Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Ernest J. Morse

Connecticut State Police, Connecticut

End of Watch Friday, February 13, 1953

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Reflections for Trooper Ernest J. Morse

The terrible person that killed Trooper Morse, was caught & tried for Murder and then was EXECUTED just 29 months after the Trooper's death. That is REAL JUSTICE - Not the crap we have today where the ACLU worries about the defendants rights and takes decades to get the Death Penalty done. That's what is WRONG with our justice system.....MAGA !!!

Paul J Byrnes Jr

February 13, 2019

Rest in Peace Brother. Gone but not forgotten!

TFC Leonard Widener
Connecticut State Police Troop-H

February 13, 2018

Ernest J Morse came to my grandmothers aid while trying to give birth to my father. She was in active labor and Officer Morse delivered my father on the side of the road. My grandmother named my father Ernest Morse Edwards in honor of the man who brought him into the world. It was a terrible tragedy, what happened to this man, I was greatly saddened when I was told of the officers death.

Cynthia Edwards Sumner
no relation

February 13, 2018

My Dad worked at the Milford Toll Plaza from 1943 until he was promoted to Supervisor and Special State Trooper and assigned to the newly opened West Haven Toll Station on I-95 in January 1958. My father recalled the day that Trooper Morse lost his life. Only moments before the tragic event, Ernie or Moose; as my dad called him, was chatting with him in the Toll Station. Moose loved comic books and was thumbing through one at that moment. He left and what seemed a very short time later, a call went out over the station's radio that a State Trooper was down. As one would imagine amongst the fraternity of fellow troopers, information was shared amongst themselves that the press was not privy to. One such fact which I will always remember my father telling me at the supper table while trying to hold back tears was Moose's last task which was trying to get his rosary beads from his pocket as he lay on the ground. I've carried mine with me ever since. I vaguely recall the name of Moose's assailant. Donahue. I think he was from Massachussetts and supposedly came from a respectable family. When Donahue went to the electric chair in Wethersfield a couple of years later, I remember the news report on the radio describing his last moments and what he ate for his last meal. What made the biggest impression on me was that Donahue's parents showed no mercy toward their son, maintaining that he was raised the same as his siblings and deserved the punishment for what he had done. About ten years later, while working for the Supreme Council Knights of Columbus in New Haven, I met Moose's brother Jimmy Morse on summer evening at a fast food drive in not far from where I live on the beach in West Haven. He was with John Fitzgerald and Jimmy Pisani who both worked at the Knights of Columbus as well. It was nice but more of an honor to meet Jimmy Morse and to shake his hand. Some events from our childhood leave indelible marks and Moose's sudden and premature passing did so on me. I'm now 69. It's as sad today as it was when I was 9 years old.

Johnny Howard
Son of Milford Toll Collector

June 8, 2013

They called him Moose, my father Ed Faith was his partner in the State Police. I have never forgotten my dad talking about moose.

Lynda Faith
My dad was Moose's partner

May 14, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 59th 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.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

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

February 13, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 59th 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.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

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

February 13, 2012

rest in peace and may god bless you.

Lt.J.Pease
B.P.D

February 13, 2012

Rest in Peace, Trooper Morse. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 1, 2012

God bless this man who died protecting the citizens of Connecticut. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest in peace my friend.

Anonymous

January 7, 2011

my dad knew this man. He was in USMC with him. WW2.

Anonymous

July 17, 2010

Trooper Morse,
On today, the 56th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Connecticut. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. It took another two years, but your murderer finally got the justice that he deserved.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous

February 13, 2009

RIP Trooper Morse. You paid the ultimate price to protect your fellow man. As a former CT resident I would like to say a Posthumous Thank you.

January 17, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

January 13, 2008

10-22-03, MAY GOD BLESS THIS HERO. MY BROTHER, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. REST IN PEACE.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RETIRED
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

October 22, 2003

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