Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper John Joseph Streu

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, February 20, 1971

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Reflections for Trooper John Joseph Streu

I went to Noble Twp. 8th grade school in 1958 with as we called him Johnny Joe back then.
Like Johnny I went into law enforcement in suburban Detroit MI. 1967 & retired in 1993. I named my oldest child John Joseph as I always like his name.
I have many fond memories of John, Bill Moss, Jim Buck & Stanley Grimes from just that one year that I lived in rural Logansport.
My heart aches for your sensless loss HERO!

Police officer
Royal Oak MI Police Department

January 13, 2022

Trooper Streu,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice- not just as a LEO but also for our Country when you served with the National Guard as well. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 20, 2021

Still remembering you often John. And Phillip Black. Florida Hwy. Patrol. I retired after 27yrs. 10 months as a Florida Police Officer & Pinellas County,Fla. Road Deputy May 29th, 2011. You and Phillip were with me many day & midnight shifts as I andwered calls. I was never alone. Thank You and God Bless you both. I will see you both again one day I Know.

A.M. Gus de Ibern. Retired Dunedin,Fl. Police Dept. & Retired Pinellas County Sheriffs Office. May 5th. 2020.

see above

May 11, 2020

Rest in peace Trooper Streu.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 14, 2019


Monica Zahasky

February 20, 2017

Trooper Streu,
On today, the 45th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served in the National Guard. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 21, 2016

The promise... Always honored never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

February 20, 2015

Trooper Streu, I was only 10 years old when you and Marshall Larimer were senselessly murdered in St. John, the small farming community where my grandparents raised 12 children on a farm. One of those farm kids was my father who kept an attachment to his home town and the story of the deaths was talked about at many family gatherings. I wanted to be a policeman from an early age,and your death was the first policeman's death I heard about. God rest your soul and know I have signed every petition to keep your killer in prison and never to be paroled for his actions that Saturday morning. Later in life I got to meet ISP Trooper Pete Popplewell who was also in the gunfight that morning and helped bring it to a close. His memories were relayed to me as an adult police officer and brought back those childhood memories. Thank you for your sacrifice, your life affected many people you don't even know.

Cmdr. James P. Keilman
Cedar Lake, IN Police Dept.

March 12, 2014

Trooper Streu,
Sir, even though it has been over 42 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as an LEO but for our Country as well when you served in the National Guard. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

May 9, 2013

Rest in Peace, Trooper Streu. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 13, 2013

Johnny Joe was a great friend thru my high school days. I remember his wedding well and the sadness of his death.
I think of you often and have told the story of your murder to many of the officers I've trained over the years.
RIP Trooper.

Ret.Commander Lawrence L. Benner

Ret. Commander. Lawrence L. Benner
Port Barrington Police Dept.

February 8, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst 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.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your faimly and friends for shariing their memories of you in their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 20, 2012

Sir, earlier today several dozen citizens and fellow police officers gathered at the school where you gave your life forty years ago on this very day. Your selfless dedication to your comunity and your service to law enforcment was remembered along with rememberances of Marshal Larimer.

Brother Officer

February 20, 2011

I never forget your ultimate sacrifice John.


February 20, 2011

Being 15 years old, our time together was short, but the time we had, your persona and outlook about people and life has influenced me to this day. Now 40 years later still hurts, miss you.

Les Hardin

February 2, 2011

I still remember that morning when I reported to work and learned of your loss down the road from us. I have never forgotten that day and your memory as well as that of Marshall Larimer's have stayed with me thought my life. I left the field of LE and went into insurance investiagtion, but still highly respect LE and those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Donald Hosmer
former ISP Dist 13 Communications

September 13, 2009

Trooper Streu your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 23, 2008


Van Den Berghe

February 12, 2008

john, so many years ago i still tear up remembering your ruthless death and the loss of working with you

fred conway
former isp trooper

November 1, 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

October 23, 2007

I want to thank everyone who has left a reflection! I did not get the opportunity to know my uncle for very long but to read the messages, I know what an incredible man he must have been! Thank you and God bless!

Angela Streu Brown
Niece of John Streu

July 19, 2007

I was 19 yrs old and working in ISP Communications when this occurred. I was just beginning what would be my career in law enforcement. During my 33 years with Chesterfield we have experienced the loss of three young officers in the line of duty. Each loss is harder to take than the last. May God bless Trooper Streu's family, that of the Town Marshall, and may they both know their sacrifice will forever be remembered. Rest in peace Brother's.

Lieutenant R.E. Bartley, Retired
Chesterfield County Police, Virginia

October 16, 2006

I remember vividly the october night in 1970 you conducted an investigation in Merrillville,Indiana involving me. I sat in the passenger side of your ISP patrol car as you were able to determine no police action should be taken. I expalained the civil nature of the incident to you and you carefully listened to my account and explaination and determined no crime had occurred. I told you of my wish to enter law enforcement and knew I wanted to be a cop since age 5. You told me you had just been on the road a few months and were engaged to be married the next spring or summer. You were a shining example of one of the finest State Police agencys in the country. I was devastated to learn of your murder 4-months later. I entered law enforcement in July of 1983 in Florida and am in my 23rd year of service. You as well as Phillip A. Black FHP are in my thoughts and prayers as I go through my career. I know we will meet again someday. Thank You and God Bless you for your military and law enforcement dedication. I will never forget you brother! SINCERELY,Gus

Deputy A.M.(Gus) de Ibern

March 27, 2006

Trooper Streu your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Care now. May you rest in peace brother.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept.....Clarksville, Tennessee

February 21, 2006

Our Greatest Fear
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
"Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again, I hold back a tear.
They patrol in the state, city, county and town,
in uniforms colored white, green, blue and brown.
The shape of their badges may vary,
but it’s a symbol that they all, proudly carry.
They leave for work with a kiss goodbye,
but some don’t come home, no matter how hard they try.
To uphold the law is the job that they pick,
with such high aspirations, why must some die so quick?
They leave behind loved ones, family and friends,
after their lives have met tragic ends.
Some die in crashes, others hearts not too stout,
too many have been lost when gunshots ring out.
Our Heavenly Father has called them home,
no more these dark streets do they roam.
Through trial and error they have given their best,
please Lord, now grant them eternal rest.
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
" Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again I hold back a tear.

Master Trooper Dave “Stumpy” Miller

Indiana State Police Dist 13

December 19, 2005

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