Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Giacomo "Jack" Buffa

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, February 5, 1986

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Reflections for Police Officer Giacomo "Jack" Buffa

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

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

February 5, 2021

Thank you for all you did.


September 1, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Buffa. Sad but a brave Motown soul.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 25, 2018

RIP. May your soul rest in Heaven. May God bless your family.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

February 16, 2018

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

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 5, 2018

Jack, met up with some of our old Academy classmates today. Know you're still with us all, 44 years later. Can't put our old Narco days to rest without shedding a tear. Rest In Peace my friend.

Al Kirschner (Retired)
Detroit Narcotics

February 20, 2017

RIP brother. Will take it from here.

Future Detroit Police Officer Billy .
Dearborn, MI

April 8, 2015

Jack, you were a man among men, we had such a good time in the streets of Detroit. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten.

Ret. Special Agent Randy Evans

May 12, 2014

What a great cop, was tough but also soft. We had a great time working together. Jack, always rest in peace.

Ret. Special Agent

May 12, 2014

To the family and friends of Officer Jack Buffa and his fellow officers:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to pay honor to Jack's memory on the 25th anniversary of the day he so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

We grieve for you and with you. Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of service Jack gave to his community and the citizens of Michigan, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 5, 1986.

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

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 5, 2011

Thank you for your service and dedication, you made the ultimate sacrifice serving your community and you will never be forgotten, You brothers and Sisters in the North pay tribute to you.

Police Officer
Toronto Police Service

March 13, 2010


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 4, 2008

"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

November 13, 2007

Officer Buffa, i was only 17 years old when your watched stopped. I never knew you other than in passing. I want you to know that i 'll always remember the warm smiles and the friendly hello's you'll always be remembered.


December 14, 2006

Jack -
I still remember working with you at Narcotics and your enthusiasm for the job. I worked days on 2/25/86 and still remember talking with you at the Jefferson Office as your shift began on that fateful night. I was stunned two hours later when notified at home of your death. Even though I'm now retired from DPD and have moved on to other endeavors I still think of you often - those who are never completely forgeotten never completely die - you live on in the hearts of many.

Bill Gray (LT. DPD - Retired)

Director William Gray
Sanilac County Drug Task Force

December 2, 2005

Rest in peace Officer Buffa. You have not been forgotten.

police officer

February 5, 2005

I had the pleasure of knowing Jack and being his C.O. at DPD Narcotics. He was a quiet, gentle officer, but was always ready to do the job. He had an engaging smile and was respected and liked by all of the Narcotics Officers. He served his department with honor and gave the ultimate sacrifice. He is remembered by many and will never be forgotten.

Inspector Ray Murray

January 12, 2005

I was only 8 when your watch ended. I will never forget the sea of red and blue flashing lights outside of St. Jude's. You were my Dad's partner.
I want you to know I still remember you and your family in my prayers each night.
'The Maggot's' Oldest Daughter

June 23, 2004

Am a former Detroit Officer.Wish to say I knew officers in narcotics that knew Officer Buffa.Mrs. Buffa,want you to know you are not forgotten!Wish there were more officers today like Jack!Will remember Officer Buffa for the rest of my career and life!

P.O. Joe Poirier
Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety

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