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Trooper First Class John Edward Sawa

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, March 10, 1987

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Reflections for Trooper First Class John Edward Sawa

Rest in peace Trooper First Class Sawa.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 25, 2021

On this actual anniversary of your untimely death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your service and sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement family.

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

March 10, 2021

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

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

August 3, 2020

Rest easy Uncle. I'm going to be growing the blue line soon. Beware of I'll of us you speak, because we are all that stands between the monsters and the weak. Matthew 5:9

Future officer Taylor Horchar

March 15, 2016

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th 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 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
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 10, 2012

God bless you rest in peace. Thinking and remembering you today


March 10, 2012

I know you watch over your son Jon and are very proud of him. He is a great Tooper and was a fun partner to run the streets of Harford County with. He misses you and is doing well.

First Sergeant Mark Rivera
Maryland State Police

March 11, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends as another year passes. May they know that you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 10, 2010



March 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 18, 2008

Thank you for your service to the state of Maryland and to Harford County. I've had the pleasure of serving with your son who has made a fine Maryland State Trooper. Rest In Peace.

Cpl. Donald Gividen
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Cpl. Donald Gividen
Harford County Sheriff's Office

March 26, 2007

Rest in peace TFC Sawa. God bless you & your family.

Maryland Resident

March 10, 2007

Twenty years ago today we lost you far too young serving the people of Maryland. Know that you will never be forgotten and always rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

March 10, 2007

God bless you and your family. You are not forgotten.

St. Louis City Police

July 11, 2005

Thank you

December 25, 2004

God bless you and your family at your tragic loss. You will never be forgotten by your police brothers and sisters.

St. Louis City Police

September 18, 2004

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