Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant John David Platt

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, October 14, 2000

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Reflections for Sergeant John David Platt

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

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

October 14, 2020

I can’t believe that today is 20 years. I still remember where I was when I heard the news. You and Kev are not forgotten. Be at peace.

Friend, HCSO (former BPD)

October 14, 2020

Heros are not forgotten. May God continue to bless you and your living family.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

October 14, 2016

Dear Dad,
I wish I could have gotten the chance to know you more. Everyone says I'm just like you. They tell me we share the same personality traits. To me, that is an honor. There is so much to say to you that I never got the chance too. On the morning of October 14, 2000, was the last time I heard you sing to me. That was too soon. I don't remember that much about you but I do know that a lot of people admired you and looked up to you. You must have been an amazing man. Mom has done such a good job with John and I. Now that we are young adults, life becomes more challenging without you. It kills me to see my teammates fathers on the sideline cheering them on, but I know you are there too. Mom and John are always there. You are the reason for my success Dad. Please watch over us even more now that police week is coming around and Fallen Heroes Day. You will forever be in my heart and may you rest in peace.

Rachel Platt
Your little girl

April 25, 2012

You are not forgotten. Thank you for your service.


October 20, 2009

9 years ago today, you were taken from us so senselessly. I reminisce each and every year on this day how things should have been differently. You would then still be here with us. We gathered once again on the corner as we always do on this date. Some officers you used to work with were there with us. We miss you more and more each day. As Major Dickson says, you are with us and always will be. I truly believe. Loving you always and forever!

Laurie Platt,
Surviving Spouse

October 14, 2009

Dear Laurie, I do know how you feel this week, especially on the anniversary day of losing your husband. I can only send my my prayers & hugs, because there are no words that can ease the pain.
May God's light surround you, John,Jr.and Rachel

surviving spouse of Flight Officer Barry Wood, BPD e.o.w.11/04/1998

October 17, 2008

john you should be proud of your two kids they are nice and respected and your wife is a dear lady

mary cocke civilian

October 14, 2008

To Sgt. John Platt and his loved ones:

On this the eighth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today. Rest in Peace, John. I am praying for solace for your family members today, and each day that they are on the survivors' path.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service John gave to his community and the citizens of Maryland, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 14, 2000.

Phyllis Loya, mother of Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 13, 2008

I don't know you but I honor you sir.

May 3, 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

February 11, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will always be remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 14, 2007

We remember you today and thank you Sir for your service.

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 12, 2007

Happy Fathers Day Sergeant Platt! I am thinking of your children today and I hope your family is doing well. I do keep them in my prayers. Peace Be With You Today!

lorrie winder
wife of ofc. Brian Winder EOW 7-3-04

June 17, 2007

Hello Laurie I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and your children during the holiday. I do keep you and you family in my prayers. I do thank you for you all your work with the Police Memorial downtown. I hope in 2007 I can be an assistants to you in anyway. Have a safe New Years. Peace Be With You and Your family. Lorrie Winder

lorrie winder
wife of ofc. Brian Winder EOW 7-3-04

December 29, 2006

Laurie, thinking of you and your family during this holiday season. I hope you can find peace and comfort in remembering all the good times with John. I'm thinking of all of you. I know the holidays are always a bitter sweet time for us survivors, no matter how many years have passed since the EOW. Hold your memories near and dear to your heart!


Stacy Cullinane Smith
Surviving Spouse of Ptl Mickey Cullinane, EOW 8/26/92
Sea Isle City NJ Police Department AND
Proud Wife of a Montgomery County, MD Police Officer

December 24, 2006

My thoughts are with your loved ones during this holiday season. I have decorated the outside of my home with Blue Lights and one of them will be lit in your honor every night until New Years as my way of saying you have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones.

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

December 19, 2006

On the 6th anniversary of your E.O.W. I would like to thank you for your dedicated service and a job well done.

Yesterday, October 13, 2006, my youngest son graduated from the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy as a St. Mary’s County, Maryland Deputy Sheriff. He will carry on down here for you.

EWC John M. Mumper, USNR (Ret.)

October 14, 2006

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 6th anniversary of your end of watch. I know their pain for an act that should never have happened. I too lost my son in the line of duty when his squad car was struck broadside by a drunk driver. In my case, the drunk driver was also killed so I did not have to go through the trial process and then experience as your loved ones did, the slap on the wrist the individual in your case received after killing two police officers. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones as they journey through life. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

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

October 13, 2006

Happy Mother's Day Laurie!

Jenn A.

May 14, 2006

Happy Easter John, Laurie and kids.

April 15, 2006

May Our Lord send your family special blessings and may you Rest in Peace.

March 10, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day John. Please send angel hugs and kisses Laurie and the kids way.

February 14, 2006

I was just looking for a long lost friend when I came upon your web site. I am so sorry for your loss.

Karen Furst

January 22, 2006

My Brothers and Sisters, we have all sworn to perform our duties, impartially and without hesitation or fear. Our present duty, and though it be painful, is to pay a just and deserving tribute of honor to a Brother or Sister who has embarked upon that lone journey which leads through the valley of the great shadow into the sunlight of perpetual day and lasting tranquility.
These feeble but heart-felt words can do little more than remind us of the duty which we owe to our departed friend and colleague.
As he was ever faithful to us in the full performance of his task and the protection of those who slept, so let us be, my Brothers, faithful to him, ever zealous to protect and cherish the memory of his good deeds, forgetting his imperfections, and emblazoning his accomplishments.
As time runs on, in sun and shade, may we bear with us ever-pleasant memories of a hallowed friendship, a kindly feeling, and a deep respect for all our Brother stood for. As an indication of our regard and affection, let us pause and, in silent meditation, typify what mere words cannot express.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, be with us on this occasion. Strengthen us in a firm resolve to do right, to serve well, to be faithful to our tasks, to our community, and to our Brothers. Make us appreciative of the opportunities to do good and to lend a helping hand. Inspire us with a new devotion to fulfill the duties, which are entrusted to our keeping. May those who mourn be comforted in this sad hour, and may they be strengthened by the knowledge of Thy presence and Thy omnipotence.
May we be constantly reminded in the hours of the night, as well as in the brightness of the day, of Thy everlasting love and kindness, and may Thou guide us through this uncharted valley and bring us at last to the shore of the eternal stream, our ranks unbroken, to dwell with Thee forever more. We ask this humbly through Thy redeeming grace and power. Amen.

Ret. Officer William Hackley
Baltimore Police

December 16, 2005

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