Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal John Lawrence Pierce

Whittier Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, May 18, 1977

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Reflections for Corporal John Lawrence Pierce

A shame! Terrible tragedy Corporal Pierce. Rest in peace. Acquitted by virtue of total judicial incompetence. From the judge on down. Total lack of dignity and respect.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 17, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 18, 2018

Corporal John Pierce will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Tom Webb, Retired
New York State Police

February 21, 2018

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 20, 2017

John was my training officer, my friend and made me laugh with his wonderful sense of humor. There are things that spark my memory of John, so his memory will always be with me. RIP...

Inv. Mary Spadoni

May 17, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 18, 2015

Cpl. Pierce,
On today, the 36th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Whittier. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

May 18, 2013

Rest in Peace, Corporal Pierce. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 23, 2012

I was a Whittier High School student when Officer Pierce died after sustaining critical injuries in the line of duty. I remember well the benefit our school had for Officer Pierce prior to hsi passing. I became a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff in 1983 and now I'm a cop in Colorado. Officer Pierce's story and service inspired me to pursue this career. He has not been forgotten.


December 26, 2011

John, I started working for the PD after your EOW, but I wished I could have known you and worked with you. You are remembered by those who did and did not have the honor of working with you. I only wish I could have been there for you on that day.

Officer ret. Jerry Heinemann
Whittier PD

August 7, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-second 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

May 18, 2009

You are a hero. In no way did you die in vain, nor will you be forgotten. We will continue doing the Lord's Work and fight for those who can't.

M. Murray
Police Officer

October 22, 2008

Dad, not a day goes by that I don't think about you. You were and still are my Hero.


June 30, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, Va

May 18, 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 6, 2007

You paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for your service and dedication. Rest in peace.
Heros are never forgotten.
The memory of a good person is a blessing- Proverb 10:7

911 Dispatcher

May 18, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

August 13, 2006

As a family friend, I was sixteen then. You had taught me how to whittle with my new pocket knife. Why I've had you on my mind for the past week, after so many years I do not know. God bless, and thank you John.

David Rizzotto

March 17, 2006



October 8, 2005

I thank you for your service and salute you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace, hero.

A grateful citizen.

September 23, 2004



October 26, 2003

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