Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Nathaniel K. Broom

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, September 2, 1981

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Reflections for Police Officer Nathaniel K. Broom

Officer Broom,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 2, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 2, 2020

God bless you and thank you for your service. Continue to Rest In Peace

Nick mottola

September 2, 2020

Tomorrow will be 39 years since you were so senselessly taken from your family and us. You were 8 months in the job and I was only days having graduated from BLE55 Aug 28th 1981. only 5 days later while still in orientation we were called out to comb the fields to look for the gun that took your life. I wrote so many letters to all the governors to put Robert Patton to death, but they allowed him to live and he eventually died in prison. Nathaniel, I barely knew you but we are brothers for we wore the same uniform. You made the ultimate sacrifice. I saw many more after you, Estefan, Rakow, Miyares, and many others. None stands out and hurts more than yours. May God continue blessing your family and nephews. Keep watching over us brother!

Raymond Gonzalez
Patrol MPD - BLE 55

September 1, 2020

Nat, I still remember our last conversation the night before you died. I still remember how much you loved the job and the excitement in your voice when you spoke of it. I still remember the things you described to me that you had experienced and how they affected you.
And most of all I still remember you saying "one of these days a chase is going to be the end of me yet " What I didn't know was it would be the next day.
You were the greatest of friends and we shared lots of stories. You will forever be in my heart.

Commander, Eunice Cooper(Retired)
Miami Poice Dept.

May 2, 2019

na we still remember and love you. the children that have come after you call you uncle na. They ask questions and listen to us talk. They refer to you as if you're with them. I love you and thank God for giving me a brother that I love beyond understanding.


December 3, 2018

It has been 36 years and a few days since that fateful day you were taken from us. I still remember that day as if it were yesterday. I remember what we were doing the day before(chasing a couple of thugs who had stolen a moped)after catching them and placing them into the paddy wagon, we were hot and sweaty and complaining about the vests. Nate, you were a good person and a good friend.

Ben Gentry
Miami Police

September 16, 2017

I was only six years old when you were killed...I remember getting off the school bus and watching my family's heart literally shatter into pieces...I remember knowing how much I loved you, and how much I didn't want to never see you again...Because you were my bought me that shirt that told me I was sugar and spice and everything beat us to the house on your carried me in the house after my traded me ice cream money for a were my grandmother's were my mom's were my family's favorite...our pride and joy..."my uncle is a police," how we loved saying that...I remember seeing you working on our way to the beach and how we all screamed out the car because we adored you...I'm 41 now....and I remember 6 like it was yesterday...I was too young to tell you what you meant to me, and I wouldn't fully understand for years and years to come how your death totally changed the dynamic of my you were one of the first men to ever make me feel special, and how I know what a good guy is because of you...I hope you know what an absolute hero you never stopped being to me...My eternal prayer for you Uncle Nae, in the name of Jesus, is that your soul is forever guarded by the love you so selflessly gave in your life here on earth...

LaTosha Bradley

July 23, 2016

I was there that day searching the fields for the 38 Robet Patton used to kill Broom. He also shot him in the foot while he lay dead. He his the gun and was found in the kitchen floor buried at his grandmother's house. Shame he was allowed to stay on deathrow that long while his parents passed away awaiting justice. It is as they say, justice delayed is justice denied.

Ofc Raymond Gonzalez
Miami Police BLE 55

May 31, 2016

i met him at the dade county jail. he was bringing in 39s. he always went out of his way to say hi to me. i was a rookie 3months on the job in the rear lobby. all of these years gone by. i always pray for him.

retired sergeant alan mathews
corrections and rehabilatation

July 4, 2014

eternal peace is finally yours Officer Broom.

Retired Police Communications
Kathy Alvarez
Hialeah Police Dept
co-worker survivor

January 7, 2014

i met nate in 1981 when i worked the dade county jail rear lobby. we spoke about bodybuilding. we both worked out. so many years gone by. rest in peace nate.

sergeant alan mathews
corrections and rehabilation

September 25, 2013

I knew Nathan from the Omni International Hotel,where he and I served as Security Officers. He knew I was a Police Officer and asked my advise on which Deptartment he should choose. He could have gone to Metro Dade or the City of Miami. I advised Metro Dade but he Chose Miami. Later in time I was at Miami Dade Community when he was at the Police Academy. I was finishing my degree in Criminal jutice and working for the Hialeah Police Dept.
Nathan was a good friend and I will remember him as long as I live.

Former Police Officer(Patrolman)
Hialeah, Belle Glade,Glades County,South Bay.

May 27, 2013

Nathaniel was my best friend when we were stationed at Hunter Army airfield in Savannah Georgia in the late 70s. He served as my best man when I got married in 1979. Military life was difficult for me initially but Nathaniel showed me the ropes and I retired from active service 20 years later. I will always be grateful for his friendship... Rest in peace my brother

Dwight Bailey Ret US Army
a brother in-arms

January 23, 2013

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero. My prayers are with your family today and always.. Continue to rest in peace Officer Broom.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

September 2, 2012

Rest in peace Officer Broom. I 'll never forget that day you were killed. Channel 4 interrupted regular programming to announce a Miami Officer was killed. Your bravery and courage are to be commended.My dad was a longtime New York City policeman for nearly 40 years with the 102 precinct.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 24, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Broom. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

Officer Broom you are not forgotten and remember down to the third generation of yor entire family. the children all refer to you as uncle Na when we walk down thru memory lane

Jo Broom
Sister of Nathniel K Broom

December 14, 2011

Officer Broom, you sir will never be forgotten. My heart and prayers are with the family left behind to pick up the pieces and move forward, I know that the pain in the hearts of your parents is as strong today as it was that dreadful day in 1981. HEROES live forever and you sir are a hero. May you continue to rest in peace...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler FL


September 2, 2011

You were such a special person,You were loved by soo many. I reflect often on our conversations about life, family and of course that special girl. God needed an angel and he choose you.

Glenda Wingard-Percell BLE 46
Miami-Dade Police Dept "Retired"

September 22, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I am sorry the justice a jury and judge gave you, your family and your department was taken away by an appellate decision.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 2, 2010

I went to the police academy with Nathaniel and he was a super guy. He was very caring and wanted to help people and make a difference in his community. It was very sad when he was killed and I'm outraged that the courts overturned the death sentence. What can be worse than shooting a police officer in cold blood? Rest in peace brother!

Diana Danehart
Metro Dade PD

June 21, 2010

On the 28th annversary of your death, I still think of you often. I think back of all the advise you gave me when we rode togeather. I am thankful for all of those good memories. Rest well my brother, till we meet again.

Joe Caragiulo
Miami P.D. (retired)

September 1, 2009

from the sound of it seemed like you where a super great and highly respected guy......your mom use to say to me all the time how much I reminded her so much of you physicaly as well as im old enough to take-in what she really meant an it is turely a honorable mention rip nathaniel tahnks o an i see your friend ms cooper on the first 48 all the time


August 6, 2009

27 yrs. ago can I think of you often us riding together that day when you were killed. Missed by all and you will never be forgotten.
God Bless the Broom family and friends

Terry Russell (Retired)
City of Miami

September 3, 2008

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