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Lieutenant Grover Clifton Cooper, III

Fort Pierce Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, January 12, 1987

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Reflections for Lieutenant Grover Clifton Cooper, III

Rest in peace Captain Cooper.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 4, 2019

Capt. Cooper,
On today, the 31st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ft. Pierce. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 12, 2018

Grover my friend saddened to learn of your passing. We had a lot of fun chasing bad guys in Cocoa Beach.

Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Rest in peace my friend.

Rande Matteson

Senior Supervisory Special Agent

May 23, 2017

Your name is forever engraved into my badge, and those of your new brothers and sisters. Everyday we patrol the streets of Fort Pierce, you protect and look over us. We carry your name and memory on our chest everyday. We have the watch still, and will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made for the people of our city. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace brother.

Police Officer
Fort Pierce Police Department

January 9, 2017

I miss my uncle. I remeber going to his martial arts competitions when I was young. I remember when he loved the beach and surfing. We had moved from Florida when Cara was born. The last time I talked to him was that call being so excited his daughter was born.

Karen Benesta

October 14, 2012

I still think of you often Uncle Trey. Rest in peace and and the world has lost a rela home hero. Kaern

karen Benesta- niece
his neice who misses him

September 6, 2012

Rest in Peace, Captain Cooper. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 9, 2012

Continue to rest in peace Captain Cooper, we will never forget the heroes who gave their all, and you sir are a hero.

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


January 12, 2012

I do not mourn your death, but celebrate the fact that I was blessed, even for a brief moment in time, with an amazing Father. 25 years later and I am still blown a way with how many people you have effected and continue to effect. I live my life everyday, hoping to mirror the person you were and given the respect so many have for you. I love you every day.

Cara Cooper

November 29, 2011

No matter how long it has been, we will never forget the heroes of Florida, and you sir are one of them. Continue to rest in peace. Thank you for your service, dedication, protection and ultimately the high price you paid for us all, your life.

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


January 12, 2011

Capt. Grover Cooper III

Go rest in peace brother, for your job here is done.
May god rest your soul, bless all your loved ones and fellow officers. You will always be remembered.

Ontario Police Memorial

Simon Moussa
Ontario Provincial Police

January 22, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd 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 pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 13, 2010

I think about you and Jimmy and Danny and Steve all the time and now with the most recents deaths in Oakland it just brings it all back to me. Another tragedy more lives taken, more families feeling the heartache that your loved ones and friends have had to endure over the years. I know that you are all missing your families and friends and one day we will all be together. Just know that you are not forgotten,just know that you have inspired many men and women to pursue their dreams. You are all heroes in our eyes. We love and miss you all very much.

Carla Cusanelli
Former 911 Dispatcher for FT. Pierce PD

March 23, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 4, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 2, 2007

May you Rest in Peace.

January 12, 2007

Rest in peace Captain, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Ofc Scott Hayden
Augusta PD, Maine

July 13, 2006

You were my dad's best friend and you both died doing what you loved to do. Protect your family, friends and country. You helped make this world a better place. You are loved, missed and will never be forgotten.

Ashley Wouters

July 6, 2006

I was in school with your son when you passed. Rest in peace.

February 9, 2006


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Captain Cooper.

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

June 28, 2004

Your sacrifice is remebered.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

February 18, 2004



November 1, 2003

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