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Trooper James Bradford-Jean Crooks | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

James Bradford-Jean Crooks

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 19, 1998
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Reflections for Trooper James Bradford-Jean Crooks

 

God Bless you and Keep you. After all these 20 years, I still think of you. It was only 6 days later when my Father suddenly passed away due to heart failure.

Rest in Peace my dear Brother.
17 June 2017

Volunteer Al Santos
Gulfport Fl PD
June 17, 2017

Trooper Crooks, it doesn't seem like it's been 18 years. I remember as if it was yesterday. I came through the intersection maybe twenty minutes earlier. When I got home in Dade City the radio DJ said the intersection was closed due to "police activity". I turned the TV and they were showing the news. I cried when they said what happened.

Please continue watching over your FHP brothers and sisters.

Jimmy Russ
Citizen
November 17, 2016

I was knew him a Brad not James as many of you may have known him. We were roommates at the University of South Florida together and graduated almost a year apart. Brad and I were members of the Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon. College was a fun time and we both grew up quickly during those years. I often reflect back on that time with fond memories. I remember the day I was accepted to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the day Brad was accepted appointment with the Florida Highway Patrol. He was extremely proud of that accomplishment. I roll the clock forward to 1998. I was getting ready to lay down and prepare myself for night shift. The news report about Detectives Childers and Bell came across the radio and the DJ was discussing the situation in Tampa when he said, breaking news and reported Brad's death. Of course not by name only that a Trooper was his killer's latest victim. I was crushed, I tried to contact him and there was no answer only voice mail. When they announced his name I knew I lost a brother, not only on in arms but one in spirit as well. I miss him and I know that his family misses him as well.

Deputy Jason Green
Hillsboough County Sheriff's Office
May 19, 2016

James, I was assigned to work with you on your physical fitness while at the FHP academy (91st). I never saw you again after we left Tallahassee; however, you had a kind heart and I know you are with God now. RIP.

Ben Lindsey
Former Trooper
97-99

Trooper
FHP
January 20, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
May 19, 2015

I taught you in the Pat Thomas Academy and you were friends with my new recruit. I can't believe it was so long ago that you lost your life. I remember how dedicated you were. I was there that day saddened by your death and the death of others. Dispatch tried to get you to not stop him. But you were determined and dedicated. You are missed. I am thankful you are with our Creator. You were and are a hero though you just got started.

Retired Officer Thomas Sanders
Florida DEP Police-pt academy instructor/FTO
December 26, 2014

I can't believe you left us so long ago. I think of you frequently, even if we didn't get to talk a lot near the end. You will always be missed, my dear friend.

Anonymous
Friend
May 17, 2014

I can still remember seeing you that fateful morning as I started work and you were leaving. I felt that ungodly feeling that this might be the last time I would see you and sadly it was. You were too young and too sweet and so not ready to leave us but we miss and think about you often. Rest in peace Brad. May 19 is around the corner. SixteMen years and missing you.....

Millie Pagani
retired records clerk
May 8, 2014

Rest In Peace Brave Man x

Jonathan Davis
January 1, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 19, 2012

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

Officer 11169
February 9, 2012

JIMMY, WE WILL NEVER FOR GET YOU, GOD'S SPEED
RI NEWSOME, VETERAN

RICHARD I NEWSOME
CITIZEN
May 20, 2011

Rest in Peace Trooper! GODSPEED

Ofc. Aaron Sparks #184
Newbury Police Dept. NH
May 28, 2010

12 years have past and it is still like yesterday for me. I will never forget. RIP Brad....

Officer
Tampa Police
May 19, 2010

I had just met with you an hour before this happened and we talked about the Patrol and how much we both enjoyed doing our jobs. It seems like just yesterday that this happpened. May 19th will always be in my thoughts.
Your former Sergeant

Deputy
Leon Couty Sheriffs Office
June 27, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former Police Officer
May 19, 2008

Trooper Crooks your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee
May 19, 2008

Trooper Crooks yours was the last Law Enforcement funeral that I attended and though it has been 10 years, to this day I cannot forget the service and the way your fellow Troopers took your loss. Yours was a short time on earth, yet your memory carries on.
God Bless.

Retired Road Patrol
Palm Beach Gardens Police Department
May 19, 2008

Brad,
It's been 10 years since your passing and I will never forget you. Rest in peace brother.
Fellow 91st class member.

TROOPER
FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL
May 18, 2008

Trooper, You are a hero that I will never forget. I remember the day you were reassigned to the Highway in Heaven and will always be grateful for your service...

God bless you Trooper and God bless the FHP.

Citizen
Tampa
May 18, 2008

One of the best instructors we had in the academy was at FHP when you were, he told us your story and it sticks with me. You're not forgotten. Safe home trooper.

Ranger
National Park Service
May 3, 2008

All though we're approachng ten years, it seems like yesterday we lost our young brother of the "Thin Blue Line"
Never Good bye, just solong for now.
"No one has greater love than one who's shown affection and
Lay down his own life for his friends " John 15:13

God Bless You and Your family.
Mark Miller/O.P.D. City Watch Officer

MarkMiller
Ocala Police /City Watch Officer
April 21, 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

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
October 2, 2007

Thank you for your bravery, service and sacrifice. You will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten. May God bless and comfort your family and friends.

DET SGT, Retired
AR
September 20, 2007

 
 

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