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Sergeant James P. Carter, Jr.

Newton Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, December 3, 1978

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Reflections for Sergeant James P. Carter, Jr.

Sgt Carter, 42 years later you are still remembered. I was working the 11-7 shift at the Chestnut Hill Mall the night you left us. You always dropped by to hit the call box out front & check on me during the night when you were on duty. You were one of the good guys on the force, and are truly missed.

Bill Erickson

April 27, 2021

Sgt. Carter,
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 of Newton. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 3, 2018

Sgt. Carter was my father. I was three when he was killed. I am grateful for your reflections. It's a blessing to able to be able to see a little of who he was as a police officer.

Sgt. Carter's Daughter

June 2, 2016

Jimmy Carter---you are not forgotten and will always be remembered where there are those that speak your name. I was a State Police Officer stationed at SP Framingham and often had the rte 9 patrol. Sgt Jimmy Carter was always out there as a back up. An aggressive police officer--he was always quick with a smile. God Bless Jim---you are sorely missed. Semper Fidelis

Trooper Tom Constantine
Massachusetts State Police

March 6, 2016

Remembered at the Newton Police headquarters today by members of the department's command staff while giving a tour station to members of accreditation staff. Gone 35 years but not forgotten, badge S-16.

Officer Michael McSweeney
Newton MA Police

December 3, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 3, 2011



August 14, 2011

Sgt. Carter, the scum who took your life lost only 18 MONTHS of his. That only compounds the crime and the tragedy. I can only hope he faced true justice at some point, if not in this life, then in the next. Your sacrifice makes you a martyr, but your efforts to help humanity makes you a hero.

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

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

June 17, 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

February 18, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service, this writer is disappointed that justice was not served on your behalf

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 3, 2007

Sgt. Carter,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Newton. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I have to agree with the first reflection left for you-as a former resident of Massachusetts, I know all too well how screwed up the laws are and that's the one thing I don't miss about the Bay State.



March 5, 2007

I'll be thinking about you when I go into work tonight. Your family comes into the station evey year on this date and leaves flowers at your memorial in the front lobby. You are not forgotten brother.

Officer Michael McSweeney
Newton MA Police

December 3, 2006



March 1, 2005

my father got on the job the year you were killed, and just retired the summer of 2004. Rest easy brouther, we'll carry on for you and all the officers who never made it as far as my father from here...

son of retired Waltham Police officer

August 20, 2004

somthing is very wrong with the criminal justice system and the officer is killed by a drunk driver in a stolen vehicle and is released afte serving a few months,although the original sentence was 17 years.something wrong with that picture.
a husband and father taken from his family and the criminal gets a slap in the wrists.
rest in peace have not been forgotten. SEMPER FI


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