Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Ross F. Brackett

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, July 15, 1968

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Reflections for Police Officer Ross F. Brackett

Ross, I think of you often. I knew you and spoke with you that fateful morning as you left the 2nd floor locker room, stopped by West Detectives squad room to say hello. You had passed the detective exam and were to be promoted, told me you wanted to work West. What a great guy you were. 90 minutes later I was the assigned West detective to your shooting, along with Homicide George Arnold. I have never stopped praying for you. You are a true hero, in that you were unarmed when you openly pursued and closed in on an armed thief making the ultimate sacrifice. It ha been 50 years, my friend. God bless you.

Ed Regan, Detective, Sergeant
Philadelphia PA PD

September 5, 2018

Officer Brackett,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

July 15, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 50th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 15, 2018

Hey Uncle Ross. It's been 48 years since you were taken from us. I'm a Training Sgt. at the S.C Dept. of Corrections now. I was teaching Weapon Retention this week and showed your page as part of the class. It's a sobering reminder of the dangers of our profession. But I like to think that the training I'm giving (passionately of course), might save another family from a loss that never goes away. You just learn to live with it. I still talk to Dad & David about You. Trying to fill in the empty whole left when You died.
I grew up "Larry's Boy" and had Your Name. Hopefully I've done both of you proud.

[email protected]

Sgt. Ross Brackett (nephew)
S.C Dept. of Corrections

July 29, 2016

In reflection of my father-in-law Officer William G. Hancock . I would like to share a little known fact. My husband was named after you. Ross Brackett Hancock. He had told my husband since birth, he was named after a wonderful partner. He saved every article about you and your family. We inherited all the old newspaper clippings. Even one from when Lisa was 25. May he rest in peace and I know you and the best Dad in law are together again. (since 2011)

Father in law's Partner

July 24, 2016

I did not know you, but stood as the 7th. Police district honor guard at your funeral ceremony. I think about that day often as at the time I was a 22 year old Police Officer, and realized how dangerous the job can be. RIP

Jim Cunnane Police Officer
Philadelphia Police Department Ret.

September 27, 2015

Such a sad day in Philadelphia, a wife lost here husband, a child lost here father, the city lost a man willing to protect and serve. To this day his partner questions what if, what could I have done differently.

Lisa Brackett, your father's partner would like the opportunity to meet you. Please contact me at [email protected]

Beth McCurry
Citizen of Philadelphia

May 23, 2014

Will never forget you and how brave you were.

mae rossi

April 3, 2014

45yrs ago yesterday you were taken. You are not forgotten Dad.

Lisa Brackett

July 16, 2013

Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like had you not been taken from me so early. I saw your grave for the first time when mommy died in September. You were the love of her life and in the end, she wanted to be with you. I'm not sure if I can go back but your granddaughter visits. I love you and I miss you <3

Lisa Brackett

August 11, 2012

Ross, what a great person to remember and a wonderful site to honor you. I am a cousin who like everyone close, was terribly saddened by the news on that July day. I will never forget it as my immediate family was in the Pocono's on vacation when the news hit up there. As we traveled home to Phila, the news was everywhere. It's been almost 44 years. I was 12 years old at the time and I will never forget. I have often thought of family gatherings and how Ross always had a smile on his face. Thank you for watching over us all over all these years.
God Bless, Don

Don Trevelino, Jr.

April 11, 2012

I'm so glad for this opportunity. I remember reading about his death and was stunned by it but at the time there was no way to do more than cry. I still have a copy of the newspaper report and have thought about Ross many times over the years; he was the first person I thought of when I saw this site.

Ross and I served together in the Navy. He was a great guy and we had a lot of fun together. I'll always remember the music and the laughter.

Rest in peace my friend.

Pete McNulty
shipmate USS Wm V Pratt

January 19, 2012

Will always rember remember you Ross D bracket a brave off

icer in the Philadephia Police Dept. So brave on the day you

were killled on duty 43 years ago. I was a bridesmaid in your

wedding party. Will remember you forever. Rest in peace Am


Cousin Mae

ross bracket

August 31, 2011

Thank you, Patrolman Brackett, for keeping us safe. You made the ultimate sacrifice. Words cannot express my gratitude, even these 43 years later. Rest well in God's company, noble friend.

John Fitzgerald
Philadelphia resident

July 15, 2011

I was so touched to see this site and to find out that my cousin is being honored in this way. Ross was my first cousin and like a brother to me as we spent our early years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. So many times I think of him, of the loss that both his wife Lee suffered, and of his beautiful daughter Lisa and what she has missed over the years. Ross, both you and your family are still in my heart.

Linda Smith (nee Hubley/Leonard)
His first cousin
June 24, 2011

Linda Hubley Smith
first cousin

June 24, 2011

Thank you Sir for you bravery, courage and for the sacrifice made on that fateful night. You are a true Hero.

Sgt. T. Henshaw
Bell Gardens Police Dept., CA.

November 24, 2010

This year the 42nd year of our loss. I am still telling everyone I meet about you, and of how brave you were on
that tragic day. Sad but proud of you I am God rest your soul. love Mae

Mae Rossi

July 19, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the forty-second 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 the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 15, 2010

"In Valor There Is Hope"
We never forget, brother.

P/O Joseph Leighthardt
Philadelphia Police dept

April 21, 2010

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

April 16, 2009

To the family and friends of this fine officer:

"I pray that the Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."
~ Abraham Lincoln

Lt. Peter Salzberg
Walpole Police Department

November 25, 2008

Hi Daddy:
I write this note with tear-filled eyes not knowing if I can finish but will surely try. It's been 40 years and I still miss you and still cry.

If only we could have spent more time together then perhaps the void wouldn't be so big. The saddest of all is that I know nothing about you. Nothing of your childhood, nothing of your short lived adult life and nothing of your family for they have forgotten me.

The little I do know, came from my wonderful mom who loves me more than life itself. She gave me a wonderful, memorable childhood with the most awesome sister and that I would never want to change, but it would have been great to share it with you as well. She taught me never to hate, always to forgive but never forget and most of all to love.

So, I forgive you for leaving me so young, but will never forget. I forgive the man who took you from me but will never forget. I forgive the family who forgot me but will never forget and most of all

[email protected]

His Daughter

October 24, 2008

Ross's and my daughter Lisa just called me and told me about this site. I have been in tears and I am still as I write this. Being of the non-computer age I was unaware that something like this existed. I guess we learn something everyday. For many, many years I wondered what happened to the little boy who witnessed this. I was not permitted, and rightfully so, to know his (their) name. I was so touched to read about you, and happy you grew into a good and productive man. It was a horrible thing you witnessed, but it seems to have made you a strong man. This will be with you for a lifetime, as it has been with us, his family. I will be regularly looking at this sight to see if anyone would like to chat. I am so proud of our granddaughter for thinking of her grandfather. She did this all on her own. That proves even tho he's not been with us in body for 40yrs. he's still in our hearts and souls. Thank you all for remembering..and as I have said for many a year.....Be Safe


October 24, 2008

i wish i could have met you..
i heard nothing but wonderful things from my mother
(your daughter)
she told me i have your eyes
and im happy about that.
i had to do a family tree today at school
and i had to put you in...your actually the first person i thought of..
Rest in Peace.♥
look after us okay.?


October 23, 2008

Dear Family, Friends and Officers,

I was so happy to see that Officer Ross Brackett is being honored in this way, and his spirit and service will go on. How amazing that so many others continue to be inspired by Ross’s life and work from his nephew, Officer Ross D. Brackett, to Officer Keith White, who witnessed this brutal crime. Thank you all for sharing your stories and your continued service. My parents told me this story as I grew up, and I’m sorry I never had the chance to know Ross, but I feel as though I have made a spiritual connection through all of the wonderful people whose lives he has touched. We are living in frightening times with the countless gun murders of our citizens and fallen officers in Philadelphia, and I pray the laws will change to protect our city and keep us safe.

Lynne Rossi Ruelan

Daughter of Mae Gaughan (nee DeLiberato/Consalvo) and Lanis Rossi.

Lynne Rossi Ruelan

October 3, 2008

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