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Patrolman Lawrence Michael Jupin

Westminster Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, November 29, 2002

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Reflections for Patrolman Lawrence Michael Jupin

Officer Jupin “Larry”,

We speak of you often. We will never forget that night. As your community next door and back up on that night, the incident is forever etched in our memory. Each year I remind officers of the ultimate sacrifice you made. You were a good friend to many of us and we will forever honor the sacrifice you made.

Lt. Jeffrey Howe
Fitchburg Police Department

May 10, 2019

Rest in peace Patrolman Jupin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 26, 2019

I was in the ED when Officer Jupin was brought in ( ED RN). I was also there when he passed away 3 years later. God Bless him and also his family. He is at peace, but the family will always have to live with this senseless dead. May they find Peace.


May 24, 2015

Dear Larry,

Just another quick note to tell you that we will be revisiting your courage, sacrifice and commitment to your community tomorrow evening at the Osceola Campus of Valencia College. Future police officers learning the criminal law in Kissimmee and St. Cloud, FL will again be told of your heroism. Your example will always be relevant!!! Rest easy knowing that.

Brian Knuuttila, Esq.
*Former State Rep., 2nd Worcester District (which included Westminster and parts of Fitchburg, MA. at the time)
*Former Police Officer: Gardner, Athol & Shirley, MA.

Assoc. Prof. Brian Knuuttila, Esq.
Valencia College, Orlando, FL.
February 22, 2015

Assoc. Prof.
Valencia College

February 22, 2015

Patrolman Jupin,
On today, the 11th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for service and sacrifice for the citizens of Westminster. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 29, 2013

Larry was my best friend in High School, he was also the best man at my wedding. Words can't explain what he meant to me. He is missed and he is loved. I'm glad to call him a friend.

John Hout

October 5, 2013

To Larry:

As a college professor, now living in Florida, I am currently teaching criminal law to a number of TSA professionals. The topics of mens rea, actus reus, concurrence and causation are next up in class, and your exemplary service and unfortunate death will be spoken about at length in our class tomorrow (particularly with regard to the topic of causation). So, please know that your sacrifice continues to live on in a very significant way in that current and future law enforcement professionals will learn of your honor, courage and commitment to your community and to your chosen profession. Please rest well knowing that you are indeed not forgotten, and never will be!

Brian Knuuttila, Esq.
*Former State Rep., 2nd Worcester District (which included Westminster and parts of Fitchburg, MA. at the time)
*Former Police Officer: Gardner, Athol & Shirley, MA.

Assoc. Prof. Brian Knuuttila, Esq.
Valencia College, Orlando, FL.

September 29, 2013

As a Kid in Westminster some of the Police were feared, some were looked up to. "Joop" was looked up to. He died protecting our hometown, we remember and honor him

Townie Jon M.
One of the townies that he died protecting

March 8, 2012


Thank you for being there for me through the academy and for guiding me through my time in Iraq. I still think about you often.

RIP Brother,


Friend / Academy Classmate

May 6, 2011

Rest in Peace, Officer Jupin. It's too bad that criminals get off way too easy these days via an "insanity" defense. It seems to be the common excuse for committing a horrible and cowardly act these days. May God bless you and your family. May the coward who murdered you pay the price when his judgment day comes.

A Texas Street Cop #614


February 13, 2011

Officer Jupin you are not forgotten by the men and women of the Boston Police Department. RIP.

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police

June 30, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the seventh anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you. Both the pain and the pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 29, 2009

I just read that a judge found your killer criminally insane at the time of the shooting and that he is now being sent for a 40 day evaluation at a mental hospital.
I hope he is instutionalized forever after the evaluation.

Your memory is honored and revered. Your family members are in my thoughts and prayers today.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 2, 2009

Brave men like Officer Jupin are what made Westminster such a wonderful small town to grow up in. Thank You, and may God bless you.


July 22, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service


November 29, 2007

My deepest sympathy to the family of this brave officer, and to the extended family of the department for which he so courageously served.


November 29, 2007

Patrolman Jupin,
On today, the 5th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Westminster. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



November 29, 2007

"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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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 8, 2007

My thoughts are with your parents as I know their daily struggle for there is not greater loss than to lose a child. If one loses a husband, you are called a widow, if you lose a wife we use the term widower and if we lose our parents, you are an orphan. When we lose a child it is so terrible that we have no word to describe the it. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and I thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement. You are a true hero.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 25, 2007

In the line of duty, another hero pays the ultimate sacrifice so others can walk without fear.

Correction Officer Scott Boutell
Massachusetts Department of Correction

August 21, 2007

When I came to the ODMP today you were the featured officer to remember...what a heartbreaking story. You fought the good fight and are now resting in eternal peace. My thoughts and prayers are with your famliy and friends. Your dedication and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Linda Lamm - LEO wife and sister of
Jay Balchunas EOW 11.05.04

August 12, 2007

May Our Lord give your loved ones comfort and peace.G-d Bless.

November 29, 2006

Patrolman Jupin, today marks the 4th anniversary of your passing. You were a young guy with a bright future and one man took that away from all who knew and all who might have gotten to know you. I hope that man is STILL in custody, but this being Massachusetts, he may very well be walking the streets as I type this, having been deemed ‘sane’.

The Town of Westminster isn’t a large town, and to have two fine Police Officers taken from the ranks of its PD in just about 10 years is especially heart breaking. My heart goes out to the Westminster Police Department on this solemn day. On this day, my heart especially goes out to your family Ptl. Jupin but I know you’re still truly with them.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

November 29, 2006

Its been 4 years ago that you fell Brother Lawrence. I thank you, though we never met, for your service and courage. We all could pray to have a back up officer as dedicated as you were. Rest in peace, we won't forget you.

November 29, 2006

Four years later--he is gone but NEVER forgotten.

Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEO's

November 11, 2006

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