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Police Officer Herman Reinhold Gloe

Grand Rapids Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, December 12, 1974

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Reflections for Police Officer Herman Reinhold Gloe

Rest in peace Officer Gloe.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 26, 2020

Kimberly and Michael - thank you so much for sharing your dad with our profession. While his loss from your lives cannot be measured by us, please know that his service made - and continues to make - our profession better. I hope you take some measure of comfort in knowing WE have not forgotten him...and we have not forgotten you.

NC Officer

December 12, 2019

You are not forgotten sir. Those who came after you at GRPD keep your memory alive. Thinking of you on this 45th anniversary of that horrible day.


December 12, 2019

Dad, today you would've turned 75. I think of you more than usual on your birthday as I grow older. Memories of you are still so faint and wish I had more. It's strange to miss someone I never got to know but I do. Pictures! many pictures of you, Cindy and I share given to us from Mom that I am so grateful for. It's your soulful eyes and shy grin that I can feel when I view you in these photos. Always thinking of you...

Your Daughter-Kimberly


August 2, 2017

I worked with Herm two nights prior to his death. I'd just purchased a bullet proof vest (they weren't issued back then because it was a very new product). I gave him a brochure so he could show his wife. The next night he said that it would be a great Christmas gift. I told him that he should wear it first because they were a bit bulky. I told him that he should wear it on what turned out to be that horrible night. He declined because he was taking an hour off at the beginning of his shift to take a final exam at GR Junior College. I told him it wasn't a big deal and that I'd give it to him at the end of our shift so he could wear it after he took the exams. Typical Herm, he thanked me but said he'd wear it the day after the exam. The vest very well could have made a difference but we will never know. Herm was a great police officer but an even greater person! His fateful decision to hold off on wearing the vest will haunt me to the day I die.

Off. Gary Crum
GRPD/ Retired

May 4, 2016

I Am, because You were. Happy Father's Day Dad.

Kimberly Gloe

June 21, 2015

Was talking with Mom last week and shared a dream I had, (yes, another as we do)...visiting Grandma & Grandpa Gloe's house...ALWAYS such fun digging through Grandma's costume jewelry with Kristi & Jodi...dressing up and venturing down into the basement...Grandpa's tools and your basement bedroom, I sat on your old footlocker, all 'glamed up' in Grandma's jewels, not feeling a bit scared or cold being by myself there as I usually did. You were there, I know because I wasn't afraid being alone. We sat in silence, for hours down there as I rumaged through all your well kept treasures holding and smelling and listening from each piece I found... until someone said 'where's Kimmie?...Surely she's not still in the basement...then I woke, finding myself as now, a grown woman, yanked from another dream of you fully erect/sitting with my husband sleeping soundly beside me...Mom said simply, after telling her of my dream...'you know Kimmie, the 12th is a few days away, it happens to me too...still'

Kimberly Gloe

December 12, 2014

My Faithful Servant

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to serve others.
You were asked to see, what no man should ever have to see.
To go through, what no man should ever have to go through.
But you did so with pride, honor, and integrity.

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to defend those, who could not defend themselves.
To provide justice to those, who did not respect it.
To lay down your life, if the time called for it.
Again, you did not question what was asked of you.
You did it with love, compassion, and loyalty.

My faithful servant.
In times of adversity, you prayed for strength.
In times of triumph, you praised your Lord.
You served your Country, State, and city proud.
Your service will forever be remembered by the many lives you’ve touched.

My faithful servant.
When your service on this earth is finally complete.
I will welcome you home with open arms.
I will embrace you and proclaim,
“Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

RIP my brother, the Lord has taken you home.

sergeant barton
garden city pd

December 2, 2014

I worked with Herm and was devastated when I came into dispatch the next day only to find out he was gone. The suspect was actually shot 8 times and spent several days in the hospital.

Patrolman Gregory L. King
Marshall PD, Retired

January 20, 2014

been a while dad. been a while since we've shared a dream, maybe tonight? how do you miss someone you never had the chance to come to know? how can i still feel like i did, even though i did not? maybe because your blood has been pumping through my veins, instilled in me, like a remembrance. this is what i draw on when i get that familiar feeling of being cheated out of you. small memories, more essences of you, searching for feelings in rare photos of us, some draw, something to be able to SAY, 'i remember when he…' it always ends the same. a small hole that craves and think always will, the desire to have known you. i'll never give up the search for feelings of you. you left too soon. tonight of all nights, 39 years later, i am still in awe of the stories of you, your vivid spirit and of those you touched and remember you still and forever envious of those who knew you. i will be.
…always dad, stay with me. - Kimberly

Kimberly Gloe

December 12, 2013

We remember you every day, we feel you everyday in your son's voice, we see you everyday in your grandson Noah Reinholds eyes, and we witness your compassion everyday in your grandson Benjamin Williams actions. Until we met again in our Lords Kingdom, know that you are loved and thought of.

Michael, Angie, Noah and Benjamin Gloe
Son, Daughter in law, and Grandsons.

March 27, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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. Kimberly, you are in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 13, 2011

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 many years 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 Gloe.

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 22, 2008

Tho I was only six months old when you were killed, I continue your work at GRPD.

God Bless you sir for your sacrafice.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, and many other people you left behind.

Heroes live forever!!!


December 13, 2008


Your father IS in your dreams. God allows him to return to you. It is his voice you hear. You have to know that. Your father would never leave you, not even in death. Daddies ALWAYS love their little girls and nothing can ever stop that. As God has his children, He knows how important it is that Daddies still visit their children.

I will pray for you and I know the next time your Dad is in your dreams, he will let you know how special you are.


March 11, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

December 6, 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

November 14, 2007

I think of you often - especially in the bad times when we lose another officer. I remember your kindness and humor to a police intern (me) from MSU. I remember the good times we had riding around on patrol and the great advice you gave me - including the heads up that kept me from getting killed or hurt while running the safety checks over by the vet's home. I remember hearing about your senseless murder and being overcome by grief. Your funeral is a tear blurred memory. I miss you friend!

Michael Dubay, Emergency Com Supv
Kent Co Sheriff Dept/Friend

August 9, 2007

dear dad...i wonder if you've really been here with me when you feel my lifes pain, when i'm struggling as i have been lately to try to overcome and understand why life deals us what it does, is it really you or just my wish of you that enters in as a dream. i always wake remembering you vividly, at least as you were in my dream. i had no true chance to know and grow with you in life and still feel robbed and envious sometimes of those who had that beloved chance...i do think of you often and know this, that if i didn't tell you in those dreams, i exsist because of you, i breath now because you did once, my eyes are brown because of you, i am tall and sensitive to my soul and believe that is instilled in me because of you, i carry you with me, always, i am part of you though i couldn't know you, this time of year i celebrate you more, you invade my thoughts more...our birthdays are after all so close together and know i exsist because of you, you are my father, a hero i can't remember embracing, whose voice i only can imagine i hear in dreams...
i celebrate you more today than most, my dad...happy birthday.

Kimberly Gloe

August 2, 2007

Just thinking of family as of recent events.

Michael Thompson

July 12, 2007

Officer Gloe was my fathers partner. We talk about Officer Gloe still to this day in remembering the great times!

we all love and miss him very much!

God Bless his family

Stephanie Sacha

July 12, 2007

Mr. Gloe was my father's partner at the time of his death.My father was off the night Mr. Gloe died. My mother says my father hasn't been the same since. I was 10y/o when Mr. Gloe died. Our families spent many good times together.
We all miss him very much! He maybe gone but he has never been forgotten by us! God Bless him and his beloved wife and kids!!

Brian Sacha

February 9, 2006

Gone but never forgotten. Thank you for you service and sacrifice.

Comrades of the GRPD
Grand Rapids Police Department

September 16, 2004

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