Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Corporal John Robert Christian, Jr.

Harrisburg Police Bureau, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, April 18, 1978

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Reflections for Detective Corporal John Robert Christian, Jr.

I was a 16 year old grocery store clerk at Evans. What a horrible Tuesday night. John was a good man. Quiet yet firm, he was a remarkable man willing to put his life on the line. He made the ultimate sacrifice.

Hank Skorija
Clerk at Grocery Store - Evans Market

June 3, 2019

I remember this day. I was notified by the base chaplain and by my sister that my Cousin had been killed. I was in the military because of Johnnie, he was a hero and always will be. God rest your soul.

William R Keefer (Cousin Bobby)

WILLIAM R KEEFER
Cousin

November 21, 2018

I remember the day of his funeral! Helicopters and police car were everywhere! Very sad that he lost his life to a evil lowlife!

Mr. Harry Grace
None

May 19, 2016

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand
PA C.O.P.S.

April 18, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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.

I pray for solace for all that love and remember you. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

April 18, 2012

John,
It has been 30-years since your life was taken by a robbery suspect, while you were working an off-duty security job. I briefly heard some details, a year or so afterward. I was saddened; to hear the news. I served with the Harrisburg P. D. (Badge # 14) from March 1970 until November 1973. Prior to leaving the Department, I was assigned on the Hill, on the South side. I remember the place; the two buildings and the alley between. I have never forgotten, nor will I ever forget, the place you paid with your life, serving the citizens of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

During the U.S. Civil War, General Daniel Butterfield composed a new melody in his head. Without musical training, years later, he gave the music to the brigade bugler. I thought this was fitting for a fallen Officer, as well as for fallen military members. The accepted version of one verse of “Taps” is:
‘Day is done, gone the sun, from the hills, from the lake, from the sky; All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.’

‘Your sun shall no longer go down… for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.’ Isaiah 60:20.

Thanks for your dedication and service. You will long be remembered, “Big John”.

Sgt. George R. Osler, III
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Phoenix, AZ

April 18, 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
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

January 15, 2008

Corporal, you will never be forgotten for your sacrifice. Rest in peace sir.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 18, 2007

I WAS WORKING THE NIGHT YOU MET THE LORD. THE CALL CAME IN TO OUR COMM CENTER OF A SHOOTING ON PAXTON STREET.
I DISPATCH THE CALL TO THE UNITS.
SEVERAL MINUTES PASSED UNTIL THE FIRST
UNIT ARRIVED TO CHANGE MY LIFE FOR EVER. FROM THE TIME WE LEARNED YOU WAS THE PERSON KILLED THE LOVE FROM FELLOW OFFICERS TO THE CITIZENS OF HARRISBURG MADE ME FEEL GOOD ABOUT BEING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. WITH OVER 500 OFFICERS AT THE CHURCH AND THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS STANDING ALONG THE STREET AS YOU PASS BY. I SAY THANK GOD FOR YOU AND FOR ALL THE BROTHERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY AND SOMEDAY I HOPE TO SEE YOU IN HEAVEN.

OFFICER DONALD MCCLEARY
HARRISBURG PENNSYLVANIA

August 3, 2005

John, Your brothers and sisters in Harrisburg will remember you and your sacrifice through the ages. May God bless the family you left behind.

Patrolman David Black
Harrisburg P.D.

April 24, 2005

I am honored to be associated with law enforcement because of the sacrafice you made for your community. This selfless act of heroism will never be forgotten. My you rest in peace and know that people have not forgotten about you and what you stood for.

Reserve Deputy Sheriff
Kitsap County Sheriff's Department, Washington State

February 9, 2005

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