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Officer John R. Pasco

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, January 16, 1983

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Reflections for Officer John R. Pasco

Officer Pasco,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Air Force and TXANG as a Security Policeman. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 16, 2023

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

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

January 16, 2021

RIP Brother. You stood in harm’s way.

Captain P. M. Larkin
Galveston County Pct. 1

April 2, 2018

Remember him well. Very fit young fellow. He was next to me in formation with the Texas Air National Guard. I was with him 2 hours earlier patrolling Hensley Airfield in Grand Prairie. Never forgot him in 40 yrs. Got home that day and could not believe it. We flew to Des Moines for the grave side service. Bless this young man.

John Pearson Tsgt USAF
Fellow AF Security Police 136th TAW

December 14, 2017

Dear Officer John Pasco, #4545,

I remember the tragic day you were Killed in the Line of Duty, Sunday, January 16, 1983, as if it were yesterday. We worked the same Beat (156). I was on Field Training on 2nd Watch, and you were assigned to Beat-156 on Third Watch. At 3:30 P.M., I handed you the keys assigned to our Beat's (156) Police vehicle and you were shot and killed by the suspect less than two hours later.

I carry your LODD Remembrance Honor Coin with me every day. Thank you for the Honor of having worked with you.

Thank you for your Service and Sacrifice to our City of Dallas, the State of Texas, and our great Country, the United States of America.

May God richly bless and keep your family and loved ones close to His heart. I am thankful that you are Resting eternally In Peace in your Heavenly Home.

Sergeant of Police (Retired) (1982-2008)
Dallas Police Department, Dallas, Texas

September 12, 2017

You took the statistical "hit" for our academy class. Because of you, I am able to complete a 36 year career. Know that there will be a chair in your honor at my retirement reserved for you. You've never been forgotten. As we stood guard in your hospital room that night and the doctors told us there was nothing they could do, the memory has stayed with me and always will.

Sergeant Rod Dillon, #4535
Dallas Police Department

May 18, 2016

Officer Pasco,
On today, the 31st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USAF. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. It took another ten years but your murderer finally got the justice that he deserved.


United States Border Patrol

January 16, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th 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. He was also your brother in green so I also bid you semper fi.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect. 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 16, 2012

The last time I saw him it was just a couple months before he was killed. I was in third grade and we listend to old records and he danced with me. He held me in his arms and my legs swayed from side to side, because they only reached his knees. He brought my sister and my Christmas present early that year: An Atari gamming system and We loved it. To this day space invaders and pac man are my favorite games. He will never be forgotten. My time with him was too short, but I will always remember and love him.

Cheri Pasco-Yoder
he was my uncle

October 4, 2011

John was a handsome kind young man and the star of our football track and baseball team in Abel Iowa. I always looked up to him as a strong leader. I was reminded tonight of his service and sacrifice during Extreme Home Takeover featuring another brave officer from Dallas.

Andy Bales
High School teammate

October 18, 2009

John: I worked NW Patrol on the Third and Fourth Watch in 1983. I was an FTO. With each new rookie I trained, the first order of business on the first night we worked together, was to go to two sacred places. First, where C.O. Brewer, the first known DPD Officer killed in the line of duty was gunned down, and the second was where the latest DPD Officer died. When we arrived, I asked the rookie if they knew where we were, and why we were there. Most did not. My mission was to insure that we learned from those who went before us lessons that might help us make it home at the end of each watch. Yours was the first of ten "second stops" I made during my time in Dallas, and was particularly powerful for me. That same Sunday night in January, about two hours before you called out your foot chase, I too chased a hook on foot in West Dallas. He was a robbery suspect. He too, ran into an alley, and spun around on me. I tackled him, we wrestled, and I handcuffed him. When I stood him up, I found the cocked .357 he had in his hand when he turned. I learned of your chase when the dispatchers told us Channel 1 had an officer down. We listened, and cried as your story unfolded on the radio. There, but by the Grace of God, went I....Know that your sacrifice was not in vain and that your lessons were well learned. God bless you, and rest in peace.

S.S. Scholl #4459
Dallas Police Department '80-'86

March 21, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 5, 2008



January 6, 2008

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

October 3, 2006

Since living in DC, i have been on more than one occasion to see John's name on the wall of fallen officers.
I also attended the recent memorial service as a representative for John Pasco's family who still reside in Iowa.
Not only did John Pasco represent his country as an officer for the Dallas Police Department, he also served his country in the Air Force.

C Dyer
John Pasco's daughter

C Dyer

July 6, 2006

you called me son as well as my three older brothers!!!we lived in the same house together as a family. I know you truly loved my mother and she truly still loves you! she never got over loosing you 23yrs later still a woman who hasnt dated or married. your picture and sentimentals always on her dresser never collecting dust .you couched my bball team at a time when it was hard for the ymca to form a full league of teams becouse they simply didnt have enough was a Hero to the johnson family well befor sunday january 16 1983!!!! you are missed dearly john never a day goes by without your thoughts in our minds hearts and souls.thanks dad your son aaron james johnson

pasco's cadet

May 9, 2006

I was writing a paper for a class I'm taking called Police Culture & Ethics. The theme of the paper was "Duty, Honor, and Integrity" so I wrote about you, as an example of those principles. I'm glad we met back in the late 1970's, before you became a hero. You are remembered and missed in Iowa.


April 25, 2006

Thank you for your service and dedication. Your sacrifice will NEVER be forgotten.

"HEROs Live Forever"...

Until we meet above, God Speed....

September 1, 2005

Your sacrifice never has and never will be in vain. You will always be a hero. Rest in Peace.


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