Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James J. Choquette

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, August 2, 1979

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Reflections for Police Officer James J. Choquette

Met Jim at the "Short Stop." He was working 77th and I was working OCB CRASH. If ever there was a Super Cop, Jim was it. He was one of the best Street Cops that ever wore an LAPD uniform. He was loved and respected by all and always had a kind word to say about all. God Bless Bro!

Al

Al Moreno, LAPD, Last assignment OCB CRASH 1978 to 1982

September 16, 2019

Officer Choquette,
On today, the 40th 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 with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

August 2, 2019

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

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 2, 2018

I HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN YOU MY FRIEND YOUR STILL IN MY HEART. TIME MARCHES ON AND ONE DAY WE WILL BE FISHING TOGETHER. SO ICE UP THE BEER AND I'LL BRING THE BAIT...YOUR FRIEND. JOEY

CORPORAL. RET
Banning, PD

September 4, 2016

I won't forget when you left us my good friend. It's been 35 years ago the world lost a better part of itself. I sure would have liked to have gone fishing with you, I know some great spots. I'm sure you do to.
Joey

Cpl Josepb "Joe" Barille. (Ret)
Friend

August 2, 2014

Hi Great Uncle,
this is your grand niece, Rachel. My dad was your nephew, Tom Spence. Right now I am 14 years old, and I am wishing you were here. I never met you, but I have heard only the best about you. Everyone says that you were so funny, and that you were my dad's favorite uncle, and that you were loved by everybody. Whenever you are brought up in a conversation, I always feel a sense of jealousy for not being able to meet you. I really want to see what you look like, but in person and I want you to make me laugh. I guess I wish you could have been in my life. You mean so much to so many people and I want to be apart of that. I love and miss you, and I am proud to have you as a Great Uncle.
With love,
Rae-bug

Rachel Spence
Great niece

May 26, 2013

My partner, training officer (1976) and friend that will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.

Frank A. Turner III
Former LAPD; LAUSD

April 14, 2013

Grandpa Jim,
I am your dauhter Kim's son. I am 12 i will be thirteen next month. I have heard such great things about you. My mom is always talking about how much i was like you. I wish i could have met you and in a way i miss you. my poppa has taken over your spot and let me tell you,he is perfect. i will never stop thinking about what you were like and how you acted. You made my mom and so you made me and not knowing my grandpa is hard but i can handle it. I and my cousin wyatt(my auntie's son your daughter Beth's) are blessed to have your name James as our middle name.I really truly do love you and you will alwas be apart of me and my whole family. As much as i and my family misses you,you will always be in our heart.

Noah Puliano
Grandson

July 6, 2012

My Night in Shining Armor Jim
Thank you for coming into my life and giving me the gift of your loving Choquette family, amazing support of your LAPD family, and your most wonderful gift, our beautiful daughters Kimberly and Beth. Every day I am with them I get to see you. In Beth's eyes I see your eyes, Kimmy's humor and way with words I hear your voice, their love of their sons, you amazing grandsons. allows me a glimpse back to your parenting of our daughters. I see your personality in your nephew Tony, the face of you as a child in your great-nephew Elijia, your love of sports and competition in our oldest grandson Noah, your teasing and silliness comes out in our middle grandson Wyatt who is working on being taller then you. And in little Austin comes your love of life, and loving tenderness. We all talk about you a lot. They all know how much they were loved and how much you would love them. They all know what a terrific athlete your were. And everyone is proud of the fact that you will always be know as one of the finest of the finest that LAPD will ever have. As much as we all miss you, when we look around we realize that you will always be with us.

Karen Choquette Morton
Wife

April 2, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Choquette. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 14, 2012

I never got to meet my Uncle Jim, but of all my relatives who passed before my birth, he is the one I have always dreamed about meeting. A couple years ago, I had an actual dream that I got to meet my momma's baby brother. It was a dream I will always remember.

Sylvia
Niece

May 24, 2011

I still think of Jim on a regular basis. He was so much alive and his memory stays alive in the hearts of many.

Sgt Dave Reynolds
LAPD (rtd) Friend & Partner

December 28, 2010

I was a young kid at 21, working a security job at the Marriott Hotel on Century Blvd. in L.A. There was this bigger than life LAPD Officer, Jim Choquette, who was probably the toughest cop I had ever met but could keep you laughing with his humor and stories. I remember that I wanted to be like him, a hard charger who didn't take guff from anyone, but was someone you wanted to have around to teach you the ropes. I'm sorry that we didn't get the chance to work together, but you were an inspiration to me in the short time I knew you. You were a "cop's cop" and I still think about you 31 years later. RIP, Jim.

Sgt.Steve Bock
Torrance PD, retired.

September 14, 2010

Policeman Choquette - I won't call you "Officer" as your ten years on the job had you wearing a PoliceMAN badge. It's clear that I know people who knew and admired you. There was never a bad word said about you. Thanks for your service to the people of Los Angeles. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

April 16, 2010

Jim,
30 yrs, I can't believe it. You took me under your wing in the short 2 yrs our careers overlapped. Taught me about life as much as anything else. All those flag football games against each other and sharing company at the SS after those games. It all still resonates in me. You inspired me and influenced where and how I applied myself to the job. Until we meet again.

Police Officer III Leonard Mora
LAPD

December 29, 2009

Jim and Louie Villalobos were my first training officers when I was assigned to 77th Division out of the academy. What a great time learning from the best. Jim always treated me as a complete partner while at the same time teaching a young naive kid the ropes of how to stay alive and put crimminals in jail. It wasn't unusual for Jim to pick up a couple more felony arrests en route to the station with the first one. Jim was bigger than life and I will always consider him the best cope I ever knew. What a tremedous guy. Louie and I were working together the day of the accident. Even after more than 30 years, the pain of losing Jim is still there. Unfortunately, Louie also died in the line of duty 21 years after Jim. They were great friends. I miss you, Jim. Rest in peace. Dwight

Lieutenant Dwight Crosley
LAPD AIr Support Division

November 11, 2009

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. He was also your brother in green as well so I also salute your service in the Corps. Semper Fi.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

August 4, 2009

You may be gone but the memories you left behind will always be there.RIP.

Anonymous

February 17, 2009

"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
Sergeant
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 1, 2007

Jimmy, even after all these years you are still da man. I knew you when you were a rookie; you were fresh out of the Marines and, as a former Marine myself, we compared notes and knew from the get-go that we would always have each others back. I may have been your training officer on the beat, but on the field of any sport you were the guru. I still remeber your zeal for playing defense in flag football; god, you loved to hit an opposing player hard! You were my friend, my partner and my buddy, and I will hold your memory in my heart until my last day on this earth. I'm older now, and it's rough thinking about all the good men I knew and worked with who are no longer here; but you, my friend, were one of the very best. If any of your family members ever read this I want them to know that you were what legends are made of. It was my distinct pleasure to have known you during the prime of your life. Until we meet again, Semper fi, Marine!

Police Officer Fred Romero
LAPD

August 20, 2007

Your body may be gone, but your spirit lives on through your family. You'd be proud Uncle Jim.

Tony Spence
Nephew

April 13, 2007

thank you for your dedication.you will never be forgotten.r.i.p.

deputy
fairfield county s-o lancaster,oh

December 6, 2006

Your photograph faces us each day during Southeast Roll Call. I think of you often as I hear that broadcast for more officers within the Southeast Area housing projects. A recent Roll Call was attended by Chief Bratton and a partner of yours - Deputy Chief Beck, who shared his memories regarding that sad day.....R I P, Bro

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

September 25, 2006

As young boys growing up together and watching him giving it his all in whatever he did continued on into his adult years. Being a Boy Scout or just wrestling as boys do he was no quiter. I'm sorry I didn't get to ride with you at the 77th my friend. Guys like him are a rare friend to all.

Cpl. Joseph Barille (Ret)
Banning PD and friend

September 13, 2006

This is just a note to let others know that Jim's memory is still very much alive in the minds of many of his ex-partners. Jim was the kind of guy that was always a huge presence no matter how many people where at a scene or in a room. He was always so much alive and full of life. Jim's sense of humor was great and his hand bone playing matched that of the locals. Jim had a big friendly personality. Word of Jim's death spread rapidly the day he died and it seemed impossible that someone so full of life could be gone.

Those of us that have spent many years with the LAPD have lost many partners over the years. It is never easy, but some are tougher than others to accept. Jim is one of the really tough ones.

To Jim's children, your dad was a great guy in a man's world. He was one of the best cops I have known and will always remain on my mind.

Sgt. Dave Reynolds
LAPD Retired

May 5, 2006

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