Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant John William Bonnell, III

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Tuesday, July 10, 1979

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Reflections for Sergeant John William Bonnell, III

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service (Retired)

September 25, 2023

John was my first partner June 1978 . Till this day, I remember that phone call in the early morning of his death. Still have not good dreams of that night. Still stop by to give him my prayers.

Tony bologna
Deputy st Tammany so, June 1978

September 16, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 10, 2020

As the last one left in the family, I know you, Debby, Carlyn, Momma and Daddy are watching over us. I hope the crazy world realizes what the families of EOW Officers suffer just as they feel unjust events happen to them. A life is a life and it all hurts the same. I am proud of you, my big brother, and can't help but hurt and wonder the life you were denied. Thank you for making our world a better place. I LOVE YOU ana MISS YOU SO MUCH!!

Elizabeth Ann Bonnell

July 10, 2020

Thank you sir for your service and sacrifice. RIP prayers for you and your family.

Robert Smith
St. Tammany resident

July 10, 2019

You were well liked. Thanks for your guidance in LAWENF. Enjoyed working with you

Retired/James Jacob Kindler

July 10, 2019

Sgt. Bonnell,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Tammany Parish. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

July 10, 2019

Rest in peace Sergeant Bonnell.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 23, 2019

uncle Roy this is Anthony, my email is [email protected]. I saw that you stopped by Maw maw and Paw paw house; i would love to hear from you. please email me

anthony J bonnell

March 12, 2018

Anthony, Uncle Roy here. I would love to tell you about your grandfather. He was a beautiful fun loving soul. If you see this, contact me, I am now living in Mexico, but need your e mail or some way to contact you. BTW, Love ya buddy.

Sgt. Retired
Washington Parish S.O.

February 24, 2017

If you him let me know... I never got to met him, he died before i was born. If anyone did please let me know I want to stories about him.

Anthony Bonnell (C/po3 njrotc)

March 18, 2016

My uncle was a good man and loved by all. He will be missed forever.

Shannon Hillman

July 10, 2013

Thats was my grandpaw and i miss him i really wish he was still alive because he use to play football and he could teach me how to play it.

R.I.P. grandpaw

Anthony Bonnell

Anthony Bonnell
family member

April 6, 2013

Sgt. Bonnell, I will never forget your courage and sacrifice on the night that you were lost to us here in St. Tammany parish. Rest in Peace John.

Former Sgt. Danny Penton
St. Tammany S.O./Retired Special Agent

April 30, 2012

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

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 10, 2010

Rest in peace. You are never forgotten.
Deputy Rahman

St. Tammany

December 30, 2008

Sgt. Bonnell,
On today, the 29th anniversay of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Tammany Parish. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



July 10, 2008

Sergeant Bonnell, I know that if my brother had ever had the priviledge to meet you in life , he would have admired you. I know that you two are together with your fellow deputies and are all watching over the people of St. Tammany Parish. Thank you for your service to keep this community safe.

Jennifer Mayo, sister of
Deputy Hilery Mayo Jr. STPSO Covington, La.

February 14, 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

November 5, 2007

Thank you for your service, Rest in Peace.

Investigator - New York State Police
Narcotics Enforcement Team

August 1, 2007

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrfice so others may remain safe. RIP sir.

St. Tammany Citizen

June 23, 2007

Our four fallen heros will always be remembered. Thank you for your service.


June 17, 2007

Know that you are never forgotten. Thank you for your time and service!
Cols. OH PD

February 1, 2007

Rest in Peace. Always Remembered.

Dy M. Martin
St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office LA

November 14, 2006

May Our Lord give you sweet sleep.

July 10, 2006

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