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Officer David H. Rose

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Saturday, February 20, 1971

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Reflections for Officer David H. Rose

Officer Rose,

On this 52nd anniversary of your passing, I wanted to let you know that no passage of time shall ever erase the sacrifice you made for your community. As a DC native and former longtime resident of 20 years, I am grateful for your sacrifice and willingness to keep the peace. On this day my heart is with your family and all of the fine men and women who had the pleasure to serve alongside you. You will never be forgotten…

Daniel Bloom
Criminal Justice Scholar/Prospective Law Enforcement Officer
Silver Spring, Maryland

February 20, 2023


It's taken me 50 years to get back to you, even though I have thought about that fateful Saturday night, everyday since. I try not to dwell on how unfair it was to you, your young bride and family, or why it wasn't me or one of the other MPDC brothers, first out of Scout 124. We have all grown old and gray now, but in our minds you are forever young. Time doesn't heal the pain but only teaches us to live with it and I'm sorry I've taken so long to get back to you, but we'll see each other again and until then as the Scottish ballad goes:

"So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be to you all"

John Z
4th District MPDC

John Zanelotti
Fellow Officer

May 14, 2021

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


United States Border Patrol

February 20, 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)

February 20, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Rose. A D. C. police hero of honor and integrity.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 12, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 20, 2018

Officer Rose,
On today, the 46th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the District of Columbia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 20, 2017

Some fine officer from the Charlotte, NC PD helped your brother today Dave. I'm going to try to thank them for you. You will live on in my son Dave. Watch over us from Valhalla.

Bud Dunlap
U.S. Army / Vietnam 710' - 71'

August 5, 2014

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 4, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst 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.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your faimly and friends for shariing their memories of you in their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 20, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 5, 2012

I just found this site - should have looked for it before.
Just so you know that you are missed by your old friend and I do cherish the memories of our high school antics and the visits we shared after your return from 'Nam.


Don Standish Ambridge HS class of 1966

January 16, 2012

Dave, You are a Hero!!! You are my older brother that I lost way to early in life. I look forward to seeing you again soon. I love you and Miss You. Your Loving sister, Millee

Millee Rogers

June 30, 2009

David, You watched over me as a younger sister. I know you are watching over me and all your family from above. I love you. Your youngest sister, Millee


June 30, 2009



February 12, 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

I just heard your story today and wanted to express my sympathy. Please watch over us as we carry on your work. May you rest in peace.

Montgomery County (MD) Police

November 17, 2007

"My Brother"

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was idealistic and believed he could make a difference.
He was immensely proud of the uniform and the badge and what they represent.
He felt privileged to be of service to his department, his community and to his country.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was friendly, courteous, and polite, yet firm.
He laughed and joked, but was serious when necessary.
He was competent, trained, and professional.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He had a strong sense of right and wrong and became
frustrated when true justice became sidetracked.
He felt the sharp criticism that goes with the job, but he
never wavered.
He stood by and for his fellow officers.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He longed for his family during the long hours.
He worried about them during his shifts and the lonely
weekends, holidays and midnights when they were apart.
He felt guilty about the lost time, but knew his calling
and prayed they would understand.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was a good son, a loving husband, and a devoted father.
He was dedicated to the profession and cared about the
people he served.
He wanted to do the best job that he could and strived to
be the best he could be.
He was a good citizen and a good neighbor.

He was a cop.

Yes, I did know him.
He was a cop, he was my Brother.

Rest easy Brother Rose, we have the watch...

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isaiah 6:8

You answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice. Rest easy in God's kingdom and watch over us as we continue the battle here on earth!!!


April 8, 2007

I'll never forget those years we shared growing up as cousins and good friends. You bravely served your country. You served the city you were sworn to protect and gave your life in the process. I'll never forget you. You are indeed a hero.

Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
Beaver County Pennsylvania

May 19, 2006

david was my cousin,and a good friend. my son is named after him. daivd is sorely missed by all the rose / dunlap family members. semper fi, dave. bud

bud dunlap
u.s. army

December 30, 2005

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