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Lieutenant John C. Helmick | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

Lieutenant

John C. Helmick

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Monday, February 27, 1989
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Reflections for Lieutenant John C. Helmick

 

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

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
September 24, 2015

WITH DUE RESPECT, GOD BLESS

OFFICER J. JAYNES
ARIZONA HIGHWAY PATROL
February 6, 2014

IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO WORK FOR THIS LT. HONEST, FAIR, AND CARING DESCRIBES HIM. HE MOTIVATED ME A ONE BRIEFING AND I TOOK 5 DUECES THAT B WATCH SHIFT. HE STOOD ON HIS OWN AND DID NOT RIDE ON HIS BROTHER'S SHIRT TAIL.

MOTORCYCLE OFFICER ANTHONY ( CHILECHOKER ) HERRERA # 9878 CHP A FOREVER FRIEND.
January 29, 2014

Your 20 years of services were and are continuing to be appreciated, John.

David
February 27, 2012

John, I never knew you, but certainly know of you, and you will not be forgotten. Your brother helped me more than you will ever know during the time of my husband's line-of-duty death. It was because of his experience losing you, and caring for your wife after she lost you, that he was able to give me such great advice and show such incredible caring. Your love lives on through them! Rest in peace, and give my love to all the other "angels" for me :)

Kristin Burt Cooper
Widow, CHP
October 3, 2011

Rest in peace my Brother.

Deputy S. Yates
Covinton County Sheriff's Dept. (Mississippi)
August 27, 2010

Rest in Peace, Lieutenant Helmick. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
October 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 20th 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, John.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
February 27, 2009

Thinking about ya John.. Always will !! God Bless All

DB
Calif Hwy Patrol..Ret.
February 27, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE AND DEDICATION

Van Den Berghe
MANCHESTER, NH
February 21, 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 21, 2007

Hard to believe how much time has passed, you are still close in our hearts. Gramps moved to Sac, he is getting older, and I know is ready to meet you in heaven. Mark is struggling, I know you know what he is going through, but in the end it is the kids that matter. Erica is so tall and sweet, I really enjoy her! I miss you, Uncle John.I hope you have JD, some JD, and lots of Cubans with you!

A'lyce
June 16, 2007

Uncle John, as I live my life, and watch my son grow (can you believe it?) I realize how much we miss you every day, and how much you influenced me. Spike finally retired, we all have babies, and your babies are in college. On the best and worst days, I am grateful you and Grams are watching over us. I hope there is lots of JD for you!

Love, Leecey Ann

'lycey
October 15, 2005

God Bless You LT John ..I never had the honor of meeting or working for you. But ,I did Know You vicariously through many others and I had the honor and the very sincere pleasure of working for your brother Spike in Coastal Div during his tour there as the Asst. Chief..I saw the pain in his and many others eyes the day the Patrol and your Family thought they had lost you forever..Little did any of us know at the time... The tremendous legacy of kind words, a great sense of humor and that steady hand on the tiller type of leadership you carried with you from day to day is what you left behind for your Family and Your Brothers and Sisters of the CHP to reflect on time and time again. I have know doubt that you are still doing your best to watch over California's Finest..There is no doubt that your brother Spike learned much from his brother about leadership..He is in fact The current Commissioner of the CHP...You were not lost ..Your hand never really left the tiller ! ! Rest Easy Highwayman.

Anonymous
February 27, 2004

 
 

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