Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer John Richard Sowa

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, October 12, 1997

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Reflections for Police Officer John Richard Sowa

RIP Brother! I never had the pleasure to meet you but I knew your mother Christine. She was a God-send when my wife and I lost our son Stephen while he was serving our country. I pray peace for you and your family. Please tell your mother hello for Sherri and I.

Captain (Retired) Ray Evans
Pinehurst Police Department

August 26, 2020

Another year. I still think it should get easier. It doesn't.
Your mom and Kim are close to one another in distance. I'm not far away.
Yes this Southern gal now lives in the Midwest! Yikes.
Carrie, and David keep a very close eye on your mom. So do I. She is now very active in a group of other loved ones that have lost their kids. Due to criminal activity

Prissy aka theresa
Advocate.

October 11, 2019

Seems like yesterday yet it's been 21 yrs. You are not forgotten.

Det. E. Walters
Atlanta PD

October 14, 2018

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Captain JD Patterson
APD

October 13, 2018

21 years has gone and we still miss you every day. Thank you for watching over us.

Anon
Atlanta

October 12, 2018

I worked with John as a Store Detective back on the early 90's. He was one of my training officers. Immediately, I knew what kind of man he was. A kind man with a huge soul that treated everyone with respect, even the bad guys. He was so happy to be hired by Atlanta P.D. and loved his job. I was honored to represent Brockton Fire Department at his Funeral. I miss him. Justice has been done. May John rest in peace and God hold him close, for John said send me...and he went. God Bless his family, his partner and all Law Enforcement Officers. Know that you are loved.

Michael O'Hare F.F.(ret.)
Former Co-Worker/Brockton Fire Department

February 23, 2018

I'm here!! great.city.
Caught up with your mom the other day!!
Kim and I are.not that far away!

Always in my prayers
Prissy

Theresa clement

November 19, 2017

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

October 13, 2017

20 years you have been gone. So many changes but the one thing that has never changed is having you in our hearts and missing you.

anon

October 13, 2017

Finally. Peace for Danni, Justice for you and Pat. Miss you everyday

Friend

October 28, 2016

I remember John when he was a Store Detective. He had a fierce sense of wrong and right. He would be the guy to make sure the victim was safe. I still cry when I remember him. He died in the job that was his passion.

Apm
Stop and Shop Supermarkets

October 27, 2016

I am a friend of Officer Sowa's partner and a retired deputy sheriff. I remember the night I got an e-mail from my niece who also knew Pat. It was so heart breaking. Lawler never once in the 19 years showed any remorse. Rest in peace brother, while that coward burns in hell.

Major Joe Williams (retired)
Bryan County S.O.

October 23, 2016

Rick I remember the night. I was working Grady EMS instead of the Sheriff's office. It was terrifying waiting on the Grady ramp...praying. I still pray...he was executed finally. It still hurts and is a daily reminder that it could be any of us. I miss the fun times after shift. RIP

Jerry L McMillan Deputy/Paramedic
Fulton County Sheriff/Grady EMS

October 21, 2016

JUSTICE!

retired Sgt.
New Jersey

October 21, 2016

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, REST IN PEACE.

N.J. TROOPER (RETIRED)
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE

October 21, 2016

Dani--thinking of you tonight.

Dana

October 20, 2016

My thoughts and Prayers to the Family of Officer Sowa... May Justice finally be served.

Captain C. Prokesh
Leesburg Georgia Police Department

October 19, 2016

God bless you officer and your sacrifice... I seen on Fox News today that your killer will be executed tonight. This made me seek out your information on officer down so that I may learn of your sacrifice. My heart aches for your family left behind.... God bless them as well for their enormous loss.... Thank you so much sir for your sacrifice and for putting the City of Atlanta and safety of others before yourself.....

Sgt. Paul Cotter
Lynn MA Police Dept.

October 19, 2016

Wish I could push the button!!!!!!

Steve Brooks

October 19, 2016

My dearest son Rick. These last nineteen years for mom and your stepdad have been the longest 19 years of our lives. Now on Wednesday Mr Lawler will meet his fate for taking you away from us. We want to be there in Atlanta for the hearing and execution but your moms legs are just not up to it. We love you so much and know your are looking down upon us every single day. Your beautiful sister Kim and hubby will be there and representing us too. ❤️❤️❤️

Christine roth
Mom and Dad

October 16, 2016

Rest in peace brother.

Ofc. Nuttall
Atlanta Police Dept

October 13, 2016

Rest in peace Officer Sowa. Time is almost up for the dirtbag that did this.

"Blue Lives Matter"

Steve Van Slyke, retired K9 Handler
El Cajon Police Department

October 12, 2016

No matter the number of years that pass, you are remembered still and always will be. The maggot who stole your life and robbed Danielle of her husband will soon stand before the only judge that matters. Rest in Peace, Sowa.

Officer S. Pokrant
Atlanta Police Department

October 12, 2016

Each anniversary of that horrible day renews the sting of your absence and the terrible way that you were taken from us. However, this year we have the hope of some degree of closure as they have announced the end your murderer's road. Still miss you buddy. Rest easy, your watch is covered here.

Paul Cooper
Atlanta Police Department

October 11, 2016

Rick....my brother and my comrade. I still think of you everyday as I open up my locker and look at your picture before I hit the streets. I often think back to the days when we were younger when I have a quiet moment in the cruiser. I am a better person and a better COP because of you . God bless you my friend for I know I will see you again!

Russ

Offc. Russ Francis
Friend

October 7, 2016

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