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Sergeant John Paul Christensen

Pendleton Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Saturday, February 7, 1976

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Reflections for Sergeant John Paul Christensen

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

February 7, 2021

My father worked with him also. My father soon quit the force after this incident.

Ray Hughes

March 12, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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 diminishes respect and you will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your son Perry for sharingi in his reflection his devotion to you.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 7, 2012

Never forgotten

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 7, 2011

You Sir had dedicated your life to protect and to serve! You always did this with fairness and honesty!
Nobody that I have ever encountered in the city of Pendleton had ever said anything but good things, when they had spoke of the Policeman known as Sargent John Paul Christensen!You are thought of as the highest standared of what a good Policeman should be!You Sir where one of the best that wore a badge and a gun! You Sir, I don't only think of as My FATHER, but as my greatest HERO!
(From your Son Perry Sr.)

Perry N. Christensen
Son of fallen Policeman

October 31, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 5, 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

January 15, 2008

You did not deserve this! So sorry how you were repaid
for your dedication and service.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

August 7, 2007

John, my dad worked with you many years and always had good things to say about you. You did give me a ticket in high school and I deserved it. You were a example of a good policeman that helped me form my life. Pendleton will always have you in their heart and mine. Eddie

E. Wells
Tempe PD retired

December 9, 2005

I read the odmp page each week, today I discovered Sgt. Christensen and realized he gave his life on my birth date for someone he probably did not even know. Rest in peace Sarge, you are not forgotten!


January 4, 2005

John Paul all gave his all to help the kids. so to pay him back one of them killed JP


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