Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant John Louis Bagileo

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Monday, February 28, 1994

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Reflections for Sergeant John Louis Bagileo

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, Va

February 28, 2008



February 21, 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

February 18, 2008

Hey buddy, I just wanted to talk to you for a minute, I never got a chance to say goodbye. When I found out you were killed in that car accident I was devastated. I still think about you daily and whenever I walk into District III Station, I see the picture of you, your wonderful wife and your precious daughter. Remember when me, you and Ernie used to chase all the drug boys down in Seat Pleasant. Being the police for us in the early 90's was the best job in the world but things changed. Ernie got married but his wife later died in a car accident. He was never the same after that and he had to leave the department. I'm at District VI now just waiting to retire. Things aren't the same and the department has changed drastically. I remember when you made corporal, you were one of the youngest corporals on the department and I was so proud of you. I remember when I saw you off duty and my wife at the time and I were moving. You and your wife were having a birthday party for your beautiful daughter that day and you still offered to help us move. You were always an unselfish person. Even when God was preparing you to die, you swerved out of the way to ensure that only you died and no one else. ALWAYS AN UNSELFISH PERSON. I know your one of God's top leuitenants, put a word in for me!

Pfc. Denny Washington #1714

Pfc. Denny Washington#1714
Squad member & friend

January 17, 2008

John - We miss you!!!!

Best Friend

February 28, 2007

Thinking of you and your loved ones on this 13th anniversary of your EOW. You have not been forgotten as true heroes never die. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

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

February 28, 2007

May you Rest in Peace.

February 28, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones during this holiday season as I know around Christmas it can get depressing. You are a true hero and heroes never die, you will never be forgotten. Keep watch over your loved ones

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

December 14, 2006

To the family and friends of Sergeant John Bagileo:

On this the twelth anniversary of
his tragic death, I wanted to honor John's memory. On behalf of our entire family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you sustained when Sgt.Bagileo was killed in the line of duty.

This is a pain that never goes away for those who loved and cared for him.

May you all continue to be comforted and supported by your law enforcement family, and by other police survivors who share this painful journey with you.

John's valor and dedication will always be revered and honored. May he rest in peace.

Phyllis Loya, mother of Larry Lasater, Pittsburg Police Dept. eow 4/24/05

February 28, 2006

John - I can not believe it has been 12 years. You are greatly missed and always in my prays. You are still very much a part of my life. I tell my boy’s John and Nicholas stories about you all the time. My son John your “God son” sleeps with your baby blanket almost every night. We will never forget you….. Patrick Billingsley

Patrick S. Billingsley
Best Friend

February 28, 2006

John, It has been a long time since we worked together in Ocean City. You had the ability to make me laugh all the time. You must have gotten that from your devoted years at our High School, Good Counsel. I know you are watching over us and having a good laugh.

Sgt. Edward C. Schreier
Worcester County Sheriff's office

June 24, 2005

John, It has been 11 years since you left us. It is a hard time since Steve has died and it brings up a lot of memories. You are always in my thoughts and I know you are looking down on us and protecting us.

Nancy- Wife of John Bagileo

June 23, 2005

Dear John,
I am proud to have been your F.T.O when you came to District 2. You were a good policeman and I'll always remember the Christmas Eve that we slipped away to have venison chili with my wife and kids before heading back to the streets. God Bless You.

Cpl. Tony Masino
Prince George's County Police Department

June 21, 2005

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