Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Ronald Wayne Ives

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, September 1, 2004

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Ronald Wayne Ives

Can't say enough about Officer Ives and his great attitude with the public. My last contact with Ron was a simple knod and a smile while making eye contact at the sceen of a TC. Ron's positive attitude and love for his family is his trademark in me eyes. God Bless his wife and son.

Captain, David Berry
Rancho Cucamonga Fire

September 7, 2004

You made me laugh so many times. I will miss your sense of humor and will always remember our jokes of your shiny boots.Our entire community has suffered the loss of a good soul. You were truly a hero.

Fire Prevention Specialist Michelle Devo
Rancho Cucamonga Fire District

September 7, 2004

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Officer Ives gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting the members of his community. You now walk a beat where there is no violence, only peace. See you on the other side.

First Sergeant Salvatore Torelli
Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, VA

September 7, 2004


Just want you to know, I remember that afternoon, not too long ago, when you sat in my office for about an hour and we "shared some thoughts together", about riding (I recently got my Harley), music (I introduced you to Ani DiFranco, and you liked her instantly!), and life in general. I will always remember that special time we shared together, and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to get to know you just a little better. I will miss seeing your smiling face but I know that God now has "the best" sitting at his side. We will miss you so much as you were like a "shining star" at our Station. Rest in peace, my friend.

Lori Gembella, Secretary
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department-Rancho Station

September 7, 2004

May the heavens envelope you in peace, Ron.
Heart felt sorrow goes out to the family. May God help you through this difficult time.

Pamela Pane, Buyer
City of Rancho Cucamonga

September 7, 2004

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

September 7, 2004

On behalf of the brothers and sisters of the Joliet Police department we would like to extend our deepest and sincere condolonces to the family of Deputy Sheriff Ronald Ives and the members of the san Bernadino sheriff's department. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God Bless and thank-you for your service.

Patrol Officer
Joliet Police Dept.

September 6, 2004


You made the ultimate sacrifice. God bless you brother.

May you rest in peace.

Patrolman Mark Vail
Evanston Illinois PD

September 6, 2004

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You.

Officer J. Richardson
Lake Station PD

September 6, 2004

Why is it always the good ones? Ronnie gone? I can't believe it!
Thought my wife's involvement with DARE and community activities with Ron, we became friends. Ron's smile and that deep glow in his eyes burned with duty and honor. You could feel the passion of law enforcement when Ron rolled up on his motor. I remember last Christmas during the Pageantry of Lights. Ron was on duty patrolling our streets. Our home serviced as an unofficial command post for the Officers. It was cold out and we had a fire going. But you know ... when Ronnie rode up on his bike ... his smile and that glow in his eyes warmed me more. I was very proud to be in his life. Just to be his friend ...

Friends and family leave us, but when a Law Officer friend is down ... it hurts more.

God Bless you, Deputy Sheriff Ron Ives
EOW 09.01.2004

Bill Mumbleau
County of Riverside TLMA GIS

September 6, 2004

My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. Rest in peace.

Mary Schumacher PSDII
Joliet Police Dept, Illinois
Communications Center

Mary Schumacher PSDII
Joliet Police Dept

September 6, 2004

For those that didn't know Ron, he was absolutely the best. He always had a smile on his face, never saw him have a bad day. He did his job above and beyond the call of duty. Not only did he treat his co-workers with kindness and respect, but he treated those he arrested with the same attitude. All of us in the department are feeling such a tremendous loss of his untimely death. Yet at the same time, we are all so greatful for the little time we got to spend with him. He will be forever remembered in our hearts and prayers as well as the entire Ives family. Rest in peace, our brother.

L. Stockman, Sheriff's Custody Specialis
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept

September 6, 2004

I saw the Heavens open up.
The Earth, shook with fear.
For Evil, knew of God's Army.
They were Heroes, Men on steel horses.

Sgt. James Crawford
Lower Providence Twp Police Motor Unit, Montg. Co., PA

September 6, 2004

Please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Thank you Deputy Ives for a job well done. Please continue to watch over us and protect us as only you can. You will forever be at our side and in our hearts.

For those of you who still have loved ones with us please take the time to tell them how much you appreciate and care about them.


If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

September 6, 2004

As our departments are joined in the grief of our losses, know that our hearts are with you in this time of sadness, and that somewhere on the other side, these fallen heroes have joined together to watch over the men and women left to serve and protect.

God Bless

Aimee A4259, Dispatcher
Phoenix Police Department

September 6, 2004

I am sorry to hear of another senseless loss. May you rest in peace, your brothers and sisters will take it from here.

Telecommunicator I
Wake County SO

September 5, 2004

Thank you for making RC a safer place for me and my family. I had the pleasure of meeting you and you will truly be missed. My prayers go out to your family and friends.

Diana Watters
Las vegas, NV

September 5, 2004

May God bless you and your family my brother. God has called you home and thanks for serving your community.

Rest in Peace.

Detective Armando Sotero
North Miami Beach Police Department

September 5, 2004

I am know as MamaWolf from our website and chatroom
An Officers Last Patrol
The Policeman stood and faced God, which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, just as brightly as his brass. Step forward now, Policeman. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To my church have you been true?

The policeman squared off his shoulders and said "No Lord, I guess I ain't, because those of us who carry badges can't always be saints." "I've had to work most Sundays, and at times my talk was rough, and sometimes I've been violent, because the streets are awfully tough." "

I never took a penny, that wasn't mine to keep though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just got to steep." "And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears."

I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear." "If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, but if you don't I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne where the saints had often trod. As the policeman waited quietly, for the judgment of his God.

Step forward now Policeman, you've born your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven's Street, you've done your time in hell....

Author Unknown
Please our deepest sympathys to all your family,friends, and the brothers and sisters in blue.

Marilyn Robinson

September 5, 2004

Although I did not work with Ron, we became friends through our school's former DARE officer. They happened to be working traffic together and were presenting a bicycle safety program at our school. The past two-and-a-half years have been time well spent in getting to know Ron. My class and I helped to raise money to support his Patriot Day Bike Tour and in return, Ron was going to do a class presentation for me. I finally called him on his promise and we had it all set for Friday, 10 September 2004 and I don't know who was more excited about it -- him or me.

Ron always had a mischievous twinkle in his eyes that I will never forget. Nor will I forget his warm, friendly smiles, and hugs that were full of love. He was a man loved by many and will also be missed by many. I feel honored and privileged to say that he was my friend.

Thank-you, Ron, for making my life a more rich and fuller one with your friendship, support, and caring.

Jean Mumbleau
Floyd M. Stork Elementary School

September 5, 2004

Rest in peace sir.

concerned citizen

September 5, 2004





September 5, 2004

Of all that I have heard and read about you, you were an honorable deputy and an honorable human being. Although your time here with us has passed, the legacy that you left behind will live on forever. My thoughts and prayers to your family and friends. Continue to watch over us and keep us from harm. Be safe.

Upland Police Department

September 5, 2004

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Ronald did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Ronald be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Deputy Ives' family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Ronald is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Ronald was well respected and well loved.

Thank you Deputy Ives for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiance Dennis for me.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry - EOW (01/03/03)

September 5, 2004


It's been less than a week since you left us. I still can't get over the fact that you are gone. From the first day I met you and had the honor of working with you 8 1/2 years ago, until the last time I saw and spoke to you, (the day you died) you never changed. Honorable.

You were always smiling. Always happy. Always eager to help. I remember how excited you were when you made the motor squad. I remember how excited you were when you became a motor instructor. After you had your first crash, I remember how frustrated you were to be on light duty. But typical Ronnie, you would smile about it and express your excitement about getting back on the bike because you "loved it so much."
You had an ability to make everybody who knew you happy. You were a bright star for the Sheriff's Department, but more importantly, a bright star for the Rancho Cucamonga traffic division. Everybody loved working with you. Everybody. Your passing has made the traffic division that much more closer. In addition, you have made the station closer. The Rancho station will go on, but it will never be the same. There is a void without you. But it comforts me personally, to have been honored to spend the time with you that I did. Your smile is etched forever in my memory. I also take comfort knowing that although it is very tragic you are gone, you died doing what you loved. Our loss is great, but Heaven needed another Angel. Ronnie, you are that Angel. Thank you for all that you have done. Thank you for touching so many lives. I know you are watching down on us. We will love you forever and will never ever forget you.

11X10, 10-7 EOW.

Luv you brother,
The Rancho Cucamonga Police Department.

Rancho Cucamonga Police Dept. S.B.S.D.

September 4, 2004

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