Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Bruce N. Garrison

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, February 27, 1974

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Reflections for Police Officer Bruce N. Garrison

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

February 27, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Garrison.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 27, 2019

9-17-2015, I grew up with Bruce. I remember when he and Diane Carr were married. I went on the job a little later and was working the night Bruce and Billy were killed.
Today a friend who attended Chicago Police Vigil sent me a video and the first scene shows an officer holding a photo of Bruce - it's been over 40 years. God bless you

mike kerrigan civilian
friend first followed by CPD

September 17, 2015

Semper Fi !! You are always in my prayers !

Area 4 SOG

November 8, 2013

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

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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 am sure you are proud that your son followed in your footsteps and continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored amd revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your famiy is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends and family for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 27, 2012

Thanks for your 3 and half years of services.


February 27, 2012

It has been 37 years since you and your partner made the ultimate sacrifice but time does not mean the CPD will forget your sacrifice. Thank you for showing the true heroes of the CPD. You guys will not be forgotten.

Detective Thomas Downes

February 22, 2011

Thank you Bruce, for your service and for having 2 wonderful sons! I am married to your oldest son and wanted to take the time to write a reflection, so that people know your spirit still lives on in your children and grandchildren, and that you will never be forgotten.

Both of your boys are happily married and are blessed with a total of 5 children. We speak of you often, so that your grandchildren know that you were a hero and a wonderful person. I wish we had more photos and personal belongings to share with them, but this memorial is nice way to reflect on your life.

Your son's followed in your footsteps: one is a well respected police officer and the other shares your love for fast cars - and owns an auto repair shop. They are both successful & happy, and I hope they make you proud!

You are forever in our hearts!

Dawn Garrison
Daughter in-law

October 30, 2010

Still thinking abou you 35 years later and the ultimate sacriface you made. I hope your grand kids know what a hero you were.

Lt T Whalen

December 15, 2009

Although I never knew you, you are very much a big part of our lives. Your son, my husband, who was four years old when you were killed, is now a Police Sergeant. You have five beautiful grandchildren, and it is such a shame you are not here to be a part of their lives. We think of you often and the sacrifice you made. You are always in our hearts.

S. Garrison, police officer
Elk Grove Village PD

June 10, 2009

Thinking of you, your loved ones and your partner on this day. Keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You have not been forgotten as true heroes never die.

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

February 27, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been a long time since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Officer Garrison!

Sgt. Robert Mau, Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 16, 2008



February 21, 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

October 17, 2007

We too as "David of Chicago" remember this incident. But we also remember reading something along the lines of "as four carloads of heavily armed Chicago detectives sped north up 90/94 to Milwaukee, the suspect was killed by Milwaukee Police. They took care of business and while we were shocked and morning the loss of our officers, we were relieved in small measure in relation to the loss that at least some measure of justice was done. We still grieve for William and Bruce however we are proud of them. They define the word courage and are always with us.


February 27, 2007

i remember Billy and you always at the Tasty Hasty on Milwukee Ave. I also remember how close you two were, may God Bless his tough little angel, you are probably still raising hell with Billy!

p. kelly
cook county sheriff

December 14, 2006

You have not been forgotten and are a true hero. On September 18th, 2006, CPD will be dedicating their police memorial that has been a long time in coming. Your name will be called out with honor for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the City of Chicago.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

August 22, 2006

i was watching t.v. with my mom, elenor, when i saw the old detective cars racing north on damen av. next, the special report broke on ch. 2 news w.b.b.m.. c.p.d. responding to a 10-1 with offifers down and shot.bill curtis was the ancorman with walter jacobson at his side.cpd cars were screeming from every direction heading to winchester and foster.i saw the 20th. dist. cops from out my window from the 5100 block of north leavitt st.looking in the bushes with flahlights..all around winnamac park, nothing but blue lights..i was 14 when they were killed.i will remember that late winter night forever.

david chicago

August 17, 2006

I remember February 27, 1974 like it was yesterday.

I remember what good friends you and Billie were.

You both dying the way you did left a deep scare in my heart and forever in my memories

God you love you

Elisa Martin Johnson

July 2, 2006

For many years I had wondered about the incident where Officers Garrison and Marsek both lost their lives in service to the citizens of Chicago. I have the greatest respect for these officers and those who carry the CPD badge.

Jim Hansen
LT USNR Retired

February 21, 2006

You are a true Hero. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Detective T. Henshaw
Bell Gardens Police Dept., CA.

September 13, 2004

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