Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James Arland Rowland, Jr.

Palmer Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Saturday, May 15, 1999

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Reflections for Police Officer James Arland Rowland, Jr.

As the wife of an Illinois State Trooper, a resident of Palmer for all of my childhood, and now part of the community grieving the loss of Cpl Nick Polizzotto EOW 4/24/07, I am reminded of the ultimate sacrifice you made for the place I loved so very much. Rest in peace.

Lisa Lawrence

May 9, 2007

I still remember conversations we had in training sessions, and how much you loved Police work. I was blessed in knowing your Family and working with you while an EMT in Alaska...I think of home and you often...we will meet again. Helen

Helen Stice

December 27, 2006

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

Officer 11169

November 2, 2006

Rest in peace Brother. My God bless you and your family. R.I.P

Cpl Jean Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP Service, Traffic Unit

July 2, 2006

James was a member of the 96-1 Academy and tonight on our 10 year anniversary we salute his bravery, dedication and commitment. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fallen brother and his family. God Bless.

Academy 96-1, Anchorage, Alaska

Academy 96-1
Anchorage Police Dept

April 15, 2006

James, Today is the 10th Anniversary of the 96-1 Academy. We are having a party to celebrate the occasion and most of our academy mates will be here. We will honor your memory and wish you could be here with us. You and the sacrifice you made will never be forgotten.

Officer Jeff Bell (APD 96-1)
Anchorage Police Department

April 15, 2006

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

(Formerly of Seward Alaska)

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 6, 2004

Your death has left a hole our hearts and a gap in our family that can never be replaced! Our thoughts are never passed without many of them being of you. The one being uppermost, how much we miss you!!!

I am thankful that either in life or in death we have one blessed hope; one day we will see you again!!! Until then, we will carry on the fight to see justice done!

I miss you!

Your only sister,


Annette Rowland

Alot of emotions are coming up again this week. We put your name plaque on the memorial in Anchorage yesterday. It was qiute a sight. There were alot of officers in the formation
from several different agencies. It doesn't seem like a whole year has gone by. I think about you every day and how much I miss you. Too many plans were cut short and too many things were left undone. I miss you very much brother!


Tsgt Kurt Brehm
USAF/Palmer Police Reserve

Serving with Officer Rowland as a Military Working Dog handler was an honor.  He epitomized what every officer should be, constantly giving his all and never asking for anything in return.  He knew that the help he offered others was its own reward.  Officer Rowland’s passing was truly a sad day for his loving family, the city of Palmer, Alaska and our Country.  He will continue to be remembered, loved and missed.

Rick Sherman
U.S. Navy Police K9 Corp

I had the pleasure to ride with James as a Palmer P.D. Reserve Officer (9G-37) and we always had a good working relationship. I wish I was still there, and had the chance to help comfort his family and the other Officers that endured the pain of loosing one of their own. My heart goes out to James's family on their suffering. I will always carry my memories of James, Palmer, and the entire Palmer P.D. as I become an officer one day. Never forget.

MSgt Manuel Garcia

It seems impossible that 2 fine officers were shot and killed within a little over a year of each other.

James, you were probably even in attendance or replacing another officer so he could attend the services in Fairbanks, Alaska. My son was killed 01/01/98, for no apparent reason either. I am so sorry that this happened to you and my heart aches for your family. I was at the Police Memorial being held in Wash, D.C. on the very day that you lost your life, where the officers of 1998 were being honored for their sacrifice. Now you have paid that price too.

As with Kevin, if I somehow could have prevented this I would have for you too. 2 fine, brave young men, what a terrible tragedy, you have been and will continue to be in my heart and prayers as is your family.

Larie (Lamm) Minnery

I'm sorry my friends

For the pain that you feel

Just know that I've given my all.

I didn't turn and run

As some might have done.

When needed, I answered the call.

With Palmer my home

I pledged to keep safe

It's people; it's streets, City Hall.

While you sleep, while you play,

Through the night, through the day,

When needed, I answered the call.

Though gone, I am here,

And forever will be

To protect and to stand proud and tall,

You can live safe and sound

When you know we're around

When needed, we'll answer the call.


The community you protect

(Placed at the Officer James Rowland Memorial by an unknown author)

Submitted by Laurie Heck

God Bless. Rest easy as we will continue for you.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

May God bless you and your family. Your loss will not be forgotten, for you will always be a member of the police family.

PO Doug Eatherton
St. Louis City Police

I can't believe that tomorrow will be 3 years since you left us Jim. Not a day goes by that those of us who worked with you remember your kindness and your willingness to help others. God bless you.


I spoke with Jim just hours before his death. We had planned on meeting for lunch during our shift the next week. Having traveled around the state of Alaska and having worked with numerous police officers I have not met any better than Jim. He truely exemplified what it meant to be a police officer. He was caring, thoughtful, and when the need arose tough. He was there to help people and was always willing to help his friends and strangers alike.

Jim, you will always be in my heart and rest in peace, those of us here will keep up the fight.

Trooper Daniel Cox
Alaska State Troopers


We had several times in my duties with the Borough you were always fair and fun to be around. THe kind of guy to write a fix a ticket then show up the next day to help repair it. Your death came as a huge shock. It has been 2 years and 2 months since you left and has taken this long to leave this. Your name still comes up and brings tears from the loss and smiles from the memories. I still get chills when ever I drive in and out of Wasilla and remember the miles and miles of flashing red and blues. I'll never forget the final 10-60 for 9G-37 and the empty feeling when the reply never came. Rest in peace you are missed, and God bless your family and friends left behind.


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