Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Robert Terrell Roulston

Anaheim Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, October 16, 1988

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Reflections for Officer Robert Terrell Roulston

Missing you today and always

Adam Roulston

October 16, 2020

It is strange not attending a memorial this May. First police memorial week that I have not visited since we lost you.

Adam Roulston

May 15, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Roulston.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 13, 2020

Its been 30 years today. I frequently remember the jokes and laughs we all had. On that day we waved at each other when you rode by then you were gone. You will always be in our hearts.

Anaheim PD

October 16, 2018

30 years has passed. Both rapidly and painfully slow. Wish we could have shared a beer and the open road together on this day instead. Time does not heal, it just compiles experiences we can’t share together.

Thank you for the other reflections posted here.

Adam Roulston

October 16, 2018

Officer Roulston,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Anaheim. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 16, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

October 16, 2017

We will be remembering Officer Nelson and Officer Roulston of the Anaheim Police Department during the 2017 Orange County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony and Candlelight Vigil on May 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm, at the OC Peace Officers' Memorial located at the Sheriff's Regional Training Facility in Tustin, CA. Please join us if you can. Those who have fallen in the line of duty will never be forgotten.

Dep. Doug Woodward

May 23, 2017

Miss you the same as if it were yesterday.

Adam Roulston

October 17, 2016

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 17, 2015

Missing you, as always.
Police Week - 2015

Adam Roulston

May 11, 2015

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 17, 2013

I remember being an Anaheim Police Explorer and attending officers Roulston's funeral. That day I decided I was going to be a police officer. I also remember being an expolorer with his son Adam.

Conrail Police

December 12, 2012

Thinking of you today and always.

Adam Roulston

October 16, 2010

Pooh Bear. I have thought of you many times over the pat 20 years. I was the second at the scene when you fell. It was apparent to both of us you had gone and nothing we could do would help bring you back. We tried, but to no avail. I stayed to investigate the collision until it was taken out of our hands. All of us will never forget when you stopped Santa and gave him a field sobriety test. I still have a picture of that night. You always made me laugh so hard. That is what I remember of you. You always made everyone around you feel welcome. Remember the night we BBQ’d stakes on the grill at the tennis courts. How about the time I found you getting a tan on the hood of a unit during your code 7 down at the stables? I have lived with your image for a long time and have always thought of you when I really need a good laugh. I know you are probably riding you motor patrolling heavens roads keeping them safe. It seem like just yesterday when we last spoke. See you.

Bob D. 26-788

Investigator Bob DePaola

March 16, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 21rst 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 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 am sure that you are proud that your son followed in your footsteps. The hurt never goes away for those who called you beloved as is evidenced by your son's moving reflection.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


October 16, 2009

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

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

Officer Roulston,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Anaheim. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



October 16, 2008

The day has come to come to mark the 20th year of the date of your death. Since the day you died, I had never thought much about tomorrows, yet alone decades. There are still daily emotions that are at times difficult to deal with. Time has healed, but I will never be complete.

Now the void that has been created in my life has been passed on to the family I have created. My wife and sons, even though they never had the chance to meet you, also feel a void. I'm doing my best to bring up my boys as "river rats." Every trip brings back great memories of our times on the water.

I miss your great sense of humor and sarcastic outlook on things. The humor and sarcasm torch has been passed on to me and I can even see it developing in my kids now. I also miss the conversations we had about life and wish I could have talked to you about more issues as an adult.

This year is very strange. It marks the 20th year of your death. You were 38 and I'm now 34. You had 15 years on the job. I now have 14. I was 14 years old when it happened, now one of my sons is 13. It's surreal.

They say everything happens for a reason... I'm still trying to figure out why you were taken from us. In the meantime, we keep plugging along, trying to make the best of things and remembering the good times.

Raise your bottle tonight and have a toast with me! I'll be thinking about you.

Adam Roulston

October 16, 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 21, 2007

You bring tears to my eyes; luckily, more often from laughing than crying. I won't ever forget the day of the crash and the days that followed, or even the day you arrested your wife's boss for interferring at an accident scene. Thanks for the memories Pooh... Say Hi to Big Jim for me... Miss you.
[bb] 26-731

Officer Bill Boone 26-731
Fellow motor officer

October 22, 2007

Hey Bro:

I was thinking about You last week, when a CHP motor cop was involved in a TC in the OC. We lost one in Rialto today. I will be at a San Bernadino honky tonk tonight, having a drink in memory of the two of You.

Maj M. B. Parlor

October 18, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service


October 16, 2007

Thanks Bob for the many times you made me laugh. I think of you often. Rest in peace you did your tour.

Motor Officer B. Stack
Anaheim Police Dept.

March 28, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

October 18, 2006

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