Fallen Officer Memorial
Overlooking the iconic Westcott Fountain Plaza, the College will dedicate a portion of its historic grounds to those alumni and friends in criminal justice who have been killed in the line of duty. Through this unique opportunity, the Fallen Officer Memorial, which will be located within the Eppes Memorial Garden, will pay tribute to the ever-increasing number of Florida State University law enforcement alumni who have given their lives in service to their communities.
Rogerio Rene Morales, Davie Police Department
Officer Morales was born on December 30, 1983 in Aurora, IL. He was raised in Illinois and moved to Coral Springs, FL in 1995. In 2006, he received his B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University. The next two years he spent going through training at the Police Academy and working with the Davie Police Department. Roger loved being a police officer and serving his community, as well as working out, reading, and outdoor activities.
Roger met his wife, Alejandra Ramirez in junior high school and they dated until their marriage in 2008. His family includes his wife, Alejandra; his parents, Samual and Blanca Morales; his siblings, Sergio, Samuel Jr. and his wife, Christine, and Corina; and his nephew, Samuel.
End of Watch: January 13, 2011.
Ernest Kearns Ponce de Leon, Tallahasse Police Department
A full-time officer at the department since September of 1986, Ernest had worked in the department reserves since 1981. He also had spent 10 years as a counselor, investigator and probation officer with the state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, both in Miami and Tallahassee. When he left the agency in Tallahassee in 1986 to join the police department, he had worked as a child abuse investigator, a youth counselor and a probation officer for 65 Leon County teenagers.
Officer Ernest Ponce de Leon was shot and killed while assisting another officer during a suspicious vehicle call. The occupants of the vehicle had claimed that their identification was packed in luggage in the trunk. One of the occupants was accompanied by the other officer to the trunk while Officer Ponce de Leon covered them. Suddenly two of the men pulled out handguns and opened fire, striking Officer Ponce de Leon, who was not wearing a vest, in the chest.
One of the suspects was shot and wounded by the other officer. All of the suspects were apprehended as backup officers arrived on the scene. It was learned that the suspects had escapted from the Maryland Department of Corrections a few days prior. One of the suspects was sentenced to death and the others were sentenced to lengthy prison terms.
His friends described him as a strong, lively and opinionated man who was well liked. Officer Ponce de Leon is survived by his son and daughter.
End of Watch: Friday, July 8, 1988
Lieutenant Corey Dahlem, Gainesville Police Department
Lieutenant Corey Dahlem was born in St. Petersburg. Lt. Dahlem met his wife, Sally, while attending Florida State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology in 1984. He enjoyed biking, playing guitar and attending his children’s sporting events. Lt. Dahlem was struck and killed by a drunk driver while on foot patrol during celebration ceremonies following a championship game in which the University of Florida’s basketball team won.
On October 4, 2007, the suspect entered a guilty plea of aggravated manslaughter of a law enforcement officer. A blood test showed that the suspect had a blood alcohol level of 0.271 more than three times the legal limit the night he struck Lieutenant Dahlem. On December 12, 2007, the suspect was sentenced to 10 year in prison.
Lieutenant Dahlem had served with the Gainesville Police Department for 22 years. He is missed dearly by his wife, Sally; son, Brandon; daughter, Katie; father Ted Dahlem, brother James “”Zip”” Dahlem, and sister Heather Brady and her husband Jim and sister Shawn Billings and her husband Richard, mother and father in law, James and Barbara Ragusa, brother and sister in law Michele and Gordon Muir, brother and sister in law Mark and Alisa Ragusa, and 3 nieces and 2 nephews.
End of Watch: April 4, 2007
Sergeant Daniel “Dale” Green, Tallahassee Police Department
Sergeant Green joined the Tallahassee Police Department in 1989 as a patrol officer. He served as Field Training Officer as was on the TAC Team. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1996, served as Sniper Team Leader, COPP Squad Sergeant, and K-9 Team Sergeant. At the time of his death, he was Field Training Sergeant. He was a firearms instructor, a range master, and member of the TPD Pistol Team.
Sergeant Green was responding to a home-invasion robbery when, after calling in a description of a suspicious car, he was shot four times. The suspect fled the scene but was arrested after a long chase and shootout. On September 8, 2004, the suspect was convicted of Sergeant Green’s murder. He was sentenced to life in prison on October 21, 2004.
Sergeant Green, a native of Tallahassee, served with the Tallahassee Police Department for 13 years. Dale was active in his church, and a lover of music, fishing, and camping. His family includes is wife, Deborah Green; two sons, Daniel “Ryan” Green and William Green; a daughter, Kristen Green; his parents, Daniel R. and Betty Green; a sister, Joni Brooks; and his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Norma Brown.
End of Watch: November 13, 2002
Scott Michael “Scotty” Roberson, CIA
After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Criminology, he began his career as an officer with the Atlanta Police Department and rose to the rank of detective while working undercover in the Narcotics division. His international service started with U.N. security forces in Kosovo and continued with several tours of duty in Iraq, where his duties included providing protection to high-risk officials. His most recent assignments were in support of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. Scott died under hostile fire on December 30, 2009 while serving as a CIA Security Officer in Khost, Afghanistan.
He was a patriot and a hero but more importantly, he was a friend to all who knew him. With his sly sense of humor, quick grin, and extensive knowledge of B-movie quotes and Benny Hill episodes, he charmed everyone he met. He was proud of being a cofounder of the Metro Atlanta Police Emerald Society and loved riding motorcycles with the Iron Pigs.
His greatest joy in life was his wife, Molly and he looked forward with so much happiness to the birth of their first child, Piper, in 2010. He was proud to serve his country and faced the risks head-on, often reminding us that he had “no regrets” about a life lived to the fullest.
End of Watch: December 30, 2009
Special Agent Robert John Williams, United States Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Government
Special Agent Williams, a native of Jackson, MS, was born on March 1, 1966. He earned his B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University in 1988.
Special Agent Williams was recognized for his devotion to his work and earned the admiration of his fellow officers. His memory will be cherished forever by his wife and family.
Special Agent Robert Williams was one of four agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms that was shot and killed in a raid on the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas. A two-month standoff followed the initial raid and ended when the Branch Davidians conducted a mass murder-suicide, by gunfire and fire, which resulted in the deaths of more than 80 of its members.
End of Watch: February 28, 1993