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Police Officer Jeffrey Dean Rominger

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Thursday, August 31, 2000

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Reflections for Police Officer Jeffrey Dean Rominger

Jeff,

It's been 21 years since that night that changed so many of us forever. I still think of you while I am out here patrolling. I wonder where you would be working if you were still here.

I remember the great conversations and laughs we had. I mostly think about how excited you were to spend time with James and how you were looking forward to him getting a little older so you could do more together. I wish he had a chance to grow up knowing you.

You were the best in our academy and the best of us in patrol. A life spent dedicated to defending what is right.

I still miss you and that sharp wit. I will always remember you, brother. Go with God.

Msgt Julie Weatherly
OCPD

August 31, 2021

I still think of OHP Trooper Matt Evans when I had breakfast with you a few nights before your death. I remember Dugo and how you were heading to assist him. I remember you liked Korn, mostly the song "Somebody, someone". I listen to it and think of you, my lost brother. I remember the money we tried to raise for your mother....God bless her soul. I am so sorry you lost your life in such a horrible way. I look forward to having a drink with you in Heaven and listening to some Korn.

Operations Commander, Greg Couch
OCPD Ret. 2006 (P0951)

May 4, 2021

Rom,
I still think about you brotha! I remember the last time I saw you at the evidence room..."smile man, its gonna be alright", and so I did.....

Never forgotten!

Former # 1250
OCPD

March 2, 2021

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

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

August 31, 2020

Officer Rominger,
On today, the 20th 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 USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

August 31, 2020

Jeff I know your in heaven looking down taking care of your brothers and sisters RIP my friend

Steve Burgan

Steve hobart Burgan Cpl OKC Fire
OCFD. Friend from USN

August 6, 2018

I went to the Florida Police Museum and came across a picture of you. As Tears rolled down my face, I quickly realized how proud I was to wear the same uniform as you. You aren't forgotten! RIP Bro.

SGT. J. Miller
OCPD

December 19, 2012

We will never forget...

Det. Kelly Dragus
OCPD

August 31, 2012

Still miss you brother!!!! I know you, Jon, and Matt patrolling the streets of Heaven keeping it safe.

SSgt. J. White
Moore

August 31, 2012

You will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to your loved ones....

Sgt. John Greene
Nicoma Park PD

August 4, 2012

Still remember eating with you at the Round Up just a few nights before. Third shift. Funny stories and laughs. Love that memory.

MSgt Phil Paz
Oklahoma City Police department

June 11, 2011

Jeff,

I've never met you and was not an officer when you were taken from us, but you are never forgotton. Almost 10 years to the date we had an officer ambushed by a coward. It is nothing short of a miracle that she is alive. I some how think you and God were riding with her that night and protected her. Keep watch over all your brothers and sisters. We all miss you and think of you often! Rest in peace Brother!

Officer
OCPD

September 2, 2010

I didn't get a chance to meet you as my husband was in the academy at the time of your accident. But I still remember the sacrifice you made. I pray for your families on this 10th anniversary of your death. I pray they will feel God's love with them and keep your memories in their hearts!
Thank you for your service and dedication to protecting the people.

Anonymous

August 31, 2010

Remembering you today on this 9th anniversary of your ultimate sacrifice. I can't believe it's been 9 years. I was only in the academy when your accident occurred and never had the opportunity to meet you, but I have met several people who worked with you and they all have good things to say. I am remembering your family and friends today as well, because I know, while the pain may become dull, it never really goes away.

Thank you for your dedication to service, to our department and to the citizens of Oklahoma City. You are absolutely not forgotten.

Det. K. Dragus, OCPD #1307
Widow of Sgt. Jonathan Dragus, OCPD #1123 E.O.W. 10/20/05

August 31, 2009

Remembering you today on this 9th anniversary of your ultimate sacrifice. I can't believe it's been 9 years. I was only in the academy when your accident occurred and never had the opportunity to meet you, but I have met several people who worked with you and they all have good things to say. I am remembering your family and friends today as well, because I know, while the pain may become dull, it never really goes away.

Thank you for your dedication to service, to our department and to the citizens of Oklahoma City. You are absolutely not forgotten.

Det. K. Dragus, OCPD #1307
Widow of Sgt. Jonathan Dragus, OCPD #1123 E.O.W. 10/20/05

August 31, 2009

Remembering you and the sacrifice you made that terrible day that took place just over eight years ago. I can't believe it's been that long, but know that you are not forgotten.

Sgt.
OCPD

September 2, 2008

I remember when you would come into the jail and we would tease you about your braces. I remember calling you brace face and you said you get that all the time. I only got to know you through the course of dealing with the people you arrested and brought into jail. But for the brief time you were around... I could always count on you smiling and showing off that metal mouth! Just know that you are loved not forgotten in this department.

Christa Levescy
Officer's spouce

April 30, 2008

Officer Rominger 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

April 28, 2008

I was stationed with Jeff on the USS Holland worked in the same shop. I've been searching for old friends when I found this memorial. I only wish I would have started my search years earlier.

Steven DeVillier
Navy Friend

March 7, 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
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

January 9, 2008

Still missing you, Rome.

August 1, 2007

Well Jeff it feels like just yesterday you me and chris were chasing those guys. man i think about you all the time...i want you to know that you will never be forgotten. 3A138 Semper Fi

Blu

April 2, 2007

I was stationed with Jeff back in 83. Wish I would have searched from him years back now. He was a great friend and we had some really good times. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

Steven DeVillier

December 24, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Officer Jeffrey Dean Rominger and his fellow officers with the Oklahoma Ciy Police Department:

On this the sixth anniversary of Jeff's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Jeff's professionalism and dedication will never be forgotten, nor will his valor and courage. I also salute his patriotism to our country through his distinquished service in the US Navy.

In reading the loving reflections left by his friends and co-workers I can see that he was very loved, well respected and is sorely missed. I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

No doubt that Heaven has another hero in Jeff, but I am so sorry you had to lose your beloved. To his mother, I too share your anquish of having lost a cherished son in a line of duty death. May you all continue to be comforted by your faith and your law enforcement family and other police survivors.

August 31, 2000 must have been the darkest of days for law enforcement in Oklahoma when this tragedy claimed two officers.

I am so sorry that Jeff was robbed of his life so young and so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Jeffrey gave to his community and the citizens of Oklahoma, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 31, 2000.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 31, 2006

You are not forgotten by those who knew you. You are still missed and you had an impact on many here. Thank you.

Ssgt.
OCPD

June 14, 2006

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