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Trooper John Wayne Hutchinson

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, June 4, 1975

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Reflections for Trooper John Wayne Hutchinson

He is my uncle. I have always looked up to him. I will never forget uncle Wayne. Paul Hutchinson

loved one

October 15, 2020

Rest in peace Trooper Hutchinson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 28, 2020

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

June 4, 2015

John Hutchinson changed the Lives of everyone he encountered every day. the memory of John is as strong today as the day he passed. May he rest in peace and be honored forever FRIEND

Friend randll bowman

May 12, 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 37th 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 16, 2012

Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice is not forgotten. May God bless your family.

Sgt. G.T. Martin
Collier Co. S.O. (FL)

May 7, 2010



June 4, 2009

You will always be remembered by those who love you.


December 31, 2008

Trooper Hutchinson,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Kentucky. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



June 4, 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

October 29, 2007

God bless you John. The citizens of Kentucky will never forget.

Matthew 5:9

An Ohio brother
Montgomery Co., Ohio

August 11, 2007

I am the trooper who replaced Trooper Hutchinson. I had graduated from the Kentucky State Police academy May 23, 1975, and was riding with my training officer when I overheard the radio traffic on that fateful day. My wife Judy was pregnant with our first child that day and was over due for delivery.
Upon hearing of Trooper Hutchinson's death, she went into labor a few days later and my son was born on June 9, 1975.
I was assigned to the County John had patrolled and met his widow Janet. She was a beautiful woman and it was a tragedy for her to become a widow at such a young age with so much for her and John to live for.
I'm retired now from the KSP, and live about 100 yards of the house John and Janet lived in.
I knew John briefly before his death, and he was a fine young man, a true loss to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and everybody that knew him.

Trooper Regal Bruner
Kentucky State Police

March 8, 2006

My father's surname is HUTCHINSON,
I am a Police Officer.

I would like to think we are related but that is unlikely.

However, I would be proud to call you family, as we are brothers anyway.

"From this day 'till the ending of the world, we in it shall be remembered. We lucky few, we band of brothers. For he who today sheds his blood with me shall be my brother." - Henry V.

As we say in Australia for our fallen heros,

"time shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, for with the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them. Lest We Forget."


Constable George

December 13, 2005

John was my uncle,probably my favorite uncle,at the time. I remember staying many nights with him and my aunt Janet. I was a young girl. To me he was a very handsome man.I remember the soft ball games we'd go to. Also when his friends or coworkers would come over and they would work out. Those memories of him are not forgotten. I also remember the day I seen the sheriff pull up to tell my Dad the news and we went to Grannys to tell her. It was the first time I ever seen my Granny cry. I had never heard grief like that before. My Aunt and Uncle both so young. His life cut short.Thier time together ended. Uncle John is still missed.

Karen Reeder Peel his niece by marriage

July 28, 2004

No officer that gave his life should be without reflection……

“For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know”

I honor you


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