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Patrol Officer Curtis John Ramsdell

Columbia Heights Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Saturday, July 30, 1977

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Curtis John Ramsdell

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

July 30, 2020

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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

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

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

January 23, 2013

Officer Ramsdell was a kind and friendly man and was personally kind to me. When I began working as a Police Officer many years ago, I tried my best to emulate his mannner of being a true public servant. I still think of him often and the tragic means o his death. He is missed.

Jeff Roller
Retired, Former Heights resident.

April 9, 2012

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice, you are not forgotten


January 31, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 26, 2007

I've only lived in Columbia Heights for nine months and although I didn't know Officer Ramsdell personally, I am saddened by his loss. In the last thirteen years, we've lost four officers in the line of duty and one retired officer just passed away recently. I can sense, without ever having met him, that Officer Ramsdell was a good Police Officer and performed his duties well. "Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God". Matt 5:9. In 1994, when we lost two officers and a canine, this was part of their memorial. I'd like to share it with you.
"Now cracks a noble heart" "Goodnight sweet prince" "And may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest". I wish I could have met Officer Ramsdell. I know I would have liked him. He had a kind face and a gentle smile. Every time a Police Officer dies, a little piece of us dies too. There is no more dangerous and thankless a job, than that of a Police Officer. I will end with this quote from the Bible: "No Greater Gift Can a Man Give, Than to Lay Down His Life for Another". That is what Officer Curtis John Ramsdell did. I won't ever forget him. Thank you. Steven M Barlow - former Reserve Officer - S.P.P.D. - sqd. 1212.

retired reserve off. Steven Barlow
Saint Paul Police Department

August 17, 2007

With great fondness and profound sadness I remember Curt. He had asked me if I wanted to ride along on Friday night July 29, 1977 something I did frequently after my 3-11p shift as a police technician for Columbia Heights Police Department - that night I declined as I was very tired.

I will never forget this slow speaking, kind and gentle man - this "down to earth" police officer.

There was a little sign on Curt’s locker which encapsulated Curt’s demeanor, it read “A Real Diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you look forward to the trip.”

Curt I was honored to know you. I will forever miss you.

Ofcr Marty Will, Mpls PD retired
former Col Hgts PD Police Tech

July 17, 2006

God Bless You.
I wish all the best to his wife a family.
I hope that everyone stays safe.

Officer Greg Gordon
Washington, IL Police Dept.

December 16, 2004

A hero remebered.

Ofc. T. LeGarde
Univ. of Minn. Duluth Police Dept.

June 22, 2004

You are not forgotten....................

Sgt. Al Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

April 16, 2004

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