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Officer John J. Blessing

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, November 14, 1989

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Reflections for Officer John J. Blessing

Officer Blessing,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Francisco. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 14, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice. You are remembered and honored on the 28th anniversary of your E.O.W.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 14, 2017

Always a smile. Always could make a classroom crack-up in giggles. Great classmate, hard working in and out of school, but lots of fun too. So sorry you left us so soon. There will be a big empty spot at every Lincoln reunion, and it will be yours.

Dolores Sapiro, RN
Classmate at Abraham Lincoln High School/Friend

August 25, 2015

Just thinking about you today and remembering camping at Frenchmans Lake. You would get so mad when I made pancakes in the trailer for you because I would squish them to make sure no goo would come out. I had fun times at your house on Holidays, etc. with our family. Lots more memories to numerous to mention but not forgotten. It has been 25 years and I cant believe time has flown by sooo fast with kids grown and grandchildren now. The last time we were together was at my sisters wedding.

Elaine Gray
1st cousin

April 28, 2015

"Remembering you is easy, I do it everyday. Missing you is the heartache that never goes away."

It burns just as bad today as it did when I was little. Thank you for looking out for me and sticking close by.

Jolene Blessing

February 21, 2013

John was an incredible police officer who devoted his life to his chosen profession. As a member of the narcotics team, I was there on this tragic day when the sun set on John, which left an empty void in both my heart and spirit. It was this day that I made a silent oath to John that I would try to live up to his level of courage and unbridled commitment. I honor John each day of my life by doing the job in which he died for. I too realize that John's spirit will continue to dwell in me and all those who were there on that tragic day. God Bless John Blessing, God Bless SFPD.

Lieutenant Cornelius Johnson
SFPD (Former Narcotic Officer)

July 1, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Blessing. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012



Sgt. Steve Thoma

January 12, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 20th 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.

To the Blessing family: I hope to meet you one day at a NORCAL COPS function. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss John.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 13, 2009

hi dad, your my hero and in my heart everyday

Jolene M. Blessing


January 16, 2009

I had the privilege and honor of working with John; in fact he caught the man who robbed me while I was a teller. John, I will never forget!

Laurie Burke Layton

November 19, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 6, 2007

Rest in peace hero

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

November 30, 2007

No fellow California law enforcement personnel killed in the line-of-duty, should be forgotten.

Officer Blessing, may Your Soul Rest-In-Peace

Maj M. B. Parlor

November 14, 2007

May God grant you eternal peace and bring comfort to your loved ones.

January 5, 2005

on 12/11/04, members of the S.F.P.D. Narcotics Division will honor one of its own with the "Blessing award", in recognition of Officer Blessing's loss. In our thoughts and hearts, we don't forget.

insp. john cagney
san francisco police narcotics

December 11, 2004

Gone, but never forgotten!


April 20, 2004

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