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Detective John Michael Piskator

Key West Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, January 23, 2006

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Reflections for Detective John Michael Piskator

Rest in Peace my brother.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

January 23, 2017

I served with John as a cadet in the Reserve Officer Training Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1984-1986. I was two years younger and he was a mentor to me and several others new to the program. He was one of two cadets in the four years I was there with the mettle to attend and graduate Ranger School. I had not seen him since - I am not surprised that he continued to serve others in law enforcement. Shocked and saddened to learn that he passed. God Bless John, family and friends and God Bless our police.

Colonel (US Army Retired)
US Army Central

March 16, 2016

There were never many Officers who I considered a friend and looked forward to working with. From that time you help save me in that house in the village after hearing my voice on the radio which you said, "sounded odd" then you forced your way into the house to have my back I will never forget you and looking forward to fighting the fight along slide you agin.

Matt Dorgan

September 10, 2014

Hey old buddy. I still remember that first night in Panama vividly. We stood watch ranger style, leaning on our rucks back to back, taking turns snoozing, watching the tracers arc through the sky. RIP John.

CPT Rick Holstein
A/519th MI Bn

April 12, 2014

Continue to rest in peace Detective Piskator, we will never forget the sacrifice that you made for all of us.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

January 23, 2013

I was Detective Piskators Training Advisor in the Police Academy. He was his Class Captain. He was a credit to his Family, the US Army, and the Key West Police Department. This was one 'squared away' Operator and his absence is felt.

God Bless! See you on the other side


March 7, 2012

Rest in Peace, Detective Piskator. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the sixth 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 23, 2012

We will never forget the sacrifice that you and your son made for all of us, may you continue to rest in peace Detective Piskator.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

January 23, 2012

To The Family of Det. Piskator:
I wanted to offer my sympathies. Yesterday i visited the crypt at the Key West cemetery where you are laid to rest. The dedication you displayed will not be forgotten. Rest in peace Det.Piskator.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 25, 2011

Tempus fugit. But I still sometimes think of my friend, John. He is not forgotten.

George Goss

February 21, 2011

I know that the pain in your families hearts is still unbearable at times, but may the continue to know that we will never forget their hero...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


January 23, 2011

5 years have past since you were called from above for no doubt an important reason. The pain has eased just as the many caring family and friends did say. I am able to smile when I remember all the wonderful times we shared and the places we ventured to. So know that I miss you and do thank you for keeping us all safe from high up above. Dragonfly kisses baby- ps. Please keep watch on the families that just lost their heroes detectives as well with MDPD zoxox

With All My Love Pam

January 22, 2011

Always in my prayers....Keep looking out for us....You are missed....

Special Agent
Immigration and Customs Enforcemnet

September 13, 2010

To my brother,
Soon it will be 4 years for our family. It has been a long 4 years. Thinking of you never gets easy, but I know you are in a better place. My thoughts are with you always.
When Tony, Gene and I get together I am missing you being there with us.
I try to visit you often, because I know you are Protecting Paradise.


Erick Piskator

January 21, 2010

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 19, 2009

John :

It's been 3 years and I can still remember the day when I read that dreadful email with the news of your passing. I know you are in a better place now. Thank you for teaching me how to be a better man and how to do things the right way.

David Tiao
Applied Materials

January 13, 2009

John, we miss you as much today as we did on the day you left us. You will never be forgotten and can never be replaced. We will meet again one day. Rest in Peace, my brother!


December 20, 2008

RIP.You are not forgotten.


November 17, 2008


You were someone I respected and looked up to. You cared I think when others didn't and I wish you knew how much I appreciated you as my manager, but also as a person. I wanted to tell you these things many times but I was angry at you for some time as well for something small and I will always regret that. I hope you had found peace and that you were happy. I missed your funeral not finding out you passed until a few months later. I hope you hear this. Thanks for being who you were. I think of you often, not only who you were but always in a lot of ways someone I wish I could be. I will never forget you.

Kevin Morris

November 16, 2008

I was John's supervisor/commanding officer twice in the US Army. He is the BEST soldier with whom I served in over 26 years of service. I am deeply saddened by this tragic loss and will remember our times in the Army fondly.

Colonel (retired) Pete Larson
US Army

June 22, 2008

SRT Brother, partner and hero. Your either SWAT or you're not.. And you will always be Brother. Never a finer man, soldier and friend. God has taken himself a fine worrior. I will never forget, and hope to fight by your side again some day.

Detective Richard Thomas
Key West Police

May 16, 2008

On this 2 year anniversary of your EOW, we are thinking of you, your family, friends and co-workers.

By reading the reflections, you were a admired man. You are missed by many and as they remember you on this day, please watch over them and let them know you are always with them, not in body, but in spirit and how you touched them all.

You are a True Hero and will not be forgotten.

Craig Figgins
Brother - SGT Dan Figgins St Charles, IL EOW 4/9/05

January 23, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 15, 2008

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 14, 2007

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