Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corrections Officer James R. Souza

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, July 31, 1972

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Reflections for Corrections Officer James R. Souza

Just a correction here : Souza was a Corrections Officer and Baranowski was an Industrial Instructor. Souza was working the desk in the visiting room when the inmate's wife smuggled the guns in and was shot by the inmate after he acquired them from his wife.

CO Luke Rebelo
Massachusetts Department of Correction

August 25, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

July 31, 2020

Rest in peace Correctional Officer Souza.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 19, 2019

Officer Souza, it's now 46 years since your senseless murder. Your name lives on. It's so sad that you didn't.

God Bless, Brother and may your eternal rest continue to be peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

July 31, 2018

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I thank your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 25, 2013

I was a Correction/Sergeant at MCI-Norfolk from 1980-1986 before transferring closer to home. I was under the impression that the shooter was still at Walpole serving his life sentence.

Lt. Robert Vollmer
retired from Mass. DOC

July 31, 2012

I served at MCI-N for twenty years and not a day went by when the sacrifice of these two men was not on the officer corps collective minds. I am pleased that a facility was named after them. Were it were not necessary. God Bless You Both!

Sgt Steven a Costa
Ma DOC MCI-N (retired)

July 31, 2012


James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 31, 2012

N E V E R - F O R G O T T E N

In Loving memory of you Dad you paid the ultimate sacrifice, you were proud of who you were and what you believed in. I am proud to be your son and know you are here with us in spirit.

Love your son

James R.Souza Jr.
Son of James R. Souza

November 22, 2011

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

July 31, 2010

Corrections Officer Souza, thank you for all your efforts to keep criminals away from society while they serve their sentences. I know it's a difficult job and women and men like you are heroes for doing it.
I cannot say I take joy in the fact that the scum who killed you first killed the very woman who brought the gun to him, but I cannot lie and say I feel bad either. I do feel somewhat bad that the scum in question took his own life instead of facing the court. Then again, it’s Massachusetts; he may very well have been given a suspended sentence and freed. I guess justice was served in a sad way.
God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

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

June 16, 2010

Thank you for your bravery, duty, and ultimate sacrifice. You will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten!

SGT Mark B. Hanna, Retired
Fayetteville, AR PD

January 30, 2010

Officer Souza,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow C.O. for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Massachusetts. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.



July 31, 2008

In the line of duty, another hero pays the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in Peace.

Correction Officer Scott Boutell
Massachusetts Department of Correction (MCI-Shirley)

August 9, 2007

Your sacrafice will never be forgotten. R.I.P


October 10, 2006

Your sacrafice will never be forgotten. R.I.P


October 10, 2006



January 12, 2004

Remembering a fallen officer............ God love you..

Janice Kelley RN
Department of Correction, retired

December 19, 2003

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