Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer George Leighton Pomraning, Jr.

Arlington County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, September 2, 1973

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Reflections for Police Officer George Leighton Pomraning, Jr.

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Ret.

February 12, 2024

Officer Pomraning,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like t say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Arlington County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 2, 2023

Rest in peace Officer Pomraning.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 2, 2019

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

June 24, 2016

Just thinking about you George . . my running buddy at VCU while we were both .l . then you to Arlington and me to Richmond. I continue to miss you . . knowing you're "not there."

With all the respect for fellow officers who subscribe to the belief system that some officers givie their lives in the line of duty, or give their lives for their community , , for clarification, please allow me to express this. George Pomranging did not GIVE his life to anybody or for anybody, and did not give his life in the protection of his community. He wouldn't have given his life for anything , , warriors do not GIVE their lives . . George's life was TAKEN by the forces of evil, byt a wanton criminal and egregious act. Thank you and God continue to bless you George.

Special Agent, ATF (Ret.)
Former Richmond, VA Police

May 7, 2015

George was just one of the many fine police officers I had the pleasure to serve during my career with ACPD, and one of three I knew who gave their life in the line of duty. He will always be fondly remembered. Rest In Peace George.

Arlington County Police Delartment/Emergency Communications Center

January 11, 2014

Officer Pomraning,
On today, the 39th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Arlington County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

September 2, 2012

I miss you George . . we all do . . rest easy my friend . . .

Special Agent Jim Crotty
ATF (Ret.)

September 2, 2012

George, I was speaking with Jim Crotty last night and he mentioned your name and how that it had been 38 years ago today you were taken from this earth.

I grew up in a family where my father, uncle, great uncles and cousins were all Richmond VA Police Dept police officers. What happened to you was always my biggest fear for my family members... and in fact I did have one cousin that was murdered in the line of duty as you were.

I wanted to let you know you, your life, hour heroism are honored and how it was all ripped away from you is remembered. Your memory is shared with others so you will continue to live on.
Rest easy.

Vanessa Duling
Richmond Virginia

Vanessa Duling
A Friend of a Friend

September 2, 2011

George, it's that day again . .another year mark since you were murdered . . . 38 of them . . . I hope your spirit and soul are at rest . . . I hope you are with your loved ones . . . I hope where you are is warm, secure, and offers eternal comfort and peace . . . I hope you know we miss you . . . honor you . . . will never forget you . . . I hope you know I'm writing this . . . you were the best . . person . . and policeman . . . talk to you soon buddy . . . rest easy . . . your friend forever, Jim

Jim Crotty
ATF Special Agent (Ret.)

September 2, 2011

Hello George.

You don't know me... I'm a good friend of your good friend, Jim Crotty. He told me about you today... how you met, the good times you had shared, how you died, and what a great friend you were to him.

Jim was also a very good friend and fellow officer of my cousin, Patrolman Vernon Leigh Jarrelle, Richmond Police Department, Richmond VA. Vernon was shot down and murdered in an attempted robbery one month and one day before you on August 1, 1973... it will be 38 years ago tomorrow. I was an only child and Vernon was more like my big brother than a cousin. I was devastated by his death. My heart goes out to your family as I know how hard it is to endure this kind of loss. I cannot imagine how hard it was for Jim to loose two friends only one month apart. Both friends the victims of needless, senseless murders.

I just wanted to stop in and thank you for all you did to make the world a better place for all of us. Now that I know you... I will remember you always... and hold you in highest regard... and make sure others hear of your heroism.

Vanessa Duling
Richmond, Virginia

Vanessa Duling
Friend of a Friend, Jim Crotty

July 31, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 2, 2010

Well George, it's that day again, only this tome, 37 years ago. We thought the world of you George . . you were the best. We'll have to close our ranks a little tighter becswue you will never be replaced . . not with someone with your qualities. Rest easy now George and until next time I visit you, know we care and we admire and respect you. I'll speak you name until the that I die. Your friend, and former Richmond, VA Police Officer, Jim Crotty

Special Agent Jim Crotty (Ret.)
Bueaua of ATF

September 2, 2010

I miss you George. I had the opportunity to speak your name today & to tell a friend about you. Rest easy George . .

Jim Crotty

July 24, 2010


It's so hard to believe that you were murdered 35 years ago this month. I miss you. Every time I'm in Arlington and speak to an officer, I'll ask if they know your name. If they don't, I take the opportunity to tell them about you.

It's still a highly regarded department George, as it was the night you so proudly showed me your new, beautiful Arlington County Police Department badge. I'll never forget that moment . . . we were in the lobby of Rhodes Hall at our school, Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond. You'd driven down from Arlington, to see your future wife, and I was a senior. . . seems like yesterday.

Rest easy my friend. You'll never be forgotten. With brotherly love and utmost respect, Jim Crotty (former Richmond, VA police officer and good friend of George Pomraning.)

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

September 10, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 1, 2008



June 24, 2007

It is so hard to believe that 31 years ago today, you were murdered. What might have been George . . . you were so sharp . . . so squared away . . . so "10-8." What might have been? . . . How many children would you have had? . . . How far would you have advanced in the Police Department . . . What great things would you have done for our profession . . . we'll never know. Every time I meet an Arlington County Police Officer I tell them about you, and I ask them to tell others. I won't let you be forgotten buddy. I miss you . . . your presence on this earth enhanced the quality of my life and the lives of all who you met. Until we meet again my friend, with utmost respect and brotherly love, your good friend, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

September 2, 2004

George, my college buddy and brother police officer. You graduated before me from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (VCU) with a degree in Law Enforcement. All of us in the small law enforcement program were so proud of you when you were selected to be a Police Officer with the highly regarded Arlington County (VA) Police Department. George, I'll always remember when, after becomming a policeman, you traveled back to VCU to see your girlfriend (and future wife) and I saw you in the lobby of the girl's dorm. When I saw you I was so happy! I asked you if I could see your badge. You discretely and proudly showed me that shiney new Arlington Counnty police badge and I.D. I was so impressed and happy for you. You were always so respectable, so quiet, so outgoing . . . everyone wanted to be around you. Every time I'm at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, I look at your recruit class graduation picture. You were tall and are in the back row . . . and as always, had that pleasant look on your face.

Why did that 14 year old shoot you? Why? You had tried so hard to keep the convenient store manager from prosecuting . . . less than an unpaid dollar's worth of candy in his pocket. . . an unknown .38 caliber revolver in his boot . . . the means that he would steal you from us. The world will never be the same without you George. Like so many others, I miss and honor you . . . With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty, former Richmond (VA) Virginia Police Officer and retired ATF Agent.

Special Agent Jim Crotty
ATF (SA, Retired)

February 12, 2004

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State University Police Department, our thoughts and prayers to the Pomraning family and the Arlington County Police Department.

Virginia State University Police Department

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