Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Wildlife Officer Margaret E. "Peggy" Park

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, December 13, 1984

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Reflections for Wildlife Officer Margaret E. "Peggy" Park

Thank you for correcting the facts Lynda. You’re still awesome! It means a lot that so many people still think about Peggy.

Betsy Park
Peggy’s sister

July 31, 2021

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)

December 13, 2020

While not directly connected, I have run into this case several times in my career as an attorney.

I was a first year law student at Stetson University (St. Petersburg, Florida) at the time of Grossman's trial in 1985. My research and writing class assignment was loosely based on the trial. My teaching assistant for the class was somehow involved directly with the case, providing legal research to a party or the court. I spent a day or so sitting in the gallery watching the trial.

Years later, opposing counsel in an unrelated case told me he was formerly a Pinellas County Deputy Sheriff who was part of the SWAT team that arrested Grossman. He said Grossman cried like a baby and pleaded for his life then thinking the officers would rough him up and kill him.

Years later, I made the acquaintance of the undertaker who removed Officer Park's remains from the scene. His story is numbing, chilling, sad, all at the same time.

I have reflected on this case many times over the years. I find it tragic and sad that Officer Park lost her life just doing her job. It is sad that Grossman deprived Office Park of the opportunity to grow old. It's sad that Grossman made the decision to send his life on the trajectory he did in that short moment when he decided to disarm and murder Officer Park.

Attorney John W. Gardner
The Gardner Law Firm, Brandon, Florida

November 17, 2020

Going from the top to the bottom of this write up: Officer Peggy Park did not cite a poacher. Peggy had just issued citation to a man burning copper wire in the same area, he was later a witness. Peggy did not hear gunshots, she observed the headlights of a van going into the undeveloped subdivision and suspected night hunting. There were deer in the area. Peggy was pushed down over her veh seat and beaten with her flashlight by Martin Grossman. Peggy managed to take her 357 call service weapon from its holster. Three shots were fired one went through the bottem of a cup in her cupholder. The second shot went into the firewall of the rear passenger side, the third was a skip round. The 2nd suspect Thane Nathan Taylor, was not grazed, peggy kicked him in the balls and he fell backwards as she fired her first shot. He stayed on the ground as grossman wretched the weapon from Peggy's hand. Grossman shot peggy behind her left ear, she remai ed bent over the seat until they passed her veh as they fled. Taylor testified that she slipped to the ground on her back as they passed. Sometime after Taylor's release he committed suicide. I was a florida wildlife officer and Peggy's best friend, I carried her coffin, attended every minute of the trial along with her family, and attended the execution of Martin Edward Grossman.
Why is it that write ups like this cant get the facts of this tragedy accurate. Future officers could benefit from knowing the correct details.

Retired L E O Lynda B Tharp
1979 to 1986 florida wildlife officer

February 7, 2020

Today we in Florida Fish and Wildlife Recruit Class 39 honored Officer Margaret “Peggy” Park with a memorial workout. Her murder is a testament to the dangers of being a law enforcement officer. Officer Park’s sacrifice in the line of duty shows the need for us to take our training seriously and the continued need to push ourselves so that we might honor her memory. Her desire and drive to protect others and Florida’s resources sets a bar that the rest of us will constantly strive to achieve. Though she is no longer with us, Officer Park will live on in our memory as we continue to protect the resources she died to preserve.


FWC Recruit Class 39

December 18, 2019

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

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 13, 2018

I just walked the Peggy Park Trail in Chestnut Park in Palm Harbor. As a medically retired Police Officer from California (2000), I wanted to know more about Officer Peggy Park and her sacrifice. Back then there weren't too many women Law Enforcement Officers. At the time in 1984, I was in the Coast Guard, working at a small boat Search & Rescue Station in Alaska, aspiring to be a Police Officer after my enlistment. Even in the USCG, I was in a rate, a line of work, a Boatswain's Mate, which was entirely male dominated. I'm not the office type woman Officer is! We love the outdoors, want to help make our community a safer place to live, and to help people during their greatest time of need. All of us women back then in the military, in Law Enforcement, were all pioneers, attempting to break the glass ceiling into new occupants and it was NOT easy by any means. I finished my enlistment & served my community as a Police Officer until I was injured in a violent struggle with a two-striker gangbanger, high on drugs, with a felony warrant, who refused to return to prison. That ended my career of 13 years and I have been in physical pain ever since. I would easily say that over 80% of my Officer peers also were injured in the line of duty and were forced to retire. I know how hard it is to be a woman Officer. There were so few of us but I would do it all over again. But how sad that Peggy's life ended with a senseless violent death... because someone, a habitual criminal, didn't want to go back to jail. Instead, to remain free, he killed a woman. I have experienced that same resisting arrest scenario so many times on the streets and in the end, that is exactly how my career ended. As I walked the trail, I reflected..., appreciating her efforts and others who patrol tirelessly day & night, all year round, during a thankless, dangerous occupation. Peggy, may you Rest in Peace Girl. Job well done! Thoughts, prayers, & tears and a Blue Rose to you... from a Sister in Blue

Debbie Gorzycki
Retired, Oxnard PD, California

August 19, 2018

I can remember the night that Peggy was shot as clear as if it were yesterday. I was serving as her "sister" saltwater counterpart in the Florida Marine Patrol. Friends of my husband kept frantically calling saying they had heard a female officer had been killed in a remote area. They thought it was me. There were not many women serving in uniform for the State of Florida in 1984 when Peggy was murdered. I could hear my husband say repeatedly to callers that it was Peggy Park, not me.

My "End of Watch" was a voluntary one after twenty years of service to go home to be with my toddler son. To me, it is sad that Peggy never had a chance at those choices: to pick her retirement date or to be a mom. May she rest in peace.

Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Jenna S. Venero
Florida Marine Patrol (Fla. Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission)

April 19, 2018

Peggy was my friend at Ohio State University. We were members of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and roommates for many quarters. One winter quarter, we played in the basketball pep band together. I thought we would be friends for life. Her death was so tragic.

Liz Blai
College friend

March 24, 2018

Officer Margaret E. Park will never ever be forgotten. Thank you for your service, and may your soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

February 17, 2018

FWC Class 31 is humbled by the opportunity to complete today’s memorial workout remembering Officer Peggy Park. Officer Park gave her life protecting others through the relentless arrest and prosecution of criminals. Her dedication to the agency will never be forgotten and lives on in each and every one of us as we pledge to perform our duties in the same relentless manner in which Officer Park did.

FWC Class 31
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

December 14, 2016

When I walk the trail named after you in Chestnut Park I will think of you and say a prayer.

Faine Beckerman
I walk on the trail named after her.

May 2, 2016

Thank you for your service in a field close to my heart! Protection of animals! You are not forgotten!!

Maritime Security Officer Beverly Bowers
McRoberts Maritime Security agency

December 13, 2015

I was Peggy's Priest at St. John's Episcopal Church in Clearwater 1982-1984. I left before her murder for Michigan for another church, and heard about it later.

Several years later I turned down an opportunity to work full time with North Las Vegas PD. I was a reserve officer there 1988-1990. The memory of her helped me to make this decision I had 2 small children....

I remember her as a fun loving young woman, one whom I admired, and I think of her often.

Wayne Michael Brana
Episcopal Priest

August 28, 2014

HEROES live forever and you maam are a hero we will never forget. May you continue to rest in peace Wildlife Officer Park.

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

December 13, 2012

Dear Sister (sorority),
I love you to this day. I pray for your family and for the families of the murderers.

I know that you forgave your murderer.

I miss you and look forward to the time we can catch up in heaven. I know I'll find you amongst all the wild animal friencs and human friends and family you had in this life.

Sunday Zidonis
AZ chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha

Sunday Zidonis

December 3, 2012

we never had the chance to meet but, i think of you everytime i walk the trail dedicated to you at John Chestnut park in Palm Harbor,FL. May you rest in peace and know that you are not forgotten. I only wish the 2nd suspect could have been sentenced to death as well. he deserves it.

Mary MacIntyre
no relation just a regular citizen

November 18, 2012

Thinking of you and your family.

Special Agent

September 24, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 9, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th 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 solace for all those who love and miss you.
Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 14, 2011

God bless you rest in peace

Lt. J.P.

December 13, 2011

We will never forget... Continue to rest in peace Officer Park.

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


December 13, 2011

Heroes do live forever, we will never forget...

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


December 13, 2010

To the Family of Wildlife Officer Park:
I wanted to offer my sympathies on your heinous murder. You were taken from your family, community and fellow law enforcement officers. I could not agree more with PO Ari Maas and how my fellow colleagues could argue about Mr. Grossman"s supposed 77 IQ, this is nonsense. The Torah spells out specifically how we are to respect others and most of all those in law enforcement. By the way officer Maas, my dad was one of NYCPDs finest in the 102 precinct for almost 40 years. May you rest in peace officer Park. You were a true hero, whose courage and bravery till the end made you a cut above the rest. You story was in the book I read "true Heroines" written by Dr. William Wlllbanks. When one is on probation such as Mr. Grossman he should have pondered his actions and definitely not have been carrying a weapon. A no no for sure. He deserved the punishment as set forth by the jury that found him guilty.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 21, 2010

Officer Park:
Your killer's case has been in the news as of recent. Orhtodox Rabbis were fighting for his repreive. As a Jewish LEO, I am ashamed of the person that they picked to fight for. Your murder finally got what he deserved. The "torah" (the Jewish bible) was the first writen law containing capital punishment. While I know it will not bring you back to your family, I hope that it has brought them some closure. Rest in peace. Baruch Dayan Emet, Blessed is the true judge.

PO Ari Maas

February 19, 2010

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