Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Reserve Deputy John B. Jamison

Coconino County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, September 6, 1982

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Reflections for Reserve Deputy John B. Jamison

I was coming on duty as a deputy with CCSD that day. I heard in dispatch, Darla Brown in radio conversation with Doc. She was obviously upset but remained professional. I hurried to get a car and I grabbed a new deputy assigned to the jail division. We left, listening to radio conversation, trying to think through what was happening. I drove code 3 to the Continental interchange and eventually turning down the back dirt road to Walnut Canyon. Sheriff Richards directed me to Winona to join DPS at a road block. I had a feeling Cheney was on that road and I tried to convince Sheriff Richards. I followed his orders and turned around. The Sheriff probably saved our lives. Cheney had taken my neighbor’s orange pick-up, from two boys shooting .22s in the woods. We would have met the truck on that road and not known Cheney and his female accomplice were in the truck. Cheney was captured by Det. K. Pulaski, CCSD.
After the trial and sentencing, the Sheriff called me early one morning, and had me come into the office. Dep. Gene Combs and I were directed in the Sheriff’s office to transport Cheney to the state prison in Florence. Combs was a minister, Richards said we could be trusted to get Cheney to the prison without incident. Doc was in my academy and a friend. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done. Using all the restraint I had.
Doc, I miss your easy going manor, and your medical expertise. Your smile will always be burned into my mind.

Deputy/Detective Todd Cain
CCSD ‘77 to ‘86

April 3, 2021

I apologize if this offends anyone and I apologize for saying what I am about to say, but may both of your assailants find and remain in eternal hell for their criminal activity and the pain and suffering they caused. Rest in peace always Deputy knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 6, 2020

Rest in peace Reserve Deputy Jamison. A hero forever, but just heinous how you died!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 14, 2019

John, I never met you but Bobby Cline, who you you were riding to rescue is a friend. If you had been a minute sooner, killer Cheney would not have taken the time to handcuff Bobby to the tree. He would have been another Officer Down.

Cheney was trying to hide from Highway Patrol DUI roadblocks when Bobby found him in the woods.

Dr. Jamison, should I call you "doc" or "deputy"? I would have met you on the night of October 3rd, 1982, less than one month after your end of watch. They had already put word out that I was dead after seeing the burning wreckage of my patrol car. I was presumed dead but found alive. I was brought to YOUR Emergency Room and put into YOUR new CAT Scan. Bobby Cline was my first visitor.

Your son looked good in both his Williams PD and Coconino County Sheriff's uniforms.

Rest In Peace, Doc.

AZ Trooper John Hoyt, 2932

AZ Trooper John Hoyt
Arizona DPS

September 2, 2018

Graduated from academy with Dr Jamison and Bobby Kline the other Deputy handcuffed to tree RIP Dr Jamison and good luck Bobby

No Rank
CCSO reserve deputy 76-78

May 6, 2018

I was a city cop in the valley at the time, John. But when I came up to CCSD after this, and after Mike, I had to learn all about you. They did a great job of leaving no stone unturned and opening themselves up to it, so we could all learn anything possible. I still remember Bobby and Terry and the guys taking me to the County fairgrounds to replay the scenario - although they didnt tell me it was THE scenario, just a field problem. I learned a lot that has never left me. Bless you brother. Former Coco 60

Tim Kovacs

December 27, 2016

I remember my husband, Deputy Mike Young, saying how your death was too close to home....and then 8 months later, Mike was killed.

I am so sorry for emptiness left in everyone's heart that knew and loved you.....

Nancy Hart, Widow 5/83

December 22, 2016

John, Here it is 34 years since you were shot and killed on Labor Day 1982. It remains as fresh in my mind as if it were yesterday. A very sad day for us all.

Det Lt Tom Brawley,Ret.

September 6, 2016

I was an officer with the Flagstaff Police Department when this happened. I remember the attempt to locate going out for the suspect vehicle. I was part of the arrest team when the suspects were spotted at a gas station on the east side of Flagstaff. Officers arrested them without incident. Deputy Jamison was a doctor at the Flagstaff hospital, and he was a reserve officer for Coconino County S.O. and loved both jobs. It was a very tragic day.

John Bosseler
Bellevue Washington P.D.

July 30, 2014

I still remember that day. I was working at the Radio Shack store on Fourth St and listening as I always did to the scanner. I was a reserve officer with DPS and quickly made the decision to go home , put on my uniform, jump in with a regular DPS officer to make a two man unit and help to find your killers. We were later advised that they were captured by other officers.. So many came out to help. I now work as a dispatcher in Snowflake Taylor and think of you often as my young officers go out on patrol.
I do what I can to try to help them to be safe..R.I.P Sir..

Brian Carpenter-Former Reserve
DPS Flagstaff

January 3, 2014


I remember that day. I was working off duty at Fort Tuthill when we heard what had happened to you.

We all gathered around the radio and our off duty work was mostly forgotten.

I believe you had stopped by earlier on your way to patrol. I am so sorry that I hadn't gotten to you you better.

Rest in piece.

Charlie #28

Deputy Charles K. Tyrrell (Retired)
Coconino County Sheriff's Department

September 8, 2013

John was an anesthesiologist by vocation. He was sworn to protect life not only as a doctor but also as an officer. Every September 6, I remember John and the events that ended his life all too soon and give thanks for his life and his family.

Many lives were changed that day, least of all mine, but his memory and selfless life give hope. I was lead crime scene investigator.

Sgt. John Fairchild
Flagstaff PD

August 17, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

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

April 29, 2013

Thank you for your service and Heroism Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

September 6, 2012

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 6, 2012

Deputy Jamison...thank you for your dedication, service, & ultimate sacrifice! I will make sure that you are recognized by officers in my agency in role call.

Lt. Ron Bayne #559
Scottsdale PD

December 28, 2010

I remember that terrible day, John. I never met you except through Mike Young's words. He came back from attending your funeral and said, it hit too close to home.
I later got to meet your wife, I think it was '84, and realized she would never be the same.
I, too, was a Reserve Police Officer years after Mike's death and know the sacrifice you made........for no pay. You will not be forgotten.....

Nancy Hart (aka: Young)

September 28, 2010


I remember the day that you died like it was yesterday.

Now, some twenty-five years later and having found this site, the memories come flooding back.

I had left the Department not long before and moved to Phoenix. We were in Flagstaff for the weekend and were at the Fairgrounds when we heard one of our own was down.

We arrived at the hospital after you had passed; and didn't immediately know that it was you that had been hit.

When we found out, the news was devastating. When we attended your funeral, I remember your wife saying that you always liked parades. It was a splendid parade, John; but more than that it was a fitting, solemn tribute to a strong, yet gentle, man who died doing something he felt passionate about - quietly and without compensation.

I remember my conversations with you fondly and am so sorry that I could not help you that day. You died much too early.

I am privileged for having known you and for the opportunity to post this short reflection.

May God bless you and keep you, my friend.

John Glover

John Glover, PhD
Former Deputy, CCSD

October 26, 2007

John,On this the 25th anniversary of your murder I just want to say that you are remembered. I understand that the Sheriff's Office held a Rememberance for you this week and awarded you the Medal of Valor. I was told it was a nice occasion for the deputies who worked with you and your family. Your son, John Jamison Jr, a deputy with the Sheriff's Office, attended and I'm sure is very proud of you. Thank you for your service to the citizons of Coconino County.


September 7, 2007

I salute you, Sir, on the 25th Anniversary of your brutal murder. Your selfless service and bravery should be an inspiration to people everywhere. May all take comfort in knowing that you will FOREVER be a hero and NEVER be forgotten!

DET SGT, Retired
Fayetteville PD, AR

September 6, 2007

I had never met you, however we worked for the Sheriff's Office at the same time. I worked remote duty 130 miles away, but remember that day vividly. I listened to the radio traffic and positioned myself at the very northern reaches of my area in hopes of helping.
It was with great sadness that I heard the Sheriff indicate you were gone. With all you had going for you in life, it was hard to imagine why you would put yourself in harms way for no reward.
After all this time, I know why now, and appreciate the sacrifice you made so willingly.
You are special, and will remain in our hearts forever.
Rest well.

Det. Paul M. Ferroni (ret)
Coconino County Sheriff's Dept.

August 22, 2007

"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

July 25, 2007

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

Officer 11169

March 14, 2007


January 21, 2007

I worked with John Jameson at the Coconino County Sheriff’s Department in the late 70’s. A short time after I left law enforcement to attend graduate school he was killed. John was a fascinating person and a great Deputy Sheriff. He was a radiologist and pilot, and flew a twin engine plane all over Northern Arizona practicing medicine. John had that incredible poise we associate with doctors but never took himself too seriously.

I now manage employment and promotional testing for the San Francisco Police Department. We lost a Police Officer last week and was struck by how memories of John flooded my consciousness. The same day Dr. Michael Maughan, an Industrial Psychologist from Texas, surprised me with a visit. Mike was my Sergeant at Coconino County and a good friend of John’s. Such a tragic loss of a truly good man.

Bruce W. Topp, Ph.D.
Former Deputy Sheriff, Coconino County

August 2, 2006

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