Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer John Paul Kalaman

Centerville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, January 12, 1998

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Police Officer John Paul Kalaman

Brother Kalaman,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

December 16, 2005


Rest in peace my friend, you will never be forgotten.

CAE #42

September 10, 2005

You gave the ultimate sacrifice so that others may live in safety. My prayers are with your family and friends. Rest in peace Officer Kalaman.

NAO N. Sears
Dayton PD, OH

April 17, 2005

Thank you, Officer Kalaman, for your service. Rest easy, and let your brothers and sisters in blue take it from here.

Former Deputy Matthew T. Collins
Marion County (Ohio) Sheriff's Office

March 1, 2005

I just recently found this page and immediately looked for John. I was sad to see that more people had not had the opportunity to leave reflections. I recall a time when it was very cold and gloomy out and John was parked across the street in CPD jurisdiction and I sitting in my cruiser in Sugarcreek saw a hand go up in acknowledgment that here we both were away from our families alone missing them but there for a purpose that no can realize except if you're an officer yourself. We took homage at each other with that understanding relayed in a look from that cold winter day. I met his dad later at one of John's blood drives. I wanted to relay this story to him but couldn't find the words. afterward he followed me outside and gave me a candle which I still keep unburned.

Sugarcreek TWP Police Officer
Sugarcreek TWP Centerville, OH

October 27, 2004

John, although I never met you I feel like I knew you from spending time
with your Mom and Dad. My son "John Kevin" was killed in the line of
duty just 11 days before your terrible accident. It was through the loss
of our sons that your parents and I came together. You have wonderful
parents that love and miss you so much and they gave of themselves to
me in support while dealing with their own pain. We always thought our
2 "John's" were in heaven together looking down on us, watching over
Not knowing what heaven is like, just by faith only, it is a wonderful place
- I pray that you both have met and share a special bond just as your
folks and I have developed.
May you rest in peace John, knowing you are thought of with love.
Larie Lamm - Minnery

January 8, 2004

I wish I would have gotten to know you. From the things I have heard about you, it sound like you were a great person and cop. Take care!


January 7, 2004

To #33:

Life is not measured in length of days, but in how well we fulfill our destiny.

It's now been two years, but in some ways it seems like 20 and in other ways it seems like yesterday.  You are missed!



It was a couple of years since we met. However I knew you were one of the good guys. There is not a day that goes by that I dont think of you and Bob. Over the last two years I have buried three good guys that all were my friends. You are in a much better place now. God please look over John, Bob and Jason Grossnickle. They were the good guys but I dont need to tell you that. For the job we do we dont deserve to lose guys like you all.


I am the Man.

I have been where you fear to be.

I have seen what you fear to see,

done the things you fear to do.

All these things I have done for you.

I am the Man you lean upon,

the Man you bring your troubles to.

All these Men I have been for you.

The Man you call, the Man in blue,

is just a man... I am just like you.

All through the years I've come to see.

I cannot be all you ask of me.

So take this badge and take this gun.

Will you take it? Will anyone?

And when you watch a person die,

when you hear battered babies cry,

then do you think that you can be,

all these things you have asked of me?


Paula Kalaman

For Officer Kalaman:

Looking at the raindrops, as they glisten from the trees,

Looking at the clouds go by, wondering where you might be.

Are there nursery rhymes and things that help you get to sleep?

Do things seem sad where you are that causes you to weep?

I hear the warmth and bright lights too, keep you safe and sound...

I hear the angels that pass you by, let you know when they're around.

Can you see me where you are, do you know that I'm ok?

Do you see me smile right now when someone says your name?

Are you surrounded by your old friends and family you never met?

Are ya wishin you could hold my hand and tell me there is no regret?

Sometimes we folks that get left behind are sad because you leave...

We always think, when times are sad, that we're the ones who grieve.

You never hear someone say "I wonder if they're sad?"

You never hear them say "Do they miss the things they had?"

The only thing you ever hear is "They're in a better place..."

For me, I'll say right here and now--I'd love to see your face.

I'd love for you to tell me that you grieve a little too.

So as we sit and watch the raindrop a glisten on that tree...

I'll stop and wonder, from time to time, if it's a tear that was meant for me.

You are missed…


For as little as I knew you, it was enough. When you left us, I had just begun my career. What an amazing effect you had on me, my life and my duties, even in your passing. Officer Kalaman, I look to you everyday for guidance, to do the right thing and come home safe every night. You will never be forgotten and I can only pray that you will be with me. May God keep you safe as you continue your duties in heaven, for there is no better guardian...


You were taken from us a year ago... I can't believe that it has been that long already. You were suppose to be here giving me a hard time about the Academy in March, going out golfing... and always laughing about you know who. I know you are in a better place, and that you stand by each of our sides. There is no better guardian angel to have. Thanks for everything John. I miss you.

Even God needs Police Officers in Heaven.


A butterfly lingers beside us like a sunbeam and for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world.  But then it flies away, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel so blessed to have seen it.

John, you are that butterfly.  Although your death put a hole in my heart that will never go away, your life brought me enough joy to last a lifetime.   Of all the possible mothers in the world, I feel blessed that you chose me.

I love you.


John I miss you, you were a hell of a cop and a very good friend. You have
left a void in our midnight shift, but you will never leave our hearts. We
still "put in" for you every night at Bills, you will never run out of coffee
up there. We love you John, you are better off.

Cops go to heaven, because we have done our time in HELL.


I still can't believe when I drive thru town, that you are were the only one that still talked to me even after I wasn't "in the circle" anymore. You and Bob didn't deserve to go this soon, I had just gotten done talking to you that very week. It doesnt seem fair. My purple ribbon is still on my truck antennae and it will always be there to remind me of the
friends I used to have in you guys. Please watch over the guys for me like you always did. We all miss you!

Your friend K

"...through time and in spite of it..."

You will always hold a very special place in so many people's hearts.


"Centerville Crash"

The Crash you were sent to is known as routine
Respond to 675, Now the siren starts to scream
You arrived at the site
This is nothing you havent seen.

Someone could be hurt
You never thought twice
To Put your safety on the line
And maybe save a life.

The roads were very icy
The driver never slowed down
She said she didnt see you
Or your flashing lights.

John you are now gone
We cant believe it yet
We were not ready to say goodbye
Not even close to set.

The police cars from all over,
Also Taps and the Pipes
Plus,your final call
Thats when it finally hit us
John is really gone.


John, Thank you.


Dear Mrs. Kalaman

My heart goes out to you and your family. My husband Emilio was only 27 when he was killed in the line of duty.

God Bless you

Terry Miyares
Officer Emilio Miyares
Hialeah PD, FL

terry miyares
Hialeah Police Dept, (SOUTH FLORIDA COPS)

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.