Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrol Officer Erwin E. Tate

Zanesville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, April 10, 1939

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Erwin E. Tate

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrol Officer Erwin E. Tate of the Zanesville Police Department, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

April 10, 2019

My Grandfather, Erwin Edgar Tate, was a loving husband and father, and a 4th year police officer. On that fateful day of April 10, 1939, he and his police partner were sent to serve a warrant for arrest. When they arrived, Grandpa was shot by a gun in the hands of the suspect. An all-points bulletin was put out that officer Tate was down and offender was on the run. A number of officers responded to the APB. When they found him two blocks away hiding under a truck, he began to fire at the officers. They returned fire and killed him. My grieving Grandmother, Jessie L. Tate felt sad for the offender also. "He had a family too" she said. Eventually, Grandma moved to San Diego to be close to her children. She lived to be 102 years old.

Elizabeth A. Ball

June 3, 2018

Lord-Thank You. I remember Dad going to work at 7:30 p.m. At about 8:15, he had been shot. I was with Momma getting my brother Jimmy ready for bed. Soon, we heard voices from outside. Momma asked me why they were out there. I told her I didn't know. Then, Momma's doctor came to tell her what happened. When she saw him, she said "Erv is dead, isn't he"? He said "Yes". My favorite memory of my Mom and Dad are while waiting for the bus to arrive, they would sit in the swings and talk. We kids would run and play in the yard-happy and oblivious to what was going to happen. My advice to people is to love your parents and your children...kiss them and tell them that you love them. It could be your last chance.

Evelyn Tate-Ball

June 3, 2018

I served in iraq with his grandson. Good guy

Police Officer C. Suk

April 10, 2018

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrol Officer Erwin Tate of the Zanesville Police Department, Ohio and the additional 62 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

April 10, 2018

My Aunt Married Officer Tate's son James, so the family history of service was passed on to his extended family.

Retired Corrections Officer
Zanesville Police Department

May 26, 2015

My father was killed when Iwas just five years old.I vaguely remember my father,but I remember when my father's brother,Arthur Tate,was appointed to take my father's place. My heart is full of respect for all men and women in uniform,and I Pray for their safety each day.May GOD PROTECT ALL POLICE AND KEEP THEM SAFE,AND BLESS THEIR FAMILIES.

joyce m. tate
daughter of Erwin Tate

May 13, 2015

This was my grandfather. I never had a chance to meet him. He was killed in April 39, my father was born in Sept. of 38. My father never knew his father, which in turn I believe affected our relationship. When an officer is killed, it not only effects his or her immediate family, but it also effects the fallowing generations. I thank God that my grandfather's memory has not been forgotten. I pray for all those who have lost loved ones on the force.

Dionne Tate Davis

December 4, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 73rd 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 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.

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

April 10, 2012



May 1, 2008

Thank you for your service Ofc. Tate.

Grand Rapids, MI

August 1, 2007

You walked the streets of Zanesville, serving proudly long before I was born. I never met you in person, but I see your photo hanging on the wall in the station, and learned about you through faded newspaper clippings carefully stored away at the local newspaper. You haven't been forgotten. Men and women have taken up the battle where you left off and are still proudly serving Zanesville.

Lt. William Shaw
Zanesville police Dept.

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