Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Daniel L. O'Brien

Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island

End of Watch Tuesday, August 31, 1954

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Reflections for Trooper Daniel L. O'Brien

He was my dads' cousin, I never knew him but heard about how he tried to save a woman during the hurricane.


September 1, 2022

I am now 86 years old. I lost you when I was 19. I am still in love with you and always will be. When you drowned in Hurricane Carol, my mother said, "You have experienced the worst thing that will ever happen to you." She was right!

Meredith Cass[ck

April 27, 2022

Danny was the love of my life. We had planned to be married in April of 1955, then I would enter and complete my senior year at URI. We had absolutely NO warning that a hurricane was coming.

Name in 1954 was Meredith (Merry) Holt.

January 29, 2022

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 31, 2020

Saturday, August 31, 2019 will be the 65th anniversary of your death. I have sent your picture and a brief message to run in the Providence Journal on that day. You are NEVER to be forgotten! I think of you every day.
Love, your fiancee, Merry

Merry Holt Cassick

August 29, 2019

Thinking about you today. Thank you for your honorable service in our nation's military and police force. RIP

John Haseltine - Civilian

June 29, 2016

Rest In Peace cousin Danny

Ret. PO Kevin Andrews
South Kingstown PD Rhode Island

March 15, 2016

RIP cousin......

Ret. PO Kevin Andrews
South Kingstown PD Rhode Island

March 15, 2016

It will be 62 years ago on August 31, 2016 that I lost you. I think of you every single day and look forward to seeing you in the next life. I am still in love with you and always will be. Your fiancee, Merry Holt Cassick

Merry Holt Cassick

February 12, 2016

I read your epitaph with a lump in my throat. A brave man who held the same name as my son. I also note that you gave your life on the same day of the same month that my daughter Rachel died aged 21 (albeit 58 years later.) Your kind are needed in this world and this world is all the poorer for your departure. God bless. xxx

SGT (ret'd) RAF Police
Now HM Prison Service

June 24, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 59th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 22, 2013

Trooper O'Brien,

When I forget that there are still true heroes in the world I think of you and these other officers who are giving their all for people they do not know. Thank you for your bravery, service and giving me a hero. I am truly sorry that you family and fiance lost you. As a newlywed myself, I often think about losing my spouse as he goes off to work. I am sorry you two never got to celebrate your love. Thinking of you.

Rachel Vanetti
Law Enforcement Wife

September 30, 2012

Will remember him tonight when we do "Last Call" at McBride's in Providence


August 31, 2012

I remember Danny well. I was 14 when he was killed and hung out with his younger brother Bobby. Danny spent a lot of time with us guys on his days off. He was a great guy and influenced all of us buys in Lincoln Park. RIP Danny, I think of you often.

Cliff Cook
Friend and neighbor

March 25, 2012

Trooper Daniel O'Brien saved my family, my dad's car stalled and he pushed our car across the bridge, saving the lives of my mom, dad, sister and myself. We were staying at a friend's vacation home in Matunuck when the water started coming up to the windows and we crawled out. I was 12 at the time and I can still see the water rushing down the windshield as he pushed our car very fast along the road, not being able to see anything in front of us, he pushed us to safety along side an old gas station, then went back across the bridge to attempt to save others. We were the last ones he saved before he lost his own life. John and Kay Stevens, daughters Pamela and Judith, we lived at 61 Potter St. in East Providence we lived above dad's shop Stevens Saw Service. Thank you Trooper O'Brien, ironically my mom's maiden name was Catherine O'Brien.

J. Stevens
He saved our family

February 21, 2012

God bless you Trooper O'Brien and thank you for your service to our great state. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Neil Fidler

February 10, 2012

It is now 2012 and I still think of you every day, Danny; I will always love you. Merry (Meredith Holt Cassick)

Meredith H. Cassick

January 29, 2012

You will always be remembered. Rest in peace.

Lieutenant Stanley Harmon
Crisfield Police Dept.

August 27, 2011

Your service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Sgt. G.T. Martin
Collier Co. S.O. (FL)

April 24, 2010

Danny O'Brien was the love of my life and I'll never forget him. He was the most outstanding person one could ever meet and as true and honest as anyone could be. His badge number was 40. Danny was truly a hero.

Meredith (Merry) Holt Cassick
Engaged to be married to Danny

August 29, 2009

Trooper O'Brien your service and sacrifice has not been forgotten. Rest in Peace Brother.

Connecticut State Police

November 22, 2006



November 3, 2005

Thank you for your service Trooper. You are not forgotten,


May 14, 2005

Be proud trooper, your sacrific will be forever charished. Rest in peace troop!!

Florida Highway Patrol

March 13, 2005

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