Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Floyd Harold "Bernie" Swartz

Pinole Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, May 3, 1980

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Reflections for Police Officer Floyd Harold "Bernie" Swartz

James Odle, the man who murdered Officer Swartz (and Rena Aguilar) has died in prison. Our thoughts and prayers be with the friends and family of Officer Floyd Swartz. I hope that this gives them some peace. Many thanks for his service to our country.

John Haseltine

December 19, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Swartz.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 2, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 3, 2018

my grandfather bart swaner, or "black bart" worked with bernie and said he was one heck of a guy.

barths grandaughter

June 11, 2015

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Officer Swartz. Thank you for your bravery.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 3, 2015

Thinking of and remembering you Bernie, a true friend and mentor.

Chris Rippee

February 4, 2013

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

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012

Bernie, Oh how I miss all the jeep trips we took over the years, and how you as a friend helped me choose Law Enforcement as a career. The years have gone by oh so fast, since that Saturday in May, when I came on-duty and heard what had happened. I will never forget you Brother, and one day may we be jeepin' together again, but this time we'll do it from Star to Star. I still miss you.

Sgt. Pete Elmer (Ret.)
East Bay Regional Park District Police Department

December 19, 2011

Bernie, Murphy and I did a lot of log splitting for firewood in my front yard. I had just seen him as I left that fateful morning from the police dept. He was an interesting man and I enjoyed serving with him.

I live in Colorado, so I hadn't heard that his daughter's kidnapping was finally solved.

Reserve Mark Kintzley
Rode with Bernie many times

October 11, 2011

Officer Swartz, I did not know you, but I worked for the Pinole Police Department for 11 years and saw your badge on the wall everyday at work. I always heard great war stories about you. I did have the pleasure of meeting some of your family. Rest in peace brother.......

Officer E. Borghesani
San Francisco Police Dept

May 10, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

May 3, 2010

I am so sorry for what your wife has had to endure in losing you and then the tragic kidnapping/murder of your daughter.

I pray for her strength and healing every day. I'm glad she has at least partial closure on Amber, though it is my prayer and hope that one day, your daughter can be laid to rest with you

LEO Wife


July 7, 2009

Brother,I just read that the murder of your baby you never got to see was solved. I know that your Brothers and Sisters at Pinole PD never gave up. I was a Marine recruiter in Vacaville when your daughter went missing. I prayed for her safe return but it was not meant to be. I know she is safe with you in Heaven. I cannot imagine the pain your family has been through. Rest in peace, my Brother. I will see you when my time comes.

AZ Narc

July 6, 2009

I read about your daughter, Amber, today. I know that your brothers at Pinole wouldn't have closed the case if they had any inkling of doubt, but it still leaves my heart hurting for you and your surviving family. I hope that you and Amber are enjoying the view from Heaven as you jump rope together, something you were never able to do on Earth. Watch over all of us on our beat, brother. Requiem in pacem.

2648 Curtis
Virginia Beach Police Department

July 6, 2009

I just read a story about your daughters case finally being solved after all of these years. Your family has had to endure so much tragedy. I know that you are in heaven with your little girl and I just wanted to thank you for your brave service. Rest in peace brother.

Gordon Hobbs
NC Game Warden

July 6, 2009

Your memory is honored and revered today for time never diminishes respect.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Bernie. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication.

Your poor family has had to endure so much with your little daughter Amber being kidnapped from her front yard. To my knowledge, she is still missing many years later.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Bernie gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 3, 1980.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 21, 2009

RIP,You are not forgotten.


November 26, 2008



May 5, 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

September 20, 2007

Some of us will never forget you. All our love forever.

May 5, 2006

Even after 26 years I still miss my brother. He was a very special person in my life. You are still thought of a lot and there is still a big hole in my heart. Love you Miss you, your little sister Ann

Ann Swartz

March 30, 2006

Still remembering you, Bernie. Miss you still.

August 2, 2005

........Gone, but not forgotten!

January 28, 2005

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