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Officer Ronald Midgley Grogan

Palm Bay Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, April 23, 1987

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Reflections for Officer Ronald Midgley Grogan

Rest in peace Officer Grogan.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 12, 2019

I went to junior high with Ron in the early 70’s. I visited the National Memorial last month to collect a rubbing of his name and visited the memorial in Palm Bay FL today for photos. Took more than 30 years to make the trip happen, but honored to have known him if only for a short time.

Chief Rex Caldwell (ret.)

September 7, 2018

After all these years I remember this day as if it were yesterday. I dispatched the shooting and it will never leave my mind or my heart. RIP Ron

Charlotte Hess
Ex Dispatcher Palm Bay PD

November 23, 2014

Rest In Peace Brave Man x

Jonathan Davis

January 1, 2014

Officer Grogan,

You and Your Partner were on an ordinary shift when this all happened, I can not imagine the pain your friends and family felt, And I must say that you and your partner are truly brave and honored heroes, I wish I had a chance to meet you, I am a Citizen of Palm Bay, Have been since I was born, And it is a true honor to walk on the streets which you once patrolled, My condolences are out to you and your partner sir, Thank you for serving our community, RIP and God Bless You sir.

Jason Simoneaux

August 4, 2012

He was only there for six months.

Laura Lorenzo

April 24, 2012

HEROES live forever and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace Officer Grogan....

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

April 23, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

HEROES do live forever, and you sir are one of them... We will never forget the sacrifice that you and your entire family made for all of us. May you continue to rest in peace.

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


April 23, 2011

I was as teammate of Ron’s on the Satellite High School swim team. He came to the school with a strong background of swimming and a very unique form of the butterfly stroke which, of course, he took some ribbing about but stood tall none the less. He was a passionate competitor and a close member of the team. We left Satellite High School knowing that we continued the tradition of being undefeated in dual meets and Conference Champions. Ron’s contributions to that success will always live on.

When I left the high school I did not stay in touch with most of the members of the swim team, perusing the next stage in my life. Only hearing of the tragic event of did I find out where he had gone with his life. The conflict within me is overwhelming because on one hand I had to smile and be happy that he pursued a career in law enforcement, which fit right into the personality of he young man I swam with in high school. Bravely stepping out everyday to help, serve and protect. On the other hand was the discovery that his life was cut short with that very bravery, and the opportunity to see him again to laugh about the days we had together on the swim team were lost forever.

On this day, when I learned about the death of his attacker, and take time again to reflect on the young man in school I knew that would go on to be a hero. I can only take solace in the fact that in the short time that I new him I know my life was improved. Along with the countless other lives he touched and no doubt positively affected in so may ways I only hope that I, too, will live my life with a fraction of the commitment and bravery that Ron showed us in his life.

To Ron I express my thanks for being a small part of my life. To both Ron, Officer Johnson, and all Officers lost in the line of thier work I thank you, again, for your service and am humbled by your commitment to duty and your fellow man. You are our heroes and will never be forgotten.

C. Peters
High School Teammate

December 1, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 22nd 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 18 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 4, 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

October 4, 2007

It has been a lot of years since that night. I was a new dispatcher, but you treated me with respect always. I remember that afternoon, as you got ready to head out on the road we talked about dinner. I think I remember the dispatchers asking you to get us some food. All we thought about that afternoon. You were such a sweet man, and I remember your last words to me as you arrived on scene.
It took me many years to GET over it as people said. But I want you to know that each April I remember and try to make it out to the grave to pay respects. You were a great guy, I hope that you did not suffer that night and I kow that you are in a better place.
You will always be young and courageous.
Rest in Peace Ron

Charlotte Hess/Retired Dispatch
Palm Bay PD

April 13, 2004

Your bravery and courage will be remembered.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

February 18, 2004

I was just a child when this incident happened that fateful April afternoon, and since then I have come to where the same badge myself. Past, present, and future officers will continue to honor these true heroes who made the ultimate sacrafice for us.

Rest In Peace Gentleman

A fellow Officer


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