Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff John Hall Rowe, Jr.

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, April 17, 1986

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff John Hall Rowe, Jr.

To my Wonderful Brother who was there for me good and bad times we shared so much together. It's been 30 years now and a day never goes by that I don't. Think about you. as I did follow in your foot steps I to give 20 years of being a deputy. Now I'm retired from's hard out there now our Society is gone from good to bad .I know you and mom and dad and Wanda are not hurting anymore .we love yall so much God bless for the time I had with each one of you.

Lieutenant Bryan Rowe
Brooks County Sheriff's Office

May 16, 2016

We are thinking of you today as we so often do. We love and miss you so much!

Gary and Vicki Rowe
Brother and sister-in-law

Gary Rowe

April 15, 2015

I never met Deputy John Rowe. I am quite fond of his brother and I know the hurt and horror his family faced in this tragic loss of life. God bless this family! What a travesty that his killer was released!

family friend Teresa Cason
Valdosta, Georgia

May 6, 2013

In your honor my cousin!!

Deputy Rhonda Casillas (Jenkins)
Williamson County Sheriffs Dpt.

April 19, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th 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.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 17, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Rowe. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 1, 2012

Rest in peace brother, you have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Middletown P.D. (Ohio)

April 17, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cadets of the Basic Recruit Class 333 of Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, Tallahassee, FL, thank you for your sacrifice.

Cadet Strzalkowski
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy

March 30, 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 27, 2007

When I worked for Lowndes SO I often heard about what a good deputy you were. I never met you but I do know that you made a difference. I am sorry that the SOB who ran you down got out of jail. I will never understand that one. Thank you for your sacrifice. You will not be forgotten.


August 11, 2006

you are missed. we love you and remember you every day in your children and grand child. (soon to be grandchildren.)thank you for sharing your life with us in the time that we had. thank you for the sacrifice you made through your love of family, friends, and country. i salute you.

sister in law

June 16, 2006

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

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace, hero.

December 29, 2004

God Bless your family and thank you for putting on the badge.

Res Officer Kyle Flud
Langley Police Dept.- Langley, Ok

July 20, 2004

No officer that gave his life should be without reflection……

“For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know”

I honor you


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