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Corporal John Anthony "Jay" Sampietro, Jr.

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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Reflections for Corporal John Anthony "Jay" Sampietro, Jr.

Rest in peace Officer Sampietro.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 3, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 17, 2020

It's been 14 years since your accident. I think of you often and how that day changed even my life forever. I was at the Marshfield McDonalds getting breakfast when I heard my fellow officer C Brown screaming for help over the radio. I was 2nd officer on scene. I'll never forget the look, the tears, the beg for help from Brown while I begged for him to be strong for us both so that we could try and get Jay help. I was put in a situation that I had no option but to be strong for both Jay and Brown, my partners! It was devastating! Jay was a great officer and his daily life showed him to be a loving husband and father. My heart goes out to his wife, children and family because he truely was a Hero! I bought a teeshirt for my oldest son after Jay passed and to this day he wears it proudly in honor of Jay and his service. Your sons would be very proud of their father. I am saddened that you had to leave them so soon

Pamela Britt
Webster County Deputy 181

December 7, 2019

I worked at a car dealership in Poplar Bluff, MO. When Jay worked for a local radio station. He’d come out when we had a big event and talk to us on the air. I’ll always remember what a great guy he was. Now I live near where his life was taken and think of him every time I drive through the section of highway named after him. R.I.P. Jay.


September 15, 2019

Another year has passed. I'll keep saying this forever, I miss you Brother.

Capt. Dennis R. Irwin
Sikeston DPS

August 17, 2019

Number 13. A number that I should never have had to think about, just like the twelve before it. Thinking about you today and everyday my brother. Miss you Bird!!!

Capt. Dennis R. Irwin
Sikeston DPS

August 17, 2018

Another year has passed. A lot has changed. I got to see Matt and Will a few weeks back, man how they have grown. They are definitely their Dad's sons. Miss you Bird.

Lt. Dennis R. Irwin
Sikeston Department of Public Safety

August 17, 2017


was talking to about you the other day about you bring the motorcycles to Drew. Man if anyone could have pulled that off and not gotten yelled at it was you......

zach albright

May 7, 2017

Jay, may you rest in peace, and be forever blessed in heaven. Today, 17 of August, 11 years before this message, you were taken of the world by god, because he needed a brave, a heroic, a angel like you. May your soul will rest in peace, and live in eternity on paradise. I truly respected all of your services for Missouri State Highway Patrol, and I have acknowleged a lot from your live. A truly hero! Will be forever remembered, Jay!!


August 17, 2016

It doesn't get any easier. Miss you buddy!

Lt. Dennis R. Irwin
Sikeston Public Safety

August 17, 2016

Well, here it is Police Week again, and that has me thinking of all the great guys that I have worked with that have gone on the the Great Beyond. Jay, I just saw your wife and son's picture in the latest issue of the Patrol News, wow how things have changed. Jay you are sorely missed by lots of people every day, you were a great officer, friend and pilot. Its not fair how bad things happen to good people. Miss you and see you in eternity some day.

Sgt (ret) Jerome W Burford
Missouri State Highway Patrol

May 16, 2016

Jay was a friend, a fellow officer, a hell've pilot, and I was proud to have known him and served with him,,,,God be with him and his family.....

Sgt. AJ Stricker, X-MSHP 663 Retired
Missouri State Highway Patrol

August 21, 2015

Ten years today buddy. We all still miss you.

Lt. Dennis R. Irwin
Sikeston Dept. of Public Safety

August 17, 2015

I was down at the memorial in June (6 am prior to taking DCFD test) I was just thinking of you and a D.C. Police brother on the wall (Sgt. John Ashley also a fireman.) Had to stop, find your names and think of you guys. Was a pleasure knowing you. Still remembering a great dedicated professional and family man! Will not forget you.

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

July 3, 2015

While we have been distracted by our lives, I cannot ever think of forgetting about you my friend.

That ride along, family moments and all of the other things that made waking up worthwhile. I will have a beer again with you one day.

I post this because an OK HP met his fate today also and I know exactly what his family is going through. I hate knowing what that feels like but if you can make a limo drivers comb-over flop in the wind again it would bring some of you to the table again.

Miss you Jay.


February 1, 2015

You know it doesn't get any easier. I miss you my friend.

Lt. Dennis R. Irwin
Sikeston DPS

August 17, 2014

Here it is Police week 2014 and that got me to thinking about the brave officers that gave their lives to making this place a better place to live. Jay was a friend of mine, always upbeat and great to be around, God rest your soul Jay, see you in eternity some day.

Sgt (ret) Jerome W Burford
Missouri State Highway Patrol

May 13, 2014

Miss you like a brother Jay. I can still hear the bagpipes and see the flyover. While those memories make my cry, the memories of your good spirit still make me smile.

Rest in peace good man.


December 14, 2013

Miss you my FRIEND!!!

Lt. Dennis R. Irwin
Sikeston DPS

August 17, 2013

Happy Birthday, Jay!


June 26, 2013

It's been seven years today. I don't think a day goes by that I don't think of you or need to call you. Sure miss you buddy.

Lt. Dennis R. Irwin
Sikeston Public Safety - Friend

August 17, 2012

7 years today. I remember and miss you.


August 17, 2012

You should have been 43 today and THE LIFE OF THE PARTY. We all really miss you and think about you quite often. You are the only person I have ever known that when your name gets spoken SOMEONE (usually more than one) has a story to tell.

Love ya,


June 26, 2012

It's that time of the year, I wish we could be celebrating our birthdays together here in a week or so. Whenever we could get the time to do it. Jay you are truly missed. I wish I would have come home from the Marine Corps a few months sooner in 2005. Those days working together back in the 90's on KFD were some great times. And to CPL Kerley, I plead the fifth I know nothing about a golf cart :). There sure were alot of stories. I think about you all of the time buddy, You are a true hero and will always be missed, loved, and honored. God Speed buddy. and SEMPER FI.

Rob Marshall
USMC 5811

June 15, 2012

Enough time has passed that I can now tell some of the old the "stolen" golf cart and KPD pursuit many years ago at the Kennett BBQ cook-off. Many, many more will have to stay low-key for a few more years!

Corporal Carlos Kerley Jr
Springfield Police Dept

March 10, 2012

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