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Police Officer Roosevelt Ferrell

Compton Unified School District Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, March 16, 1987

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Reflections for Police Officer Roosevelt Ferrell

Thank you for your service and please know that your service and sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

March 16, 2021

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 16, 2018

Every morning as we walk in the station, we pass by Ferrell Way. The walkway to the station is named in your honor, with an official street sign and all.

Your sacrifice reminds us all to be ever vigilant in the performance of our duty.

Rest in Peace, Officer Ferrell.

CSPD Family
Compton School Police Department

September 14, 2016

Although I never got to meet you, my mom said you would have spoiled me and Lawrence. I think because of that initial thought and idea, Grammy went out and beyond to take care of all of us. And because of that thought and idea, my mother decided to keep your name strong. For the same thought and idea, I will keep your name strong.

Rest in Peace Papa

PFC Robert Roosevelt Frierson
2nd Oldest Grandson

July 1, 2014

your family is still thinking about you!!

Compton School Police Department

January 27, 2014

I remember when Roosevelt was shot from the darkened and overgrown fence line at Chester Adult School by the cowardly sniper. His wound, thought minor, later led to his death due to complications during surgery at DVH -- Dominguez Valley Hospital --a "hospital" so bad that we all called it "Death Valley Hospital and many of us refused to list it on our "death cards." His widow and family were fantastic and I visited him the day before his surgery, seeing his lovely wife sitting by his side in the hospital room. His memory still haunts me, more than most people know. May he rest in peace.

Former Officer

May 10, 2012



June 29, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer Ferrell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

We still think about you the Long Beach guys

Long Beach PD

October 13, 2008

a young man was talking about his desire to join a police dept, and even asked, "what do you think about compton School Police?" Before I could try and give an informed answer ,I thought about your last day on duty.I was a teenager then and really didn't know much about "cops";rebelliousness was my mott back then.But now that I wear a uniform, I realize that the the old line from a poem that says, "any mans death diminishes me",hits home especially true for my brothers and sisters in blue.

Your passing is just as heartfelt now as back then, and your duty shows that it doesn't have to be a big dept,or a dept that is on the evening news,or on peoples lips everyday,to matter that a man must still wear a badge and try to shield others from chaos.I told that same young man to "go for it",and maybe- one day soon, that same young man will stand proud and know just how bg the shoes are that he must now try and fill.........

Officer M.K.Gentry
L.A. Airport PD

September 11, 2008

God Bless Your Family

Deputy Sheriff Don Clark

August 21, 2008

Thank you for protecting the children in the city of Compton may God bless your family.

Ray Tucker
Los Angeles County Sheriff

May 19, 2008



March 16, 2008

Still thinking about you

The Officers
Compton School Police

October 12, 2007

"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

August 20, 2007

It has been a while but, we still think about you. the guys.

peaace officers union
compton school police officers

August 19, 2007

you will be missed.

larry finch (police officer)
la police

July 28, 2007



March 16, 2007

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

December 15, 2006

To Officer Roosevelt Ferrell, and his loved ones:

On this the nineteeth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

Officer Ferrell, you patroled our schools to protect the students and the teachers. You are one of the rare heroes among us. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer Roosevelt Ferrell.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Ferrell gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 16, 1987.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 16, 2006

The schools of Compton lost one of it's protectors when you were so cruelly murdered back in 1987, but lost you in body only. I believe you never stopped patrolling that school and all the others. You gave your life protecting others and all who benefitted from your work should, to this day, say thank you from time to time.

God Bless and Rest in Peace, brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

February 21, 2006

Gone but never forgotten......Rest in Peace.

Officer Carlos J. Garcia
La Joya ISD Police Dept.

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