Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant James Ralph Fassnacht

Essex County Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, July 6, 1993

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Reflections for Sergeant James Ralph Fassnacht

Rest in Peace Sgt. Fassnacht. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Fassnacht Family and the Essex County Police Department.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

April 3, 2022

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

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

July 6, 2020

Here it is soon to be 2019 and the pain of your passing still lingers. James was a security Officer at my wedding in August 1992. As usual he did an excellent job! I also went to his funeral and gave his wife a large photo of him for remembrance.
He will never be forgotten but he will always be missed.
If I can have his wife's address,I will send her a smaller portrait of James.
Blessings of comfort and healing to all who loved him.
Frank Brina
Appomattox, VA.
[email protected]

Frank Brina
Friend and Essex County Photographer.

December 24, 2018

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

July 15, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 19th 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 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. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

December 30, 2012

After a recent death in my family, I was just searching for the where abouts of some old friends and was just remembering those in my past. I stumbled on this listing and saw that familiar smile that I remember from many years ago. I lost track of the Fassnacht family after the death of your father Ralph. Rest in peace and the prayers of my family are with those he left behind. Especially his children, his wife Ellen, his brothers Tom and Brian, his sisters Debbie and Karen, his mother.

old friend

July 22, 2011

Miss you my love. Your sons are grown, my job here is done, hopefully soon i will b with you again. I did my best


February 13, 2011

Jimmy was a great friend of mine, we worked together and had a lot of good times together.

You are missed but not forgotten Jimmy, one day we will all be together in that better place playing softball again.

Patrolman Anthony Vincent
Essex County Police

February 19, 2009

Rest in peace Brother.

Kevin T Ryan

July 8, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

July 6, 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

God bless you and your family on this 14th anniversary of your tragic death

Cranford Police Dept (NJ)

July 6, 2007

Rest in peace Dad, you will be missed in everyones eyes. Even myself I think of you constantly, let alone mommy and Keith and Chris. Thanks for the memories..

Scott Fassnacht

June 26, 2006

Rest in peace my brother.

Police Officer
Burlington Township PD

December 23, 2004

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