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Officer John Martin Huffman

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, May 21, 1992

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Reflections for Officer John Martin Huffman

I think about you regularly. I went to elementary school with you and we went similar career paths. I pray for your family regularly. God bless you and your family!

Retired Special Agent Joel Criswell
Georgia Bureau of Investigation

January 16, 2024

We miss you John! You were such a Godly husband . Thank you for giving me a son to carry on your memory!

Angie huffman

April 29, 2022

It kills me that I never got to meet you, but I want to say a special thanks to you and to everybody who has commented on this post and whoever may have cherished their time spent with you. From the stories I’ve heard and comments I’ve read it is known that you were a great man. I wish you were here to see me grow up but I know that I will see you one day. Until then, dad, I love you and please continue watching over us.

John Martin Huffman II

John Huffman

January 22, 2022

For some reason I was thinking about you today. We were in the same Academy Class in Montgomery. All these years later and you are still remembered.

Gene Miller
Montgomery P.D. (Retired)

May 13, 2020

Just remembering as I near retirement

Chris Newman, captain

March 16, 2016

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

May 21, 2015

Just reflecting and missing him. Was in his Academy class and assigned to the same precinct, then in Tact together. RIP John

Capt. Chris Newman
Birmingham PD

December 10, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 24, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 20th 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 those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Rest In Peace.

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

May 21, 2012

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 12, 2007

On the anniversary of his death, we pause to honor and remember Officer Huffman and acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice he paid.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his survivors.

May he never be forgotten.

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery Police Dept. - Montgomery, AL

May 21, 2007

May you rest in peace and may your loved ones be ever blessed by Him.

May 21, 2007

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

Officer 11169

September 25, 2006

Thank you for your service.may you rest in peace and may Our Lord continue to comfort and strengthen your family.

May 21, 2006


You were a great friend and partner at the Montgomery Police Department and the Birmingham Police Department. I will always remember your happy disposition regardless of the circumstances. You are a good man and are sorely missed by us. Godspeed, my friend.

Lt. W. M. Walker (ret.)
Birmingham P. D.

December 15, 2005

I remember the day we met, you passed my parked truck on your motorscout bike, turned around and parked behind my vehicle. When you took your helmet and sunglasses off, you walked up to me removing your gloves and smiled. When I answered you confirming that that was my truck you informed me of the expiration of the tag. We got to talking about the job I was doing and I felt you had pity on me knowing I was young and trying to make a living, I know now thats why you passed me up on giving me an easy (deserved) ticket. You knew I appreciated the break, God knows I didnt need another bill to pay then.
I saw you often afterwards and became friends with you. You were always polite and respectfull regardless of my age. You often helped me out in small ways that turned out to be bigger than I thought.
You were quick to share advice about my intentions of becoming a police officer, you warned me of the dangers involved, the politics and stress, but you also encouraged me to do what my heart told me to do. You showed me what I had to do in order to become a police officer.
Today I thank you for that, for it was 4 more years after your death before I reached my goal.

Ill never forget the morning after your death when I was awakened by my alarm clock, which was set on a radio station. Ill never forget the first words I heard that morning... A Birmingham Police Officer was Killed yesterday evening.....
Ill never forget the loss of breath, and the pain I felt when the radio broadcasted your name.
I couldnt believe it then, and it's still hard to believe now.
Officer John Huffman, you were a Husband that loved your wife, you were a good man. Your son would be so proud of you. I remember your excitement when you told me you and your wife were expecting. All of Birmingham should be proud you represented them so well.

Im honored to have known you.

Detective Henry S. Edwards
Bessemer police Department

February 8, 2005

we still miss you buddy. my memories of work and fun are still clear. watch out for the indian princess and the worms in soft drink machines.

birmingham police

November 27, 2003

I miss you partner!


October 27, 2003

Rest in Peace. Your watch is now over here on earth.


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