Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Daniel J. Hughes

Oakland Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Saturday, April 22, 1978

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Reflections for Patrolman Daniel J. Hughes

On this actual anniversary of your death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement family will always remember. Rest in peace always.

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

April 22, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 7, 2020

Back in those days OPD was a corrupt and heavy handed department under Chief H and Ptl H. Several officers were above all of that like Ptl Augustitus, Ptl Potito and ESPECIALLY Ptl Hughes. A fine person and excellent patrolman this man was an inspiration to the community. I remember him well and the people who were involved should have gotten the chair IMO.

Dan D
Friend

March 31, 2018

I was a young guy starting out -Ridgewood--and we all traveled the towns....I recall Officer Hughes passing/murder ( by my standard) ,and part because heinous nature

Families--- I hope some local ones view this and cognizant that when every officer starts his tour he has left behind a Family that Endurers a much greater level of anxiety, every single day ,than any other

Society should be reminded,DAILY that..." BLUE LIVES MATTER ! ''.......

THAT NARROW BLUE LINE IS WHAT PROTECTS US, THERE IS NOTHING ELSE

GRACIOUSLY AND GRATEFUL, MIKE SISSLER AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Michael Sissler,formerSr. VP Const. Co
citizen of our community

September 22, 2015

Officer Hughes-
I thank you for your service and sacrifice for the people of New Jersey. Your injuries were severe- and I know you and your family suffered much before your passing. Wishing you continued peace, and wishing your family solace in knowing you are always remembered.

Barbara Boyle
Formerly of Wyckoff, NJ

December 29, 2014

We still have the watch, Officer Hughes. Missed you on 4-22 this year. Talk to you again in 2013.

Ofc. DW
MN PD

June 23, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.
Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 23, 2012

Rest peacefully and always know, you will never be forgotten. God bless you and your family

Lt TDW
ADOC SRP

April 3, 2011

Rest in peace, Officer Hughes.

Ofc. DW
MN PD

April 22, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

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

April 22, 2010

Patrolman Hughes, thank you for your service and dedication. Neither you, nor your sacrifice, will ever be forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

February 17, 2010

Rest easy, Ofc. Hughes.

Officer DW
MN PD

April 22, 2009

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 22, 2008

Rest in peace my Brother.

Kevin T Ryan
NJ

April 22, 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
Sergeant
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

December 12, 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
Sergeant
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

December 12, 2007

Officer Hughes,
I moved to Oakland as a child in 1978, shortly after your passing and did not know of your service until today. Your service and sacrifice made it possible for us to grow up in a safer town. I have served as a SLEO II officer and am currently a 15 year verteran of our career EMS department. You gave all so we could give some. It is an honor to leave this reflection to a true hero! Your memory lives on through the rest of us who continue to serve.

A. Thompson, SLEO II, EMT-B
Glassboro EMS

August 14, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

June 19, 2006

Officer Hughes:


I see that you do not have any reflections. I am glad that I am able to give you your first. I was born on April 22, 1978. The same day your watch ended. I am now a deputy sheriff in Goodhue County, MN. I hope to walk as proudly as you did when you wore your badge during your tour of duty. You will always be remembered.


Deputy Dave Windels
Goodhue Co. Sheriff

April 11, 2004

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