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Officer John A. Ayello

Hamburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, September 8, 2000

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Reflections for Officer John A. Ayello

Pop pop it's been 22 years since your gone. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. It never gets easier thats for sure. I want to thank you for everything. You helped me decide to follow in your footsteps in the law enforcement field. I got my degree and now I'm a supervisor for an armoire truck company. I love and miss you


September 8, 2022

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 8, 2020

20 years ago today I lost my partner and best friend. We worked together for 23 years. We did real police work. We loved each other as brothers. We shared everything in our professional and personal lives. I still pin on the badge and strap on the gun each day. I go to work and try to live up to our standards and values that we developed through the years. I miss you John. I hope I am still making you proud. I take comfort in the belief that you wait with Jesus for me to stand by my side during that final inspection. I love you John.

Chief Thomas J. Zelinsky, Jr.
Hamburg Borough Police Department

September 8, 2020

Officer Ayello,
On today, the 17th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens Hamburg Borough. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 8, 2017

John, It's been 15 years. As your sargeant you know you were a pain in the ass BUT you were my pain in the ass and that night will forever be with me. Between the dogs and the kids you were one of a kind. Your picture is still hung up at JA - Buffet and it makes me smile every time I go there.
Thinking of You, Mike

Chief Michael Painter
Retired Hamburg Borough

September 28, 2015

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

May 15, 2010

To the family and loved ones of Officer John Ayello, and most especially to John:

On this the ninth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that you are honored and revered today.

May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire.

Rest in Peace, John. A body is but for a lifetime, but spirits and souls are for eternity and yours is forever part of those who call you beloved.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinquished service John gave to his community and the citizens of Pennsylvania, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 8, 2000.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg Police Dept. eow 4/24/05


September 8, 2009

John, I can't believe it has been 8 years. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I carry your cop card in my pocket everyday I go to work. I am blessed to have gotten to know and work with you. It is truly an honor. I touch your name every year at the wall. I alone with many others miss you very much.

ptlm. Michael Cardell
Berks-Lehigh Regional Police

September 9, 2008

All your loved ones and close friends are in my thoughts today as they face yet another year without you. Continue to keep watch over all of them and protect them from harm. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 8, 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

January 15, 2008

An old academy buddy from the 37 Th. Pennsylvania State Police Academy MPOETC.There are two of you from our class walking the beat up there. Rest in peace John!

Pennsylvania Capitol Police

October 27, 2007

Always remembered sir.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 8, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 7th anniversary of your EOW. You have not been forgotten. Thank you for you dedicated career in law enforcement.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 8, 2007

Not a day goes by where you aren't thought of in the lifes of men you have influenced. You are remembered fondly and will always be in our thoughts. Mark and Tom.

Off. Mark Groff
Reading City Police

April 28, 2007


EOW: 09.06.01

September 8, 2006

Six years have passed and I know that your loved ones have thought of you every single day during that time. You will never be forgotten by those that love you nor will the Blue Family ever let that happen. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Keep watch over your loved ones.

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

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

September 7, 2006

John instucted me on handling Capitaine, my first and only K-9, which he brought from Canada. He was used while I was employed with the Fleetwood Boro Police Dept and 'Cappy' has since been donated to the Manton Michigan Police in 2002 where he still works. John taught me alot about dogs. He was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed. Thank you for the fun change you brought into my life/career.

Officer Jeffrey Reitnauer
Berks-Lehigh Regional Police

April 11, 2005

Not a day goes by that I don't reflect on the times you Tom and I had together on and off duty. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I am so thankful I had the chance to say good bye that horrible night. To shake your hand one last time was my greatest honor. And to carry you to rest was humbeling. Gunny is all grown and every time I look at him, I smile and cherrish the gift you gave me. I miss you John. My Brother, My Mentor, My Friend.


April 3, 2005

Remembering you on the 4th anniversary of your death. You had
a heart as big as Texas! Thank you for your 21 years of service. You didn't even get to enjoy your well-deserved retirement. God bless
all those who still miss you today.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

September 8, 2004

I had the pleasure of knowing Officer Ayello for sixteen yrs.John was not only an outstanding Police Officer but also an outstanding K-9 Trainer and Handler.John took Me under His wing and taught Me to train Police K-9's.He was My best Friend,Mentor and a second Father to Me.John left a Wife,three Children and three Grandchildren,and many friends who love and miss him dearly.John founded the Penna.Police K-9 assoc.and a club for Children called "Hooked on Fishing,not Drugs." I can honestly say that My Life is more empty since John's passing but it was a privilege and an honor to have known Him and to have been His Friend.There is a legend that when God cast Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden,He caused a Chasm to appear between Adam and all of the Animals of the World,but before the Chasm became too wide to cross, of all of the Animals the Dog alone jumped to the side on which Adam and Eve stood,thereby choosing to live forever with Man.And as We as K-9 Officers love and care for Our Dogs,so did John love and care for not just Dogs,but everyone He touched in life.John,We will never forget You or stop loving You.

officer C.Hartz

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