Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant John Gerard Coughlin

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Reflections for Sergeant John Gerard Coughlin

I cannot say enough or offer enough tears or emotions for the numerous, numerous amazing men and women who gave so selflessly and heroically that day and for still many, the numerous days that followed over the numerous years to come. On this 19th anniversary of one of the deadliest days for American law enforcement I'd like to say to you all thank you, God Bless you and 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 11, 2020

Thinking of you today John. Nothing new, I think of you everyday. I always looked up to you and I do now more than ever. I will continue to pray for you, please watch over us. God Bless you Sergeant John Coughlin.

Sergeant Brian P. Wall,
NYPD-ESU (Retired)

January 6, 2019

Always in our prayers! So proud to call you family and know what a true hero you were. God bless you and your family always!

maryellen Magee-Brown

September 12, 2016

John, 14 years have passed now and the pain has not gone away. We all miss you and are so proud of you. As you know you are always on my mind and in my prayers. God Bless you Sarg, please watch over us.

Sergeant Brian P. Wall
NYPD-ESU (retired)

September 12, 2015

Hi Sgt. Coughlin. I am so very proud of you and will always respect your sacrifice. I am assigned to a Mounted Police Unit and my horse is named "Coughlin," in honor of you. He is a darn good police horse. Bold. Brave. You would love him haha God bless you. We will see you again someday. RIP. You are not, and never will be, forgotten.

RCSO (former NYPD)

April 30, 2013

You as always are remembered

Civilian, Manchester, NH

September 11, 2012

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 5, 2012

This is September 11, 2011. Ten years ago on this date, our country was attacked. This reflection is for every law enforcement officer, firefighter, paramedic, and civilian that were killed on that horrific day in 2001. You are all true heros, each and every one of you. I will never forget any of you that gave your life trying to save another.. and neither will this country. You fought the good fight brother.. now may you rest in peace! and god bless everyone who lost someone that day!

Deputy Thomas Thompson
Harrison County Sheriff's Office Ohio

September 11, 2011

i have worn my bracelet just shy of 10 years now, and it is in good company with my mia bracelet. I stop on many occasions and reflect on the loss to family and frends the abcense of these good men means in this world of time. i know there can be no words to comfort you save from God who has His hand over all those who loved and lost, but you are still here and you are loved. I am still grieved by times like this, when you have to revisit the pain. Be strong, you are not alone.

t m wachowiak ga citizen

September 10, 2011

RIP Boss

PO R Cuddeback (Ret)

September 6, 2011

Today is May 15, 2011. This past week I was visiting NYC and purchased a wrist band with Sgt John Coughlin's I wanted to find out more about him. I am honored to wear this bracelet, and honor him and his family and friends daily....the ultimate sacrafice. And when I found out he was a was my father...WWII (who just passed in 2010). Can't help but imagine it was meant to happen that I came across his name, and the military tie to my father. THANK YOU for your honor and courage!! And THANK YOU to his family.......I love you all. God bless......Semper Fi!!

Margit Konipol
U.S. Citizen - TX

May 15, 2011

Rest In Peace Sgt. Coughlin. Thank you for your ultimate service! God's Speed.

Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California

March 7, 2011

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

The anniversary of 9/11 is coming up in a few days as you well know. I just wanted you to know that you have not been forgotten. Rest in Peace...

Sergeant Chris DiToro

September 8, 2009

God bless Sarge, rest in peace.

Deputy Sheriff and Volunteer Firefighter
Southwest Florida

July 10, 2009


We were having the greatest time of our lives until that September day. Pound for pound, yes, you are the strongest. Big man with a big heart. I am proud and lucky to be your friend. I think of you everyday and miss you so much.
Rest in peace.

Sgt. Brian Wall, Retired

May 18, 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.


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


March 6, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Sergeant Coughlin and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

January 12, 2009



November 25, 2008

Rest in peace brother, sorry I didn't stop by on 9/11
You will never be forgotten

Sergeant Chris DiToro

September 18, 2008

R.I.P. Brother, we still remember and appreciate your sacrifice. God be with your family.

Officer Wil
Modesto CA PD

September 11, 2008

John , I will always remember the days I drove you around harlem talking about our favorite team, The new york jets,
and you calling me chap. You are my hero.

retired police gregory green 2848
new york city police dept

May 11, 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
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 3, 2008

thank you....we will not forget.

lt. p.m. spurlock, jr
columbia county s.o. (fla)

October 31, 2007

Thank you, Sergeant John Coughlin, for your dedication to God, your family and. ultimately, your country.

Your sacrifice was not in vain, and you will never be forgotten.

God speed and God bless. Rest in peace Sergeant Coughlin.

God Bless America.

LRVirgil, Civilian
Texas - Law Enforcement Supporter

September 30, 2007

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