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Trooper Roark Herbert Ross

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, May 15, 1986

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Reflections for Trooper Roark Herbert Ross

I knew you well 53 years ago when we were students together at the University of Pittsburgh. Many years have passed and I wished I had stayed in touch with you. I just found out that you died serving your country; I sure wish we had spent more time together but that's the way life is, but I’ll always value the short time that I knew you. You were one hell of a nice individual, an inspiration and a friend. I can't think of a finer person and thank you for your friendship and your sacrifice. I will always remember you buddy...peace be with you and your family always.

D. Westfall
Retired, Federal Government

August 2, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

May 15, 2021

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 15, 2015

Missing you more than ever. It feels as if time has stood still. You are forever in my heart. Love you.


September 30, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know that both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you their refletions.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 16, 2012

Today marks your End Of Watch. May 15, 1986. We are forever grateful for the years we had you. We miss you so much.

Your loving sisters, Betsy, Amy and brother Kevin.

Betsy Ross

May 15, 2012


Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and your sacrifice. Know that we are holding the line here, trying to find justice for all of those who seek it. We have you as our mentor, and as our brother.

Forever in my heart,
Your proud and loving sister,
Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross

November 2, 2010


Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and your sacrifice. Know that we are holding the line here, trying to find justice for all of those who seek it. We have you as our mentor, and as our brother.

Forever in my heart,
Your proud and loving sister,
Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross

November 2, 2010

Trooper Ross...Thank you for your service to the citizens of this Commonwealth; we can never repay you and your family.

Former PSP Civilian Employee

Former PSP Civilian Employee

April 4, 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

January 23, 2008

Rest in peace brother! We have the watch now. Keep watch on the rest of us from your new beat in heaven. God speed!

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)

November 24, 2007

Rest in peace Trooper, you are not forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

May 15, 2007

On the anniversary of your passing I pray God continues to give you family and co-workers comfort. Heros never die. Thank you for your service. Rest in peace.

911 Dispatcher

May 15, 2007

God Bless you Trooper Ross. You will be remembered in my daily prayers. Thank you for protecting the citizens of PA. May you rest in God's Love and Peace You will never be forgotten
Kkathi Halligan, Phila PA wife and mom of LEO

January 6, 2006


May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall softly on your fields
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Go to Glory, Roark...I love you, Betsy


January 27, 2005

Did you ever know that you're my hero, and everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle, cause you are the wind beneath my wings. It might have appeared to go unnoticed, but I've got it all here in my heart. I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it, I would be nothing without you. Roark, my beloved brother, you are my hero. Fly high against the sky, so high I almost touch the sky. Thank you, Thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings. See you soon. Amy


January 24, 2005

You made the ultimate sacrifice. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. We are proud of you and thankful for all of your service. May God bless you and your family.
Rest in Peace Brother.............

Pennsylvania State Police

February 19, 2004



he was a good cop,in high school i was stopped by him,instead of giving me a dui,he let me leave my car and he rode me home....john


I am a Pennsylvania State Trooper. A soldier of the law. To me is entrusted the honor of the force. I must serve honestly, faithfully, and if need be, lay down my life as others have done before me, rather than swerve from the path of duty. It is my duty to obey the law and to enforce it without any consideration of class, color, creed, or condition. It is also my duty to be of service to anyone who may be in danger or distress, and at all times so conduct myself that the honor of the force may be upheld.

My brother, your memory goes on with the fellow Troopers who recite and live these words.

The Pennsylvania State Police

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