Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Jack Lee Cooper

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, December 25, 1964

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Reflections for Sergeant Jack Lee Cooper

Rest In Peace

Chief Marshal Randy L. Ford (ret)
Green Mt Falls, CO

December 25, 2015

I'm just now getting to read this. My aunt, my brother, and my mother (who is now deceased) have left comments on this site.
I never knew my my mother's father (my grandfather) but know he was a policeman in Baltimore when police were interested in being part of the community as opposed to today's seemingly more troubled times.
(I say this knowing full well that once upon a time two roman soldiers were standing under a cross complaining about the "wild youth today.")
I know he was a kind, gentle man from the stories I've heard.
I do not, and will not, understand why someone would point a weapon at him and kill him. Or anyone for that matter. It violates every principle of who I am.
Kurt Vonnegut would say "So it goes..."
I still fail to understand.

I thank everyone--those who knew, and did not know, who have left comments.

The fallen are yet honored.

Michael Davidson

February 10, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 47th 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. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today

I was saddened to see that Christmas Day is the eow for so many, many officers. Rest In Peace.

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

December 25, 2011

It's been a while since I've left a message for "my Dad". But....I have such good news to tell him....his grandaughter has graduated college...and is now a teacher. And her brother, his grandson, was just accepted into West Point!! My Dad would have been SO pleased and proud! He was a quiet man....who had a quest for knowledge beyond what was offered to him, at that time. We both shared a love of quiet, yet deadly, humour....and a "soft" demeanor. I've tried to instill, in my sons, some of the lessons...and visions....he gave to me. Their loss of his presence will never fully be understood by them...but, it will, by me. I'm not trying to give him "sainthood" status......(he would SO be angry at the attempt)....but, I'm merely trying to convey the "man" who raised me. And...a daughter who loved him...will...often...forgive any faults. I can think of a few....but...just a few. Be well...Dad!!! Continue to watch over us!!

Sheila Lee
His oldest daughter

April 5, 2011

Rest in peace, hero.

God bless you. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Greater love hath no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Friend of USFS Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9/20/08


January 2, 2011

Sgt. Cooper you are remembered by the members of the Boston Police Department for your dedication to duty. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.

December 25, 2010

It's been just over 44 years since that horrible Christmas day when I lost you. (that's longer then you were here.)
It seems that I miss you more and more as time passes.
I gave you two wonderful grandsons that I raised with the
values you guided me with. Both would have made you VERY proud. You were the best dad! I still miss the baseball games we attended, the fishing and crabing at sunrise and the dinners and movies we just the two of us took during the last years. I think and cry every day for the lost of my (even as a small child)hero. Love Always

carol (cooper) Van Den Burg
youngest daughter

February 20, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir fo ryour service

Manchester, NH

December 23, 2007

We ask Thy blessings and eternal rest to all our brothers and sisters
Who have sacrificed their very lives in the performance of
their duties. Give their loved ones the peace and
Strength to bear the anguish of their loss. Remove all
resentment from their hearts, knowing that eternal
peace and rest will abide their departed loved ones
forever. This we beg, Thy name forever and ever,

Ret. Officer William Hackley
Baltimore Police

November 21, 2005

It's been over a year, since I've left a "reflection" here.....but....I still feel the same. Both of my sons "reflect" different parts of my Dad....and he would be VERY proud of them. My Dad (Jack) would have been such a marvelous influence on both sons. (He has a third grandson...who is in heaven with him. I talk to them ALL the time! golly....they find some way to answer!!)He had two girls...and would have LOVED a son...(I guess I was his "surrogate boy"...we spent many an afternoon at Baltimore Memorial Oriole the "high seats"....right behind 3rd.!!) He eventually had 4 grandsons....and would have enjoyed them so much. Gosh....How much he missed! I need to remember WHY he paid such a high price.....and not WHY his life was taken so thoughtlessly. (The "job" meant everything to him...and he did his best to "be" the best!) I've tried to raise my sons with the ethics he taught me. But.....I sure miss his humor....and advice!! Gee.....Dad.....why is it STILL so hard being without you???

Your "Oldest" Daughter....Sheila Lee

Sheila Lee Elstad (nee Cooper)
His Daughter

August 13, 2005



July 11, 2005

Thank you Sgt. Cooper for your service. You have never been forgotten. Rest in peace.


December 25, 2004

Thank you Sergeant Cooper for serving Baltimore so well. You must have been a good man for your daughter and grandson have turned out so well. Rest in peace.

a Maryland citizen

October 29, 2004

I was only 20 when Dad was killed...but he left me with some incredible life use for myself...and to pass on to my sons. Tho' it's been 40 years now....I remember his quiet humor..(many of his officers told me of his gentle practical jokes on the job)....his voice (which was never raised in anger. Actually...the quieter he was...the more trouble I knew I was in......(grin!)....his fairness, both at home..and on the job....and the love...which was hard for him to express verbally...but was evident in everything he did. He left an indelible memory...on everyone who knew him. I miss his quiet strength...even now. But I know he's not far away. My Dad..and Nannie (grandmother)...contributed to whatever good that is in me...and I proudly pass it to my sons. Rest well....Dad.
Your Oldest Daughter..Sheila Lee

Sheila Lee Elstad (nee Cooper)

October 26, 2004

How do you miss someone you have never known? I was born 2 years and 6 months after my grandfather died. I have always felt a piece of my completeness missing, since he was taken from me, before I ever knew him. My Mom helps build his character of a jokester, and for that day, an atypical policeman. I feel I would have been proud to know him. I do miss him, and the large and small involvements he would have had in my life. Rest in peace Grandpap, and know that a part of you still lives on through me, my children, and their children to come.



Thomas Davidson (Grandson)

October 26, 2004


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. No officer who gives his/her life for us need ever be forgotton. You died a hero; rest in peace.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

April 21, 2004

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