Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Bruce Roger Verhoeven

Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Tuesday, December 4, 1973

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Reflections for Corporal Bruce Roger Verhoeven

Cpl. Verhoeven,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Sacramento County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 4, 2023

Your beautiful children make this world a better place. Tracy is a delight -- intelligent, beautiful, with a quick wit and a disarming smile. She is a good girl and didn't fall into any of the many dark places that surround society today. Louis, one of the handsomest I've ever seen, is quiet and thoughtful and such an honorable man. You would be so proud.

Friend of your children

February 3, 2022

Bruce and Betty were friends of my then wife Nora.
For some reason I thought of him the other day (some 45 years after his death) and decided to see if I could find anything.

Bruce and Betty were a great couple, lot's of fun, always laughing

Dan H Breshears

July 23, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. You are remembered and honored on the 44th anniversary of your E.O.W.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 4, 2017

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 31, 2017

The promise... Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones.
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

December 4, 2014

Warrior and Hero!!!


April 14, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Verhoeven. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 21, 2012

The death of Corporal Verhoeven will away be with me, for December 4, 1973 was my first shift in patrol having just completed the Sacramento SO academy the week prior.
I never had the opportunity to meet Bruce and it would have been my honor too have. But maybe later in another place.
God Bless

John Martin, Ex Deputy Sheriff
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

April 7, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I hope to meet your family some day at a NORCAL COPS function.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 4, 2009

No fellow California law enforcement personnel killed in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.

Corporal Verhoeven, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

December 4, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 3, 2007

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 20, 2007

You are not forgotten................

Sgt. Al Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

April 18, 2004

Your service and sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest in peace brother.


January 20, 2004

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