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Officer Rick Charles Cromwell

Lodi Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 9, 1998

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Reflections for Officer Rick Charles Cromwell

Officer Cromwell, in 2019 the Lodi PD Honor Guard went to Washington DC for the 20th anniversary of your name being etched on the wall. It was an experience they will not forget. Your memory lives on, you will not be forgotten.

-Lodi PD Honor Guard 2019

Lodi PD Honor Guard
Lodi PD

May 21, 2019

RIP Officer Cromwell #33........you are gone but not forgotten!

Motor Officer (Retired) Larry Vietz #16
Lodi Police Department

December 9, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 9, 2017

RIP Officer Cromwell #33. You are not forgotten!

Motor Officer (Retired) Larry Vietz #16
Lodi Police Department

December 9, 2016

Driving through Lodi again I was reminded about how many times we shared the same court dates. We got to know each other from those brief but numerous periods of time. It is 2015 and you are not forgotten.

Officer Robert Berriman (Retired)
California Highway Patrol

August 26, 2015

RIP Officer Cromwell #33......we continue the fight!

Motor Officer L. Vietz #16
Lodi Police Department

December 9, 2014

Rest In Peace Officer Cromwell #33........we continued the fight!

Motor Officer L. Vietz #16
Lodi Police Department

December 9, 2014

Remembering your service today Brother......R.I.P. Officer Cromwell........Miss ya.

Motor Officer L. Vietz #16
Lodi Police Department

December 9, 2013

Rick.....RIP Brother......You will not be forgotten!

Officer L. Vietz #16
Lodi Police Department - Traffic Unit - Motors

December 9, 2012

Rick
We miss you. You are a fine officer, father and friend. It was honor to work and ride with you from time to time.

D. Main Chief (Ret)
Lodi PD

November 29, 2012

Dear Sir,
Thank you for you sacrifice. You are not forgotten. "Blessed are the peacemakers!"
Thank You

Jonathan Smith
Civillian

July 7, 2012

R.I.P. Brother.....we miss ya!

Officer Larry Vietz #16
Lodi Police Department

December 9, 2011

Rest in Peace, Officer Cromwell.
R.I.P Motorman

Sgt Jean Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP-Service, Traffic and Escort Unit

March 21, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 11th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 9, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 11th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

December 9, 2009

Rest in Peace, Officer Cromwell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

We are reading a novel by Robin Burcell and the book is dedicated to you.
Rest in peace Sir you are not forgotten.
Respectfully submitted
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

April 27, 2009

One day after the 10th anniversary of Officer Cromwell's death, we honored his service by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Cromwell is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

December 10, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

vandenberghe
manchaester, nh

December 5, 2007

"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
Sergeant
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

November 28, 2007

God bless you Officer Rick You are a hero and will never be forgotten.. Look forward to riding the streets of gold with ya someday...Ride Easy fellow Motorcop !!

DB
Calif Hwy Patrol.. Ret.

December 9, 2005

Rest in peace..God speed...

skip roberson

May 1, 2005

God speed my brother in blue.

Anonymous

February 25, 2004

Rick is my uncle.  High school was interesting...having a cop constantly looking over my shoulder, making sure I didn't have any parties while grams and gramps were on vacation, and following my boyfriend around to see if he was a trouble-maker.  It also was wonderful to have a friend who made me laugh.  His sense of humor wasn't always the cleanest, and,often, I was the  only one to chuckle at his off-color remarks.  Straight forward as he was, Rick frequently offended those who didn't understand his dry wit.  But, of course, there was more to him than that.  He was my protector in many situations as my father lives far away.  Now, I only hope that I can let my cousins, Ashleigh and Lindsey, know how much he loved them.

amber fleming

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