Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Timothy J. Ruopp

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, September 16, 1984

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Reflections for Patrolman Timothy J. Ruopp

No matter how many years have passed. You never forget. All the times you played together as kids. The times Tim carried me sitting on top of his shoulders. Him bringing me and my next oldest brother on hikes and camping together. How to play sports, hold a baseball glove, dribble a basketball, and how he would hand me the football and block for me as I ran toward the goal line. How i missed him so much when he left to go to Vietnam with the U.S. Navy. Him getting married, and having built a family of 4 kids with his wife Kathleen. How happy I was to tell him that I was in the Air Force and wanted to serve my country like he did. Then not long after that, was the day i heard Tim was fatally shot. You don't ever get over that. You just live with it, and remember the good memories. Love you Tim. I hope to see you in heaven.

Mark Ruopp
Little brother

March 9, 2020

Timothy Joseph Ruopp was my Very close Uncle &, above all Mentor. Time how long it takes in exact places on Tim (9 times). It takes @ least 10 seconds. Jocelito Cinco wanted 2 start a war the world went downhill after this shooting. Which Never occurred back then. Cuz right after this shooting our country had Desert Shield, Desert Storm.

Charles Dudley Fields

August 27, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thankyou and your family for your sacrifice and service.

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

September 16, 2018

I was only 10 when you passed, but well remember you as a "big teddy bear", and having sleepovers with your daughters (along with my sisters). I've always remembered you, and always will. Every time I hear about another officer leaving us in the line of duty you come front and center in my head. You will always be that "big teddy bear" that we were always so happy to see.

Sara Brown
family friend (when i was a child)

July 30, 2016

Tim, we walked a beat in downtown SD together and our families spent time together at the POA picnic. You were a great man and police officer. I still get tears in my eyes thinking about you and your family. God bless you and your family.

Don Borden
Police Officer City Of San Diego

Don Borden
San Diego

July 2, 2016

I miss your smile, your voice, your songs, your touch. Never forgotten my love, never!

Kathleen Riggs Ruopp, wife

March 13, 2015


I sit here remembering our times together in the Police Academy. It was a struggle but we made it through and became friends. I think of you often and the sacrifice you, Kathleen and your family made.

I have had the privilege of being a Police Officer for the San Diego Harbor Police for 5 years and with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for over 25 years. I have taught at the Jacksonville Police Academy for many years and tell every class your story: I talk about your faith in God, your beautiful family and your love of the job. I remind them of the dangers Officers face everyday and to not take anything for granted.

Kathleen, Although I did not know your brother, Thomas, I teach my students about the injustice your family endured with his loss of life.

I want you to know that Tim and Thomas have not been forgotten, not now, not ever.

Officer Mark P. Bialkoski
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Jacksonville, Fl

March 7, 2015

How I miss you; even today. Our plans to minister together was cut tragically short but my thoughts and memories remained as I pastored.
I used you, my best buddy, in many a sermon to inspire others to press on and have a dream of serving our Lord Jesus Christ. How I praise God that I knew/know you. Our times together; times with Kathy and the kids; times in church activities.
Sadly, I can't put into words what my heart knows and remembers of you. I will always love you, my very best buddy.

Rev. Stan F. Counsell (ret.)
Navy shipmates and ministers

January 7, 2014

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Retired Wisconsin L.E.O.

September 16, 2013

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

Officer 11169

January 21, 2012

I miss you every day as do our children, family and friends. We are comforted knowing you are singing on the streets of heaven! It is hard to believe 27 years have passed. You are in my heart and I love you...................Kathy

Kathleen Riggs-Ruopp
wife of Tim Ruopp

September 15, 2011

God Bless You and Your Family Patrolman Timothy J. Ruopp. Thank you.

Renee Walker, wife of
Sgt. Roosevelt Walker, Jr.
EOW: May 22, 1998

Renee Walker, Wife
Escambia County Sheriff, Florida

September 14, 2011

Tim, I just celebrated our 36th anniversary without you....I miss you and hold you in my heart. The children are grown with children of there own.....they are raised with tales of you....celebrations of your life. As Sept draws near.....I remember you with love.

Kathleen Riggs-Ruopp

August 24, 2011

It's been a lifetime since you left us and a road filled with trials and treasures. Talked about you tonight to a friend, we were talking about another friend and his partner who we grieve for and miss so very much. I know too many of you here; others I didn't know from San Diego, King County, Lakewood, or Anchorage and Alaska I still think about and wish I didn't have to remember you but could call you, talk to you, and laugh with you again.

Rest easy, my friend and brother, we've still got it from here. Miss you.

Ofc. Alan Mitchell
Alaska DJJ

September 3, 2010

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

I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. To your wife, I cannot even imagine the horror you experienced losing both your husband and your brother to in line of duty deaths. Wherever you are, I hold you in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 9, 2010

Rest in peace my Brother.

Deputy Sheriff
Covinton County Sheriff's Dept. (Mississippi)

June 14, 2010

I just saw this story on an old recorded episode of Top Cops I have, my thoughts and prayers are with the survivors of this brutal attack. RIP brothers & sisters...

Patrolman Rodney Owen
Eastern Missouri officer

October 14, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 16, 2009

On the 24th anniversary of Officer Ruopp’s death, we honored his service during roll call 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.

Officer Ruopp may be gone, but is not forgotten.

Sergeant Jeffrey W. Timmons
First Responder Unit
United States Capitol Police
Washington, D.C.


September 16, 2008

Patrolman Ruopp, thank you for your service. Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

May 30, 2008

Officer Tonahill:

I thought of You today. I have shared the circumstances regarding Your murder and that of Your partner's, to hundreds of cops, over the years. The two of You were murdered as I awaited the next class to start at LAPD.

Tonight, one of my cop buddies is playing at an Irish pub, where he will have a drink in honor of You, Your partner, and Officer Maureen Murphy (Bonner Springs, Kansas).....

Maj M. B. Parlor

January 31, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 20, 2007

R.I.P. You have not been forgotten.

Criminal Justice student

June 11, 2007

Twenty two years have passed since your end of watch and you have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case as your loved ones will keep your memory alive as will the Blue Family. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

Bob Gordon

Bob Gordon
Father of fallen Officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

October 12, 2006

God bless you and your family at your tragic loss. You will never be forgotten.

St. Louis City Police

September 23, 2004

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