Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police David John Lake

Ocean Grove Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, August 23, 1971

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Reflections for Chief of Police David John Lake

Rest In Peace…Chief Lake…it was an honor and privilege to know and work with you.

Det. Capt. Philip George
Ocean Grove PD/Monmouth County NJ Prosecutors Office (ret)

August 30, 2021

Chief Lake,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during WW II as a Marine Raider. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO; former Marine

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

August 23, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 23, 2020

I would like to thank all who have left a message here.... To:Stephen Lance and to Thomas Clark if your reading this I would love to hear from you. According to what was written, we are related. I can be found on face book as Gail Lake Jordan......or email [email protected] Hope to hear from you.....Gail.

Gail Lake Jordan

August 17, 2020

I’ve heard by many that you were a great man. Sorry I never got the chance to meet you.

Dave Jordan
Grandson

May 13, 2020

Rest in peace Chief of Police Lake.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 29, 2019

I was a young rookie in 1970 and had the pleasure of starting my law enforcement career under his leadership. Not until recently did I learn that Chief Lake was a proud member of the elite USMC Raiders.... it was an honor and privilege to know and work for the “Chief”

Det. Capt. Philip George
Monmouth County NJ Prosecutors Office (ret)

April 29, 2019

Chief Lake was my father's cousin. I have such fond memories of him when I was a child, he was a very nice guy. I remember the excitement of visiting his mother and family in Ocean Grove. When I take my own family to Ocean Grove, it brings back so many memories.

Stephen Lance, Commissioner
Blairstown Twp NJ Police Department, Chief Lake's Cousin.

January 18, 2019

He was my Mothers cousin. I remember as a lad visiting his parents house and seeing his picture in his Marine Corps uniform. I was so proud to have a cousin in the Marine Corps.
Never got to meet him and that was my loss. My Grand mother (Letitia Lake Reese was his fathers cousin.) Idid not hear of his death until a while ago when I was looking up members of the family..
Thomas Clark. 6865 Mellor Rd. St. Thomas On. N5P3S9

Civilian. Form
Second cousin

September 23, 2017

"For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil." ~ Romans 13:4


When a warrior dies in battle for something he believes in, before his shield and sword hit the ground, another warrior seizes the shield and sword assumes the battle. This is the journey of law enforcement.

Godspeed Chief Lake. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Cpl. Brett W. Conley #2509
New Castle County Police Dept.

May 17, 2014

Hey Dad,

I'm just thinking about you right now-----but that's not knew...
This Aug. 23 it will be 42 years-------Oh Dad how I miss you... How I wish I could see you and talk to you--hear your voice and see your smile...
WHY did that guy beat you over and over again that day?? Do you know that there are still some people that think you had a heart attack but have no idea "why"...
Things have changed so much Dad since you were here--------but never my love for my you......
xoxoxo Gail Ann

Gail Lake Jordan
daughter

July 20, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 11, 2013

Thank you Brian for the sharing the memory you have of my Dad.
It will be 41 years this Aug. 23 that Dad was died. Time really dosen't matter when you loose someone you love...

Gail Lake Jordan

April 19, 2012

I grew up in Ocean Grove, and in the fifth and sixth grades many of the boys in our class were in the safety patrol. Each of us had a safety patrol badge and, at the beginning of the year, we'd line up in the basement All Purpose Room at school and Chief Lake would do inspection.

There are many other of memories of Chief Lake. All of them good.

Everyone liked Chief Lake. He was our friend. He was a very kind and wise man, and made the world a better place for having lived.

Civilian, Brian A.
Grew up in Ocean Grove, NJ in the 1950s and 1960s.

March 17, 2012

I worked with the Chief years ago on an extradition. He couldn't have been more helpful and professional. He had a great personality and was the true image of a "Cop's Cop".

Rest in peace Brother, you will not be forgotten.

Senior Sergeant Mike Riley
New Castle County Police, Delaware

March 3, 2012

God Speed, Brother.

P.O.K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

February 18, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 12, 2007

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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 12, 2007

I remember Chief Lake from growing up in Ocean Grove. My Father served with him on the Police Force. I think of him fondly when I remember visiting the Police Station.

Peggy Fisher Sandberg

November 30, 2007

Never forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

August 23, 2007

He will never be forgotten!! I Love you.

Gail Lake Jordan
Daughter

January 29, 2007

A great teacher and mentor. You are remembered.

Captain Jim White
Ocean Grove Police Department

July 4, 2006

You were a great friend and mentor to some. Your memory will always be cherished. God bless you and your family.

Ptl. Leslie David Borges #173
Neptune Twp. PD.

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