Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer David Marin Romero

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, September 23, 2005

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Reflections for Officer David Marin Romero

Dave, my friend thank you for your help as I became an Officer. I remember quite well the advice you once gave me, "...serve justice with a touch of compassion." You will be greatly missed, rest easy sir, your brethern will continue your watch.

Officer Loetscher
California Highway Patrol

September 26, 2005

My heart breaks for your family as I read this. My first husband was also killed when he was hit by a vehicle. You are in my thoughts & I pray the Lord will wrap his loving arms around you and carry you through this. It's a rough road but you can make it through somehow by taking one day at a time and letting the tears flow as they need to. God bless you.

Survivor of Trooper Calvin Taylor

September 26, 2005

To the family and friends of Officer David Romero and fellow officers in the California Highway Patrol:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Officer Romero was so tragically killed.
His bravery and dedication to his job will always be remembered.
May you be comforted by the caring and support of your law enforcement community and other police survivors. Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater of the Pittsburg Police Dept when he was murdered during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers this past April. I will always remember how very supportive the California Highway Patrol was to our family.

Our family grieves with and for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinquished service Officer Romero gave to his community and the citizens of California and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 23, 2005.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/06

September 26, 2005

Your courage lives on, through all of us in the field. Rest in peace.

September 26, 2005

God Bless you and your family and thank you for your dedicated service.

May you rest in peace.

Missouri Citizen

September 26, 2005

It sounds like thunder far away, but the skies are blue and bright...
And soon they crest the hill nearby, and ride into our sight.
They shake the ground with powerful sound, and they make some hearts beat fast...
They look so proud and noble, like Knights come from the past.

Side by side, they always ride, and seem to move as one...
From early in the morning light, to the setting of the sun.
And children point and wave to them, from cars that pass them by...
And young ones ask their parents, why the men have mirrors for eyes.

They ride the roads, and fight for good, and defend small ones like you...
They ask to ride, and do with pride, and sometimes they are few.
Like men of steel, on Silver Wings, they sparkle in the light...
then with a roar and rumble, they ride out of our sight.

Sometimes when one has fallen, never to ride again...
You can hear the others calling, like thunder on the wind.
Side by side, they slowly ride, and their thunder is a mournful sound...
And the mirrors hide their eyes from us, when teardrops fall to ground.

So if you see one riding, and you look into his face...
You see your reflection in his eyes, you know that you are safe.
For motormen are a special breed, they love to ride the wind...
And when you hear the thunder boom, the fallen ones ride again.


Author Unknown

Mesa PD

September 26, 2005

Again we mourn as another hero is taken from us. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Romero. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.

Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us to protect and serve others safely.

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA

September 26, 2005

TO: The family; loved ones; friends and department members: A POLICE OFFICER’S PRAYER:--- O, gentle Lord ! Keep the day/night watch with me. As I begin my tour of duty, I ask your protection from all mental, physical and spiritual harm. Sustain me with the knowledge that I am doing your work, endeavoring to keep peace among your people. Help me to be just as I enforce the law without prejudice or favor to anyone. May I be courageous but not reckless in carrying out my duties. Let me respond to all calls with haste realizing that so many are dependent upon me for life and safety. Support me with your consoling power when I am tempted to think no one really cares and that I am taken for granted. Sustain in me the conviction that so many thousands do care and are grateful for my presence. Grant that I may be loyal to my partner and my fellow officers, and that I may back them up effectively when called upon for assistance. Lord, I ask that I may return safely, after my tour of duty, to my loved ones and those who love me. I pray that I may be a good and honorable police officer; and after my tour of duty is over here on earth, may I enjoy the peace and happiness of heaven that you have promised to those who serve you well. AMEN. *** REST IN PEACE ***

Chief ( retired ) Douglas A. Koeppen
Washington New Jersey

September 26, 2005

God bless the family of Officer David Marin Romero and to all the members of the California Highway Patrol for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

New Jersey State Police

September 26, 2005

The Florida Police Chiefs Association would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer David Romero and the California Highway Patrol. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sadness. Please take comfort in knowing that your extended law enforcement family grieves with you. Officer Romero, we thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Members and Staff
Florida Police Chiefs Association

September 26, 2005

G-d Speed My Brother

odps Inv Unit

September 26, 2005

May you rest in peace Sir. May the Lord bless you and your family during this difficult time.

Kevin Cannon
Brother of Keith Cannon EOW 5/4/05

September 26, 2005

Sorry to hear of the loss of Officer Romero. I am a 23 year officer myself, so this makes me reflect. Try to remember that David is in a better place, probably riding another motorcycle.

Captain J.A. Woods
S.C. Highway Patrol

September 26, 2005

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have 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 the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said 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 civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They 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.”

“That’s 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,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

September 26, 2005

Officer Romero your untimely departure is a strike to the heart for all law enforcement. Your sacrifice and dedication will never be forgotten brother. God Bless You

Cameron D. Boswell
Commerce Ga. PD

September 26, 2005

While it is no consolation for your loss, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Officer Romero.

While no member of our agency had the privilege to have known him personally, we are certain that he has found a place in heaven through his selfless service to those he swore to protect.

Rest in peace officer; those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.

Medicine Lodge Police Department
Medicine Lodge, KS

September 26, 2005

Rest well my brother. Your life and service will never be forgotten.

MP Sdt. Patrick Hofer
Swiss Army, MP Service, Traffic Unit

September 26, 2005

My sincere condolences to the family, friends, and the entire California Highway Patrol. Thank you Ofc. Romero for your years of dedicated service to your community and loyality to others.

Ofc. Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department

September 26, 2005

God bless your family, friends, and department. Rest in peace brother.

Fort Lupton, CO

September 25, 2005

Rest in peace Brother David, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

September 25, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Officer David Romero, his good deeds to his community and country will always be remembered. May God bless you.

Chief Ferrell J. Stewart
Cooter, MO Police Department

September 25, 2005

On behalf of the men and women of the La Habra Police Department we would like to send our thoughts and condolences to the California Highway Patrol and the family of Officer Romero. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Sergeant Jeff Baylos
La Habra PD California

September 25, 2005

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"


September 25, 2005

God bless Officer David Marin Romero, his family, and the California Highway Patrol

Corporal P.R. OLIVER
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

September 25, 2005

Rest in peace brother, you will not be forgotten.

Officer Shaun McCready
Allegheny Township (PA) Police Department

September 25, 2005

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