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Private John J. Broski

Pennsylvania Motor Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, August 14, 1937

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Reflections for Private John J. Broski

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)

August 14, 2020

John Broski was my grandfather. I grew up with the story, newspaper clippings, detective magazines, and my aunt fighting the parole of Horace Bowers. According to my grandmother, he was set up and murdered. The robbery was a ruse. He was told to get off a case and he didn't. The case was the shooting ( also in the back) of Stephen Bashar by railroad policemen Ed Matthews and Harry Carty (who were charged with murder). Bowers also shot a woman in Philadelphia in 1987.

pat wisloski

October 12, 2019

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 76th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 21, 2013

Still not forgotten

Virginia State Police

November 26, 2010

Your remembered often. My Dad spoke very highly of Uncle John and was very proud of him. I think when Dad was alive he tried to be Brave when it counted (WWII)and understanding when needed. These qualities were gotten by such good people as Uncle John. Dad even named one of his sons after John.

Chuck Broski


December 8, 2009

72 years later we still salute your service to all. Thanks for making this country a safer place. Walk Tall

Sergeant William J. West
Caernarvon Twp. Police, Morgantown PA.

August 14, 2009

You are a true hero and will always be remembered as such. As you walk the beat in heaven please look down on us here.

Spring Twp. (Centre County, PA)

September 8, 2007

What a coward, indeed! After 70 years you are still a hero and the person that shot you in the back is still a coward. Thank you for your bravery and your sacrifice. May your family take comfort in the fact that you will NEVER be forgotten and will FOREVER be a hero.

SGT. Mark Hanna, Retired
Fayetteville PD, AR

August 14, 2007

I echo my previous sentiment, and today we remember and honor you, seventy years later. Always remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

August 14, 2007

What an unbelievably cowardly act. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

November 16, 2006

Private Broski,

What a cowardly act..... Although he was not brought to justice through the system, he had to answer to a much higher power.... GOD bless you for an outstanding career and may GOD continue to bless you and your family..... Rest easy troop! You are not FORGOTTEN.

Senior Officer D.W.Reichhardt
VSUPD (Chesterfield, Va.)

June 26, 2006

Your sacrafice will not be forgotten. Thank you for serving the public will a loving heart!


The policeman stood and faced 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 time 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 a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell

Explorer Stokes
California Highway Patrol

November 25, 2004

Rest easy Troop. Unlike the coward that shot you, you are a hero remembered forever. God bless.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

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