Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James O. Washington

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, May 29, 1978

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Reflections for Police Officer James O. Washington

My condolences to his family and his friends

Carson loveless

January 31, 2024

Lost but not forgotten...My memory of that day lingers in my heart. Never met him but watched from my 6th fl window, as he was carried out on stretcher. RIP
Sandra Patterson


December 31, 2023

This year May 29, 2023 will be 45 years that you have been gone. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you and miss you so much. Growing old alone is not easy. Jeffrey our youngest also joined you in 2006, he was just 41 yrs old. Wanda and Michael are doing well, they have both retired. You would have been so proud. We have 4 grand children , 5 great-grans and 1 great-great gran. You never met any of them but you would be proud. Take care until I write again.
I Love you and Miss you.

Ella Washington

May 12, 2023

Rest In Peace hero ! I pray you are at peace ans watching over your family

Ret. Po ohara
Nypd mounted

May 29, 2021

On this actual anniversary of your death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement family will always remember. Thank you for your service and rest in peace always.

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

May 29, 2021

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

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

August 29, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Washington.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 29, 2019

I am the widow of PO James O. Washington and I am surprised that under my husband's BIO they did not list that he was appointed to the NYCHAPD in 1964, his tour of duty was 4-12 on May 29,1978 EOW. His badge #2169.

Ella M. Washington

May 8, 2019

Rest in Peace my brother. Thank you for your service.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

May 29, 2017

It was my honor to research newspapers, books and magazines and finally find your Photo and make sure your photo was put on this site. I wanted to put a face to your heroism in the Line of Duty. I did the research because you are a brother officer and no matter how many years past, you will always be remembered. Rest Easy Hero.

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 29, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 29, 2012

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

Robyn Wilkes

May 26, 2009

Officer Washington, today is the 30th anniversary of your tragic death. Some wouldn’t classify vandalism as a serious crime, but it costs millions each year, puts the safety of others in jeopardy and in some cases, such as yours, it can lead to death. I sincerely blame the useless punks who thought they were just having a little fun for your death. The vandals are the ones who killed you and because of their selfish act, the Housing Police and most of all, those who knew and loved you, lost someone special. You are a hero.

The Housing Police is gone now, but you live forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew you. You are not forgotten.

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

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

May 29, 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 19, 2007

Officer Washington your tragic death left a reminder just how dangerous a so called routine assignment can be. Everytime I deal with an elevator emergency I have you in my thoughts and remember to be ever vigilant.
May God Bless you,

Brian Wall

Sgt. Brian Wall (ret)
Former Housing Police

February 7, 2007

you are not forgotten........

DETECTIVE Jim Mulligan (retired)

May 29, 2006

Officer Washington,
On today, the 27th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of New York City.


May 29, 2005

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