Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Dale Robin TenHaken

Manitowoc Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Wednesday, September 23, 1998

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Reflections for Patrolman Dale Robin TenHaken

Officer TenHaken,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Manitowac. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 23, 2023

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

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

September 23, 2020

And here we are again; another year that you should have had to live your life, serve the community & keep our little corner of the world safe.
I will not ever forget your sacrifice.

Kim Lazansky Philippi
Citizen of Manitowoc

September 22, 2017

Eternal rest grant upon him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Carol Albright
Citizen of the city of Manitowoc

September 24, 2016

To all who have given the ultimate sacrifice and now make that one final Patrol, Their duty was to serve, Our duty is to remember. Respect, Honor, Remember Officer Dale TenHaken, E.O.W. 9/23/1998. RIP

G. Birkholz
mother of Officer Craig Birkholz, E.O.W. 3/20/11

September 15, 2015

I remember seeing a documentary on your story and your sacrifice in the academy 15 years ago. It sticks with me and I think about it often. RIP, brother.

Patrolman Ryan Brehmer
Village of Chenequa

March 20, 2015

I remember the day this took place. I was in Sheboygan in a restaurant with a friend and a scanner, and I heard the whole thing. It really shocked me. I did not know him personally, only from a friend of mine that always got in trouble, Dale had numerous contacts with him , and Dale would always be looking for my friend at my Dad & Ma's house. Once Dale used my parents phone to call to the station. I still have the old phone. It is a memory. I went to the wake service to pay my respect, because Dale was a very understanding officer, and I did feel real bad. It was a horrible event, and I think of this a lot.

Alexander Jenkins, Florida

October 22, 2014

Officer Dale R TenHaken Manitowoc PD, EOW 09-24-1998. Missed but never forgotten. RIP 051

16 years ago today you were taken from us. Not a day goes by that you're not thought of.

Manitowoc Police Department

September 23, 2014

My brother, I will never forget. Each year passes but my memories of you are still in my heart. Every day I put my badge on you are with me.

Deputy Dennis Ten Haken
Sheboygan County Sheriff's Dept

September 24, 2013

I can't believe it has been 15 years ago today Dale. I still remember getting the call that forever changed me. We all knew the dangers of the job and I knew it could happen to me, but (as silly as it sounds) I never thought about it happening to someone I knew. I still think about the days when you would work Kohler and I would meet you at the city limits to talk; how we had backed each other up a few times; the training in Green Bay.............You were always happy......always positive......always smiling. The beat you patrol now is a far better place and I know I will see you again one day. You are never forgotten and forever a hero.

Brian Swenson
Former Sheboygan Falls (WI) Police Officer 618

September 24, 2013

Well Dale, its just me and Allan now. With mom and dad both passing its just the two of us left. You are not here with us physically but you are still in our hearts. So often things occur that remind me of you. Some times I giggle about the funny things we did. Time may heal all wounds, but will never erase the memories. I'm proud to have been your brother. We will never forget.

Deputy Dennis Ten Haken #254

January 23, 2013

Dale 14 years ago you were taken from us so tragically...I miss you everyday.....Love you!!

Tammy Riha

September 23, 2012

Hey Dale, another upcomimg anniversary of your leaving us. I think of you often, got your pic in my locker and see it every day before shift starts, doesn't seem like 14 years. Mom and Dad both with you now, miss you......


September 9, 2012

Thank you for your Heroism Sir, RIP brother

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

April 11, 2012

Dale I remember talking to you late at night when you were working security at the American Club, you had such a friendly smile. I also remember the frantic search and feeling of desperation as I worked the night of your death, scanning every vehicle for a hope of locating those that took your life. I tell your story to every class I teach at your old school, LTC. Rest in peace, we've got you back.

Sgt. Jim Gottsacker
Sheboygan County Sheriffs Office

January 28, 2012

It has been now 13 years since you have been taken from us and i still love you more and more each day, you were my uncle, best friend, and for the last 13 years; my gaurdian angel. To infinity and beyond I will always love you.
Love your neice,

Stephannie Blish

September 28, 2011

Dale R TenHaken E.O.W. 09-23-1998. 13 years ago today my great friend, mentor, and brother in blue was shot and killed in the line of duty while serving the citizens of Manitowoc WI. Please keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to struggle with the loss of Dale. 051 - gone but never forgotten

Detective David W McCue
Friend & Co-worker

September 23, 2011

Today I remember your sacrifice
Today I reflect on the job
Today I resolve to be better
Today I recommit myself to my vocation
Today I remember you.

Piotr Gordziej
Sheboygan PD

September 23, 2011

Dale, I miss you so much, you are in my thoughts everyday!! So much has happend since you have passed, but I will always live my life by your smile and your laugh...I love you Dale...and today on the day you were born...I thank god for your wonderful personality and smile, it has had such an impact on everyone you have known!! You are a wonderful person!! Happy Birthday!!

Tammy Riha

December 20, 2010

I remember when Officer TenHanken was taken from us... I had graduated from high school in Green Bay and was in college in Milwaukee. To see that he is being remembered after all this time means a lot to me and I know it means much more to all those who knew him. Godspeed to you, Officer TenHaken, and to those closest to you.

Hang Lor
Sheboygan Police Department

August 17, 2009

Dale, just thinking about you today. So many other officers around the country have joined you in the last month or so. Keep watch over the survivors and their fellow officers. You're never forgotten.


April 13, 2009

Dale- just wanted to leave a message because today is a very special is the day you were brought into the world...Happy Birthday my love....there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you....many things have change since your passing....I got married (another police officer) you think I would have thing that hasn't changed is that I love you very much and will until the day I die. I hope you are having cake and a captain and coke in heaven.....
I love you Dale.....and someday we will meet again...
Forever your fiancee'
Tammy Riha

Tammy Riha

December 19, 2008

RIP.You will not be forgotten.


November 5, 2008

To Dale and his loved ones:

On this the tenth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Dale. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05


September 25, 2008

A decade may have passed since you were called away but you have not been forgotten by those that love you and carry your memory in their hearts. Continue to keep watch over all of them and those still out on patrol guarding over the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 23, 2008

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