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Patrolman John Joseph Kerr

Union City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, January 14, 1990

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Reflections for Patrolman John Joseph Kerr

Rest in peace Patrolman Kerr.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 3, 2022

On this actual anniversary of your heroic death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement brethren will never forget. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

January 14, 2021

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 7, 2020



January 14, 2018

Hey Uncle John. I was up by your old house looking for bottles a couple of weeks ago. I found a brilliant blue bottle. I brought it home and cleaned it and it shone like the sun. I thought bout it and gave it to your sister, Regi. I gave it to her because it reminded me of you and I think she deserved it. Well anyway. I have to go. I love you and miss you

Samuel Melnick

September 25, 2017

Hey John, I never met you and was born in '04, long after you passed, but I have heard such great stories about you from my father, Travis. You are my super hero and my role model. Honestly, I'm even consider joining the police force because of you. I know that someday I will meet you and you can tell me stories in person. I love you and miss you Uncle John.


Samuel Melnick

September 21, 2017

My Sweet Brother,
23 years ago today the Lord took you home to be an angel and be the Peacemaker in Heaven and to watch over all of your loved ones here on Earth. Not a single day gos by when you are not in my thoughts and heart,I have the comfort of knowing you are watching over me like you always did and knowing some day I will get to see you again! I miss you so much John. I love you'
your sister


January 14, 2013

Another Christmas has passed since you have gone hard to believe!! Joni is having another baby ( third one ) it will be a little boy her and her hubby are going to name him John Parker,she is so excited. I see where one of your grandsons left a reflection on here for you, I wish you were here hn to meet all of your grandchildren, you would have been a great grandfather but God had other plans for you.We all miss you John and ove you so much.


December 27, 2012

Even though I never met you and you died 9 years before I was born I am sure you were a good guy. I have been thinking about you lately. I wish I could have ment you but I never got a chance.
With love your grandson

Robert Martin

November 19, 2012

John, just sitting here thinking about you (an every day event for me),remembering all the fun things we did as kids and the times when you lived with me and your nieces and how they are grown up now with kids of the own,life sure goes by in a flash. Love & miss you always,
your sister


September 16, 2012

I just recently found out that you were a friend of my dad's, who is a Girard officer, while discussing the line of duty death of my friend Matt Tyner.

Thank you for your sacrifice and service.

Tony Podpora
Colorado Springs Police Department

July 26, 2012

(Well John maybe if all goes okay) there has been talk about putting some type of memorial up for you :) I hope this does take place it would make your family so happy to see that your death protecting your community was at least acknowledged by the citizens that live here. We love and miss you more than words can say. They say time heals and in some ways it does but the pain of you not being here at least for me is just as great today as it was 22 yrs ago. I love and miss you so much even tho I know you are in heaven and a far better place for sure.
love your sister


May 10, 2012

Dear Brother'
so hard to believe this is the 22nd anniversary of your death, it seems like yesterday,I just want you to know how much you are still in my everyday thoughts, you are missed by so many and you touched so many people through the 5 yrs that you were a police officer. I love you John forever and always !!!!!!!!!
your sister


January 14, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd 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.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory wili always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss 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

January 14, 2012

I grew up with Officer John Kerr in Union City and then again briefly when he was hanging around Cambridge Springs. One thing about John always stood out. Honesty. When he spoke to you, you knew you were getting the honest to God's truth. I often travel through Union City on my way to Corry. I don't think any of the trips ever resulted with me not reflecting on Officer John Kerr. The days since his passing may fly by the memories those of us who knew John have, stay put in our hearts.

Jeff Parkin

November 14, 2011

Even though I was taken away from you when i was a child, you have always been in my thoughts. Yrs after your death I was informed of it. I loved and still love you. Your police officer pic hangs above my bed, and i talk to you everynight before bed. I wish you were here with me and my family. I really Need my Daddy

melisa kerr

October 26, 2011

Was sitting here having a cup of coffee just thinking about you( this is an every day thing,)but you were really in my thoughts! I miss you so, wish you were here to laugh with and talk to,Danielle's little girl wanted a fish tank for her birthday and i went to see it and it brought back memories of us going out to different fish stores and getting fish for our tanks. I love you John, your sister


May 2, 2011

It's like it was just yesterday that you were here with us.Everything I need to say to you already know.


January 13, 2011

Well Jon Son it will soon be 21 yrs another birthday, Christmas and New Year has come and gone and my heart still aches in pain with you gone not only were you my brother but my best of best friend I take great comfort in knowing that you are in heaven with Dad and Alex and that someday we will see each other again. Mom will soon be 78 yrs young slowing down a little but still fiesty. Jon i love you and miss you RIP <3


January 11, 2011

My Sweet Brother,
Jan 14th is almost here and it will be 20 yrs since you left us ( it is so hard to believe) you would be amazed with all the new electronics lol. Well deer season is here and I can just imagine you and George trying to out do each other as usual lol. We all miss you so very much our hearts just ache! Your daughter is now a woman, a wonderful wife and mother she is very special but I know you know that and that you are with her each and every day!
I can just picture you and our brother Alex and Dad up in heaven just waiting for us to be together again.
I love you and miss you so very much.
Love and kisses
your sister


December 8, 2009

Ofc. Kerr, I can see that you were loved and respected by many people. I sat and read your Daughter's entry and my heart ached for her and your family. Please know that many more of us who wear badges continue the fight in honor and respect for you. Semper Fi.

AZ Narc

September 11, 2009

I'm not sure how often this is looked at but I just found this page when I was looking through things. I'm John Kerr's daughter and I just wanted to let everyone who has written on this page know how much your words mean to me. It really is touching to know that people still remember my dad and are kind enough to write on here to show that they care. I was blessed enough to have 4 years with my daddy and even though that wasnt very long I was lucky enough to know how much I was loved by him. I only have a few vivid memories but I cherish those and think about them and my dad every day. He really was a great man and I wish he could be here today to see his two beautiful granddaughters who both have a little bit of him in them. I also wish he could have met my husband tim because I know he would have really liked him. Tim reminds me of my dad in a lot of ways; in the way he jokes around with everyone and especially in the way he loves and cares about me. My dad loved and cared about my mom in much the same way so I know Tim and I are right for eachother. Well, I tend to write a book so I will bring things to a close. Thank you again to the people who have written on here. Daddy, I love you and miss you so very much. I know you are always with me, guiding me in the right direction and watching over me and my loved ones. I want you to know that everything I strive to do in life is because of the wonderful impression you have left on me. I'll always be Daddy's girl. I love you!


July 4, 2009

John,my brother,my best friend,
In 14 days it will be 19 yrs since you left us,it seems like yesterday,but also seems like eternity!
You are a grandpa now and in May will bring another grandchild,I often wonder what you would look like and miss the smile on your face and the hugs and kisses and the I love you sis. They say it gets easier but for me it gets harder ,I think of you every day John I miss you!
I miss going fishing with you the first day of trout and the way you and George would try to out do each other during buck season. you will never be forgotten John!
Love always
your sister 12/31/08


December 31, 2008

I was at PSP Corry when Patrolman Kerr was taken from us. I remember talking to him on the midnight shift when we would be in Union City on patrol. He was a great guy. Just sending this reflection to let you know and your family know that you are not forgotten.

Corporal Pa State Police

August 16, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 24, 2008

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