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

You will never be forgotten brother. Heroes live forever. Thank you.

Det. Scott Lundegren
Yarmouth Police Department

December 12, 2020

Thank you for your service and selfless sacrifice. You are the best of America!

SA Scott B. (ret)
US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)

December 9, 2020

23 years. You are thought of and missed every day.


October 12, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

October 12, 2020

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

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

October 13, 2018

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


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!!
Caught up with your mom the other day!!
Kim and I are.not that far away!

Always in my prayers

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.


October 13, 2017

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


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.

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


retired Sgt.
New Jersey

October 21, 2016



October 21, 2016

Dani--thinking of you tonight.


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

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