Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent John William Bost, III

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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Reflections for Special Agent John William Bost, III

Thinking of you today.

God bless you and your family.

John you were the example of what a law enforcement officer should reflect…integrity, hard work and sacrifice.

Special Agent Matthew Collins (retired)

June 29, 2022

Special Agent Bost III,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

September 11, 2020

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 27, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Special Agent John Bost on their tragic loss. May our Lord give you all the strength and comfort needed during this difficult time. Thank youSpecial Agent John Bost for your dedication and service to your community. Rest in peace brother in blue.

CBP Officer(retired) Luis Otero
DHS/Bureau Of Customs And Border Protection

August 22, 2020

Thank you Special Agent Bost, III for your hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of Hawaii. 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.


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

August 22, 2020

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

August 18, 2020

Rest in Peace my brother.

Captain Bernard Flint
Department of Defense Police Division

August 14, 2020

On behalf of the Kentucky Peace Officers' Association please accept our condolences on the tragic death of SA Bost.

Chip Nowlin
Kentucky Peace Officers' Association

August 13, 2020

To the family of Special Agent John Bost, III, friends, Acting Director Regina Lombardo and the United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DC
You are lifted up in heart, thought, and prayer. May God comfort, hold you close and give you His peace that surpasses all understanding to keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus now and always. Thank you for your service!
"The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
"For he (Jesus) has said, I will never leave you or forsake you." Hebrews 13:5

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Goldsboro, NC

August 13, 2020

Rest in Peace, Special Agent Bost. You deserve your divine reward.

May God comfort your family, friends, and fellow agents at this difficult time.

God bless and protect those that protect us all.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

August 12, 2020

RIP Special Agent Bost. Thank you for your service to the citizens of the United States and Charlotte-Mecklenberg

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

August 12, 2020

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

August 12, 2020

On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Special Agent John Bost, III and the extended law enforcement family of the United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

End of Watch Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

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."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

August 11, 2020

Praying for peace and comfort today and in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker
Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

August 11, 2020

Rest In Peace brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and department. Matthew 5:9

Lieutenant Don Barton
Garden City PD, MI

August 11, 2020

R I P Brother

Herbie Buck Ret. Officer

August 10, 2020

Rest in peace Brother John, you are a true American Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham
EOW 07/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham (retired)
Sand Springs OK PD

August 10, 2020

Rest In Peace, Special Agent Bost. Thank you for your service. My deepest condolences to your family.

Special Agent D.S.

August 10, 2020

SA Bost, thank you for your service. May God bless you and your family.

Cameron Lynch, Dispatcher
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department
Mashantucket , CT

August 9, 2020

Rest in peace

Nick mottola

August 8, 2020

Prayers up for his family, blood and blue, during this most difficult time. Thank you for service and sacrifice. Gone but never forgotten.

Karen Beard

August 8, 2020

We were fortunate to know John in Kihei Hawaii. He rented our cottage next to our house . We love John or as Maui Police Officers called him, Big John. After he moved to the condo he purchased, he showed up at our door to check on us and say hello. He was a wonderful guy, nice, respectful, competent, so special. Again, we loved John and our hearts are truly broken.

Elizabeth Kemmish

August 8, 2020

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

August 6, 2020

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Special Agent, John Bost, III, from complications of an accidental discharge of a rifle. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. Our prayers and thoughts to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina where Special Agent Bost had previously served.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

August 6, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Andreoli

August 6, 2020

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