. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.
Tonia Hays, SSCI/BA
CHFS Breathitt Co. P & P

I am deeply hurt and saddened by the Cabinet’s loss of Bonnie. My prayers are with her family at this difficult time.
Erin Truett MSSW, EKU Training Specialist
CHFS DCBS Richmond, KY

We at Leslie County Protection and Permanency extend our deepest sympathies to Ms. Boni Frederick’s family, her friends, and her co-workers. As Human Service professionals, we recognize and honor Ms. Frederick’s dedication to helping children. May positive changes be realized for Kentucky’s Children as this tragedy makes us all work harder to protect children and the public servants who are dedicated to improving lives of all children. May Boni’s family find peace and strength from our precious Lord Jesus Christ during these terrible days. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
James Carpenter, BSW, Family Services Office Supervisor
CHFS Eastern Mountain Region
Hyden, KY

We at the Owensboro Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs office send our condolences to Boni's friends, family and co-workers, and offer our prayers.  We value our DCBS-CBS partners, and hold them in the highest esteem.   God be with each of you during this difficult time. 
Pat McKown, M.A., Program Coordinator
CHFS Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Owensboro, KY

Deep peace I breathe into you
Oh weariness here, O ache, here!
Deep peace, a soft white dove to you;
Deep peace, a quiet rain to you;
Deep peace, an ebbing wave to you!
Deep peace, red wind of the east from you;
Deep peace, gray wind of the west to you;
Deep peace, dark wind of the north from you;
Deep peace, blue wind of the south to you!
Deep peace, pure red of the flame to you;
Deep peace, pure white of the moon to you;
Deep peace, pure green of the grass to you;
Deep peace, pure brown of the living earth to you;
Deep peace, pure gray of the dew to you;
Deep peace, pure blue of the sky to you!
Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet Earth to you,
Deep peace of the sleeping stones to you,
Deep peace of the yellow shepherd to you,
Deep peace of the wandering shepherdess to you,
Deep peace of the Flock of Stars to You.
Deep Peace of the Son of Peace to You.
Deep peace, Deep Peace.
- Old Irish Blessing of Peace
May we all find the peace we so desperately seek in the face of this terrible tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Boni’s family both at home and work. Those of this in this field know this is not just a job, but also a vocation.  Even though Boni has gone to a higher calling now, those of us left behind, mourn her loss. Let us also celebrate her great contributions. In peace, 
Kim Griswold Dotson, Program Coordinator
UK Targeted Assessment Program

I would like to express my sympathy for the family and all involved.  I appreciate Boni's work and her dedication to the children of Kentucky.
Kimberly Lefevre, caseworker
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, OH

 

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers. God bless you.
Sonji Collins, Intake/screener
Franklin Co. Children Services
Columbus, OH

During this time of sadness and pain from the loss of your dear loved one, may you feel the Incredible Love of God that goes beyond all Human understanding.  Psalm 46. Sincerely,
Rika Fanning
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, Ohio

This was a tragedy and a horrible reminder of the loss of one of our own exactly 5 years ago.   Boni is a fallen hero, killed trying to protect the lives of those who cannot protect themselves.   My deepest sympathies go out to her family and coworkers.  
Stacey Jordan, CW
Franklin County Ohio Children Services

My thoughts and prayers go out to Boni's family, friends and co-workers.  May you find comfort in your memories of a life well lived.  Our own experience of loss of Nancy Fitzgivens five years ago has taught us that time does provide healing with remembrance.
Sue Samuel
Franklin County Ohio Children Services

Our prayers go out to Boni’s Family, Friends, and Co-Workers. 
Janet Dunn, Office Coordinator
Owensboro Taxpayer Service Center

Words cannot express how deeply we are saddened by this grievous event. The great public service work that goes on at this Cabinet by assisting citizens in need and protecting the vulnerable is administered each and every day by a group of caring and dedicated people. Boni gave all in the line of duty and will be remembered as a devoted public servant. Our thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family and her Commonwealth co-workers as we mourn in this time of tragedy.
Lorna S. Jones, CIO
CHFS Office of Information Technology

I wanted to send my prayers and sympathy to you at this difficult time.  We at Franklin County Children Services in Columbus Ohio also lost someone under similar circumstances a few years ago and were completely dismayed when we heard about the tragic death of Boni.  I can only imagine the depth of sorrow you are feeling for Boni; but wanted to let you know that she and her works will be remembered.  May our thoughts and prayers give some comfort.
Regina Maurer, Child Welfare Caseworker
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, Ohio

Sorry for your loss our prayers are with you and your loved ones.
Joyce A. Kincaid, Professional Development Department Secretary
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, Ohio

There are no words that could ever express how my staff and I feel with such a tragic death. The loss of such a person can only be Heavens’ gain.  Giving your life for a child in our protection is the highest price.  Boni Frederick represents all that each of us should aspire to be.  We express our love, support and prayers for her family, friends and co-workers.
Linda Eggers-Bentley, R&C Team
CHFS DCBS Eastern Mountains Region

My condolences and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Fredrick.  Words can never express the loss that you have had and the loss of this employee from the Cabinet.  My GOD bless each of you and provide you peace in this time of loss. 
Marcus Haycraft, MSSW, Family Service Office Supervisor
CHFS DCBS Salt River Trail Region

I am very sorry for your loss.  There are no words to express your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Debbie Riley

that our lives should cross in the way.  My condolences to all of Ms. Frederick's family and friends.  Her passion for helping people help themselves will be remembered forever. We in Columbus, Ohio weep with you.
Kenneth Cohen, Client Rights Officer
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, Ohio

My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Boni Frederick, family members, friends, and co-workers.  My prayers also go out to individuals who face dangerous situations everyday trying to protect and serve our children just as Ms. Frederick was doing.  Please know that she is in a better place and look to God to help heal your hearts in a time as difficult as this. 
LaShawnda Sweeney, BA, CWCIII
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, OH

I am very saddened to hear of your loss and our loss as social workers, in the child welfare profession.  It was just five years ago that our Child Protection Agency lost one of our social workers.  I understand and empathize with you at this difficult time.  May you find peace and comfort in knowing that you are thought of and prayers are with you.  May God bless you and be with you. Sincerely,
Lisha West, MSW, Child Welfare Casework Supervisor
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, Ohio

We want to extend our condolences to the
family, coworkers, and friends or Mrs. Frederick.
Employees at Dove Medical Equipment
London Kentucky

My thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family during this time. She will be missed, yet her sacrifice and protection of Kentucky’s children will long be remembered. God Bless You.

Boni was clearly a champion for children and I am grateful for her service to the children in your community. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. May the peace of God that is beyond understanding guard your hearts and minds.(Philippians 4:7)
Laurie Lawhon, LISW
Franklin County Ohio Children Services

Our deepest sympathies to your office. It must be a tragedy beyond imagining to have someone so dear loose their life in such a horrific manner. But please know she did not loose her life in vein, it was honorable what she did for that child. Your office is in our prayers.
Gladys Foley, Social Service Worker 1
CHFS Russell County Protection & Permanency
Jamestown, KY

My deepest sympathies are with the family, friends, and colleagues of Boni Frederick.  Find solace and peace in the Lord.
Leah Afreh, CWCIII
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, OH

My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you, family, friends, co-workers, and staff.  This is a horrible event that will continue to reverberate for years to come.  God bless those who offer a voice for the children in times so dangerous. Sincerely,
Tina Rutherford
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus,Ohio 

Bonnie was a very sweet and caring person.  Everyone (including me) loved her!  She always brightened the day of those around her and she will be dearly missed!!!  It is hard to believe she is no longer with us in person but only in spirit.  Thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time!
Beth Hamilton, SSW II
CHFS DCBS Henderson County P & P

Words cannot express how much we miss you Boni. Your absence from our office is deafening.  I pray for you and your family and hope that you will watch over us still as we continue in our jobs to help families.  May we touch lives as you did, may we laugh as you did, and may we live as you did.  We miss you!
Nicole Pilarski, MSW, Targeted Assessment Specialist
Henderson County

I send my love and prayers to the family of Boni, her coworkers, and all who knew and loved her.  May God be your guide through this journey.  Remember, you are never alone.  When you think you cannot go another step, God will lift you up and carry you.  With deep sympathy,
Penny Allen, Secretary
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, OH   

 

I would like to send condolences from Clermont County, Ohio Children's Protective Services.  It is tragic loss for her family as well as for all of the children that she served throughout her career.  I am sure that her committment to protect children will never be forgotten by the children she served. 
Anne Arbaugh, Deputy Director
Clermont County Ohio Children's Protective Services

Our deepest sympathy to the family and co-workers of Boni Frederick. Although we did not know Ms. Frederick personally, she sounds like a wonderful person. Please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been touched by this tragedy.
Diana Sylvia, Frances Peoples, Vilma Lobo, Sonji Collins
Franklin Co. Children Services
Columbus, Ohio

My sincere condolences and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of Ms. Boni Frederick. Although we may work for different agencies, we are all knit together by a common concern and commitment to the well-being of children. I pray God's Blessings and Comfort for everyone.
Deborrha Armstrong
Franklin County  Ohio Children Services

The Cumberland County Office of Protection and Permanency and Family Support  would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Ms. Boni Fredericks in this time of sorrow.

I will keep your family in my prayers.
Charnella Boykins, CDCA, MSW, LSW

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the family, friends, and colleagues of Boni Frederick.  
The staff at Franklin County Children Services, Columbus, Ohio, share your loss given the unfortunate death of one of our own, Nancy Fitzgivens, five years to the day under very similar circumstances.   Nancy remains foremost in our hearts as we carry on the important work of protecting our community's children in her memory.  I have no doubt that Boni's dedication to her work will be respected and remembered in your hearts as well. I hope this outpouring of support and condolences brings each of you some sense of comfort as you struggle to cope through this tragedy.
Kathy Bruner, MSW, LSW
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, Ohio

I didn’t know Boni, but her tragic death has touched me deeply.  I send my deepest condolences to her ‘home’ family, her ‘work’ family, and friends.  May God keep you in his loving arms during this time of loss.  And may God always keep the rest of us safe as we work to protect children and assist families in need. 
Della Carpenter, Recruitment and Certification
CHFS DCBS Lee and Owsley Counties

My Deepest Sympathies to the family of Boni Frederick.  It is a sad loss for the community and families she worked with.  She gave her life to save a child's life. God Bless.
JS
Allen County Children Services
Lima, Ohio

My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to the family, friends, co-workers, and all those who were touched by Boni in some way. She was a wonderful co-worker and always had a smile for me. She will be truly missed!!
Heather Cann
CHFS Two Rivers Region  

Although I did not know Boni personally, all workers are feeling a loss as we have lost one of our "family." Boni put her life on the line so that others could be protected. May God be with all who are associated with this line of work as well as her family. We will truly miss her and are hoping for the safe return of Saige as well.
Anne Bellon, ETP Specialist
CHFS DCBS Kenton County

Although I did not know Boni personally, it is truly a tragedy to lose a peer under such unfortunate circumstances. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, her family, and her peers during this difficult time. May she find her true rewards in heaven. Perhaps Nancy Fitzgivens will be there welcoming her arrival. Sincerely,
Ruth Davis-Hastler, LISW and Unit 290
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, OH

My thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Frederick's family, friends, and coworkers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Although the work we do in public child welfare is of the utmost importance, our efforts and the dangers we face are rarely recognized except at times like this. Boni contributed to child welfare with her life's work and at the time of her loss, she continues to make a contribution. Sending a message of peace to Boni Frederick and those whose lives she touched.  
Kathleen Dougherty, Supervisor
Franklin County Children Service
Columbus, Ohio

My prayers are with her family and friends and co-workers. I am a social service clinician in McCracken County and my mother is a social worker in Livingston County.
Lori Corder
Paducah, KY

God bless your family during this tragic time and the loss of Bonie before her time.  Her loss is mourned by so many. Find peace in knowing she was a genuinely special individual who served her whole life helping others.  She will be embraced by God’s kingdom.
Tiffany A. Mullis
Foster and Adoptive Home Recruitment and Certification
CHFS DCBS Northern Bluegrass Region

My thoughts and prayers are with you. 
Angie Gray, QMRP
Hazelwood Center

I’m so sorry for the loss of Boni and the violence that she suffered. Her care and commitment to our children was great.

May she be blessed with eternal life and joy.
Arinda Lin Roelker, FC Specialist
CHFS DCBS Jefferson Co.

From all of us in the Unemployment Tax Status and Accounting Branch, our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of Bone Frederick.
Judy Surber
KY UI  Tax Branch
Frankfort

I wish to express my condolences to Boni's family and staff. I did not know Boni personally however, I would like to honor her due to her selflessness and dedication to KY's children. I admire her and other social workers that give so much to the good of the cause even when, at times, social work, can be a thankless job.  I too work for the Cabinet and Health and Family Services so in some small way I do feel affected by her loss. May God hold her family, friends and co-workers in the palm of his hand during this difficult time.
Susan Herndon
Family Support Specialist II
CHFS DCBS Franklin Co.

I extend my deepest sympathy to Boni’s family, friends, and coworkers.  It is obvious Boni has touched many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with all who feel this tremendous loss. May God be with each of you!
Angel Long, Family Support Specialist III
CHFS DCBS Warren County Family Support

Please know of my deepest sympathy for the loss of your precious mother and friend.  I have come to realize our very best friend will probably be our mother.  My mother is my best friend and for this reason I truly am deeply sorry for your loss.  Mothers are held so high in God’s eyes as I am sure your mother is as well.

A poet once said, “God gives us memory so that we will have roses in December.”  I know you will have many, many beautiful roses.  May God continue to bless and hold you in the hollow of His hands during this most tragic time in your life. Sincerely,
Linda F. McDonald, Commissioner’s Office
CHFS Dept. for Mental Health-Mental Retardation Services

I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to Boni’s family and friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this terrible time. God bless you.
Roxie Rhea

Your personal loss is a tragedy and loss to all in Kentucky.  My prayers and thoughts are with you. Please know that Ms. Frederick lives on in the hearts of those whose lives she touched. May the continued work in protecting Kentucky’s vulnerable children and adults be a living and lasting memorial to her.
Susan Crone, Internal Policy Analyst III
CHFS Guardianship Services Branch
Frankfort

Although I did not know Ms. Frederick personally, I can gather by reading the postings of those who did know her that she was a wonderful person and Social Services Aide.  Our jobs are filled with everyday heroes, and people who risk their lives to save the lives of children.  While Ms. Frederick will be missed by her friends and family, I’m sure that God is pleased to have an angel by his side.
Ruthie Stegman, MSW, Family Services Office Supervisor
CHFS DCBS Franklin County P&P

I just wanted to extend my deepest condolences for Boni's family both at home and work.  I also work in the Child Welfare Field for IDCFS in Illinois.  This really hits home for all of us and so on behalf of my self and many of us here.
Dahlia Roman, BS, Day Care Licensing Representative II
Elgin, Il

My heart goes out to Boni’s co-workers who have lost not only an employee, but a friend and a member of their second family. As a state employee we form such bonds with our co-workers that they are another part of our family.

To Sandy, I have known you since you were a kid, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your children and husband. Your mother was a wonderful person. May the outpouring of love and support that you receive help you get through this time.
Carla Mooney, Case Manager
CHFS DCBS Webster County Family Support

I am so sorry for all who are deeply affected by this tragedy. Many prayers are being said for all involved. Boni’s family and friends, baby saige and his foster family, among many others. She will never be forgotten.

I wish to let Boni’s family and her co-workers know that I lift them up in prayer, as I pray for understanding of this senseless crime.  I did not know Boni but my heart has been heavy and I have fought back tears since I learned of this tragedy.  Knowing that unsung heroes like Boni dedicate their lives everyday to help Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens still does not help me find peace.  I simply want to ask others to join me in praying for Boni’s family and her co-workers that they are able move forward comforted by Boni’s memory.
Karla Thompson, Weatherization & LIHEAP Policy Analyst
CHFS Division of Family Support
Frankfort

My thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Frederick’s family during this most difficult time.  When I heard the news I was shocked and my heart sank.  Maybe now someone will take notice at how dangerous a social workers job can be.  It is sad that something so tragic has to happen to make us realize the dangerous situations social workers encounter every day.  I pray for Ms. Frederick and for her family that they find some sense of comfort out of this tragedy.
Lori Messer Adkins, SSCI
CHFS R&C Rowan County

We here at Pulaski County Protection and Permanency have had you all in our thoughts and prayers since hearing the tragic news of your loss.  There are no words to express how deeply this has impacted all of us.  It is our hope that you feel a sense of solidarity and strength from offices all across the state.  We will continue to pray for healing and safety for all of you! 
Briana Haynes Randolph, SSCI, MSSW
CHFS Protection and Permanency
Pulaski County

My deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Boni Fredrick.  I pray that God grants you comfort and peace in this time of mourning.  There are so many people who are thinking of you and who are praying for you!  Please know that you are not alone.  Sincerely,
Deidre Goodlett, MSSW, Social Services Clinician I
DCBS Jefferson County

My prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss.
DeDe Sullivan, MSSW,CSW
CHFS DCBS Salt River Trail
Shelbyville, Kentucky

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of lost. I hope you can take some solace in my belief that there is a special place in "Heaven" for those who devote themselves to protecting and improving the lives of children. Your loved one is gone from this earth but her memory and all of the "Good" she did will live on in the lives of the children she helped while she was here. May God bless you and give you peace.
Earl L. Lee Jr.
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, OH

Ms. Frederick’s family and friends have my deepest sympathy. Hopefully, the work she did to provide protection and solace to children can bring some comfort to those who loved her.
Marie Metcalf, CADC, ATR-BC

I would like to extend my condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Boni. I did not personally know her but those who did have shared the qualities that made her so special. You are in my thoughts, as well as all the social workers in Kentucky, who risk their lives daily to protect our most vulnerable children and adults.
Kathy Mongeon, Jefferson Regional Trainer/Coordinator

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to all Ms. Frederick’s family, friends and co-workers. I know you have suffered a great loss and I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
Sherry A. Jackson, Child Support Technician/UIFSA Specialist
Jessamine County Attorney's Office

The Perry County P and P wishes to send our thoughts and prayers to Boni’s family, friends and co-workers. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Boni will never be forgotten.

My heart broke on Monday night as I learned the tragic events of the day. Not only was a child missing but another valuable member of "our SW family" had been killed in a senseless act of violence. Once again every P&P Office's worst fear had been realized and Social Workers nationwide were affected. May God's arms be wrapped around her family and her Office family and may you each be given strength and peace in the days ahead. You will all remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Terry Ellen Timberlake, SSW CL II
Laurel County Permanency Team

My heartfelt condolences and deepest respect go to Boni’s family and co-workers. I did not know Boni, but I have worked with many Social Service Aides across this state. They are a good bunch of people who want to help others and to make a difference in this world. This is such a tragic loss. We are grieving with you.
Lanna Skaggs, BSW, MSW
Northeastern Region

My thoughts and prayers go out to Boni’s family, friends, and co-workers at this terrible time. May God bless you all..
Jackie Ritchie, FSS
Kenton County Family Support

Please know my thoughts are with you all during this time and you are in my prayers. Sincerely,
Joyce Clark
Muhlenberg County Family Support

Special thoughts and prayers are sent to the family of Boni Frederick.
May you find comfort in knowing others care and appreciate the work that your
loved one performed in service to children and families.
Vicky Rhoads
Franklin County Ohio

I wish to extend my sympathy to Boni’s family, friends and co-workers and let them know we are thinking of them and praying that God will send them peace in this difficult time.
Tammy Gregory, TWIST Project
Cabinet for Health & Family Services


 
I would like to express my condolences to the Frederick family.
Yolanda Thomas, Executive Secretary
OIT

My coworkers and I would like to extend our sympathy to the family and co-workers of Boni Frederick. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ms. Frederick’s love for her job and children has touched our heart deeply. I am not a Social Worker but work with many of them and have admiration for the job that they do. Please know that we will never forget. With deepest sympathy,
Tina V. Catron, Administrative Specialist
Oakwood Community Center

We would like to express our sympathy and condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick. The work she has done will be remembered by the children whose lives she has touched. We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers.
Metcalfe Co., Ky. DCBS Protection & Permanency Unit and Family Support Staff

As a social worker for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, I know how she did more than the job asked of her. She gave her life to try to protect the innocent child. Everyday you never know what is behind the door of the home you are visiting. I am sure that there is an angel watching over you. May God Bless your family. Hazardous duty is what the social workers across the state have needed for sometime and this shows you how unsafe the visits are at our client’s home. She is an angel in heaven looking over all of the children across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. May God Bless our fellow fallen social worker and her family. May God lay his comforting arms around you in this time of loss.
Katrina Witten

Montgomery County Protection and Permanency staff would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ms. Fredrick. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

My deepest condolences to all who are effected by the death of Ms. Boni Frederick. Just know that during this time, God always has a plan for His people. Know that God will see you through this time of sorrow. Now is the time to celebrate the life and the person that Ms. Frederick tried to be every day through her unwavering work with the children that she served. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning."
Carlanda D. Fields, Social Service Clinician
Hardin County Protection & Permanency

Thank God for people like Boni who give of themselves unselfishly.
Barbara M. Reed, Administrative Assistant
Glasgow State Nursing Facility

What a legacy of love Boni has left behind in her years of devoted service to the most innocent of society, our children. Boni's good works and deeds will live on in the hearts and minds of those who were in her family, worked closely with her and even those of us who did not know her but admire the courage and dedication she so obviously displayed. My condolences to Boni's family and her co-workers. You have suffered such a tremendous loss, but remember, Heaven has just gained another angel! 
Dawn Caldwell, Human Services Program Branch Manager
Disability Determinations Services, Frankfort Kentucky

May God Grant our Beloved colleague’s family all the love, peace, and comfort they deserve in this hour of sadness. Her memory and good deeds will never be forgotten. Watch and Pray.
Idella Tarver, Social Service Aid
Jefferson County DCBS, Permanency and Protection

Our deepest sympathy to all your co-workers, family and friends, your gift of service will be missed.
R. Ball, Billing Specialitst
Clark Regional Medical Center

When I see the tremendous outpouring of support and sympathy form across the United States it truly says we are all connected in some way. May the knowledge that so many share your grief and sorrow offer you some measure of comfort now and in the difficult months ahead.
Madeleine Dunaway, Hardin County P&P

My heartfelt prayers are with Ms. Frederick's family, friends and co-workers. May peace and comfort find and bless you.
Rae Anna T. Kirby, Family Support Specialist II
Butler County Family Support

My prayers are with Boni's family and her closest friends during this difficult time. And I pray that each of you have comfort and strength right now and in the weeks and months ahead. I understand that you are grieving and mourning your loss and at the same time trying to be strong in the public's eye. There will be a time when the media will go home and you won't see you're loved one on the daily and nightly news or on the front page of a newspaper and everyone else will get back to their lives. Nevertheless, you will be reminded each and every day of how much you miss her. This is the time that I will pray the hardest for you. But don't worry, God is in control. And remember, "Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust" Psalm 40:4. I also will pray for the safe return of baby Saige.
My sincere condolences,
Laquita D. Foster, Family Support Specialist II
Henderson, KY

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and co-workers of Boni Frederick during this trying time. She will forever live in your heart and memories, and in the wonderful work she did with the children of Kentucky.
Barbara Spradlin, Targeted Assessment Specialist
U. of Ky. Targeted Assessment Program
Magoffin and Martin Counties

My deepest sympathies go out over this terrible loss of such a dedicated worker. I am praying that God will comfort the co-workers and the family of Boni Frederick. Please know that you will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Barbara S. McBride MSSW SSCII
Greenville, Kentucky

Although I did not personally know Boni, I know of the dedication she must have felt in her heart, as they were evident in her actions. From my past as a caseworker, I can remember how much we depended on the Support Service Aid, and how close we were to that person. We always depended on the support service aid to pull us through some rough times with their assistance. For this tragedy to happen brings sorrow to the entire commonwealth that one of our own has been taken from us. I have spoken with staff in her area and they are very mournful at this time and waiting to see if this child will be returned safely. For the family, staff and friends, we all mourn with you and hold all in our prayers. We must use this incident as a pledge to continue and increase our ability to care for those children who need us most.
James Wurtsmith, State Children's Benefit's Coordinator

I am deeply saddend by the recent new of Ms. Boni Frederick's murder. My prayers go out for the family, friends, and colleagues of Ms. Frederick.
Steve Thompson, MSW, ACSW, Supervising Social Service Practitioner
County of San Bernardino
Rialto, CA

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and co-workers of Boni. We know her as a wonderful member of our community here in Morganfield Ky. Boni will  be missed.
The employees of the Morganfield Ky Post Office

There are no words to adequately express how sad we are for the loss of Boni.  Even though many of us did not know Boni personally, we feel immediately connected to her because she was “one of our own”.  It is very appropriate that we honor her memory and applaud the dedication that she and so many others demonstrate everyday as they set out to “protect and serve” the most vulnerable in our society---our children!  My thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family, friends, and co-workers.
Mary Cook, Two Rivers DCBS Regional Office
Warren County, Ky.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick and for social workers everywhere----Their commitment to our children, our precious beings, and all of our citizens, show great character and a true genuine, unselfish devotion to their jobs. My God bless all of you and keep you safe.
Karen Wecker, Alexandria, Ky.

Please except my deepest sympathy for your family. I was very sorry to hear of your loss. You will be remembered in our prayers. Sincerely yours,
Melissa L. Moore
Community Based Services
Pikeville, KY

My prayers go out to Boni's family and co-workers.  Although I did not know her personally, from what I have read and heard, she was a wonderful and caring person.  I know she touched many lives in her years of service with our agency.  It takes a special person to do the job that Boni did.  I also pray for the safe return of baby Saige. 
Melissa Compton
CHFS  DCBS Lyon County

We want to extend our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and coworkers of Boni Frederick. Five years ago, we lost our coworker, Nancy Fitzgivens.  It is a tragic loss that we will never forget.  Her husband lost a wife, her children lost a mother, and we lost a comrade.  Nancy remains in our thoughts and in our hearts. We understand what you are feeling, and as a unit, we have learned to take one day at a time. Remember the good times that you've had with Boni and know that she will never be forgotten. Sincerely,
Rucell Henderson, Kellie Rae, Chiqwita Arnold, Christine Cole, Natasha Lucas, Angela Perez, Marge Smith
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, Ohio

My heartfelt love & prayers go out to the family and co-workers of Boni.  I did not know her, but have heard nothing but the highest praise of how she conducted her job and how wonderful of a friend/co-worker she was.  She must have been a very loving and caring woman to have touched so many people.  May she rest in peace. 
Dia Booth Ling, Daviess County Targeted Assessment Specialist
UK Targeted Assessment Program

As an employee of the state if Indiana's Dept. of Child Svcs., I've seen the dedication & love for children many times over at our agency. Our caseworkers work tirelessly for Indiana's children.  I'm glad Boni had that love & dedication, too.  Because of her love and dedication, her life was not lived in vain.  My prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of Boni.  God bless and keep you.
Nancy Peck
Indiana

To the family of Ms. Frederick, her co-workers and friends: In times like these we are drawn closer to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May you find comfort in His words and in the prayers of all who knew her and knew of her works. Remember that weeping may endure for a night but JOY comes in the morning.
Linda P. Talbert
Northeastern Region Centralized Intake
Morehead, Ky.

Although I did not know Boni, I feel the sorrow and grief like so many others.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew Boni, worked with Boni, or share the compassion for this population as Boni did.  I also pray for the safe and expedient return of Saige. In the time shortly after the news, I have no doubt, people, not only in the field but others as well, have been touched in many ways.  Now is the time for all to pull together and offer support where needed. My prayers are especially extended to family, friends, and co-workers of Boni.  Only you know her the way she should be remembered, the way she was and will forever be in your memories. 
Davina Havener, Protection & Permanency Worker
Daviess Co

While I did not know Boni personally or professionally, it saddens me that this tragedy has happened to her and those close to her. This message goes out to Boni's family, colleagues, and friends to send hope that there will be some peace and comfort for you in this time of tragedy and healing. Peace to all,
Noell L. Rowan, Ph.D., LCSW, CADC, ACSW
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville

Our heart felt condolences to the family and co-workers of Ms. Frederick.  Having experienced a similar loss a few years ago within our agency, there are no words to ease the pain and frustrations.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Linda M. McKnight, LSW, Associate Director, Adoption/Foster Care/Assessment
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, OH

Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family in the loss of their loved
one. Our hearts are saddened by this horrific crime.
Mitch & Betty Ellis
Barren County Court Security
Glasgow, Ky

The staff of the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging in Lexington want to extend to the family and co-workers of Boni Frederick our sympathy and prayers for comfort in your loss of a friend and loved one. We have a quote from musician Artur Rubenstein on a wall in our office which we read often to remind us of why we do what we do.  We hope it will bring some comfort to all who grieve her loss. "During my life, I have learned one lesson: that the most important thing is to realize why one is alive - and I think it is not only to build bridges or tall buildings or make money, But to do something truly important, to do something for humanity. To bring joy, hope, to make life richer for the spirit because you have been alive, that is the most important thing."
We can think of no higher calling than to help those who are the most vulnerable in our society. Boni has and will continue, through
her efforts for all children she worked with, to bring to their and our lives both joy and hope. Thank you Boni, and to thousands of others who also share her work, for your dedication and efforts for humanity.
signed: Rhonda, Mary, David, Jeff, Cheryl, Emily, Judy, Spence, Celeste, Helen and Randy

I am a family support employee in the Campbell Co region and I wish to express my sympathy to this family.  All the cabinet wishes to remember this proud person who shared with others in her unit and office her wonderful ways of enjoying life.  Even though I did not know her., I share in your loss as being an employee of the Cabinet and remembering the toll it has taken.  I, myself have lost a brother 3 weeks ago to an illness.  He was 53 and I truly miss his great moods he kept me in and he will be on my heart for a long time after.  Once again, I express my deepest love and sympathy to your family and prayers and blessings go out to each and everyone of you at this time. Love in Christ always
Pat Russell

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ms. Frederick.  My prayer is that you will draw closer to the Lord in this time of sadness and allow Him to help you through your grief. May God Bless You.
Deborah Price, MSW, CSW, Family Services Office Supervisor
Johnson County DPP

May you be comforted in this time of tragedy by the memory of better times with Boni and by the knowledge that she devoted her life to the service of countless children.
Judy Heitzman, Ph.D.
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and co workers of Boni Frederick.  We are very proud of Boni’s love and commitment to the children that she served.  We are sure that Boni is now on her way to a very proud and beaming Father, and He will reward her handsomely for her courage and spirit in protecting one of His greatest blessings, our children.
Valerie Kelsey, FSOS; Tammy Turner; Amy Morgan; Rhonda Cantrell; Diana Ayers; Marcie Melton; Venessa Nunn; Debby Edmonds
Cumberland Region, Recruitment and Certification

I would like to join with others in mourning the loss of Boni Frederick. My heartfelt prayers are with her family, and for the missing infant Sage Terrell.  I pray God may put a hedge around Boni's family and Sage to protect them and wrap His loving arms around them to comfort them during this difficult time.
T Whitworth, OSA-GRCC
Central City, KY

I am very sorry to hear about the tragedy that happened to Boni.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.  May God give you the strength to get through this very difficult time.
Melissa King
Salvation Army

There are no words to express how much Boni’s passing has affected us all.  They say those of us who do this work have a special calling and a big heart.  What we have learned is that we are all a part of a big family and what touches one, touches us all. Together we wish her family comfort and peace in the days to come.
Jacqueline Robertson, FSOS
Logan County Protection Team

I didn’t know Boni but I want to express my deepest sympathies to her family, friends and to her co-workers. I work in Mclean Co., for Family Support and my social worker friends are like family to me. You cannot help but be close to the ones you work with everyday. Sincerely;
Jo C. Bartimus, OSA II
Calhoun, KY  

Your family is in my prayers.
Sean Patterson
Franklin County Ohio Children Services

My thoughts are prayers are with Boni’s family and co-workers. Such a senseless loss.
Diane Dawson
APS Jefferson County

My heart goes out to Ms. Frederick's family, coworkers, and community.  My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Respectfully,
Christa Moore, Family Preservation Program Director
Bowling Green, KY

This is my third attempt to write this message because it is so difficult to find the words to express what I have felt since I heard of this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Frederick’s family, friends, and co-workers. I think we need to also remember the many children she has transported to visits, doctor’s appointments etc. over the years. I’m sure she touched the lives of many of these children and they are trying to deal with their grief also. We often spend more time with our “work families” than we do our families at home.  I have lost co-workers over the years and remember how hard that was.  I cannot imagine losing someone in this way. My heart goes out to everyone trying to cope with this horrible tragedy. It has affected us all.  
Beth Halcomb, Social Service Specialist
CHFS DCBS Eastern Mountain Region

This is such a tragic situation to happen to someone who was only there to help.  My prayers are with the family and coworkers.
Dee Thomas
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, Ohio

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Boni Frederick, her co-workers, and friends.  May the memories Boni left with you comfort you….sustain you….and help to see you through this time of loss.
Janice Centers, Charles McMillian, Dawn Crabtree, Liz Wade, Tonya Feese, Wanda Kinslow, Tiffany Combs, Debbie Green, Joyce Moore, Pam Lane, Mary Cook, Larry Boards, and Sharla Siemens
Glasgow and Bowling Green Two Rivers Regional Offices

We at the Davidson County Relative Caregiver Program-Family and Children Services in Nashville, Tennessee, would like to send out of condolences and prayers to the family of Mrs. Boni Frederick.  As social workers, its sad when you lose someone who has lived their life to better the lives of others.  We will continue to pray for Mrs. Fredericks family, co-workers and friends as God follows you all down this path of strengthening. 
Chris Sarver, MSW,Program Coordinator
Family and Children Services
Nashville, Tennessee

I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick.  Although I did not know Boni, I am deeply saddened by her death and want to express how much I appreciate the selfless work that she did and the sacrifices she made for families and children.
Lee Ann Gabbard, Regional Program Manager
KY Family Resource and Youth Services Centers

My prayers go out to the family of Boni Frederick. I am a student of Human Services and our instructor brought this to our attention today.
Karen J. Felder, HMSV student
Lakeland Community College
Kirkland, Ohio

My heart breaks for the tragic way in which our colleague, Boni Frederick, died this week.  I did not now Boni personally, but probably had her in workshops I conducted for social work aides on evaluation or social allergies and coping on the job.  I remember the intensity and great sense of humor the aides exhibited in the trainings we were in together.  Social Work Aides are yet another group of dedicated men and women who want to help keep families together when possible and save children from dangerous situations by helping them adjust to new homes when necessary.  I know that such a tragedy touches all of the brave men and women who work in the field of child welfare each day- the hardest job on earth- may God envelope you all in his love and grace as you process this traumatic event and press on to do your good work. 
Anita Barbee, Professor and CARE Team Leader
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville

In loving memory of Boni Frederick.  Thank you, and your family, for your services. You were an Angel long before you reached Heaven.
Julie Newsom-Moore, BSW 

While I did not know Boni personally, I have worked with SSAs in the past and I know that they are truly dedicated to the children and families they serve.  Boni was a champion of Kentucky's children. To her family, friends and co-workers my thoughts and prayers are with you.  I hope that with time you allow your sorrow to be replaced with the wonderful memories that you have of Boni. 
Patricia Parrish
DCBS Training Branch

Our hearts go out to Boni, her family and co-workers.  The staff and volunteers at Franklin County Children Services in Columbus, Ohio, know well your heartache. It was Oct. 16, 2001 when Nancy Fitzgivens, a dedicated child protection worker, was killed in the line of duty. A special place in heaven is reserved for Boni and Nancy because they lived their lives for children, and died in service to them. Boni is truly a Community Hero. We know that thankfully the pain will ease, but the memory will not. 
John Saros, Executive Director
Franklin County Children Services
Columbus, Ohio

My prayers are with your family and my you rest in
heaven.
Sharrieffa Barksdale

For thirty years Boni has been my mother, my mentor and my friend. Her love and friendship shaped many lives here in the Pittsburgh area. I grieve for my mother, I morn the loss of my friend. May God bless and keep her family through this tragic time.
Michael Drischler
Pittsburgh PA

The story of Boni Frederick has touched all of us here at Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. We wish to express our sadness and solidarity to her family and to the good folks who work in the Kentucky social services field.  Boni has not died in vain, for this tragedy has been a jolting wake up call to all of us, in every place our job takes us, for now and into the future.
Karen Vance, Supervising Social Worker
LA County DCFS
California

I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ms. Frederick.  My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely,
Dana Cohen, Assistant County Attorney
Jefferson County

My prayers are with the family, co-workers and friends of Ms. Fredrick.  What a tragic loss to our agency! 
Sandra Hinton
DCBS Marion Co.

My thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family, friends, and co-workers.
Vanessa Morgan
Leslie County Child Support

I am sorry to hear of your loss.  My heart and prayers go out to your family.   
Nicole Winkler, FSSII
Lexington, KY

As a former CPS worker, my heart goes out to the co-workers, family and state that Boni worked for.  We try so hard to do a job that gets us little recognition in the community, and to help those people who can't protect themselves, our communities children, with little regard as to the danger we may be facing.  I applaud her strength, and determination to do her job, and I wish her family the best in this time of need.  My heart felt condolences to her family.
Beth Wallace, Victim Advocate
Dawson County DA's Office
Dawsonville, GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief and sorrow.  Having suffered our own loss here at Franklin Co. Ohio several years ago, we truly empathize with family, friends and co-workers of Ms. Fredricks.  Although I did not know her, her commitment to children and families is truly appreciated.  May peace be with you and time allow some healing.  Sincerely,
Pamela Schirner, Director
West Region Office
Franklin Co. Children Services
Columbus, OH

Christ taught that there is no greater manifestation of love than to lay down one's life for another.  Although I never knew this lady, I have had the privilege of interacting with other dedicated P&P staff in my job here at Medicaid. I know that Ms. Fredericks joins the rest of us in celebrating the infant's safe return, and we pray that his future will be better than his past. As for her friends and love ones, remember God's injunction to St. Paul that His grace is sufficient to meet any situation. We are all saddened today, but we are also extremely proud.
Ted Lisle, Medicaid Service Specialist
Frankfort, KY

May God bless Boni and her family with peace and comfort at this terrible time.  Thank you Boni for giving yourself to such difficult work and for protecting that infant from harm.      
Nancy O'Meara, Social Worker
Northampton Co. DSS
Eastville, VA

My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of great sorrow.
M. Bullock
Franklin County Ohio Children Services

My prayers and thoughts are with Boni’s family and co-workers during this tragic time. My God bless you and all social workers who dedicate their lives to protecting children and vulnerable adults.
Deborah B Richie, BASW, LSW, Social Service Clinician I 
Smithland, KY

Sorry for your loss. May God be with you.
Jan Jennings

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and co workers of Boni Frederick.  We are very proud of Boni’s love and commitment to the children that she served.  We are sure that Boni is now on her way to a very proud and beaming Father, and He will reward her handsomely for her courage and spirit in protecting one of His greatest blessings, our children.
Valerie Kelsey;TammyTurner; Amy Morgan; Rhonda Cantrell; Marcie Melton; Diana Ayers; Venessa Nunn; Debby Edmonds
Cumberland Region Recruitment and Certification

I express my sinceress sympathies to the family in this time of mourning.
Be encouraged, our Father will pull you thru this. Sending hugs.
Barbara Coffman 
Houston Texas

Our thoughts and prayers go with the family and friends of Boni Frederick as they mourn her loss. She has made the ultimate sacrifice, and she will be missed by all. May we be comforted by memories of her many contributions and her dedication to making this life better for others.
Mike Burnside, Undersecretary
Cabinet for Health and Family Services

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. 
Terri Farrow
Franklin County Children Services Ohio

I read about this story on cnn.com. and i just want to say that I'm sorry to the family of boni!  I am sure that she was a wonderful person, with trying to help people! Again I am sorry for your loss! Sincerely,
Megan Jaworski
Cleveland, Ohio

I am so sorry about the indescribably tragic loss of Boni and I just want you to know I’ll be praying for you. 
Stuart Owen
Department for Medicaid Services

As someone who has been through this, with the tragic loss of friend and colleague Teri Zenner two years ago in the Kansas City area, I all too well imagine the horror, fear, anger and bewilderment you are all feeling.  My heart aches for you.    I had never heard of Boni Frederick until this week, but I have no doubt that she was an angel on earth sent to do a job that she loved and excelled at.  My deepest sympathy is extended to her family, friends and co-workers.  Although it never goes away it does get better.

I want to extend my deepest sympathy!  I don't know any of you.  I live in Florida and only know of the loss because of the news.  Though I don't know you in person, I feel your loss.  I will pray that God get you through your sad times.  If you know Footprints in the sand, this is the time that there will only be one set of prints. The Lord is saying, "My precious children, I love you and I would never leave you.  During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it is now that I carry you".  May God bless you all and keep you near him!
Maria J. Goodwin-Bayron
Orlando FL

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are SSAs and know the daily challenges Boni faced. God bless you all.
Portia Combs, CHFS/P&P Shelby Co.
Liz Robinson, CHFS/P&P Bullitt Co.
Mary Spinks, CHFS/P&P Henry Co (retired)

Our prayers are with you.  How sad that the system which Boni loved and served so faithfully for 15 years failed her and robbed you and the Kentucky children of her tender love and care.  May God comfort you and help you to cope during this difficult period in your lives.
Joan Barr
Troy, Ohio

My heart and prayers go out to the family of this helping professional who gave her life in order to help others.  May she rest in eternal peace.

Words cannot express my heart felt sadness for the loss of your family member, co-worker and friend.  Those of us on the front line deserve the greatest of protection and the thought of a co-worker being murdered doing her duty to KY’s children is unthinkable.  May God grant you peace, comfort, and the knowledge that Boni’s death will not be in vain.  We will remember!    
Rhonda K. Thomas BSW, CQI Specialist
Southern Bluegrass Regional Office

We didn't know Boni, we aren't even from Kentucky, but we wanted Boni's family, friends and co-workers to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. 
Madison County Department of Family and Children Services
Danielsville, Georgia and Oglethorpe County Department of Family and Children Services
Lexington, GA

I wish to send my condolences in regards to Ms. Boni Frederick.  Family, friend’s and colleagues are in my prayers.  May God look down upon you and be with all through this horrible tragedy.
Cheryl Alderson, SSCI, P & P
Kenton Co, KY

My deepest sympathy goes out to Boni's family, friends and devoted co-workers.   As I was reading the terrible tragedy involving Boni and although I don't know her, I couldn't help but to post a note.  Like Boni, I worked in child support services for over 10 years and know the reward of providing for those who are in need.  Boni is one of my true hero because her life was taken while she was doing the work she was committed to.   She will always be remembered. God Bless.   
Linda
Atlanta GA

I am so sorry to hear about your loss and the tragedy of Boni's death. May God Bless your Family
and bring you through this with the understanding that right up until her death she was still doing
what the Lord asked her to do and that was to protect that innocent child.

It is so sad that there are people out there that take the Servant's that the Lord has chosen to do good and positive things and to help those in need and turn it around and make it a tragedy. I will pray for your loss and for all of you who knew Boni. My heart goes out to you and now to that innocent child. I pray that the child will be blessed with a family that will love and honor the job of becoming parents to that child. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you! God Bless You!
Lori Cox
Casselberry, Florida

Today is a sad day for our state as we continue to mourn the death of Boni Frederick. My prayers are with Boni’s family and friends today as she is laid to rest as a result of this horrible tragedy. Thank You Boni for seeing to it that Saige was safely returned to us. He is so blessed to have you as his guardian angel.
Angela Shouse
CHFS Office of the Ombudsman

I am so sorry that Boni had to lose her earthly life in such a way. Life can be so strange with its twists and turns. My thoughts and prayers go to Boni and her family and I salute her for her compassion and willingness to help others.
Shari Christoff
CASA of Jefferson County

We are all sorry for your loss.  The Good Lord has a purpose for everything, we don’t always understand his reasoning for it, but in time, you will eventually understand.  Let’s hope and pray that something positive happens, due to this loss, as it would be a great tragedy if not done.  Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and always will be.  May the Lord bless your family and keep you close at this time of your need.
Betty Headrick
Family Support
Carlisle Co.

As a social worker in the field for over 17 years, I can attest to the danger and risks we, as child protective workers, face every day.  Yet, our desire to impact the lives of children in positive, nurturing and protective ways, is greater than the risk we face.  My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, colleagues and clients with whom Boni was connected. May the light of change and desire to good in the world that she portrayed never go out! 
Sharon Thomas
Massachusetts Department of Social Services

As a close friend of Boni’s, I would like to express my sincere sorrow to
her family and friends for their loss.  Boni and I have had great times and many laughs together.  I will miss so many things about her.  I will miss her imitations of others, her quick wit, her sense of humor, her stories (and there were alot of them and she went into great depth), elephant jewelry, her calling me rena-belle, her extensive knowledge of everyone in the county (actually Union, Webster & Henderson counties), bubble gum taped to my birthday cards, the way she always asked about my family, the way she always called herself my bodyguard when we worked together, her laugh, her silly faces, the way she warned us not to touch her hair, yard sales, any where she thought she might get a bargain, actually if she didn’t get a bargain she’d ask for one.  I miss sitting on the floor of her apartment chit chatting (gossiping.)  I think we will all definitely miss her tales of attending a Catholic school.  I could go on and on.  Boni was very special not only to me but to my family.  The world will certainly miss Boni, especially all the children.  Boni always had something special for the children.  I think she was aware I use to steal from her stockpile of bubble gum.  She also visited several elderly folks who lived alone.  Boni would help them with whatever they needed.  She took an elderly lady a microwave because the lady liked baked potatoes and had difficulty cooking.  She was also a wealth of information.  She could find practically anything a family would need i.e. food, heating assistance, appliances, clothing, etc.  We always kidded around at the office about who would get Boni’s address book when she retired.  I could write for days on the things I will miss about Boni and all the great things she has done for others. Boni was fearless and wasn’t for sale.  You always knew where you stood with Boni because she’d tell you.  Even though she appeared tough on the outside she was very gentle on the inside.  Boni was a giver not a taker and she didn’t ever expect anything in return.  I thank God that I was fortunate enough to call this special lady my friend.   God Bless You, Boni.
Rena Stewart (former Union County DCBS)
River Valley Behavioral Health

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Boni. A friend, family member and
colleague and someone apparently who loved children. I pray for her family during this hard time of thier life and want to remind them how much God loves them.
Eve Morrow
Ludlow, Ky

I would like for Boni’s family, friends and co-workers to know how deeply impacted,myself, social workers, aides and other DPP staff everywhere have been effected by this meaningless tragedy. I have worked many years and I know that with all the social service aides I have worked with, in the past and in the future, they are all much like the way Boni must have been,  with a heart of gold, endless caring and complete dedication to her work in protecting vulnerable victims of abuse and neglect. It sadly reminds all of us of the dangerous situations we walk in to every day and most of the time we never know what is behind the door that we walk through. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all. For Boni,  Real life angels multiply your smiles and add to your integrity. They make you feel like, HEY I am really somebody that matters. Then they quietly prove to you how beautiful and true that feeling is.  To me that sounds like Boni. May God be with all her family, friends and co-workers.   Lisa A. Murry, BSW, FSOS Magoffin County Protection and Permanency
Lisa A. Murry, BSW, FSOS
Magoffin County DPP

I worked for DCBS for almost 15 years and the support services aide that worked in our office (Pulaski County) was a true vital part of the work we do.  I have friends in your area that have stated how much Boni meant to their lives and the lives she touched each day.  Please know that she made a difference in the lives of those she touched and that she did not give her life in vain - because of her and others like her - children’s lives are touched and families lives are changed.Please remember that she loved her work and those that she worked with are better because of her.  I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family in this time of loss.
Diana Grooms, LPCC
Foster Care Supervisor
Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children

I send my condolensces to all those who knew,loved, and worked with Boni Frederick. It is so heartbreaking that such a terrible thing could happen to such a caring women who dedicated her life to improving the lives of children. Take faith in knowing that Boni will forever be your guardian angel.
Emily Jarvis CWC1, BASW
Franklin County Ohio Children Services

I wish to express my condolences to the family and friends of  Boni Frederick,I work as a social service aide and I am deeply saddened that this tragedy has happen,I know part of my team is go now.
Brenda Goodlett SSA.11
Boyle.Co P&P

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fredrick family, friends and
collegues. May God be with all of those who do his work in protecting young
lives.
Carrie Gibson
Intake Coordinator
Lifeway for Youth

I write these words with inconsolable sorrow and a heavy heart to again extend my deepest condolences to Sandy, Nicole, Salina, Justin, my mother and uncles (Boni’s siblings), the rest of my family, Boni’s friends and co-workers.  A part of each of us was permanently destroyed the day Boni was so brutally torn from our loving hearts.  We, none of us, will ever be the same people we were before our Angel, Boni, was so savagely stolen from us.  I pledge to do everything in my power to make sure that not one single other family member, friend, or co-worker is forever exiled into this never-ending, nightmarish prison of utter devastation, total loss, and overwhelming rage.  I remain forever, loving and loyal niece to Boni Frederick (BF PI), a Kentucky State Social Services Aide.
Mary Ann Stec
Sharpsburg, PA

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear
To Whom God’s love commits me here.
Ever this day be at my side
To light and guard and rule and guide,
Amen
A prayer for Boni from the voices of the children she devoted her life to.
Sheila M. Redella, MS., CADC
UK Targeted Assessment Program
Jefferson County

My deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and co-workers of Boni, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of loss.  My prayers are also with all that have devoted their lives to the safety and protection of our children.   May God bless you all.
Darlene Heflin, Logan County Protection and Permanency
I would just like to say you’re in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I will continue to pray for you in the days ahead. We do not understand why things happen and we are to trust God for the answers. That’s hard to do. Know that we can think of  Boni as our angel looking down and watching over each social worker as they do their jobs now and when you see that bright shining star in the sky –that’s Boni saying hello- I am ok ….
Vickie Gale Eden
Division of Local Government Services
Frankfort, Ky.

There are no words---only prayers. Our sympathy to Ms. Fredrick’s co-workers and family.
Nancy Carter, Wayne County P&P
My heart and prayers goes out to Boni’s family and P & P workers all over the state.  As a Intake/Investigator for P & P for the last 7 years, I know the perils that we Social Worker’s face everyday we walk into a home alone, with no protection.  However, walking into these homes I know that this is what God wants me to do and he is walking in with me because we are trying to help protect his children, and hopefully make it home to our own.  My God Bless Boni for her work. 
Chastity Polston, M.A., LSW, SSC
Clinton County P & P

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. 
Amy Welch, Juvenile Services Clinician I
Department of Juvenile Justice/Community East Region

My heart and prayers goes out to Boni’s family and P & P workers all over the state.  As a Intake/Investigator for P & P for the last 7 years, I know the perils that we Social Worker’s face everyday we walk into a home alone, with no protection.  However, walking into these homes I know that this is what God wants me to do and he is walking in with me because we are trying to help protect his children, and hopefully make it home to our own.  My God Bless Boni for her work.
Chastity T. Polston, LSW
Social Service Clinician
Clinton County, Ky

We extend our deepest sympathies to Boni’s family, friends and colleagues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Central Baptist Hospital Social Workers
I just want to send a message of sympathy to Ms. Fredrick’s family.  You are in my prayers.  I was saddened to hear of this senseless crime.  May God strengthen each of you during this time of sorrow.
Tina Graves, MSSW, Western State Hospital Hopkinsville, KY (formerly at DCBS)

I am very saddened to hear of your loss.  I pray that your family will be comforted in the upcoming months with the knowledge that your family member made a difference in so many lives as she protected those who could not protect themselves.  And please, if there is something someone can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask.  Many around you would like nothing better than to help you if they only knew how. 
Marcella Allen
Depart of Disability Determination Services

This site is such an awesome Tribute to Boni.  However, it goes w/out saying that Boni herself did the most awe-inspiring Tribute by living her life for the good of others. Oh how Boni will greatly be missed in our world.  I was so very blessed to be able to know her well enough to have our small talks when meeting one another throughout our life’s journey.  I will miss her large smile and bright eyes as she would ask me, How are you?  How are those boys?  I’ll miss seeing her stroll through town in her station wagon that she drove to accommodate others instead of herself.  I’ll miss those Holiday accoutrements that made Boni, Boni.  Thanks to our Great Maker, I will have the privilege of meeting Boni again.  Until then, I will only dwell of the optimistic things that bring this heart to rejoice when I think of the life Boni.
Cathy Below a Union County Resident and a friend of Boni’s.               
This world is a more beautiful place for Boni having graced it.  Blessings to Boni’s family, friends, colleagues, and all those whose lives she has lovingly touched.  As we attempt to cope with this profound tragedy, may we take comfort in the knowledge that Boni impacted so many lives with her kindness, steadfastness and special caring.  She is a marvelous role model. 
Pam Golladay
DCBS Jefferson County

Our thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family and co-workers.
Amy Cooper-Puckett, IMPACT Plus Central Office, Frankfort, Ky
From the HOME Program, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in Kentucky. For those of us who have chosen social work as our life’s mission, the rewards are great. Like many occupations, it also has its risks. We are very much aware that this could just as easily have happened to one of us. Life is fragile which makes every today the only day.
Nancy Deal, LCSW, HOME Program Director, Senior Services
Memphis, TN

I learned of this tragic event while on vacation.  The local news devoted time to this devastating situation and sympathy was expressed for the family and colleagues of Ms. Frederick.  The words of sympathy and descriptions of Ms. Frederick on this site, tells me what an outstanding woman she was and how devoted she was to the children and families with whom she worked.  The Cabinet is fortunate to have had staff like Ms. Frederick who possessed a strong commitment to their work.  We all know a Boni Frederick whose mission is to serve Kentucky families.  This quest results in them being in potentially dangerous situations every day.  Ms. Frederick put those concerns aside and had a positive impact on so many.  There was a quote from  God’s Little Instruction Book for Women that seemed appropriate Our days are identical suitcases-all the same size-but some people can pack more into them than others.  Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.  Ephesians 5:15. 16.  May Ms. Frederick inspire us to make the most of every precious day with which we have been blessed.  My sympathies to her family and colleagues.  Gayle Yocum
Gayle L. Yocum, MSW, CSW
Internal Policy Analyst III
Cabinet for Health and Family Services 
Frankfort, KY

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.  ~From a headstone in Ireland
Boni Frederick’s family and friends now have that heartache, but the world now has a memory of her devotion. Thank you Boni for serving your children well. Peace to you and your family.
Barbara Kaminer Social Worker
KDMHMRS

I would like to take this time to express my condolences to the family and co-workers of Boni Fredrick.  I did not know Boni personally however, I work for the State of Missouri Children Service.  I truly understand the dedication she had for children and families she served.  Even though we question God and asked why, God knows best and has chosen to give Boni eternal rest.  So to her family, co-workers and friends I say may God’s peace be with you through this trying time.
Rebecca I Franklin, CSSI
St. Louis County Children’s Division
Florissant, MO

On behalf of the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services, I would like to  extend our sincere condolences for the tragic passing of Boni Frederick.   We join her family, friends, and the community in mourning her loss. 
Moira Weir, Assistant Director
Hamilton County Job and Family Services, Cincinnati, Ohio
Boni Frederick is truly a community hero for her work in protecting children and working for safe, stable families.  On behalf of all the county child protection professionals in Ohio, we share in Ms. Frederick family’s grief, as well as in the grief experienced by her co-workers.  Like the Amish community in Pennsylvania, may we wrap our arms around not only the family and co-workers, but also offer forgiveness and wish for healing for the child’s mother and alleged felon.  Finally, our prayers go out to the infant that was kidnapped; may she be safe and be provided the nurturing she will need as a result of this traumatic experience.
Crystal Ward Allen, Executive Director
Public Children Services Association of Ohio
Columbus, OH 

I am saddened to read about the loss of another social worker. We here in MA. also experienced this loss a few years ago so can relate to what the social workers in your state are feeling right now. Social workers do a very dangerous job which is not reconized by the public as it should be. Please let her family (both biological as well as her work family) how much her loss has affected the rest of the social workers in this nation. As a social worker in Massachusetts, I can appreciate the dangers we face every day just trying to do our jobs.  I am very sorry that you have lost a member of your work family.  May this be an eye-opener for all of us in the field to keep paying attention to our gut and to constantly assess the families that we work with on a day-to-day basis. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your co-worker. God Bless and keep you all. Sincerely,
Ann Penney, L.S.W.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Social Services

I send my thoughts and prayers to Boni’s family, friends and colleagues.  It saddens me when I hear about such a tragic event occurring to a fellow social worker.  It is unfortunate that an event such as this is what it takes to show the reality of the dangers in the work we do everyday.  My deepest condolences are with you while you grieve.
Sarah Bowler, Adoption Social Worker
Department of Social Services
Springfield, Massachusetts

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. 
Susan P. Ross MSW, CSW
Fayette County Targeted Assessment Specialist
University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research

No words can express the sadness that all of the workers for the Cabinet across the state feel for you and your family during this time of loss.  This tragic loss will hopefully help workers receive hazardous duty benefits in the future.  We go into the same dangerous situations as the police, but have no protection, just our good intentions.  May you and your family relish the fond memories of your loved one.  God Bless!!!!!!!
Anne S. Westerfield
Social Services Specialist
Southern Bluegrass Region

I had the pleasure of working with Boni Frederick in Webster County and Union County.  I learned several things from Boni.  I sit and laugh when thinking about the nickname B.F.P.I. (Boni Frederick Private Investigator) that I called her on a pretty regular basis.  If someone needed information, Boni could find it!!!!  Boni taught me to carry food or candy in my pocket while on a home visit in case a vicious dog came and wanted to bite me.  Needless to say, pit bulls like peppermint disks!!!  Boni loved her job and the families that she worked with.  Boni loved her daughter and grandchildren more.  She also loved her co-workers.  Susan, Marilyn, Johnna, Bethany, Saundra, and the Family Support Staff in Union County….I am truly sorry for the loss that you have suffered.  I pray for the biological family and the work family of Boni Frederick that they can find peace in their hearts in some way through God.  I will continue to pray for you all and you will be in my thoughts daily. 
Joy Myers
DCBS Crittenden County

You and your family are in my prayers.
DONNA COFFEY
CASEWORKER
TAYLOR COUNTY CHILD SUPPORT

Boni was born and raised in Pittsburgh Pa. She was a paramedic on a
local ambulance service. She took the young ones under her wing and
steered them on the right path. She cared for the elderly and helped
them and tried to keep them from being lonely. She helped me when I had no place to go and told me to come to stay with her. I stayed with her for a month and she wouldn’t take any compensation from me. After I got my own place she continued to support me and help me along.  I treasure the 25 year friendship that we have had. I grieve for the beautiful friend that I was blessed to have. My  Prayers for her and her family go out to them.
Barb Heinz

May God’s love give you strength at this time of loss.  In deepest sympathy,
Elizabeth Johnson

My thoughts and prayers are with your family and I cannot imagine what you are going through.  What a senseless tragedy this was...  
Dannae Vernetti
Alexandria, IN

May the tragic death of Boni Frederick serve as a reminder to everyone
of the heroic acts those in the social work field perform everyday. 
From the news stories and postings it is obvious that Ms. Frederick was
a caring and devoted individual who gave the ultimate to protect a
child.  May her family find peace in knowing that we all have been
touched by her devotion and that little Saige is safe.  May God bless
her family and give them peace.
My husband and I are so sorry for this family.  We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.  This is such a tragedy, and so senseless.  We just pray that the Lord will give them strength and comfort through it all.  I think it is great of The Louisville Channel 32 to have this availalbe so that we may all share our thoughts and feelings.  May God Bless you all. 
Lynann Centers
COT Contracter

To the Family, Co-Workers and Friends of Boni,
This tragedy is felt not only by Boni’s human services co-workers in Kentucky but all over the country. I would like to express my sympathy for your loss. My prayers are with you all. God Bless Boni and social workers everywhere who continue to protect children!
Tiffany Proctor Lanexa, VA
Social Worker

I want to send thoughts and prayers to the family of Boni Frederick. I
did not know her but I know first hand the work she did. It takes
courage and commitment. Her efforts on behalf of children should not be forgotten. Here in Massachusetts we lost a social worker to murder 10
years ago. My prayers and thoughts are with her family.
Ed Malloy
Child Welfare Supervisor
Massachusetts DSS

My daughter just graduated from the Social Welfare Program at UC Berkeley earlier this year.   She now has a job as a social worker working with child protective services.    It is too close to home for me.  Every day I think of Bonnie and all the good  she did throughout her years as a social worker. All she was doing is  trying to protect a  child from harm maybe never realizing that she herself was in danger.   The thought of her being harmed while trying to protect a baby makes her death even more tragic and sad.  I am sorry for your loss.
C.Bernal
Walnut Creek, California

I have known Boni for two years and she always came in the door with
a smile and something in her hand for someone else,cookies,food,nick-
nacks,etc.  Boni always had a joke to tell and wanted to share it
with everyone to brighten up your day.  She found out that I had
gone vegetarian like my daughter and told me that she had a niece
that would have some great recipes, one especially, salad dressing. 
One day I was out Wal-Mart and me and my daughter ran into her and
she told me that the next time she talked to her niece she would get
the recipe for salad dressing.  She said if anyone has one, she
will.  Almost evertime she seen me she would say, I’m going to get
the recipe for you.  She was always thinking of someone else.  Love
you Boni. 
Laurie Horton
Cabinet for health and Family Services
Union County

As a dutyful caseworker of 4 years and casewoker supervisor of 1, I understand the loyalty Ms. Frederick no doubt had to your Agency.  May God bless her forever.
Know that my thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and your Agency at this most disheartening time.
Autumn Bloom
Clearfield Co., CYFS Caseworker Supervisor, PA

While I did not know Boni personally, I still feel as if I did know her as I worked many years for the Cabinet as a social worker.  When I heard the news it was if a member of my family had died.  I thank Boni for the sacrifices that she made to ensure that children in the commonwealth were protected.  My thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family and colleagues.
Mary Ellen Nold
Retired, Cabinet for Health and Family Services

May God bless you and may you find comfort in Him during this unthinkable loss. It seems the world gets meaner but the ‘angels’ get stronger. Boni was definitely that. It is hard to think of why when no answer comes to that question. The comfort is to be found in the prayers and thoughts of others and the strength both they and God can bring you. I live in lower Alabama near the Gulf Coast and the sympathies and prayers for your family can be felt all the way to the Gulf. May God keep you and bless you.
William Jones
Daphne, Al

I was stunned to hear Boni’s story.  I was a frontline worker for more than ten years, and just could not believe what happened.  My thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family, her coworkers, and social workers across the state. 
Stacy Crawford

May the Light of Heaven shine on Ms Frederick’s soul.  My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
Dave Chamberlain, Social Worker - Retired

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Social Services
As a child welfare worker in Alberta Canada it was the news of Boni’s death that stopped me in my tracks.  I may not have known her, but we were joined by our common cause which was the families we served.  As a union representative the topic of health, safety and wellness has been a top priority for all.  I hope and pray that Bonni’s family and staff find peace and meaningful collaboration that works for everyone.
Guy Quenneville—Council Rep
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Local 6

Sending my thoughts and prayers, and deepest condolences to Boni’s family, friends and co-workers.  I was very moved to read through the many, many messages and see not only words of comfort from Kentucky, but from all over the country.  We are truly part of a very large, dedicated family. No one knows better than those of us who work in this field, the dangers we face.  Along with that, there are the many joys that come with this work.  Though I didn’t know Boni, it sounds like she brought much joy to those around her. Know that we are all thinking of you and grieving with you.
Karen Ivie
FSOS CPS Ongoing Services
Kenton County (Covington, Kentucky)
Northern Bluegrass Region

Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.  Please know that we extend to the family, friends, and team members of Boni Frederick our heartfelt sympathy.
Citizens Review Panel for Child Protective Service
Jefferson County

I did not personally know Boni, but I am so sorry for the family and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Boni has touched the lives of every social worker in America.  God Bless.
Sara Neal, Social Service Clinician
Knott County Protection and Permanency

My family and I lift up our prayers for Ms. Frederick’s family, friends and co-workers.  I did not know her, but do believe the world is a better place for her having walked it as an advocate for our precious, fragile children.
Paula Alexander, RN, MSN, BSN, BA
Quality Improvement Team
Department for Public Health

We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of your beloved Boni, whose life work touched positively so many Kentucky families.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
Sam Robles
Puerto Rico Assn. of Adoptive Parents
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Boni was a woman with spunk.  She took every opportunity to make the lives of children better.  We are deeply saddened by her loss.  We are inraged.  Any loss of life is intolerable to those left behind to do this job.  This is God’s work.  We can’t change that Boni is gone.  What we can change is making sure that each one of us returns home at the end of the day.  Boni is no longer with us on Earth but we still have the ability for her to live on by keeping ourselves safe.  We must make changes now.  Not all of us are able to advocate but some of us are.  We must raise awareness of the dangers that we face and demand immediate changes.  Boni’s life was too high a price.  Another loss is inexcusable. We must bring the Boni Bill to fruition. Workers for the greater good, Daviess County DCBS

With sorry, I extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ms. Frederick.  My prayer is that your faith will give you comfort in this dark hour.  In life you loved her, in death you’ll do the same.  Boni now rest in the care of her Creator.  May the God of Grace, the Prince of Peace, and the Spirit of Holiness sustain you.
Rev. Dr. Wanda Lott Collins
Assistant Professor
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville

I am so saddened to hear of the loss of this precious person. She, like so many of our Social Workers place themselves in danger every day as they work to protect our children.  May her family find strength to sustain them during these difficult days. May God watch over them and comfort them with his presence
SANDY JOHNSON RN, FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENT, TEAM MEMBER KY FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE SUPPORT NETWORK- CUMBERLAND REGION

I wanted to send our sympathy to the family,friends and co-workers. I did not know Boni personally but we are foster/adoptive parents. I can’t imagine doing the job of protecting all the innocent children. Words can’t express what I felt when we heard of the news. God knows Boni was a special person that is why he made sure baby Saige was found safe. It may not mean much to you now; but I know she’s still watching over the children in state care each day from heaven. May God Bless you all!
Our family would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Boni Frederick. Words cant not express our grief over the loss of such a wonderful person. Please find in comfort in knowing that there is a special place in Heaven for Ms. Frederick . Our Family will contiue to pray for you during this time of loss. 
Thomas and Brandy McElvain 
Dawson Springs, KY

Magoffin County DPP staff would like to express their heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Ms. Boni Frederick. It is a tragedy that must not be forgotten. Magoffin County is in Eastern Kentucky and although we did not  personally know Ms. Frederick, all of us have been touched and deeply saddened by this tragedy and have sat with tears in our eyes and fear in our hearts. We have thought very often of Ms. Frederick and of those who have worked closely with her and of her family. From reading emails and the postings on this website, it certainly seems that Ms. Frederick was a hero to many as she worked and devoted her life to protect and serve all vulnerable children and adults. Her death has effected many support service aides, social workers and all DPP staff very deeply. Ms. Frederick epitomized what all DPP professionals in this profession are: compassionate, caring, and dedicated to making a difference for all those who are abused, neglected or dependent. One of my SSW’s found these Bible verses from Proverbs in remembrance of Ms. Frederick:
10 :  Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.
20:  She stretcheth out her hands to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
25:  Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
31:  Giver her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Please know that my team will always remember Ms. Frederick and know that this tragedy has effected all social service aides and social workers deeply not just across Kentucky but all throughout the country and even other countries. We will continue to have Ms. Frederick’s family, friends and co-workers in our thoughts and prayers.
Lisa A. Murry, FSOS; Jerri Conley, SSCL; Sandra Reynolds, SSCL; Melissa Joseph, SSW; Kathy Prater, SSCL; Tina Keeton, SSW; Patricia Montgomery, SSW; Anna Rowland, SSA; Sandra Claxton, Secretary; and Jennifer Marcum, BSW Practicum Student.
Lisa A. Murry, BSW, FSOS
Magoffin County DPP

Your family remains in our thoughts and prayers! 
Alicia Norman, BSW
Social Service Worker II
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Mayfield, KY

My deepest sympathy goes out to Boni Frederick’s family, friends, co-workers and the children and families with whom she worked.  Ms. Frederick, so love the children, that she gave her life protecting them.   Social Workers genuinely want to strengthen the family unit.  That strong desire often blinds us from the dangers that are lurking around.  Boni Frederick’s death is a reminder of the dangers social workers face in the child protection field.
Tanya Hinds, Social Worker
Connecticut Department of Children and Families

God Bless everyone who is grieving as a result of this tragedy.  Looking through the webpage reminds me of the amazingly beautiful and strong bond among social workers and social service professionals.  It is comforting to see messages from all over the United States.  It is also shocking to see that other states have also experienced losses of dedicated social workers.  May all of those involved no matter how far or near receive some much needed comfort. To get peace, you must work for justice. Pope John Paul VI
Kimberly Humble, MAE, LPCA
Social Service Clinician, Simpson County  

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and co-workers of Boni Frederick.  The threat of danger is always present in our line of work but thank God there are people still willing to put their life on the line for the protection of children.
Pauletta Hodges, Retired FSOS, Warren County, KY

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and co-workers of Boni Frederick.
Night shift CPS unit in Marion County, Indiana:Emily Blauvelt, Luke Garrison, Aletha Gee, Molly Kalb-Schroeder, Jason Kimble, Mimi Lengerich, Courtney McGee, Steffie Pithoud, Jessica Price, Frank Sallee, Stephen Young
Indianapolis, IN

I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Ms. Frederick’s family, friends and co-workers.  This is such a tragedy and is truly sad, even though I did not know Ms. Frederick personally, it felt like I did when I heard of her death as it could have just as easily been any front line worker with this agency because of the very dangerous job we have.  Ms. Frederick’s family, friends and co-workers are in my prayers and God Bless you.

It is with sincere saddness and grief that I write this message in memory of Ms. Boni Frederick, a woman who was tragically called while acting in the best interest of a child.  Please accept our condolences, prayers and comforting thougts to Ms. Frederick’s family, her friends, her colleagues and to the many heroic men and women who risk their lives every day to ensure the saftey and protection of the children, and vulnerable citizens of Kentucky.
Toni Joyce, Executive Director

National Association of Social Workers, Kentucky Chapter
I am a social worker in Boston, MA, employed by our state child protective service.  Hearing about this tragedy made my heart sink, and I feel so for all of the family members, co-workers, and clients that Boni served.  Every day we are doing our best to keep families together, and even when it is absolutely impossible to do so, we try to maintain compassion, caring, and professionalism.  We lost one of our own a few years back, and our agency will never be the same.  I can only hope that knowing your fellow workers are thinking of you, and working to ensure that this never happens again, brings a tiny bit of comfort. 
Betsy Frye, MA Dept. of Social Services.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Frederick family, friends and co-workers.
Erin Beth Moran-Hickerson, MSSW
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville

All of the caseworkers in Butler County Pennsylvania (Department of Children and Youth Services) express our condolences for the loss of Boni.  We all have that gut feeling that it could have been anyone of us at anytime. Sympathy to the family and co-workers. With Sympathy,
The Staff of Butler County, Pennsylvania (CYS)
I want to extend my sympathy to Boni’s family, friends and co-workers.  It is indeed a loss and a sad day for all of us.  We are a close knit family within each office, from county to county and across the State and Nation.  The words written here by all were encouraging and uplifting.
Barbara Landers, SSC
Livingston County, KY

We join in grieving the loss of Boni Fredrick. Her tragic death has touched not only public servants in this region and Kentucky but across the entire nation. We pray that knowing this; will bring her family, friends, and co-workers some degree of comfort and peace. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for all those mourning this loss. Respectfully,
Donna Browning, Kat Chimera, Allison Gibson, Julie Jones, Sherry Leibfreid, Keith Logsdon, and Debbie Matthews.
Permanency Unit
Two Rivers Region
Bowling Green, Kentucky

I would like to extend my deepest sympathies for your loss. We have truly lost one of our own. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
C. Nelson, Children’s Service Worker II
St.Louis, MO

As a daughter of a murdered social worker, every time I hear that another social worker has been killed in the line of duty it breaks my heart.  These men and women are truly on the front lines in my opinion and deal with the most difficult situations every day.  Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.  Boni must have been doing what she loved to do because I don’t know many that stay in a job like hers for long without really loving what they do and caring for people.
Michelle (Synnestvedt) Kiehler
Sterling Heights, MI 

My thoughts and prayers are with Boni’s family, friends, and all who were touched by her service during her lifetime.  May God bless you during this time.
Davy Rupsch, BSW
Family Enrichment Center, Bowling Green, KY 

My thoughts and prayers go out to this woman’s family and to her co-workers.  I do not know what this woman went through in her last moments nor do I need to.  However, I have no doubt in my mind that she had the child’s best interest at heart or she would not have gone to the home.  Boni and those like her are heroes.  I feel that it takes a special person to be a social worker.  I deal with kids on a daily basis as a teacher.  But I have never dealt with them in the aspect that social workers and aides do.  I know that this has affected not only the cabinet but those of us who deal with kids on a regular basis.  I never knew her but I am sure that she will be greatly missed.  May God say to her when she entered heaven, Well done, my faithful servant.
B. Scott Kelley
Southern Middle School
Somerset, KY

We as a unit, county, region and state have just had a memorial for a co-worker that most of us do not know but feel very close to the situation.  May Boni always be remembered and respected for her honorable dedication.  What a tragedy for the field in which we all give our minds and spirits and time to.  The Lord replied, The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you.   And He will.
Rose Meek, RPC
Children’s Review Program
Eastern Mountain Region

Thank you for sharing Boni with the children and families that she served for so many years.  Thank you for the days and nights she worked to make this world a safer place for a child to grow up in.  Thank you for the times you spoke to her and realized she missed what you said because her mind was sorting details about all of those other families she had to keep track of as well as you.  To her children, thank you for sharing your mother, you had only this one, yet you supported her desire to serve.  May you find peace of heart in the days to come.  Embrace one another and continue her legacy by serving well.  She will be watching from heaven.  You will know you have done well when you feel her smile.
Orange County, CA

I wanted to send my sympathies and prayers to the family, staff, and co-workers of Boni’s.  It is so unimaginable as to how these tragedies happen.  This has affected all areas of the state and our continued prayers will be with you all through the next several weeks and months.
April Sharpe Wilson, BS, SSCI
CHFS Cumberland Region

My colleagues and I at the York Region Children’s Aid Society in Ontario, are shocked and saddened by this tragedy.  Working in the child welfare field, this event reminds us all of how vulnerable we are in the work we do.  We have all lost a comrade and a sister and our thoughts go out to the family, friends and co-workers.  
Deena Hugh-Yeun  M.S.W. R.S.W
Family Services Supervisor

I am truly saddened to hear of the tragic and senseless loss of Boni.  As a
former Child Protection Worker in New Hampshire, I wish to express my
deepest sympathy to Boni’s family, friends, co-workers, and all whose lives
she has touched.  The work that Boni did was a wonderful gift, one with
enormous risks and joys. To all who knew her, you should be proud of her
dedication and compassion to her work and the families and children she has
unselfishly served over the years. With deepest sympathy,
Andrea C. Smith, former Child Protective Service Worker II
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

May God’s Blessing be on you and your family as you travel the road of sorrow You are in my thoughts and prayers. 
I had the pleasure of working with Boni Frederick in Webster County and Union County.  I learned several things from Boni.  I sit and laugh when thinking about the nickname B.F.P.I. (Boni Frederick Private Investigator) that I called her on a pretty regular basis.  If someone needed information, Boni could find it!!!!  Boni taught me to carry food or candy in my pocket while on a home visit in case a vicious dog came and wanted to bite me.  Needless to say, pit bulls like peppermint disks!!!  Boni loved her job and the families that she worked with.  Boni loved her daughter and grandchildren more.  She also loved her co-workers.  Susan, Marilyn, Johnna, Bethany, Saundra, and the Family Support Staff in Union County….I am truly sorry for the loss that you have suffered.  I pray for the biological family and the work family of Boni Frederick that they can find peace in their hearts in some way through God.  I will continue to pray for you all and you will be in my thoughts daily. 
Joy Myers
Crittenden County

I met Boni when I cleaned the Morganfield office.  She was a smart and fiesty lady.  I liked her because she would tell exactly what she thought.  She didn’t deserve this to happen to her.  She will be missed by all who knew her.  My prayers go to her and her
family.I will be thinking of Boni and her family.
Sharon Stevens and Family

I want to first say that my heart goes out to anyone affected by this tragedy. I’ve been paying close attention to this case and I cannot understand why anyone would harm an innocent person that was trying to help. Ms. Fredrick is in a better place now and I pray her spirit will help bring some closure and justice for the crime that was committed against her and the helpless child. God Bless.
Stacie Palmer, Chicago, IL

Like so many others I did not know Boni personally - but I an very much aware of the type of work she did and that she touched so many lives.  I just want her family, friends & co-workers to know that she will be missed.  There are so many passages in the Bible that offer answers but part of  Psalm 30 reads: I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.  You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.  O Lord my God, I cried to youfor help and you restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O Lord.  You kept me from falling into the pit of death.  Sing to hteLord, all you godly ones!  Praise his holy name.  For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime!  Weeping may last through then night, but joy comes with the morning.
Mia S. Morgan
CCSHCN - Office Support Asst, II
Owensboro, KY

My thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Frederick’s family.  My wife was also a social worker that was killed by her client in his home.  It is a tragedy to have such caring, compassionate, dedicated, precious people have there lives taken while trying to help people.  I wish you the best during these difficult times.   
Matt Zenner
Olathe, KS

i am so very sorry for your loss! praying for the family!
jeri landon, foster parent
It is with a sincere heart that I express my deepest sympathy to the family of Boni Frederick. Having worked in child welfare for many years, I know that she had a special place in her heart for children and families. Now God has a special place for her at His side. Know that you are in my prayers.
John B Ramsey
Columbus, Ohio

We are truly saddened by the news of our fellow worker.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Boni Fredricks during this difficult time of grieving.  May we rejoice in the fact that baby Saige is safe now.  As social workers, we all know it takes a special person to put their life on the line for the children who cannot protect themselves.  We know that Boni has fulfilled her purpose in this world by giving her life so willingly to ensure the well being of all children.  Her memory will live on and she will not be forgotten.  May God’s comfort be with her family, friends, and the workers of Henderson/Union County. 
Specialized Foster Care
Fayette County DCBS

 

 

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