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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

"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

July 31, 2007

Heroes and the sacrifices they make are never forgotten. Detective Ohrberg, you are a true hero and you are not forgotten.

SPO
Salem, Va

December 11, 2006

Detective Ohrberg was a friend and great Officer. I knew Jack through my father, fellow Officer Charles Richardson, now deceased. Jack was caring and went out of his way to help. He was a great example to us all. I know he is missed by all that knew him.

Bonnie Fivecoats

Bonnie Fivecoats
friend

June 5, 2006

Rest easy Sir, you are not forgotten

citizen of Indianapolis

September 13, 2005

I was privileged to have known Jack as a good friend and mentor. He and Detective Harry Thomas Lovell (Deceased), had a tremendous influence on me as a young boy. Jack was a warm, compassionate and dedicated police officer who truly cared about all people. He is the epitomy of the slogan; "To Serve and Protect".

Mike Phelps
Civilian

October 8, 2003

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