Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer James J. Schumacher, Jr.

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 13, 1981

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Reflections for Officer James J. Schumacher, Jr.

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

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

June 13, 2018

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

On patrol with Merced County Sheriff's Department, I recall initiating response to the 11-99 call when this incident first came out as "officer down" from a citizen on the CHP radio at the scene. I will never forget Officer Schumacher and the sadness of his passing. May his surviving family members be well today.

Deputy Medeiros - Ret
Merced County Sheriff's Dept.

September 2, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 15, 2015

Jim, I have never stopped thinking about you or missing you. We never got to watch one another mature; we lost one another at too young of an age.

Jack, Sr. and Jr. and I stopped by the Police Officers' Memorial in downtown Sacramento today, and left a Camilla (one of Dad's favorite flavors), next to your name. I dream about you from time to time; it's like you are right there with me.

I will see you again, sweet brother of mine.


June 14, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst anniversary year 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 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

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

November 19, 2012

Jim, you are missed. We had a great time at the academy and I will always remember your sense of humor. I worked with your brother in the Cal National Guard. He would always talk about you and as you know he also was a Highway Patrol Officer. The day I heard about your tragic accident I wa deeply sadden.We were close in badge numbers but closer in spirit....Rest in peace brother and someday we will meet again and talk about the good old times at CTCIII-69......Semper Fi Brother....You are missed.

W.M.Becze State Traffic Officer #7185
California Highway Patrol

June 12, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer Schumacher. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 21, 2007

May you rest in peace and may He bless your loved ones.

June 13, 2007

James you are not forgotten. You are a Hero to us all. God's Blessings to the loved ones who were left behind.

Sr. Trooper Keith Miller
Oregon State Police

July 14, 2004

God bless you and your family at your tragic loss. You will never be forgotten by your entire police family.


April 20, 2004

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