Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer John Richard Zykas

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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Reflections for Officer John Richard Zykas

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

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

September 8, 2020

Officer Zykas,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the USN as well. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

September 8, 2020

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

October 5, 2018

I miss you John

John Pisciotti

October 9, 2015

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

February 7, 2013

To Officer John R. Zykas, his family and his fellow officers with the United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Officer Zykas’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Officer Zykas and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

September 8, 2011

Our condolences go out to you for the loss of Officer Zykas. Our prayers are with your department and families as you honor and grieve our nation's most recent hero.
With our hearts turned towards yours,

The Colorado Springs Police Department Wives Association

The Wives and Girlfriends of
The Colorado Springs Police Department Wives Association

October 4, 2010

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Officer Zykas and the US Customs and Border Protection during this time. Thank you, Officer Zykas, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

October 3, 2010

Officer Zykas,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as an LEO, but also when you served in the USN as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas


September 23, 2010

RIP CBPO Zykas. You have served your country well and I know your family is proud. I am sure God has a special place for you.

Fellow CBPO

September 22, 2010

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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 (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Cokumbia, SC

September 19, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Officer John Zykas. God Bless him for his service to the U.S. Customs Border Protection. Rest in Peace sir, you will not be forgotten.

A Grateful Officer
U.S. Customs & Border Protection

September 17, 2010

Rest easy now my Brother In Law, your watch on earth is over. I pray God's love, and mercy will be with your loved ones that are left behind.......

Sgt. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia CO Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

September 17, 2010



September 17, 2010

I salute you, sir! May God Bless your family and friends. You will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten!

Sergeant, Retired
Fayetteville, AR PD

September 16, 2010

Brother John,

Please keep the gates of heaven open for the rest of us.

R.I.P. My Brother

Cpl. Robert L. Padgett (ret)
Charles County Sheriff's Office, Md.

September 16, 2010

Rest in peace and thank you for your service. My prayers are with your family

Deputy Latour ( retired)
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

September 16, 2010

Officer Zykas, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

September 16, 2010

To Officer John Zykas, to all family members and friends who call him beloved, and to his law enforcement family:

I was sorry to learn of John's death and extend my sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you have suffered. Words are insufficient to describe the sadness I feel for the Zykas family. May you find comfort in your faith and the support of the law enforcement community.

There are many police survivors who share this same journey with you, and that community will be there to support you. John's memory will be forever honored and revered.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service John gave to his community and the citizens of our country and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 8, 2010.

From mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 16, 2010

Rest in Peace my Brother, God Bless you, your Family and your Dept.

Officer Bob Swope #5609
Olmsted Falls Police Dept.Ohio

September 15, 2010

On behalf of the 6,190 members of the American Association of State Troopers (AAST), we extend our sincere condolences to Officer Zykas’ family as well as the members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Office of Field Operations. AAST members throughout the United States know first hand what all of you are going through right now. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken Howes, Executive Director
American Association of State Troopers

September 15, 2010

May the family and friends of Officer John Zykas find peace in this time of great sadness. Thank you for the sacrifice's you made to protect us. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." (Psalm 116:15)
Rest in peace

Friend and Family of Law Enforcement

September 15, 2010

Rest in Peace Brother. Our Thought and Prayers go out to his Family, Friends and Co - Workers. Please say them all our deepest condolance and we are at them in Thought in this difficult Time.
Sgt. Rainer Stephan and Sgt. Rosalie Stephan from Germany

Sergeant Rainer Stephan
Policestation Forst/Brandenburg-Germany

September 15, 2010

God Bless you sir.

Rick F.
Ret. CO

September 15, 2010

Rest in peace, brother. May God be with the family of Officer Zykas during this time of mourning. We've got the watch from here.

BL Mitchell, Patrol

September 14, 2010

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