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

Sgt. Green,
On today, the 6th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tallahassee. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



November 13, 2008

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.

-Mary E. Frye


November 13, 2008


You cross my mind just about every day. The injustice of your being taken from all of us makes me so angry sometimes. Every time I attend a cop’s funeral, that anger wells up. But I know that anger will not serve what you would want for us.
You taught me so much. Your devotion to your family has always encouraged me. The relationship that you and Deb shared makes me believe that Jean and I will make it too (we celebrate 20 years together next February!). We adopted our oldest daughter in part because you taught me that love, not genes, makes a family. You continue to be the best police supervisor I have ever worked with. I loved your “Lead from the front” style of leadership. So often, while faced with a challenge in a case, I have found the solution by answering the question, “How would Dale handle this?” I really miss you, man; how I wish you were still here with us. Thank you for all you have done for me and my family. I pray for your family often. Please save us a seat at the big table.

SA J. R. Morales
ATF-Miami (Former TPD Officer)

November 13, 2008

Hard to believe it's been six years today! We're always thinking of you here at TPD


November 13, 2008

Sergeant Green, It has been six years since I took the day off, was sitting at the dinner table and got a call from another officer that you had been taken from us. I hurriedly got dressed and hit the street.

I think of you often. Your presence is felt in my life, the example, the role of being a father, the discussion we shared when I was on your squad.

I do not take for granted the time here with my loved ones. I know it can be taken from us and this life shortened in one breath... but, I know this life is not the end. Your EOW here only began another.

Thinking of you-
One of your officers

Tallahassee Poilce Department

November 13, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this sixth anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

November 13, 2008

Six years tomorrow...hard to believe Brother. Every day of the week without fail I look at the clock at 2:55 PM or purchase an item and it costs $2.55. You are missed, but your name and your legacy live on in all of us you knew.

I know when my time comes, I will see you in Heaven. May God Bless your family.

Officer John Creamer
Daytona Beach PD

November 12, 2008

RIP.You will never be forgotten by the ones who love you and knew you.


October 12, 2008

Sgt. Green,

I still think about you all the time and as I continue my career in law enforcement and dispatching, that Nov. night always comes up like it was yesterday. I'll never forget the details of the night no matter how much time passes. Everytime I hear a tone from a L.E.O radio I go back to that night and say a quick prayer for safety of the deputy/officer/trooper. I read the reflections left on here and it stills brings tears to my eyes. I continue to pray for your family and saw that your daughter is now a mother and your wife a grandmother! I know you are so proud and beaming up there watching over everyone. Thanks for teaching me and everyone else, that was on that night and/or got called in, how to be a better dispatcher, we all grew another step that night. May you continue to rest in peace and continue to know you are never forgotten.

Heidi (Young) Evans
Ex TPD Dispatcher/ Pasco County Fire Rescue

September 3, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cadets of the Basic Recruit Class 333 of Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, Tallahassee, FL, thank you for your sacrifice.

Cadet Strzalkowski
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy

May 22, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cadets of the Basic Recruit Class 333 of Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, Tallahassee, FL, thank you for your sacrifice.

Cadet Strzalkowski
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy

April 24, 2008


I think of you so often. I have never spoken of our conversations and perhaps keeping them to myself is why I still struggle with that fateful Wednesday evening. You guided me through so much from FTO school and on. I remember one conversation in particular when everyone went to lunch and you and I stayed behind to chat. We were getting ready to go back to class and you had that little grin on your face. "I'll be there in a sec just need to call Deb to tell her again how much I love her." Always the loving husband and father!

The things you taught me I try to use everyday. I have had many a struggles both internally and externally since losing you. I write to you now because I have finally let go and let God. I finally turned it all over to Him, just like you always told me to. Sarge, I am finally on the right path and know I will see you again, but until then please keep watching over me and my son. I am eternally indebted to you for you words of wisdom, your strength, and courage.

Miss you Dale!

Officer Shannen Brown #610

April 10, 2008

Hey Bro! Man do I ever miss you! Decisions are coming along in my life now that you and I used to talk about how we would handle and how we would feel; sometimes I ache inside I want to hear your voice so bad! I am so glad I have that "Blessed Hope" Dad loved to talked about (and I know you two are having a good time!) and I will see you again someday soon!
your Sis


March 25, 2008


I have been thinking of you this afternoon, and as I often do while I'm missing you I look through all of the comments and read about how everyone else misses you too. I wish you were here with us and able to see my baby girl. Cameron is growing up so fast! She is almost 2 1/2 now! Grandma always tells me that she has the same personality that you had as a toddler. You would love her so much. But, I like to think that you got to know her and love her before we ever did. We all miss you so much Dad!

Love, Kristen

Kristen Green Collier
Dale's Daughter

February 26, 2008

Sgt. Green,
It was with much regret and and heavy heart, that I only came to know you on the day you were laid to rest. It was on that day, however; that I was imparted with the wisdom of your words, and the strength of your character, which guide me to this day.

As an F.T.O. and Acadamy Instructor, your words in "The Pillar" have echoed the conlusion of my ethics lectures to countless recruits and veterans alike.

Please know that your tragic departure was not in vain, for each day...I pay my debts in your honor.

Semper Fi Sir

Deputy Kenneth E. Roberts
Pinellas County Sheriffs Office

January 29, 2008


January 29, 2008

"The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as the lion." Proverbs 28:1

A TPD officer once gave me a book with this handwritten inscription when he left our "special" unit. I often think about this inscription and invariably think of you. I see your face and hear your stories everytime I walk into the station. A wall bearing a pencil drawing of you hangs outside the CCU / K9 office and the men and women of TPD still proudly display "255". Your memory and your teachings still inspire them to be better officers, husbands/wives, mothers/fathers, and servants to our God. You still live on; I introduced my two young sons to you tonight. One is eight and the other is three and it is so hard to tell your story with dry eyes. I tell them of your sacrifice, your work, and your inspiration and I hope that I may raise two young men with the qualities that you held forth. I still pray for your family and hope that they may continue to find peace in the memories of your life. Sleep well 255.

US Marshals

December 10, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

November 28, 2007

I only met Sgt. Daniel Dale Green once. I was still in the youth group at my church. Sgt. Green stopped by to do a K-9 demonstration for us one night shortly before his death. It's hard to believe that one minute he was a K-9 officer and the next few weeks and he was gone. A few days after his death, on my way to school, one morning I saw Sgt. Green's squads car parked out front with black streamers on it. I stopped and laid flowers on the steps of the police station. Sgt. Green will never be forgotten.

Elaine Petford
Watched a K-9 Demonstration of Dale's

November 18, 2007


It sure is hard to believe that 5 years ago you were taken from us. A lot of things have changed since that cold Wednesday night. You are now a grandfather. Your boys are embracing the world as young men. Your dad is there with you. Your sweet mom is still making it in this world without her husband and her son. I lost touch with Deb, but I know her love for you goes on and on.

Many of the key investigators and officers involved in the investigation no longer work for TPD. Most of the officers that worked for you moved on at work and are now sergeants or investigators. Many, including me, still struggle with all that happened that night.

I don’t know what you would be doing today, but I do know that you would be reaching out to us preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. I know you would be praying for everyone who reads this reflection. You would still be planting seeds for Christ. You would still be training someone or some group of officers. You would still be in the fight of life.

You would not want us to be down or sad about your death, but you would want us to keep on keeping on. So today, Dale, I prayed for your family, your friends, your officers, and everyone you touched in this brief eternity.

I miss you brother. Not a day goes by......

In loving memory of Daniel Dale Green


Officer John Creamer
Tallahassee Police

November 13, 2007

On the 5th Anniversary of your passing, we remember and thank you. After reading all the comments from the Tallahassee PD, it is clear you were admired. I hope the healing continues and your family and friends find comfort and peace during the upcoming holiday season. It is not the same without you, but you are remembered as a true hero.

Craig Figgins
Brother - SGT Dan Figgins St Charles, IL EOW 4/9/05

November 13, 2007

I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me, I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Psalm 16:7-8 NLT
Dale- It's been Five years tomorrow since you left this earth to be with your Heavenly Father. We miss you and look forward to the day that we can rejoice with you and all of the Saints. You were a faithful servant to all and your Faith was strong!! May you continue to plant the seed on earth and bring others to that Peace that only He can provide. Your FTO Sgt. and friend, Walt Beck

Sgt. Walt Beck (ret.)
Tallahassee Police Dept.

November 12, 2007

Nearly five years after your death I feel compelled to leave a message letting others know what an outstanding person, father and police officer your were. As the old saying goes, "You don't know what you have until it's gone" is so very true. Your leadership and qualities as a person were second to none. I feel very fortunate to have spent time with you. I think of you often as do many others, especially those who spent time with you on the Sniper Team. Your talents, mentoring and friendship will continue in our hearts. Keep it zeroed until we meet again.


November 7, 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
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

October 8, 2007

Dale, Almost 5 years have passed that I had the worst year of my life losing both you and my father. I think of both of you often and I hope in both of your eyes Im the father, Husband and Police Officer you both would be proud of. I sure miss both of you dearly. Thanks for all the guidence.

Detective Mike Muley
Miami Beach Police/ Dale was One of my Sergeants and my F.T.O / friend

February 15, 2007

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