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Officer Ronald Dale Baker

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, May 2, 1983

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Reflections for Officer Ronald Dale Baker

My sweet Ron, I can’t believe it has been 40 years today that you were taken from us. So many of your friends left sweet remarks on a FB page. You were so loved by everyone. Until we met again.


May 3, 2023


I never knew you, but attended Skyline with your little brother, Joe, and graduated in '80. I remember reading and hearing about your death, as I had just rotated back to the States in the Marine Corps.

I didn't put two and two together until later when I became an Officer myself in '86.

This always kept me alert and reminded to keep sharp for Officer safety and to always look for the unexpected.

I've spoken briefly with Joe about this offering him my condolences over the years, from time to time. I know you figured very prominently in his life and he tries to live up to standards he believed you lived your life by.

I hope you rest easy and know that in my opinion, Joe is a good man and has lived up to his beliefs being a good example for us all.

As a fellow law enforcement Officer, I know your memory will never be forgotten and will serve as a grim reminder of what this job can hold, but also hold up the hope of honorable men, stepping forward to be counted for the greater good.

I'm sure we'll meet one day. Until that time, rest easy.



May 4, 2021

On this actual anniversary of your untimely and heroic death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement family will never, ever forget. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 2, 2021

Officer Baker, your assailants may have done the cowardly thing and committed suicide to avoid any justice here on earth, but rest assured that they answered to a higher court and authority involving a higher form of justice. Please know that you service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten! Watch over your LE brethren from above and especially the amazing men and women of the Dallas Police Department. Rest In Peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 28, 2020

I am so sorry this happened to your family I tried for many years to warn people about her but they wouldn't listen to me because I was just a kid but I'm telling you now I'm so sorry it keeps me from being a functioning human being. I'm so sorry

I'm just really want to apologize to the family of Ronald D Baker because it was my stepmother that killed him.
I tried to warn everybody about her

June 3, 2020

Hard to believe it has been 37 years. You still cross my mind frequently. You would be so proud of our girls, they are strong, independent women. Our youngest grandson carries your name. Griffin Lucas Baker Tello turns 1 next week. We love you and miss you. Until we meet again.


May 2, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Baker.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 5, 2020

“His Lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21.

Chief Rick Stone
Dallas Police Department - Retired

October 9, 2018

Dear Ron Baker,

You've been gone for over 30 years, and yet it seems etched into my mind what I saw, and how I remember them (the officers on the scene) what your name was, and it hit me... THE SAME RON BAKER THAT WENT TO SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL???? My classmate, and now here I was, just a person who was new to the department, as a civilian, working with the Physical Evidence Section, and assigned in gathering the evidence in the case in the in the senseless murder of a Dallas Police Officer.

The magnitude of the situation, has lasted with me, all these years, and its because of this incident, that I have worked these last 17 years with Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas. Oh how I wish it was around 35 years ago!

To the Baker Family, I know the pain of the loss, and I know that time does heal wounds, but for me, it will always be a part of my life, and knowing Ron in High School, it made it a bit more painful to be there, to record the evidence, and to deal with that personal loss.

May you all continue to be strong, and continue to be the family you are!

Blessings to you, and too ALL the men and women who wear a badge over their hearts!

David M. Muehlenthal
Classmate- Dallas Skyline High School

May 16, 2018

Dear Ron

I know you're entertaining in heaven as you always brought life to others and made us smile. I worked with you at the Bank in Pleasant Grove. You were such a fun and funny caring individual. You touched many lives in your short time here on earth. We all hated what happened to you. Thank you for your service as an officer of the law and as security providing protection to us at the bank. May your family know you are not forgotten even almost 35 years later. We don't always know why some are taken what seems too soon from us but I now trust that God has his reasons and know they are best. I'm happy he gave the opportunity for me to know you with your quirky ways and great big heart. I pray your family is well and may your children know their daddy was a hero on this earth in many ways.

Alicia Hodges Martin
Friend/Co-Worker from Bank

February 8, 2018

Dear Ron,

The events last week here in Dallas where we lost five officers, and several others wounded, brought back your memory to me. I went to church with you, and my Dad was your baseball coach. I used to sit in the dugout and keep the stats. I remember how shy you were, and what a nice smile you had, and what a good friend you were to so many.

I will never forget the day you were killed, and the horrible circumstances. You truly did not deserve that at all. There were so many of us, your friends, at your funeral, and we were all in utter shock. We cried, we hugged each other, and we told stories of the good times with all of us.

I think of you often, and remember fondly our youth group at STBC. I know others think of you as well.

I know you are with the Lord, and are now welcoming the officers who were killed. My Mom and Dad are in Heaven as well. Hopefully, you have caught up with them some.

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Traci Thomas Stryker
friend from church

July 13, 2016

Uncle Ron I was about to turn 13 when your watch ended, I am now 46 . Time has passed rather quickly but the memories I have of you and me playing football in Bo & Mama"s front yard. You were Stuabach I was Drew Pearson and we won the super bowl so many times in that yard. Man you must of had a lot of patience because dang I was a brat. I have never forgot your kindness to me and after 33 years you remain my favorite uncle. As you welcome your fallen brothers to heaven give them the heartfelt love we had in that yard. Love Michael Allan Markham ll 7-9-2016

Michael Markham

July 9, 2016

Ron you are so much with me all the time, but missing you especially on this sad day. You are welcoming other fallen officers to Heaven today as I grieve for their families, just as others grieved for ours when we lost you.

Jerri Mccoy
Loving sister

July 8, 2016

Rest in Peace Officer Ronald Dale Baker. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Dallas, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the carcasses of the scum bags that murdered you. May the flames of hell forever scorch their sorry souls.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

May 4, 2016

Officer Ronald D Baker,
In 2007 and 2008 I went throught the Dallas Police academy. During my time there, one of our assigments as recruits was to line up out in the hallway in front of the photos of honor. We were told to look into and write a short narrative on what happened regarding our assigned Officer's unfortunate passing and speak of the bravery and sacrifice each Officer made. Officer Ronald D Baker you were my assigned Officer and I shall never forget your name and you and your family's sacrifice. God bless you and yours and please watch over your brothers and sisters in blue.

Senior Corporal Michael Shutka
Dallas PD

May 10, 2015

I grew up with Ron, and he was a good guy — one of the best, actually. I'll never forget the day this happened and think of him often.

Michael McCullough
Childhood friend

May 15, 2012

Ron is not forgotten. Was thinking about him on Wednesday. Still keep the photo in my office that was used on the Texas Monthly magazine cover for the report of his death. Rest in Peace

Master Special Agent L. W. "Bill" Dury
VADOC Inspector General - attended DPD Academy with Ron in 1979

May 6, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 29th 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 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 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 3, 2012

Thank you for your service, Sir.


July 15, 2010

I knew your Granny Maxine, she talked about you alot. She knew that you visited her in her room. She would introduce you to the staff. She loved you alot. Rest in peace.


February 23, 2010

I attended the DPD academy with Ron and served with him at the Southeast Div. While at the academy, his wife used to write love notes in place them inside his sandwich. At lunch the ink would have run on to the luncheon meat. We always laughed about it! Ron was a genuine nice man. Although the years have passed, I remember him fondly, and the tragic circumstances of his death. Memories of his funeral still bring chills to me. May he rest in peace.

L. W. "Bil"l Dury
VA. Dept. of Corrections formerly DPD

June 2, 2008



May 2, 2008

Ron, I worked Third and Fourth Watch at NW Patrol. I was an FTO, and as the first order of business on the first day with every new rookie I trained, I took them to two sacred places: First was where C.O. Brewer, the first known DPD Officer killed in the line of duty, was gunned down; and, Second, was where the latest DPD officer killed in the line of duty died. When we arrived, we got out of our car and I asked if they knew where we were and why we were there. Most did not. I told them, and we talked about what had happened, and what lessons we could take away from those scenes. I wanted them to learn from the sacrifices made by those who patrolled those streets before us, so those sacrifices would not be in vain. My visits to the Georgetown Apartments after May 2, 1983, and the lessons to be learned there, were made more poignant because my son had been born only a few weeks before you died, and left behind your expectant wife. All these years later, though I am far from Dallas, I still have, and often read the article, "The Killing of a Cop" by Larry Herold recounting that fateful morning in the Grove when you went on your final "Double Six". Know that your sacrifice was not in vain, and that your lessons taught helped me, and all my rookies, make it home at the end of our shifts. Thanks, Brother, and rest in peace knowing that you were, and are, an inspiration.

S.S. Scholl #4459
Dallas Police Department '80-'86

March 21, 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

February 5, 2008

Dear Oficer Baker,

I remember that terrible day when you died - so very, very close to my home.

You were also a beloved friend of my sister, who had been in the Dallas Reserves, and she grieved terribly for you and your wife when you died. How could we have possibly prepared or known that she would follow you to Heaven a short ten months later?

I hope you're up there talking over good times -- and watching over your fellow brothers in blue.

Your family has been in my prayers every anniversary of your passing. You fought the good fight, Officer Baker, you made the sacrifice and you left the world a better place for your having been here.

Thank you, Officer Ronald Baker. Your sacrifice is not forgotten, and neither are you.

God speed and God bless.

LRVirgil, Civilian
Dallas & Mesquite, Texas Police Supporter

September 29, 2007

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