Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James Kenneth Armstrong

Bensalem Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, April 15, 1975

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Police Officer James Kenneth Armstrong

I'm from the Bucks County area and never knew that Officers so close to home have fallen while on duty.

Rest easy good Sir.

Mike Jordan

February 9, 2021

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

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

August 31, 2020

I attended James Armstrong and Donna Reale’s wedding as her 4 th grade student. Please contact me , Miss Reale, as I followed you as a teacher for 35 years! I loved you as my teacher!!

Linda Selling Aceto
4th grade student

December 7, 2019

I will never forget as Mrs Armstrong was my teacher in Bensalem. Benjamin rush elementary school. It was so sad and I didn't really understand back then as I do now. I will never forget the Armstrong's. RIP and rest easy.

Donna Mirante.
Just a child.

June 15, 2019

I will never forget that day. You were a neighbor and a friend. I had never experienced My Grand-mom so solemn. I was just a child. I didn't understand back then like I do today. Your sacrifice so great. To serve and protect. You are remembered.

Michelle (Schramm) Breen
Next door Neighboor 1975

January 13, 2017

My cousin, Jimmy... you will always be remembered!

Trooper Adam C. Niedosik
Pennsylvania State Police

November 22, 2015

Your memory and sacrifice lives on with all of us that wear the badge. My thoughts and prayers are with your family on this tough day.

Ofc. Malcolm
Bensalem Township Police

April 15, 2014

38 yrs ago today, we lost a damn good cop, and friend. RIP Officer Jimmy, you are remembered and missed.

Charles Lands
Friend and son of Barbara Lands (Dispatcher 5) Bensalem PD

April 15, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 16, 2012

Hard to believe it's been 36 years. You were one of my heroes, and everytime I put on my badge and gun I knew you were my backup.

Chuck Lands
Son of Barbara Lands (Dispatcher 5)

April 15, 2011

"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

January 15, 2008

Know that today, 32 years later, and everyday you are remembered and honored for your sacrifice.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 15, 2007

The ultimate sacrifice, thank you for protecting Bensalem and its' citizens.

"In Hope there is VALOR"

Cpl. Dominic Varacallo
Warminster Township

August 3, 2006

As a former co-worker, Bensalem PD Badge 24, The memories of April 15 1975 are still very clear and very vivid. Jimmy, you are still remembered and will never be forgotten, God Speed
5/18/2006

Sgt Bill Emilius
Sarasota Fla Sheriffs Office

May 18, 2006

Jim's memory lives on thanks to those who maintain and visit this website. Like Eliot and Chris, we pass James and Robert's protraits every day when coming and leaving work. They are constant reminder of the dangers in our profession. The murders appeal for a retrial was turned down last year thanks in part to the excellent work by the Bucks County Detectives.

Director Steve Moran
Bensalem Township Police

December 30, 2005

God Bless you Officer Armstrong. You are a hero and will never be forgotten Thank you for all your work dedication and sacrifices you made to protect the citizens of Bensalem You will remain in my daily prayers. Rest in Gods Love and Peace.
respectfuly
wife and mom of LEO

December 15, 2005

ODE TO A STREET COP
by Chris McMullin
Warriors dressed in silver and blue,
morning, day, or night, they will protect you.
A hand raised, a sworn oath stated,
to be loved by some and by others hated.
To answer the call whether minor or deadly,
to a stranger in need they will always be friendly.
At times they're given the ultimate test,
uphold the oath and lay your soul to rest.
Whenever they're called, they will be there,
to friends and family it doesn't seem fair.
A sincere thanks and hand salute we raise,
to those in blue who are so truly brave.
Dedicated To Fallen Bensalem Police Officers
James K. Armstrong #32
Killed in the Line of Duty April 15, 1975
Robert A. Yezzi #51
Killed in the Line of Duty August 12, 1980

October 14, 2005

Never Fogotten

Everyday I come into work I see Officer Armstrongs picture in the hallway of the station.

He will never be forgotten

Det. Eliot Gross
Bensalem Police Department

October 9, 2005

Most of the active Bensalem Officers today never knew Ofc. Armstrong or Ofc. Yezzi. The Officers that trained us told us the stories about both of them. They will forever be remembered as heros by the Bensalem Police Dept.

Det. Chris
Bensalem PD

July 3, 2005

On behalf of the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association, I would like to express our deepest regards and sympathy to the family, friends and fellow officers of Officer James Armstrong. You gave the ultimate sacrifice. James, you may be gone, but you will NEVER be forgotten. Rest in peace blue angel and thank you for your service.

James A. Cortina

Director
Connecticut Police Work Dog Association

February 12, 2004

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.