Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Russell G. Grower

Ontario Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, February 21, 1958

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Reflections for Detective Russell G. Grower

This is Mr Growers WW2 bomber crew page from his military service when their B-24 Liberator was shot down

Christopher A Stroup
My uncle was the pilot (Stroup) with Mr. Grower's crew from WW2

December 27, 2021

Uncle Russell, your brother Robert Grower is now with you and Jesus! I am your Niece Roberta Grower (Mahoney) One of Robert Growers daughters. My sister Valerie and I would love to get in touch with our cousins. I live in Oregon now, moved away after My dad ( your brother ) and my mom passed away in 2019. Valerie lives in S. California. God Bless you Uncle I will be 74 in December I pray soon my sister and I can get in touch with our cousins; Sandra, David and Robin email is [email protected], I do not check my spam. I am also on instagram I have a private account nevr2old.

Roberta J Mahoney

November 4, 2021

Russell Grower was my dad's best friend. I still remember the day when he came home from work unexpectedly to give mom the news. My brother and I used to play with the Grower children. A lot of things changed that day. I never saw my dad more devastated.

Robert L Christman
My dad was a former Ontario policeman.

February 7, 2021

To my great uncle Russell,
I wish I would have known you and your family. My prayer was always for to meet your family and get to know my cousins.
Wish families wouldn’t separate.
As I go through pictures with my mom of you and grandpa. I know you were a great hero. I pray your family is well...God bless your family always. Amen.

Christine (Great Niece)

December 9, 2020

My daughter, Jamie and l were invited by the Cheif of Police to come to a Memorial Service in Ontario honoring fallen officers more than 20-years.

My daughter, Jamie and l attended the Memorial Service.
It was very moving.
The department also gave us a replica of the actual bronze statue that stands in the Department. Ours was 3ft tall.

We also were assigned an officer who escorted us to the burial site and gave us a tour of the Department.

When my daddy was murdered it changed our lives in so many ways. He wasn't just a hero, he was my daddy and I loved and admired him as my daddy.

My Mother, Mary was left to raise 3-kids by herself. She became our hero because she made sure we coped with his death iun a healthy way. She sacrificed herself to raise 3-healthy children. She is my hero.

Sondra Reiner, Eldest Daughter of Russell Grower

November 21, 2019

Dad, I have found my long-lost sister I was thinking about you, came to this site and saw her comment here.
We had any reunion last weekend... We talked about you a lot. I hope you are looking down on us and smiling.. My life is wonderful and complete... Always thinking about you and your heroic life...

David Grower...Son

April 10, 2019

One day if I get to see you in another realm I will run to you with the biggest hug and a heart full of love
I got to see a picture of my brother David and you it was the most amazing gift I have ever been given in my life
maybe it was you that did all this .....
it was your way of reaching out to your kids
I love you dad and I’m proud of who you were

your daughter, Robin

Robin Laster ( Grower )

March 25, 2019

I am your son. David Grower....... I have been thinking about you a lot today and how you took me squirrel hunting. You used to put your arm on my shoulder when we walked. Missing you a lot today!

David Grower

March 23, 2019


I just found this and it saddens me it took this long just to see a photo of what you even look like. I wish I could have know you. I am now 29, just 5 years your junior before your untimely departure from this world. Thank you for your service in the Police Force and your service during the Great War. To any family members who are direct descendents of the Grower and Martin family, my name is Erik R Laster, son of Robin Laster (Daughter of Russel Grower). I have been trying to get into contact with you for many years. My cell is 760-889-5279. I would love to hear from my biological family one day.

IT2 Laster, Erik
Navy Veteran and Biological Grandson

August 9, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 60th anniversary of your EOW. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 21, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 7, 2017

I wish I was given the chance to have known you and Mary.....
and the 3 other children of yours ....
I just found this 06/10/2017
I was 7 years old when you were killed
Just want to say it's ok you & Mary gave me up for adoption.....
Thank you for your service....

Robin Laster
Baby girl Grower

June 11, 2017

R.I.P. brother , thank you for protecting the city that i live in. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Civilian Samuel Garcia

February 19, 2017

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

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012


I never got a chance to know you. I was only 3 when you were shot and killed. Still, I've missed you.
So many times I wish you were around to talk to.
I'm proud you're a hero. I just wish you didn't have to
die so soon.

Your son, Robin Grower

Robin R. Grower
Son of Russell Grower

September 2, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fifty-first 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

February 21, 2009

Today on the 50th anniversary of your death, we pause and say a prayer for you and those you left behind.
Rest in peace Detective, you are not forgotten.
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

February 21, 2008



February 12, 2008

Over 49 years have passed since your tragic murder. May your family take comfort in knowing that you will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero!

DET SGT, Retired

July 26, 2007

Having lived many years in Ontario, California, I thank you for protecting the community and salute you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.

September 16, 2004

May God bless you and your family at your tragic loss. You will never be forgotten by your police family.


April 22, 2004

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