Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Commander Dale Francis Bernock

Dearborn Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, October 3, 2005

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Reflections for Commander Dale Francis Bernock

For the short time I was placed under your command, I thank you for your insight, wit and leadership. Thanks for brightening and lightening each day - you were taken from us too soon before your time. You will be greatly missed - our prayers are with your surviving family Commander. Sincerely, J. Brehler and Family

Cpl. Joe Brehler
Dearborn Police Department

October 17, 2005

Commander Bernock,
It is with regret that I write that you and my first husband have something in both died on October 3rd. He also died in the line of duty...only 4 years before you. My heart breaks for your family for the road they have started travelling now is a difficult one. My family also lost a friend who died during physical fitness training shortly after my husband died. So it doesn't matter the circumstances around our loved ones passing, there just doesn't seem to be anything that others can do to help. All I know to do that can help is to pray for your family. God Bless You.

Survivor of Trooper Calvin Taylor

October 12, 2005

If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go, Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always, Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own, And in time when men decide and feel safe to call the streets insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind. We will se you in Elysium..

OFC Crociata
GPD, Illinois

October 10, 2005

On behalf of the members of the Sutherlin Police Department, I send to you, our heartfelt condolences and prayers in your time of sadness. May your fallen officer’s legacy live on in the memories of his friends and family. Rest now brother, after a job well done. We’ll take it from here.

Cpl. Justin Marquis
Sutherlin Police Department, Sutherlin, OR

October 10, 2005

You don't remember me, do you...?
I was the one who unlocked your car after you accidentally locked the keys and your baby up at the mall.
I was the one who gave you a ride to the gas station when you ran out of gas on that back road.
I was the one who changed your tire because you couldn't figure out how to work the stupid scissor jack.
I was the one who directed you safely through that busy intersection when the traffic signals weren't working.
I was the one who gave you a jump-start after you left your lights on.

You don't remember me, do you...?
I was the one who found the item that identified the guy who raped your daughter.
I was the one who spent my days off in court to testify and help convict the man who beat your son so badly.
I was the one who located your grandmother in the woods that night when it was 22 degrees and she had wandered away from the nursing home.
I was the one who loaned you the raincoat the night we stood and watched your house burn.
I was the one who talked with you for two hours about your son running away from home.

You don't remember me, do you...?
I was the one who held your hand, wiped the blood out of you eyes, and calmed you down while the Fire Department cut you out of what was left of your car.
I was the one who called you at 2 a.m. to come pick up your 16 year old daughter because she had been drinking too much.
I was the one who knocked on your door at 4 a.m. to let you know your 16 year old daughter would never be coming home again.
I was the one who did CPR on your 3 year old after you found him in the pool.
I was the one who helped deliver your new baby when you didn't quite make it to the ER.

You don't remember me, do you...?
I was the one who got that snake out of your bathroom around midnight.
I was the one who got my knees and elbows scraped up fighting with the shoplifter with your carton of cigarettes.
I was the one who took your son for a "ride-along" so he could see what it was really like.
I was the one who gave you the right directions so you wouldn't miss that business meeting.
I was the one who stopped you to let you know your right rear tire was going flat.

You don't remember me, do you...?
I was the one who escorted your son's funeral procession from the church to the cemetery and cried behind my sunglasses because he was my friend, too.
I was the one watched over your place while you were on vacation.
I was the one who worked for you on Christmas Day so you could be off with your family.
I was the one who joked around with you after your truck got hit by a train and you walked away without a scratch.
I was the one was able to talk your husband into going into counseling with you.

You don't remember me, do you...?
I was the one who got shot when I pulled over a car for a traffic violation and the driver turned out to be an escaped convict who had sworn he would never go back to prison.
Oh, by the way, my memorial service is at 2 p.m.

Will you remember me now?


October 10, 2005


A policeman is a composition of what all men are, a mingling of saint and sinner , dust and deity.

LESS than one half of one percent of all policeman misfit the uniform.
He, of all men, is at once the most wanted and the most unwanted. He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

But, if a policeman is pleasant, he is a flirt; if he's not, he's a grouch. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints, and above all, be sure the suspect goes home without a limp or risk being sued. He must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn't hurt.

He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without being brutal. If you hit him, he's called a coward. If he hits you, he's a bully. He must know where sin is and not partake. The policeman must chase bum leads to a dead end and spend ten nights on a stake out to tag one witness who saw it happen but refuses to remember.

The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman. And, of course, he'll have to be a genius--for he will have to feed and clothe a family on a policeman's salary. GOD BLESS OUR PEACE OFFICER'S.

God Bless you and your family. May they find the strength to carry on. THANK YOU, Commander Bernock, for keeping US safe. Godspeed.

Georgia Civilian

October 9, 2005

Thank you for your many years of dedicated service.

May God Bless your family, friends and fellow officers.

Rest in peace.

Missouri Citizen

October 9, 2005

G-d Speed My Brother

odps Inv Unit

October 9, 2005

God bless the family, friends and co-workers of Commander Bernock, we are thinking of you.

mjw 643

October 9, 2005

I as well as the staff and members of Police Wives Online would like to send our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of Commander Dale Bernock. You are a true hero Commander Bernock!

October 8, 2005

You will never be forgotten by your brothers in BLUE!! R I P your watch is over we will take it from here. Your brothers down the road!!

Ofc. J. Dixon
Brownstown Police Dept., MI

October 8, 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

October 8, 2005

Commander Bernock,
You and your family are in our prayers. Rest Easy Brother !

Dep. Paul Sperandeo. Ofc. Amy Sperandeo
Jefferson PArish Sheriffs Office. Gretna Police Dept. LA

October 8, 2005

Good job, bro. God bless you and your family!

October 8, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Commander Dale Bernock, his good deeds to his community and country will always be remembered. May god bless you.

Chief Ferrell J. Stewart
Cooter, MO Police Department

October 8, 2005

Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.

Be at peace Brother.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Commander Bernock.

Ofc. Scott Bachman

October 7, 2005

God bless you and your family at this time of sorrow.

St. Louis City Police

October 7, 2005

The men and Women of the Springfield Park District Police Department wish to send their deepest condolonces to the family of Commander Dale Bernock and his fellow co- workers. May he rest in peace

October 7, 2005

Go easy, Brother. May God watch over your loved ones and those you worked with. May your post in heaven be an easy one.

Daniel Miller
Rowland U.S.D. Police

October 7, 2005

Rest in Peace Brother. You have served well and we thank you. Be assured your loved ones are never alone for we are but a phone call away.
Bob Johnson VA-VI

Bob Johnson U.S. Marshal's (Ret'd)
Blue Knights International Police Assn.

October 7, 2005

Rest in Peace...

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept,NY

October 7, 2005

Rest in peace brother, you will not be forgotten.

Officer Shaun McCready
Altoona (PA) Police Department

October 7, 2005

God Bless you and my prayers go out to your family.

Deputy Steffman
Hall County Sheriff's Office

October 7, 2005



October 7, 2005

Commander, you will be missed. May strength be with your family, friends and the department at this difficult time and may you rest in peace.

Patrol Officer Amanda Campo
Ferndale, Michigan

October 7, 2005

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