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

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

Today, April 11, 2002, is 7 months since Officer Skala gave his life for others. I continue to wear a Mercy Band which bears his name so that he will never be forgotten. I shall wear it forever in the memory of this young Officer who unselfishly thought of others before himself and who is one of the Guardian Angels who watches over us all.

Judith B. Waterhouse
Albuquerque, NM

I wear a Mercy Band at all times that bears Officer John Skala's name. I will always wear this to honor the memory of this fine Officer who is a Guardian Angel over us all. I wish I had known him personally, and he was a very courageous person who thought of saving the lives of others on September 11, 2001.

My Prayers are with all the friends and family of all the officers who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
I lost my brother tragically, Det. David Taylor, Greensboro PD, On August 7, 2001. I was in NY for my fiancee's Mother's funeral the first of Sept. I was stranded there for 3 weeks due to this atrocity. As I watched the events on TV, I cried for all those who lost their lives. But was especially emotional about the Police Officers and the Firefighters and their families, as I had just recently suffered a tragic loss myself. As I walked through the streets in the days following the attack, I cried with pride as I saw the officers on duty on all the corners in the city. I knew how hard it was for them, knowing they had lost their friends. On the Sat. following the attack I was at St. Patrick's for mass. The last 2 people to go up and take communion were 2 NYPD officers, again I cried. I hope all of you are getting the support that my family and I got when we needed it, from the Deparment. I know the comforting words and even the funny stories the officers tell us about my brother helps. I know that our loved ones who are gone from here, had a higher calling and are happy and at peace in Heaven. Hopefully we can all feel that same peace one day! God bless All of you! And God bless America!
Tracy Taylor
Thomasville, NC
Sister of Greensboro Det.David L Taylor
EOW 8/7/01

TRACY TAYLOR

Blessed are the peacemakers,For they shall be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9




Anonymous

God I don't know what to say. I intend to post this message for each and everyone of you heroes so Officer, Detective, Agent, Whatever,... I thank you. You swore to serve and to protect. Well your days of protecting us are over. But you will forever be in service. Your eternal service... the inspiration you and your fellow bothers and sisters have re-enforced in my heart, will live so long as I do. Though I will not always carry your name in the front of my mind, not in my duties as a soldier or as the police officer I plan to become when I get home, I will still always carry with me the knowledge of your sacrifice... of your heroism, of your selflessness... I will carry a samll piece of you everywhere I go. Be it with an M-16 in my hands in a strange land, or a badge on my chest in my own back yard... long after the flags come down and the nation carries on... until the day I die... you will continue to serve... as my inspiration. God bless you. God bless your family. God bless your agency. God bless FDNY. God bless all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen, and marines. God bless New York City. GOD BLESS AMERICA. Thank you my brothers and sisters. I love you.

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