Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Senior Corrections Officer John H. "Packy" Paskewicz

Maine Department of Corrections, Maine

End of Watch Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Reflections for Senior Corrections Officer John H. "Packy" Paskewicz

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 wake each morning and look with a stare
In the mirror and wonder who is it that's there.
For years I've pondered while I get into uniform and fix my tie.
To whom am I looking while the world passes by?
As I button my shirt with that shiny piece of tin.
I consider, is it worth it, day out, day in.

In the dark morning hours as I pass through those iron gates with a sigh.
I remember who I see in the mirror and why.

It is, a father, a husband, a son, a man working hard
It is me, a public servant, a Prison Guard
I continue on, not for the pay
And certainly not for the accolades I won't get today.

I am the guardian of the gates of Hell
It is who I am, it is what I do
And I do it for my community - for all of you.

Rest in Peace My Friend

By Captain D. George ( Retired)
Maine State Prison

David George, Captain (Retired)
Maine State Prison

September 16, 2016


Dude I recall some of your first days in Dorm 6 and 7,or as it was known then.It is so ironic as I really did not like many C.O.'s but among the few that I did you certainly was one of them.Your sense of humor and attempt to be one of the rough always by the book CO's was always another form of comedy to us especially when you was in Sallyport all alone.Man I will miss you and so many of the times and the lessons I got from you I will never forget.

convict Jerry Larrivee MDOC#957
Freedom Agency due to fine CO's like Packy

September 17, 2013


My friend, my brother. I will miss your sense of humour. Our lives our lessened by your loss. You could have got those running shoes, but you never did. God bless you for that.

Senior Officer Dominick Mandolfo
Federal Bureau of Prisons / 13 years

February 8, 2011

Prayers for the family.
Last night as I lay sleeping, I died or so it seemed
Then I went to heaven, but only in my dreams

Up there St Peter met me, standing at the pearly gates,
He said "I must check you record, please stand here and wait"

He turned and said "Your record is covered in flaws,
On earth I see you rallied for every losing cause."

I see that you drank alcohol and smoked and partied too,
Fact is, you've done everything a good person should never do.

We can't have people like you up here, your life was full of sin,
Then he paused as he read the last of my record, took my hand and said "Come on in."

He led me up to the Big Boss and said, "Take him in and treat him well.
He used to work in prison, so he's done his time in hell"
"A Poem, Author Unknown"

Mitchell D. Springfield C.O. 5
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

January 6, 2011

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

Officer Bob Swope #5609
Olmsted Falls Police Dept.Ohio

January 5, 2011

Rest In Peace, Officer Paskewicz.

Lt T Carr

January 3, 2011

Officer Paskewicz,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO-but also when you served our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



January 2, 2011

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Officer John H. Paskewicz and the Maine Department of Corrections during this time. Thank you, Officer Paskewicz, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

December 2, 2010

Rest in Peace, Brother.

OFC B. Grajek

December 2, 2010

While it is no consolation for your loss, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Officer Paskewicz.

While I did not have the privilege to have known him personally, I am certain that he has found a place in heaven through his selfless service to those he swore to protect.

Rest in peace my friend; those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.

Patrol Officer Ryan McNeil
Medicine Lodge (KS) Police Department

December 1, 2010

The Florida Police Chiefs Association would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Senior Corrections Officer John Paskewicz, and the Maine Department of Corrections. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sadness. Please take comfort in knowing that your extended law enforcement family grieves with you. Senior Officer Paskewicz, we thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Members and Staff
Florida Police Chiefs Association

November 29, 2010

Rest in Peace

Deputy Latour ( retired)
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

November 29, 2010

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

BL Mitchell, Patrol

November 28, 2010

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

Officer Douglas M. Wiencek
Metra Police Department, Chicago, IL

November 28, 2010

For Senior Corrections Officer John H.(Packy)Paskewicz:

Our duty in law enforcement and corrections is such that constant education and training is required. In the process, rare occurences are present that seem so unfair. Health issues that are unforseen claim the lives of those in public service despite practice and preparation. We regret that our brother Packy would become a statistic during in-service training. Fate apparently has deemed it to be so.

We pray for Packy's family, friends, co-workers and all who care about him. May they be suppotive of one another in the days ahead.

I am proud to render CO John Paskewicz a final salute.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police

November 27, 2010

Rest in Peace Offcer Paskewicz, we train like we fight. My senior condolences to your family and to your department. Good officers are hard to find. God speed as you now patrol the streets of gold. Terry F. Zech

Veteran Affairs Police Dept, Detroit, MI

November 26, 2010

Rest easy my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is now over. I pray Gods steady Hand of Love and Mercy be upon your family, and friends in this most difficult time.......

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

November 26, 2010

Rest In Peace, Officer Paskewicz.

Lt T Carr

November 26, 2010

Rest in peace

Sergeant M. Fontaine
California Department of Corrections

November 25, 2010

To the family and friends of Correctional Officer John Paskewicz and his fellow officers:

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Packy died.

To Officer Paskewicz's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in the Bay Area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. Packy will always be honored and revered.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Packy gave to his community and the citizens of Maine as a correctional officer, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 16, 2010.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD (CA), eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 25, 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 )
La Plata P.D, MD.

November 24, 2010

To the friends and family members of Officer John H. Paskewicz,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Session 49
Zone Five Police Academy, NY

Session 49
Zone Five Police Academy

November 24, 2010

Rest in peace my Brother. Thank you for your service.

Deputy S. Yates
Covington County Sheriff Dept.(MS.)

November 24, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Officer Paskewicz as well as the brotherhood at Maine Department of Corrections. May you rest in God's eternal peace our brother!

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse (NY) Police Department

November 24, 2010

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