Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Ronald Hamlin Harrison

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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Reflections for Sergeant Ronald Hamlin Harrison

I had hoped that our county would never have to suffer a loss so great and so tragic again since the loss of Deputy Abella. Un-fortunately, tragedy has struck Hillsborough County again and we mourn the loss of another brave officer who has laid his life down. Having interned with Hillsborough County S.O. for seven months, I have seen first hand the quality of deputies who work there. Their resolve to carry on and to pick-up the torch left behind by Sgt Harrison will continue to protect the citizens of Hillsborough county.

Rest in Peace brother

USF Criminology Student

USF Criminology Student

August 21, 2007

To the family,friends and co-workers of Officer Harrison,
We are so very sorry for the loss of Officer Harrison and this tragic situation. Another sad day in the life and the danger that comes in this profession. We pray that God will give you the strength you need and wrap you in His love to see you through the days to come. Officer Harrison you will never be forgotten and thank you for your service.

Tammy Persin
Mother of Military Police Officer
PFC Brian Thomas Gleason 8/9/2000

August 21, 2007

My condolences to the family of Sgt.Harrison, he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace my brother officer.


August 21, 2007

To the Harrison Family,

May times like these show you just how many people recognize what you always knew about your father/brother/uncle or son....that he was truly an amazing person.

To Mr. Harrison,

Thank you Mr. Harrison for dedicating your life to serving others. Enjoy a well deserved rest in heaven...say hi to my Dad, please.

To Mr. Harrison's Work Family,

Tampa's thoughts are with you! Sgt Harrison is looking down and protecting you all. Serve him well and proud!

Tampa, FL

Lorrie Brown
ACPD 2004 Adult Child Survivor

August 21, 2007

This morning, as I put on my long sleeve shirt and tie, I think of all the times I have been stopped at that light while on patrol. I think of all the nights I have escaped harms way by the grace of God. I think of the ultimate sacrifice I seem to take for granted until one of us has fallen.

As I pin on my badge, encompassed by a black band, I think of Sgt. Harrison and the night he was stopped at that light. I think of the senseless act of cowardice that took him from his family and prevented him from going home that night. I think of his final act of bravery and show of strength by running code to try and make it to the hospital on his own.

As I prepare for this day and Sgt. Harrison’s funeral, I think of his children and his grandchildren. I think of his family and friends. I think of his squad members, fellow supervisors, commanders, and all of us at HCSO his life has forever impacted.

And later today, as I hear the dispatcher make the final radio call for his unit, but receive no response, I will only think of him. Go rest high, Sarge. Your work here is done. We honor you today, and will remember you always.


August 21, 2007

Rest in Peace Sir, Justice was served! God Bless your family and the rest of HCSO ,members.

Cpl Jean Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP Service, Traffic Unit

August 21, 2007

Rest in peace,Brother. Thank you for all your service.To all the officers of the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department,please accept my condolences.

Sgt.BR Sexton
Okla.Dept.of Corrections

August 21, 2007

My best wishes to Sgt.Harrison,I live in the next county and i was devistated when i heard what had happend,I will be personally attending your funeral,its somthing i couldent not go to,my father knew you for a little while,you will be missed by all,and now your 10-42 in a better place becuase you have already walked the beat of hell here.

Explorer Cody Malander
Explorer-Pinellas county sheriff

August 20, 2007

May you rest in peace Sergeant Harrison.

Leo J. Kennerson #2814

August 20, 2007

Sgt. Harrison was a great man. I had an opportunity to work with him and get to know him and am very thankful for that opportunity. In my eyes, Sgt. Harrison was a true hero in every sense of the word. He will be missed.

Deputy Faith Nadel
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

August 20, 2007

My thoughts are with your family, friends, and co-workers. I'm glad the suspect was dealt with properly. These senseless crimes must be stopped. You passed away trying to help people and make a difference. You are a hero. RIP Brother.

K9 Off. Eric Bailey
Granite City, IL PD

August 20, 2007

I met Sergeant Harrison as Corporal Harrison in 1996 as a rookie patrol deputy on his squad. I will never forget the first time I met him or the words he spoke to me. I was entering into Phase 3 training and he was giving me his expectations of performance. His uniform was immaculately pressed and his shoes buffed to a high gloss shine....he said, "Duane, glad you are here, we love having you, however, just so you know we fired the last recruit before you, any questions!" Next he looked over the rim of his glasses at me and got this sly grin on his face. Somehow I knew by that look I had nothing to worry about. We had many late night conversations on midnight patrol. He was always "the coach" trying to get more from you and yet letting you know that you were something special, a person of worth and talent. After several years of different assignments our paths crossed again in 2002 with him as my squad Sergeant and I as one of his FTO's. His message and expectations remained the same and his standards always high. Sergeant Harrison always made sure I had whatever I needed to "get the job done" and that I ended my shift and went home the way I had left it. He was a cop's cop and above all a gentleman. I will never forget this man, the leadership he showed me, and the lessons I learned. Sergeant Harrison may God rest your warrior spirit in eternity. You legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all those you have touched in this life.

Detective Duane A. Benton
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

August 20, 2007

It's very bitter irony that the best humankind has to offer, men like Ron, meet such horrible fates at the hands of the worst of humankind. While Ron's legacy will continue and his spirit live on in those that knew and loved him, all of his future opportunities to contribute to the goodness of humanity have been torn away from us. Instead, humanity will have to deal with the sub-human scum that killed Ron, and that scum will be a drain on humanity, and will contribute nothing.

To Ron's family and dept, cherish his memory.


Seaside PD, CA

August 20, 2007

Sgt. Harrison,
Thank you for helping to make this a safer world for us all to live in. Your final call has come and may you now rest in peace.

Sgt. Walter Hughes, Retired
MNPD - Nashville, Tennessee

August 20, 2007

Ron...We just want to say thanks my brother for all you have done for our community and for making it a safer place and making that initial sacrifice to give us freedom. You were at my "David Williams Celebrity Dinner" to Honor Dep. Matt Williams" and the Bucs that I work with recall you winning a door prize and donating it back. Kicker Matt Bryant remembers you very well. I introduced you to Buc Matt Bryant #3, Chris Hovan #95 and Jeb Terry #77. I will be there tommorrow with some of the celebrities I handle escorted by your fellow deputies: Buc Matt Bryant, American Gladiator Tank, WWE/WCW Superstar Jimmy "The Anvil" Neidhart and WCW/WWE Superstar Kendall Windham.

We are being escorted by Sgt. Gil Sainz and Dep. Rob Workman. I will do a big fundraiser in a couple months for you and your family with the Bucs and Wrestlers. M.A.D.D. lost one of its biggest advocates that there ever was.

Your fellow deputies are lost with out you but tomorrow is your day and we will be there. God love you for what you have given us. God Bless you.

David Williams
Citrus, Polk and Sarasota County Special Deputy


August 20, 2007

My heart goes out to Sergeant Ron Harrison and his family. And my God Bless them, and they will be in my prayers...

Retired Det. William Perry
Former NYPD, now working with the Cape Coral PD

August 20, 2007

Sgt. Harrison,

Thank you for your service and dedication to duty. The people of Hillsborough County appreciate your sacrifice, I'm sure. It was a senseless act, committed by a coward. You make me proud to be a Police Officer.

Officer C.T. Smith

Police Officer
Half Moon Bay PD, CA

August 20, 2007

We went on our "First date" Saturday and had a wonderful time, the excitement of what could be. Your last message to me was on Tues. @ 8:01pm, you said that you were o.k. and that you would be starting your checkpoint soon. You also asked me if I would be willing to see you again. Of course, my response was "Sure I'm willing to see you again." I never thought that the next time I would see you again would be at the viewing and at Your funeral, 6/7 days later. I'm crushed, still in disbelief... I miss you. Professionally, I respected and admired you. Personally, I wanted to know more about you and wanted to get closer to the man behind the badge and do some of the things that we talked about. We even talked about your retirement. We didn't have much time together but I will cherish the moments that we did share. You have left a lasting impression on me. You truly were an Officer and a gentleman, a Real Hero!
God Bless you Ron, Rest in Peace!
Myrka G.

Detention Deputy M.Gilbreath
Flagler County Sheriff's Dept.

August 20, 2007

R.I.P. Sarge

Police Officer M. Hall #1351
Richmond PD (CA)

August 19, 2007

R.I.P. SGT Harrison
I only had the pleasure of meeting you a few times! I have always heard great things about you. Relax now and Godspeed.

Deputy Burton

August 19, 2007

Sergeant-My deepest thoughts are with your family, friends, and co-workers during this difficult time. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten by your brothers-in-arms. I wish I had been there with you on that fateful day...We would have taken this maniac down together, or I would have fallen beside you while trying.



August 19, 2007

Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice. May your family and friends take comfort in the fact you will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero!

DET SGT, Retired

August 19, 2007

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sgt.Harrison's coworkers and family. From everybody at the HOLLY HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT AND HOLLY HILL POLICE EXPLORERS.

adv. Jaquish

August 19, 2007

Marie and I share the pain of the men and women of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in the loss of Sgt. Ron Harrison. I remember Ron as a quiet person who never had a negative thing to say about anything or anyone. A positive example to all law enforcement officers who knew and appreciated him. I certainly won't forget him and the price he paid in service to his community. Our prayers are and will be with his family.

Paul Marino, Esq
HCSO (Ret)

August 19, 2007

I had the pleasure of meeting Ronald and putting a face to the name I so often heard about as being an excellent father, a great provider, and an all around good man. To his children he loved so much, prayers have already gone up and will continue to go up for your comfort. I pray you know how blessed you are to have such a wonderful example of a man and a parent.

Sharon Sims, Philadelphia, PA

August 19, 2007

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