Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer John F. Frey

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, October 28, 1967

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Reflections for Police Officer John F. Frey

Jesus Christ proclaimed, “Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 22, 2021

Still thinking about you. You were a Good Guy. Your friend , Edmond Hong ( I'm 66 yrs old now) May 20, 2020

Edmond Hong
News paper boy & neighbor

May 20, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Frey.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 12, 2020

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

December 9, 2019

In a few of my 10 published novels, on the In Memorium of the book's Dedication Page, their are dedicated to all who fell victims of violent crime, terrorism and such bloodshed. Due to space (one page), this writer couldn't name them all. But your name, Officer Frey and those of your fellow slain law enforcers, are included in the Dedication Page tribute, which is an honor a book writer gives to those whom have earned his/her admiration, honor and respect. Know that you are, sir. Rest in peace and God's Loving Care.

Sheldon McCormick

September 24, 2018

I love history and while visiting in Alemeda, Ca. I began reading about its history and ran across a photograph of some black panthers on the steps of the Alemeda courthouse. In reading about them I ran across an article about your death. Such a shame. The Panthers names are highlighted so that I could touch the screen to read about them but your name wasn't. I wanted to read about your heroism in the line of duty and found that plus much more in the comments on this site. Thank you for your service, your courage, and your caring nature. You are not forgoten, and I salute you.
Enos Henderson retired Burlington PD officer, Burlington, N.C.

Enos Henderson

August 7, 2018

RIP officer. You’re an inspiration.

Not police
Not police

July 4, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. We remember and honor you on the 50th anniversary of your E.O.W. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

October 28, 2017

I remember John on the CVHS wrestling team. Indeed, he was quite the athlete and the consummate nice guy. For years, I did not know that John had changed his last name. Anyway, John-we miss you.

George poplin CVHS 1962

George Poplin Chief of Police
Yavapai-Apache Police

September 27, 2017

I just posted a reflection on the Police site, that will probably also pop up. John graduated at CVHS Class of "63" in Concord, with not a racist bone in his body. He was an athlete, worked after school on ambulances helping save victims lives even then, and was just a super great guy! We knew John as last name Favreau, but learned that he later had changed his last name to Frey to honor his Mom's new husband. So a lot of our Classmates don't realize that THIS John is Our John! The Picture of course is identical and other Classmates have corroborated this. Rest in Peace My Friend. - PETE

Pete Laurence, Civilian but Veteran
5th Special Forces RVN Team A-237

March 4, 2016

I went to Clayton Valley High in Concord with John. He changed his last name from Favreau to Frey to honor his new step-Dad. John was a great Guy, even then worked for an ambulance service, while also on our Wrestling team. As a student I saw Zero racism from John, just an all around great guy. He may have acquired some of that as an Officer, Lord knows you can only take so much, as you deal with the seamier parts of humanity. I would have testified at his trial but was serving in Vietnam, so didn't even hear about it until later. May Jon Rest in Peace

Pete Laurence, Civilian but Veteran
5th Special Forces RVN Team A-237

March 4, 2016

I'm here to honor your memory. I'm a retired reserve LEO. What brought me to comment today is Beyonce's Superbowl 50 Halftime Show. It was a disgrace to the memory of all peace officers killed by Black Panthers. May you rest in peace knowing that while there is now so much hate for the police, there are many of us both cops and citizens, who will never forget officers like you and hold your memory in our collective heart.

Lt. GJG (Retired - Reserve)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

February 11, 2016

hi Daddy I miss you so much thank you everybody for the comments on my dad officer John Freybecause of your death I'm still in the only child at 50 years old I'm struggling daddy to meet single mama with no money my job just ended and all these websites are making money off your desk and we never see any of it my 21 year old and my 16 year old are such good kids your grin kids would love to have met you we go to the Oakland memorial serviced every year they adore you even though they don't know you daddy help me get some money maybe I should create a web page so that I can get donation was but I don't know how I just can't believe it nobody's ever donated not one dime to us anyways I love you and I miss you daddy love always and forever your daughter Kimberly Frey

Kimberly Frey

January 15, 2015



November 10, 2014

Your death was a big part of history. Thank you for your short service.


May 14, 2014

You didn't know the radical you had stopped. Thank you for your short but courageous service to the citizens of California!!!

PSO CW Edwards
North Augusta Dept. of Public Safety (SC)

July 21, 2013

You are in heaven the bastard that killed you is on hell. Rest in peace. Thank you for your dedication.

Roy kemp

April 9, 2012

Every year since 2009 I have made the blue ribbons with the 51 names of the Oakland Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It is my honor to do this for the fallen officers. The ribbons hang on a tree outside the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Oakland, California for all to see the sacrifice they have made to keep us safe. God bless you all and rest in peace.

A grateful citizen

February 24, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Frey. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 18, 2012

I was just a neighborhood kid who delivered your newspaper to you & at times hung around you while you detailed your Austin Healy sports car. You were always kind to me & other children around the Garland Ave., Oakland neighborhood. I was deeply affected when you were murdered & missed seeing you with your kind smile. You were the first person I ever knew who was killed like that. I've never forgot about you. I hope your family is well.

Edmond Hong (age 56 now)
June 7, 2011

Edmond Hong
friend & his newspaper boy

June 7, 2011

Despite the turbulent times, racism and militancy of the 1960s, Officer Frey, at least you died for the cause of fighting crime in the streets of Oakland, CA. Just like your American military counterparts did during the Vietnam War fighting Communist tyranny. And your comrade, Herbert Haines, was wounded. You stood for a just cause and police forces like Oakland's continue to keep the law abiding community safe from violent crime. Much thanks for doing your duty for all of the community, including the African-American community.

Sheldon L. McCormick

June 5, 2011

John, I know you are in heaven with all our past friends and family. You shine bright as a star looking over all those who you loved and cared for. I miss you still. You were such a wonderful part of our family and now that here in Seattle I watch as 4 fallen officers are memoralized, it only brings back memories of the day we came to honor you as you ended your watch here on earth, and took your place as our guardian angel in heaven. John, you will never be forgotten. Teri (Theresa).


December 8, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary year 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 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.

Two days a memorial was held for your four brothers from Oakland. Our community is mourning their loss that happened on the darkest day in OPD history.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 29, 2009


Thnak you for your ultimate sacrifice protecting the law abiding citizens of Oakland from the criminals and terrorists of the day. I remember that awful day in October very well. I was a junior high school student in Oakland at the time. My dad was Assistant Fire Chief for the Oakland Fire Department and we had a lot of family friends and relatives in the OPD. I still remember quite vividly right at the time of your sacrifice, we had two Oakland Police Officers at our school for a "Know Your Police" program, I still remember their names, Officer Del Kraft and Officer Joe Tomatis. We had to do a project on an example of crime from the Oakland Tribune and write about it. I used your incident to write about. I remember all the fallout afterward and the trial of your assailant.
He got off with a wrist slap, but cosmic justice prevailed and he finally received justice years later, several blocks from where you were shot. I decided to become a law enforcement officer right about the time of your sacrifice, and have been so for 33 years..not retired yet. God Bless you and again, thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

Oakland Native,

Steve Costa

Deputy Sheriff Steven A. Costa
Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office

December 6, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

October 26, 2007

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