Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant John Samuel Ashley

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Sunday, May 30, 2004

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Reflections for Sergeant John Samuel Ashley

Thinking of you!


February 28, 2023

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

May 30, 2021

God bless you

Mark Mottola

May 30, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Ashley.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 30, 2020

Was down at the wall at 6am in June thinking of you John. I had to find your name as well as another brother from Missouri State Hwy Patrol that I worked with in a town called Sikeston. Like you and I he was another hard charger that was just as confused as us on which job was more fun, firefighting of police work. Well DC lifted the age cut of for DCFD so I took the test. Just before I thought it was only fitting to find you and Jay on the wall. Did have good times around you from the academy to all the overtime details. You were just as ate up for the job as I. Will never forget you brother!

Officer Robert Hay
3rd Dist. D.C. Police/ Sikeston DPS

July 3, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 30, 2015

Happy Birthday, John.


October 4, 2014

You are not forgotten. Your spirit lives on in the actions of those (like me) you inspired. I still miss you!

L Kara

September 1, 2013

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 24, 2012

Sgt. Ashley is surely resting in peace, God's little children is precious to Him. Anyone who helps and cares for His little children has done a good thing and God will be repay and bless you. All 12 gates opened for Sgt. A, he had a choice of which gate to enter Heaven.

He is resting in Peace, family


May 30, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Ashley. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 5, 2012

I miss you!


November 29, 2011

It's been almost six years now, it's amazing how time flies. Although you're gone and the shop is too, I still think of you and all the times you brought the Chevy to my shop in Philly to make it better, and all the great conversations we had while doing so, both there and in Arlington.

You are remembered, and missed.

Ed Stewart

November 30, 2010

It's been almost six years now, it's amazing how time flies. Although you're gone and the shop is too, I still think of you and all the times you brought the Chevy to my shop in Philly to make it better, and all the great conversations we had while doing so, both there and in Arlington.

You are remembered, and missed.

Ed Stewart

November 30, 2010

John - I did not know you personally but through my brother who you now rest side by side with. I have visited you many times when visiting my brother at the City of Fairfax Cemetary. Bill thought the world of you. He shared many stories with me that brought a smile to his face and laughter to both us. He was heartbroken when he lost you to the angels in heaven that day. Many friends and colleagues were comforted to know that he would be resting beside you - his dear friend. You both were good men whose courage and dedication to duty was seen in every action you took on duty. I hope that you are still taking care of each other and looking out for us who are still down here. Rest in Peace!

Peggy Whitcomb

May 9, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fifth 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


May 30, 2009

I miss you still. I will love you always.


November 30, 2008

RIP,Your memory lives on and you are not forgotten.


November 28, 2008

I was just going through some of the notes and such from my husband's death and saw an email you sent to the department... It means a lot to me that you took the time to reach out to my family... but I just wanted to share the quote on the bottom of the email... very fitting...

"It is better to have lived one day as a lion, than a lifetime as a lamb."

Jen Morales
surviving spouse of Metro Transit Officer Marlon Morales (6-13-01)

October 29, 2008

Still remember four years later sarge


June 1, 2008

My life has not been the same since the ride-along I did with you in '01. Like so many other times with you, it was an adreneline filled blast. Certainly, your spirit lives on through the many people you inspired. I miss everyday.

Detective L Kara
Leesburg PD, Friend

December 27, 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 9, 2007

I visited you on the anniversary of your passing just a few weeks ago and once again cried. I thought back to the dinner we had at your mom's, which was the last time I saw you and the walk we took down her long beautiful backyard. We talked about our daughter, Tiffany and her future, about how excited you were to do many things with her and to show her what your work entailed and to take her where many dont get to go. You spoke highly about her education and how important it was, you spoke about how beautiful she was, and how concerned you were about her being so beautiful and the men that would come in and out of her life, although you would have preferred there were none at all. I think you would be very proud of her and the decisions that she has choosen in life, she is at this time even thinking of going into law enforcement, Forensic Science to be exact.

Everytime I look at her, I see you, she seems to make the same faces you did, she even makes some comments that you use to and when I hear her say something you've said.... I step back and wonder if your with her, some how speaking through her, how would she have know you said those exact words, the exact same way with the same exact facial expression? It brings a smile to my face because I know you still live on through her.

I still love you today like I did many many years ago, that never stopped and it never will.


Lisa Abrahams
Mother to his Daughter

June 17, 2007

Fourth District remembers 3 years later


May 30, 2007

Sergeant Ashley died doing what he loved to do, helping others. I am sure when Sergeant Ashley became an officer, he didn't think he would one day be running after a dog but a police officers job is never normal or routine. An officer can be called to a domestic one min to a cat in a tree the next and make a few traffic stops inbetween. RIP

leo wife

May 30, 2007

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