Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant James C. Low

New York City Health and Hospitals Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, February 1, 1999

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Reflections for Sergeant James C. Low


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NHVV

January 28, 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

December 19, 2007

I have worked with Sgt Low for about 8 to 9 years at woodhull and he was a very good friend and superviors. I was just promoted to Sgt when the incident happened upon me going on duty. It was the most worst time of my life to see a friend die in the way he did. I miss him. and he very nice way he made the day go. He always had funny jokes and aways had food and enjoysed his school and kids. May god bless him and his family for ever.

Detective Lixandro Colon
Hospital police Woodhull

May 22, 2007

Sgt. Low, today marks the 8th anniversary of your tragic death. Hospital Police Officers are often some of the most under appreciated cops in existence and despite all you have to overcome and battle, you are still out there, doing the job, kicking ass and taking names, just like every other cop. You have my utmost respect and admiration.

I can tell from a few of the previously posted reflections you were quite a man and a damn good cop. I know your child is very proud and knows you are still there to this day.

I just hope that a picture of you can be found at some point so that we have a face to go with the name. It’s amazing the impact seeing the memorialized officer face can have.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

February 1, 2007

Dear Sgt. Low
Though I never had the honor to work along side of you I have never forgotten the Ultimate Sacrifice you made to honor the shield and oath that we take as peace officers to "Protect & Serve". I will honor you on May 20, 2005 as we remember all who made the sacrifice as well as honor our HHC peace officers during National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

God Bless,
Jaime Gonzalez
Police Director
Division 17
Gouverneur Healthcare Services

Police Director Jaime Gonzalez
New York City Hospital Police-Division 17

May 18, 2005

I worked under sgt. Low I can say i learned alot from this man. He was my supervisor, my mentor, my friend. I since have gone to another agency ,I have been promoted and I have too thank Sgt. James Low for his contribution to my sucesses
Thanks Sgt. I Miss you

Sgt. Victor L. Reyes
Department Homeless Services Police

November 2, 2004

I had the great honor to know Jim from his activites in trying to help upgrade the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation Police Department as well as myself being a former decorated NYC HHC Police Officer. Jim was a great man of vision and he wanted to see respect and recognition for the NYC HHC Police Department. Jim was also a good friend to his co workers and backed them up as well as being one of the best supervisors in the department. Jim had the ability to one day become Chief of Department.

PSO I. Howard Friedman
Town of Hempstead Department of Public Safety

October 4, 2003

My father lost his life in very much the same was as Sgt. Low did. I share the sadness and since of loss that Sgt. Low's family must feel. To have someone you love taken away so suddenly leaves such a void in your life that it's hard to carry on sometimes. May Sgt. Low's family find peace in knowing that he is in Gods hands now. Rest in peace Brother James, you are a true hero and will not be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

October 3, 2003


I read a quote somewhere, that puts into words what I consider to be the most valuable lesson you and mom taught me:
"Adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it."

We all have our failings and our vices, but how we account for ourselves in the end, is of our own making, and you have done that honorably and selflessly. Please forgive me for not being there for you in the end.


Sgt Robert C. Low

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