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Deputy Sheriff Jack Dean Werner

Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, May 17, 1977

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Jack Dean Werner

When I was a kid my dad would run while I would ride my bike on the trails of Rochester. I always remember seeing Deputy Werner’s memorial near the trail when we would go by 16th street and Apache Mall. My dad is also a police officer which makes the memorial that much more impactful to me. I can’t imagine the pain his family suffered, his sacrifice is not forgotten. Thank you for your service deputy.

Anonymous Rochester Citizen

May 5, 2021

I would have not have known the act of murder was commenced in back of the new building that is being built off of Mayo wood Drive until I walked near the plastic bag stuck in a tree near the scene of his Murder. I wanted to remove the bag. This is Hallowed Ground & I feel this new complex should be dedicated in his name. Deputy Jack Werner. Of Rochester Mn. I am of mixed ethnicity, I know bad things happen; being said that this Deputy struck down tragically and ALL HUMAN LIFE is Precious.... Godspeed Sir.

Citizen of Rochester

March 20, 2021

Jack, I think of you often. I have vivid memories of you when my dad and I would stop by and visit with you. You were always so nice to me and made me feel welcome when around. I was only 7 when you were lost, but you left a lasting impression on me. Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Deputy Sheriff Jack Warner, you are missed.

Dan Nepstad
Son of retired Deputy Sheriff Dennis Nepstad (friend of Jack)

November 5, 2019

Deputy Werner. I've thought of you often over the years. I attended Longfellow Elementary with your daughter Tracy when you were brutally murdered. I lost track of her after elementary but recall she was a very sweet and kind girl. Partly because of you, I also ended up in law enforcement. I've always hoped to be as good a cop as you. Thanks for your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace sir. Randy

Cottage Grove PD (MN)

October 7, 2019

Jack, We think about you daily. It's coming up on 41 years ago of this tragedy. We miss you deeply and we know you are watching over us every day. We Love you and miss you.

Henry & Wendy Trumpold
Son In Law & Daughter

May 12, 2018

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 17, 2015

Jack, (hope I have the correct Jack D. Werner), been trying to find you and Earl D. Jaspersen. We all met at MSP on 10 or 11 Jun 1961. We were headed for Army Basic Training at Ft Ord, CA. We hit it off right away, the three of us. Jack said he was from Tracy, MN and Earl said he was from Minneota, MN and I was from North Mankato, MN. We were all 17 or 18. Hard to believe it's been that long. If my memory serves me correctly, we got through boot camp. We spent our 2 weeks leave at Jack's aunt and uncle in Sacramento, CA. We all had a great time. After that, I believe we all went through Advance Infantry Training and Basic Unit Training. We all left Ft Ord around the 9th of Dec 1961. I have often thought of both you guys. It's a shame we never got together again. As they say in the Navy when someone retires, May you have fair winds and following seas, and may the wind be always at your back and my your coffee cup always be full. I have a picture of Jack in year book from Ft Ord.

MN National Guard

July 28, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th 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 that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family 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 18, 2012

Thank you to those that have posted tributes to my Dad. It's been over 30 years and I still think of him daily. He died doing a job he loved and believed strongly in and for that I am profoundly proud of him and also grateful to all other officers that protect us every day. His sacrifice and that of so many others will never be forgotten.


November 20, 2009

"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

November 28, 2007

Deputy Werner it was thirty years ago today that you were taken from us. I just want you and your family to know that you have not been forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family all the time, but especially on this day. Rest in peace brother.

May 17, 2007

Deputy Werner:

May you continue to rest in peace. Thank you for your service.

Retired Rochester PD

April 24, 2007

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

May 17, 2005

Sir, your sacrafice is honored by your brothers forever. Yoy will not be forgotten by us as we carry on your fight and your badge of honor. I pray for your family, Blue Angel until we meet again. "Poi si torno' all' eterna fontana."

Ontario Police

October 20, 2004

To the wife, daughters and other family members of Deputy Sheriff Jack Dean Werner. I just came across your name on the ODMP and wanted to express our heartfelt sympathy and to sayyou will never be forgotten.

Lyndell & Elizabeth Taylor (Murrieta,Calif.)
Parents of
Deputy Sheriff
Morris Lyn Taylor (Douglas County,Oregon)
EOW 9-14-02

January 2, 2004

Gone but not forgotten ... rest easy blue angel

December 28, 2003

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