Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Steven Francis Gaughan

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, June 21, 2005

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Reflections for Sergeant Steven Francis Gaughan

There are some people that will never forget you Steve. I am one of them.
I miss you my friend.


January 22, 2008

Forever missing you

January 2, 2008

Steve (and family):

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...Another year of remembering you is about to start! We all know you are here with us in spirit! God Bless you and yours!!


December 26, 2007

I love you too Steve

December 21, 2007

The holidays are here again, I just wanted to let you know your brothers and sisters still think of you and miss you so much. You are the true meaning of hero. Look down upon us and keep us safe. Until we meet again, I love you brother.


December 19, 2007

Sgt. Gaughan,

I never had the privilege of meeting you. But I remember the day we lost you very clearly. You are always in all of our thoughts & prayers and the rest of us left behind here doing this job can only hope to live up to the example you left us. God bless you brother.

Patrol Officer

November 22, 2007

Just wanted to tell you that I was thinking of you and miss ya.


November 20, 2007

Since I cannot torment you in person, I'll torment you here...the Dolphins su__! Even you would have to admit it.
How much you are missing,Steve. Life is so unfair. It's just WRONG. There is not a day that goes by that memories and thoughts of you don't cross my mind. You made an indelible mark on my life. Friends like you come along very rarely and I am truly fortunate to have called you "friend". I will be forever grateful to have had you be a part of my life. I am a better person for knowing you.
I miss you more than words can say and I hope that that piece of s--- that took your life is suffering daily but that will never make his wrong right, at least he gets to wake up every morning.
Rest in peace, Bro

November 14, 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

November 7, 2007


I was thinking of John and naturally I thought of you as well. I pray for you and your family. You are not forgotten Steve.

It saddens me.

The memories of you and John have me laughing alot.
You were a great person, caring person, and full of life.

I am a better person for knowing you.


Bernie, Johns Brother

October 22, 2007

You are irreplaceable my friend. I will never forget you. NEVER. I still think about you EVERY DAY and will continue to do so til I take my last breath.

September 13, 2007

"I am not sure that God always knows who are his great men; he is so very careless of what happens to them while they live." - Mary Hunter Austin, American novelist and playwright (1868-1934).


August 25, 2007

Steve...bless you and your family.

Please see that a friend who is at Heaven's Gate today is taken care of...he is from St. Louis Police Department, End of Watch: Wednesday, August 15, 2007...

May you both keep watch over us until we too join the ranks of the Heros in Heaven above...

God Bless you and thank you!

Detective D. Epperson
Carroll County Sheriff's Office - Retired PGPD

August 16, 2007

Hey Steven,
A couple of weeks ago we went down to the Harley shop for the first time. It was wonderful to see that street sign with your name on it. I couldn't help but cry. In your honor I got on my knees and kissed the paved street that has the great blessing of bearing your name. My husband looked at me like I was crazy and so did the cars passing by. I looked at my husband as he smiled and laughed at me.
Thank you for your sacrifice and for being the Angel watching my husbands back and guiding him through the night.

Mrs. Mosely

July 10, 2007

I Never had the pleasure to meet you Steve, but we work everyday in your honor. Rest in peace Brother.

Police Officer
PGPD District III

June 27, 2007

Steve Gaughan,

It has been quite some time since Steve's untimely passing from our earth and I miss him like it was yesterday. It has taken me a while to post my thoughts but this is how I am. I keep my thoughts in privately and like to keep my emotions to myself. I went to a viewing up in Howard County just last week for an officer I did not know but officer Wheeler may have been their version of our Steve. This guy had every imaginable Raider team piece of memorabilia a man could imagine-always seen wearing a Raider Jersey or even a scary Raider Nation costume. Even in some of the wedding pictures he was seen holding a Raider Nation banner on the sunlit beach (He and his wife were holding the banner while still in their wedding getups). When I approached his mom and wife I told them about Steve and how I lost a great friend (almost to the same day) I told them a little about the type of guy/father/friend he was and his loyalty to the Dolphins. They both smiled and agreed that now Steve had a buddy to watch football with up in heaven. Steve's man as we know was Marino and Scot's man was Stabler-two great heroes for two great heroes. When I got home later that night I thought about things and cried a little- I love football but when my time eventually comes to join them I doubt they will be willing to watch old re-runs of the Tour de France and my hero Lance Armstrong. You know maybe they would because good guys seem to do for others before thet do for themselves. J.C.

Cpl. John Colins
PGPD Friend

June 24, 2007

Hey there Steve: Just dropping a line to you and your family. My prayers are with you and them as always. I know everyone that was close to you misses you dearly but they all know you are right there watching over. My Aunt Kara and cousin Jonathan see your family often at the ball field and they keep you close in heart too. God Bless.


June 22, 2007

Steve I miss you.
Thursday was a tough day. I find it hard to fathom the passage of time. Seems like just yesterday you were here making us all laugh.
We lost the best of the best.

June 22, 2007

Sgt. Gaughan,
I cannot believe it has been two years since you left this world. I've never met you but before this tragedy occurred, I had heard about you. Your wife was my criminal justice teacher in summer of 2002. She had told us about you and your family and I could tell how proud she was of you. When I saw on the news what had happened, I was very sad and my thoughts and prayers went out to you and your family. We have had a tragedy in our own department, the passing of Officer Scott Wheeler EOW June 18, 2007. Now I know what it is like to lose a fellow officer. Officers like you and Scott give us inspiration, to do what we can for our community and to look out for one another.

Sgt. Gaughan, I hope your family is doing well and that you may continue watching over us from above.

God Bless,

PO Karen Reyes
Howard County Police Department

June 22, 2007

I know this has been two long years for Sgt. Gaughan's family, friends, and coworkers. I'm sure at times it also feels like just yesterday that you saw him alive and well.

Even though two years have passed, his memory has not faded and our prayers are still coming.

June 21, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones today on this 2nd anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

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

June 21, 2007

Sgt Gaughan,

It has now been two years. Keep walking that beat in Heaven. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

Police Officer
Howard County Police

June 21, 2007

We love you and miss you!! Today we keep Donna and the kids in our prayers.

June 21, 2007

Steve: Thinking and praying for you today. I know you are looking down on me and saying The Dolphins are going to the Superbowl with the new QB. I miss you friend. God Bless!

Prince George's County Police Dept.

June 21, 2007

Just two years it has been, and it seems like much longer than that. It is amazing that today the anniversary is very much like the day you were killed a kind of lazy sunny summer day and then with one phone call your life changes. And for you one radio call. Well I just wanted to talk with you I miss ya buddy.


June 21, 2007

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