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Trooper First Class Harold Bruce Rupert

Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch Thursday, April 19, 1962

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Reflections for Trooper First Class Harold Bruce Rupert

Semper Fi brother!!! Vahalla

Antonio Benson

November 2, 2023

TFC Rupert,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

April 19, 2022

Rest in peace.


April 19, 2020

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

April 26, 2017

No amount of time could ever diminish the loss that your family must feel. Thank you for serving and my condolences to your family.

John Haseltine - Civilian

April 20, 2016

Hi Dad,
I miss you and love you more every day. I wanted you to know that they are puting up a sign just over the line in Pennsylvania, the spot where you were killed. It will 53 years on the 19th of April and the memorial is the 22nd of April. It has brought all the old wounds open again, but we are so proud of you. Mom was with me when we got the news, so I put her on speaker phone so she could hear the Sgt. from the Delaware State Police telling us the news. She said she was so happy and then we both cried our eyes out. Mom said she felt like it just happened all over again. My heart aches for her, you were the love of her life and always will be. Mom talks alot about you. Her memory is starting to go little, but she remembers your life together. All the good times, like how you met and all the fun things you did together. Then along came Colleen and I. I remember him taking us fishing and kept telling me to be quiet I was scairing the fish. I went sleding on the hill accross the road and I had a fit about being in the front so he let me go first and the snow went all up in my face. But you know I had to be in the front! It is to bad the 3 younger girls really don't have memories of him. He was so much fun. I miss you so much that sometimes my heart just feels like it did that day when you never came home. A piece of me went with you that day. We are all
taking care of Mom,don't worry to much about her, she is in good hands until she leaves us and comes back to you. I think you memorialis going to have a crowd! You left us physically, but no one can take our memories!! I just wanted you know that I help at out our Delaware State Musem in Dover. When I go there I feel safe and close to you, it helps when I am kind of down. But your there and I am so proud to tell everyone about my Dad and the wonderful man he was.

Love Always your daughter, Lorraine

Trooper First Class Harold Bruce Rupert
Lorraine A Rupert-daughter

March 19, 2015

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 20, 2012

Dear Dad, we all miss you so much. We always talk about you and mom, Colleen and Lorraine continue to share stories about you that Patricia, Kathleen and never heard. But of course we enjoy hearing the old stories a million times. We never get tired of hearing about our Dad. Mom is a little older now, but you never have to worry about your five daughters taking care of her, we always have been and always will be there for our mom. I love you and I miss you. Happy Father's day Dad. Someday I will give you the biggest hug ever.

Love, Maria

Maria Theresa Rupert Kok
Daughter #4

June 17, 2012

Rest in peace and may god bless you Tpr. Rupert.I used to see your picture hanging up in the lobby of troop 1 penny hill andwould think of you.God Bless you.

Lt. J Pease

April 19, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 50th 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 pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know 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 in their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

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

April 19, 2012

Trooper Rupert
I wanted to let you, and your family, know that I will be riding in the Police Unity Tour in honor of your sacrifice and also for another officer we just lost this year in Delaware, Lt Joseph Szczerba. I never knew you, however your family is still very active with COPS and Honor you every year.
This will be my 8th year with the Police Unity Tour and you will be with me for every pedal stroke I take and every hill I climb. I am sorry you were taken from your family and friends. Thank you for having the courage to serve and protect.

Retired SSgt. Kathleen Riddell
New Castle County Police Delaware

March 20, 2012

Rest in Peace, Trooper Rupert. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2012

Dear Sir,
I have had the pleasure of meeting 2 of your beautiful daughters Kathleen and Lorraine at a retreat for C.O.P.S. Adult Children. You would be so proud of them. They are wonderful women that I have grown to love and respect. We have such a fun time at the retreats. I am sorry that you were taken from them. I know they miss you. I am grateful for your service and sacrifice.
Kristi Porter

Kristi Porter
Adult Child Survivor

July 28, 2011

Dear Dad,

Happy Father's Day. I miss you so much. Although you have been gone for many years, time will never deminish how much I miss you or how much I love you.

Love forever,

Maria Rupert Kok

June 19, 2011

Dear Bunny, Today is your birthday and you are always in my heart, big brother. We had a happy time together as children. I remember you dragging me along to set muskrat traps and the first time you came home from the Marines. You had me pressing pleats in your shirt and Gary shining your shoes. I wish you were here, but many wonderful memories will be in my heart

katherine sudduth

April 15, 2010

I remember when Mom and Dad heard on the radio over breakfast. that we'd lost you. I was too young at the time to really understand. They did instill a deep and abiding respect for law enforcement, rooted in their love for you and Gail and the girls. I have a some happy memories of us kids putting on shows, and playing on that farm you guys lived on for a while (seemed huge to me), riding in the back VW....
So now 40-plus years later I have the honor to serve as a part-time patrol cop here in Kelso. You have a piece of that, you know. I have not forgotten you, Sir,nor the example you set for this little kid. Thank you.
Gone, but not forgotten...
Tom Walls

Thomas Walls Reserve Patrol Officer
Kelso Police Department, Kelso WA, and son of Herb and Joan Walls

January 3, 2010

Well dad, you have been gone almost 47 years. I often wonder what our lives would be like if you were still with us. I miss you even though most of my memories are from mom. Thank the heavens for mom and her many memories. I do remember when you checked on us girls one night. I was not in my bed. I am a sleep walker you see. Dad could not find me. I guess i decided to take a little walk. Just as Dad was picking up the phone to call the troop for help, he found me in the downstairs coat closet. I LOVE YOU DAD!

Patricia Rupert Scott

March 16, 2009

I went to elementary school with his daughter Maria. I now work a block away from the Police Memorial in Washington DC. Today I walked past it and thought of Maria..and looked up her dad..and there was his name engraved on the wall...said a little prayer for my friend and her family. I have lost contact w/ Maria and would love to reconnect. - best wishes, Raquel


March 13, 2009

My dad, Trooper Bob Cardwell, and Harold Rupert were the best of friends. Rupert's death left a whole in our whole family. I was only six years old when Rupert (my dad never called him Harold, it was always "Rupert") died. He was a gregarious man, full of life. My dad would get tears in his eyes whenever he talked of Rupert even forty years later. When my dad died only a couple years ago he had Rupert on his mind to the very end. Gail I'd love to talk to you. Lee

Lee Cardwell

August 25, 2008

HiSweetheart,It's that time of year again. Easter was early this year, Holy Thursday was just a week ago, 46 yrs.ago it was on April 19th. I have a hard time on that day. Can you believe the beautiful family we have? I have to tell you they all know you, we talk about all the time.(all good).I miss you so much, Love you,Gail.

GAIL Rupert Honey

March 27, 2008

Browsing through as I do everyday I am saddened by the viewing of a brother State Trooper. Rest in peace always sir and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 19, 2007

We remember our fallen brother, not only on this 45th anniversary of his passing, but every day, as we carry on where he left off. Rest easy, TFC Rupert.

Sgt. Tom Carver
Delaware State Police

April 19, 2007

Trooper Rupert, thank you for your years of service and dedication and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 28, 2006


i just read your message to your dad, and it has filled my eyes with tears...i hope one day that my children will remember their father with such loving words as you have for your father...

thank you for all your support in our C.O.P.S. chapter...


Susan C. Shea
Surviving Spouse DSP Cpl. Shea 07/18/04

November 19, 2005

Dear Dad,
I miss you with all my heart. We all miss you; Mom, Colleen, Lorraine, Patricia, and Kathleen. I am sorry you did not get to see and hold your last born child, Kathleen. She dediced to arrive after your departure. But I have no doubt that you have held her in your arms, kissed her cheek, and said hello. She is very special to us.
Mom is the best. You would be so proud of her. She has raised all five of us, with pride and morales. She has kept your memory alive, always telling us stories about the things that you have done. She has never taken your picture down, and never will. She loves and misses you so much.
We are all grown up now and have families of our own. You would love them. I know I speak for my sisters and mom when I say, "I wish you were here".

I miss you Dad.
I love you.
We will meet again.

All My Love,(and hugs)
Your Daughter Maria

Maria Rupert Kok

July 19, 2004

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