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Trooper Frederick J. Groves, Jr. | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

Frederick J. Groves, Jr.

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 18, 1984
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Reflections for Trooper Frederick J. Groves, Jr.

 

Fred Groves was one of the kindest most generous men I have ever known. Dedicated to his family, friends and his job as a State Trooper. I saw him pick up hitchhikers that were void of hope and put them up in a hotel with a good meal and a few bucks. He will always be an inspiration to me of good person should strive for. Always in my heart, Rest in Peace Fred.

DOS (Retired) Annamaria Parrish
Florida Highway Patrol (Dispatcher)
August 9, 2017

I still think a lot about Fred or as some of his many friends called him "Bubba"
I rode a lot with Fred in Troop L and Troop K. We all Miss Fred especially this week.

Lee Stone
FHPA
May 19, 2016

Mr. Groves,

I remember so much about you and your family and how you would try to keep all us neighborhood kids out of trouble. I wish you were alive today to clean up the neighborhood and make it home again. You helped us all grow into the people we are today. You were the best and I miss you so very much.
When I got the news you were killed all I wanted was revenge, but then I thought about what you always told us, revenge isn't worth the outcome. So I let the courts handle it and only one got the sentence that they both should have got. I hate them for taking you away from your family, friends, and us to soon.
You are forever in my heart and I will see you again someday.
Kathy Poore Rippey

Katherine Rippey
friend
January 26, 2016

I think of you often, you were my friend then and will always remain in my heart and my memory. I look forward to seeing you again in the resurrection.

John D. Black
Friend
November 4, 2015

With all the mess going on around the nation this name came back into my mind. I remember being 10 yrs old when this happened, went to grade school with the family. This has forever stuck with me, the thought that these officers are fathers\mothers\husbands\wives.... family to someone. I can't imagine what it must have felt like for the Groves family back then and all these years. Just know that you are not forgotten and all those who serve are kept in thoughts and prayers!

Robert Harter
friend
September 14, 2015

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all, and you sir are a hero. May you continue to rest in peace Trooper Groves.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL
September 18, 2012

Out of all the calls I worked as an EMT, this is the one that I will never forget. We all tried so desperately to save you, but God had a better place for you when he called you home that day. Although I didn't know you personally, we often worked Turnpike accidents together. I truly admired your professionalism and your love of people that was so obvious.
To become the man that you were, I know it took wonderful parents. And I know that you, in turn, passed along your traits to your own children.
You will certainly continue to live on, passing along your values from generation to generation. Yours will be a great legacy. :)

Mary Raiman
SAVES Ambulance
July 11, 2012

Fred was such a great gut and good backup whenever needed. After all these years I still think about him.

Rick DeGroff, Retired
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
March 5, 2012

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

Officer 11169
February 9, 2012

My old friend Fred who I met when I 1st arrived in Florida circa 1974. Our wives worked together which was how I was introduced, and boy I was the lucky one!

I still recall hearing the fateful news and my instincts told ne it was you who had been shot before they ever announced your name. I guess since I knew your work shift and territory, not that hard to figure out!

A lot of time has passed my old friend, but you are not forgotten, and will long be remembered, so reat well!!

Vern Barclay
An old friend
December 30, 2011

You were such a kind, sweet, and giving man. RIP, and I know you and my grandmother Mollie, Capt. O'Brian, Betty, Trooper KD, Annie, and all the other FHP family is there in heaven sharing laughs and having good times! God speed.

Mollie-Michelle Jones
family member
December 23, 2011

We will never forget... HEROES live forever and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace Trooper Groves...

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

Deb
September 18, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th 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.

Fred, you were an amazing man who impacted many lives. From your reflections, I see that you are missed and loved by so many. May your spirit continue to soar.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
September 18, 2010

I remember Mr. Groves when I was growing up down the street from him. I remember how he use to watch over all the kids in the area, and try to keep us out of trouble.
When I was 15 or 16 years old I was in a car wreck and he was the responding officer. I felt a lot better knowing that he was there for not only me but my mom when I was taken to the hospital. We had no way to get home or to get my medicine, so he stopped at Eckerd's in Palm Springs so that I could get my pills. Then he took us home (about 5 houses from him).
I was in Buffalo, NY at the time that it happened and I was torn apart wondering who could harm such a special man. There is no way for them to know that he is the reason that most of us stayed out of trouble.
I remember one time when a friend of mine went missing and a body of a young girl had been found. He came to my house and had me go to his house so that his wife and he could be there just in case. It was her and they both put their arms around me so that I could cry.
I never got a chance to tell him that he was/is a very special person to all the kids that were growing up in the neighborhood. I never got the chance to tell his wife that my heart is broken right along with hers. I never was able to tell his kids how much he loved them.
The first chance I got to come back to FL, I went by his grave, and I could have sworn I heard him say "girls don't be out to long after dark cause this world isn't what it use to be".
He also was like a father to me as I didn't have one, and when he could he would spend time with his family and at times I would come down to go swimming in his pool.
I really miss him and his family as they were moved out by the time that I got back to FL. He was my inspiration to get my GED and later go to college...........
THANK YOU MR. GROVES FOR ALL THE SMILES AND FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP

Kathy

Kathy Poore Rippey
neihbor and friend
July 2, 2008

i worked with fred for many years during the good times alone with the bad on the 11 to 7 shift.and our fishing trips with his small son which we used to call bubba,fred you have been gone a long time now but a day does not go by were i dont stop and think about the good old days for a long time evertime i did paperwork somewere on that page i would write T.O.I.F.F..PEOPLE WOULD ASK ME WHAT THAT MENT
WHICH IS FOR (THIS ONE IS FOR FRED )BROTHER I MISS YA SOMEDAY
WELL PATROL THE STREETS AGAIN TOGETHER

REST IN PEACE

joseph de la riva jr
fhp troop L
May 24, 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
Sergeant
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 12, 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
Sergeant
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
October 2, 2007

MY DEAR FRIEND FRED,IT SEEMS LIKE IT WAS JUST YESTERDAY THAT WE LOST YOU,YET WHEN I THINK BACK,IT SEEMS LIKE A MILLION YEARS AGO WHEN WE WERE IN THE 38th RECRUIT CLASS TOGETHER.I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE ALWAYS LOOSE THE VERY BEST.YOU SIR WERE THE VERY BEST OF THE BEST,A TRUE FRIEND AND GENUINE GENTLEMAN.

SGT.PAUL BRAMLETT-PILOT
FHP RETIRED
January 23, 2007

Dear Fred:
When I received the news of your being shot on the Turnpike, I remember feeling sick, then angry. I was assigned to the uniform division of the Sheriff's Office at the time, and volunteered my time and efforts to assist in the manhunt for the suspects.
We never met before that tragic day. But your death, though tragic, has been a wake call for all of us to always be on guard. Twenty-two years has come and gone, but be assured, you will NEVER be forgotten, nor the sacrifice you made to our State and our country.
"Blessed are the peace makers, for they will be called the children of God".
Rest in peace, my brother. Amen

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office
August 11, 2006

you changed my life..and for that i thank you..i think of your kindness and advice often your passing hit me hard but your laugh overshadows all......God bless and hold you for eternity...

Leo McHugh
Auto Express Towing & Recovery Inc.
September 18, 2005

Fred was my neighbor and friend when I grew up in West Palm Beach. I was on duty with the US Army Military Police at Camp Casey, Korea when I learned of his death from a newspaper article mailed to me. Fred was the nicest person I have ever met in law enforcement. He will be missed.

Officer Steve Eubanks
Customs & Border Protection
August 1, 2005

I remeber sitting at the dinner table when the call came out that you had been wounded on the turnpike. I responded to the scene and was part of the 36hr manhunt which apprehended your killers. After that day I really learned how special we all are to one another even though we had never met.Your commitment and dedication will never be forgotten by your brothers in law enforcement, rest in peace brother.

Det. Fred Araujo
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
June 7, 2005

Trooper Groves attended the 38th recruit class of which I was a member. Trooper Groves exhibited leadership qualities and was/is respected by all that knew him. Trooper Groves took his duty very serious and would have had a greater career had his tour of duty not been cut short.

Trooper Groves, you are not forgotten.

Trooper Darrell E. Burnham (RET)
Florida Highway Patrol
April 9, 2005

You have left us but I think of you often and the many great things we did as kids.

Nancy Smedley
Sister
January 20, 2005

Gone home and will never be forgotten. You are truly missed.


2004-03-17

Trooper Jonas C. Jacobs (Retired)
Florida Highway Patrol
March 17, 2004

 
 

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