Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Roger D. Gore

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, April 5, 1970

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Reflections for Officer Roger D. Gore

As I pass on the lessons you taught us that night, to class after class of new recruits, I make it a point to remind them of the horrific price you paid that we all might become better trained professionals. How many "Newhalls" have been avoided because of what you showed us? How many of us have come home at the end of the shift, because of what you showed us? So many of us owe you so much. The four of you continue to serve our profession. Thanks.

NC Officer

April 5, 2018

God Bless for your service. I was working South LA the night of your passing. We will never forget your service and will always be in our hearts. Semper Fi Brother.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
CHP

April 5, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 5, 2018

Thinking of you today. Many thanks for your service to our country. RIP

John Haseltine - Civilian

April 5, 2016

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

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

Roger, you were a good man and before that, my good friend at Merced High School. As we never crossed paths after graduation, I have to admit that I was startled when I heard you had become an officer. But boy did I grieve when, in my footloose and rambling days, I saw you and Walt's pictures on that newsstand, to this day I remember the feeling, the gut-wrenching sorrow...it was during my hitchhiking days and I had thought maybe I run into you when I was stuck on the freeway...oh well, God works in strange ways and your sacrifice, as evidenced by the many tributes here, tragic as it was keeps you in all our hearts. God Bless all who wear the badge!

Julio Stanford Guerra
High School Buddy

July 18, 2014

Roger, tonight is Christmas 2013, and this night like so many other nights since April 1970 is spent thinking about you and what may have been if life's events would just turned out just a little bit different.

All these years I have harbored some guilt for helping you with your course work at Merced College. Many times since I have wished I'd never helped you -- just maybe lesser grades might have prevented you from being accepted to the CHP and you'd be with us today.

For many years you were my silent partner as I set out a graveyard patrol shift. The realization of what happened to you has always chilled my blood, yet provided me with a kind of strength and greater awareness of how fragile our lives can be. I have told you a million times how sorry I am, and will continue until my dying day.

Merry Christmas Roger, thank you for being my friend and hero.

Assistant Chief Dennis Powers
University of California Police

December 26, 2013

Roger, tonight is Christmas 2013, and this night like so many other nights since April 1970 is spent thinking about you and what may have been if life's events would just turned out just a little bit different.

All these years I have harbored some guilt for helping you with your course work at Merced College. Many times since I have wished I'd never helped you -- just maybe lesser grades might have prevented you from being accepted to the CHP and you'd be with us today.

For many years you were my silent partner as I set out a graveyard patrol shift. The realization of what happened to you has always chilled my blood, yet provided me with a kind of strength and greater awareness of how fragile our lives can be. I have told you a million times how sorry I am, and will continue until my dying day.

Merry Christmas Roger, thank you for being my friend and hero.

Assistant Chief Dennis Powers
University of California Police

December 26, 2013

Officers Gore and Frago were my childhood buddies. We went to school together through high school. I will never forget.

Dan Thompson
Childhood Friend of Gore and Frago

October 13, 2013

My CHP partner Keith Walsh and I were on patrol on interstate 5 in East Los Angeles when we heard the radio call of the incident. The dispatcher became too emotional to continue and was replaced by another dispatcher. We were terrified and I remember the sick feeling in my stomach as the number of fallen Officers increased. This was undoubtedly the worst night of my law enforcement career. We left our area and started to head up to the incident scene to assist, but were called back by supervisors. Our world was very solemn for a long time. God Bless our fallen Officers.

Officer Bob Rigby #5465
Murray City PD. Utah Retired.

May 28, 2013

Officer Gore,
I remember this as it was yesterday, not 43 years ago today! I was to become a LA Deputy Sheriff in 1970, and assigned to the "Wayside Honor Rancho". I drove by J's Coffee Shop 10 times a week and every time felt such remorse and sorrow for what happened to you four Officers.
It's rare when I see a "Chippy", that I don't again think of all of you.
Rest in peace Brothers, I hope we will meet on the other side.

Sergeant - Retired L. Berry
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

April 6, 2013

Dearest Officer Gore: After 43 years, I just wanted to let you know how much you are appreciated and loved. You and your three fellow officers changed officer safety for good as a result of lessons learned that terrible night. Your loss is not in vain and cops are safer because of you.

Rest easy and keep watch over my beloved San Bernardino Squad.

Love,

LoVae Pray Martines, Law Enf. Liaison
MADD, San Bernardino County

April 5, 2013

Officer Gore,

First and foremost, thank you for your (and your fellow officers') service! I first heard about "The Newhall Incident" in college in 1996 and then again in the police academy in 2001. Even as I write this I read an article the other day about the lesson learned and how many officers' have have been saved since The Incident.

While at a side job a couple months ago I looked up The Newhall Incident and have no idea how I never realized this before but your picture looks EXCATLY like me!!!! When I looked at your picture my stomach dropped,
I got chills from head to toe and my hands started shaking! I have shown family and friends the picture and they all think it is a black and white picture of me!!!

I never put a lot of thought into reincarnation but this has really blown my mind! Due to are similar characteristics I feel a connection to you and felt this needed to be said. You and your family are in my prayers and I will continue to "protect and serve" until my time on earth is up. Again,
Thank You for your service and know that you (and your fellow officers) will never be forgotten!

Officer Mike Neibecker
Euclid (OH) Police Department

March 10, 2013

It's been 42 years Cuz...(Roger Gore)...may you rest in peace forever.

Denise Lane
Cousin

April 7, 2012

rest in peace and may god bless you.

Lt.J.Pease
B.P.D

April 6, 2012

God bless you for your sacrifice and for saving the lives of numerous cops through the years. That was a terrible night and though the four of you lived as heroes, you are forever linked to the Newhall Incident and because of you, cops go home to their families at the end of shift.

You are loved, remembered and appreciated 42 years later.

LoVae Pray Martines, Law Enf. Liaison
MADD, San Bernardino County

April 5, 2012

"Honor never grows old--Heroes never die". You are remembered, Godspeed..

Anonymous

April 6, 2011

God Bless you Roger....Seems just like yesterday that you gace your life for all of us. Blue and Gold all the way....Whenever I drive by this location my heart is sadden for all 4 brave officers. Sorry we were not there to help you out. You will always be remembered my me and thank you for your service... #7185 South LA Area #530 1969-1971

State Traffic Officer #7185
California Highway Patrol Mike Becze

April 4, 2011

Rest in Peace Brother, please keep an eye on us down here...til we meet in Heavens Briefing Room...

Policeman
Brother in Blue, Phoenix PD

May 18, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 5, 2010

Rest easy my friend. You will not be forgotten nor will I ever forget your friendship and the fun we had when we were growing up. You will be forever young and always remembered for your sacrafice and the lessons learned from your death. God Bless You Roger

Dan Thompson
High School Buddy and Friend

December 13, 2009

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

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

The final chapter has now been closed. The remaining scum you battled so bravely was found dead in his prison cell.
You are with God in his kingdom of Heaven and they are writhing in hell. We learned so much from your incident. You and your families gave so much that fateful night and for that, many many many LEO's go home to their loved ones. Keep resting easy Brother. God Bless All

DB

DB
CA HWY PATROL..Ret.

August 19, 2009

My brother. I have known of your death since it happened. I was also told about it in the academy many years ago. Forgive me for having your memory slip to the back of my mind in recent years, especially after the sacrifice you made. Today I finished a book about your life and your death. I drove to the location where you died and although the place has changed a lot, emotions overcame me. I promise that you and your partners will never ever be forgotten by me again.

Sal Gallegos
LAPD Detective (retired)

August 15, 2009

Officer Gore,

Thank you for your service. I first learned of you during my tenure at a law enforcement academy in Northern CA. The incident changed the way we conducted our business and this made you a permanent part of our lives.

You were never far from my thoughts and prayers during those traffic stops where one knows not what will come in the following few seconds.

It has been almost 40 years and you guys are still there, teaching us how to stay alive so that we can go home to our families.

It is because of you, we are safer. God bless you and your family. Your memory will live on forever. Rest in peace.

-former LEO
-Friend

April 30, 2009

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