Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Jerry E. Dragosin

Cambridge Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, August 21, 1984

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Reflections for Lieutenant Jerry E. Dragosin

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Lieutenant Jerry E. Dragosin of the Cambridge Police Department, Ohio and the additional 75 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

August 21, 2022

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 21, 2020

Rest in peace Lt. Dragosin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 21, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Lieutenant Jerry E. Dragosin of the Cambridge Police Department, Ohio and the additional 69 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

August 21, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Lieutenant Jerry E. Dragosin of the Cambridge Police Department, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

August 21, 2018

I remember the night my mother received the phone call that a member of our church, a police officer, had been shot and killed. It was the day after my 10th birthday. I remember the masses coming out and lining the streets for the funeral procession. I realized, at a young age, how men and women in this profession are willing to pay the ultimate price to help protect everyone else, regardless of their race, gender, or social status, and how moving it was to see the amount of respect shown by the citizenry for your sacrifice.

Thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten! As with many others, you have left a lasting impression on my life. Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Major T. S. Hines
Barrow Co. (GA) Sheriff's Office

October 18, 2016

I was 13 years old when this happened. My family and I were driving home from dinner and were outside of the police station when this happened. We were at the stoplight, heard the gunfire, and turned and saw the officer fall to the ground. I will never forget that day.

Sgt. C. John Kane
Columbus Division of Police

April 13, 2016

30 Years........


May 14, 2014

I miss you cousin an I know how difficult it for your daughter to grow without you. I always knew you were married but never met your wife. When I did found out it was Lynn I was shocked to know she was my best friend in high school. So just rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ on one side an my Great Aunt, your Mother Faye Dragosin on the other. Rest in Peace Cousin.

Sherry Callihan Sickles

February 17, 2014

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Trasnit Police Department, Ohio

August 21, 2013

Remembering you today.....


May 15, 2012

I was one of the invest. detectives in Jerrys murder. This is something you never get over.You will live forever in all of our hearts JED.Love and miss you your brother in Blue

Detective Ken Grubbs (retired)
Cambridge Ohio Ploice

August 23, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 21, 2010

August 21st is always a difficult day. I would much more like to remember Jerry's life, and not his death. Jerry was a kind and loving man. He loved his family, gardending, and cooking. But, most of all Jerry loved his Savior, Jesus Christ. Jerry was considering and even looking into going to Bible College. He felt like our Lord wanted him to be a preacher. Jerry would want everyone to know that eternal life is a free gift from God. He would want you to know that all you have to do to receive this gift is:

Admit that you are a sinner(for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23)
Repent (turn from) your sin
Believe that Jesus died on the cross as payment for your sins, and that God raised him from the dead
Confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord(the boss of your life)

If you decide to do this, find a Bible believing church where you can go and be baptized and worship our Lord.
Jerry would want you to know that Jesus loves you more than anyone else does, and that Jesus wants to be your Savior today.
Jerry was an exceptinal man who touched a lot of lives in a very short time. Aside from his salvation experience, the biggest joy I ever witnessed him experiencing was his daughter, Angie. Jerry loved her very much and enjoyed every moment he spent with her. He was so proud of his little girl, and I know would be even prouder today.

My love for you Jerry is in a special place in my heart, I still miss you but I take comfort continualy, knowing you are at peace and happy walking the streets of gold, praising our Lord Jesus in heaven. Some day I will see you again...


August 21, 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 31, 2007

Dragosin Family,
I was just a junior at Cambridge High School when Lt. Dragosin was killed. I can remember going to the cemetary when he was being buried and was amazed at how many police officers there were and the respect that was given. Now I am a police officer with Columbus Police and have been to too many of those funerals. It is comforting to know that Lt. Dragosin was a believer in Jesus Christ. I will look foward to seeing him in heaven. He died doing the Lord's work, Romans 13.
God Bless him and his family.

In Christ,
Don Paden

Mark 8:38

Officer Don Paden #1866
Columbus Police, Ohio

October 6, 2007

23 years is a long time we miss ya brother

Detective Ken Grubbs
Cambridge Police

September 24, 2007

I never got the opportunity to know my Uncle that was loved by not just a few but by many. My Mom has recalled him being a very humble, trustworthy, honest, kind, caring, loving, and dedicated man. He touched the lives of many. He was an inspiration to all and an influence to many as my mom recalls. She has told me that I would be glad to have him as an uncle.
Thanks to all who have left lifetime memories.

Uncle Jerry...You are not forgotten.

Jessie Dragosin

June 9, 2006

Jerry and his family lived next door to us. Jerry came to know the Lord prior to his death, and was a faithful member of the church. He left a lovely wife and a six month old beautiful daughter after his death. His wife and daughter stayed in church where they received the help and support of all of the church members.
We had been gone a week to Germany as Southern Baptist Missionaries when we got the heart breaking news from the church secretary.
We loved Jerry and his family, and know that he is is heaven with our Lord, and one day we will be able to see him again.

Pastor Rance Goad, and wife Nevlin
Jerry Dragonson's Pastor

April 15, 2006

Rest in peace brother.

Police Officer
Denver Police Department

August 21, 2005

I was just a kid when Jerry was killed. But, I had the pleasure of living next door to his wife and daughter after his death. I saw that little girl who was less than a year old when her father was killed grow up to be a wonderful lady.
Now, 20 plus years later I have the honor of working at the same Police Department. We never forget about Jerry, and pray we don't have to lose anymore in the line of duty.

Sgt Philip Hall
Cambridge Police Department

February 3, 2005

Lt. Dragosin, I did not know you, but have heard many good things about you. I have had the pleasure of working with some of the same people you worked with. You were well liked and are still very alive in the minds of your friends and the people you served. You will always be remembered for your contributions to the Thin Blue Line.


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