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Police Officer David Richard Van Curler

West Palm Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, April 6, 1967

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Reflections for Police Officer David Richard Van Curler

Rest in peace Officer Van Curler.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 5, 2019

Officer Van Curler,
On today, the 51st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of West Palm Beach. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 6, 2018

He rode with me when he started with WPBPD. I showed him the ropes, I guess. We didn't really have training officers. He was a fine and good man. I was with another department when David was gunned down. Was rummaging through photographs today and there we were, with the rest of our shift. Many of them have passed on but lived full lives first. His was cut short. His smiling face remains in my memory.

Jim Hegarty Lt. Retired PBSO
Fellow officer WPBPD

October 13, 2014

Uncle Dave,
I remember you from a child's perspective,
Not as an officer doing his duty
Nor as a man with faults and fears and dreams.
Instead, I remember a child's bicycle with you beside it
The smell of fresh cut grass
And the noisy yells & laughter of your children, my cousins.
I know it doesn't seem like much of a memory
But I am grateful to have it.

Debra Currier Smith

June 13, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 45th 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 7, 2012

Continue to rest in peace Officer Van Curler, we will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us and you sir are a hero...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

April 6, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Van Curler. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012


EOW 08/06/02


April 6, 2011

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

April 6, 2010

I remember when John F. Kennedy was slain, when we landed on the moon and the exact time I found out you where killed. Such sadness I still feel for the loss of you, for the pain and sorrow felt by your family and the love shown by our community. May God continue to hold you in His arms.

I was only in sixth grade but your memory has never faded.

Rick Swanson
friend of your daughter Evelyn, back when you where slain

January 16, 2010


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 7, 2008

It's been 41 years, Dad, and there is not a single day goes by that I don't think of you, and miss you. I love you.

Eve Paraskevas

April 2, 2008

Officer Van Curler, thank you for your service and dedication. You have not been forgotten. Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

January 18, 2008

Continue to rest in peace our brother. It is my honor to serve in the footsteps of great Officers, like yourself.

Officer R. Smith
West Palm Beach P.D.

April 6, 2007

After finding this page, and finding out what kind of man my grandfather was, realizing the sacrifices that he, and all the other men and women in uniform have made, including the ultimate sacrifice. There is no other feeling other than that of pride for my grandfather and any other man or woman that chooses to wear that uniform, and protect the freedoms and rights that we as americans enjoy. As his grandson, who carries his name, I only hope that I can bring this name even half as much pride as it held when my parents gave it to me.

David Richard Blaesing

June 18, 2006

My nephew, John was a devoted husband and father, he always had a kind word for everyone. When my children were growing up they spent a lot of time with
John and family. He left behind a wonderful family, of whom he would be most proud. All of his children are very loving and strong, and his legacy
will always be something to be proud of.
His parents still grieve their lost.

Loving aunt Mary Jo.

Police Officer John Salvaggio
Houston, Texas

November 23, 2005

you would have been my Father in law.
I shared your son david's pain. and stood at your grave site with family.
i never met you yet i feel i know you .
Your children have become persons you would be so very proud of.
david has come to heal the pains of the past and the loss of his Dad whom he loves are gone but never forgotton. I love you though we never met .PEACE BE WITH YOU!AND WITH YOURS

Kim blaesing

September 26, 2005

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

Officer Can Curler, you are remembered on this date of your death. You will always be remembered.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 6, 2004

Rest in peace brother; you will never be forgotten


August 25, 2003

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