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Police Officer Dawn Suzanne Erickson

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, December 24, 1995

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Reflections for Police Officer Dawn Suzanne Erickson

Officer Erickson,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Houston. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 24, 2020

Another Christmas Eve has come and we all still think about you, Dawn. Its horrible to think you have been gone longer than you blessed us.

Chief Charlie Vazquez
HPD Class #160 classmate

December 24, 2020

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)

September 7, 2020

I think of you, my classmate and my friend, often - but especially on this day, every year - and I weep. You are loved and missed, Dawn.

A classmate
HPD Class 160

December 24, 2019

It's been 24 years today. It's still as real, and in some ways, just as surreal, as it was December 24, 1995. Class 160 misses you.

A classmate

December 24, 2019

Feelings of admiration are mutual. Bravery and honesty are a derivative of integrity and dignity. Your fights over violence, Officer Cook, helped Dade County to overcome adversity and it will be forever tragic your life was ended by a callous and senseless man who looked to destroy society. Your humble resolve and actions factored into why our community, yours too, Officer Cook, is a little bit safer though less since your humane and heroic actions of devotion and reliability. Conviction, commitment to morals and scruples and your outstanding character helped to somewhat diffuse a dynamically perilous situation. A Godsend who brought assurance and hope to humanity what was enriched by your undying deeds of civility. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 4, 2019

Rest In Peace Dawn. I miss your beautiful smile and warm heart. It was a blessing to have known you during my career. God Speed.

Officer Medeiros
DHS/ Friend

October 20, 2018

Rest In Peace Sister. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 24, 2017

Said a prayer for this family tonight.

N/A Joe Jaynes
Civilian, Texas

December 24, 2015

Its been 19 years, Dawn, and it seem like yesterday. We miss you. You have kept a lot of safe over the years. RIP

AC Vazquez

December 24, 2014

I had the privilege of meeting Officer Erickson's father today. You are deeply missed and he is proud of you. You are not forgotten.

Nightshfit patrol

March 19, 2014

I can't imagine the pain her family felt on that Christmas. Bless her for taking a career where the inherent dangers claimed her at such a young age and just into her chosen vocation.

Sgt. J Parker

December 25, 2013

Police officers...“These people choose to leave the safety and security of their homes and families, and they risk everything to keep everyone safe.”

I think of you every Christmas Eve, ever since that night, when I heard the news as I was driving home from my shift. I cried most of the way home. It still brings tears to my eyes. Gone so young and way too early, so many lost years and unfulfilled dreams.

God bless you.

N Conrad

December 25, 2013

Heroes live forever, Officer Erickson, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Houston and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

December 24, 2013

During Dawns probation period we served 10H70 Nights together. I was able to spend many shifts with her. She was a professional in every sense of the word. Young and full of vitality she had so much to offer the community. To this day, I often think of how unique she was. She was a fine example of a Houston Police Officer. I know that she made her parents proud. Dawn Rest in peace. May the memory of you never be lost in our community.

Officer Rodney Bryant
Houston Police Department

January 26, 2013

Rest in peace, Officer Erickson. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Houston and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

December 24, 2012

I drove past the Police Memorial today and thought of you. Just wanted to let you know. We still miss you.

Houston PD

February 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 16th 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 who was murdered in the 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I am so sorry your were robbed of your life at such a young age. I share your parents' anquish in losing a beloved child which surely has to be life's greatest sorrow.

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

December 25, 2011

Hearing the words officer down come over the radio is every officers worst nightmare, it has been 16 years when those words were said for you and still we remember. To your famliy I know that nothing I say can erase the pain you feel, I do hope and prey though that God will remind you of the happy memories of the loved and lost and I can not imagine the pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. To you Dawn I say even though I was only six on that night I am now following in your foot steps in law enforcement. REST IN PEACE SISTER WE GOT IT FROM HERE.

LEO in training

December 24, 2011

Rest in peace, Officer Erickson. You're not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

December 24, 2011

Thinking and missing you this week and every day...


December 22, 2010

I can't believe its been 14 years...I will never forget all the memories we shared together as best friends in high school. I never imagined you would so tragically be taken away. I often think about what it would be like if you were still here today...those are only good dreams but I know you are looking down on us with a smile..."One Sweet Day" my friend "One Sweet Day."



December 6, 2009

I saw Dawn for the first time shortly before she died. I was 14 at the time and attended the Christmas Eve service that Dawn was directing traffic for. I remember thinking that she was so beautiful and she looked like she she be going to a party later because she had flawless make-up and hair. We came out of service just after the accident happened and my mom, who worked at the church, told me to run back in the the sanctuary and yell for a doctor. We watched the news when we got home and were so sad to learn that Dawn had passed. All these years I have remember her name and wished I could go back and tell her how beautiful she looked that night. I hope that with this message one of her family members will see it and be reminded just how many anonymous people she brought a smile to.


July 25, 2009

I remember meeting Dawn and her family when i was around 9 years old. they were my neighbors in harlingen, texas. we were the same age and went to the same elementary school and jr high. Her smile is everlasting and her memory will always be remembered. to her family i am so sorry for your loss. i love you and want you to know you were such a great influence in my life. i love you nicki, you were like my little sister and of course chris. deanna and stephanie were like the big sisters i never had.

love you always,
michelle alvarado

michelle alvarado

May 2, 2009

Dawn, tonight is Christmas Eve which we cellibrate the birth of Christ but tonight you family is thinking of the last time they saw, talked with you, laughed with you. May God bless you family.


December 24, 2008

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