Bruce Allen ProtheroBaltimore County Police Department, Maryland
End of Watch: Monday, February 7, 2000
Reflections for Sergeant Bruce Allen Prothero
Bruce was a great inspiration to me as I grew up in the Law Enforcement world as a Police Explorer and Auxiliary Police Officer at the Pct. 02 Woodlawn. Thank you sir for your words of wisdom and for inspiring me to be the best that I can be in my career. Not a day goes by that I dont think about our conversations. You are truly missed.
Pfc. Thomas Brannan
Riverdale Park Police Dept.
October 1, 2014
I think of you often as I continue in this careeer. Without you and Ann pursuading me (mostly you) to apply and encouraging me through the process, I would never be here. Bruce, it is hard not to question why you were taken so soon but you were obviously needed in Heaven for greater things. I take comfort in knowing that you are still here with us and know that you are always watching over Ann, your children and your police family.
Missing you always #3232. Until we meet again....
February 7, 2014
Thinking about you as the "Anniversary" approaches. Thanks for continuing to look down over us all.
February 5, 2014
I'm teaching a class at Jacksonville university in Florida . I want all to know that law enforcement is an altruistic occupation and that officer Prothero is held in high regard in my class... Not because I knew his family, but because he made a courageous sacrifice in going above the call of duty. My simpathies and my respects to all he touched.
Captain Mark T. Willette
May 19, 2012
My cop dad went to Peary HS and hung out with you and your younger brother, when I think of good police I think of you, Sgt Prothero. Such a shame, all the best to your family.
April 6, 2012
God bless you Sgt. may you rest in peace.Thinking and remembering you today.
February 7, 2012
Thinking of you on yet another anniversary of a very sorrowful day. Your family will always be in my prayers and the hope that they will always remember the hero that you are. Keep watch over your brothers and sisters in blue.
February 7, 2012
Dear Brother Bruce,
I rode for the first time the Police Unity Tour last year in your honor. On one of the 100 mile ride days it was cold, windy and raining cats and dogs. As I started to listen to my body ache and complain it became crystal clear why I was here-to honor you my friend. You gave me the strength to finish the ride-306 miles total in 3 1/2 days. I'm riding again, and your brothers and sister at PC2 have requested I ride again in your honor-and it will be my honor to do so.
You were an inspiration to me my rookie years and you continue to be so as I enter my 19th year.
For you I ride.
Sergeant Vickie Warehime
BCoPD sister in blue
February 22, 2011
As the mommy of twins this page tore at my heart. My heart aches for your wife and your little ones and all you have missed out on in their lives.
I hope they know you are not forgotten. Your sacrifice for the safety and security of others (and the financial well being of your family) shows what a strong character you must have been.
Your loss is society's loss. You are remembered today.
Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada
February 7, 2011
It was a pleasure to work with Bruce at the Woodlawn Precinct. I had just re-tire from the Balto. Co. Pd in Nov. of 1999, When this incident occured. Trust me he was one of the best.....May God continue to Bless his family and the Men ans Women of the Baltimore County Police Department.....
Lieutenant Stanley Harmon
Crisfield Police Dept.
July 16, 2010
Another year has passed and the pain in my heart is still great. There is never a day that goes by that I don't re-live that morning. Keep watch over your famiy and your brothers and sisters in blue. They are and always will be in my prayers.
February 8, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06
February 8, 2010
Sgt. Prothero, another year has passed and the scar on my heart is still fresh. That day is still so clear to me, and I can hardly believe that it has been 9 years-when it still seems like yesterday. I know you are watching over your family as well as your 'brothers and sisters' in blue.It was wonderful to see your family and friends at the cemetery today celebrating your life. Keep a watch over us all, and I keep both your family and fraternal family in my prayers.
Balto. Co. 911
February 7, 2009
I drove by J Browns today which was difficult. I still remember you so clearly. Everyone that knew you will never forget you. You live on in us. I hope the Prothero family is doing well. BCOPD misses you.
February 7, 2009
I have been thinking about you, as your birthday recently passed. You are still very much missed by everyone!! Ann is quite an amazing "trooper", raising "the crew", just as you would have wanted! You would be so very proud!
"Louie" aka Laura
November 17, 2008
One down... three to go!!!
February 27, 2008
Sergeant, Prothero, my family and I remember your sacrifice and grieve for your family's loss. I will never, ever forget that day eight years ago. I pray your children turn out the way you intended. I'm sure they will. I know they are blessed with a large and loving family. Seeing your loved ones' care of each other was very uplifting. Your sacrifice continues to have an impact on my life. Thank you.
Detective M. Baker
Child Predator CyberCrime Unit, State of Florida, (Former BCoPD)
February 7, 2008
Well Sgt Prothero, it has now been 8 long years, and I still grieve with your family for their loss. I was your dispatcher that day, and though we never met, you were one of 'my guys' on the street. Every minute of that day has been played and re-played in my mind and heart, and I still bear the scar on my heart for having lost one of 'my guys'. I pray that your family knows and always remembers what a hero you were that day, as I always will. You know I will be making my annual visit to sit and talk with you, and pray that God holds all of 'our' brothers and sisters close to Him. You are missed by all of them, and I know you watch over them always.
LaVerne Walker, Dispatcher
Balto Co 911 Center
February 6, 2008
YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE
Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH
February 5, 2008
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.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
November 7, 2007
I stumbled across this page and just wanted to pay my respects. I still think of you and your family often, Mr. Bruce. I will never forget going out running in the neighborhood and passing you by. It has been a few years since I have seen your family, but I hear that they are growing up to be fine young citizens. You would be proud, I am sure.
Thank you for making the ultimate sacrafice. You will never be forgotten.
Friend of the Family
July 26, 2007
To the Prothero Family,
I did not know Bruce personally however I am a friend of his that he use to work with (Mike). I remember the day because Mike called me and was really upset. He gave me one of the blue ribbons that eveyone was putting on their cars. Well he brouht me one. I put it on my car and kept it there for awhile, and then I took it off, and it now hangs on my fridge. Everytime I open my fridge I remember the tradegy of that day. And most important I remember the sacrifice you made.
You are remembered everyday...
Rest in peace...
and God be with you and your family,
June 20, 2007
You will always be remembered as a true hero today and everyday. Thank you for your service.
Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police
February 7, 2007
MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ON THIS ANNIVERSARY.
Former Police Officer
February 7, 2007
To Sgt. Bruce Allen Protheo and his loved ones:
On this the seventh anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.
My heart is with your wife and five children, and other family members who call you beloved. I am so touched by the loving reflections for you. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today. How they must miss you and that beautiful glorious smile that shows up so well in your picture.
Bruce, you rescued us, saved our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.
This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.
Rest in Peace, Sgt. Prothero. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.
This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Bruce gave to his community and the citizens of Maryland, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 7, 2000.
Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 7, 2007
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