John Frank NorcrossHaddon Heights Police Department, New Jersey
End of Watch: Thursday, April 20, 1995
Reflections for Patrolman John Frank Norcross
Your sacrifice if not forgotten.
Sgt Dennis D'Alessio (ret)
Westchester County Police NY
April 20, 2013
"No words can possibly speak loudly enough -- profoundly enough -- when measured against the brave sacrifice laid down for us all?'' Thank you. And you will not be forgotten.
Ret. Chief Edward C. Dobleman
Mount Ephraim Police
April 20, 2012
I worked at the bank where you were stationed on Saturdays...You were my friend and I was heartbroken when you were taken....I think of you often and hope your family has found some measure of peace
daughter of a detective
September 13, 2011
You died protecting my family and me. You made sure we got out of our house safely. None of us have ever forgotten. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
March 2, 2011
Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06
April 20, 2010
Rich spoke yesterday at COPS Training about that horrible day. Thank you for your service and watch over us down here. Know that you are missed and loved by so many and that Rich is helping so many officers and at the same time honoring you and Jack's memory. I was at your funeral as a young boy with my Mom, that memory has stuck with me. I maintain the memory of the fallen and make sure the boots know from where they have come. Rest in peace, may God hold you in his hand.
PO Bill Walsh
Voorhees Police NJ
April 9, 2010
May peace be with you and your family Officer John Norcross. And may the evil person who did this someday soon hear the good Lord say, "go to hell"
Chandler, Az PD
March 8, 2010
I never got the opportunity to meet you, but I did meet your brother Rich. I took the Warrior Mind Set class that Rich taught about the incident. I now teach the Warrior Mind Set, Surviving Violent Encounters at my agency. I show the picture of you and Rich at the beginning of every class. I can’t help getting a chuckle out of Rich’s stripped shirt, it is so 80’s.
CPL. Jimmy Smithers
Havre de Grace PD, Maryland
February 1, 2010
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th 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 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.
I am sure you are very proud of your brother and the impact he has on others who attend his seminar talks.
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 21, 2009
I was about to turn seven when Officer Norcross was killed. I remember waking up that day and being told of the events unfolding. I can't quite recall exactly when I found out about his death, but I do remember crying hysterically about it in the parking lot of my aunt's building.
John Norcross was my school's version of a D.A.R.E. officer. It may sound corny, but he was called "Officer Friendly"... I think. He must have been great with kids, because like all of my classmates, I loved him.
December 11, 2008
I had the honor of taking a class taught by your brother. He makes sure that your death is not forgotten. Rest in Peace.
Det. Tina Clouse
Hackensack Police Dept.
August 5, 2008
My thoughts are of you, your partner and all of the loved ones who have suffered this terrible loss. People just don't understand the suffering of those left behind, if they did, the individual that caused all this pain would have been put to death. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those on patrol. You have not been forgotten.
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04
April 20, 2008
REST IN PEACE IN MY BROTHER YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
Kevin T Ryan
Ex Bulington County NJ Cop And Correction Sergeant.
April 20, 2008
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.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
December 12, 2007
I remember this incident quite well when it aired on the news. May you guys always rest in peace and watch over your law enforcement brethren from above.
Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police
April 20, 2007
Thank you for looking down on your Brothers on this 12th anniversary of your EOW. My boy will soon be 12 years old, and talks about wanting to be a police officer. I took him to Washington, DC. We sat by the Wall, and touched your name etched in marble. I told him that you were a fun loving guy, who liked Camaros, and was a true hero. Please keep an eye on him from up there.
A Federal Agent
April 20, 2007
I salute you for your heroism and dedicated service to law enforcement. You are a true her and heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You will never be forgotten.
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04
January 30, 2007
I attended a seminar where your brother shared your story. The story on this website does not compare to hearing your brother speak. He painted a picture of that horrible day.It made me feel like I was there. It sounded like something you would see in a movie, not something that could actually happen. I know that you are watching over him as he shares his experience with others. Your entire family should be so proud of his courage to stand up and speak over and over,reliving this tragedy so he can help fellow officers that could be faced with the same. While I sit on the other side of the radio, I am still affected by all this. My department had a loss little over a year ago, Deputy Brandy Winfield. He was also a friend and very much missed. As your brother spoke about, things like this affect not just the officers but the entire department and community. He showed us the memorial set up for you and Jack McLaughlin in Haddon Heights. It shows that you will never be forgotten. I was truly touched by this story and your brothers courage to stay strong. He has not let tragedy take him down. You and Jack will live on forever through your brother. Thank you Richard. I have never felt honored to attend a seminar as I did the other day. You are a hero in my eyes. God Bless you and your family.
Rest in Peace Officer Norcross.
Dispatcher Monica Gruber
Marion County Sheriff's Office,Marion Ohio
January 26, 2006
I will never forget your sacrifice you made to fellow police officers.. I attended training today "Officer Down-Critical incidents" and learned about the incident that took your life! After today I will neve forget you.. You fought the fight and now walk a beat in heaven! God bless your agency and family REST IN PEACE BROTHER!
you should be very proud of your brother and the teaching he does throughtout the country in your memory!
Officer Jim Gilbert
Columbus Div of Police OHIO
January 24, 2006
PATROLMAN NORCROSS, YOU REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND. I SALUTE YOU! YOU DID NOT LOSE YOUR LIFE, YOU GAVE IT IN SERVICE TO OTHERS. A TRUE HERO INDEED.
TODAY I READ IN THE PAPER HOW YOUR KILLER WAS NAMED INMATE OF THE MONTH IN THE PRISON WHERE THIS COP KILLER IS HELD. WHAT AN OUTRAGE!!! HOW OUR DEPT OF CORRECTIONS CAN "HONOR" AN INMATE, MUCH LESS A COP KILLER, IS FAR BEYOND ME.
IN HONOR OF ALL PEACE OFFICERS KILLED BY THESE ANIMALS, I WILL BE ONE OF THE CITIZENS OF NEW JERSEY WHO EXPRESS MY OUTRAGE TO THE DOC AND THE STATE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE HERO.
A FRIEND TO ALL PEACE OFFICERS
October 29, 2005
At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.
Today, April 20, 2005 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Patrolman John Frank Norcross and Investigator John D. McLaughlin who died in the line of duty on this date ten years ago.
When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.
Patrolman Norcross and Investigator McLaughlin's sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC
April 20, 2005
It has been 10 years today. I still remember this day like it was yesterday. I honor you. My heart goes out to you, your family, and fellow officers. God bless.
Daughter of a Sgt
April 20, 2005
I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.
April 12, 2005
My brothers and sisters here in Gastonia were touched when hearing of you leaving. We are glad to know we have someone else keeping watch over us. To your family, though we have never met you, we pray for your health and safety. We are saddened by your loss.
Sergeant Jeff Clark
Gastonia Police N.C.
January 5, 2005
Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Officer Norcross.
Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.
May 24, 2004
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