Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Brian N. Rovnak

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, February 2, 1983

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Reflections for Trooper Brian N. Rovnak

Brian was simply a great person who made friends with everyone. I certainly enjoyed working with him. Trooper Brian N. Formal will never ever be forgotten. RIP

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired, NYSP

January 4, 2020

Rest in peace Trooper Rovnak.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 31, 2019

May his soul forever rest in peace. Brian Rovnak will never ever be forgotten.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired
New York State Police

December 3, 2018

Trooper Brian N. Rovnak will never ever be forgotten. Every time I think of Brian Rovnak a smile appears on my face; That's the kind of person Trooper Brian N. Rovnak was. May God bless Christine and your two sons.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

March 25, 2018

Rest in peace my brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

February 2, 2018

RIP Brian.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

January 30, 2018

Brian, RIP brother as you will NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN. My prayers are still with your family.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

January 30, 2018

Today I was reflecting on life in our Great Nation, and I was thinking about the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election and then my thoughts focused on our brothers and sisters who serve as Law Enforcement Officers in this time of unrest. So I want to pay my respects to five of the most beautiful minded people I've ever met (Brian Rovnak, David Corbine, Arthur Scarfile, Shawn Snow and Amanda Anna). May God always bless the families of these fallen Troopers.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police

October 13, 2016

Trooper Rovnak,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served as a U.S. Army MP during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 2, 2016

I turn 40 in a few more days, and Brian died 30 years ago today when Dennis and I were together in 4th grade. Thinking of you today, Jason, Dennis, and Chris. Hope you are all doing well.

Stéphane Charette
family friend

February 2, 2013

Your HEROISM is honored today Sir, RIP.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 2, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to your community as a law enforcement officer and to your country as a Vietnam veteran. 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.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

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

February 2, 2012

A true hero - Rest in Peace Trooper.

Michigan State Police

March 10, 2011

Remembering you on your anniversary!

Citizen NJ


February 2, 2011

I see the sign for Trooper Brian Rovnak Bridge every time I travel the Taconic to go up to my partner's house in Dutchess. After seeing the sign once I never forgot his name. Now seeing his photo...I will never forget his face. Rest in Peace Brother. God keep your family Healthy and Strong..Watch over us...we need it.


December 15, 2010

I remember a young junior Trooper assigned to the Goldens Bridge Station way back when. He was the second Trooper assigned to me from the Academy. Brian was eager to learn but more importantly came to me with a quiet intelegnt outlook on police work that would take him far in his chosen career. He was well respectd by myself and all that came in contact with him.
Over the many weeks we were together, he as well as I, learned a lot about each other. On the first night I turned him loose, he had a run in with a deer up near Titicus Reserviour. A file 3, that I had the pleasure of investigating! We became very close during his tenure as a New York State Trooper, marrying my wife's sister and had two beautiful sons who have done well in the many years that have passed. Brian, you would be proud of them. I remember you well, old friend.

Former NYSP Sgt. C.M. Schrenkel Jr.


October 23, 2009

There isn't a time, when I drive I-84 past the Ludingtonville Rd Sign, that I don't say a prayer. To all of your Brothers and Sisters who still wear the Badge, here and gone - May Safety be at your side and Peace be with you always.
We Miss You Uncle Brian
~ Amy

Amy Schrenkel Hafkemeyer
Niece ~ God Daughter

October 23, 2009

I was working the night shift in the Danbury Hospital Emergency Room the night Brian was killed. Serendipitously, two NYSP officers had come in earlier with another accident victim. We got to talking and I told them I was related to Brian. When they were called out to what became a "troop car fatal" and learned that it was Brian Rovnak who was lost, they returned to Danbury to pick me up from work. I'll never forget the feeling when I heard the news. I became a part of the contingent dispatched to notify my sister that early February morning.
I loved Brian with all my heart. Many years later, I still remember his smile, his quiet manner, his sturdy approach to life, his good humor. Having watched my nephews grow into fine young men, I can't help but reflect on their father - one of the finest men I have ever known. He is always in our hearts.
Here's to you, "Rovie". I was proud to be a part of your life.

Pam (Schrenkel) Harlow

October 23, 2009

Brian was an inspiration for me.
He had integrity.
He helped put me on the "right track" each time I veered.
He cared and loved genuinely.
He was loyal and honest and dependable.
What most inspired me was the love he has for his family.
He was my friend, my brother, and I miss him dearly.
I prefer to think he is in a better place now, and that we will meet again.
I love you bro.

Randy Cannavaro

October 23, 2009

I was a civilian employee with the NYSP for a little over
two years when Brian died. I remember Brian as a gentle man
who loved his job and his family. Remember Christine and the boys attending the Memorial Day Services year after year. Even after 25 years I remember Brian and will never
forget him and his family. Thank you Brian. You will always be in our prayers.

Audrey Brown

June 14, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Trooper Rovnak and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

January 29, 2009

Out of the academy, I was assigned to Stormville and ended up being Brian's last "junior man". I often think back of my first months on the road with Brian and a few more going back to him for advice, opinion or just a friendly ear. He taught me, if nothing else, respect for others, regardless of their social, economic, ethnic or religious background. His demeanor I can best describe as "quiet grace". Time has passed and many more have paid the ultimate price of wearing the uniform. Today I learned of a Philly Sgt who lost to an vehicular homicide. Yet, no matter how many, or from where, I still go back to that cold A-line in February of '83. Your kids are grown, your friends have moved on. But you will always be remembered by those you touched in your short time here with us. You are not forgotten.

Luis E. Torres
Investigator NYSP (Ret.)

November 18, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

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 20, 2007

You were highlighted on the website today. 16 years is
a long time to serve. Time has not diminished your
memory or sacrifice. God bless your loving family.
With love from one coast of America to the other.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

July 23, 2007

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