Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Joseph Raymond Pokorny, Jr.

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, December 12, 2005

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Reflections for Corporal Joseph Raymond Pokorny, Jr.

Rest in peace Corp. Pokorny, you are not forgotten

Officer
Mont Co PD, Maryland

December 12, 2007

We pause today on the anniversary of your death to pray for your family and the fellow officers.
The holidays must be so tough for them and we just wanted to let them know we are thinking of them.
Rest in Peace Cpl you are not forgotten
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

December 12, 2007

Joe,

It's not just tomorrow that I think of you, there has not been a single day that goes by that I don't. I will always remember you standing at the railing by the escalator at the airport with your smiling face and coffee in hand. It was an honor and a privilege to have known you and to have worked with you. You will always be remembered as a hero. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will never forget you.

Stacey Romanic

December 11, 2007

Honored Family of Cpl. Pokorny,

I live in Pittsburgh and work near Weirton, so I travel the Corporal's Memorial Highway section almost daily. Rare are the times I've passed there, and failed to pray for him and for all of you. God bless his ultimate sacrifice for us, one that we can never repay. And may Our Lord be a forever comfort you in your tragic loss.

A Grateful Citizen of PA

Thomas Wilding
PA Citizen

December 10, 2007

I salute you for your dedicated service to law enforcement and want you to know that you have not been forgotten. Today's Watch 12DEC07 is in honor of you and your family. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones today and everyday.

MA1 Provenzano
U.S.NAVY

December 8, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your dedication and years of service

vandenberghe
manchester, nh

December 6, 2007

Corp Pokorny and family,

Corp Pokorny and family, thank you for the opportunity of getting to know you and your family. You have a beautiful family and Corp Pokorny you were an outstanding father, son and brother and state trooper i saw that on your families and fellow officers faces for 4 weeks. I'm glad your killer will spend the rest of his life behind bars, I only wish we could of gone the whole way with this. I still everyday think of you and your family and you will forever be enbedded into my heart.

One of the Juror's on your trail

November 28, 2007

Our son, played baseball in little league at Moon Twp, along with Joe's son Joey. Joe was such a pleasant man, he would always chat to everyone, and was a very positive role model to the kids and adults alike. For some reason today I was on a website for Moon Twp, and this news came up. It's 4 years since we left Moon Twp, to come back to England and to see this news today has given us much sadness. He was a real nice guy. Raymond and Catherine Holmes

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Holmes
Friend

November 8, 2007

Joe,
It's so nice to read all the things people put in here. Even though the trial is over, We will never forget you. It still brings tears to our eyes just knowing we won't hear your voice, but we will keep you close in our hearts. As always you will never be forgotten and will always be with us!

October 30, 2007

Thank you for your service and your sacrafice. We followed your trial closely and are relieved that your killer will not walk our streets again. Our family is going to soon be involved with the trial of the killer of my cousin, a Toledo, Ohio police detective killed in February, 2007, and we pray for the same justice. Rest in peace, knowing you leave behind a grateful and humbled community.

Anonymous
Cousin of fallen law enforcement officer

October 29, 2007

I only knew Joe slightly, when he worked undercover on the Airport Interdiction Team at PIA. He always had a winning smile and a cheerful word. It was gratifying to see justice served this week. I'd like to leave an Irish message that I received at my dad's funeral:
'Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effort.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is absolutely unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near just around the corner.
All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before- only better, infinitely happier and forever- we will all be one together with Christ.'

Amen. God bless you forever Joe!

Patrol Officer Jim Wilson
Allegheny County Police

October 26, 2007

Joe,

We'll never forget the support you gave us through the PA State Police and Road Dawgs when we lost our beloved son almost 5 years ago. It's so painful to know your family now suffers as we do. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your children, parents and family and friends.

We know we now have two special gaurdian angel heros in gray watching over all of us and all their fellow brothers and sisters in uniform.

We will always be here for your family as you were here for us.

Rest in Peace Joe

Parents of Trooper Joseph J. Sepp
EOW November 10, 2002

October 25, 2007

The jury found your killer guilty on all counts today. It now enters the death penalty phase. The defense attorney had fits because your fellow Troopers and other police officers attended the trial in droves. After the verdict was read, your brothers in uniform escorted your family from the courtroom. Rest in Peace Brother. You are greatly missed.
Trooper, Troop "B", Pennsylvania State Police....
I am a Pennsylvania State Trooper, a soldier of the law.........

October 24, 2007

I didn't know you as well as I would have liked. Our family has been so spread apart and I've been gone for so long. I'm sorry you left us so young and so violently.

My condolences to Aunt Florence and Uncle Joe. Wish I could be there to help in some small way.

Cynthia Zimmerman
cousin

October 24, 2007

MYSELF AND FOUR OTHER OFFICERS FROM MY DEPARTMENT ATTENDED CPL. POKORNEY'S FUNERAL. I WAS A NEW OFFICER AT THE TIME AND BEING THERE WAS A REAL EYE OPENER FOR ME. I KNOW IT HAS CHANGED THE WAY I CONDUCT MYSELF WHILE ON THE JOB. I ALSO HAVE A SON AND A DAUGHTER THAT I HOPE TO SEE AFTER EACH SHIFT. IT HEARTBREAKING THAT A CAREER CRIMINAL CAN TAKE THAT VERY THING AWAY FROM A CPL. POKORNEY AND HIS FAMILY. I KNOW IN THE END JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED. MAY GOD BE WITH CPL. POKORNEY'S FAMILY, THOMAS ANKROM.

Patrolman Thomas Ankrom
Waynesburg Police Department

October 15, 2007

I came to Pittsburg today for religious retreat, I was unaware that the trial was going on for your killer. I pray that he get what he has coming to him. Rest in peace Joe, you are a "True Hero".

Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police

October 5, 2007

Corporal Pokorny,
May you forever be rewarded in heaven for the sacrifice you made here on Earth. May your family take solace in the knowledge that one fine day, all will be reunited in glory. Rest in Peace, Brother.

Patrolman Matthew D. Leddy
Columbia (PA) Police Dept.

October 3, 2007

Thank you for always being there.

Anonymous

July 10, 2007

Joe,
I came across this poem and of course it made me think of you!

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me~~~

When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn't get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time you think of me I know you'll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, try to understand, that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand, and said my place was ready in Heaven far above, and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all my life, I'd always thought I didn't want to die. I had so much to live for and so much yet to do, it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while, I'd say good-bye and kiss you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized that this could never be, for emptiness and memories would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things I'd miss come tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. But when I walked through Heaven's gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, From His great golden throne, He said, "This is eternity and all I've promised you. Today for life on earth is past but here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last, and since each day's the same day, there's no longing for the past. But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true. Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do. But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free, so won't you take my hand and share my life with me?" So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right there in your heart.

Just know that you will always be in my heart and never will be forgotten!!!!

June 12, 2007

Corporal Pokorny,

I want you to know I remember hearing the news of your death in 2005. I did not know you but I know you were a brave man. I had the chance to meet several of your brother Troopers & I know without a doubt that you served your agency and State with pride. RIP

Trooper
Kentucky State Police

May 17, 2007

Joe,
In a few days they will be dedicating the portion of I-279 in your Honor. I don't think anyone will ever forget you, but now those who didn't know you will!!! I think about you often and miss your cheerful voice. Keep watching over all of us here still pounding the pavement.

Just remember you will never be forgotten!!


Pa State Police

April 25, 2007

The PSP has a motto- "the first and the finest" -You were the embodiment of that, Corporal, and you stand as a model for each of us, police officer or not, on standing up for what is right and just no matter what the cost. I never knew you but I passed your memorial everyday that I worked at HQ...I will always pray for you and all our fallen. God Bless your family.

Former PSP Civilian employee


Former Civilian Employee/PSP

April 9, 2007

Now that grandpa has passed we know that you are both in heaven golfing together and watching over our family. I wanted you to know that we feel you both around us and we appreciate your protection you give from heaven. I have met other officers who knew you and they all say how great you were and how much you are missed. Thank you for watching over everyone and I felt you around me when i had my car accident, so i want to thank you for keeping me safe! God bless you, and tell grandpa we said hello and we miss you both so much...

Jackie Pokorny
cousin

April 2, 2007

Corporal Pokorny,
I never knew of you until the day those thugs killed you. But officer i will never forget you, or your brothers that fell before you.
God Bless You Sir!

Jon Niedbala
Pittsburgh Resident

February 16, 2007

Your spirit of administering Justice lives on in many of us as we continue the war on drugs and violence. May you rest in Peace Corporal.

January 19, 2007

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