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Sergeant John E. Laughery | Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

Sergeant

John E. Laughery

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 24, 1992

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 11/1/1983

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Sergeant Laughery died from the AIDS virus after contracting it during a search conducted in November 1983. He was conducting a search of a woman's car for drugs when his hand was punctured by a hypodermic needle under one of the seats. He did not find out about his condition until 1989.

Sergeant Laughery had been with the Jersey City Police Department for 18 years and was survived by his wife and four children.

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We still miss you! I don't make it to your grave as much as much as I would like, but you know I think about you at least a few times each day. I hope that we have all made you proud in some way. I Love you!!

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November 24, 2016

 

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