Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Owen Eugene Sweeney, Jr.

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, May 7, 1997

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Reflections for Lieutenant Owen Eugene Sweeney, Jr.

Rest in peace Lt. Sweeney.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 5, 2022

Lt. Sweeney,
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 Baltimore. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 7, 2022

Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

May 7, 2021

You are remembered today, and always, LT for your courage and service. Rest in Peace my brother, and may the Lord always watch over and bless your family.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD

May 10, 2017

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

May 8, 2017

I was in the academy with Owen in 1970 he was a great person and a good cop.

Patrolman Wayne A. Smith
Baltimore City pd

May 14, 2015

I still think about you every day. I hope you are resting in peace and watching over your family.

Detective Gerald Alan Goldstein (ret)
Baltimore City Police Dept-Homicide Unit

November 21, 2013

Its humbling to think about the price so many officers have payed all in the line of duty. Their commitment to protect and serve their community, city and country is an inspiration and and testimony to the onlooking world. I am in the same class as P.O.T James and couldn't agree with him more. These fallen Heroes have payed a steep price for what they believed in and that will be remembered and carried with all of us who aspire to make a difference in our communities and in law enforcement. We truly are standing on the shoulders of giants! Thank you for your service and sacrifice, you are remembered by many and serve as an inspiration for many more.

P.O.T Post

August 26, 2013

my class was told to do a report on lt sweeny...we had to visit the ne district...I didn't know there were other officers who also died in the line of kind of hit home after reading their stories that this is very serious...what im learning today is important for the future...I hate to hear of officers killed in the line of duty for anything...whether its purposely done or not, the work of a law enforcement officer is a dangerous one but also can be rewarding...what matters is that I believe lt. sweeny did what i believe he always did..tried to help someone...knowing there are law enforcement officers all over this land who have given their lives solidifies to me that I can not and will not let them die in vain...thank you all for your service and for giving your lives.

police officer trainee james
school police

August 26, 2013

It does not seem like 16 years have passed since we lost you. A cop's cop and a great boss, loved and respected by all those who knew you I know you patrol the streets of heaven. Rest in peace, Lieutenant!

Dave Eastman, police officer, retired
Baltimore Police Department

May 9, 2013

Rest In Peace Lieutenant Sweeney, your service and sacrifice is remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

May 7, 2013

rest in peace Lt. and may god bless you Hero

Lt;j pease

May 7, 2012

Gone, but not forgotten.

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

May 7, 2012

I remember working out on the second floor Gym at Northeast District. Lt. Sweeney would stop by and talk with a few of us. What a GREAT guy, you never saw him upset or too busy to talk. I knew and worked with Marty Ward, Vincent Adolfo, John Platt and Kevin McCarthy. All gone but never forgotten. God Bless you all.

Steve Wilson
BCPD, Maryland State Police Retired

January 24, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

May 7, 2010

You have not been forgotten. Continue to watch over your loved ones and close friends.

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

May 7, 2010

You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

PO Milton Krysztofiak (Retired)
Baltimore City Police

March 25, 2010

We were on the telephone talking about my retirement party the next night when you said to me you had to go on this call. How could we have known that that would be the last call you responded to? Owen, you were my first partner (and supervisor) when I went to Homicide in 1982 and since your death, not one day has gone by that I have not thought about you. I hope you are resting in peace.

Detective Gerald Alan Goldstein (ret.)
Baltimore City Police Dept-Homicide Unit

May 15, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twelth 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 7, 2009



May 7, 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

November 7, 2007

Lt. Sweeney Jr.,

On this the anniversary of your leaving us in the physical sense we pay tribute to your spirit. Tonight the Evening Watch of the Henry County Georgia Police Department’s North Precinct will hit the street in your honor. Please watch over us as we continue your fine work.

For the entire shift,
Sergeant V.T. Rosen

Sergeant V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police Department

May 7, 2007

Even after a decade has passed, you have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still on patrol. Thank you for such a long and dedicated career to law enforcement. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

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

May 6, 2007

You are not forgotten.

Ofc. Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department

March 29, 2007


The recent death of my friend Deputy Beebe brought back the memories of your death. I remember well working for you at NED. I remember the shock I felt on learning of your passing. I remember the sadness I felt at not being able to turn to you for your knowledge and experience.

You were the finest Lieutenant I have ever had the pleasure of serving for. You taught me leadership, duty, and compassion. As I move through the ranks, I hope to be as good as you one day.

Thank you very much for the lessons passed on and for being my friend.

SGT Carl Brooks
Harford County Sheriff's Office

November 30, 2006

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