Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper James Bradford-Jean Crooks

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, May 19, 1998

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Reflections for Trooper James Bradford-Jean Crooks

Rest in Peace Sir, you are not forgotten

Timothy Kaiser
Florida Department Of Corrections

May 20, 2023

25 years later. We remember these Officers, but lest we forget the families torn due to these events. I will always remember this day and the many family members in Blue and their families at home. Remembering my daughter asking, "Was that the trooper that came by the house. Were you there...could that have been you? The short answer was yes. Then explain why I go to work and take the chance, and why I care. Retired now I pray for all of the family members to include Det. Bell's daughter that puts on the uniform and answers the call. THANK YOU!

Retired Matthew Roach
Pasco County Sheriff's Office

May 18, 2023

You are not forgotten. 20 years and the incident is still fresh in my mind. But I also remember work a crash earlier that morning on 75. The excitement of you getting your new patrol car and plans of getting married. The conversations about cattle and being country.
You are not forgotten.

Matthew Roach
Retired Pasco County Deputy

May 15, 2023

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

May 19, 2021

Never to be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

January 1, 2021

Rest in peace Trooper Crooks.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 17, 2019

Brad, it’s been 20 years and we still can’t believe it. I remember getting that shocking phone call while on shift in the Keys. Some of my best memories include the early morning PT sessions with the 91st on those cold Tallahassee mornings where you gave it your all and I’d never seen anyone more determined and dedicated. You still bring a smile to my face and you were and are an inspiration. I see below Lindsey remembers those days as well. Know you are missed and not forgotten. Keep watch brother, as I know you are; we’ll all be home soon.

Dennis Hall, former Corporal
FL Highway Patrol - 91st Recruit Class

September 16, 2018

Trooper James Bradford-Jean Crooks will never ever be forgotten. Thank you for your services to our nation as a member of Law Enforcement. Thank you for trying to bring a "cop killer" to justice, your actions make you a hero, so I pray to our Lord that your soul will forever rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

February 17, 2018

God Bless you and Keep you. After all these 20 years, I still think of you. It was only 6 days later when my Father suddenly passed away due to heart failure.

Rest in Peace my dear Brother.
17 June 2017

Volunteer Al Santos
Gulfport Fl PD

June 17, 2017

Trooper Crooks, it doesn't seem like it's been 18 years. I remember as if it was yesterday. I came through the intersection maybe twenty minutes earlier. When I got home in Dade City the radio DJ said the intersection was closed due to "police activity". I turned the TV and they were showing the news. I cried when they said what happened.

Please continue watching over your FHP brothers and sisters.

Jimmy Russ

November 17, 2016

I was knew him a Brad not James as many of you may have known him. We were roommates at the University of South Florida together and graduated almost a year apart. Brad and I were members of the Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon. College was a fun time and we both grew up quickly during those years. I often reflect back on that time with fond memories. I remember the day I was accepted to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the day Brad was accepted appointment with the Florida Highway Patrol. He was extremely proud of that accomplishment. I roll the clock forward to 1998. I was getting ready to lay down and prepare myself for night shift. The news report about Detectives Childers and Bell came across the radio and the DJ was discussing the situation in Tampa when he said, breaking news and reported Brad's death. Of course not by name only that a Trooper was his killer's latest victim. I was crushed, I tried to contact him and there was no answer only voice mail. When they announced his name I knew I lost a brother, not only on in arms but one in spirit as well. I miss him and I know that his family misses him as well.

Deputy Jason Green
Hillsboough County Sheriff's Office

May 19, 2016

James, I was assigned to work with you on your physical fitness while at the FHP academy (91st). I never saw you again after we left Tallahassee; however, you had a kind heart and I know you are with God now. RIP.

Ben Lindsey
Former Trooper


January 20, 2016

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 19, 2015

I taught you in the Pat Thomas Academy and you were friends with my new recruit. I can't believe it was so long ago that you lost your life. I remember how dedicated you were. I was there that day saddened by your death and the death of others. Dispatch tried to get you to not stop him. But you were determined and dedicated. You are missed. I am thankful you are with our Creator. You were and are a hero though you just got started.

Retired Officer Thomas Sanders
Florida DEP Police-pt academy instructor/FTO

December 26, 2014

I can't believe you left us so long ago. I think of you frequently, even if we didn't get to talk a lot near the end. You will always be missed, my dear friend.


May 17, 2014

I can still remember seeing you that fateful morning as I started work and you were leaving. I felt that ungodly feeling that this might be the last time I would see you and sadly it was. You were too young and too sweet and so not ready to leave us but we miss and think about you often. Rest in peace Brad. May 19 is around the corner. SixteMen years and missing you.....

Millie Pagani
retired records clerk

May 8, 2014

Rest In Peace Brave Man x

Jonathan Davis

January 1, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th 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 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 friends 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 19, 2012

Rest in Peace, Trooper Crooks. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 9, 2012



May 20, 2011

Rest in Peace Trooper! GODSPEED

Ofc. Aaron Sparks #184
Newbury Police Dept. NH

May 28, 2010

12 years have past and it is still like yesterday for me. I will never forget. RIP Brad....

Tampa Police

May 19, 2010

I had just met with you an hour before this happened and we talked about the Patrol and how much we both enjoyed doing our jobs. It seems like just yesterday that this happpened. May 19th will always be in my thoughts.
Your former Sergeant

Leon Couty Sheriffs Office

June 27, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former Police Officer

May 19, 2008

Trooper Crooks your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 19, 2008

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