Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer John Skala

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer John Skala

Officer John P. Skala, I am thinking of you and your courage, caring, sacrifice, kindness on 9/11. I still wear a Mercy Band with your name, honoring you, and remembering your courage every day of my life. You are my Angel and you dwell in the hearts and minds of your Family and Friends. Gone, but never forgotten.

Judith Jermark
Friend

September 10, 2018

I stil wear the Mercy Band with your name and that shows you were a Police Officer with the Port Authority Police Department. You were also an EMT, and a very Courageous young Man. I will never forget you, NEVER....You are my Guardian Angel. I Love, Honour and Respect you and your wonderful Family. You are in My thoughts and in my daily Prayers.Hid Bless You. God needed an Angel, and you answered the call. I will talk with you again next year. Judith Jermark, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA.

Judith Jermark
Friend

September 9, 2016

Tomorrow is the anniversary of 9/11, the day you left us while rescuing others. You made the ultimate sacrifice so that others could live. I think of you often, but especially at this time every year. I continue to wear the Mercy Band that has your name, John P. Skala, PAPD. engraved on it. I truly believe that you became an Angel that day, and that you are always near your family and friends. My Dear Courageous, John, you will always be remembered and loved.

Judith Ann Bernadette Jermark
Friend

September 10, 2015

I continue to wear the bracelet which has your name on it. It reminds me of the sacrifice you made so that others would be saved. You are in my heart and mind and will always remain there. You are gone, but you will never be forgotten.

Judith Ann Bernadette Jermark
Friend

October 7, 2014

You as always are remembered

Pat Van Den Berghe
Civilian, Manchester, NH

September 11, 2012

I still wear the bracelet that has your name, John P. Skala, PAPD, to honor your courage and caring that you were so well known about. You are our guardian angel and will always be the angel who watches over me. Heaven needed another Angel on 9/11, and you are there, serving others still and I thank you for your sacrifice and heroism.

Judith Ann Bernadette Jermark
Friend

September 11, 2012

I can still picture you walking into my calls while working Clifton MICU. Your gone but never forgotten. RIP my friend until we meet again.

Rose Guzman
City of Passaic

September 10, 2011

I will alway remember our sprited conversations about the art of skiing but mostly your friendship and moral support during my hardship - when other "close" friends turned away! Yash - you were and will always be a good man and friend! Vechnaya pamyat!

Walter Wolaniuk Jr. (Wally)
Friend

September 7, 2011

I didn't know you, but there are not enough words to say how sad and deep the loss is for one with so much life ahead of them, taken for such a brutal and unforgiving cause of 09/11/2001. For all those we lost that day really. And now, to have our country being taken over by the very forces that took you. What a travesty it is. Maybe you were all the lucky ones. Rest in Gods hands. Your sacrifice will be remembered always.

Anonymous

May 14, 2010

I am forever in debt to the 23-37 and the 343. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten. You are a true hero, Thank you for your service Sir.

Deputy and Firefighter
Glades County, Florida

September 11, 2009

Officer Skala,
Sir, on today the 8th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and all the other LEOs that died that day for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous

September 11, 2009

You are not forgotten...thank you

Anonymous

September 11, 2009

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

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends and family. May God bless and keep them.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, FOR HELPIPNG PROTECT OUR COUNTRY!!!!

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

K.L.

March 12, 2009

You are not and will never be forgotten. You and the other brothers we lost that day are HEROES and will be remembered forever! Rest high on the streets of Heaven!

Deputy Brant Pewitt
Williamson Co. Sheriff's Dept TN.

September 11, 2007

I for one have known your dedication and commitment to the service of others. A protector of the peace and a healer of the downed. You are an inspiration to us all and to know the strength, courage, selflessness and fortitude you carried in your soul, a banner has been raised in commitment to the thin line that keeps the rest safe and secure. A banner that is carried by all of those who knew you, have come to know you and even those that envied you. You are a true American Hero. You are not forgotten, you will always be a trailblazer and a shoe that is not easily filled. You did more in your short time on earth than most have done and can even imagine. Thank you friend.

August 5, 2007

Dear John:
"Be all things to all men". That slogan has been around for many years, but when thinking of you and your actions, it has a deeper meaning, and is much more appropriate. A long time ago, I embarked on a labor of love. To write each of you who perished that horrible day, your own reflection. And this one is yours.
Few professions in this world have a code that is as sacred as ours: "To protect and serve". To some, it sounds like an outdated few words. To others, it might be a catchy phrase. Some might call it a cliche. To us, it's a way of life. You proved that and more.
Our profession is an odd one. People don't want us around, or shun us when we appear. People cower from us upon our arrival, and everyone gets to enjoy Monday morning quaterbacking our actions and decisions. But these same critics, owe their very existence, the ability to sleep safely at night, or to have their kids grow up without fear, to us...YOU.
Only when an officer lays down his life do some folks stop to reflect on what was just done for them. For those who read this, here is another officer who laid down his life for the rest of. Here is another family shattered and hurt because this hero kept his oath...to protect you and me.
John, you elevated yourself from a man, to a family man, to a police officer, and now to a hero. An American hero. Thank you for what you did and gave. And thanks extended to your family for the sacrifices they too, have had to make.
Father in Heaven, please look after my fallen brother John. Keep him close to your heart until we meet in a better place. Watch over his family, that they know that their sacrifices has not gone un-noticed. And Father, please bless our officers still here, bringing them home safely to their families when their shift is done Amen

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office-Florida

June 5, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Officer John Skala and his fellow officers with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department and most especially to John:

Mere words seem insignificant to honor your heroism and courage which will never be forgotten. On this the fifth anniversary week of the tragic devastation wreaked upon our nation, those brave men and women who lost their lives safeguarding others are remembered and revered.

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

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect and gratitude for the distinquished service John gave to his community and country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on Septmeber 11, 2001.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg Police Department, CA; eow 4/24/05

September 14, 2006

a hero lives forever...

September 13, 2006

Thinking of you and your loved ones on this tragic day in history. You will never be forgotten and will be forever a hero.

Nicole Burdette
Wife of Deputy Alex Burdette EOW 3-12-05

September 11, 2006

HERO! Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer
Tennessee

July 17, 2006

Not a single day has gone by since that terrible day that I don't think about my brothers and sisters who gave their full measure that day. We carry on the fight in your name..............

Sgt. A. Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

December 28, 2004

Three years have passed since you so courageously left this world. I think about you often as I wear the mercy band that has your name on it. Although time passes, the memories of the event in which you bravely and courageously responded so that the rest of us could live our lives in peace are always with me. Even though I live far away from your home in New Jersey, I am always mindful of your bravery and your courage on behalf of so many. I know that you are still with all of us as we go through this life and that you spirit is about. I think of your family and give them my best wishes. There are Angels such as yourself all around still protecting us and watching over us. I wish I could have had the pleasure of knowing you, however, I do know that you were selfless, brave and courageous.
Until next year at this time...

Judith Waterhouse
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Judith B. Waterhouse

September 10, 2004

There are but two persons who protect the sinful human race from destroying itself. One is God's Holy Spirit. The other is the Peace Officer. Without them, we would all perish at each other's hands.

You were called into this profession and our Lord and Savior has blessed you because:
According to Romans 13.1-5...
God ordains the Peace Officer’s profession.
The Peace Officer is sent by God.
The Peace Officer is vested with God's authority to enforce the law.
A Peace Officer's badge is to be honored by us, because God honors it.

You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for your fellow man, while serving, defending, and protecting others in your community.

Thank you for your service to America. Your efforts saved thousand that horrible day.
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. You will be in our hearts forever.

September 11, 2001---Gone, but Never Forgotten.

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 6, 2004

I tried to attend as many funerals as I could during these darkest of days as my way of showing respect to families and coworkers of all of my brother and sister Officers and Firefighters. I cannot find the words to say how sorry I am that we have lost these great heroes. I cannot express my thanks enough for your bravery and sacrifice. My prayers are with you and all of your families......................AC

Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police

September 15, 2003

I think about Officer Skala every day as I wear the Mercy Band that bears his name. I have read several articles about this very interesting and heroic young gentleman. September 11th is the day that changed our lives forever and made us realize that nothing will ever be the same. Officer Skala's heroism, courage and selflessness remain utmost in my mind, and he will be remembered always and thought of often not only by his family and friends, but also by others of us who unfortunately never had the pleasure of having known this fine Officer.

Judith Waterhouse
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Judith Waterhouse

September 10, 2003

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