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Detective John David Schroeder

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, November 30, 1973

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Reflections for Detective John David Schroeder

Nathaniel Williams died in prison yesterday, 11-27-2019. May he rot in Hell.

Christopher j Schroeder
grandson & Officer w/ Unified Police Dept of Greater Salt Lake

November 28, 2019

Rest in peace Detective Schroeder.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 9, 2019

Detective Schroeder worked with my grandfather Detective Bob Huntley. I never met John but my grandfather spoke of him often. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Richard Bancroft
Grandfather worked with Det. Schroeder.

August 5, 2018

I did not know John, but I was employed as a Jail Officer at the Suffolk County (Charles Street) Jail from 1973-1976. I remember quite vividly the most vial and despicable inmates I had ever encountered (Tyrell and his two accomplices) whom had killed John. Deputy Sheriff Daniel Schroeder (nephew of John and Walter Schroeder) was assigned to the prisoner transport division. Many years later I vaguely recall a newspaper article exposing Tyrell employed as a cleaner/janitor at the Massachusetts State House.
Prior to my employment at "Charles Street", I had served two years of active duty (1971-1973)in the Marines, including a deployment to Viet Nam. I immediately entered the Marine Corps Reserve and retired in 1999, attaining the rank of 1STSGT.. I mention this because just a few weeks prior to my employment, a movie was being filmed at the jail. The movie was "The Last Detail". Deputy Dan Schroeder had served in the Massachusetts National Guard and the film director needed someone to wear a set of Marine dress blues for a scene at the front gate. Dan was the only officer on duty that could fit into the dress blues and thus a star was born!
I would later serve two years as a Federal Protective Service Officer in Boston (1979-1981) and the 37 year as a Melrose Police Officer (1981-2018).

Patrolman William O'Donnell, retired
Melrose P.D.

April 21, 2018

God bless you Brother In Law. Thank you for your service, and sacrifice.

SGT John L Gulledge Ret
Escambia County Sheriff Office (FL)

November 28, 2017

Dear Richard,

My uncle Sonny (Irving J. Oser) was a partner of your Dad's. I personally clearly remember visiting them in Boston during one night of their patrol together. Uncle Sonny and your Dad let me sit behind the wheel of their squad car as Uncle Sonny took a photograph of your Dad and me in the car. My Uncle never got over his friend's passing, and I will never forget him. He's with me always. Would you like a copy of that photo of your Dad?

Warm wishes,

Jay Miller
Former Judge
Little Compton, RI
401-236-4771

Former Judge
Nephew to Det Schroeder's partner

February 7, 2017

Dad, I long to be with you. When I have troubles I always think of y ou and it consoles me. I wish you could see your grandson Eric, he looks just kike you and it makes me happy to be with him you would be proud.

Richard
Son

October 21, 2015

To my uncle Jack miss you nice to see you your grandchildren put up reflection for you.I remember Chris was born the same day of baby shower.Never forget you,Wanda Chiss,Wandy,they past to early.
Love you all your Goddaughter!
Regina Scott Myler

Regina Scott Myler
Niece and Goddaughter

November 12, 2014

Today all the men and women of the Boston Police Dept will take a moment out of their tour of duty to reflect on the day you were killed in the line of duty. Boston Police will never forget there heroes.

P.O. Robert E. Anthony
Boston Police Dept

November 30, 2013

Walter lived about 5 houses away from me, and the bank was only two blocks away,,,,! In 1967, my family called 911 cause my mum was in labor, and Walter, hearing the address, raced down to our house, and drove my mum to the hosptial in the back of a Wagon! While she was in labor with ME! and now I have 25 years in with the Boston Police!! God rest his soul.

Patrolman Christopher Long,
Boston Police Dept.

March 30, 2012

Tomorrow on 4 December 2011, I, along with my partners will be receiving The Schroeder Brothers Award for Valor, in memory and respect to both John and Walter Schroeder.

Our incident occured this year on June 14th, when we were involved in a shooting. On that date, gunshots were exchanged during a domestic violence incident, within a distance of approximately 8-10 feet of each other. As a reult, I was shot once and survived, while the shooter did not.

I am honored to be receiving the award based on the sacrifices you both have made. The award is described below;

"The Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal is the highest award given by the Department. It is awarded once a year at the Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony to an officer whose conduct in some situation is judged by the Department Awards Board to be the highest form of valor exhibited by an officer during the previous year. It is awarded to only one officer a year and is accompanied by a Letter of Commendation from the Commissioner setting forth the reasons for the award. Because this award is the highest recognition of valor which the department can make it may not be awarded every year but will be reserved for those particular acts of valor which are outstanding."

Thank you both for watching over all of us that day.

Police Officer Shawn Marando
Boston Police Department

December 3, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.


You must be so proud that your family has continued your legacy of protecting and serving. Your family has certainly paid a high price in that mission. I cannot help but to wonder how your mother survived the agony of losing two beloved sons in the line of duty. Her faith must have been very strong.

I pray for solace on this day for all those who love and miss you.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 30, 2011

Ma told me lots of stories about you and now I find myself telling your great grandchildren these same stories. I only wish that that they were hearing these words from you and Ma instead of me. Take care of Ma, Christine and Wonda and look over your son's with great care and love. Your eternally missed but never forgotten.

Grandaughter Beth Anne Schroeder Ingham

July 21, 2010

Dad, we need for you and Mom to watch over wanda during this last journey even though our hearts are breaking at the thought of our lives without her our pain is eased knowing she will be in you and Mom's loving arms once more. Please watch over us all especially Brooke and Mark untill we can all be together again. You and Mom are missed and loved every day, thank you for giving us the most wonderful gift of all LOVE OF FAMILY, Christine

christine schroeder miedema
daughter

March 13, 2009

I found this website this morning and all that I could do was remember every second and minute of that awful day and week in December. I just sat there and cried and cried.

Frannie
nephew

January 16, 2009

Thank you fr your service, sir. Your sacrifice is remembered.

Michael Cleary
Waltham, MA

February 13, 2008

Detective Shroeder,
On today, the 34th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Boston. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. It sickens me that your murderer only served 12 years and got off on a technicality but with the way the Massachusetts legal sytem is, it doesn't surprise me.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

Anonymous

November 30, 2007

Neighbor, you are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 30, 2007

Neighbor, you are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 30, 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
Sergeant
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

November 7, 2007

I know you and Ma are watching over me and Kylie right now in this difficult time in my life. I will take one day at a time and like Ma always said; everything happens for a reason. I will make it past this and will be stronger in the end. love ya, Chris and Kylie.

Deputy C. Schroeder
SLCO Sheriff, Ut

August 30, 2007

I know you and Gram are looking over mom right now while she is in surgery! Help her be strong!
Love,
Brooke xo

Brooke
Granddaughter

May 17, 2007

Just wanted to let you know I visited the Memorial in Boston on my Birthday. I read yours and Walter's name and thought of you both. I felt so proud reading your name in the granite and showed my boyfriend too. Miss you and wish I could have met you! Tell Gram I say hello and miss her tons! xoxo your granddaughter Brooke

Brooke
Granddaughter

May 3, 2007

Dad we miss you and Mom every day and carry your spirit always in our hearts. I was out visiting Chris, Tricia and your beautiful great grand daughter Kylie, one afternoon as Chris was going to work Kylie and I were at the window to wave goodbye and Chris pulled up in his patrol car, he hit the lights and siren for us and as Kylie and I were waving madly she looked up at me and with her 2 1/2 year old face so full of love and pride said "my daddy's a policeman". I knew exactly how she felt and as Chris drove off my heart was at ease knowing that you'll always be riding along with him

christine schroeder miedema
daughter

April 3, 2007

Dad, I miss you every day and always remember what a fair and fun man you were. I hope you and mom are together and help me through this tough time in my life. My children never met you but know you well. You will never be forgotten. Love you with all my heart, Wandy

Wanda Schroeder Quinn
daughter

March 11, 2007

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