Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Johnnie C. Corbin

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, June 5, 1985

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Reflections for Police Officer Johnnie C. Corbin

Johnnie was my cousin and my dad's nephew. My dad, Trooper Charles P. Corbin, was killed in the line of duty with the Missouri State Highway Patrol in 1943. Johnnie and I were also fellow Marines. John and my dad have been inspirations to me all of my life, particularly my professional life. May they continue to inspire others.

G. Paul Corbin, Captain (Ret.)
Missouri State Highway Patrol

August 24, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Corbin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 12, 2019

Dear Officer Corbin,
Don't know why, but I thought of you today. Hard to believe it's been almost 35 years. I knew you for a short time. You gave me respect when we both knew I didn't deserve it. Thank you for that, for serving our Country, and for helping to try to make our city civilized.

John Merriman, Civilian

May 5, 2019

I miss you Johnnie. Keep an eye out for me, I hope

Retired Police Officer Emil Sheldon
St Louis Metropolitan Police Dept

August 5, 2015

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 6, 2015

Please do not parole this man. The officer was my uncle's partner. The anger and violence put forth over a small issue prove that this man has serious issues and should not receive a second chance to dispose of another human life.

Annette Portell

February 26, 2014

Great guy and cop

PO Dennis C
St Lous MO Police Dept

February 23, 2014

I knew officer Corbin and he was one of those guys who would always wave as he went by. He had just undergone open heart surgery and was doing well. His daughter meant everything to him. The monster that murdered Officer Corbin stomped on Corbin's head and tried to steal his service weapon, which was disabled by the suspects vehicle. This courageous passerby risked his own life to hold the suspect till police arrived. Anyone that takes a life for a measly four dollar parking tag does not appreciate life
itself. Why should this monster be allowed to walk in a
world that is much safer with him behind bars.

PO Mark Clyde Doner 8104(ret.)
St. Louis Metropolitan Police

February 9, 2014

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

January 21, 2014

Will be honored to mail my letter today. RIP


January 16, 2014

John was my brother-in-law (Donna) and best man at my wedding in 1978. His Marine background and my Navy background was always a source of wonderful banter with each other. John was a police officer's police officer and a mighty fine friend. We all lost a good one.

Dean Huster
Former brother-in-law

October 14, 2013

the simple truth is i can only aspire to be a third of the man he was. and those men constituting his honor guard from SLPD at his funeral are some of the finest individuals i have ever met. my name is mark corbin, i am john's nephew. thank you all.

mark joseph corbin

September 24, 2012

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th 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. Rest In Peace.

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. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing thier memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

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

June 5, 2012

Thank you for your service, Sir.


July 15, 2010

Hey 'Moon Man'...we still think about you. One by one, us old guys are joining you up there. When it's my turn, I'll sure be glad to see you again.

Old 4th District

July 2, 2009

"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

December 11, 2007

Johnny Corbett was a good, decent, kind and generous man and a dedicated officer just as he had been a dedicated U.S. Marine

Eugene P. Walsh

September 4, 2006

Officer Corbin: The way you died makes me sick. It's hard to imagine the reality of what happened the day you were murdered. I wonder how your daughter is doing and how her life changed after your death. I hope she knows just how much you loved her. I worked for the City Police for 14 years and saw your picture on the wall in the Command Post many times. I'm glad I finally got to express my thoughts to you.

Thank you for being there for St. Louis. Beck.

Becky Burke
U.S. Attorney's Office

June 27, 2006

Officer Corbin,
Thank you for your service, not only to the city of St. Louis but to our Country and to our Corps. Your death shows that anything we do can possibly lead to a fatal situation. Getting murdered over a $4.00 citation-what is wrong with some people in our society.
Rest in Peace and Semper Fi Devil Dog.

A fellow former Marine and LEO

January 11, 2005

God bless you Johnnie. You will never be forgotten by your fellow officers in St. Louis. You are a true hero to us all, and you will never be forgotten.

St. Louis City Police

June 6, 2004

No Officer who has fallen in the line of duty should ever be forgotten, may you rest in peace Brother!!
God Speed!!

Officer Jeff Whitmire
Arcade Police Dept. GA.

December 29, 2003

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