Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer George J. Werdann

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, February 21, 1982

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Reflections for Police Officer George J. Werdann

I never met George . We both worked in the same Pct #47. years apart.
I did meet and get to know his Dad. A gentle caring man. Mr. Werdan would come to the pct. and quietly pray at the base of his sons memorial plaque at the pct. entrance.
George was a Bronx native , and gave his life for the appx. 1 million
Residents in this borough .

NYPD P.O. 47
Family friend, NYPD

February 28, 2014

my name is Jill Werdann. My father's name was John George Werdann. I was searching for relatives and found the story of your heroic son. My heart breaks for your family. If you and he are my relatives I would be very proud. If you are interested in finding out if we are related, you can email me at I am so sorry for your loss. Jill Werdann Bauer

Jill Baure

May 13, 2012

It is hard to believe that it has been 30 years since that cold Sunday night in February. You have been missed. My family thinks about and prays for you often. Rest in Peace George.

P.O. L. J. Huxley
NYPD/Ramapo P.D. - Ret.

February 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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. 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. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories of you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 21, 2012

Just found out about this Memorial thanks to an old Friend.
Went to St. Brendan's with George. He was a Great Guy and Friend. Remember doing the CYO with him. Heard he had joined the Police Department and was very glad to hear that he was there because I knew he would do great at it.
I was deeply saddened when my mother called me in Tennessee and told me what had happened. But I know that George was doing what he wanted to do. Helping others especially those that couldn't help themselves.
Prayers out to George and his Family.
RIP Brother! Semper Fi

John C. Habel
Dept. of Veterans Affairs

October 17, 2011

I remember George, his mom (Pat) & his sister Christine (RIP). George and I went to St. Brendan's together and graduated in 1972. He was shy back then, but grew to be an outstanding human being willing to help anyone in need and fight for the underdog. Thank you George for all you were, and all you did. I will always be proud to have known you.

Debra Kennelly
Old Friend

October 8, 2011

Thank you Officer Werdann for your bravery and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in NY. I just signed and sent in a letter to the parole board so that your cowardly killer never sees the light of day again !!!! You and your family are in my prayers.

You are a true AMERICAN HERO!!! May you always rest in peace, my brother...

Mitch Cheselka
Sergeant / CA-OR Retired

October 7, 2011

George college at John Jay seems like yesterday ,your sacrifice should never be forgotten .I miss your friendship.God Bless you.

PO John Farrell
SCPD

October 7, 2011

Sympathies to family and friends - officer Werdann died doing the job he loved - to protect and serve humanity - God Bless his spirit, his courage and his family.. You will always be remembered.....

Deputy Warden Carl ToersBijns (Retired)
Arizona & New Mexico Corrections Department

October 7, 2011

To the family of Police Officer George J. Werdann,

I can only imagine the difficult time this is to be faced with the knowledge that your officer's killer could go free. Thanks to ODMP I was notified of this and my letter has been composed and sent to the Parole Board. I hope that his killer stays behind bars.

I did not know Officer Werdann but if I can do this for him, and for you, for his service and sacrifice, it is my honor.

Shannon Jensen
Wife of LEO and aunt to fallen officer, CPL Thomas Jensen, PGPD #2853

October 6, 2011

29 years in heaven, seems like yesterday. You will never be forgotten George.

Jim O'Brien
SD Sheriff

February 19, 2011

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

Robyn Wilkes

February 16, 2009

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND YOUR SERVICE, YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE.

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

February 12, 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
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 2, 2008

I worked with George's mother Pat. I still remember how proud George was when he got his NYPD sheild. Life led me to Ca. but I do believe George had a hand in leading me towards me career as a Deputy. I still remember seeing all the NYPD cars outside George's house the night he was killed. A short time later the news story was about a Police Officer bein killed and my family figured out the rest.

You are a hero George. Rest in Peace.

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien
SD Sheriff

February 3, 2007

YOUR GRANDMOTHER WAS MY GRANDFATHER'S SISTER. I BECAME AWARE THERE WAS A SCHOOL NAMED IN YOUR HONOR WHILE DOING RESEARCH ON OUR FAMILY. AFTER READING THESE REFLECTIONS I WANTED TO ADD SOMETHING. YOU WHERE TAKEN TO SOON. SO MANY REMEMBER YOU AND THINK OF YOU. MAY GOOD BE WITH YOU... YOUR COUSIN J.H.

March 2, 2006

My daughter goes to the school named in your honor P/S M/S 20. I am sorry that I first heard of you by investigating who was the man behind the name on the door of the school. You were just a kid then and it has been so many years. I was 19 when you were killed. May God continue to hold you in his loving grace.

Barbara

May 31, 2005

as of today, youve been gone for 23 years... the age you were when you passed...

God Bless You...

February 21, 2005

I knew George when he first came on the job with a good, close friend of mine, Billy Wilson, later a Sergeant in the 46 Pct. George and Billy had a few foot posts in my home precinct at the time (8th Div NSU) and I used to make it a point to meet them while they were on patrol.

For a short time, I worked 9th Division Radio at 911, and George and I would carry on our own funny conversations on the Dept. radio!

I remember the night Billy called me to tell me that George had been killed. It was, of course, devastating to both of us.

Sadly, Billy also left us early, passing on only a couple of years after his retirement on his 20th Anniversary.

They were close friends and a good team, and are both missed.

Jim Fay
PAPD

January 31, 2005

I KNEW GEORGE BEFORE EITHER OF US WERE MEMBERS OF THE SERVICE, AND UNFORTUNATELY NEVER HAD THE HONOR OF WORKING "ON DUTY" WITH HIM. HOWEVER KNOWING GEORGE AND HIS MOTHER PAT, IT WAS NO SURPRISE TO MYSELF OR ANY OF HIS OTHER FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT HE ACTED WITH COURAGE AND COMPASSION ON DUTY AND OFF DUTY. OUR LOSS IS HEAVEN'S GAIN. REST IN PEACE GEORGE.

P.O. EDMUND T. FORD
NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEARTMENT

March 22, 2004

George, been a long time since college and it still hurts knowing your not around.You were a good man.

PO
Scpd

February 21, 2004

Although Officer Werdann was assigned to the 47th pct. This tragic event took place in the 52nd pct. The school adjacent to the 52nd pct has since been renamed Police Officer George J. Werdann School. Well deserved. God bless George and his family and may he rest in peace.

Sgt. T WHITE
NYPD

February 21, 2004

As a former member of NYPD I sincerely mourn the loss of a brother Officer. May the memory of your service and sacrifice remain forever.

Trooper Andrew Canepa
Pennsylvania State Police

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