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Patrol Officer Brian Craig Roshong

Canton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, July 22, 1996

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Brian Craig Roshong


I cannot tell you how much I miss you… As a friend and as a brother in blue. I have worn your memorial bracelet ever since your death. To remind me of something. When you were shot officers on the scene said you kept trying to get up. I wear this bracelet as a reminder that no matter what happens to me ...get up… No matter how bad or how painful get up!!
I was proud and honored to serve with you even but for a minute.

I miss you and love you brother. I continue to pray for your family… Tell Captain I said hi… Love you both

Former patrolman Michael Peterson 279
Formally with Canton Police Department

July 23, 2021

Officer Roshong,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 22, 2021

Thank you for your service and today we remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

July 22, 2020

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrol Officer Brian Craig Roshong of the Canton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 90 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

July 22, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Roshong.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 28, 2019

Hey Brian -

Right after you baptized your Godson, we lost you. I know you have been keeping close watch and Kevin has just been married. We miss you so, so much, but you would be proud of the legacy we have tried to honor in you name and the positive mom and dad wanted to create by donating vests to new officers. I will see you and dad soon. Until then, keep us safe - it’s in your nature xo

Jenn Giavasis

October 1, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrol Officer Brian Craig Roshong Canton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 88 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

July 23, 2018

Hello Brian. It's been twenty years this past summer since your passing. I remember reading about it in the newspaper and the your sister Jenn told me. I then went to Mercy Medical Center ICU to see you. Jenn took me back and I will never forget seeing you lying in the bed. The next day July 22, 1996 I remember Jenn telling me the angels had come to take you to heaven. I remember you worked for me on my birthday in May of that year at the hospital. I attended your calling hours and I laid one of my extra badges in your coffin; Akron General Medical Center Officer #15. I attended your funeral the next day at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church where your mother took me over to your open casket one more time to say a final goodbye. I still think about you; as you were a great man and officer.

Dispatcher Luther
Summa PD. Friend and co-worker

January 28, 2017


You and I were inseparable during the police academy. There was nothing I wouldn't do for you and you wouldn't do for me. I carry your burden r this day, which I consider a blessing. It keeps your memory fresh in my mind.

Doug Flinner
Ashland PD, retired

August 9, 2015


You accomplished many great deeds during your short lifetime that will be remembered. The lives you touched and the communities in which you lived and worked were forever altered in a positive manner which the passage of time will never diminish. May God grant you peace and hold you in His embrace until we are reunited.

Christopher Roshing, FOPA

July 22, 2015

We are heading to the Police Officer Memorial in Washington D.C and will be reading your name at the service. I haven't been back since 1997 whe:n your name was added. Tears have been streaming down my face as I type this on the bus ride to the Memorial. I only knew you for the short time that we worked together. We ate lunch together and went on some calls together and I hoped we would be friends. I remember that morning in July of 1996 like it was yesterday. I will never forget you :brother. Rest In Peace until we meet again.

Lt Les Marino
Canton P.D.

January 29, 2014

I remember Hearing about this. I still think about it. So sorry for his family. He is a hero.

Jon Chaney
Citizen of Canton in 1996

May 18, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 17th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 16, 2013

Gone, but not forgotten.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and colleagues.
Continue to watch over us.

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

July 22, 2012


It has been 15 years. Still I wear the bracelet that has your name....I remember the few times we worked together...The talks about brotherhood and the commitment of being an officer. I remember thinking that you were going to be a great cop. I was right!!!!
You were never one to give up or walk by someone that needed help....I was told that when you were shot you kept trying to get back up.
That is what I would expect of you. To try and get back up, never stay down. I try to remember that as I go through life, that despite what happens....GET BACK UP. I miss you bro, I know your family misses you and heaven is safer because of you

Director Global Investigations

November 3, 2011

My deepest condolences to Brian's family and loved ones. I feel like this just happened as I just found out about it, nearly 15 years later. Brian and I were room mates in the army. We both graduated training in Ft. Devens Mass. then we got stationed at Vint Hills Farm Station Warrenton Virginia together. We did about everything together as friends do. I always had his back and I know he always had mine. I only have a couple of loyal friends but I was proud to call him one of them. Things I remember about Brian: trips back and forth from virginia to ohio, his loyalty, his boat (the name we gave to his 30' long car he bought), the Grinch ( we couldn't go home for christmas so we figured if we couldn't be captured by the christmas spirit then nobody else was either so we bought a 6' poster of the grinch and pinned it to the outside of our barracks door), but most of all I remember his friendship. After I left Virginia for Panama we lost touch, well I stayed in Panama for 10 years. I guess I just figured since he was from Ohio that I would see him again, catch up on all we had done since Virginia. Sadly enough, this makes me realize that it is true that tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Rest in peace my good friend.

Spc. Dale Brown / Bucyrus, OH
Friend / Fellow Soldier 98H

June 8, 2011

Rest well, brave warrior, rest well. You have given the ultimate sacrifice. Thy work is done.

Maj. Tom McAffee
Fort Inskeep Police Department

June 16, 2010

Thank you for your service sir. Rest in peace.

Deputy Sheriff
Covinton County Sheriff's Dept. (Ms)

March 13, 2010


Although I will never know you, I thank you for your selfless service to others. Your brother shared your story with me, and I feel blessed to know such a caring person. I am certain that you shared this attribute with Chris, otherwise you wouldn't have gone into law enforcement. I pray that God's blessings are with you and your family always.

Evelyn Zwolinski

Evelyn Zwolinski
A friend

February 28, 2010

Rest well, brave warrior, rest well. You have given the ultimate sacrifice. Thy work is done.

Maj. Tom McAffee
Fort Inskeep Police Department

February 6, 2009


I am so sorry for your loss. Your brother is a hero to all of us. May God bless his soul.


January 17, 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

December 31, 2007


Thank you for the decisions you made to serve your country as a soldier and your community as a law enforcement officer. For your willingness to put yourself at risk for the benefit of others, you have made many proud, and it is my honor to have served with you.

Fellow Paratrooper

November 4, 2007


Last night I was hoping to track you down via the internet so we could catch up on all these years that have gone by since we last talked. I was hoping to find a phone number or an address but instead learned of your passing. I can't believe you are gone! I thought of you often over the past eleven years and wondered what you were up to. I never could have imagined something like this happening. You have been in my thoughts constantly since I learned of your passing away. We had alot of good times together in the Army....Ft.Devens, Vint Hill Farms, and Ft. Bragg. You made us all laugh with your great sense of humor. You were a helluva paratrooper Brian. It was truly an honor to have served with you!! You will never be forgotten!! God bless you and your family!

Brad Ceulers
Fellow Paratrooper

November 2, 2007

I served with you at Ft.Bragg and remember the good times laughing and joking. Even though you were on the force a short two months you touched lives in a way that will last a lifetime. Look down and watch over the brave men and women left behind that are still fighting the battle you so courageously fought. Peace my brother.

Trooper Derek Vargas
South Dakota Highway Patrol

November 2, 2007

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