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Police Officer John Silinsky

Yonkers Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, September 30, 1982

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Reflections for Police Officer John Silinsky

Officer Silinsky,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 30, 2022

Rest in Peace Officer Silinsky. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with Silinsky Family and the Yonkers Police Department.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

June 15, 2022

Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 30, 2020

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Officer Silinsky. Thanks for your bravery.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 30, 2013

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer Silinsky and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

September 26, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst anniversary year 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 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 13, 2013

It seems like just yesterday we were hanging out at 10 St. Casimir laughing and joking as always. I remember you with that cigarette and the graying hair and your kindness that you showed me, as a civilian. It was because of men like you that I decided I wanted to be an officer.

You were such a hard worker and working that night, in that motel, had been such a routine for you. When word came of your death, it was shocking that such violence could happen to such a wonderful gentle and caring man. I cried because another friend had been taken away so soon.

When I got sworn in in 1989 I thought of you and of Harry Woods and what great honor you brought to our department.

Rest in peace my dear brother and this Easter Sunday, 2010 I made a trip to the Police Hall of Fame Museum in Titusville, FL and said a prayer for both you and Harry Woods at the memorial wall that bears your name.

It was a true honor to know and work with you and we will forever remember you.

Thank you.

Police Officer Maria O'Donnell (Retired)
Yonkers Police Dept. - Co-Worker

April 4, 2010



July 17, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas Brother, you are gone but never forgotten

PO William Pataky # 935
Yonkers Police Department

December 25, 2007

I grew up in New Rochelle. I was only 12 when you paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for your service!!!

Officer Leary

March 18, 2007

Thank you for you service, dedication and sacrafice. The brave actions you took that night are legendary in the Yonkers Police Department. You truly are a hero brother , God Bless You. Lest We Forget

PO William Pataky
Yonkers Police

May 19, 2006

Dear John:
You have been at rest for some time now, and I never had the honor to meet you. But brother, let me say this: I lived in Yonkers for 25 years, and was a school teacher before moving to Florida. Here, I became a member of the greatest fraternity known to man: Law Enforcement Officer. I'm in your debt, sir, as you obviously kept the streets of my hometown safe, even when I lived there.
Rest easy brother, we have the watch now. May Almighty God hold you in the palm of His hand, bless your family, and we will meet someday, in a better place. Amen.

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office

April 11, 2006

John Silinsky was my grandfather. Although he has been gone for some time now, I still remember his kindness and dedication to his job and the citizens of Yonkers. We'll never forget you, grandpa.

Adam Levi

December 15, 2005

From one Yonkers Cop to another, "Thanks Brother". Thanks for defining courage and reminding us why we became police officers. May God Bless your family, Your are not forgotten by the YPD.

PO. Brian Zerega
Yonkers PD., New york

February 9, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero. God bless.

September 30, 2004

No officer who gave his life should be without a reflection. Thank you Officer Silinsky for your valiant efforts to make this world a safer place for us. You'll never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

April 2, 2004

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