Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Jerry L. Hartless

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 31, 1988

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Reflections for Patrolman Jerry L. Hartless

So much time has passed and yet it seems like only yesterday. I smile when I think back to you and my brother sitting at our dining room table studying while you were in the academy, taking our German shepherd on runs with you, how happy you both were at graduation. We miss you Jerry. My brother most of all. Keep a watch over him please. Rest In Peace.

Kathleen Regenhardt

January 9, 2021

RIP Jerry. I was two years old when you passed, but growing up I knew of you from words from my parents. The reason for this is that your grave marker is a couple spots over from my Uncle up at Ft Rosecrans. Whenever I go to visit my uncle, I always make a stop by your grave. RIP and thank you for your bravery. Next time im in San Diego i’ll be sure to stop through and pay you another visit.

Raphael Brice
Former San Diego Resident

September 20, 2020

Rest in Paradise Jerry. I knew you before you became a police officer. I knew you when you worked at a print shop downtown. You were so creative and talented. When you decided to joint the force, I was surprised because I always thought of you as an amazingly handsome, creative man. You told me you wanted to get married and provide for your new wife. I was proud of you, You were so sensitive and compassionate. I remember bringing you the pictures for my 29 year old brother’s obituary. You handled each picture with care and put together a beautiful program for me. You comforted me. I was traumatized again when you were killed. My last memory of you was going to the hospital. I just wanted to see you. Your mother came out of the room. She put her arms around me as if I were her child and let me cry. She look at me and told me I could not see you. Through my tears I asked why? I pleaded with her and told her what a great friend you were to me, how handsome and strong you were. She told me to hold on to the beautiful memory I have of you. That is how she wanted me to remember you. I am forever grateful to your mother for that gift. You are forever young and handsome in my eyes. God Bless your family. I will remember for as long as I live.

DiAnna Toliver Educational Psychologist
A friend no and forever

June 2, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Hartless. The cowards who took your young life were heartless and heinous! Always a Golden State hero!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 13, 2020

I’m I remember like it was yesterday . Sitting in the jury chair 11. It was the longest trial ever. Six gang members each with an attorney. Deliberations took three weeks. I’ll always remember how much love for you was in the courtroom. You must have been a very special policeman. We need you now as we needed you then.

Jury forewoman, Christine

January 2, 2020

Rest in peace sir.

John C. Turner
Mobile, Al.

January 31, 2019

Tonight was the night, I knocked on your door to tell Shandee you were down. I was lost, but we made a promise, and I did my best. We were just kids. I know Jerry would appreciate this but I am getting ready for the Goruck challenge, so I made a patch that says " JLH 1988" and it will give me strength. I remember you always. You mattered, you were my friend, I miss you...

Chief Dale Cummins
SDPD 4065

January 10, 2019

I knew Jerry and thought about him today for very random reasons. I had a very important day on February 2, 1988 and the news about Jerry weighed heavily with me on that day. I got what I wanted on February 2 but my success that continues to this day as a result is and has always been linked to this incredibly sad event. One of my adopted sons is a police officer, very much cut in the same mold as Jerry, I worry about him every day because he is such a decent and honorable guy like Jerry, almost to a fault if you know what I mean, but in the current world, often disrespected for all the wrong reasons that drive me crazy at my ripe old age of 61. The world today needs people like Jerry, the lack of guys like him is probably why things just don't feel right. I hope I will see him again someday, I'm sure he will greet me with the same firm handshake and overwhelming smile.

Richard Brady, P.E., Chairman and CEO
Richard Brady & Associates

August 23, 2018

It seems like it was just yesterday that I heard the call come on the radio and knew that something had gone wrong. When we found you and your partner, I leaned over you and a tear in your eye as you looked up at me. I felt so helpless. May you continue to watch over us.

Sergeant Lawrence Cahill
San Diego Police Department

August 7, 2018

I was in High School and worked at a dry cleaners in Claremont, San Diego where I had the pleasure of meeting Officer Hartless. I remember Officer Hartless coming in to have his uniforms cleaned and pressed. He was always nice and was never without a smile on his face. He is someone that made and strong impression on me and throughout the last 30+ years I've often thought about him and who did this horrific crime. RIP Office Hartless...

Trisha Heil
Former customer service at Dry Clean 4 Less

May 19, 2018

Miss you Jerry.

Dale Cummins SDPD #4065
Friend / Southeast precinct brother

January 31, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 30th anniversary of your EOW. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 31, 2018

We lost you nearly thirty years ago but your memory still lives strong. You continue to serve as a motivator for young officers and all of us who work/worked in law enforcement. God bless you and all who serve.

J. McKinley, Lt. (ret.)
S.C.S.D.

January 8, 2018

When I heard that my brother had been shot i lashed out. I dented an ice machine while wishing it was the coward that had shot my brother. I still miss him.

Bobby Hartless Cpl USMC
brother

January 31, 2017

When I got the word my brother had been shot I lashed out at the nearest thing. I dented an ice maker at work. I only wish that had been the coward who'd shot him. I miss him.

Bobby Hartless Cpl USMC
brother

January 31, 2017

Hard to believe it's been 29 years since I got the call, that you were wounded. It didn't seem real, (still doesn't). When I got to the Hospital & realized where you'd hit, I was devastated. Still you were a fighter & you held on as long as you could & I thank you for that. I talked and somehow I knew you heard me. I love & miss you.

Danny Hartless SGT. USMC
Brother

January 9, 2017

May you rest in peace my brother. I often find myself reflecting our academy time. You will never be forgotten.

Jaime Alvarado
SDPD

August 18, 2016

Semper Fi Jerry:

It has been over 30 years since you paid the supreme sacrifice for your country and community Marine and San Diego Police Officer Hartless.

You were taken from us too soon, brother, and I recall meeting with the fellow officers at the POA building as we collectively prayed for your recovery.

Thanks so much for you service, Jerry. We will miss you.

M. Little
U. S. DOD dept 1988
San Diego, california

M. Little
U. S. Government DOD

November 2, 2015

It's been almost 30 years since you left this world. I saw your story on TV and I want your family to know that no matter how much time has passed, we never forget. "Thank you" will never be enough to tell them how sorry we are or how much we honor your sacrifice. Thank you for your continued watch over your blue family as they continue to fight the good fight.

Erin Gibson-Darrow
CSPD Wife

May 22, 2015

I was in the class just after yours. I remember all the records you set at the academy and I worked the same area you did right after you were killed. I stayed in SD for 3 more years and relocated to Bloomington IN PD. I am at the end of a 27 year career that started in SD right after I got out of the Marines as well. Rest in peace brother!!!

Semper Fi

Detective Kevin Hill
Bloomington IN

May 1, 2015

Patrolman Hartless,
Sir, as a fellow Marine I would just like to say on today, the 27th anniversary of your death thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USMC. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow Marine;LEO

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

January 31, 2015

I was researching Marines I went to Bootcamp with and seen this news. I am deeply saddened. Jerry and I went to boot in San Diego in 1982, Platoon 3072. He was a heck of a Marine. The most physically fit Marine I have ever seen. God Bless you Jerry, and Thank you for serving your country and community. Semper fi.

Thomas N. Welch (Pfc USMC)

June 29, 2014

Congratulations to you Officer Danel & Thank You for your Military & continued Service. Jerry & I were Marines as well. Stay Safe & Look Out for your fellow Officers.

Danny L. Hartless (Sgt USMC)
Brother

May 23, 2014

To the family of Officer Jerry L. Hartless,

On April 17th, 2014 I graduated the 98th Regional Academy and I am now one of the newest officers with the San Diego Police Department. I retired from the Marine Corps after 21 years on October 1st 2013. I knew for many years about the story of Officer Hartless. I was extremely honored to have received the Jerry L. Hartless spirit award from my peers and the staff at graduation. Everyday I patrol the streets of San Diego, I will carry Jerry’s’ spirit, determination and commitment to excellence everyday. As he looks down upon us from the pearly gates he is guarding he will know this.

“I shall stand tall above the competition.
 Through professional pride, integrity, and teamwork,
 I shall be the example
 for all Officers to emulate. Jerry’s spirit will live on”

Semper Fi

Officer David C. Danel
San Diego Police Department

April 22, 2014

I think about you a lot throughout the year and often reflect upon the sacrifice you made. But today, I not only think of you, but also the family and friends you left behind and how it must be especially difficult for them on this anniversary of your passing. I hope they find some solace in the fact that you are in a peaceful place and I hope they can muster a smile, or even a laugh, as they reflect back on the times they shared with you. Rest in Peace my friend...until we all see you again...

Danny McCoy
Corrections Program Coordinator
MI Dept. of Corrections

January 31, 2014

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