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Sergeant Gregory J. Conners

Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, November 12, 1977

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Reflections for Sergeant Gregory J. Conners

Rest in peace Sergeant Connors.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 12, 2019

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Conners. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 9, 2012

@ Captain James T. Farley. Wow, I am most shocked and yet thankful right now. I never knew the exact details, and now I know just a little bit more. Thank you for sharing. Thank you to all our dedicated men and women. I think I will read the posts again and sit in utter amazement.


January 17, 2012

Continue to rest in peace hero, we will never forget....

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


November 12, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 127th 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.

Greg sounds like he was an amazing man who is remembered by many with fondness and respect.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 12, 2010

So many years have passed, but I am sure the pain in your loved ones hearts is as strong today on your EOW as it was in 1977, you sir are not forgotten.

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


November 12, 2010

I was a Broward County Paramedic stationed at Port Everglades Fire Department that night. We had run the typical Sat. night calls in the Southeast district of Ft. Lauderdale. It had been busier than the average chilly S. Fla night. We took the call for a motor officer down as we were preparing to bunk in for the 3rd or 4th time that night. I can't remember the trip to the scene, but I can remeber Greg as if it was an hour ago. We worked every trick in our bag, to no avail. I remember the crowd that had gathered at Broward General MC when Greg came in, and I apologized to the Chief of Police that we couldn't do more. My favorite memory of Greg happened a few months before his death, when we were following him to BGMC, after a traffic call, and he hit a patch of oil on 17th street west of US 1 in the serpentine curve. I had never seen anyone ride a motor sideways down the street and actually recover. At the hospital, Greg had the the biggest grin I have ever seen and wanted to know if we had seen his "electric slide". It has been almost 32 years since Greg left us and I think of him often.

Roger Walker
BCEMS (ret.)

July 3, 2009

"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 12, 2007



November 26, 2007

Greg Conners was my sergeant in 1977 (along with Jim Farley). Greg wrote me my first commendation for a burglar I caught. He had a wonder mastery of the English language. His evaluations read like a Nobel Prize nomination. He knew the laws better than anyone I've ever met. He was a terrific cop, a great supervisor and a pleasure to work for. I am very proud to say I knew and worked for Sergeant Greg Conners. God Bless You and Rest in Peace.

Sergeant James M. Wright (retired)
Fort Lauderdale (FL) Police Dept.

February 10, 2007

I was with Sgt. Conners on the night that he died. We were working the midnight shift. Greg was riding a motor that night, even though it was very cold, especially for South Florida. We kidded him about that, but Greg just grinned. Greg, me, and our shift lieutenant met for breakfast at an IHOP on South Federal Highway(at about 3 AM as I recall). We talked about typical cop stuff. If you're a cop, I don't have to explain. As we were finishing breakfast, dispatch came over with an All Channel Bulletin about a B&E in progress at the Salty Dog Bar on State Road 84. Greg said he would pay the tab and catch up with us. We tossed him our share and took off. The Lieutenant and I were riding together in an unmarked car. We were about mid- way to the bar when dispatch broke in with, "All units, we have a report of a motor down at South Andrews and State Road 84. Units, our report is that it's a police motor." It didn't register at first. It couldn't be real. We knew Greg was the only motor on the street that night, and we had just left him. It couldn't be. I made a U-turn and flew back towards South Andrews at speeds you don't even need to know about. As we approached the intersection, I saw a W/M running west on the south side of St. Rd. 84. As we screamed to a stop at the intersection, a man ran up to our car window and yelled, "That's him, the one running"! The man was crying. I bailed out and chased the suspect on foot, and the lieutenant took over the scene. Long story short, I caught the M*F* and brought him back to the scene.
Every unit in the city responded to the scene that night. The DUI had mad a left turn from St Rd 84 eastbound to go south on S. Andrews Ave. He turned into the path of Greg, who was westbound on 84. During the collision, Greg flew (as I recall) about 75 feet through the air and into a concrete power pole on the NW corner of the intersection. I didn't recognize him when I first saw him. Later I had the pain and privilige of being a member of the honor guard for Sergeant Gregory J. Conners at his funeral service in his home town in Minnesotta. Job well done, my brother. Uh-Rah! May God bless you.

Captain James T. Farley, FLPD, Retired
Fort Lauderdale PD

February 1, 2007

Sergeant Conners,

I read about your death in a book I read, "The Blue Truth", by Cherokee Paul Mcdonald. He was a member of your department at the time of your death but wrote the book many years later. I become a Police Officer in less than a year and I look forward to serving as brave heroes such as yourself served before me.
Thank you for your sacrifice. May God bless you and your family.

Andrew Schuck Police Cadet

July 14, 2006

Resdt in peace motorman, we have the watch now.

Offc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

June 16, 2006

Rest in peace.

Det. A. Johnson

February 17, 2006

Your dedication and service will not be forgotten

M. Sisler (Ret) Motor Officer
Mount Pleasant, SC

February 8, 2006

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

April 13, 2005

"For motormen are a special breed, they love to ride the wind.. And when you hear the thunder boom, the fallen one rides again...... "

Rest in Peace!

Sr. Cpl. Eric L. Hagan
Dallas, TX Police Dept.

March 17, 2004


Every officer who died for us should have a reflection. Rest in peace sir. You will not be forgotton.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

February 27, 2004

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