Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Herbert W. Grimes

Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, November 24, 1986

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Reflections for Detective Herbert W. Grimes

Herb was my boss who hired me 1981 and a great friend. I think of you every day. Semper Fi! Harry Broderson

Security Officer Harry Broderson
Tropicana Security

August 21, 2019

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

Herb died in my arms. I was only a few seconds behind him when he was T boned by a wrecker. I did all I could do to get him air and get him to respond to me. After getting to the hospital and cat scan, it was clear that he would not recover from brain damage.
Herb gave our profession his all, all the time!!!

Lt retired. Patrol Deputy at the time.
Manatee Co Sheriff's Office Florida

August 4, 2015

I worked with Herbie when he was a police officer in Trenton N.J. in the late 60's. He was good friend and he is greatly missed.

John Yaeger Police Officer (former)
Trenton Police Department NJ

February 17, 2015

I knew herbie in 1978 fresh out of the academy then I reflect this time of year of my fallen friends they are sorely missed. they had a inpact in my live. rest in peace god bless his family

deputy sheriff
linda johanning

January 3, 2015

Continue to rest in peace Detectivwe Grimes, we will never forget...

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

November 24, 2012

Rest in Peace, Detective Grimes. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th 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, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 24, 2011

Today is Thanksgiving and I would like to give thanks to you sir for your dedication and protection to us all. We have not forgotten the sacrifice that you made for all of us. Continue to rest in peace Detective Grimes.

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


November 24, 2011

May the Grimes family know that we have not forgotten their hero...

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


November 24, 2010

Herb we grew up together. We had more fun together than any normal people could.
To us the first day of hunting season was a religious holiday and you actually told that to the Principal
and he believed you. I wonder if it was the teachers who needed time away from us.
Remember the chemistry set my parents bought me that one Christmas buddy? The school gave us chemistry classes and we made the smoke screen.
Those of you who did not get to know Herb when we were growing up never got to know how much he liked to laugh.
Herb you couldn't carry a tune in a bucket and you still got on stage with Gene Chandler and sang "Duke of Earl" with him.
How did we survive Vietnam?
Remember everything we did. Buddy we will get together again
and have more laughs.

Ray Lopez
U.S Treasury Department Retired

September 14, 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 14, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 26, 2007

Thank you for your service to Manatee County Sheriff's Department. You are not forgotten Brother. Rest in Peace.

Sgt. Jim May
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, Charlotte,NC

March 31, 2007

You outshined them all, herb.
Prayers always for Cindy & the kids.
You exemplified honor & integrity.

December 28, 2006

may God bless you and may you rest in peace. gone but not forgotten. a hero for sure. you served well my brother.


November 24, 2004

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