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Detective John W. Schaefer, Jr.

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, May 2, 1971

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Reflections for Detective John W. Schaefer, Jr.

Det. Schaefer,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Louisville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 2, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement family. Rest in peace always.

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

May 2, 2021

Remember our times at the Cape Codder you made us all laugh with your jokes. I was in the US Army at the time of your death and was able to come to your wake.

Paul Pohler

August 23, 2017

Rest in peace Patrolman Schaefer. Your bravery won't be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 31, 2017

Never met you, but your Dad was my mother's cousin. I had met him on several occasions and he always made me laugh. To have such terrible losses in their lives, you and your sister Brenda. I am sure you are both in heaven.
I have talked about you guys several times. I am sure we ran around the funeral homes together when we were kids eating all the sugar cubes in the funeral home lounge.
We will meet in heaven some day again. thank you for your service to our City.

Pat F.
Pat F.

June 23, 2015

Dear Jack: I wish I had taken your offer of a $100.00 to name my first born after you, but who was to know that your life would be so short. You inspired me to become a police officer and I joined the Hamilton County Sheriffs Office and retired after 29 1/2 years and then 11 years with the Mount Orab Police Department as a SRO. The police memorial week made me think of you. I am retiring again on 05/29/2014. It was too bad we couldn't have shared our war stories.

Patrolman Gary W. Kelley
Mount Orab Ohio Police Department

May 21, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 41rst 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections. I am so sorry that your family suffered another devastating loss of your sister to violence.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 2, 2012

I love you uncle jack. I know I never had a chance to meet you but I look just like you. Your brother My dad mike said I remind him of you . I wish you could have seen my daughter jazmyn you would have loved are missed see u in heaven some day .love you,
Jesse Schaefer

jesse evan schaefer
he was my uncle

March 22, 2012

I saw the show today of your sister Brenda's murder and I am so sorry for your family's heartbreak. I know you and Brenda are reunited in Heaven and for your brothers, remember that vengeance is the Lord's.

Wife of DUSM

May 17, 2008



May 2, 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

October 30, 2007

God bless you John. May the citizens of Louisville never forget.

Matthew 5:9

An Ohio brother
Montgomery Co., Ohio

August 20, 2007

Its shocking to realize that more than 35 years have gone by since your death. It was such a bad period to lose you, Wilbur Hayes and Ray Olyer in such a short time period. I remember us riding together in the old 4th district when you first came on. You were a fine young man and you were well on your way to becoming a fine police officer. I still see your brother Tom on occassion and we always talk about you. You are missed. Take care, buddy.


Lieutenant Pete Dunlap
Jefferson County Police Department (Retired)

September 4, 2006

Patrolman Schaefer,
On today, the 34th annversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Louisville.


May 2, 2005

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