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

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.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

In July 1982. I was 17 yrs old, left Michigan and joined the Marine Infantry. While in bootcamp no matter what we were doing, no matter how many pushups we had to do, no matter how far we had to run, no matter how many set ups we had to do, no matter what kind of test we had to take. Jerry Hartless was in the lead. He was the best at everything we did. If they rated us for everything we did, his name was at the top of our platoon. Now it is sad watching tv and seeing our friend on gangland, seeing that he was killed trying to do his job.

Jerry Scott
Monroe Michigan


January 17, 2014

To ALL of you that have posted such kind & loving sentiments, I thank you. As the 26th Anniversary approaches, I look back on what was taken from us (both family & friends) and I wonder. What would it be like today? I'm sorry that he never had the privlege of being a parent, but when I see the look on his face in a picture with his Nepfew, I know he would have been great at it. He had our Highs & Lows, but he will always be my Brother. Until we meet again, I miss him everyday.

Danny L. Hartless Sr.

January 15, 2014

Jerry, There is not a single hour that passes, that you are not in my thoughts. You were my Hero from the first time I met you in 1981. I was only eleven, you and my sister took me to the fair to see Rick Springfield in concert. I was probably a total drag to you and my sister but I felt like the luckiest kid in the world. I got to hang out with Jerry Hartless, the best athlete in Hillsdale, Michigan possibly ever! I am positive your track records still stand today in 2013. I was in your wedding to my sister and could not wait to meet my future nieces and nephews. they would have been amazing. I sometimes wonder if there was anything you were not good at?I was at all three trials and have come face to face with the men who gunned you down and were freed on some courtroom technicalities. Cowards! Everyone of them. My mind dances around when I am thinking about you not being here and what a huge loss my sister has endured. You would be so proud of her and what a huge success she has become. She still misses you. We speak of you often and still cry. I guess I hope you hear me and know that you were my brother in my heart and I miss you daily. I can't wait to see you on the other side. Much Love!

Shad Little
Brother In-Law

May 20, 2013

Dear DC Cummins,

I am not LOE. I am just a simple citizen. I saw Jerry Hartless in a documentary and was curious, so I looked up more information.

I hope that you see this and take to heart my words. While it is true that there are some who forget. None who has fallen to the ultimate sacrifice will be forgotten.

Please never lose faith. Never become bitter, for when you do. They have truly won.

Every night and day I pray. I pray for those serving abroad. I pray for those serving at home. I pray for those who run into the flames when all others run away. I pray for those who go out into the darkness when all others lock their doors. I pray for each and every kind of officer to see the end of watch and to show up at the start of their next shift for without them, we are all lost.

Not one life lost is lost in vein. Albert Pike said, "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." That could never be more true than for the ultimate sacrifices made my the hero's that choose to run when all else flee.

Ramirez, non LOE
San Diego, CA

February 1, 2013

Jerry, I miss you. It has been 25 years. A wife, two kids and a career I have honored and enjoyed, but I have never forgotten your contribution to my life.
Oh how I have wished for you and Shawn Dee to sit with me and Sharon and talk to about the stress of raising kids. It is the simple things in life I mourn the most for...
How do I explain to the young officers the sacrifice around the corner. We continue to give ourselves; whether soldiers, police or fire...but they forget. The ones we give our lives for tend to blame us, or the system, and it wants to make me bitter.
But I am not bitter because of you, and the men and women just like you, who stand in front, defend and honor your memory by being the very best this nation has to give.
We fight on Jerry, for you and those like you. I miss you my brother and I see your spirit in the young Officers who keep fighting on...

Deputy Chief Dale Cummins
Gresham Oregon PD

January 9, 2013

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