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Police Officer John Frederick Passer

Clearwater Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, July 12, 1970

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Reflections for Police Officer John Frederick Passer

Thank you for service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 12, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Passer.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 16, 2019

Your memory has been in our family for as long as I can remember. Although we never got to meet your photos and stories are always there. Your parents were the biggest part of my life and I'm so glad that you have been reunited. Proud to say you are my grandfather. Rest in peace.


March 14, 2019

The Promise: Always Honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

July 12, 2015

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero... Continue to rest in peace Officer Passer.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

July 12, 2013

you are so loved.. so missed, i think of you everytime i pass the scene when you were struck .. i feel deep in my heart i know for your life i have mine... and i feel you have touched the lives of so many and it brings tears to know how well you are remembered by all so many years later.. in my heart , mind and soul.. you will forever be here... love you

christina atkinson

September 6, 2012

We will never forget the sacrifice that you and your family made for all of us, you sir are a hero.... Continue to rest in peace Officer Passer.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

July 12, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Passer. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 9, 2012

I have never had the honor of meeting this man whom is my grandfather because he unfortunately passed away long before my time. I have heard many stories about him and although he is no longer among us, he will never be forgotten. My mother is very proud of him and has never let his memory fade. I know he was an amazing officer and father. Always in our hearts <3

brittany mcnelly
grandaughter to fallen officer John Frederick Passer

June 22, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 12, 2010

We all received the email today reminding us of your sacrifice to the citizens of this city. Your sacrifice is not forgotten. Rest easy...we've got your watch now.

Team I - Days West Clearwater PD
Clearwater Police Dept

July 12, 2010

(February 1, 1946 - July 12, 1970)

Patrolman John F. Passer, a native of Utica, New York, was born February 1, 1946, and moved to Pinellas County from Richmond, Va., in 1961. He joined CPD on February 8, 1967.

Patrolman Passer was twice decorated for his heroism: once for rescuing a woman from a burning house, and again when he rescued a woman from a submerged car.

In August 1968, Patrolman Passer began duty as a Motorcycle Officer. Not quite two years later, on July 12, 1970, Patrolman Passer - astride his '69 Harley Davidson Police Motor - was conducting a traffic stop at South Greenwood Avenue and Lotus Path. He pulled alongside a violator's vehicle to motion the driver to pull over when the car turned left, knocking him from his motorcycle.

Patrolman Passer died later that day; he was 24 years old. He was survived by his parents, his wife and two daughters, and buried at Sylvan Abbey.

Officer Passer, the officers of CPD are thinking of you and your family - RIP Brother

Clearwater PD

July 13, 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

December 10, 2007

You are remembered today by your brothers and sisters at CPD. RIP Officer Passer, you are not forgotten.

Clearwater PD

July 12, 2007

May you Rest in Peace and may Our Lord give your loved ones many Blessings.

July 12, 2006

So many years and yet you are remembered.

Master Trooper
Virginia State Police

December 16, 2005

Just thinking of you today, many years later. You have not been forgotten my brother. RIP 12/27/2004

Clearwater PD

December 27, 2004

Your family must be awfully proud of your service. I know your brothers and sisters around the world are. God Rest Your Soul in His Special Place for those who give their lives in service of others.

Sgt. Bill Richardson
Anchorage, Alaska PD

September 8, 2004

Rest in peace motorman.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

April 27, 2004

As it has become my habit, I read the ODMP every day and I am reading about you today. Your age, your service and the cause of your death--is like what just happened to my beloved son--he was 24, had 2 years of service and was killed in a vehicle pursuit. Just want you to know that you have not been forgotten--thanks to the ODMP. You are a hero and may you be resting in peace.

Rosa Waters
Mother of Michael Waters
EOW: September 11, 2003

December 10, 2003

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