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Deputy Sheriff John Mullen Sack

Peoria County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, October 1, 1987

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff John Mullen Sack

My name is Brian Thomas and I just want to express my condolences to the family of Det Sack. I didnt know him, but I do recall the day he was shot in the line of duty. I remember feeling very sad for him and his family, for the news releases of his character and personality was very good and positive.
Detective John Sack, may you rest in peace and I hope and pray that you are admitted into the Pearly Gates. My sincerest condolences goes out to the family.


October 26, 2018

Deputy Sack's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 10-3-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police

October 3, 2017

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

October 2, 2017

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 26, 2013

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

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

John was always a helpful and friendly fellow. He really did care about his fellow human beings, and was one of the nicest persons I ever worked with.
I think about you often, Kip.
Rest in peace, Brother.

Lieutenant Ford J. Conley
Peoria County Sheriff's Office

September 27, 2011

Deputy Sack, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

September 17, 2010

We still remember Deputy Sack. You will never be forgotten. God bless you!

Narcotics Detective K-9
Kingsland Police Department

October 3, 2009

I was in Springfield being fitted for uniforms on my first day at work when I heard of your death. I have carried your words of wisdom with me, and will until my career is over.
Thanks for our short time together

CPO Dan Sandman
Illinois Conservation Police

March 25, 2008

Even though I never knew you personally, I happened to be in Peoria when this tragic event happened. And I still remember your sacrifice and I think of you when I drive on University in the area that you gave it all. You are not forgotten. I salute you and thank you for your service.


November 26, 2007

"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

October 22, 2007

You aare remembered toight and thank you Sir for your service.

Pat Van Den Berghe

October 13, 2007

I salute you, Sir, on the 20th Anniversary of your brutal and tragic murder. May your family and friends take comfort in knowing that you will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten!

SGT, Retired

October 1, 2007

Deputy Sack,
I was 17 when my father, (Now retired LT David Burgess Peoria County Sheriff's Department), broke the news to our family of your murder.
Although I didn't know you personally, your death empacted my life and motivated me even more to becoming a police officer. God Bless you and your family and thank you for your dedication and ultimate sacrifice to help others.
Brother Officer
Andrew Burgess GPD

Officer Andrew L Burgess
Glasford PD

March 28, 2007

I think of you often Kip

Gary Walters
x partner

January 20, 2007

Although I did not personally know you, I was in your daughter Kathy's class at Peoria Notre Dame. Rest in peace.

Patrolman Derek Thomas
Eureka Police Department

August 11, 2006

Your are not forgotten, my friend. I think about you often.

US Marshals Service

May 6, 2006

Although I never knew you, our family shared the grief of your loss. My father (Retired-1965-2000, Patrolman/Detective Officer William J. Koenig Peoria Police Department)responded to you for assistance. You are not only a hero to him but to our whole family. May god bless you.

Eric Koenig
Son of Officer William J. Koenig
Peoria Police Department

Eric Koenig

May 2, 2004

I never knew you personally, but when to school with your daughter Cathy when the incident happened. God bless you and your family.

Derek Thomas
Eureka Police Dept.

March 30, 2004

Kip you will always be remebered. God Bless your family.

SSgt James Berger
Illinois Air National Guard

November 21, 2003

Kip - We still remember.......

Lt. Edward C. Meister
Peoria County Sheriff's Office

we all think of you


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