Sergeant John E. Laughery

Sergeant John E. Laughery

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, November 24, 1992

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John E. Laughery

Sergeant John Laughery died from the AIDS virus after contracting it during a search conducted in November 1983.

He was conducting a search of a woman's car for drugs when his hand was punctured by a hypodermic needle under one of the seats. He did not find out about his condition until 1989.

Sergeant Laughery had served with the Jersey City Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 1, 1983

communicable disease

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Hey Grandpa it’s Nick, otherwise known as Nicholas, your oldest grandson. Happy holidays! It’s always good to see the family during winter break. All of your little grandkids are so cute and adorable, and they are all going to do great things and be successful in their lives. Mark and I are also doing great. Life has been pretty good for me, athletically, academically, and socially. I’ve been happy a lot lately, but I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about you and I just wish that we could’ve spent some time together. I always get sad when I think about what relationship we could’ve had, along with everyone else you could’ve shared some fun times with. I hope one day I’ll meet you and we can make up for the time we missed.



January 1, 2020

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