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Police Officer John P. Sullivan, Sr.

Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, February 2, 1940

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Reflections for Police Officer John P. Sullivan, Sr.

I am a 94 year old USAF veteran who was born and raised in Springfield. Today I was sharing with fellow residents here at the Good Samaritan Retirement home (Las Cruces NM), my recollection of Mr. Sullivan.
I was prompted to write an article about this man who was perhaps one of the most beloved policemen in our city.
Just on impulse, when I returned to my apartment, I typed in his name on the internet and found that he had ended his watch shortly after I graduated from Technical High School. I was saddened to learn how it happened.

My personal encounter with Mr. Sullivan (as all us boys called him), came shortly after I had got my first drivers license in 1937. It happened at the busy intersection at Maple and State streets where he was directing traffic.

I had picked up my Dad at Smith and Wesson on Union St, following traffic and had entered the intersection after Mr. Sullivan had raised his hand to stop. In a panic I attempted
to back up only to bang into the car behind me. Well, with a great flourish of his hands and arms, Mr. S. stopped traffic in all directions. Slowly walked over and asked, "Are you having some trouble sonny? I didn't know what to say.
There was my Dad sitting in the passenger seat, not saying a word, every one in the cars around us seemed to be snickering. Needles to say I felt miserable. Mr. Sullivan came to my rescue. He didn't lecture, or scold me, and as I remember it, just simply said - "No need to be in a hurry son, just take it easy and you will do all right. Then he walked back to his post and, bowing in all directions, and to me last, and with another flourish, bid me to continue on.
To add insult to injury, I fumbled with the clutch and made a herky jerky start. My Dad never said a word about it then or ever after. And I did become a better driver.

This is my tribute to the most beloved officer of that day!

CMSgt Leroy K, Murray USAF T=Ret.
Just a kid Mr. Sullivan helped grow up.

March 17, 2016

You service is honored today, RIP.

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

February 2, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 72nd 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.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

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

February 2, 2012

Remembering you on your anniversary!

Citizen NJ


February 3, 2011

Officer Sullivan,
On today, the 68th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Springfield.



February 2, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 28, 2008

Patrolman Sullivan, today marks the 67th anniversary of your tragic demise. You are a hero not because of your untimely passing but the fact that you worked for the people of the Commonwealth and in that service you gave your life. You are not now, nor will you ever be forgotten.

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

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

February 2, 2007

John, I instruct a course on officer safety involving railroads. Your memory is honored by each officer in every class I teach. God bless.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

February 21, 2004

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