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Trooper Stephen G. Rouse | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

Stephen G. Rouse

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, March 28, 1987
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I first met Stephen Rouse as a Air Force Reservist serving in the 919th Special Operations Group at Duke Fld, Fla. Stephen was the first person I met in the unit after being recalled for the Libya situation in March of 86. I had just graduated the Security Police Academy and had not even reported into the unit for processing when I was recalled. I expedited to the base and Stephen was there, running the security control center. As no one had arrived yet, Stephen found a cot and had me rest, then started taking me under his wings as more troops showed for our assignments. Less then a year later he was gone. He was the first Brother in Arms that I experienced losing and will always hold a dear place in my heart for taking a young airman under his tutelage and keeping me on the straight and narrow. In his memory I present a poem I wrote called "Officer Down"... Officer Down
“Officer Down”, those chilling words
That strike a spouse to the core.
And a family waits, and prays upwards
For the news to tell them more.
Was it their Beloved Father, Son,
Mother, Daughter, Husband, Wife
That leaves the job this day undone
And gave it all, up to their life
For a shooter may have fired that gun
Or a car spun out of control
Or any reason under the sun
Whose actions took their toll
“Officer Down” repeated again
On the news, the web, in print
While frantic calls to next of kin
To find which home was sent
A patrol car with a team in blues
And black stripe upon their shield
To knock upon the door with news
That the loved one had been killed
“Officer Down”, those words strike fear
For another’s life was taken,
A life whose job they held so dear
To make our country safe in
A life that trained to keep the peace
And keep the bad at bay
But an “officer down” to all police
Means family died today

Tsgt Steven Bates
USAF (med ret)
September 16, 2017

I met Stephen when I was with Escambia County SO in the early 1980's. He was working as an Auxiliary FHP Trooper. I knew he would go on to be a good officer. RIP Brother!

Sheriff's Deputy Jeffery Payne
Escambia County SO
July 24, 2014

Heroes live forever, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace Trooper Rouse

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL
March 28, 2012

Rest in Peace, Trooper Rouse. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
February 9, 2012

I am sorry for your loss. Many years ago I worked in Miami alongside these brave men and women even though it was not in law enforcement. They are a special group of people who are the daily unsung heroes. I am trying to reach Jesus Blanco. He and I share a memory that we would rather forget. Wondering how he is doing after all these years.

William Sahely
August 12, 2011

We will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made for all of us. You sir are a true hero... Continue to rest in peace Trooper Rouse.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

Anonymous
March 28, 2011

On behalf of the men and women of the Boston Police I say thank you to Trooper Rouse for his dedication to the people of Florida. You are not forgotten....RIP

Michael Kane, Patrolman
Boston Police
October 2, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd anniversary of your death. 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 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.

Carol, I hold you and Stephen's other loved ones in thought and prayer today.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
March 28, 2009

You were highlighted on the website today. 21 years later and time has not
diminished neither your service nor sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

Anonymous
November 19, 2008

God bless you. You will not be forgotten. We will carry on your spirit and mission.

Brother in blue
August 12, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH
February 26, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
December 12, 2007

Thinking of you and your family on this day. Rest in peace Troop.

Trooper
Connecticut State Police
July 2, 2007

It is difficult to wrap my brain around the fact that Stephen has been gone for 20 years. I can look back and consider how many different directions my life has taken over the course of these years and the changes the time has brought. Stephen has since had a nephew who has his name and been reunited with his father and both grandmothers. Stephen was an inspiring person in life and has continued to inspire me even in death. How fortunate I was to love him and have been loved by him. I can still distinctly remember his laugh which is truly a blessing. He may be physically gone, but he left behind an imprint on my heart that lives on.

Carol
wife
May 1, 2007

I was so very saddened to recently learn of Trooper Rouse's death. I didn't know him, but I knew his parents, especially his mother when we were in high school together in Kentucky. I was a senior when she was an 8th grader. The Trooper's parents were wonderful people and I'm sure he was a son anyone could have been proud of. ASA "Buddy" ROUSE, Walton, Ky.

Judge (retired) Asa Rouse
Kentucky judicial system 1964-73
January 7, 2005

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

Rest in peace.


October 20, 2004

WE WERE YOUNG AND STRONG IN 1986 WHEN
WE GRADUATED TOGETHER. NOW I SIT HERE DISABLED FROM THE SAME JOB WE SWORE WE WILL PROTECT AND SERVE THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
WISHING FOR ONE MOMENT THAT WE CAN HAVE
THAT GRADUATION AGAIN AFTER ALMOST 20 YEARS CLASSMATE.
76 PROUD TO BE, SERVICE COURTESY AND
DIGNITY. I WILL NEVER FORGET!!!

TROOPER JESUS BLANCO/CLASSMATE
FHP CLASS 76 1986
July 18, 2004

It was an honor serving as your best man Steve. You and Carol are not forgotten.

Michael Hart
none
April 24, 2004

You are not forgotten.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department
February 18, 2004

I did not know Stephen, but I met his wife Carol when he was killed as I am Officer Emilio Miyares, Hileah Police Dept. who was killed a few months before Stephen. Carol is a beautiful person and just by knowing her I think we can all imagine the type of person her husband was.



We all love you and all the other officers killed in line of duty.



Terry Miyares

Officer Emilio Miyares widow.

Terry Miyares
Hialeah Police Dept.

My thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of Trooper Rouse. Though it has been over ten years since his death I hope they know his dream of making the world alittle safer is still alive and well in the hearts of his brothers and sisters in blue.

Police Officer
University of Central Florida Police

Stephen left us much too soon, but the imprint that he left on our lives and hearts will forever remain. He is missed very much.

Spouse, Carol

I had the pleasure of meeting Stephen when he backed me up on a traffic stop, while I was working as a Police Officer for the Coral Springs Police Department, in Broward County, Ironically he was returning from a Police funeral when we met.

We made plans to get together with our wife's, and go to dinner, unfortunatly those plans were not to be. Stephen was very passionate about job as a State Trooper. Although I only knew Stephen a short time, he had a great impact on me and my family.

Rest in peace my friend, you truly made a difference, I think of you often.

Officer Don Hurley
Eloy Az. Police Department

 
 

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