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Sergeant John Hugh "Smokey" McGill

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, December 17, 1983

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Reflections for Sergeant John Hugh "Smokey" McGill

A Hero in Heaven, Always remembered and Never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

December 17, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who miss and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.
Rest In Peace

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

December 17, 2011

My Grandfather, My Hero! Smokey Mcgill is missed every minute of everyday. He is especially missed by his 10 grandchildren. I myself am honored to be his granddaughter and wish that he was with us. I would like to thank those who have kept him in their memories, and our family in their prayers. FOREVER IN MY HEART Sgt. John "Smokey" McGill.

Marykate McCourt

December 27, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 24, 2008

You will always be remembered and may you always rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

December 17, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

December 9, 2007

my dear friend john, he was a great person , who care for people that were in need of help, john love to talk to people about there problems and be there for them always, i miss john very much, god rest his soul, i miss you , theresa from phila

theresa fallen

February 8, 2007

Sarge, you are not forgotten. God bless you and your family.

P/O #5434
Phila. PD

December 17, 2006

John "Smokey" McGill was a legend in the police department and at the FOP. His sense of humor was amazing and you always knew he would be there to back you up. Smokey was a former homicide detective and patrol supervisor. He was a kind man with an infectious smile. You couldn't help but love Smokey McGill. He will be missed.

Captain Dennis P. Cullen
Philadelphia Police Department

June 20, 2006

Sgt. McGill,
On today, the 22nd anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Philadelphia.


December 17, 2005

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