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Police Officer Donald Bernard Kramer

Miami Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, February 25, 1984

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Reflections for Police Officer Donald Bernard Kramer

Rest in peace Sergeant Kramer. I wished that Sergeant Samuel Gam who retired from the Miami Beach Police Department would have left you and Detective Scott Rakow a reflection after all you both gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect the people of your area. Never forgotten and always saluted for valor! Olav hashalom! I have visited your grave in the Degania section of Lakeside Memorial Park.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 25, 2021

RIP; Never to be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

October 8, 2020

I remember Officer Kramer as we were having a conversation behind the bank building at approximately 3 PM , we were joking and talking about the job the next morning I got up and I found out he was shot , it was devastating , RIP, Buddy , Bobby Behar, retired CMB .

Bobby Behar,RET.Miami Beach
Miami Beach

March 15, 2020

Don Kramer and I were in BLE 52 together. I will always remember running along side of you in the pack of the pack together. Spending time with you was always a happy time. You had a heart of gold and served your community with compassion and dignity. It’s been a long 35 years since you grace this Earth, but you will never be forgotten, heroes never are. As I watch another hero’s funeral processions today (Ofc. Jordan Sheldon, Mooresville, NC PD). Another good man is taken from us. Welcome him to heaven with the other brothers and sisters in blue fallen too soon.

Police Officer Laurel L. Finnegan-Galvan
Metro Dade Police Department

May 10, 2019

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Sergeant Kramer.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 15, 2019

Don, you are missed, loved and always remembered. Great memories with many laughs and a few tears.

Steve Liberman
NYPD, Cousin

April 24, 2017

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Sergeant Kramer. Today, I visited your grave as I was attending a service for a friend. Your bravery and decency will not be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 20, 2017

Oh how I remember working in channel 2 when Officer Kramer would call in about one of his "Kramer's Kids". Always a smile, donuts and coffee for his homeless regulars before the trip to county. He always made time to visit us in communications to say hello. After all these years I can honestly say I will never forget you. Peace.

Melinda Milone
Former Communications Specialust MBPD

May 20, 2014

Don I will never forget you. Working at the county jail we used to hate to see you pull up with a paddy wagon full of homeless and drunk prisoners, but you always made us smile before you departed. You always treated your homeless prisoners with respect. And how unfair that one of them would take your life. Life is so unfair. Rest in peace brother as you sit in heaven with all the other fallen heroes. Oh but how I would love to see you pull up once again with your paddy wagon filled and your big smile brightening up the dreary jail.

Cpl Roy Ware
Miami dade county corrections retired

February 11, 2014

bernie was a friend of mine before he became a police officer he was kind and thoughtful to everyone including some town drunks. i spent a lot of time with him at the convention center wresting matches where we both worked off duty. we had a lot of laughs together. i miss him and think of him often .

jerry vanderberry
miami beach police ret.

February 4, 2014

29 years ago yesterday you were taken from us.
Gone but not forgotten.
Miss you my friend.

Retired MBPD Dispatcher

February 26, 2013

Continue to rest in peace Officer Kramer, we will never forget the sacrifice that you made for all of us.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

February 25, 2013

Anyone who may be in contact with Officer Kramer's family please have them contact us at the Miami Beach Police Department Homicide Unit. We recently were informed of an effort to released Andres Gracia Marreo the person responsible for Officer Kramer's murder. A psychologist recently deemed him competent and is of the opinion he should be released.

Thank you and we may be reached at 305-673-7945.

Sgt. I. Garcia
Miami Beach Police Department

September 13, 2012

Donald owned a TV repair shop in South Beach and was a reserve Officer. He had a passion for police work, but his wife fought with him over that. He finally, but tragically got his wish.

Cpl Joseph Ort retired
Sanford Police Dept

June 29, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion and memories in their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 25, 2012

Continue to rest in peace Officer Kramer, your sacrifice will never be forgotten...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

February 25, 2012

Thanks for your years of services.


February 25, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Kramer. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

he was a great cop and a great person. i worked the dade county jail back then. he would clean up miami beach for the weekend. all of the intake officers would say, oh,oh here comes kramer with the paddy wagon. on numerous ocasions the insane killer el loco was arrested for trespassing. little did we know that some day he would take officer kramer's life. i went to the funeral. it was beautiful. miami beach turnout and police agencies throughout the state and country. i think of him often. bless you don in heaven

sergeant alan mathews
miami dade county and rehab.

January 21, 2012

Still miss you so very much even after all these years.
Such a senseless act by a 43 (Baker Act) Mariel that took you from us.
But you loved being an officer and you were your happiest as 2139 (the Paddy Wagon).
Rest in Peace my Good Friend.
Frank & I still think of you often.

Carrie - Retired MBPD Dispatcher

February 25, 2011

Gone, but not forgotten... HEROES do live forever.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler,FL


February 25, 2011

Don, it's been 27 years since you were taken from us so violently. That day and you will never be forgot. Your memory will live on forever...

(Retired)Ofc. Vincent Aprile
Miami Beach PD

February 23, 2011

To the family Officer Kramer:
I have read the accounts of your senseless murder and cannot begin to put into words your loss to your family and community, including your fellow Miami Beach police officers. My dad he should rest in peace, was one of NYCPD finest officers for almost 40 years. I have visited your grave at Lakeside Cemetery in the Degania Section, near your fellow colleague Det.Rakow and Metro Lt. Seiden are buried. In the back section AraratII is another fallen officer Hollywood Police officer Phillip Yourman who was killed nearly 37 years ago. Sgt. Sam Gam of your department should leave a reflection for you, Det. Rakow, Lt. Seiden and Officer Yourman. Rest in peace Officer Kramer and know you will never be forgotten, I personally won"t forget.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 18, 2010



February 19, 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

October 3, 2007

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