Sergeant Tim Helldorfer
Sergeant Tim Helldorfer never planned on being a police officer. The University of Mississippi graduate, originally from the Northeast, had always wanted to be in the FBI. However, as a young man, he needed to gain some important job experience before applying to the Bureau. He says, "The Memphis Police Department was interviewing and, for the experience of a job interview, I went, passed all the necessary tests, and twenty-seven years later, I am still here."
Before joining the Homicide Department, Helldorfer was in the TACT Unit, and describes it as, "numerous barricade situations (and) protecting several heads of state." After spending six years "taking on the underworld that preyed on the weak," he was called back as an instructor, where he spent eight years training the next generation of TACT officers.
After more than twenty-eight years of service, Sgt. Tim Helldorfer has retired from the Memphis Police Department.
Sergeant Helldorfer is married with four children.
Sergeant Connie Justice
Forty-one-year-old Sergeant Connie Justice grew up in Memphis and has spent almost half of it in the Memphis Police department. Her path to the homicide squad was long and trying. Starting as uniform officer, Connie found herself patrolling some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Memphis. After getting her first taste of murder investigations on the Felony Response squad, Connie joined the homicide department 5 years ago.
Connie's strength comes from her faith in God. Her personal and professional life revolves around the church. Although she can empathize with suspects this should not be mistaken for weakness; she seeks what is in her name—justice. She says, "God gives people choices in life and if you choose the path that leads you to murder, you have to pay the price."
When Connie is not chasing murderers she is building her home with her husband, going to church and tending to her parrots.
Sergeant Nick Kollias
Nick Kollias joined the Memphis Police Department almost four years ago. Kollias is currently working Uniform Patrol. He can usually be found in a squad car in Memphis' Central Precinct.
Kollias graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Technical Writing, but soon decided that sitting behind a desk wasn't for him. He lived briefly in Florida, where he was a pirate at Disney World's "Pirates of the Caribbean" before he returned to Memphis and joined the MPD. As a native New Yorker (he moved to Memphis when he was 13), Kollias is a die hard Yankees fan. He also loves fantasy football and traveling to sporting events. Kollias says that "being a police officer is like playing a game, but with higher stakes. You have to have a strategy, and the objective is to defeat the bad guys and move on to the next game. It's not personal, but losing is not an option."
Kollias is engaged and is the proud father of a four-month-old son.
Sergeant Kevin Lundy
Sergeant Kevin Lundy recently returned to the Memphis Homicide Department after a fifteen month stint in Iraq with the Army reserves. He hadn't always planned on joining the Memphis Police Department, but took the officer's test after a friend bet him that he couldn't pass. He did, and it's a lucky thing, because he refers to working in Homicide as "the best job in the world." He says, "I have the satisfaction knowing that when I complete and case and everything is laid out right, a bad guy is going to jail. That's a great feeling."
Sergeant Lundy likes the teamwork in the Homicide department. He sums it up best with, "Homicide isn't about the money, it's about making a wrong into a right... and wearing a tie."
Sgt. Kevin Lundy is currently working with the Safe Streets Task Force.
Sergeant Lundy is happily married with three children and a boxer. He coaches a Little League team in his spare time.
Sergeant Jeff Maness
Sergeant Jeff Maness has been with the Memphis Police Department for seventeen years. Before that, he served as a gunner's mate in the U.S. Navy. He is also a veteran of Desert Storm.
Sgt. Jeff Maness is currently working in Burglary.
Maness has five children - four girls, and one boy. He loves fishing and cooking, and is known to whip up a mean omelet for his fellow homicide investigators.