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Detective Sherman C. Griffiths | Boston Police Department, Massachusetts Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

Detective

Sherman C. Griffiths

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Thursday, February 18, 1988
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Reflections for Detective Sherman C. Griffiths

 

I'll always remember Sherm, we served in the 26th MP Co. together. He was always a great guy to be around, kept us all laughing with his stories and quick wit. I think of him often, my father was also a Boston Police Officer, so there is a special place in my heart for the BPD. My heart goes out to his family, .... Sherm will be remembered by his friends forever !

PFC Ronald Giannusa
26th Military Police Company
May 25, 2012

Sherman you are not forgotten by the men and women of the Boston Police Dept. Next year will mark 25 years a hero sign will be unveiled that very same day. Rest in peace your work on earth is over you now walk a beat in heaven.

P.O. Robert Anthony
Boston Police Dept chronologist
March 25, 2012

Sherm,
24 years... NEVER FORGOTTEN!!
I now wear your Badge Detective 567
You are with me every day.
Love
Jimmy

Detective James Coyne
Boston Police Dept
February 17, 2012

Sherma, you died under unfortunate circumstances!! Your'e legacy lives on in the tour of duties that your brothers (Brian, Billy, Tommy, Jimmy, Kevin, Dennis) carry on in your name!!! Forever remembered....always missed!!!

Hk771
Fellow Officer
February 10, 2012

Sherman,

I remember the day we lost you like it was yesterday. A vivid day I will never forget....

I was 10 years old at the time. I'd seen you just days before. I remember stopping by your house in Milton with my dad, standing in your driveway on a cold winter day. Snow on the ground. You and my dad talking. You being a goofball, throwing snowballs at the window of your car, as your young girls sat inside and giggled. That's my last and largest memory of you: being a goofball, a dad. Smiling and sharing love with your friends and family. That memory is symbolic of who I remember you being. Someone who was fun, full of love, laughter and smiles. A red headed Santa…..a kind, good man.


That February night, we had just come home from the Disney Ice Capades. I remember my mother taking that awful phone call, her handing the phone to my dad- and the air leaving the room. That moment, that night, the days following and the memory of it today....it's all like some out of body experience. I remember seeing that picture of you- the one right on this memorial page- all over the news the next day and days to come. It was all so surreal, and hard for me as a young boy to fathom. Easily the most traumatizing event of my childhood, one of the most horrible times in my life. I remember taking the memorial book from your funeral to school for show and tell, showing your picture, talking about you and what had happened. I felt sad, confused, angry...angry that it happened and angry that none of the other kids understood or knew how I felt.


But I do not write here not to morbidly reflect. I write to pay tribute to you for the great guy I remember you as. I remember that big red beard and that crazy smile. I remember many great times at your house- parties and cookouts galore! It was always a blast to be with you and your family. You all were wonderful people, and great hosts. There was a lot of love and good energy in that house, I remember. I will not say names here out of respect for privacy, but I hope the three ladies who comprised your family are all doing well today- your wife and wonderful girls. They are all in my thoughts and prayers, and they have been over the years- as have you.
My father loved you so much. You guys were the best of friends. One night, shortly after you died, I could not sleep. I came downstairs, where I found my father on the couch, alone in the dark. He covered it up, and it was dark, but I could see he was sad and had been crying....and I did not have say a word or ask anything to know it was over you. To this day, that is the only time I have ever seen tears upon my father's face. I remember reading my dad's recollection of you in a newspaper. He spoke of your big heart , of how you were “larger than life”, and he said you had "a hearty guffaw”. That phrase stayed with me because it was so descriptive. It was also out of character for my dad- he was never one to wax poetic or use big words like "guffaw"! Haha.

He loved you greatly, Sherman. You were and probably remain his best friend- I don't know that he has ever had a friend like you since. My dad doesn't talk too much about many his feelings in general, but many family members have told me how much he loved, respected and revered you. My nana used to talk about you, as well as the friendship between my dad and you: “That man could do no wrong in your father’s eyes”, was one phrase she would say.
Sherman, I am glad to have known you. You will always be remembered by me and my family, and you will always have a place in my heart. I will never forget you, your family, or the day we lost you. I know I can speak for my dad and say the same for him, so I am. Thank you for the good times, for the hospitality, for the goofiness- for all the memories.

And thank you for your service as a Boston Police Officer. God bless all those who serve and protect the public, including your brothers. God bless you and all those who have served, protected and lost their lives in the line of duty.

Rest in peace Sherman....

With love and respect,

-Patrick Mawn.

son of Kevin Mawn.

Patrick Mawn
Friend- on behalf of the Mawn family
October 2, 2011

Rarely do these memorial pages make me chuckle but that picture....lol. Obviously a man with a good sense of humour.

You are not forgotten today Detective. Thank you for your service.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada
February 18, 2011

Hi Sherman:
I found this site about a month ago and the first thing I Bobby Staunton calling me at 10:55pm that night to tell me that you had been shot and it was going to be the lead story that night on the news. How Carol and I sat there and watched it and we prayed for you and Dee and the girls that night. Sleep, that was impossible. I walked the floor all night, I wanted to do something, but I knew there was nothing I could do except pray and trust in GOD that whatever happened that it was going to be GOD'S will !The next day after you died, I was uncontrollable. I was in work, and they finally let me go home and the only thing I wanted to do was be with the guys that we grew up with, to me that was the only thing that could ease my pain. Most of the guys went over your house to be with Dee and your family. It was the only place that most of us could find any peace. What the Hell we all grew up in that house when Teddy and Jimmy family owned it, maybe that is what gave us some peace, all the good times we hafor d in the cellar watching the Bruins, we shared a lot of laughs and a lot of tears the next couple of days. The Funeral was a huge tribute to you and the Boston Police, you deserved all the honors and tributes, Sherm you died doing what you loved to do, and that was to be a Boston Cop. I have one request for you now that you are an angel, my daughter is getting married in Sept. and low and behold she is marrying a Boston Police office of which I am very proud. My one request is that you watch over John and keep him safe and free from harm, from one friend to another I know you will do that for me ! Well Sherm I have to go, you be good and say hi to Bud and Dot for me! May the Peace of Christ take care of you and may you rest in Peace. GOD Bless you and God Bless the Boston Police !

Anonymous
January 29, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd 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.

Rest In Peace. I am sure you are proud that so many family members continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
February 18, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd 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.

Rest In Peace. I am sure you are proud that so many family members continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
February 18, 2010

1988 seems like a long time ago, but it really wasn't. Though you've been gone from this existance for a few years now, you're still remembered and the pain continues for all those who knew and loved you best.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
February 18, 2010

Sherman was my uncle. I will NEVER forget him! I honestly can not say enough how much of a great guy he was! He was the best! He would do anything for anyone! He was always right there to help! Yes I was only 8 yrs old when he died but he is never forgotten. I will never forget when we camping. I always had an aunt Marlene Orlandi that was a Boston Police Sergaent who died of natural causes and they both made me want to be a police officer. I have now been a dispatcher for Milton Police for 7 years. I think I am going to stick with dispatching. I truely love what I do! I always have the radio on scan listening to Boston Police thinking of Uncle Sherman and making sure my father and four uncles (Shermans brothers) are safe! Uncle Sherman is truely my HERO! He was fighting the streets of Weymouth (where I currently live) and Boston of crime and hate so that the rest of us could have a better life growing up. He lost his life doing what he loved! I will never forget the day my father came over to tell us he had died and when I saw it on the news. I have been to the Washington Memorial once and can not waite to go back to see his name there again! Sherman will never be forgotten! He is always loved and missed!
R.I.P. UNCLE SHERMAN!!!

Dispatcher Kimberly Griffiths
Milton Pd/niece
January 27, 2009

I knew Sherman quite well from West Roxbury District court. He was studying Spanish and so when I had him on the witness stand I would ask him about his bilingual abilities and we would have a private laugh. He was one heck of a guy, I can tell you. You would never meet a nicer person. On the way to court on the day of his death, the newscaster broadcast the story of the shooting, saying that a Drug Control Unit officer had been shot. I said out loud, Please, don't let it be Sherm. And a few seconds later the same announcer confirmed that it was. I was driving on a bridge en route to court and I could not believe it. I will never forget him. It has been years now, but the memory of Sherman Griffiths is alive and well.

Crim trial atty Davis C Bruce
March 7, 2008

Sherm,
20 long years....
"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example."
-- Benjamin Disraeli
You are not forgotten and deeply missed.
Jimmy

PO James Coyne
Brother
February 18, 2008

Det. Griffiths,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the city of Boston. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

Anonymous
February 18, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND SERVICE, YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE. AS ALWAYS THIS WRITER HATES IT WHEN JUSTICE IS NOT SERVED ON BEHALF OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. GOD BLESS YOU SIR AND ALL THOSE THAT LOVE YOU

Van Den Berghe
MANCHESTER, NH
February 11, 2008

"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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
November 7, 2007

You were always a big warm hearted bear of a cop, I enjoyed knowing you and working around you. God Bless you.

Sgt Dave Allen
BPD
July 22, 2007

The gentle giant, thoughtful and caring but strong and professional, a good friend, I miss you. Whenever I go camping I remember the great site you told me about. Until we meet again.

Officer Bridget Kaskeski
Boston Police
April 14, 2007

Sherm,

Thinking of you today. I can't believe 19 years have passed. The girls are doing great. You would be so proud of them as they have grown into beautiful young ladies.
Thanks for keeping an eye on me. You are never more than a thought away.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..
Take care Sherm.
Love,
Jimmy

PO James Coyne
Brother
February 18, 2007

Rest in Peace.

Federal Agent
Department of Justice
January 3, 2006

On 06/15/05 RTG 42-05 remembered Detective Sherman C. Griffiths and dedicated our training day to him.

You are not forgotten.

Boston Police Academy RTG 42-05
BPD
November 21, 2005

God bless you for your service and dedication. Your heroic and dedicated service is a great inspiration for the rest of us.

Ptlm. William Reigle
South Londonderry Twp. PD
August 5, 2005

I thank you for your dedication to duty and salute you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.


September 21, 2004

You paid the ultimate price to help make this world a better place to live in,You are a hero.
REST IN PEACE

TMP
May 16, 2004

 
 

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