Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent Jack R. Coler

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, June 26, 1975

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Reflections for Special Agent Jack R. Coler

Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice and heroic actions will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

June 26, 2020

Jack Coler took me to Saturday matinee at our local theater, The Belmont. We lived in a charming part of Long Beach, California in Belmont Shore. I got so much bubble gum all over my retainer, I had to get another one. We were 12 years old. I want his family to know he was a dear, sweet boy. My love and condolences go to them. Sylvia Rogers


September 2, 2019

Thank you to Special Agent (SA) Coler and his partner for their service. As noted SA Coler was also an LAPD Officer prior to joining the FBI. The SAs killed that day were basically ambushed while attempting to overtake a group of individuals in a car. Their (SA's) motor vehicle had over 100 bullet holes in it, indicating an overwhelming fusillade of bullets, in a relatively short period of time. The primary assailant wielded an AR15. The only suspect convicted was AIM member Leonard Peltier who is often heralded by several Hollywood elites and has a popular website. Many of the same elites have been trying to get him out of jail. As a proud FBI NA grad who worked with many outstanding FBI Agents in my career, in various capacities, I offer praise and honor to these two fine SAs who lost their lives in the performance of their duties.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)

June 26, 2019

Rest in peace Special Agent Coler.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 18, 2019

Thank you for your service to the FBI and our country. Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

June 28, 2017

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 26, 2015

I was one of Jack's training officers during the short time he was with the LAPD, and I have nothing but fond memories of the brief period we worked together in a "black and white" in South Central. There are also a few good stories, and they still get told on occasion whenever the time and mood are right ... which is to say that even all these years later Jack's name still gets honorable mention by someone who knew him as a young police officer full of ambition and hope and grit. RIP Jack, your short time on earth was not wasted; you had my back and I had yours.

Police Officer Fred Romero

September 1, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th anniversary year 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 soalce for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

November 30, 2012

I remember as a young boy my Father going down to the reservation for 2 weeks at a time after the incident, these were very scary times for me and made me grow up faster than I wanted to I think of the Agents that were lost there everyday and I will never forget.

Son of fellow FBI Agent

June 3, 2012

Mr. Coler:

I was just a young boy when we were transferred to Albuquerque for my father's first station. I remember well your family and ours hiking up Sandia Peak. I still have a picture of you on the trail with you carrying your young son in a backpack. Fond memories that I still carry with me.

Son of fellow FBI Agent

April 24, 2012

I was just a little girl when I knew you, you made me laugh and I loved you and your family, and I was so very sad when you were snatched away from life in that horrible vicious way. I have never forgotten you, and I never will. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you paid.

daughter of a fellow FBI agent

April 15, 2012

May you rest in peace Special Agent Jack Coler. I have known your sister, Susan Gregg for several years. Susan and her family are very special to our family. It would have been an honor to meet you.

Officer J.A. Hinkle
East Wenatchee PD/friend of sister to S.A. Jack Coler

November 7, 2011

Today in law school we studied your case as it relates to the Federal Rules of Evidence and how the defense attorneys tried to exclude evidence from your trial. It makes me sick that the system failed you, because some attorney used rules that were made to protect us, those very rules you swore to enforce, used them against you. RIP S/A Coler.

PO Ari Maas

February 7, 2011

Rest in peace, we will not let you to be forgotten.

Jerry Webb, Retired Special Agent

February 10, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 20, 2008

On this day, 32 years ago, you paid the ultimate sacrifice. I am sure your family felt horrible sorrow in your untimely murder as well as terrific pride in your job as a Police Officer. Thank you for bravely and proudly serving your community. You will always be a hero who will NEVER be forgotten!

Detective Sergeant, Retired

June 26, 2007

Here it is thirty two years later, and our beloved "Hollywood Left" are calling for the release of your assailants and forgetting about your lives, families and careers. Well, on behalf of your many law enforcement brethren, we will never forget and your memories live on. Rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

June 26, 2007

Rest in Peace, S/A Coler.

Chicago, Il. Police Department

August 15, 2006

Always with you and never forgotten. Thanks for your dedication and service.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

August 11, 2006

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Special Agent Coler deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. No greater love has a man than the will to give his life for another. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Special Agent Coler is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Tom Doyle
Cary Police Department, North Carolina

June 10, 2006

Rest easy blue angel


October 27, 2003

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