Sergeant John Samuel Ashley

Sergeant John Samuel Ashley

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Sunday, May 30, 2004

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John Samuel Ashley

Sergeant John Ashley suffered a fatal heart attack while chasing a dog for a short distance. The dog had run away from a little girl in the 1600 block of 30th Street, NW. After his collapsed, he was transported to George Washington University Hospital where he passed away 30 minutes later.

Sergeant Ashley had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for seven years and was assigned to the Second District.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge S-044

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Was down at the wall at 6am in June thinking of you John. I had to find your name as well as another brother from Missouri State Hwy Patrol that I worked with in a town called Sikeston. Like you and I he was another hard charger that was just as confused as us on which job was more fun, firefighting of police work. Well DC lifted the age cut of for DCFD so I took the test. Just before I thought it was only fitting to find you and Jay on the wall. Did have good times around you from the academy to all the overtime details. You were just as ate up for the job as I. Will never forget you brother!

Officer Robert Hay
3rd Dist. D.C. Police/ Sikeston DPS

July 3, 2015

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