Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Sergeant Jack R. Ohrberg

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Thursday, December 11, 1980

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Reflections for Detective Sergeant Jack R. Ohrberg

Major Steve Garner,

Thank you so much for your reflection of DETECTIVE SERGEANT JACK OHRBERG.

Jack and his long-time Partner, HARRY T (TOM) LOVELL were very close friends and as a young man were mentors of mine. I think of Jack and Tom nearly every day. A native of Indianapolis, after my service as a Security Police Officer in the USAF, I lived in Los Angeles for 2 years, then Chicago for 2 years, followed by 17 years in New York City, finally relocating to Miami, Florida.

I co-authored "DAVID JANSSEN-MY FUGITIVE" with Ellie Janssen (Dave's first wife). Based upon the success of that biography, I decided to embark on a career of writing. My first novel, "The Execution of Justice" is based on Jack and his viscious murder. His daughters thanked me, and that means so much to me. I would be honored to send you a copy. If interested, send me your postal address.

Best regards,

Mike Phelps

J. D. Michael Phelps

September 29, 2020

This incident was the springboard for improvement of caring for first responders in critical incidents. I was not there that morning but knew every officer involved and they were severely impacted.

Major (Ret) Steve Garner
IPD

September 16, 2020

This death became the birthplace of treating the survivors from critical incidents with the regard they’re due.

Major (Ret) Steve Garner
IPD

September 16, 2020

Rest in peace and olav hashalom Detective Sergeant Ohrberg.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 7, 2020

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

December 11, 2019

NEVER FORGOTTEN!
COPS CYCLING FOR SURVIVORS

Monica Zahasky
Cops Cycling for Survivors

December 11, 2018

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

December 10, 2018

Jack was a great Police Officer. a devoted husband, father, and MENTOR. He treated everyone, even the "bad guys" with respect and dignity.

He is sorely missed and shall NEVER be forgotten!

Mike Phelps
Devoted friend.

December 14, 2017

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute!

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD-IMPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

December 10, 2017

Eternal Rest

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD-IMPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

December 11, 2016

I love you, papaw. For some reason you've been on my mind heavily lately.

Megan Neely
Granddaughter

March 23, 2016

Eternal Rest

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

December 10, 2015

Missing you, Uncle Jack, on this 34th anniversary as I do every day.

Susan
Niece

December 11, 2014

Eternal Rest

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

December 11, 2014

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Detective Sergeant Ohrberg. Thank you for your valor and commitment.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 19, 2014

Eternal Rest, Sarge.

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

December 11, 2013

I never knew Jack but a dear friend, Michael Phelps, knew him well and looked up to him in many ways, considering Jack one of his closest friends and a mentor.

It's sad when people we might refer to as the "salt of the earth" get taken away so soon, especially when families and friends are left to mourn, when small children are forced to endure situations they shouldn't even have to imagine.

Jack definitely laid down his life - for his family, for his friends and for the city he took such pride in protecting. Even for me, a person who has never as much as heard the sound of his voice, saw his smile or witnessed his interactions with family and friends, he will never be forgotten...and I have to thank author Michael Phelps for the introduction to this courageous man named Jack.

I could only wish
friend of a friend

April 2, 2013

Rest in Peace, Detective Sergeant Ohrberg. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 24, 2013

Many have learned from yesterdays, many still live for today, yet most do hope for tomorrow.

S. I. Drake, Lt. IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

December 11, 2012

Gone but not Forgotten!!

Richard Wilbur
IPD Retired

December 11, 2012

I attended this year's memorial service and when your name was read I was rminded of just how many lives were shatrtered that morning. Those who were with you, our police family, your own family and certainly the families of thse two men who did this.

Steve Garner
IPD

May 8, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-first 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.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 30, 2011

JACK,

11 December 1980 you were called home, leaving a beautiful family to mourn your loss and celebrate your life and to share your life with countless colleagues and friends, including the citizens of Indianapolis whom you served with dedication, distinction and selfless acts of kindness and courage. Every life you touched can never forget you. God Belss. Thanks for being my friend.

Michael Phelps
Miami, Florida

Michael Phelps
Friend

December 13, 2011

Although I never knew you, I was the man who went through all the evidence and was ordered to destroy it in 1998. I found your hat and wallet... I gave them to your family. Your badge was in it and many other things were found of importance... Your partner cried as we went through it all and I heard the whole story, not just what was placed here as narrative. I commend you and thank you for everything you did to take these thugs off the street. I cried when I saw the alarm clock and heard that the plug had been ripped out of the wall and that was the deciding evidence to prove they were lying about not knowing there were cops at the door... You saved Indianapolis from a further spree of crimes and gave your life. GOD Bless You as he does everyday when you see him.

John King
Indianapolis Police Department

May 27, 2010

Jack,

Twenty-nine years since that dreadful day.

You will never be forgotten by those who love you, worked with you, were touched by your dedication and compassion in doing your job. You once said being a Homicide Detective was "under-rated, over-worked, but worth every bit to bring closure to the victims and their loved ones".

You helped so many people in so many ways.

YOU will never be forgotten.

Mike

Michael Phelps
Friend

December 29, 2009

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