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

To the Finn family, friends, and the Albany Police Department. You have lost a beautiful soul, but heaven has one more shining star. Our thoughts and prays are with you all. Thanks Lieutenant Finn for all you have done for your brothers and sisters; rest in peace.

Patrol Officer
Prince George's County, Maryland

April 13, 2004

I am saddened to the deaths of more law enforcement officers. I hate that we are living in such a cruel world. My hear goes out to the family and friends of Lieutenant Finn.

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 4, 2004

To the family of Officer Finn, We are truly sorry for your tragic loss. As a survivor of a 2002 death, we feel your pain and know that when one of our own loses life in the line of duty, we all suffer the loss.
Jeannette Shields, parent of Jimmy Shields, 10/30/02

April 3, 2004

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 Lieutenant Finn 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.


March 20, 2004

My family would like to extend our deepest sympathy ot the family of Lieutenant John Finn. We know your loss is tremedous as we are dealing with the death of our niece Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig. May God give you comfort and the strength to go on. May God also watch over all men & women in law enforcement and keep them safe.

Gail M Pabst

March 19, 2004

Although we never had a chance to meet, we shared a common goal.
To make the world a better place, but now it's taken a toll.
Now I say to you in words of a prayer, I will remember what you've done.
Your death was the ultimate in sacrifice, how tragic that you're gone.
One day we'll meet and talk about our common goal and then,
The heartache that I 'm feeling now, will no longer have to mend.

The Men and Women of the Green Bay Polic
Green Bay P.D. Green Bay WI

March 12, 2004

The price you have paid does not go un-noticed.

Officer S.L. Coffman
California Highway Patrol

March 2, 2004

God Bless...

Patrolman/ Officer David Faden
Bennington Police Dept.

March 1, 2004



February 28, 2004

Aufrichtige Anteilnahme - REST IN PEACE

Ret. Detectiv

February 24, 2004

This tragedy reminds us all of how much our heroes in brown or blue really put on the line that we might be safe.
Thank you Lt. Finn


Wife of a Sgt.
Macomb County Sheriff Dept, MI

February 23, 2004

On behalf of the Pittsfield Police Department, we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Finn. God Bless.

Officer Rodney Minoty
Pittsfield Police Dept. ME.

February 23, 2004

Lt. I never had the pleasure of meeting you. Thanks for your years of service. I was unfortunitly unable to attend your memorial service, but observed it on television, a real tear jerker. your family and brothers in blue and grey will never forget your sacrifice. God bless you and your wife and children. Rest in peace.


February 23, 2004

A true hero is measured by the actions taken in life. Lieutenant Finn is, and will be forever remembered as a hero. May God Bless your soul, Lieutenant Finn. God will have a true, dedicated, hero to patrol the streets of heaven.
One day you will be there to meet us fellow officers that will follow you into the gates of heaven, and if we maybe so blessed we will shake your hand and thank you for your dedication to the job.
May god wrap his loving arms around the family, friends, and fellow officers to comfort them in this enormous loss.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the men and women of the, Albany Police Department. Though we may never meet nor may we know your names, we feel your loss, and forever we will open our thoughts and prayers to our brothers and sisters of your agency.

Sincerely Yours,
The Men and Women of the Mason County Sheriff’s office – Ludington Michigan.

Road Patrol Division
Mason County Sheriff's Office - Ludington MI

February 22, 2004

My heart aches for John's wife and children. I too have lost my husband in the line of duty after only 5 months of marriage.
John has made the ultimate sacrifice and has left this world a true hero. You have to believe that he is in a much better place and that he is your new guardian angel. John and his family will be kept in my thoughts and in my heart.

Denise Zimmerman
Surviving spouse of NJ State Trooper Bertram Zimmerman 02-05-2004

February 21, 2004

My sincerest smpathies to the family of Lt. Finn.

SFC William L. Farrell
Us Army Military Police, Ret.

February 21, 2004

Our condolences to Lieutenant John Finn's family, friends, and members of the Albany Police Department. Rest in peace, Lieutenant.

Phil & Joan Allen, Retired
Michigan State Police

February 20, 2004

Tomorrow, thousands of people will gather at the Pepsi Arena in Albany to say a last goodbye to Lt Finn. Police Officers, Firefighters, EMS Personnel and Citizens from all over will salute a man who protected the people of Albany with class, honor and valor. On behalf of all the people who live and/or work in Albany who John protected for 13 years, please accept our heartfelt condolences and a "Thank you" from a grateful citizenry. Rest in Peace.


February 20, 2004

Rest easy, we have the watch.

Patrol Officer Morris
Burlington Police Dept. VT

February 19, 2004

Brother, may God bless you and watch over your family. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Special Agent
FBI New York

February 19, 2004

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Lieutenant John Finn's family, friends, and the Albany Police Dept.

Lt. Finn, you are truly a hero in every sense of the word.

Rest easy now brother.

"A soldier is never gone until he is forgotten" We will never forget!

Brothers in Blue!

Deputy Sheriff
Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, NY

February 19, 2004

Rest in Peace! You will not be forgotten. Not only does your family and friends grieve, your brothers and sisters in blue grieve for you as well. Keep a watch over the rest of us. You have done your time in hell.

Ofc. K. Moses

February 17, 2004

It is a sad momment when I hear of a fellow officer has given his/her life in the effort to keep the community and others safe. We will continue your fight with you now watching us from above and rest to sure that we will never forget what you have given for us. To your family I give my deepest condolences, Rest in peace and take your place walking heaven's beat.

Patrol officer II
Asheboro PD NC

February 17, 2004

I am deeply saddened by this tragic news. Another of the best people on earth has fallen to an evil murderer. I hope the community will show its outrage, as well as appreciation for this officer's sacrifice. My deepest sympathies and prayers to the family, friends and brother/sister officers of Lt. John FINN. Rest in Peace brother.

Pennsylvania State Police

February 17, 2004

Our hearts go out to all of you, family, friends, and LEO brothers and sisters of Lt. Finn. We have recently lost a dear friend and brother at our agency and it breaks my heart to see today several more souls added to the memorial. Stand tight in support of each other...God bless you all....

Master Deputy
Marion County Sheriff's Office, FL

February 17, 2004

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