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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

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
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!
Brooke xo


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


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

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

March 11, 2007

Pa, I think of you every day I put on my uniform and feel proud to have followed in your foot steps. Every day I strive to be the great Father, Grand Father, Officer and Citizen you were.

Never will I forget the short time we had, sitting in your patrol car on Easton St and letting me put on the bubble light, or going to Caldor to buy a real bowling ally, or the stack of kuldoonies we made that stuck together. You’re Badge and Medal of Honor sits in my living room, it inspires me every day to be Proud, Courageous and the Best Person I can be.

I wish you and Ma could have meet your Great Grand daughter Kylie, She is the sweetest, smartest and funniest person in the world, I’m sure she will cherish the stories and memories of our family as do I, for a life time to come. I know you and Ma are watching over me and my family and will guide us through life. YOU LIVE WITH ME EVERY DAY IN MY HEART AND IN MY ACTIONS AND ARE SORELY MISSED. WE LOVE YOU! Chris

Deputy Christopher John Schroeder
Salt Lake County Sheriff / Grandson

January 22, 2007

Detective Schroeder, today marks the 33rd anniversary of your murder. I’m appalled that the responsible individual was released after only 12 years, but not really surprised.

The Schroeder family is well known and respected in this area and that is not just because of the sacrifices made, but also because of how you and your brother lived your lives and did your jobs. Detective, you are a hero, NOT because of what happened to you, but because of what you did for others. I know you never truly left your family and have always been with them in spirit and in their hearts and minds.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

November 30, 2006

"You are truly blessed when you can look to the ones who came before you for inspiration"

Beati Pacifici
"Blessed are the peacemakes"

Christopher D. Schroeder

March 5, 2006

Dad, never a day goes by without you in my heart and prayers. On my office wall is a placque displaying your badge #1479. I will always remember all the things you did for me and places you took me. You should know this was an example I followed with my own children.

You were so well loved and respected by all in the neighborhood. You made us proud. I wish you could see your grandchildren and great grandson. I know you will in the resurrection. Wait in peace for us.

Richard Schroeder

March 2, 2006

On 06/29/05 RTG 42-05 remembered Detective John D. Schroeder and dedicated our training day to him.

You are not forgotten.

Boston Police Academy RTG 42-05

November 21, 2005

To the family of Detective Schroeder, my prayers are with you

April 6, 2005

Officer Schroeder God Bless you and thank you

Boston Police Department

May 19, 2004

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