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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

Detective Schroeder, it has been 50 years since you were taken from us to join your blood brother. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

November 30, 2023

Det. Schroeder,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just 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.


United States Border Patrol

November 30, 2023

Never Forgotten by the Men and women both active and retired of the Boston Police Department.

Retired Boston P.O. Robert E. Anthony Historian

November 30, 2023

Never Forgotten by the officers both active and retired of the Boston Police Department.

Retired Boston P.O. Robert E. Anthony Historian

November 30, 2022

Looking back on this form and there’s years and years of family in here. back to before i was born. grateful for this forum so i can read past families words.
Never got to meet you but my heart is forever full of love and cherish. thank you for taking care of wandy and christine. miss you all everyday.
with love always

kylie schroeder
great granddaughter

May 23, 2022

A family of amazing heroes! Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 24, 2020

I remember Officer Schroeder. I was a student at Mount St. Joseph at the time. We heard sirens at the same time his daughter Clare(also a student) was called down to the office to be notified of this tragedy.
Have never forgotten.

Mary-Jean(Conroy) Hale

August 5, 2020

I miss you dad, I remember your caring smile. I wish you could have seen your look alike grandson Eric. Miss you every day.

Richard Schroeder

June 27, 2020

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

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.


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

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.


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.



November 30, 2007

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