Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Anthony Lorror Johnson

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, January 7, 2003

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Reflections for Police Officer Anthony Lorror Johnson

On this actual anniversary of your death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

January 7, 2021

One of the many amazing men and women from the Philadelphia Police Department who sacrificed for the safety and security of others. Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 27, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Johnson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 19, 2019

A Hero now in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

January 7, 2015

Dear Tony,
It's Police Memorial Week. You are gone, but NEVER forgotten! We shared some great times at Southwest Detective Division. You were a true friend and a great co-worker. You are truly missed!

Retired Police Sergeant Cynthia Kelly
Philadelphia Police Department

May 10, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 7th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 7, 2010

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 23, 2009

"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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 24, 2008



January 1, 2008

RIP Tony...


January 7, 2007

Tony, you were a true gentleman. I remember vividly how you'd come into the 18th District and SWDD shaking hands, making conversation, and just making everyone feel appreciated. From the newest rookie, to the crusty veteran---you treated us like gold. We miss you pal.

God Bless

Policeman Gregory Speck
Philadelphia Police

January 7, 2007

Four years have passed and you have not been forgotten. For some the four years have passed very quickly and for others it has felt like an eternity. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those out on patrol. You are a true hero and heroes never die, you will never be forgotten.

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

January 7, 2007

He may have fallen, but he is NEVER forgotten.

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

September 26, 2006

Dear Detective Johnson,

It is with great respect and sadness that we write this to express our condolences to the Philadelphia Police Department and to you and your fine family. God gives us great peace in allowing us memories of good times. Dwell on these good memories. Our thought and prayers are with you. Thank you for your love and care of your fellow man. Please watch over us from above and pray for us. We love you dear one.

Grandma & Grandpa Hinkle
Parents of a Deputy Sheriff

October 16, 2004



May 12, 2004

Your lost will be felt all over the world. Remember that God has a reason for everything. You will always be in our prayers.

Police Officer Joe Smith
Kansas City, Mo Police Department

October 11, 2003

To the family, friends and fellow Philadelphia Police officers of Det. Johnson, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

To Det. Johnson, thank you for your service. Though your no longer with us, we will never forget to honor what you gave. Rest now, and we will take it from here.

PSP Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police

September 21, 2003

Detective Johnson is safely home.... and months after this man's death, I am thinking of his family and friends.
May Peace be with you all.

EMS; Youngstown, Ohio

We are truly saddened at your loss.
We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
The young ones now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.

God Bless Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters.
Our prayers will be with you, your family, and co-workers!

Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) PD

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State University Police Department, our thoughts and prayers to the Johnson family and the Philadelphia Police Department.

Officer Don W. Reichhardt #125
Virginia State University Police Department

Sorry my brother, you will be missed.


Please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Thank you Detective Johnson for a job well done. Please continue to watch over us and protect us as only you can. You will forever be at our side and in our hearts.

For those of you who still have loved ones with us please take the time to tell them how much you appreciate and care about them.


If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.


Never forgotten.

Knoxville Police Department, TN

May God bless you and your family and know that the world will always be a better place because there are men and woman like Anthony who will pay the ultimate sacrifice for everyone else's safety and freedom. Never forgotten.

Cst John Goedhuis
Greater Sudbury Police Service (Ont. CAN)

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Detective Johnson's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Anthony is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) Anthony was well respected and well loved. Thank you for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please take care of my fiance Dennis.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar
Deputy Dennis McElderry's fiancee (EOW 01/03/03)

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