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

God Bless you and may your family find peace and comfort. Thank you.

Md Transportation Authority

July 30, 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

it has been over 2 years and still i cant understand why...
why such a horrible thing had to happen

i did not know sgt coughlin, but wanted to say thank you , for his dedicated service and for giving the ultimate sacrifice

i know now you are an angel in heaven looking down on us from above

to his family god bless you and hold strong

dispatcher /911 operator
polk county sheriff's office, florida

December 27, 2003

John, you have been missed on a daily basis. Everytime I pass your photo I recall your warmth, your spirit, your friendliness, and your willingness to help others. You are truly the epidemy of what every cop/firefighter should strive to be. I only wish I knew you longer. Rest in are not forgotten.

PO/DBR Brother

October 3, 2003



I was one of the 340 officers who attended the 911 memorial in manhattan NY 2002.
I like the rest of my fellow officers paid tribute to every officer who lost their lives at the world trade center 9 11 2001.

whilst at the NYPD museum in manhattan i was touched by the bravery of the officers of that fateful day in 2001.
God Bless you all .

Many regards to their families and colleagues ,
on behalf of the U.k. police officers..

In respect of all who perished ,a Ground Zero flag which was given to Sc 7061 Boyce at the 911 memorial 2002 .
Has now been donated and is now situated at the
in Bridgend , South Wales .u.k.

Sc 7061 Dave Boyce ,
South Wales Police force ,

sc7061 boyce
south wales police , uk

I did not know this officer or the others who lost their lives on September 11th. They are TRUE AMERICAN HERO'S. GOD bless the NYPD and all of the families associated with them.


Recruit Don Reichhardt
60th Crater Criminal Justice Academy
Prince George, Va.

Officer Don Reichhardt
Virginia State University Police Department

It was late one Tuesday evening,
Before a mother could sit down,
To tell her only child about
The terror that hit downtown.

She looked into the eyes of her son
God, she loved him so,
She felt her heart begin to break
And the hurt begin to show.

She gathered all her strength and courage,
as her story she began to tell.
"Baby don't cry, but I'm afraid daddy
Might be under a building that fell."

The boy looked back at his mother,
His eyes made not one blink.
And the mother's tears began to fall.
What would her baby think?

You see, his dad is a Policeman,
And his hero from the day of his birth.
He loved his dad more than anything else
That could ever inherit this earth.

The mother's head began to drop,
Her forehead resting on palm.
She thought her son would be upset.
Instead, he was very calm.

The boy leaned over towards his mom,
And put his hand upon her head.
In her ear he began to whisper,
And this is what he said:

"Mommy please don't cry,
I knew daddy wasn't coming home.
I talked to him just a while ago,
But it wasn't on the phone.

He told me that he loved me,
And he promised we'd meet again.
He told of his new home,
And the job he was to begin."

"God is building an army,
And there are many angels needed.
That, is where daddy and the others went.
They weren't all defeated."

It was then, the mother lifted her head.
The tears streamed down her face.
And she could feel her husband's presence,
As it filled her heart with grace.

It was then she knew her son was right.
He was in God's great army now.
She also knew her son was safe,
That he'd be kept from harm somehow.

So, evildoers of the world beware.
An army is on the way.
Bolstered by new angels,
Who left the towers that day..

Their commander has never been beaten.
His power has never been matched,
And if evil thinks He was almighty before......
Well, the surface has just been scratched!

9-11-02 - 1 year anniversary
We will NEVER forget!



I am now a 48 year old lawyer in Atlanta,who was a Sgt with the MP's in the 1970's. I started wearing a "mercyband" with Sgt. Coughlin's name on it at Christmas. I never take it off and think of him, his family, and the sacrifice he made, everyday. It is he who honors me with his name on my wrist.

Joe Redd
Ex-Military Police

It's tough enough to find the words to express your feelings when one officer dies, But when so many die, thus far I have found it impossible to even begin to find a place to start. I think President Bush and Tom Hanks both sort of put it together somewhat- "We are at War" and the everyday things that we think are so important- like movies and sporting events are really trivial. I can't imagine how these officers families must feel. So many of them had a wife and little children. I have a wife and three little children, now I have found myself spending more time with them than I did before Sept 11th. I hope everyone else in this country does the same with their loved ones.

Deputy James Breeden
Loudoun County Sheriffs Office

Your death will be avenged and your heroism, bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten!

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


I donated to a fund raiser today, and in return I received a "dog tag" with your name on it. I never met you but your name is now included in my prayers and thoughts. I will keep it always. I take comfort in the thought that you are among many brave law enforcement officers who have gone before you. My darling husband Gary Wagers, California Highway Patrol Sergeant, End of Watch 3/15/01, will be a partner beside you in heaven. You and your fellow NYPD heroes, firefighters and others will remain in our prayers as long as Americans cherish freedom and those who safeguard it for us. God love you.

Linda Wagers, widow
CHP Sergeant Gary Wagers

As I watched the towers come down on September 11th from my home, I knew that many of my brother New York City Police officers had lost their lives. I knew many of them were in the buildings. I knew this because I knew something that the public found out of the 11th, and that is the Men and Woman of the NYPD are heroes, nothing less. Everyday they put their lives on the line to protect the people of New York City.
No member of the NYPD could sit back while people needed help, so these brave 23 NYPD officers along with their 47 brother officers from the PAPD, FBI, Court Administration, Secret Service teamed up with the brave men of the FDNY and in saving over 25,000 of their fellow New Yorkers gave their own lives.
These men and Women are truly heroes and not a day goes by now when I don’t think of them as I patrol the streets of New York City.
These men and women make me proud to be a Police Officer.
Their actions exemplify everything that is good about being a Police Officer.

God Bless them their families and god bless the NYPD.

A Brother NYPD Officer

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


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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