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Officer Ludwig Bruno

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, March 2, 1977

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Reflections for Officer Ludwig Bruno

Just letting you know 10 years after my last post here, I still haven’t forgotten you buddy. You’re better off in heaven than here I know. You wouldn’t even believe what’s going on today. I’m still thankful for you my friend. God bless you every day!

Towing Operator

November 19, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Bruno.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 15, 2019

I very much enjoyed reading the other reflections about my Uncle Ludwig. I didn’t know him well as I lived in Chicago and he in Ft Worth. I was only 4 when he died, but I have a few fond memories of his visits bearing gifts of coloring books and Texas themed trinkets. I had no doubt that he was a great man, but now I can be certain. Thank you all for your kind words. They mean a great deal.

William Keglewitsch

February 5, 2019

Bruno, I met you in 1976 or 1977. You had not been on the Fort Worth Police Dept. very long and I was working for Saginaw, Texas Police Dept. You loved law enforcement so much that on your days off you would come to Saginaw and ride with me while I was on duty. I can't remember the first time I met you but it just seemed we were always friends and I really enjoyed your company. I must admit you were sometimes hard to understand, especially when you got a little excited. I remember when you were struck by the hit and run driver but I never realized how serious it was. I kept intending to go see you in the hospital but I thought you would be getting released soon. Before I knew it I heard you had passed away from the injuries. I am so sorry for not coming to visit and have asked myself all these years why didn't I go? I am sorry I didn't. and when we meet again I can apologize face to face.
Rest In Peace my brother
Glen Allison Dep Sheriff (Retired)

Dep Sheriff Glen Allison (retired)
Tarrant Co Texas Sheriff Dept

June 16, 2016

It's been almost 39 years since I kissed you goodbye for the last time. You will always be in my heart and in my thoughts. My life was never the same after I lost you, no man could replace you, there was never one that even compared to you. Your Mother was correct when she told me we would be the perfect match, I miss her also. I still have your last sketches, your badge, your letters and the engraved checkbook cover with the cowgirl on the front that you gave me for Christmas in 1976.

I still miss you, always will. See you soon.

B. Campbell

December 23, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 2, 2012

I will never forget you. What a sweet, funny and talented man. Rest in peace.


February 3, 2012

I will always remember what a clown you were and how proud you were when you bought your first house. You were a wonderful artist who designed the department patch. It was fitting you were the first to wear it on your uniform, tragically at your funeral. You are still missed, brother.

A fellow officer
Ft. Worth PD

December 2, 2011

I saw the whole thing that night. Will never forget him nor the incident. He, with flares, directing traffic around a Signal 2, major vehicle accident, in the eastbound lanes of 28th and Decatur on the city's North Side. Traveling east, I waved. He waved back. Recognized me. Made a U-turn and headed west on 28th. Just before I got there, saw a white station wagon strike him, knocking him over the top of the vehicle, which sped away. Got the plate number. Rushed to my friend's aid. Put coat under Bruno's head, as he lay on the pavement. Told me 4 things: Get the plate number, get a description, then call it in on my car radio. No. 4: Get him. Did it all. Even went to court, where perp got 5 years probated. A definite miscarriage of justice. I will always miss Officer Bruno, a true friend, who always was there to help, all who needed it. He was the very best. Always will be.

Larry Roquemore
Star-Telegram Reporter

Larry J. Roquemore

May 3, 2010

Well believe it or not...I am still a towing operator Bruno. I work in Eugene, Oregon now and every time I am in harms way I think of you (which is a lot) I added a video to my youtube channel today in honor of you about the new move-over law here. Long time coming ey?
I don't think if we would have had the world wide web back on that evening it would have changed anything, but I am hoping it will help your fellow officers still protecting us today.
They won't let me put a link in here but the video is called Oregon Move Over Law..Is It Working? (hope God lets you watch it)
Just know that I will never forget you buddy and thanks again!

G. Hanner
Towing operator

January 29, 2010



March 2, 2008

"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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 6, 2008

I was watching COPS tonight and it happened to be in Ft worth.
They mentioned fallen officers and I just had to look on the net and see if there was anything about Bruno. I am a towing operator and had done many accidents impounds and what we used to call "drive ins" with Bruno (Bruno is what we all called him)I was the towing operator he was protecting that evening on 28th. He told me "I will watch out for you while you work the accident ahead" while hooking up to the vehicle I heard him say "wow my batteries are low in my flashlight hurry up!" I yelled back "OK" then he was struck. I remember all of it like it just happened. I will never forget him. He saved my life that night as he did many others. I respect all of the officers of the Fort Worth Police Department but "Bruno" I think of every time I am in harms way. What a great man, officer, buddy he was.. I miss him

Gordon Hanner
Towing operator

August 13, 2007

May your Rest with Our Lord be sweet, may your reuniting with your loved ones be joyous and may the memories of you bring a smile and a lifting of the heart to those who you have left behind.G-d Bless.

March 2, 2007

Rest in peace brother.

Officer JJ Doshi #3560

January 13, 2007

Officer J.D. Farmer and I were working Charlie 358 the night we heard Bruno's voice come over Channel C, calling for help. No unit number, no location, but we all knew Bruno's voice. The night before he died, Farmer and I visited him in John Peter Smith Hospital, and tried to encourage him that he would soon be back on the streets. Bruno reached into the hospital night stand and brought out his Walther P38 that he always carried under his uniform shirt and tried to give it to me, saying, "I want you to have this...cause I'm not gonna make it." I oft think of Bruno and wish I had taken it. I sat with him mother from Chicago the night before his funeral, and comforted her as much as she comforted us with just memories of the that fine young German. He used to get excited in chases and would use German over the radio as the adrenaline surged. We would insist he leave his siren on when he bailed out on foot, so we could find him, since none of us knew German! One great policeman! A joy of strength just to have known and fought and worked beside him on the midnight shift.

R. McRae
Former FWPD Officer & Friend, I.D. #1512

November 9, 2006

May He Bless and keep you.

November 9, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

October 16, 2006

A man remembered lives for eternity.

February 22, 2006

You were talked about when I joined in 82,,guess you made an impact. You won't be forgotten

Officer Thomas Wiederhold #1890
Fort Worth Police,Tx

January 25, 2006

Officer Bruno,
On today, the 28th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Fort Worth.


March 2, 2005

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