Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Joanne Couzynse

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, November 9, 1983

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Joanne Couzynse

Today was your 60th birthday. I miss you so much and wish we could have grown old together. After all these years, my love for you has never diminished. At least I know that one day we'll be together again. Love you with all my heart my honey.

AHW

February 27, 2013

I met Jojo in the late 70's, early 80's when she was assigned to work the shoplifter detail at Lakeside Mall during Christmas, where I was working as a security guard. Jojo was so kind, and very knowledgable in law enforcement duties. I watched as Jojo handled young kids, to resistant adults. She was ways a professional.
Jojo did not deserve to die the way she did, nor did she deserve the long, exhaustive fight for her life that followed after her brutal assault. I have thought about her for all these years, and pray that her family, close friends, and Brothers In Blue have come to terms with Jojo's passing, because she was a compassionate, loving person who made a strong impact on my life when I was a teenager myself. She talked me into becoming a peace officer, even though I was only a reserve officer.
Rest in peace My Friend, and I will never forget you.

(former) Captain Peter Pelitire, III
KPD-Reserve

August 17, 2012

28 years have come and gone and you're still always on my mind. It seems like only yesterday we were together. I'll always love you my darling.

AHW

November 21, 2011

JoJo, today would have been your 58th birthday, wish you were here. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I can't believe it's been almost 28 years...I still miss you so much. You will always live on in my heart. Love you my honey.

AHW

February 27, 2011

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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you.
Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 9, 2010

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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you.
Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 9, 2010

Another year has gone Dpy JoJo.I will always remember you.Take your rest.RIP

Dpy Regina P Trinity
Lafayette Parish Sheriff Ofc

September 25, 2010

Deputy Couzynse thank you for your willingness to serve your fellowman. It has been over twenty-five years since the end of your watch and you have not been forgotten. Rest in peace my sister.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

August 4, 2009

Joanne, I still have all your news paper clippings and the black ribbon that I wore on my badge. Its been over twenty years now and I still think of you all the time. Take care girl and will see you soon.

Agent Malcolm Faber Jr.
N.O. C.D.C. Intensive Probation Unit

January 16, 2009

I STILL THINK ABOUT YOU FREQUENTLY AND KEEP THOSE FOND MEMORIES OF YOU IN MY HEART. I THINK OF YOU EVERY TIME I LOOK AT THE NYPD MUG WITH THE PINK RIBBON YOU GAVE ME ON MY BIRTHDAY AND STILL KEEP YOUR PICTURE WITH THE MUG IN MY MEMENTO CASE. ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. YOU ARE MY GUARDIAN ANGEL. MISS YOU ALWAYS.

Ret, Lt. PAUL LABORDE

December 10, 2008

Your tragedy HAS tought others. Rest In Peace

Trooper W. Smith
Michigan State Police

October 31, 2008

You were introduced to a new JPSO recruit today on TV...

He and the rest have learned from your tragedy.

You continue to protect, even from the Heavens.

Godspeed.

Police Officer, Colorado

October 30, 2008

Deputy Couzynse, having lost my only son two years ago in much the same way (hit by an impaired driver while on duty), I feel tremendous sadness to read of your death. I know that your loved ones who were left behind all those years ago are still remembering and missing you. Your life ended too soon, but you and your dedication to duty will not be forgotten.
Mother of CHP Officer Brent Clearman EOW 8-6-06

Caroline Clearman
Citizen

August 19, 2008

I met a retired Louisiana State Trooper this week in a training who, upon learning my name, told me your story and what an outstanding individual and Deputy you were. R.I.P. You are not forgotten.

Jennifer Cousins

June 13, 2008

JOJO I remember you so well.You used to give me a ride home after work.You were so kind hearted and you had a very warm spirit.Thanks for paving the road for the rest of us and leaving your legacy.May you Rest in Peace JOJO.You have earned your wings.I know that you are my gaurdian angel.

Dpy Regina Trinity
Lafayette Sheriff Dept

May 28, 2008

Deputy Couzynse your work on this Earth as we know it is now done. You are in God's Hands now sister. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 28, 2008

IT IS POLICE WEEK AND WE SHOULD ALL REMEMBER OUR FALLEN BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S EVEN MORE SO THIS WEEK. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO MAKING JEFFERSON PARISH A SAFER PLACE TO LIVE. YOUR SACRIFICE FOR THIS PARISH WAS A GREAT ONE AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. ALTHOUGH I DID NOT KNOW YOU PERSONALLY I FEEL AS IF I DID. ALL OF THE GREAT STORIES I HEAR FROM DETECTIVES AND DEPUTIES THAT DID KNOW YOU. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND REMEMBER TO KEEP WATCH ON YOUR FELLOW BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

RANDI- CLERK
JPSO

May 16, 2008

It is an honor to wear the same uniform as you did, thank you for your service and dedication to duty, may I have the same courage as you shown if called upon.

Deputy John Latour
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

May 9, 2008

God Speed, Sister.

P.O.K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

February 9, 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

February 2, 2008

Thank you for your sacrifice. My prayers go to your husband and family and to all those who put there lives on the line for us. Thank you.

SSgt J. Duran
USMC

December 24, 2007

You are remembered today Deputy and thank you for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 5, 2007

Jo, there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and reflect on our great times as best friends and roomates. You will always be my "Sister of the Heart" and I know you are watching over your loved ones.

Claudia (Sam) Kincannon Witherspoon
Friend

June 14, 2007

Over 23 years have passed and you have not been forgotten by those that love you. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 2, 2007

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam. And for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies on again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel so lucky to have seen it...

The years have past, but it seems like only yesterday that I held you in my arms. A day does not go by that I do not think of you and miss you. Rest in Peace My Honey, I will always love you.

AHW

November 13, 2006

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