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Detective John Thomas Cousin

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, August 15, 1996

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Michael Clark
M&M Auction House

August 31, 2021

I am thinking of you today, August 15, 2021 on the 25th observance of the night you were gunned down on the mean streets of the once great city of Philadelphia.
You were one of the best cops and best detectives I have ever known.
Please know that you are remembered and missed by many of your brother and sister officers as well as your family and loved ones.
Until we meet again my Brother, I remain your friend.

Lt. Ray Carpenter
Philadelphia Police Department/Retired

August 16, 2021

Det. Cousin,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 15, 2021

I have been thinking about you a lot as we approach the 50th anniversary celebration of the day we raised our left hand and swore to serve and protect the citizens of Philadelphia.
Those of us from P.P.D. Academy class 209 who are still here on earth will meet at the F.O.P. Lodge 5 hall in the Heroes Ballroom to mark this milestone in our lives. As we gather you can be sure that all your brothers and sisters from our class will be remembering you and what you contributed to our once great city.
I miss you buddy, we will ALL be together again soon, until then please continue to watch over us.

Lt. Ray Carpenter
Philadelphia Police Dept. (Retired)
Served 1970 thru 1998

May 1, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 15, 2020

Rest in peace John........Thanks for sharing all your wisdom. You will never be forgotten.

Ofc. Tom Fraser
Longboat Key, Fl Police former PPD

June 30, 2012

Johnny, you, sir, were a great man. I'm sorry we didn't get one more chance to laugh together. I have not forgotten you.

Detective Charles Figorski
Philadelphia Police Department

April 3, 2012

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to keep watch over all of them and those still out on patrol. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 15, 2009

Thankyou for your service and all you've done for this city. You are a hero for us all to look up too. You will never be forgotten. God bless your family


December 5, 2008

Thankyou for your service and all you've done for this city, you are a hero for us all to look up too. You will never be forgotten. God bless your family


December 5, 2008

Det. Cousin,
On today, the 12th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



August 15, 2008


Where do I begin? I will remember the first day we met, June 1, 1970, 0800, on the grinder behind the Phila. Police Academy. Recruit class 210. They told us to fall in alphabetically and I was fortunate enough to march, train and study by your side for the next 3 months. You introduced yourself and told me that you were a "Teamster" and would be a teamster until the day you died. You told me that you took 2 weeks vacation from your "real" job until you decided if you liked this "police business" or not. The citizens of Philadelphia and the men and women of the police department will be eternally grateful that you did like this police business, in fact you took to it like a duck to water, you excelled in it, you lived it, you loved it, you gave your all for it.
Our time in the Academy went swiftly, as you often said, "we are only learning the book stuff here Ray, I can't wait to get out there and really do this job". You were a good student, we used to go to lunch together and study for tests as we woofed down a burger and shake. On graduation day we were so proud and so damn anxious to get out there that we didn't even want to take a couple of days off. I was fortunate enough to get assigned to the 39th district with you. We reported to work together and again we were lucky enough to land in the same squad. That was when the real learning process began for us both. In the 39th it was learn fast or be eaten alive by the criminals (and the veteran cops). We learned fast and we learned well. We made our contribution, we shed our blood, we took our lumps, we loved it. We had our first complaint against police together, which was totally bogus. The kid who made that complaint eventually shot one of our brothers.
I remember that we were the first class to be issued the new, blue shirts. We would get the old timers to trade us an old raggedy looking gray shirt for two of our new, perma-pressed shirts. What a deal, it was worth it to NOT look like a rookie. More to come.

LT. Ray Carpenter
P.P.D. Retired/

May 27, 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

January 24, 2008


You were the second person close to me, killed in the line of duty. I think of you often and remember what I learned from you as a young detective, back in the day. I also will never forget the way you made us all laugh, your dry humor.

One of the things I remember most was you were always there to help.

God Bless you, you are missed and may you rest in peace my friend.

Lt. Stephen P. Biello
PPD, Friend

December 13, 2007

Always remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

August 15, 2007

Detective Cousin,
Today is the 11th. anniversary of your EOW. Grateful Pennsylvanians will always remember your courage and dedication to law enforcement. Thank you, sir.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 15, 2007

God bless you and your family on the anniversary of your passing. Rest in peace Hero.

911 Dispatcher

August 15, 2007

John, you were a good friend and always good for a laugh. I always enjoyed our conversations during our drive to work. I be seeing your again someday. Til then save me some wings.

Det. Jack Hopkins
PPD Friend

September 26, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Detective John Cousin and his fellow officers with the Philadelphia Police Department:

On this the tenth anniversary of John's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. John's valor and courage will never be forgotten.

I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that John was robbed of his life so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service John gave to his community and the citizens of Pennyslvania, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 15, 1996.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 15, 2006

10 years. You are not forgotten. Rest in Peace.


August 15, 2006



February 5, 2006


December 13, 2005

John,Your son, Chris, passed a year ago, and, just a few weeks gone by, your Dad joined you both. Please take care of your loving Mom, your sister Vi, and your precious grand-daughter. She will always know what a wonderful family she has watching down over her. God Bless.

Elizabeth Boyle
Phila.Chapter Concerns of Police Survivors

August 19, 2005

May you rest in peace,and God bless your family

August 15, 2005

one of the most helpful det. in south division

August 4, 2005

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