Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James G. Carragher

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, February 11, 1982

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Reflections for Police Officer James G. Carragher

Rest easy on your 38 anniversary in heaven

Mark Mottola

February 11, 2020

Dad, another year has passed and I remember the same as if you were here a moment ago. Our lives were forever changed when that person chose to pull the trigger on the gun that killed you. Their karma will be hefty.

My heart and mind still bear the scars of the night you were taken from us. They say time heals but why haven't my wounds healed from so many years ago. I can only think of so many other wives, daughters, sons and parents that have wounds that have not healed and will always remain from their loved ones taken from them as you were from us.

As I age and my time get closer to seeing you, I find myself knowing even more you will be there to greet me once I come over. Until then, dad.

Love Karan

Karan Carragher Hochman

June 4, 2018

It has been many years since our loss of our father and we still hold him in our hearts, remembering each day. We see reflections of you in the grandchildren that you never knew, your smile, your eyes, your sense of humor, your love of animals.

I look at my son who looks so much like you and it is like having a piece of you with me everyday. I know you are with me, watching and protecting all of us as you did in life. Only now you have a bird's eye view of things.

Love you, Dad. Always and forever.

Karan Carragher

October 15, 2017

Rip hero

Future nypd Nick T
Future nypd

July 26, 2017

Today marks another year without you Dad, I think of you often and miss you so very much. So many years have gone by yet at times it hurts so much as if it were yesterday, knowing all that you missed in our lives and how much we have missed you.

Colleen Galatola

February 11, 2017

The FINEST OF THE FINEST. May he rest in peace. He will never be forgotten.


February 11, 2017

Thank you Officer Durante for posting my father's picture here. I am the youngest daughter of Officer Carragher and his death is still fresh in my mind and heart after all these years.

I wish you and all officers a safe return to your family each and every day. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand and protect you.

Karan Carragher Hochman
Daughter of Slain Officer Carragher

July 17, 2016

It was my honor to research newspapers, books and magazines and finally find your ID Card Photo and make sure your photo was put on this site. I wanted to put a face to your heroism in the Line of Duty. I did the research because you are a brother officer and no matter how many years past, you will always be remembered. Rest Easy Hero.

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

RIP Officer Carragher. You are not forgotten.

Police Officer (retired)

January 25, 2016

Another year has passed without you. The pain and loss are still felt. You are never forgotten. I only hope my thoughts of you guarding and protecting us are true.

One day I will see you again. Until then Daddy.

Karan Carragher Hochman

September 17, 2014

I wish to thank all who honored my father on the 30th anniversary of his death. We all still miss him and love him.

He was a wonderful father to me and my sisters.

Karan Carragher

December 7, 2013

Thank you for your dedicated and loyal service to others. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

February 11, 2013

RIP Sir, you are honored today

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 11, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect.and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of 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. I thank them for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace

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

February 11, 2012

Officer Carragher,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community-but for our Country as well when you served in the USN during WW II. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

U.S. Border Patrol

February 11, 2012

God bless you, sir. You stood strong and proud. You are obviously loved by your family. Being a family man is what you are, a hero is what you became, A WARRIOR NEVER FORGOTTEN


March 16, 2011

My heart goes out to all who have missed having you in their lives.

You are not forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 11, 2011

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer Carragher and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

February 3, 2009



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January 20, 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

December 19, 2007

I am proud to say that Officer James G. Carragher was my grandfather.25 years ago he was taken too suddenly from all of our lives. He will always be a hero in my eyes. I cherish the memories I have of him, and wish he could be here to see what good things " his girls" have done and the beautiful children they've had. His death forever changed our lives. I know he's watching over all of us.
He was always there for us. We miss him more than any reflection could ever convey.

Elena Longoria

August 20, 2007

Officer Carragher, today marks the 25th anniversary of your murder. I did the math and see that you were no kid when you began your career in law enforcement. For those 16 short years and your time in the Navy, we all owe you a great debt of thanks.

I read the reflections from your family and friends and found them very touching. You obviously were much loved and terribly missed.

Though the Police Department to which you gave 16 years of your life is just a part of history, you will never be forgotten. You lived and died as a hero.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

February 11, 2007

I only now came across this lovely memorial. PO Carragher was a wonderful man, and while my half sisters do not know me, I too knew and loved my father..our father..until he was taken when i was 7yrs old. I hope he is at peace wherever he is and everyone should know what a wonderful man he was.
Dr. Cynthia T.


June 21, 2006

Uncle Jimmy, he was to me and when I think of him I remember how nice he always was to me and my cousin Scott. When he came to visit in New Jersey we would bug him to see his badge and then gun, he always showed his badge and never showed us his gun, thats not a toy or for messing around he would say something to let us know thats serious business, then he would do something to make us lauph. A very very nice man my Uncle was, and certainly not forgotten by his daughters or anyone else. We were all so sorry to see you leave this world. I feel for your daughters loss but what a beautiful family you've started and it will continue to grow.

Kelly Laudien (Cahill)

October 22, 2005

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