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Deputy Sheriff Jack Allerton Romeis

Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, February 1, 1988

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Jack Allerton Romeis

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Romeis.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 1, 2020

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

November 13, 2016

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

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

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

On behalf of my family and my beloved father, I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. This coming February will be 26 years since his life with so much left to be lived was stolen from him. He had so many plans and dreams of how he was going to spend his "golden" years with my mother. My beautiful mother has stayed remarkably strong and is now 85 years young. There is not a day that goes by that we don't still feel the pain and the emptiness of his loss. It means a lot to us that so many people think of him. My God bless all of you and keep you safe. Michelle Romeis Farber

Michelle Romeis Farber
Eldest Daughter

December 5, 2013

We never met and I was very young when you passed. I have worked with those who knew you.

Yesterday I was in a class in another part of the state. I started talking with a deputy from another county. He showed interest in our county and looked ASO up on his MCT. When he looked the webpage up he asked me across the room who Jack Romeis was. I stated the facts I know from ODMP and words I have heard from some of the guys who worked with you and were there that night. I also informed him our patrol squad room is named after you.

I just figured you would like to know a deputy from another county wanted to hear about you so many year later and that your younger brothers still know about you.

Deputy 601

November 22, 2013

"Deputy Jack"... 25 years has gone by and it only seems like yesterday you were giving me tips on being a deputy, while I was an Explorer. You were a great mentor and I took the advice you gave me through the Academy and became an Officer. I know you would have been proud of me! Thank you for being a wonderful angel to all of us, and well see you again one day in that peaceful place called Heaven! May you continue to Rest In Peace!

Sandy Squires Sundberg

February 13, 2013

We will never forget.. continue to rest in peace Deputy Romeis.

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

February 1, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 24, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Romeis. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 5, 2012

Jack, I was a Reserve Deputy at ACSO at the time this happened. I had the opportunity to work with you a few times in patrol and when you were doing Teleserve. I remember some of your military stories as well. I will not forget seeing your patrol car after the wreck..or how many of us pulled and prayed for you while you were in the hospital. left us. I attended the funeral as so many local officers did and later on the state law enforcement memorial in Tallahassee FL. I worked 12 years for ACSO and now I am an officer in Texas. May God Bless your family and the current ACSO Department. Charles C. Grover Deputy Sheriff Johnson County TX

Deputy Sheriff
Johnson County TX

February 1, 2012


I remember sitting with your family and standing watch on the evening shift for those 30 days. Hoping and praying that you would wake up and everything would be better. But it didn't happen. And then standing in that place of honor with the Honor Guard as we said goodbye. It had been so long since one of us had fallen.

Your name honors us as it greats us every day as deputies enter and leave the squad room. New deputies as about your story and we, who remember you forever retell it, with warmth and sadness. About a fine man who was looking for the cat burglar among our midst but had his life taken by a bunch of joy riders.

You will always be remembered Jack. For the job you did, for your quirky smile and for us old timers who keep watch over your family. They are doing just fine. You would be proud of them.

See you where you walk God's beat when the time comes.

Deputy Clare Noble
Alachua County Sheriff's Office

July 31, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd 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.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 1, 2011

Time does not heal the pain in the hearts of those left behind, but it does make it easier to get through each day. We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for the citizens of Florida, and you are one of them.... Continue to rest in peace.

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


February 1, 2011

Jack, I remember that late night call like it was yesterday. I was in complete shock when communications called and asked me to respond to process the scene of your accident. To this day when I see your picture on our memorial wall or in the squad room I will think back to that night and remember the pain of loosing a friend and mentor. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless

Sergeant Daniel Gerard
Alachua County Sheriff's Office

February 5, 2009

Dear sir I still think of you and will never forget the
Sacrifice you made to keep the citizens of Alachua County
safe, Mrs. Romeis and family I hope all of you are blessed
Each day, I think of all of you often,I remember being a
Police Explorer with GPD, and attending Deputy Romeis's
Service and how strong you were when you stated to the
Media " He Died Doing what he Loved ", may god bless all
your family, and My fellow Thin Blue Line Family.
M.Miller OPD/City Watch Officer(Former GPD Explorer)

Ocala Police /City Watch Officer

April 25, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NHVV

January 28, 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

December 9, 2007

Deputy we still meet regularly in "your" squad room, named in your honor. I met your wife several years ago at a community function. She was very proud of your service. I was hired ten years and a few days after you were taken from us. Still enough folks around to share some stories. Thanks for your service.

Gadget ASO 574

Gadget ASO 574
Alachua CO SO

November 13, 2007

Rest in peace.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

April 5, 2004

Jack was my Godfather. I can't begin to share what he meant to me. I miss him every day. We had a young police officer killed in the line of duty in my town recently, and it has again reminded me of the piece missing in my life since my Uncle Jack isn't here anymore.


October 15, 2003

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