Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Daniel Dale Green

Tallahassee Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, November 13, 2002

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Reflections for Sergeant Daniel Dale Green

Though I knew you only a brief time, I know you will be missed for all time. For it is with great difficulty, that we relinquish the memory of people that we hold in high regard.


March 16, 2004

On behalf of the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association, I would like to express our deepest regards and sympathy to the family, friends and fellow officers of Sgt. Daniel Green. You gave the ultimate sacrifice. Daniel, you may be gone, but you will NEVER be forgotten. Rest in peace blue angel and thank you for your service.

James A. Cortina

Connecticut Police Work Dog Association

February 12, 2004

My heart is still heavy about the late Sgt. Dale Green. He was a true professional according to all that has been written about him in the past year.

He was a family man--husband and father. He was a Christian. He policed the streets of my hometown. He is the epitome of those who have sworn to serve and protect the citizenry of Florida's capitol city.

I have prayed for his soul, the emotinal well being of his family and his colleagues in law enforcement. May he rest in peace.

Dayle Greene
Tampa, FL

Dayle Greene
Cox Radio - Tampa Bay

November 14, 2003

Hard to believe that a year has gone by, since that night that a class room in training of CPR, a Wife of Officer walk in and hand him is Little Bear (baby son). None of us knew what had happened untill much later that night, but the Sun Shines just a little less bright with the passing of one of Tallahassee's Son's. Love to you all Ed and Ardy Richter

Lady Clown Ardy Richter
Tallahasse Police Citizens Academy

November 14, 2003

Well my friend it has been 1 year and I seem to miss you more than ever. I do not think you know how much you meant to me and how much you inspired me. I miss our years together on Greg's squad when we were officers. Those were the best times of my career---man we had fun. The biggest regret--is that our promotions/assignments kept us from working together your last few years. Also--for whatever other reasons--we did not spend time together after work was done. All I can do is to try and be half the man and Sergeant (leader) you were---and still our. Until we meet again---I love you and miss you.
your friend-Brian

Sgt. Brian Donaldson
Tallahassee PD

November 14, 2003

To the TPD family:
I recently was fortunate enough to travel to the island of Kauai, Hawaii. While there I hiked the Kalalua Trail which many regard as one of the most beautiful trails in all the world. I thought about Dale while hiking and knew that he would have loved to explore this trail. My wife and I stopped at a section in the trail where a mountain river flowed into the ocean. There at the mouth of the river, on the beach, I made a memorial for Dale. A single flower along with my memorial bracelet was laid on the rocks near the shore. Just wanted to let you know that there is now a small piece of Dale that will be forever on earth's paradise.

Chad Hoffman
Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement

November 14, 2003

Dale, Its been almost a year and I still feel like its a nightmare I am trying to wake myself from. I think about you every time I get toned out, or I hear a squad members tone of voice go up on the radio.

I really don't know if I can make your memorial, but you will stay in my thoughts and prayers.

Officer Sherry Thompson
Tallahassee Police

November 10, 2003

I met Sgt. Green once and he has left a lasting impression. I met him while he was teaching a sniper class. Many in the class did not think I belonged. I was small and a female. My sniper rifle was bigger than me. Sgt. Green stood by my side and even allowed me to use one of his rifles. It may not have meant any thing to him, but it meant the world to me. I have spoke highly of him since that day. I learned today of his passing and know we have lost one of our best. I am happy to have had the chance to meet him. You will be missed and will never forget the words you spoke to me "Don't give up"

Thank you for giving the ultimate gift.


September 11, 2003


It was truly an honor to work for you and with you, even for the short time that I did. I'll never forget my first night on the squad. You told us that if we ever needed help to call. What made this different was that you put no limits on it. You told us if we needed help in law enforcement, in our personal lives, or just to talk, we could call you. You even stepped out, gving us your home number. That is the type of man you were. That is how I will remember you, as someone who wwas always willing to help and I hope that I can be as much help to your family as long as they need it. You never had a cross thing to say about people, even telling us that you did not want to hear us saying things about people, that we should treat everyone fairly, from the drug dealer on the corner to the business man from Killearn. I took that to heart and can only hope that I have done so without question. I miss you and your mischievous smile and the way you used to look over your glasses at us. I know you are in a better place now and I go to work knowing that you are watching over me and all our family at TPD.

God bless and God speed.

Officer Evan Alwine
Tallahassee P.D.

September 8, 2003

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. You will NOT be forgotten. God bless you and your family.

Deputy David C. Osborne
Leon County Sheriff's Office #463

God bless you Sgt Dale Green and know that it is with a heavy heart that we will continue the fight. My prayer go out to you and your family.

Ofc B Mullin
Thomasville Police Dept

I was in my 8th day at the Florida Highway Patrol academy when Sgt. Green was shot. We were all sitting up in our rooms when we heard a roar of sirens outside our window. We had no idea what was going on. The next day we were informed by our Lt. that there was a shooting involving a police officer. We were greatly shocked. As our class coordinators spoke to us we sat there in tears. I kept asking myself "what am I getting myself into?". Why am I here? We were even taken past the scene during our physical training run. We stopped for a moment, given a quick wake up of what could happen and we continued on. This incident didn't discourage me from continuing with the academy, it motivated me to study harder. I've since graduated and preparing to hit the road with my FTO. I'll never forget what was said to me by my Lt. and the sorrow I feel by the passing of Sgt. Green.

State Trooper
Florida Highway Patrol

Easter 2003
You are a credit to your parents, wife and kids, co-workers and friends.
What nice things have been said about you and I know your memory
will live on in their hearts forever. The void you leave is immeasureable.
But mostly, you were a credit to your God and King which carries a
reward that will never fade or tarnish. I can just imagine the smile on
your face when you met your Lord and Savior face to face. I always
wonder what that will be like to see Jesus smiling back at me. I long for
that day!! Today, on Easter you are in His presence looking at His nail
scarred hands, seeing what He sacrified for you and your sin. Oh,
happy day when Jesus took our sins away! May God comfort all those
still grieving your loss and may they learn from your example. You
definitely glorified God by your exemplary life! You make us all very
proud. Thank you for a life well-lived and thanks for your ultimate
sacrifice! You are deeply loved and missed by all who knew you.
Love and prayers from one coast of America to the other,

Lynn Kole
Washington State

"Greater Love Hath No Man Than This, That A Man Lay Down His Life For His Friends"
John 15:13

Florida Department of Corrections

My Deepest Sympathy to the family and Friends of Sgt. Green. May you all continue the journey in protecting the citizens in Your Community and remember that Sgt. Green is watching over you all.

To the Family May you remember that Sgt. Green died doing a job that takes alot of courage and faith to do each day.

May God Bless You All!

Tonya Stephenson
Concerned Citizen

Our hearts are heavy in your loss. I always admired your ability to train and lead by example which was one of your trademaks. You answered the call and gave your all which is nothing less than anyone would expect of you. Look after us as we continue to do a job in which you believed in. God has taken a great one , yet there was a higher calling for you. Until we meet again, watch over us and protect us. We will never forget our fallen brother and hero.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

To the wife, children and extended family of friends & T.P.D. of Sgt. Dale Green, You all are in our prayers and thoughts daily. Dale is with the good Lord above watching over you and always will be taking care of you from up above. We didn't know Dale but we are from Tallahassee and my husband worked for T.P.D. as a reserve officer years ago.
May God Bless You!
A Police Officer's Wife

Wife of a Police Officer

You are still with me. Even though you have been gone for almost two weeks I still see you in each and every moment. I see you in your son's smile, your wife's strength and your TPD family's courage. You will never be far from us. You lived and died as a hero. I hope and pray that I never forget the things you taught me. You taught me to be a safe and professional cop. You taught me to remember how important family and friends are in this life. You never gave up on trying to share your God and faith with me. You never gave up on me...for that I will always be thankful.

One of our last conversations together gives me the peace to greet each new day without you...You knew that your God had a mansion set aside for you and that he would greet you with open arms. You said you were ready to go when your God called you home. Well, my brother, I hope your homecoming was as wonderful as you knew it would be.

Dale, I look forward to the day when we will meet again. Until then patrol the streets of heaven while your TPD family continues to protect the community of your family and friends.


I remember your smile the most; your deep, subtle laughter. You had the calm peacefulness of a true warrior. The first time I met you, I immediately thought you were a cop, even though it was about two years before you even went to the Academy. I truly were born to be a cop, and a cop's cop you stayed. Thank you for your practical leadership and for being a true example of a quiet Christian.

Officer Sherry Thompson
Tallahassee Police Department

To the Family of Sgt. Green,
it may seem like your all alone in this trying time, but believe me I know you are not alone. Many have suffered this tragedy in the past, and unforntunatly many more will too in the future. I can only say that my prayers are with you and all the families of all fello law enfoecement officers in the world. this is a true tragedy. god bless all of you, and may your pains be lessened as each day goes by day.


Dale, I knew you from Swat/TAC training and from the streets. You have had so many good things said about you and all are true. Respect in the community and from your co-workers is the ultimate award. I learned of your death while in TMH after having spinal surgery just hours before. I attended your funeral with fellow officer Vince Capece and was so moved by the citizens lining the streets during the procession. You have made an impact on fellow officers that will last a lifetime. Your sacrifice will not be in vain,for all things happen for a reason. Your family will be fine for having a person like you,even though for a short time,they will never forget you. I will only try to be like you on duty and off, you are a fine example of a family man, a man of God and a well respected officer. God bless you, for you made the ultimate sacrifice.

Dan Riggs
Leon County Sheriff's office

Sgt. Dale Green was at his own memorial service on the wings of the Eagle that circled over the church during the service.


I would like to send my condolences to Sergeant Dale Green family,friends and to the Tallahassee Police Department.

Robert Wigton # 9516
San Antonio Park Police

patrolmam robert wigton
san antonio park police

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Sergeant Dale Green. One of my best friends in the world, Deputy Billy Walls of the Jessamine County Sheriff's Department, was shot and killed in the line of duty November 13th 2001. Below is a poem given to me by another of my best friends, and my beat partner of five years. After reading the posts on this site for Sgt. Green, I know this applies to him the same as it applies to Billy.

When God Made Peace Officers

When the Lord was creating peace officers, He was into his sixth day of overtime. An angel appeared and said,"You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."
And the Lord said,"Have you ever read the specs on this order? A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, and enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch and not wrinkle his uniform. He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stake out, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses and testify in court the next day. He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And has to have six pairs of hands."
The angel shook her head slowly and said,"Six pairs of hands, no way."
"It's not the hands that are causing me all the problems," said the Lord,"it's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."
"Thats the standard model?" asked the angel.
The lord nodded. "One pair that sees through a bulge on a pocket before he asks,'May I see what's in there, sir?' (when he already knows and wishes he had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of his head for his partner's safety. And another pair of eyes here in the front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say,'you'll be alright ma'am,' when he knows it isn't so."
"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve,"rest and work on this tomorrow."
"I can't," responded the Lord,"I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."
The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly. "Can it think," she inquired.
"You bet," declared the Lord with pride. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain, investigate, search and arrest a gang member in the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop, and still keeps a sense of humor. This officer also has phenomenal personality control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."
Finally the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the peace officer,"There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."
"Thats not a leak," said the Lord,"it's a tear."
"What's the tear for," asked the angel.
"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice."
"You're a genius," proclaimed the angel.
The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," He said.


Officer David K. Day
Lexington P.D. Lexington,Ky

It was a honor to work with you and to have you as a friend. Your knowledge, patience and leadership will be greatly missed. Your time and efforts invested with officers at the Tallahassee Police Department, Sniper Team and the citizens of the community has left lasting impressions that will last a lifetime. We will all miss you greatly, until we can meet again.

Darrell Furuseth
Tallahassee Police Department

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