Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Ronald Michael Ryan, Jr.

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Friday, August 26, 1994

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Reflections for Police Officer Ronald Michael Ryan, Jr.

Oh Ronnie Nip Laser it still remains a close and harsh memory! Bless you all that work your life for us to be safe. My love thoughts and prayers go out to all the families! So many memories from childhood Rose Ave. days to Adult times on Rose Ave. The days of caroling on the Avenue hot cocoa waiting for us. To coming home to visit family and hoping to get a glimpse of one of the Ryan Family members to say hi and catch-up a bit. To that life changing day I was watching TV and the man on the stretcher. The boots I saw were Ronnies! I think a part of me died that day also. I thank you all for having a piece in who I and my family have become. Love you and think of you every day. In my prayers you remain.

Dana (Morrissey)Keller
Friend of Ryan Family

May 15, 2015

We will never forget you.

Christina
Saint Paul, MN

December 21, 2014

RIP brother. We all remember you, Tim and Lazer and always will. The SPPD family will always be missing a part of ourselves without you.

Pv2 Brady Johnson
U.S. ARMY

September 8, 2014

It was such a sad day 20 years ago. I remember being at the range that day. I was so proud of my friends and the great restraint they used in doing their jobs. One friend had coffee with him that morning and were close friends to Ronnie. They were an officer with another department. I remember thinking that the church was my Dads old church and it was not far from many of my relatives homes. I still pray and feel bad for everyone that was involved. I remember thinking of my Dad when hearing Ron's Dad speak and admiring his courage and what a great man, father that officer Ron Jr. had to look up to. Prayers for the family and close freinds of Ron as he is remembered and never forgotten.

Kimberly (Kim) Wood
Investigator

August 26, 2014

This was a horrifying day. I remember getting ready for work I had the news on and heard them reporting that an officer on the East Side had been shot. I went to the tv to look for Ronnie, b/c I knew he'd be there somewhere. I remember thinking, "You do not shoot cops." It wasn't until later in the day that I learned the officer I saw laying on the ground actually was Ronnie. The maniac that killed him recounted how he later stalked and murdered 2 more officers, one a K-9 who would not let the suspect go even after he'd (the officer) had been shot repeatedly. Flags were half mast for some time after the 3 officers were killed. I sobbed each time I saw one. Ronnie was a funny funny guy - absolutely full of life. I remember hearing that the priest who said the mass (Ronnie was friends with him), had commented that Ronnie would've loved all the fanfare of the funeral. He would have! I remain absolutely astounded by the professionalism and restraint our entire Police force demonstrated this awful awful day. That they did not tear the SOB to pieces is beyond me. My heart swells with pride for Ronnie, Tim, Laser and all of the police officers the world over. Thank you.

Private Citizen

November 15, 2013

Unfortunately, I was employed by SPPD at the time this happened. I cannot express how deeply it hit our community and department that not only did we lose a promising your officer such as Ronnie, but we also lost Tim Jones and K-9 Laser! It was a horrifying day for us as a "family" and much worse for Ronnie and Tim's families!! I shall never forget the "Ultimate Sacrifice" the SPPD suffered that day. R.I.P, fellow comrades!!! We love you!!

Karen Blossom, Clerk Steno II
Retiree of SPPD

August 26, 2013

RIP Ronnie. Have heard nothing but good things about you!

Anonymous

March 21, 2013

I remember this day as it was yesterday. I was only 7 at the time and the next day, was my 8th birthday(Aug 27th). i remember being excited about planning my birthday with my mom and dad that day. I remember being with my cousins at their house on Conway, the last house on the left, next to the little league field, couple yards away from where Officer Jones was gun down. I remember being told to lay down on the floor, at the time, I was very scare.....i remember the paramedic lay officer Jones on my cousin's garage pavement and they left a pair of gloves on the ground. this was almost 20 years ago. Thanks to those who have serve us and those who have pay the ultimate price. Both oversea and here on our great country.

tv

October 27, 2012

Your brothers and sisters in blue in St. Paul have not forgotten; never will.

SPPD Class of 1993-1
St. Paul Police Department

August 26, 2012

Years go by but the pain of losing you, Nip and Laser remain for all of us at SPPD. RIP Ronnie!

Sr Commander
St Paul Police (retired)

August 26, 2012

Eighteen years have passed, your performance of duty and sacrifice will be long remembered. Great heros are never forgotten.

Sergeant Paul Schanno
State of MN Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

August 20, 2012

I had numerous contacts with Ronnie as a result of my work at the time. I remember him as a great easy going guy. I spoke with him hours before his death and was woke by my wife to watch the search for the killer. Shock set in as I heard the news of Tim. I still remember the RCMP showing up at the funeral and how surreal this scene was. I think of you often my friend, I am about to enter the field of LE and do so with you on my mind and partially in your honor. You are still missed.

Anonymous

May 27, 2012

Never forgotten.

Anonymous

August 27, 2010

R.I.P. Ron, Tim & Laser - Never forgotten.

Anonymous

August 27, 2010

Love, friendship, smiles & practical jokes resulting in deep belly laughs. Fishing, beers, silly phrases & pick-up trucks. Country music, bursting out in song & Irish jigs. Memories and dreams. One regret. Family, tradition, honor. A son, husband, brother, grandson, nephew, best friend and Officer - squad 313 and so very much more. A tragic day that will be compared to others yet no true comparison shall ever exist. The ultimate sacrifice. Impact. Never forgotten. Loved you then...love you, still.

Sgt. Trish Englund
St. Paul Police Department

August 19, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 15th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

August 26, 2009

It's been 15 years yet seems like just yesterday. You were a terrif friend whom I could always count on for a positive word or a bit of humor when needed. Few knew the insite you had and were willing to learn about my disease. Thank you my dear friend for your frienship, the love you had for your family and friends, and your ultimate saccrifice. you will always be in my heart and prayers. DG

Debby Gogins
Retired St Paul PD

August 26, 2009

Rest in Peace, Brother

Patrolman
Albert Lea Police Department, MN

April 30, 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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 29, 2007

Thank you for your sacrifice.

Former MD Police Officer
Fauquier County, Virginia

August 26, 2007

I remember that day of great saddness. At the time i was young and lived in minnesota. officer ryan gave made a sacrafice and shall never be forgotten. he brings the the saying to life "it is not the badge that makes the officer, but the person and the heart behind it."

officer nathaniel marquart
plaquemine police department

April 28, 2007

I do not think a year goes by that I do not remember looking on all of those faces as we crossed the bridge with the lights and sirens behind us.

Piper Scott Alan Cameron
Minnesota Pipes and Drums

December 15, 2005

The killer was nothing short of a coward. I just happened to come across Officer Ryan's memorial page while browsing the ODMP. I will never forget what I just read here. And the citizen that tried to save him.... Something tells me they have found each other in heaven and are looking down on all of the LEO's. Rest in peace, Ron.

Michigan

September 29, 2005

To the family of Officer Ryan Jr.-

I am now the same age as your son was when he was slane. On that day, I was a police explorer with SPPD and I learned the true meaning of duty and sacrifice.

I hope that you know that us, the next generation of law enforcement officers, could only hope to be as brave and as your son.

I am truly sorry for your loss.

Officer Greg Dahlstrom
Apple Valley Police Department

April 14, 2005

ON AUG 26TH 1994 A MALE CITIZEN 48YRS OLD WITNESSED THE DEATH OF OFFICER RYAN. AS THE KILLER WAS WAS DRIVING AWAY CITIZEN SHOT AT THE SUSPECTS VEH WITH A HANDGUN FROM ACROSS THE STREET INTO THE SUSPECTS CAR TO MARK THE VEH SO THE POLICE COULD IDENTIFY THIS CAR.IN DOING SO THIS PREVENTED THE SUSPECT FROM GETTING ON THE NEARBY FREEWAY TO MAKE HIS GET AWAY. BECAUSE OF THIS ACTION THE SUSPECT DITCHED THE CAR A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE MURDER SCENE AND FLED ON FOOT.THE CITIZEN RAN TO THE FALLEN OFFICER AND ADMINISTERED FIRST AID. THE CITIZEN WAS A HIGHLY TRAINED PERSON IN THE USE OF FIRARMS AND COULD HAVE EASILY SHOT AND KILLED THE SUSPECT. THE CITIZENS DECISION NOT TO SHOOT THE SUSPECT HAUNTED HIM FOR YRS AFTER AND HAD FALLEN INTO A PERIOD OF GUILT AND DEPRESSION AND NOT ABLE TO SLEEP FOR A WEEK AFTER THE SHOOTING. AS IT TURNED OUT A SECOND OFFICER AND HIS K-9 PARTNER WERE SHOT A SHORT TIME LATER BEFORE THE KILLER WAS CAUGHT. IM SAD TO SAY THE CITIZEN PASSED AWAY FROM A HEART ATTACK IN APRIL OF 2004. ON THE 10 YR ANNIVERSERY OF THE LOSS OF OUR OFFICERS A STORY WAS PRINTED IN THE PRESS WHICH READ HERO'S DEATH ADDS SADNESS DATED AUG 26TH 2004. THE FATHER OF FALLEN OFFICER RON RYAN ATTENDED THE CITIZENS WAKE WHICH MEANT SO MUCH TO HIS FAMILY. A LETTER OF CONDOLENCE WAS SENT BY THE CHIEF OF POLICE AND A POLICE PIN WAS PINNED ON THE LAPEL OF THE CITIZENS SUIT. A RETIRED OFFICER GAVE A EULOGY OF WHAT A GREAT MEN THE CITIZEN HAD MEANT TO ALL OF US. HE WAS LAID TO REST IN THE EXACT SAME MORTUARY ROOM AS SLAIN OFFICER RON RYAN AND WAS BURIED AT THE SAME CEMETARY AS OFFICER RYAN. THE CITIZEN WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A MEMBER OF THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF FELLOW POLICE OFFICERS. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DID THAT DAY. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ALWAYS.

ANONYMOUS
ST.PAUL POLICE DEPT

February 1, 2005

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