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Officer Gerald Eldin Dormaier | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


Gerald Eldin Dormaier

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Thursday, December 25, 1980
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Reflections for Officer Gerald Eldin Dormaier


"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
September 24, 2015

Jerry was my father's partner most of the year, but had to work different beats a couple of months a year. Dad was working a nearby beat (graveyard) and was one of the first to the scene. I was a junior in high school and we were worried when Dad wasn't home Christmas morning. When he did arrive, broken, he shook me and told me to never drive in fog, as Jerry's death was the result of an 18 wheeler traveling past the grapevine in horrible visibility. Jerry was setting up flares for another accident when the truck jack-kniffed after locking up as it sped into the prior accident scene, striking Jerry's unit which struck him. Tragedy that could have been prevented by some common sense. Dad missed Jerry terribly. God Bless.

Bob Tucker III
Son of Jerry's longtime partner
March 3, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

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

Rest in Peace, Officer Dormaier. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
October 22, 2009

"All Roads - All Codes"

Officer Dormaier:

Thank You for having served the Anaheim, Tejon, Truckee, Buellton and Bakersfield Areas.

Maj M. B. Parlor
December 25, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, Nh
December 23, 2007

"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
November 21, 2007

It's a shame you were killed on Christmas Day, the day Christ was born, but on that day you were born to eternal life! How wonderful! Please watch over all of us until we meet in the future.

Wisconsin LEO
August 14, 2006

Met you up in Truckee just before you transfered down to Bakersfield. Did not know until later that you entered the academy on my 10th birthday.. I'm glad I got to meet you ..Sorry I did not get to KNOW you..I think about you every time I travel I-5 and see the signs for Arvin and Mettler.. You will never be forgotten Gerald.. Rest Easy Highwayman

Calif Hwy Patrol Ret.
December 22, 2005

Brother Gerald,
Thank you for your service and dedication.

Your family will be forever in my prayers.


SGT Phil Abdoo
December 8, 2005

Jerry, all of us who were there that foggy Christmas evening cried for you and we miss you brother. Your funeral was attended by many officers from North of Sacto who remembered you well. Vaya con Dios.

Agent Ted L. Bader
United States Border Patrol
March 30, 2004


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