Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant John Eugene Galvin

Wichita Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Saturday, November 4, 2000

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Reflections for Lieutenant John Eugene Galvin

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service.

Gordon Hobbs
NC Game Warden

June 27, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice. God bless your family, youll never be forgotten


June 20, 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 19, 2008

Jack 7 years ago yesterday God called you home and left the ones that loved you and called you a friend to begin the journey to grief and learn to live life with out you. I can say that time does go on but that you are never forgotten and missed every day. I know you are looking out for all of us and since that day in November you have welcomed several more friend, and family into heaven. As for myself it has made life easier knowing that this year I lost my mother and father, but to know that they were in heaven with you and all the other friends. You will always be in our minds and our hearts.

Detective Dave Peters
Wichita Police Department

November 5, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

November 2, 2007

Jack My Friend, Yesterday was 6 yrs that you left us. I just wanted to say you are still missed as much as that day. I know that you are in good company and thanks for watching out for us.

Detective Dave Peters
Wichita Police Department

November 5, 2006

May Our Heavenly Father wrap His arms tightly around your family, now and ever.

November 4, 2006

Thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Daughter of an officer

November 4, 2006

Lt. Galvin, rest in peace sir. Abra and the Galvin Family, I sincerely pray that the Lord Our God has eased your pain since his loss. I find comfort in these verses, I hope you do also.

Revelation 21:3-4. "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

Mark McDaneld, Supervisory Patrol Agent
United States Border Patrol-Yuma, AZ

September 12, 2006

I remmember the day when i was 16, and only a cadet with the Sheriff's office, when i got a call from an advisor telling me an officer had fallen.
Back then I did not understand what it was all about,. But now, today, after being a Reserve Deputy for Sedgwick County, and after loosing a friend that was a deputy in harvey county, i now understand what its all about.
Its all about duty, and you did yours. Training to handle explosives to keep others safe when the time came to be real.

You will be remmebered, and i will never forget the longest line of cars packed of people that were there to say "See ya" that cold day..

Reserve Deputy Dustin Burson
Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

May 5, 2006

To the family and friends of Lt. John Eugene Galvin, his fellow officers, and most especially to Lt. Galvin:

On this the fifth anniversary of your tragic death, we honor and remember you. Rest in Peace, Lt. John Galvin.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Lt. Galvin died in the line of duty. In reading the reflections, it is obvious he was well-loved by many and well-respected by his peers as reflected in the loving reflections left for him.

May his loved ones continued to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the twenty years of distinquished service Lt. Galvin gave to his community and the citizens of Kansas, and the supreme sacrifice he and his familly made on November 4, 2000.

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

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

November 4, 2005

In loving memory of Lt. Jack Galvin: Alot of kind words have been written
here and it is easy to see that after
5 years you are still fondly remembered. My heart goes out to
all those still missing you. Thank you for your dedication and service.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

November 4, 2005

Jack, Friday will be 5 years since we lost you, but you have been in our hearts every second. You will never be forgotten, as your picture in the squad rooms look out over the new troops, and us old guys it reminds us that we all have you looking out for us. Thanks my friend

Detective Dave Peters
Wichita Police Department

November 2, 2005

With the 5th anniversary of your being called away from duty, I wanted to leave a reflection to let you know that you have not been forgotten nor will you ever be. I am sure that even after 5 years, the pain still runs deep in all the broken hearts left behind. There are no words I can say to comfort them except that you are a true hero. Keep watch over your family and continue to guide them in their lifes journey. Protect those still out on patrol.

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

Bob Gordon

November 2, 2005


You were one of us. Not only were you a member of the Wichita Police Department family, you were a classmate of mine. The Fall 1980 WPD Recruit Class. Twenty-five wide-eyed rookies waiting to embark on a new profession and hoping to somehow make a difference in the world. You made a difference. You achieved your goal through touching the lives of your co-workers, others in law enforcement, and those countless others throughout our community and beyond, that were fortunate enough to meet you. Being a couple of years older than the majority of us twenty-one year olds, your maturity and leadership was evident from the first day of class. You were selected to be our Class President, and you represented us well. In a week, the remaining ten WPD Officers from our class will gather to remember our last 25 years of being Wichita Police Officers. How we wish that 10 could be 11. But we know you will be with us in spirit, looking down and smiling as we recount the stories being told and remembered.

Though you are gone... you will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Allen Wolf
Wichita Police Department
WPD Recruit Class - Fall 1980

Sgt. Allen Wolf
Wichita Police Department

September 3, 2005

Jack was everything that a husband, father, and cop should be. I still remember the way he used to run the River Festival like it was no big thing. He turned 100,000 people gathering in one square mile into fun and good times for everyone...even the cops that were working it!! Jack, I escorted you to your final resting place on that cold day a little over four years ago, but your legacy did not die with you. Your brothers are fighting the good fight, and I know that makes you happy. Rest in peace sir, and we WILL see you again.

Detective Jason Gill
Sedgwick County

April 28, 2005

Daddy- Four years have passed, but it only seems like yesterday. We have made it through another Thanksgiving and we are getting ready for Christmas. There have been lots of changes and we are slowly finding our way. Your twinkies still talk about you all the time. We watch the video that Lance made of you and sometimes we cry and sometimes we laugh, but it always brings a new memory of you. You are never far from our thoughts or our hearts. And I will always love you for the strength that you have instilled in me and values that you have taught me. I love you Daddy. Rest in Peace and we will meet again someday.

Abra Fowler

December 14, 2004

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Tonight, November 4, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Lieutenant John Eugene Galvin who died in the line of duty on this date four years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Lt. Galvin's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

November 4, 2004

Jack, It's been 4 years since we lost you, but still seems like yesterday. There is not a day that goes by that you don't enter my mind. Your memory like your friendship will live on for ever. Thanks for being my friend.

Detective Dave Peters
Wichita Police Dept.

November 4, 2004

In loving memory of Lt. Jack Galvin:
It's been 4 short years and you are
still missed and your memory has
grown in honor and respect. Thank
you for your many years of dedicated
service and from the looks of your
shirt, you received many awards. I am sure it is difficult for your family and friends to continue on without you, but know you are not forgotten.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

November 4, 2004

It's taken me almost four years but I finally made it here, I'll never forget those early days Jack, all the jokes, the close calls, watching your kids and mine grow to be adults. Life is so short, Mary and I and a large number of folks are working dilligently on the LEO Memorial of Sedgwick County, taking more time then we have patience for but we're going to get it right. Just wanted you to know how much you are missed and know there are those of us who won't let your memory die. I speak to each recruit class each year about critical incidents and find yours still the most difficult to talk about, the wound is still fresh but it will heal. I can only hope that I have done my best to keep your memory alive. You will never know the lasting impression you have left with me. To Mary and Family he was and still is the greatest.

Lt. G. Schroeder #1088
Wichita Police Department

September 6, 2004

To the family and friends of Lt. Galvin. The L-T is not forgotten. You'll see him again, this I know.

Bomb Tech
Tempe PD (Az)

September 1, 2004

Its been 3 years, I just wanted to say we miss you and Thanks for watching over us.

Detective Dave Peters
Wichita Police Dept. Bomb Squad

November 4, 2003


Detective Dave Peters
Wichita Police Dept. Bomb Squad

November 4, 2003

Rest in peace sir, knowing that you live on in the memories of those whose lives you touched. While your watch is over, ours continues.

Senior Trooper
Virginia State Police

November 4, 2003

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