Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Constable John Carl Ziegler

Bald Knob Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, March 19, 1998

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Reflections for Constable John Carl Ziegler

Constable Ziegler,
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 Bald Knob. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United State Border Patrol

March 19, 2023

I love you Dad. Thank you for loving me. I pray I am making you proud. Please watch over us.

Cpl. S. Gray
Step Daughter

June 10, 2021

I love you Dad. Thank you for loving me. I pray I am making you proud. Please watch over us.

Corporal Susan Gray
Step Daughter

June 9, 2021

I love you Dad. Thank you for loving me.

Cpl. Susan Gray
Step Daughter

June 9, 2021

Rest In Peace

Mark Mottola

March 19, 2020

Rest in peace Constable Ziegler.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 28, 2019

You and your family are in our thoughts and our prayers. Thank you for what you did to keep Arkansans safe. God bless

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

March 19, 2017

You were the only real father I have ever known. I miss you so much! I think you would be proud of the woman I have become. I always wear my seatbelt( believe it or not)! I have followed in your foot steps too! I know that you know this already but I want others to know how you changed my life. You were the only father I truly ever had. Every time I have to run code or cite someone for not wearing their seatbelt, I always think of you. Thank you for being my Dad. I am so sorry I never was able to say it to you directly. Thank you for loving me, for saving me, and making me who I am. I pray that you are in heaven smiling and that I make you proud. I know I wasn't born as yours but thank you for treating me as if I had been. I love and Miss you so much! Susan

Corporal Susan Gray
Jonesboro Police Department/ Stepdaughter (daughter)

April 24, 2013

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

March 19, 2010

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion
Proverbs 28:1

God bless you and all who mourn you. May God give them the strength to carry on. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 19, 2009

Dear Dad,
I think about you often. We didn't get alot of time together but the times that we did I will always remember them. I missed you then but I really miss you now. You have 4 granddaugthers and 1 grandson by me. Everyday the kids say and show me how much they love me and they are right here everyday with me. I only hope that you knew that love from me even though we were apart for so long. To me you were great and I hope that I to will be great in the eyes of my children. Please watch over us because I have not stop thinking about you.

With Love Your Son

Shannon Ziegler

January 7, 2009

Rest in Peace, Constable Ziegler. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 31, 2008



April 30, 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 18, 2007

Sweet sleep be yours.G-d Bless.

March 19, 2007

I remember the days at Wal-Mart Dist working side by side, the talks we had. It hurt the day we lost you. I have not forgoten you. May God bless your family.


November 16, 2006

You have not been forgotten and area true hero. Thank you for your service to law enforcement. Keep looking down on that large loving family of yours and protect them from harm. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Gold Star Father

September 27, 2006

To Constable John Carl Ziegler and his loved ones:

On this the eighth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

Constable Ziegler, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Constable Ziegler. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Constable Ziegler gave to his community and the citizens of Arkansas and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 19, 2005.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 20, 2006

Although gone, your memory lives on at the Bald Knob Police Department. There is mention of the accident often and saddness in the eyes of the other officer involved in it. That officer has become a great leader and I am proud to call him my Cheif now. Jonathan thanks for the job you did and even though I didn't know you, I hear you were a great guy. We need more men Like you.

Sgt. Timothy L. Sanford
Bald Knob

May 22, 2005

Constable Ziegler,
As one officer wrote in another fallen officer's reflection-"no fallen officer should be without a reflection." I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Bald Knob.


March 20, 2005

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