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Special Agent

Jessie Bruce Dobson, Jr.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, August 30, 1991
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Reflections for Special Agent Jessie Bruce Dobson, Jr.


Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo
August 30, 2016

I pass by the FDLE building in Tallahassee two or more times a day. One cannot fail to notice J.B. Dobson Lane leading into the headquarters building. Today I was finally able to google J. B. and his family and outstanding career in law enforcement. It is most fitting that I acknowledge J. B. As well as his loving family. RIP!

Andre Libert (just a law abiding citizen
Retired Aviation Director
May 28, 2016

JB was an outstanding agent/pilot with a 'sixth sense' for spotting marijuana grow fields, he was recognized nationwide for his abilities. At his untimely death,he was doing what he loved to do...spotting dope fields while piloting a state police helicopter.

It was an honor to know JB both as a co-worker and as a friend.

JB, your legacy will live on.

And Debbie and the kids will be forever be in our prayers.

Chief Kent McGregor (Ret)
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (State Police)
February 10, 2014

Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement. Know you will never be fogotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04
August 30, 2013

My prayers are with those left behind to pick up and move forward without their hero. We will never forget the sacrifice that you all have made for us. HEROES live forever and your loved one is a hero.. Continue to rest in peace Special Agent Dobson.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL
August 30, 2012

I miss you so much Daddy! My thoughts are always with you.

August 8, 2012

Rest in Peace, Special Agent Dobson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
February 9, 2012

great man

January 6, 2012

i miss u

January 6, 2012

Continue to rest in peace Special Agent Dobson, we will never forget the sacrifice that you made for all of us. HEROES live forever and you sir are a hero...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

August 30, 2011

J.B. was the first person to get my feet off the ground. In my earlier years of law enforcement I always looked forward to J.B., Jud, and Donnie coming to Escambia County to look for marijuana. It was a great experience flying with him. It was J.B. that convinced me to apply with FDLE and I have always regretted that it did not happen in time for him to see it. He was a man that never forgot where he came from. I often teased him that he had to be the only person I knew who would brag about being from Jay, Florida. We lost a giant when we lost J.B. Dobson.

Ed Hudson
Special Agent Supervisor
Pensacola Region

Special Agent Supervisor Ed Hudson
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
August 31, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 18th 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 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.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
August 30, 2009

It will be my honor today to read Jessie's name and EOW date at a memorial service tonight at the National Law Enforcement Memorial. I'm attending the FBI National Academy Session 238 and tonight we honor those who have gone before us. JB was a friend and fellow ball-player.

Jay Etheridge

Special Agent in Charge Jay Etheridge
FDLE; Friend, co-worker and team member
July 29, 2009

Jake was my Brother-in-Law. I had the privilege of riding "shotgun" with him on his rounds in Levy and Dade counties. I also flew with him when he was flying fixed wing recon for the FHP. I loved to sit and talk with him as he cooked greens in a cast iron pot over a back-yard fire, and listen to his tales. He was a good husband, a loving father, but above all, he was a GOOD man. I can remember him going to the Flea Market in Tallahassee, and bringing home some poor fellow that needed a warm coat and a hot meal. If you attended his funeral, I was honored to have been the minister that conducted it. J.B. was the epitome of the scripture that I used for that occasion, Micah 6:8 "...and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God."

The Rev. Canon Michael G. Carr
November 6, 2008

I am one of J.B.:s sisters. I didn't know about this web site until today. It is wonderful, just like he was. Yes I miss him everyday!!
Thank all of you for your postings, it means alot.

November 3, 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
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 10, 2007

I don't know what made me think of JB today, but I searched and found this site. I had the great fortune to intern at FDLE in the mid 1980's. I spent one of the great summers in my life working with JB and several other agents doing marijuana eradication. JB was one of the greatest guys ever. He had a great wit and his mumbling teasing of me and my fellow intern still makes me laugh today. He was a great pilot (I was with him during a really bad thunderstorm) who I trusted inherently. He could spot a seed bed from 1500 feet, and I doubt anyone was better at spotting than him. I had tremendous respect for him. Professionalism aside, JB treated us just like we were equals. I will never forget the time I spent with him that summer. My condolonces to his family, as I was not able to attend the funeral.

Looking at the picture above just brings back a swell of memories- I know he's up there flying around eating chicken wings and mumbling. A tremendous loss.

Todd Sears
Retired Det Boulder (CO) Police Dept
November 1, 2007

I am J.B.'s oldest daughter. I was thinking about my dad tonight and "googled" his name on the internet. This website came up and I've been sitting here crying, filled with emotion at the reflections people that knew my dad have left. Thank you. All the things said are true. He loved his family and his job and had a personality that drew people to him. He was hilarious and as someone else put it, he was indeed a "man's man".

He was the one person I knew I could always turn to and who seemed invincible. Tell the people you care about that you love them every chance you have, because in a split second you many not ever have the chance again.

Thank you again for remembering my dad. It means so much to hear he's not forgotten.

March 26, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Special Agent Jessie Bruce Dobson and his fellow officers with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement:

On this the fifteeth anniversary of J.B.'s tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. J.B.'s professionalism and dedication will never be forgotten, nor will his valor and courage.

In reading the loving reflections left by his friends and co-workers I can see that he was very loved, well respected and is sorely missed. I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

No doubt that Heaven has another hero in J.B., but I am so sorry you had to lose your beloved Jessie. May you all continue to be comforted by your faith and your law enforcement family and other police survivors.

I am so sorry that J.B. was robbed of his life so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of dedicated service J.B. gave to his community and the citizens of Florida, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 30, 1991.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 30, 2006

rest well my friend,you are not for gotten! may your family be well.--- thom

friend of a fallen officer
May 25, 2006

Rest in Peace J.B. I think of you often and appreciate everything you did when we were both in the academy. It was an honor to work with you through the years and you were a great pilot and friend. Rest in peace and know those who worked with you will never forget you.

Dennis W. Haley
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
February 6, 2006

JB, My Friend You Will Never Be Forgotten. There is not a day that goes by I don't think about you or the sacrifice you made. We all know you're still watching over us from above.

Your Friend

Deputy Billy Long
Alachua County Sheriff's Office
May 15, 2005

My old Santa Rosa County friend...I see your photo each day I walk into TROC and no matter what the day has brought… I smile…you were so many things to allot of people... mentor, partner, back-up, eye in the sky, comedian…. but most important, you were always a good friend and loving father...I wish you could see your children today, you would be so proud of them as they keep you alive in spirit each day...your loss was mourned by many...may you rest in peace "Oh Mayor of Jay"

Special Agent Betty T. Rominger
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
May 12, 2005

Because we mostly worked in different regions, I didn't get to work with J.B. for years and years, but we were a smaller agency then and everyone knew everyone just the same. J.B. made an impression on everyone who ever knew him: he was a big bear of a man, smart, unmistakeably kind and with a great sense of humor! He was the kind of law enforcement officer that other officers looked up to and wanted to emulate. A cop's cop. I know several who said that knowing J.B. was the reason they wanted to be in law enforcement. He loved his job, his family, and he loved to fly. He's still here at FDLE, even after all these years, he is not forgotten, and those who knew him will always miss him.

Special Agent Nita Ashley
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
April 27, 2005

"JB" My old friend, it's hard to believe it's been 14 years since you made your final flight. You're in my thoughts a lot. I have so many fond memories of you and of our mutual fascination with aviation and the marvel of flight.

Our days together in law enforcement were cut short jessie, but you will never be forgotten. You're the one who showed me the "fun" side of police work, and how to laugh when the times were tough. You were truely "a man's man," and "a cop's cop!" How could i ever forget a guy like that?

When i first met you in 1979, you were a Florida State Trooper, and flying for the Highway Patrol's air unit.
You were one sharp and proud trooper in that tan FHP uniform,..and even more proud to be one of FHP's pilots.

A few years later you were hired by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a Special Agent/Pilot, and you became one of our best.

You, like me, couldn't stand to be strapped down to a Law Enforcement desk job,..we were pilots,..we had to fly! And FLY we did!

You and i shared experiences in the sky that the "ground pounders" of law enforcement could never imagine or understand. Some thought you and i were crazy to spend our working days up in the sky. Ha! If only they knew what you and i knew. We had the best job in the world, you and i.

I vividly remember that sad day of August 30th, 1991, when the phone rang.
It was FDLE's Inspector Dallas Johnson telling me that our friend and fellow pilot, J.B.Dobson had just been killed in an on-duty air crash. Jessie my friend, your death brought me to my knees,..and i cried for the first time in i can't remember when.

I'll always remember your tall, lanky stature, your slow, quiet country drawl, your slow,non-assuming walk, your sheepish grin, your humor and quick wit, your love for baseball, (you almost made the pro's,) the way you loved to play tricks and tease us, your dedication to duty, and above all, your love for your family.

To this day, a picture of you standing beside your FDLE helicopter hangs on the wall of my office as a reminder of you, our friendship, and how short and fragile life really is.

Rest in peace my friend,..and may you have blue skies and tailwinds forever.

Special Agent William L. "Bill" Fisher
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
April 25, 2005


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