Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal George Washington Gross, Jr.

Port Isabel Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, August 15, 1986

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Reflections for Corporal George Washington Gross, Jr.

Rest in Peace Police Corporal George W. Gross Jr.. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of Port Isabel, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.


B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 13, 2016

Heroes live forever, Corporal Gross, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Port Isabel and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

August 15, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

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

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

February 21, 2013

Rest in peace, Corporal Gross. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Port Isabel and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

August 15, 2012

It's been 25 years brother and I still laugh when I think of the time you convinced me to get on your horse, Rebel, because he needed to be broken in. As soon as I'd pick myself up off of the ground, I was happy to get back on. I always had fun when we hung out together. I will always miss you.

Hilda Dorsett, Au.D.

August 18, 2011

Corporal Gross, George we work many of shifts together and told each many personal stories. I remember when I left Port Isabel PD, for Harris County SO. You immediately contacted me in Houston and asked how things were going for me. I remember missing you and rest the officers and wanting nothing more than to be back in PIPD. However, I knew I had to hang in, and you supported me by stating that you too dream of working for a large agency like Harris County Sheriff Department. Remember going back to valley to visit in 1985-1986 and spending time with you (PIPD) guys. You were cool as always, and always making us laugh. You attended my wedding in June of 1986, and we had a great time dancing and having fun. I left the following day to Mexico and when I got back, I call the PIPD. They give me the bad News, I couldn't believe it and didn't want to believe it. I remember thinking how happy you were because you found new love, and how you were looking forward to this relationship. We (your friends) miss you Corporal George W. Gross Jr, and your funeral was biggest ever and I am more than sure the your not forgotten--because we still have plenty of police stories to say about you.

Retired Harris Co. Deputy Cesar Olvera
Port Isabel Police department 1983-1985

August 1, 2011

to myold big bear" i remember training you,and what a joy it was when you worked my shift. you always were professional,but could make me laugh so hard. you really helped eased my families pain when we lost our daughter. you would always come to the house,and we would talk forever. when you worked with me on the night shift,i use to catch hell from our sadly missed chief lorenzo rosales.
when you would make him mad about something you did after i went home for the night. it touches me to know that you inspired chief rosales kids to go into law enforcement. when we worked together i always knew we had each others back. im so sorry i didnt get to be with you in your time of need, but you were, and always be in my prayers. i will miss you you big bear". rest in peace

retired sheriff dep tom peters
frmr cpl tom peters port isabel police

March 3, 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

February 20, 2008

I sit back and I can just see your big smile and hear your thick voice. I remember the time dad came home telling us very proudly that you had join the force. You were another brother to us. Thanks my brother, for all the memories.

G. Rosalez, Captain
Federal Bureau of Prisons

November 7, 2006

I was a kid when your incident occured and my father being the police chief came home worried, one reaction I never noticed in my father. I realized something was wrong and when my father said it was you, I was appalled. Weeks past by when you departed with our faher up above and now years, but you have not been forgotten. You are now one of the few inspirations people have reflected on me to be where I am now as a police officer.

COMINV Roel Rosalez
NAS Corpus Christi, TX

March 9, 2005

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