Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Jerome J. Olshove

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, July 25, 1967

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Reflections for Police Officer Jerome J. Olshove

I was 17, the oldest of 5 brothers and 3 sisters, and I was asked to care for the Olshove's baby while his widow and family attended his funeral. One of my regular babysitting families had recommended me to them.
The memory that stands out the most is the profound sadness I felt seeing everyone dressed in black with silent tears in their eyes. So many people being brave for each other. I remembered singing to their little girl and thinking that all of her memories of her Daddy would be those of her Mom and family. It was the first time I was a part of a family's death experience.

Gail Hool
One time babysitter

June 22, 2017

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Diana L Gutowsky Thornbury, daughter of fallen officer Ricktor Ace Gutowsky, 1968.

Diana L Gutowsky Thornbury

July 25, 2016

The riots were a terrible time for Detroit. I was in the city until August. No one expected the violence that resulted from a simple house raid. Things were not good for black people before then-there was housing and job discrimination which caused a lot of resentment. Some good has come of the violence but a lot of the city died and was never resurrected. The bravery of the police and National Guard, etc will always be honored.

Diana Cricks, daughter of retired patrolman John Coy, DPD

October 9, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 46th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 18, 2013

I worked with your daughter Yvonne when I was a Reserve Police Officer for the City Of Harbor Springs Mi from 1984 until I retired in 2007.You would be very proud of the woman she has become.Your service and sacrefice in Serving and Protecting the citizens of Detroit Mi will not be forgotten.Rest in Peace.

Reserve Police Officer(retired)
Harbor Springs Police Dept,Michigan

July 29, 2012

Officer Olshove,
On today, the 45th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just to your Community when you served as a LEO but to our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe in the 1950's during the Cold War. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

July 25, 2012

Hi Uncle Jerry! Didn't know of this webpage before now. I came across it while telling my friends here at work about "Your Story". I miss you dearly and love you very much. I'll never forget the good times fishing w you and my dad and my 1st fish...a 36" pike. It was because of you that I played hockey. You'd be proud of my sons too! 2 of them played very competitive hockey. One drafted in the OHL, the other was on his way until his accident almost claimed his life too. Say hi to my dad and tell him i miss him very much too. I know that you both keep a close watch over all of us and I just wanted to say thanks! we'll meet up again...

Jerry Grzech

March 30, 2010

I am the eldest daughter of Jerome J. Olshove. I have grown up hearing wonderful stories about my father. I know he would be very happy to know that Mom remarried a wonderful man, Daniel Braun (fellow Detroit Police Officer), who took care of "his girls" for him and loved them as his own. I was only 2 years old when my father passed away, but have memories of him. My Mother loved him dearly and always will. I wanted to tell him (as I do in my prayers) that I love him and am living a very happy life. One day I will see him again. Until then, rest in peace, Father, your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed.

Yvette Olshove Moore
Daughter of Jerome J. Olshove

February 17, 2010

Officer Olshove, I never knew you, however I did have the pleasure of working with your daughter while I was a reserve police officer and a marine officer. I know you were taken from her when she was very young, but if you were anything like her, you must have been an amazing person. I stopped by ODMP today and your name was on the always remembered section. When I read the other reflections, it was only then I realized I had worked with you daughter. May you rest in peace, and may God bless your family.

Steven Rockwell fmr. Deputy Sheriff
Emmet County Sheriffs Department

January 28, 2009

I am Maurice Lloyd's daughter. My dad worked with Vince Olshove on the Detroit Police Department at the tenth precinct. I can remember going to Vince's home when I was young. One of the occasions was a big barbecue when I met a lot of friends and relatives. I played with other kids, I bet it was some of you reading this. My dad loved Vince like a brother and I remember how much it hurt my parents when Jerry was killed. I remember watching my dad spray paint all his buttons and his badge black before he left the house. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sorry that Vince is passed now. My dad passed away in 1995. Lynn

April 13, 2008

Jerry was such a sweetheart. He was like a big brother to me, although I had the biggest crush on him when I was 12. At that time he was stationed in Germany and sent me a letter & photo of himself that I've kept to this day. I pretty much became an honorary member of the Olshove family when I was 10 and my sister married Jerry's brother Vince. Jerry called me his girlfriend and said he'd wait for me to grow up so I could marry him. Obviously, that didn't happen, but by then I was old enough to baby-sit his son from his first marriage. Turns out, I married Jerry & Vince's first cousin, and we had just moved to Houston that March. I was in Detroit the month of July and had flown back to Houston just days before the riot erupted, so I never got to say goodbye.

Peggy Link Green
Honorary little sister

December 18, 2007

My family lived two doors down from the Olshove's and I used to babysit Yvonne and Yvette. I was 14 at the time. Their mother, Lou, was a sweet woman and they were all a wonderful, loving family. I often think about them and that terrible night when our doorbell rang and we were told that Jerry had been shot. We watched the kids while Lou was taken to the hospital. Wherever Yvonne and Yvette are today, know that your Dad was a wonderful man and very brave officer. God Bless your family.

Brenda Fisher (maiden name Kallmeyer)

Babysitter down the street on Biltmore

May 8, 2007

Jerry and Vince Olshove were friends of my dad Sgt. John Urquhart. I remember them coming to our house to visit and some of Vince's children before they moved to Florida I think it was. We all thought we were safe becuse we lived on the outskirts of the city. Police officers were required to live within the city limits back then.
You were/are never safe inside the city limits of Detroit.

March 28, 2007

Thank you for your service. You will be missed but not forgotten.
wife of a jackson deputy

February 13, 2007

I was in the Army with Jerry in Germany 1957-58. He was a good friend. He sent a Christmas card around the time he joined the Police Force. He added a note saying this was the job he always wanted.
I have a picture of him when we were stationed in Germany.
Bob,(an old army friend)

January 30, 2007

Hi I am Adam Olshove and I am the son of Jerome Olshove Jr. I never knew my grandpa.

Adam Olshove

September 14, 2006

I worked with you several times during 1961-1966. You were fun to work with. Great sense of humor and very intelligent. An outstanding, professional officer. Truly one of Detroit's finest. Rest in peace, Jerry.

Former Officer Detroit Police Dave Wrig
Retired U.S. Customs-former co-worker

June 9, 2006

I remember working with you at #13

You are always in my prayers.

Joe Bannigan

Bannigan, Joe
Retired DPD

April 1, 2006

Dear Uncle Jerome,
It's been awhile since I've done so. We miss you greatly. Your brother, Vince, was a wonderful man, and a great grandpa to me. You are now finally together. I miss Opa. Tell I say "Hello," will you? You were a wonderful man, I've done my research and learned alot. Rest in Peace. We Love you.

Stephanie Elizabeth

Stephanie Olshove

March 30, 2006

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

May 18, 2005

Dear Dad,
I sure miss you and have for 38 years now. I was only 3 months old when the dear lord took you away from us. Yvette and I are doing fine with families of our own. I wish you could see your grandaughter Erica Yvette, my daughter who is 10 now. I am so proud of you dad and have only heard GREAT things about you.
Yvonne Olshove'
Daughter of Jerome Olshove'

Yvonne Olshove'

March 7, 2005

Jerome's brother Vince was my best friend. He is with Jerome in heaven. Vince also was a Detroit Police Officer and his brother's death affected him greatly. I often think of Jerome and pray that his family is doing well. Thank you for this wonderful web site.

Retired Police Commander A. Fierimonte

February 6, 2005

Police Officer Jerome J. Olshove,

You never knew me, but you knew my father, Vicnent F. Olshove. I believe he was your nephew, and I am your great niece. To this day, we talk about the Detroit Riots in school, and I am proud to say I am related to you, but at the same time, I am not, because you did not deserve what happened to you, but you did what you had to do because you were fighting to protect the innocent around you. Rest In Peace Great Uncle Jerome.

I Love You.
Stephanie Elizabeth Olshove

Stephanie Olshove

December 1, 2004

I was barely one years old when you left us. Rest in Peace, my brother.

Darin L. Paul, Special Agent
FBI Detroit Division

Rest In Peace now My Brother:
Your Death will not go unoticed, or for no cause.
You protected us in the Job you choose.
And we now after all these years can still remember you.
I was only 13 at the time of the Riots but yet was old enough to know what death was, and what crime was, as well as Fear.
I was expecting my First Baby by an Officer who was Gunned down after the Riots.
I was lost and couldn't believe the Type of pain comes along with Love.
To This Day I am a woman who is still trying and Dedicated to make it safe out there for all officers as well as Our K9's and Firemen.
We need to rebuild and fix up this city.

I am a Business owner and I still Live near Detroit.
I all my Life have worn a Police Badge around my Neck for all you officers Everywhere.
This is My Cross in my Pocket to you all out there.
No Your Death was not in Vain.
And will we here in Detroit will never forget The Lives that This Riot in 1967 had Changed Forever.
God Bless us all this 4th of July 2002.

Stay Safe and God Bless you all Everywhere.
Who Protects Us from the evil in this world.

Love From Sunshine

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