Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective I John Scott Stevens

Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Reflections for Detective I John Scott Stevens

My late father retired from the Essex County Institutional Police in 1976 and owned a home in Lacey since 1968. We must have driven that road that claimed Det Stevens' life many times. I am so saddened by this event and the many others like it. My condolences to his family and coworkers.

SgtMaj Don de Hagara
USMC (ret)

January 23, 2015

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

January 23, 2015

On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Detective John Stevens and the extended law enforcement family of the Ocean County, New Jersey Prosecutor's Office. Rest in Peace brother and watch over us.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

January 23, 2015

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department

January 22, 2015

RIP Brother. Thank you & God Bless.

Lt.Robert M.Petty (retired)
No.Bergen, N.J. P.D.

January 22, 2015

God speed brother. May God watch over your wife and son .....

Detective John Bourke
Ocean County Sheriff's Office

January 22, 2015

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. REST IN PEACE.

POLICE OFFICER
NAPERVILLE IL POLICE DEPT

January 22, 2015

Thank you Sir for your service. Rest in Peace my Brother.

Correction officer J. Lamar
Limestone county sheriff office/ Athens, Al

January 22, 2015

Rest in peace detective Stevens my sincere condolences to your family and to your department Godspeed as you know patrol the streets of gold

Ofc. Terry Zech
Veteran affairs police department Detroit Michigan

January 22, 2015

Bless you for your service, may God almighty bless your family for the sacrifice they share with you. Rest easy as you walk the streets of gold, we'll take the watch from here.

Detective Darrell Gibson
Travis County Sheriff's Office

January 22, 2015

Thank you Detective Stevens for your years of hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of New Jersey. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!!!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever, rest in peace, my brother.

HEROES LIVE FOREVER...

Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

January 22, 2015

To the Stevens family and fellow agents, The RED ROSE LODGE #16 Lancaster Pa. send its deepest sympathy.

Chapalin T.L. Longacre
Fraternal Order of Police Pa.#16

January 22, 2015

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"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 BMI © 1993 - All Rights Reserved

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

January 22, 2015

Very sorry to hear the news... Rest in peace. My thoughts are extended to family, friends and fellow officers.

Reserve Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

January 22, 2015

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Detective John Scott Stevens. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your family as you go and touch the face of God.
Your honorable service and sacrifice and bravery to the citizens of Ocean County, New Jersey will not be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace Sir.


May the son of Detective Stevens know that his Dad is a HERO who we will not forget and will forever be in his debt for all he has done for us, Detective Stevens Thank You for your service and protection to us all, may you rest in peace God bless you and your family.

Final Salute

VIPS 750 Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

January 22, 2015

Please accept my sincere condolences at the passing of this fine officer. May he rest in peace...

Jack Mrozinski - Retired Deputy Sheriff
Portage Co. Sheriff's Department, Stevens Point, WI.

January 22, 2015

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. May you rest in peace.

Ptlm. William F. Shields
Federal Reserve Police/Philadelphia - Retired/Haverford Police

January 22, 2015

Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. You were a great influence on both of my boys. You will be missed.

Brother of Deputy Michael Walizer EOW 3/
Friend

January 22, 2015

Detective John Stevens rest in peace you are
now a member of an elite group The Thin Blue Line
of Heroes. There is no greater sacrifice that one can give
for his ellow man. To the Family I salute your lost loved one,
and pray for you during the days to come. John will be in
the company of heroes forevermore.

The Thin Blue Line of the Fallen are Standing at attention
in their class “A“ uniforms, badges gleaming and shoes like glass, They are your brothers and sisters of Law Enforcement.
All of whom have previously paid the ultimate price.
Today, like many others,they welcome you to this hallowed place. As you march down the Thin Blue Line of the Fallen, all eyes are focused on you as if to say it will be ok you’re with your eternal partners. A salute follows and a tear can be seen on so many faces. Welcome, you served well. Now come join the ranks, another member of The Thin Blue Line has come home.



Your Brother in Law enforcement

Dr. stan phillips Usa Ret, Ms, Bs
Walnut Grove Ms Police, Lt. retired

Dr. stan phillips Usa Ret, Ms, Bs
Walnut Grove Ms Police, Lt. retired

January 22, 2015

RIP Brother

Deputy Anita Price
Bexar County Sheriff's Office, San Antonio, Texas

January 22, 2015

Rest in Peace Det. Stevens. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Stevens Family and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office Wayne, NJ

January 22, 2015

Rest in peace Brother.

Lt. A. Hoopes
Spotsylvania County Shriff's Office Va.

January 22, 2015

'Blessed Are The Peacemakers'.

Sincere condolences. RIP

Sgt. Randy Keenan (Ret)
City of Alameda, CA Police Dept.

January 22, 2015

Thank you for your service, sir. God Bless and Godspeed.

Lisa B.
GEORGIA CIVILIAN LE SUPPORTER

January 22, 2015

IN MEMORY OF DETECTIVE JOHN SCOTT STEVENS

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Detective John Scott Stevens:

From the beginning of time after Cain killed his brother, Abel, there has been a need for law enforcement officers to protect the weak and to bring evildoers to justice. This work is necessary in a sinful world and is dangerous. In modern times, some four hundred and seventy-four Law Enforcement Officers have sacrificed their lives to protect the citizens of the State of New Jersey. Today, we honor the sacrifice of Detective John Scott Stevens, of the Ocean County, New Jersey, Prosecutor’s Office; who was critically injured, in the line-of-duty, on Thursday, January 8, 2015, when he allowed his undercover patrol vehicle to cross Dover Road, left of center, subsequently striking a tree on the opposite of the roadway. He was transported to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he eventually succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Detective John Scott Stevens. He died serving us. Help us never to forget. Help us celebrate the life of Detective John Scott Stevens and honor his sacrifice. Be with the family, friends, and colleagues of this fallen hero. Comfort them and give them your strength. Guide those who seek to take care of the family of this hero. May those empowered to do so, care for them with integrity. In commemorating the death of this hero, help those who mourn to remember that death is not the end. Death does not have the final say, but is simply the transition to the glorious life to come. They should look forward to that life to come with joy and thanksgiving.

As for the citizens of Ocean County, New Jersey, help them to faithfully equip their law enforcement officers with the best tools to protect their county. May their training be adequate to the task. Help the citizens of Ocean County, New Jersey, to remember to pay their law enforcement officers fairly and treat them with respect. Help the citizens of Ocean County, New Jersey, to obey the law and treat each other with dignity so as not to add to the burden of crime and pain to their county.

The time for mourning will soon pass. We have now remembered and celebrated the life lost in this great tragedy. As the family, friends, and colleagues of Detective John Scott Stevens go forward, they must celebrate the good things in their lives; and to celebrate life itself!

Finally, Lord God, we pray for the families, friends, and colleagues of all the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line-of-duty and we thank you for their sacrifices. Bless the lives of their families, friends, and colleagues so they might find healing. Help their law enforcement organizations support the families of these fallen heroes. Even though their deaths might have been senseless, make something good come out of these situations so that their law enforcement organizations and the communities in which they lived and served might be stronger because of their lives and their deaths.

Now, Detective John Scott Stevens, may the Lord bless you, and keep you: the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.

In His Service,

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police of the Nashua NH (USA) Police Department
Police Chaplain of the Merrimack NH (USA) Police Department
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Merrimack NH Police Department

January 22, 2015

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