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Patrolman Charles M. Ross

Richmond Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, February 9, 1964

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Reflections for Patrolman Charles M. Ross

Patrolman Ross,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi DevilDog!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 9, 2024

Rest in peace Patrolman Ross.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 3, 2019

It is that Day again . . . . February 9, 2018. . . . 54 years since your End of Watch next door to St. Marks Catholic Church on 9th & Bissell Ave. . . . . Just after Midnight in the Iron Triangle neighborhood of Richmond Calif. . . . R.I.P. Sir,

It's just mE again . . . . Johnny (from Richmond) Lobato

Johnny Lobato

February 10, 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 9, 2018

Today is the 51 year anniversary of your "end of watch". I think a lot about that day of February 9, 1964. Not just because of the incident that caused your passing, although personally that incident impacted my family forever. But that day also impacted the world forever, although most of us don't really understand what happened to all of us that day. History knows that day as the day the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. It's called the British Invasion or the Beatles Invasion. Most people would probably say that these two incidents have nothing to do with each other. I would like to say that it isn't a coincidence that the B and the I are the 2nd and ninth letters in the alphabet and this date of feb. 9th is the 2nd month and the 9th day of the year or that your passing occurred on 9th & Bissell on the side of a church adorned with 3 crosses, or your name spells C.ROSS, or that the newspaper says you called into dispatch at 31 seconds past midnight, which was also your age (31)according to the Oakland Tribunes account. What I'm trying to say is that these and many more of the facts surrounding these events are not just coincidences. There are other forces involved that are just not understood by most. But they are real and we must wake up before its too late! These evil 1's control many things in this world, but one thing they can never control unless you allow them to, and that is your Soul, which is eternal and which I'm sure you found out just after 12:34 am on that February 9th 1964 when you were set free in Heaven! . . . . How fitting since your name Charles indeed means "free man". . . . This reflection is from an old admirer from the "good side of all men!" . . . R.I.P. Sir . . . Johnny From Richmond!. . . .

Johnny Lobato

February 10, 2015

49 years ago today was end of watch. It's incredible how time flies. I have so much I would like to say but not enough time so R.I.P. officer C. Ross..... from a Freedom Nobility Right!er....Johnny from Richmond

Johnny Lobato

February 10, 2013

Officer Ross,
On today, the 69th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Richmond. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

February 9, 2013

Officer Ross, yesterday was the 48 year anniversary of your end of watch. My last message to you last May 16 2011 was sorrowful and apologetic and I still stand by those words. But I have learned so much more since then in regards to why God takes away certain people at certain times. And I truly was moved by the letter that your Brother in-law Charles M. Santos sent to the City of Richmond the very same day you were buried. And I would like him to know that your passing did not go in vain. I truly believe that it changed history as did many things going on at that time. Civil rights, Matin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela's 27 year prison sentence. But your name Charles meant something and still does to this day. Wikipedia says the name Charles means Free Man, and I believe that 48 years and 1 day ago you ascended early to become a Free Man. I will see you when I get there.!..*.* An old admirer from the same side!!-!!-!!!.. Rest in Peace officer Ross Johnny From Richmond

Johnny Lobato
A Freedom Mobility Writer

February 10, 2012

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Ross. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012

I saw this reflection on Charlie Marion Ross and had to leave my recollections. I was the Deputy that use to drop by before I went on duty at MTZ. station just down the hill from the Ross family. On may ocassions I would meet your Dad for coffee at the quarter pound on 23rd. street. I worked 3-11 the night Charlie was killed. My phone rage at 0300 to give me the sicking news. I shall never forget Charlie and his young family. May God Bless them and keep them.

Sgt. Charlie McKee
CCC Sheriffs Dept.(Former)

September 8, 2011

It seems like yesterday Officer Ross when you left my house, and the next day we find out you were taken from us.
I felt so bad sitting in school not being able to be at your funeral to say goodbye to you. But I did say it Officer Ross. It was you who made me who I became. I too became a police officer and tried to set an example as you did. I miss you. Dale Duke

Dale Duke

May 16, 2011

Officer Ross it has been 47 years since your passing in front of St. Marks Catholic Church on 10th & Bissell. I was only 2 months old at the time and would be baptized in that same church in 3 more weeks. My Sister was only 16 yrs. old. & 5 mo's pregnant with my nephew at the time. She was married just six month's earlier in that same church.She lived in the back of that same church with her husband.He was 19 yrs. old and attended that same church by himself every Sunday for mass.. That Sunday would be an exception!.... I have thought about that February 9th Sunday morning in '64 since I can remember.Wondering exactly what happened and what would I have done.I have been looking for the news articles over the years with no luck until today.My initial intentions were to tell my family's side of the story. But after seeing your picture and how young you were,along with the nice things people said about you. I would rather just tell you that I am Sorry! I'm Sorry I seen you as the enemy! I'm also Sorry that my brother who was a medic couldn't save your life that night. He tried to get to you but they wouldn't let him help you! I am also sorry that your life was taken while in the line of duty to protect and to serve. But what I am mostly Sorry for, is that your Mother, Father and Wife & Children Would never be able to see you again. ..........Rest In Peace Officer Ross....

A New Admirer from the other side!

May 16, 2011

On the 45th anniversary of Patrolman Ross' death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Patrolman Ross is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

February 9, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 45th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05


February 9, 2009



September 8, 2008

RIP on behalf of Richmond PD. In may of 2008 a memorial at the police department was dedicated in honor of all of our fallen heroes. We encourage friends and family to pay us a visit any time.

Michelle Milam
Richmond Police Department, Crime Prevention Specialist

June 1, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 7, 2008

Officer Ross, it has been 44 years in Febuary, and you still not have been forgotten. I was 15 years old at the time and you were there for me. I just wish I could have been there for you. To Mrs. Ross and the children, your husband was very brave.

Dale Duke

January 1, 2008

Never forgotten...always loved.

November 21, 2007

God bless you and your family Officer Ross.

police officer

May 14, 2007

No man goes unnoticed before G-d.Thank you for your service.

February 9, 2006

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