Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant John F. Finn

Albany Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, February 12, 2004

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Reflections for Lieutenant John F. Finn


Mark Mottola

February 12, 2020



March 11, 2018

My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the entire Finn's family, especially to his two daughters who had their father taken away from them. May God bless the Finn family, and may his soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

January 30, 2018

john my father always tells me great stories about you and about the tragic day. he tells me you and him were good friends just like the rest of the guys who loved you. rest easy
until we meet and until my father sees you again rest easy behind the thin blue line well hold it from here

Son Of APD officer
Albany Police Dept

November 2, 2016

I can not believe its been years. Seems like yesterday in some ways. Still missing you very much buddy!

Nadoraski, Tommy

December 23, 2013

10 years ago I was walking up the stairs to the station and you said, "Hey, doesn't it feel like these stairs will just suck you in if you don't keep moving?" "Absolutley" was my response. I was assigned the terrorism watch detail car and I noticed the address check list had an address listed twice(once as the name and once as the numeric). I brought this to your attention and you told me I was the first one to notice that. You smiled and said. "check them both for me."This was my last chance to speak with you. Thank you LT for your leadership. You and your Family are always in my prayers.


December 23, 2013

John - just realized what day it is. I think of you every day and miss you.

Bill Finn

February 12, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 27, 2013

Rest In Peace LT. 7 years ago.


December 23, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

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

February 12, 2010

Never forgotten, always honored for his ultimate sacrifice.

Mother,daughter, sister & granddau.of LEOs

February 9, 2010

Six years ago today, Rest In Peace LT.


December 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving LT.


November 26, 2009

To the Dear Family and Friend of Lt. Finn:
I am deeply sorry for the lost of Lt. Finn. I met Lt. Finn while working as the North Station Clerk (1997-2001), I felt he was crystal as an Officer of Law and seeks for the best in the youth. Lt. Finn was a gift from God to all of us who had the opportunity to know him. His early departure is just temporary since he is within us, an Angel watching over us until the day we will reunite with him again. Mayra Marrero


July 27, 2009

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 20, 2009

To Lt. John Finn, his loved ones, and his fellow officers with Albany Police Department:

On this the fifth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is with all family members and friends who call you beloved. They are all in my thoughts and prayers.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, John. I am so humbled by your valor and service.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service John gave to his community and the citizens of New York, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 12, 2004.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Lasater

February 12, 2009

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

Robyn Wilkes

February 9, 2009

Thankyou LT FINN for your service, you are a hero who we all can look up too. You will never be forgotten. God bless your family


December 4, 2008

we miss you


November 19, 2008

Four years ago today, you left behind family and friends who loved you deeply. You were a hero who gave your life protecting the city of Albany while striving to make the world a better place, improving the lives of children, caring for the less fortunate. You left an indelible mark on all who crossed your path. You will always be in the hearts and souls of your family and loved ones.


February 12, 2008



February 9, 2008

Merry Christmas LT.


December 25, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 17, 2007

I only met you once briefly but I just wanted to let you and those who loved you know that you will always be remembered as a symbol of honor, courage, and dedication.

Officer Edward Meyers
New York State University Police / Albany

February 28, 2007

I am a upstate resident and just seen were to day is the anniversary of your death i just wanted to say thank you for your sacrifice and that you will never be forgotten

NYS resident

February 12, 2007

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