Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Paul Joseph Durkin

Youngstown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, September 22, 1987

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Reflections for Patrolman Paul Joseph Durkin

Hey old partner,,its Campbell ..we had the best fight ever on the coner of high st..that night you saved me//I was in the thick of it,,when you charged in and we took command ..it was some action..thanks Paul.. rick

richard campbell retired
fellow officer

March 5, 2020

God Bless the survivors of Officer Durkin. May Justice be served and eligibility for a June 2019 parole be denied. Son of slain BPD Officer John Gallagher EOW 1962

Survivor John Gallagher
Merchant Marine

May 28, 2019

Rest in peace Patrolman Durkin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 26, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Paul Joseph Durkin of the Youngstown Police Department, Ohio and the additional 82 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

September 24, 2018

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 10, 2018

You did your job and you did it well. Thank you for your sacrifice. May you rest in peace with your fellow officers who have also fallen. Sleep with the angels.

Mrs. Susan Colucci Centorame
Youngstown Ohio Police Dept.

August 25, 2014

i hope the individual responsible for all the pain to those that love you is still in prison as he does not deserve to live a life of freedom while those that love you have that their dreams destroyed by his actions. You will never be forgotten as true heroes never die. Thank you for being the hero that you are.

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

September 22, 2013

Officer Durkin thank you for protecting us!!! Everyone wanted to continue to honor your memory by placing your photo in rollcall. We will never forget!!! RIP

Sgt Zaida Miranda
Youngstown Police Department

October 3, 2012

IN HONORE CASORUM
Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department

September 22, 2012

Paul,
Your memory lives on and it's hard to believe it's been 25 years since your passing. I kept my promise and your photo and story is in our roll call room now Sept. 13, 2012
Rest well my friend with the honor and respect you deserve.

Det/Sgt. C. Dellick
Youngstown Police Dept.

September 15, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-third 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 22, 2010

Rest easy Brother Durkin, you'll always be remembered as a Hero and among the Country's Finest.

Deputy
Florida

September 22, 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
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

January 8, 2008

I thank you for your dedication and salute you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.

September 16, 2004

Remembering you on the anniversary of your death. May God comfort
all those who are still grieving your passing. Life is difficult at times
and the Lord Jesus wants to help carry our burdens. He gives us many
beautiful promises in His Word to help us through our valleys. I pray you
will feel His presence and know His peace. God bless!

Lynn Kole
Washington State

September 22, 2003

From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother;

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