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Trooper Russell A. Bagshaw

Connecticut State Police, Connecticut

End of Watch Wednesday, June 5, 1991

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Reflections for Trooper Russell A. Bagshaw

Visiting Conneticut from Georgia with a friend who grew up here. The first time I passed the highway marker I missed the name. Today I was able to catch it and Google it. It is so sad that there are people in this world who think so little of another life. Thank God there are people like Trooper Bagshaw who risk their lives to protect us from them. Thank you Trooper Bagshaw for your ultimate sacrifice. Rest peacefully!

Vanessa Thompson
Citizen

July 3, 2018

I remember the day he died. I lived in an apartment complex down the road. There were helicopters and cops everywhere and when I found out why, my heart sank. I can't imagine someone killing an officer and in such a brutal way. He didn't even have a chance to defend himself. I pray that he rests in peace and I pray that the guys who did this will get the punishment and suffering they deserve. Then I heard you had missed the birth of your niece or nephew a day or two later (by your twin brother) - it was heart wrenching. I drive by the spot where you died at least once a week and always remember you. Please watch over your family and your fellow officers. Thanks for your service and your sacrifice. It's been 27 years almost and it is remembered like it was yesterday. Rest in Peace!!!

Citizen that supports our Officers!!!
Please be safe!!! Praying for you all!!!

May 9, 2018

REST-IN-PEACE My Brother in Arms

Anrae Godley-Cooper
U.S. Army Military Police

April 9, 2018

25 years. Still missing you.

anonymous

June 5, 2016

Uncle Russ,
I just met someone who knew you and is an amazing man. He used to be good friends with you. We remeber you everyday.

Me and my family visit your brother and his family alot and our familys are great friends. We all miss you.
Love,
Kate

Kate
Niece

October 16, 2015

Uncle Russ I want to thank you for your service to this state. I never got to meet you but my family will always remeber you. And how brave you are. You have brought two amazing familys together (bagshws and the Mumfords) and i hope you are happy in heaven.

Everyday my bus goes by the field you used to play at. And it is named in your honor.
Love from your other niece,
Kate

Kate Shaw-Mumford

October 9, 2015

I recall this event/tragedy, as if it were yesterday. I became acquainted with and later friends with Trooper Bagshaw, while I was attending the Connecticut State Police Academy. I ran into him in the parking lot and we struck up a conversation that led to us keeping in touch afterward. He was always willing to aid me in my progress of my career as a Police Officer at the Naval Subase NLON. He was a bright, energetic and friendly officer, who I respected a great deal. I remember hearing this event unfold on my scanner and it really affected me. I attended his funeral, and though it was caused by a terrible event, it was a magnificent service and procession in law enforcement tradition. There were so many formations of Troopers and officers from all over. Our total community of brother and sister officers stretched blocks down the road, every movement was made with precision and it was breathtaking. It still sends chills down my spine when I think about the totality of this event. I echo the previous post, that this horrible event probably savedy many officers life's, as it served as a reminder that there is nothing routine about our duties. (please understand that I am not saying Russell did anything wrong....he was ambushed by two truly evil individuals) This was a true tragedy of huge proportions, because it occurred just after the Govenor had slashed CSP's budget. His appearance at the funeral was not well received, but all CSP Troopers acted like the true Professionals that they are....everyday. During my attendance at CSP Police Academy (27th Protective Services Troop) I learned and observed the true professionalism of the Connecticut State Police and their instructors.....they gave so much to each one of us. God bless you Russell, your family and fellow troopers......always

Retired Police Officer (from OJT injurie
Subase Police Dept. NLON

July 10, 2015

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

June 6, 2015

I am a retired firefighter. My son is a municipal police sergeant and my brother was an officer. I clearly remember Trooper Bagshaw's murder as well as the details. When my son graduated the academy I explained my recollection of that terrible morning and pointed out that even a routine building check can go sideway in an instant and that he could never let his guard down. While the pain experienced by Trooper Bagshaw's family, friends and fellow troopers is unimaginable to me, his sacrifice and the details of it may ultimately result in preventing other law enforcement officers from a similar fate. Including my son. May he rest in peace.

Mike

May 13, 2015

It's been 23 years since you responded to the gates of heaven. To this day, you are not forgotten.

NEVER FORGET

Officer Brian Gallagher #324
West Hartford PD/ Newington PD (ret.)

April 30, 2014

May God bless you sir. Remembering you, you are never forgotten.

Trooper
Illinois State Police

July 8, 2013

Trooper Bagshaw,
It has been 22 years since your End of Watch but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Connecticut. And to yor family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

June 6, 2013

May he rest in piece, trooper Bagshaw was shot with a Wilkinson Linda 9mm and his killer was not put to death.

unknown person

March 12, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

February 10, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 21rst 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. Rest In Peace.

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 thier memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

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

June 5, 2012

I can't beleive it's been so long. I lived and worked in radio in Willimantic and was on the air the morning this happened. I think about all the great things you missed in the life you should have had that was taken for no good reason. No justice can ever be enough for the one's who did this.

Citzen
Citizen

April 30, 2012

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

Officer 11169

January 28, 2012

Russ,

May you Rest in Eternal Peace. I think of you often and will NEVER forget you.

Sergeant Wilfredo Mercado Ret.
Connecticut State Police

January 10, 2012

I visited Russ last week as I have many times. I take my grand-daughter with me and we visit Russ AND his parents. I have explained to the circumstances of his passing, but wonder if she really understands as she is only 7.

Russ was a wonderful person and Carol is so sweet and loving, even after all she has been through and continues to go through.

Troop K will never, ever Forget!

Carole Garreau, Ret. Head Clerk Troop K
Connecticut State Police

September 29, 2011

RIP Russ- Your memory will forever be continued as we march forward at Troop K. 20 years ago June 5, you made the ultimate sacrifice. I started the academy 20 years to the date after you, Russ. I have been honored to work with many of your classmates and fellow troopers that were on that horrific night. Many have shared personal stories and it is now my duty to continue your memory and to make sure you are Never Forgotten.

Trooper Daniel Greenwood
Connecticut State Police - Troop K

June 5, 2011

Russ, I met Carol a while back and had the chance to meet her for lunch today. She is a doll and I know that you must have been a fantastic man. Although I never had the honor of meeting you, your service to our state and your memory will always live on. Thank you for that and thanks for watching over your brothers and sisters in blue!

Det. Renee Luneau

February 22, 2011

I miss you every day and you are always in my thoughts even tho you are gone i would like to say that my son has Russell as his middle name in memory of you, i miss you very much you were taken way too soon in my life..

crystal bagshaw
neice

July 31, 2010

To a classmate and a friend, you are gone but never forgotten. Rest in peace.

T.F.C. Tim Wetter
Ct State Police

July 6, 2010

"Gone, but never forgotten". R.I.P. Brother

TFC Orlando C. Mo
Connecticut State Police

May 31, 2010

I remember Russell as a young kid working at Woodland Gardens and from also from high school. I new he went on a few years later to become a Ct State Trooper. I was shocked the morning of 6-5-91 to hear of his death. Five weeks later my family and I moved from Manchester to start my career in law enforcement in Florida. Each time I go back home and visit my dads grave I also visit Russell's. I often tell fellow officers I work with about the details of his death and remind them to be safe out there. Eighteen years later I still think of Russell and the sacrifice he made for us all. Rest in peace Russ.

Sgt Daniel M. Boland
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

February 22, 2010

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