Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Petty Officer Ronald Gill

United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, March 25, 2007

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Reflections for Petty Officer Ronald Gill

PS3 Ronald A. Gill Jr's bench inscription reads: “Think not upon my passing, but remember the glory of my spirit.” I must state that I think of your passing everyday, but also remember his dedication to service and your family. I think of the Gill Family everyday...I pray for you...Bless you. (We miss the two dogs..Diesel and the pug... we took care of for 2 months...we miss them too.

Ron's XO

November 19, 2009

Hi Ronald Gill and family,

I never met your or knew you, but you have touched my life. I am going into U.S.C.G. basic training soon and I want to do the same work you did. Every time I think of the Coast Guard I think of you, and how much I want be just like you and get into law enforcement. Your actual name and sacrifice pops into my mind frequently, and it motivates me to be the best Coastie I can when my turn comes shortly.

I pray for peace and comfort to your family on earth, and I hope to someday meet you in heaven, Petty Officer Ronald Gill. Making the ultimate sacrifice takes so much dedication and selflessness; I hope when I meet you when my life is done you are able to tell me I did well and followed in your footsteps. Until then, thank you for your sacrifice and work.

a future coastie

October 3, 2009

Thanks for serving!

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

May 2, 2009

PO Gill's loss, two years ago today, was tragic.

His "End of Watch" was a normal patrol, albeit the last planned mission of the deployment. Nothing can make Ron's loss less bitter. To honor him, the best we can do is remember, tell his story, and pass on lessons to those that come after us.

You are remembered - every day.
Your story is told and used in teaching opportunities throughout the Service.

Steve Bosau

March 25, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the second anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 25, 2009

To Petty Officer Ronald Gill, his family and his fellow officers with the United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Petty Officer Ronald Gill’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Petty Officer Gill and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

March 25, 2009

I miss you ronnie, seems like yesterday we were picking up brass cracking on the short target you made for me (lol). life is short, but memories last forever. I always remember you ron.

MK2 Goody
the circus

March 24, 2009

RIP.You will never be forgotten.


November 9, 2008

May the Lord's Strength be with your family, His Courage be with your team, and His Wisdom be granted all of us that take up weapons and shields to serve in the valley of the shadow of death; until our time comes to lay down in green pastures and dwell with you in the House of the Lord forever.

Rest in Peace Brother.
BM2 Castellanos, OIC
Boca Raton PD

Petty Officer Martin Castellanos

May 21, 2008

There are no words that anyone could say that would bring Ron back. However theres no question that Ron was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was tragicly killed. He was serving his country, and making his family proud. His death is as tragic as any other serviceman thats died in the line of duty, over seas, or on our city streets.
Ron will be missed but never forgotten...That goes for his family to. I never had the honor to have met "Ron,Jr"...But I've been honored to have talked with Ron, Sr. and I hope to meet the rest of the family in Washington DC in a few days. I also served in the US Coast Guard, and was trained (Port Security) to do the same job that that Ron was doing. I'll also be riding in honor of Ron next week during "The Police Unity Tour"....Having served with the Coast Guard, and then serving in Law Enforcement for the last 27 years...It's truly an honor to try and give back to Ron and his family, and his service. The Gill's will forever have a extended family here in Nashville,TN.
Ron, we salute you...thank you for serving your country with pride and honor. To the family, parents and wife and child ...I'm so sorry for your loss...I wish there was something more I could do for ya'll. Thank You for allowing me to be a small part of your family I know you'll always be proud of Ron, but I also know the hurt will never go away. If I can ever be of help...please let me know.
"Semper Paratus"
Jere "Buddie" Clark

Det. Jere B. Clark
Metro Nashville Police / U.S.C.G / Police Unity Tour

May 1, 2008

My condolences to the family of this young Coast Guardsman. I served just over 10 years and although its been 16 years since my discharge, it is still like losing a family member.

BM2 Tim Powers
USCG veteran

March 31, 2008

"Eternal Father, Lord of Hosts
Watch o'er the ones who guard our coasts
Protect them from the raging seas
And give them light and life and peace.
Grant them from thy great throne above
The shield and shelter of thy love."
-Coast Guard Hymn

You and your family are remembered on this sad anniversary shipmate.


March 25, 2008

PO Gill was a fun loving young man who was working hard and enjoying life. The word “irreverent” wouldn’t necessarily be accurate, but he had a natural sense self confidence. If he walked into a room he would be just as likely to bust my chops as the rookie walking thru the door…and neither of us could take offence…it was just his way.

Ron lived a robust life, full of the laughter and love of his family and friends.

Ron, I think of you every day.
I hope my work honors your sacrifice.

Steve Bosau

March 25, 2008

Hey Ronnie, I can't believe it has been a year already and I have to say that I miss your laugh and all your jokes everyday. It was my pleasure to have you work for me through all the crazy circus events that team 11 had to offer. Det 2 was better off with you in it and I still laugh to myself when I think about you and Cookie always finding something humerous in even the craziest of times. I think of you everytime I catch the ferry at Fauntleroy and pass by the clearing station on the dock at Pier 36. Thanks brother it was an honor to have been your supervisor and team mate and you are not forgotten. Sailor rest your oar. MOG

Chris Mogavero
MSST Ancorage DET 2 XPO Aug04-Dec06

March 25, 2008


Van Den Berghe

February 25, 2008

The brief time I met you, was at the unit.... I can still remember you standing at the table with your gun, so proud!!! There was a family function going on that day and You were at the unit showing your gun and dressed in your combat suit. I went up to you and ask you about the gun that you were holding and you were very knowledgeable about the gun and you very proud about your unit!!!!!
I will always remember you and what you thought about your unit on that day!....I want to say to you, you are very much missed and YOU will never be forgotten....! We sill think about you all the time!

still thinking of you

February 17, 2008

I miss you, Petty Officer give me the courage to muster the unit to brief up the daily missions. You are with us everyday...everyday. Thank you for your continued service.

Terry Holom

February 12, 2008

I cannot begin to tell you how much you are missed. I laugh and cry (you already know this) for/with you everyday. Our lives are so empty without you and sometimes it is almost unbearable. Thank God that we have "Gracie" and Ambur with us. I cannot imagine how much more difficult this would be without them around. I could not have asked for a better son than you. I was always (and still am) proud of all that you accomplished in your short life. It is especially tough on mom. She loved you with all of her heart and soul. We never expected this to happen to us. You should have been the one to bury me, not me burying you. It is almost 10 months since you left us to spend your time with God, I don't understand what happened and I will never understand why. Our comfort is knowing that you were loved and that we loved you unconditionally. The world is not a better place because you are not here. I wish that I could hold you just one more time. We never got to say good bye to you and that is not fair. I somehow thought that it would (the pain) subside, but instead it gets worse everyday. Please know that you will be "forever in our hearts".

ron gill

January 14, 2008

Still thinking about you and your loved ones everyday. You and your family continue to give us the motivation and strength to achieve excellence.. in your honor. God bless.

Terry Holom

November 28, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 12, 2007

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Gill, epecially to his wife. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Ronald, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Ronald's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Ronald's life was about so much more than the way he died. Ronald will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Gill, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been four years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

September 23, 2007

P.O. Gill you are a hero, thank you for your sacrifice our hearts and prayers go out to your family may you rest in peace

marine patrol father of coastie P.O.

July 23, 2007


Its your birthday, you are becoming an old man, and maybe just maybe a little wiser than me. I am greatful for you being born into this world on this day 27 years ago. You touched the lives a generations of too many too count and too many to forget. I sit here today a proud young man based on the fact that I was allowed to have just one friendship in my life as strong and as meaningful as ours. I just happen to be at the Hotel in Juneau where we were forced to share a bed together due to the over booking and I couldnt of done it with anyone else, and oh yeah I told everyone that story so no need to blush. It hurts, you know that and as I make the transition from Coast Guard to State Trooper, I would ask that you come with me. It was our dream to work a Domestic together or back eachother on traffic stops or even help the elderly across the street. Our dream is here, I know you still will back me on all the hot calls and still help me walk someone across the sreet. So in turn I will keep my front seat clear, and make all the bad guys sit in back, You will ride shotgun brother!! God speed!!

Trooper Daron Cooper
Alaska State Troopers/ US Coast Guard

July 21, 2007

Rest in Peace semper paratus

May 30, 2007

Sometimes it is hard to know what to say. Thank you for your sevice, and for giving the ultimate sacrifice, you will not be forgotten. To your family God bless you as you struggle through this great loss, our prayers will be with you always.

PS3 Willard
Sector Portland, VBST Maritime Law Enforcement

May 20, 2007

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