Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff John Henry Kennedy, Jr.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, July 14, 1993

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff John Henry Kennedy, Jr.

Lord, I ask for courage;
Courage to face and conquer my own fears...
Courage to take me where others will not go.
I ask for strength;
Strength of body to protect others...
Strength of spirit to lead others.
I ask dedication;
Dedication to my job to do it well...
Dedication to my community to keep it safe.
Give me, Lord, concern;
For all those who trust me...
And compassion for those who need me
And, please, Lord, through it all; be at my side.

Lt. James Compton, Retired (AL)
Member, Blue Knights, Virginia II

January 8, 2021

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

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

July 14, 2020

I am John Kennedy's grandson, I am 18 years old now. I was born in May of 1993, he was killed in July of 1993. I never got to meet my papa but I feel like I know him in some way. I wish he could have lived to see me grow up. My grandmother says that when I was born she had never seen him so happy. So thank you papa for your service and sacrifice, I love you. See you soon

Justin Wadsworth
Grandson

February 9, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 17th 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 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 who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 14, 2010

16 Years ago today you left us. We miss you more with each day that goes by. No holiday, birthday or just going out to eat is the same. I love you. Sonjia

Sonjia Kennedy
Daughter In Law

July 14, 2009

We still miss you John Henry....but you, Marie, Aunt Inez and Uncle Johnny are all a family together again in heaven. We miss all of you...

Crystal Reynolds
Cousin

June 10, 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

November 12, 2007

Rest in Peace, Deputy Kennedy. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2006

John Henry was my uncle. I remember as a child looking up to him, physically and ideally. He was a very strong influence in my ending up in law enforcement. Thanks for being a role model and an always fun-to-be-around uncle. I remember that my dad always seemed to laugh when you were around. Do me a favor, keep him laughing, and tell him that I love him and miss him.....cathy

Cathy Higgins Notaro
Niece - San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner

June 9, 2006

John after all of these years you are still remembered as a hero! God bless you sir.

Ofcr. Dan Winger
LBCCPD, Ret.

March 14, 2005

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