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Sergeant Arthur Cashin

Chelsea Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, July 20, 1980

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Reflections for Sergeant Arthur Cashin

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 20, 2020

It's now been 40 years, Brother, and you have not been forgotten.

May you continue to Rest in Peace, Sgt. Cashin and God Bless you and all who knew and loved you best.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

July 20, 2020

Sergeant Cashin, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 15, 2019

Sarge, now it's been 26 years. Though Officer Copello may never have seen himself as a hero, he truly was/is. He no doubt saved not only his own life (for which I thank God) but who knows how many others may have perished at the hands of the animal who brutally murdered you.

Where ever Officer Copello is now, I hope he knows what a splendid job he did and you Sergeant Cashin, you too are a hero for all you did for the City of Chelsea.

God Bless you and may your continued rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

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

July 20, 2016

I was just 12 years old when I heard on the car radio that you were killed. You were at my house a lot because you were a partner/friend of my father who was a Sergeant. I cried when I heard the tragic news. Now I am a 16 year veteran of the Chelsea Police Department. Artur I have prayed for you and your family for over 30 years, I hope by now you are resting in peace.


January 20, 2011

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 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. How very sad that your family has endured two line of duty deaths with the recent death of your nephew.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 20, 2010

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion
Proverbs 28:1

God bless you and all who mourn you. May God give them the strength to carry on. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


February 28, 2009

Officer Arthur Cashin was one of my dad's (Frank Cotter) best friends. I remember how crushed my dad was when he got the news of his murder. I remember Arthur making us kids laugh until it hurt. I think of Arthur at times and what a loss it was when he was killed. I just want to make sure his family knows that he will never be forgotten.
R.I.P. Arthur

Kim Cotter
friend of family

January 28, 2009

Rest in peace, you will always be remembered.


September 16, 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 7, 2007



July 20, 2007

Sgt.Cashin made a lasting impression on me during the short time we knew each other. We met during our studies at Bunkerhill Community College prior to my appointment as a police officer. As a young kid, he taught me the importance of professionalism, ethics and fairness. He was an example to emulate.

After graduation, I was appointed a police officer at 21. Though I worked in another community some distance away, I stayed in touch with Arthur and several other officers from Chelsea in knew from school.

I have such a vivid memory listening to WBZ radio in my cruiser the night Arthur was shot, learning that a Chelsea police officer was dead but waiting to hear whom. Then, about 5AM, the news; it was Arthur.

Today, I'm a police chief in Massachusetts. I've been able to have a successful career in part because of what I learned from Sgt. Arthur Cashin.

Rest in peace, brother and know, your examples live on.

And to you Arthur, I'm forever grateful.

Friend & Brother Officer

January 6, 2007

Sgt. Cashin, 26 years ago today you were murdered. I pray that the shooter received the justice he/she deserved. Your family has been without you physically, but I know you have never been far from them. The people of the Commonwealth owe you far more than can ever be repaid.

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

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

July 20, 2006

Although I Never had much time to get to know you, I cherish all the memories I have of you and keep them in my heart forever. We all miss you dearly and will never forget the wonderful things you did for your family and the chelsea community. We love you!!!!!

Renee Hourican(Cashin)

April 19, 2006

RIP Officer Cashin

Officer William D. Mosher
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department/USMC

January 29, 2006

Sgt. Cashin,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your murder, I would like tos say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chelsea.


July 20, 2005

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