Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant John E. Laughery

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, November 24, 1992

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Reflections for Sergeant John E. Laughery

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

November 24, 2020

Hey Grandpa it’s Nick, otherwise known as Nicholas, your oldest grandson. Happy holidays! It’s always good to see the family during winter break. All of your little grandkids are so cute and adorable, and they are all going to do great things and be successful in their lives. Mark and I are also doing great. Life has been pretty good for me, athletically, academically, and socially. I’ve been happy a lot lately, but I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about you and I just wish that we could’ve spent some time together. I always get sad when I think about what relationship we could’ve had, along with everyone else you could’ve shared some fun times with. I hope one day I’ll meet you and we can make up for the time we missed.



January 1, 2020



November 19, 2019

Just stopping by..... went to your grave the other day... I miss you.... you are the only one that has earned my tears even 26 years later.... I love you! Wish we could talk.... one day.... g’nite Dad.

He knows

September 4, 2018

A quarter of a century passed without you in the blink of an eye and it still hurts as if it just happened yesterday. I Love and miss you!! I’ll be listening to Jim Croce on my way to work today, and thinking about how you used to sing “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” to me as I tagged along for the coffee deliveries. It always made me smile.


November 24, 2017

John, you will never be forgotten.

Claire Hoffman

March 8, 2017

We still miss you! I don't make it to your grave as much as much as I would like, but you know I think about you at least a few times each day. I hope that we have all made you proud in some way. I Love you!!


November 24, 2016



November 23, 2016

Years go by and I miss my big brother and think of you always. You and Roe have 7 grandsons! I know you would be an amazing grandfather. It hurts that your grandsons will never meet you but I'm sure they will hear many loving and fun memories of you. I know you are with Mommy, Daddy, and Robert. I love and miss you all so much. I will always be your baby sister.

Love, Cris

Christine Cowan

January 31, 2016

"But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them"....... I Love and miss you.....


January 21, 2016

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 13, 2014

Sgt. Laughery,

You were good friends with my Father, Frank Steinhauser JCPD Det. (ret). I remember that you and my father worked on the job together, and even off the job, you delivered coffee together. The last time I was in Washington D.C. for Police Week was to see you be honored by being put on the wall at the Police Memorial. I remember that my father escorted your family during the ceremony. Tomorrow, I step off on the Police Unity Tour for Police Week to ride for our fallen Police Officers. I have dedicated my ride in your honor. Rest In Eternal Peace.

P.O Marcus Steinhauser
North Plainfield NJ Police Department

P.O. Marcus Steinhauser
North Plainfield Police Department

May 9, 2013

20 years now... It still hurts... Its amazing ive only known you for 1/3rd of my life yet you are still on my mind like you have been here the whole time... You still appear in my dreams occasionally and I appreciate them the most. You left way too early.. I miss you... We all do... I still listen to "big strong man" at least once a week... I can't help but smile and want to shout out "big ship" when I am supposed to. That's something i will pass on for you!! I love you!! I still hear your voice...."that was me brother, sylvest, (whats he got) a row of forty medals on his chest, (big chest!!) ...

Ofc. Boogz

November 25, 2012

I remember John well from the North District. I worked there on patrol and John was driving a scooter at the time. A good cop and good friend. I think I remember John sold coffee on the side. I may be wrong. I'm getting old and some of the good memories are fading. John won't fade from my memory. God rest your soul John. God bless his family and keep his son safe in Woodbridge.

Sgt. Gabe Calabrese (Retired)

November 23, 2012

Dad, it's been a while. I turned 30 today!! I remember you like I've seen you yesterday. It's been just about 20 years now. It really doesn't get easier than this right? I miss you and wish we could have done all the things that father and son are supposed to do after I turned 10. I hope all is going good up there. I love you. 17 more years to go until retirement!!! I smile all day at work... All night at home, but something is missing... We will talk about it one day... G'nite dad.

Love, Boogz

C/O J. LaugheryJack
MCDOC --- Son

July 18, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 19th 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.

Reading the circumstances of your death was heartbreaking. I can see from the reflections left that you wree an amazing man and father. You must be proud that your family has continued your legacy of protecting and serving. I pray for their solace on this Thanksgiving Day for I know both the pain and pride are forever.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 24, 2011

Thinking of you today...may God continue to bless you and your family.

Sgt. Robert Henne

February 24, 2011

This was a particularly difficult Christmas for all of us; it's the first one that Robert is with you and no longer with us. I can only imagine the reunion that the two of you had! We've been missing you for so long, and now you have not just Mom and Dad, but also your best friend and brother with you. I know you were out in the ocean with us in August when we spread Rob's ashes...I saw the rays coming through the clouds. You told me to watch for them whenever I especially needed you to be with me, and you've always been there when I needed you the most. I miss you and Robert more than I can say. Dance on...Robert will sing for you.
Love always,


December 27, 2008

My last contact with John was at headquarters. He was finalizing paperwork with the fiscal office. I walked in and he greeted me with a smile and we shook hands and hugged. I asked how he was doing and he replied, somberly,
O.K. All I could do after seeing the courage he displayed was say: John, it's been my pleasure knowing you, and may God Bless you. We clasped hands again, and that was the last I saw of him. Even today, my prayers for John and his family remain the same. God Bless.

Retired Police Officer Bob Verney
Jersey City Police Department

November 24, 2008

I know that you have been watching over me and keeeping me and my family safe since you've been gone. There are so many things that I wish I could say to you and there are so many things that I wish we could still do together. I think about you every day of my life, especially when I look at my 2 boys. I want them to know how great a man and father you were. I try to emulate you as much as I can and I hope that I am the father to my sons that you were to us. I hope that you are proud of me for what I've done and I hope that I continue to make you proud as I grow older and raise my sons with the same values that you taught me. I wish you could be here to enjoy your grandchildren and so they could be with you but most of all, I wish we could still do things together. I cherish all my memories that I have with you and those memories carry me through both the good times and bad times in life. You are forever in my heart and my mind.
Your son, Tim

Det. Timothy John Laughery
Woodbridge Twp. P.D.

June 2, 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
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 12, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

November 26, 2007

Rest in peace my brother, you are not forgotten.

Kevin T Ryan
Ex-New Jersey Cop

November 24, 2007

May John continue to Rest in Peace.

Det. Tim Dowd #D-98 (Retired)
Jersey City Police Department

November 21, 2007

Uncle John,

I really miss you even though I never really knew you, but I feel close to you. You are my Godfather. I wish that I could have gotten to know you. Everything is great in the Laughery family as usual. You are missed by your family, friends, and your country!


May 23, 2007

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