Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant John Joseph "J.J." Brown

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, April 14, 1981

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Reflections for Sergeant John Joseph "J.J." Brown

Rest in peace.


April 14, 2022

Sgt.John Joseph Brown was my best friend.We traveled many miles together on F.O.P business.Our wives were also good friends.We were neighbors for a number of years.I shall never forget John and his family.He was one who would do anything for anyone.John had a heart of gold.

Sgt D.M."Pete"Stafford
Savannah Police Dept.

March 6, 2022

Sgt. Brown,
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 Savannah. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 14, 2021

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

April 14, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Brown. That was my 22nd birthday.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 23, 2019

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 26, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 14, 2018

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 14, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Brown. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 3, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 14, 2010

"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

December 27, 2007

Greetings Mr. Brown

I don't know why it took so many years for me to look you up on the web, but obviously, you crossed my mind today.

I was in the Persian Gulf aboard a Navy destroyer in 1981 when I got word of your passing in a letter from my mother. It seemed a million miles and light-years away from my childhood and growing up with your children in Savannah. I remember all the neighborhood kids were in awe of you.

I looked your two youngest children up when I lived there again in the early 90's. So, I know they've all made you proud.

Thank you for your family's friendship with my's something I've never forgotten and always treasured.

Thank you for your service...thank you for your sacrifice...and thank you for being a positive influence in the lives of people you touched.

Kipp Pittman
(the oldest kid across the back fence)

Arthur K. Pittman (USN-Ret.)
Friend of family

February 1, 2007

When I became your Chief in 1980, you were the first Police Officer to reach out his hand in friendship. You took me on a tour of the mean streets of Savannah at 2:00 AM, on a Saturday night. You accepeted me unconditionally as Your Brother in Blue. I am a very fortunate man to have known you!!! God Bless You and your wonderful Family.

Chief David M. Gellatly, ret.
Savannah Police Department

December 13, 2006

May you Rest in Peace.

April 14, 2006

Sgt. Brown,
On today, the 24th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Savannah.


April 14, 2005

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