Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Ronald Lee Trumbette

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, May 23, 1975

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Reflections for Police Officer Ronald Lee Trumbette

Dear Officer Trumbette,

May your dear Family know, on this 45th year after your tragic loss -- that you are held in our hearts. And will always be remembered for your Courage, Heroism and dedication to duty. The citizens of Philadelphia lost a dear young man. Your Family's loss is beyond any sentiment we can offer. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia Police Department Officers

May 23, 2020

I knew Ronnie and his Grandparents, who lived on Teesdale Street, in Sandyford Park (Mayfair). Ronnie lived only one block away from them. Ronnie was a respectfully, mid mannered and quiet gentleman growing up, in this family oriented neighborhood. A real loss to his friends, family and community. God Bless him.

M Rados

March 3, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Trumbette. Your bravery and honor will never be forgotten. Baby faced and with more left to fulfill. Too young to depart this world.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 23, 2018

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

May 23, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 23, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know that 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 through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 23, 2012

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

May 23, 2008

To my cousin Ronnie and all of my family: I have entered this profession knowing the tragedy and loss that our family has encountered. I do this job everyday with great pride and honor knowing that my cousin paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting others. I am Proud to say that Ronnie is my cousin! Know that you live on through all of us, and your memory will never be lost.

Patrolman Charles L. Edwards III
Reynoldsville Police/ Cousin

March 15, 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

January 24, 2008

Rest in peace Ronnie. Best parner I ever had on bus 2. Both of us grew up in the same neighborhood . Hung out at the same locations.
Your death should have never happened 2 k-9's were er from Central.

Policeman (ret) George Horner
Philadelphia PD

May 23, 2007

Your service and sacrifice is one that will not soon be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

May 23, 2007

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of the Philadelphia Police Department. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Officer Trumbette in deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. No greater love has a man than the will to give his life for another. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Officer Trumbette is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Tom Doyle
Cary Police Department, NC

June 13, 2006

God bless you, Officer Trumbette, for your bravery and noble service. You are a hero and will always be remembered and revered, even by those you may never have met. Rest in heavenly peace.

Karl Gwynne

November 14, 2004

Ronnie, We know that you are in a better place now. You ARE thought of often. We pray for you and your family. You are loved and missed much.

The Trumbette Family

This is for my cousin Ron who is thought of often.Over the years I have heard several stories from other family members about your life..Your dad was so proud of you.and now that he is gone to be with you his joy will be fulfilled We are all proud of you for your accomplishment and dedication..............

Chuck Edwards
Pa State Constable/ Police academy cadet

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