Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Ronald J. Siver

Rochester Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, August 19, 1984

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Reflections for Police Officer Ronald J. Siver

Rest in peace Officer Siver.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 16, 2021

Prayers to your family for the ultimate sacrifice that you have made. We will continue the legacy of selflessness in the Rochester Police Department. RIP!

Sergeant A. Gonzalez
Rochester NY Police Department

September 23, 2020

Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your heroic actions and sacrifice.

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

August 19, 2020

My father George Reiss was with Ronnie on the boat In the bay that faithful day I was only a child at the time but i know know as an adult my father risked his life that day to save Ronnie and with out question Ronnie would have done the same for him had the roles been reversed they are gone and missed but will never be forgotten miss you uncle Ronnie 84, miss you dad George Reiss 09.

Son of George Reiss
Son of George Reiss

August 20, 2019

May his soul forever RIP

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired
New York State Police

September 13, 2018

Thirty two years after you gave your life, I am thinking of you, your family, coworkers, and friends. I have heard and continue to hear so many stories about you. I really wish that we had been able to meet, I'm sure we would have become good friends.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/President Genesee Valley Concerns of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/President GV C.O.P.S.

August 19, 2016

Today as I watch the funeral services for Officer Daryl Pierson of the RPD, I can only reflect back on Officer Ron Siver's death just over 30 years ago. I came to know Ron personally and remember him as one of the funniest guys I knew. He and his brother Dale were the "dynamic duo". Thank you for your service Ron, you left us way to soon.

George Barsema

September 10, 2014

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 4, 2014

Ron--I can see your smile that lit up a room whenever you entered. I know that God takes the greatest smiles, most caring hearts and the ones that would lay down their own life in a second for another.He has a plan and he needs the best! Have not forgotten your infectious laugh and humor. Know you are missed so much by your family and friends. The last time I saw you were trying to find homes for some kittens you had would chase down anyone to find them a good heart ever. Hope you have met my son up there and give him a hug for us!! Always in our hearts and never ever forgotten! Hugs!

Mom of Trooper David J. Lane EOW- 11-04-2009

August 19, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

March 18, 2013

Ronnie, Most of those who worked with you have retired, but they continue to talk about you regularly. The hurt is still there. Please know thaw we will continue to be here for not only your family, but your family in blue.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance
President Genesee Valley Concerns of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/President GV C.O.P.S.

August 19, 2010

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

Robyn Wilkes

August 10, 2009

Officer Siver,
On today, the 24th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rochester. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



August 19, 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

My biggest sympathy goes out to Det. Woodhead and to all slain law enforcement officers in the nation. My brother is a officer in the RPD and i think about him and the job he's doing everyday. It takes the biggest heart to put your life at risk for those who you do not know. God bless

brother of a RPD officer

May 23, 2007

Ron, We didn't know each other until my car broke down on my way to the Police Academy on our first day of classes. You came by, picked me up and a great friendship started. We had an unbelievable time during our training and as we started our careers. I was so excited to find out you were coming to RPD and joining our department. We didn't get to work together but share many happy times socially. The news of your passing left me asking why God would take such a great man so young. I guess he needed someone with all of your great qualities and the list of candidates was pretty short. I love you man, I always will. I look forward to our next meeting. Rest in Peace.

Lt. Tom Belcher Ret.
Rochester Police Dept.

February 22, 2007

Ronnie, my dear friend. 22+ years have passed since I've physically seen you... but I see your picture on my office wall each day. Thanks for being such a great cop and great friend. Until we meet again, may God keep you. (I have no doubt He is... nor do I doubt that you have Him laughing regularly!) Joe

Capt. Joe Sturnick (Retired)
Rochester PD

February 21, 2007

A man of great strength of character.A Hero in the true sense of the word.May Our Lord Bless and keep you.May you Rest in Peace.

May 27, 2006


I have been meaning to write something for years. I have heard so many stories about you from the guys as well as your sister Martha. A few years ago, we recognized you at our annual COPS candle light vigil held in December and I met alot of your family. You are a hero in our department and our loss of you is still felt by those who knew you as well as the new guys.

Ellen Guerdat
Rochester Police Victims Assistance
WNY Concerns of Police Survivors

ellen guerdat
rpd victims assistance/wny cops

May 10, 2006

Ron - This has been a tough week for upstate NY. We have lost two officers. Each brings back a memory of you. But it is not your tragic death I remember. Instead it is the fun times working with you, and your ability to be a great cop, get the job done, and still be able to make everyone laugh. Being a cop is not always easy, but you sure made it look that way. You are still missed! We are better for having had the opportunity to know and work with you.

Lt. Jim Keenan
Rochester, NY PD

March 5, 2006

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

You are a true example of this. Thank you for your service. You are an example of true friendship and commradery. God Bless you and your family.

SGT Phil Abdoo
Macomb County Sheriff's Office (MI)

March 31, 2005

I will always remember my one of my best friends who before he went to heaven, he did come to my aid and saved me. If it wasn't for him, I would not be here now. God Bless you Ron..

Officer Carl C Simms
Rochester Police Department

April 21, 2004

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Police Officer
Ocoee Police Department, Florida

I sit here reading this and I have tears running down my face thinking about how unselfish and caring this man must have been to have sacrificed his life for the life of his partner. There are not many people in this world that would do that...he probably did it w/o giving it a second thought. "Hero" just doesn't seem like a big enough word to describe what he did...I am in awe of what an amazing person he must have been.


Ron--I Wanted you to know that after all these years I still reflect on what a great loss it was to lose you. It was a privilage and a honor to not only know you but to work along side you when you were with MCSO in my early career with the Fairport Police Department. Unfortunately I was not able at the time to pay my final respect to you, but find solace that my wife Laural who was also with MCSO was able to attend at the time. It has been 19 years and someday I have no doubt we will talk as brothers again.

Inv. James D Legan (Retired)
Webster Police Department

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