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Special Agent Jessie Bruce Dobson, Jr.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida

End of Watch Friday, August 30, 1991

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Reflections for Special Agent Jessie Bruce Dobson, Jr.

Agent Dobson,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Florida. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 30, 2021

I had the pleasure of interning with FDLE in 1988. Since I don’t generally get air sick, they assigned me to learn from JB. It was the best part of my college years. Not only was it exciting, but we developed a really great friendship...from letting me fly in a Blackhawk, to having me over for dinner with his family. JB will be missed. Rest easy my friend!

Lt. Bruce Robinson (ret.)
Winter Park Police Dept., FL

January 13, 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)

August 30, 2020

RIP, you will never ever be forgotten.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb,Retired
New York State Police

September 18, 2019

Rest in peace Special Agent Dobson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 2, 2019

Jessie "JB" was a great agent, an outstanding pilot and a remarkable marijuana spotter...he can be attributed to the spotting and subsequent destruction of tens of thousands of marijuana plants in FL. He was a caring, big 'Teddy Bear' who loved everyone, and everyone loved "JB"...You are thought of often JB, and you will not be forgotten.

ASAC Kent McGregor
Supervisor, Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement

February 9, 2019

Special Agent Jessie Bruce Dobson Jr. will never be forgotten. Thank you for your services in the fight against illegal and dangerous drugs. You are an American Law Enforcement hero. May your soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

February 17, 2018

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

August 30, 2016

I pass by the FDLE building in Tallahassee two or more times a day. One cannot fail to notice J.B. Dobson Lane leading into the headquarters building. Today I was finally able to google J. B. and his family and outstanding career in law enforcement. It is most fitting that I acknowledge J. B. As well as his loving family. RIP!

Andre Libert (just a law abiding citizen
Retired Aviation Director

May 28, 2016

JB was an outstanding agent/pilot with a 'sixth sense' for spotting marijuana grow fields, he was recognized nationwide for his abilities. At his untimely death,he was doing what he loved to do...spotting dope fields while piloting a state police helicopter.

It was an honor to know JB both as a co-worker and as a friend.

JB, your legacy will live on.

And Debbie and the kids will be forever be in our prayers.

Chief Kent McGregor (Ret)
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (State Police)

February 10, 2014

Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement. Know you will never be fogotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 30, 2013

My prayers are with those left behind to pick up and move forward without their hero. We will never forget the sacrifice that you all have made for us. HEROES live forever and your loved one is a hero.. Continue to rest in peace Special Agent Dobson.

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

August 30, 2012

I miss you so much Daddy! My thoughts are always with you.


August 8, 2012

Rest in Peace, Special Agent Dobson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 9, 2012

great man


January 6, 2012

i miss u


January 6, 2012

Continue to rest in peace Special Agent Dobson, we will never forget the sacrifice that you made for all of us. HEROES live forever and you sir are a hero...

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


August 30, 2011

J.B. was the first person to get my feet off the ground. In my earlier years of law enforcement I always looked forward to J.B., Jud, and Donnie coming to Escambia County to look for marijuana. It was a great experience flying with him. It was J.B. that convinced me to apply with FDLE and I have always regretted that it did not happen in time for him to see it. He was a man that never forgot where he came from. I often teased him that he had to be the only person I knew who would brag about being from Jay, Florida. We lost a giant when we lost J.B. Dobson.

Ed Hudson
Special Agent Supervisor
Pensacola Region

Special Agent Supervisor Ed Hudson
Florida Department of Law Enforcement

August 31, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 18th 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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 30, 2009

It will be my honor today to read Jessie's name and EOW date at a memorial service tonight at the National Law Enforcement Memorial. I'm attending the FBI National Academy Session 238 and tonight we honor those who have gone before us. JB was a friend and fellow ball-player.

Jay Etheridge

Special Agent in Charge Jay Etheridge
FDLE; Friend, co-worker and team member

July 29, 2009

Jake was my Brother-in-Law. I had the privilege of riding "shotgun" with him on his rounds in Levy and Dade counties. I also flew with him when he was flying fixed wing recon for the FHP. I loved to sit and talk with him as he cooked greens in a cast iron pot over a back-yard fire, and listen to his tales. He was a good husband, a loving father, but above all, he was a GOOD man. I can remember him going to the Flea Market in Tallahassee, and bringing home some poor fellow that needed a warm coat and a hot meal. If you attended his funeral, I was honored to have been the minister that conducted it. J.B. was the epitome of the scripture that I used for that occasion, Micah 6:8 "...and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God."

The Rev. Canon Michael G. Carr

November 6, 2008

I am one of J.B.:s sisters. I didn't know about this web site until today. It is wonderful, just like he was. Yes I miss him everyday!!
Thank all of you for your postings, it means alot.


November 3, 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

December 10, 2007

I don't know what made me think of JB today, but I searched and found this site. I had the great fortune to intern at FDLE in the mid 1980's. I spent one of the great summers in my life working with JB and several other agents doing marijuana eradication. JB was one of the greatest guys ever. He had a great wit and his mumbling teasing of me and my fellow intern still makes me laugh today. He was a great pilot (I was with him during a really bad thunderstorm) who I trusted inherently. He could spot a seed bed from 1500 feet, and I doubt anyone was better at spotting than him. I had tremendous respect for him. Professionalism aside, JB treated us just like we were equals. I will never forget the time I spent with him that summer. My condolonces to his family, as I was not able to attend the funeral.

Looking at the picture above just brings back a swell of memories- I know he's up there flying around eating chicken wings and mumbling. A tremendous loss.

Todd Sears
Retired Det Boulder (CO) Police Dept

November 1, 2007

I am J.B.'s oldest daughter. I was thinking about my dad tonight and "googled" his name on the internet. This website came up and I've been sitting here crying, filled with emotion at the reflections people that knew my dad have left. Thank you. All the things said are true. He loved his family and his job and had a personality that drew people to him. He was hilarious and as someone else put it, he was indeed a "man's man".

He was the one person I knew I could always turn to and who seemed invincible. Tell the people you care about that you love them every chance you have, because in a split second you many not ever have the chance again.

Thank you again for remembering my dad. It means so much to hear he's not forgotten.


March 26, 2007

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