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Police Officer Daniel Allen Jarema

Lockport Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, April 13, 1988

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Reflections for Police Officer Daniel Allen Jarema

It has been 34 years my friend. I still keep in contact with Brenda on Facebook. You would be very proud of both her and Dan. You left a great legacy and that is all a man can do.

Dan Mullin (retired Lt.)
Lockport P.D.

April 1, 2022

Thirty years ago today. Still thinking of you and will until we meet again.

Lt. Dan Mullin (retired)
Lockport PD

April 1, 2018

Officer Jarema's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 2-25-17 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

February 25, 2017

Thinking about you this morning Dan on this 28th anniversary of the crash that took your life. RIP

Lt. Dan Mullin (retired)
Lockport P.D.

April 1, 2016

Dan, although I never met you, there is not a departmental tour, school child, or citizen police academy group who comes through our lobby that I do not first proudly point to your badge and say, "although I never met him, that was my brother, because he was a police officer!"

I want your family to know that we always keep your memory with us, not only in our hearts but proudly at every public event and roll call. I made sure that your name is carried on a ribbon under our department's flag. Although this ribbon will never replace your life which was cut all too short, it is a way of having you with us each and every day. Rest well.

Sgt. Brian M. Phelan
Lockport Police Department

May 24, 2015

Dan it has been 25 years since you were put to rest. You are a true warrior and I am very grateful God gave us a chance to have you be a part of our lives, even for a short period of time. You will always be in our hearts. You are gone but will never be forgotten.

Brice Grudzien
April, 2013

Brice Grudzien

April 21, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Jarema. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

Thinking about you today, 24 years sure has gone by fast.

Dan Mullin

April 13, 2012

I remember the last time I saw Dan...the day he died. I stood in the cleaners on State street, next to the PD,as he walked by. I was on the Will County Sheriffs Department that day. (I later went back to work for Lockport) Dan saw me, stopped, and gave that warm, friendly smile of his, and waived. Then he walked off going to a call. Little did I know I would next see him at his funeral a couple of days later. I was one of his pallbearer's; wearing gloves big enough to fit his hands. (Him 6'7", or so - me..about a foot shorter). After folding the flag, and saluting it, I remember watching the gloves as the fingers flopped. I could imagine Dan smiling down....then laughing. I miss you, Daniel.

Sgt. Rob Harlan
Lockport Police Department

August 27, 2010

Dan...I keep this date forever in my mind. You were a wonderful man, and you will be missed always.

LInda Valenzano

April 13, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 13, 2010

Ofc. Jarema,

I just wanted to let everyone know that you are not forgotten in Lockport. We have never met (I started in 2002), but I polished your star today. My fellow officers and I walk past your badge everyday, and it serves as a powerful reminder that we may be called upon to give the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for your service; your memory lives on in the hearts of your family and fellow police officers.

Sgt. Ron Huff
Lockport (IL) Police Department

November 7, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-first 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 hold your family in my thoughts and prayers today. You are loved and missed by so many.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 13, 2009

Well Dan it will be twenty years one week from today. I often about that night. It was the most painfull event in my career. Rest in Peace, brother.

Lt. Dan Mullin (ret)
Lockport PD

April 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

January 8, 2008

Officer Jarema,

It has been some time since anyone left a reflection for you. I visited your page when it popped up on the main page for the ODMP and wanted to visit as a tribute to you and to the sacrifice you made for a grateful City, State and Nation. You gave your life trying to make our world a better and safer place.

With tragically so many names on this page, it is difficult to get to each and every one, so I try to visit most of those that come up on the "Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers" just to let your family and friends know you are not forgotten. Rest in peace. You personified what it meant to be a dedicated professional.

God Bless,

Ian Roberts
Retired Police Officer

February 21, 2005


Gone but not forgotten. Rweast in peace Oficewr Jarema.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 26, 2004

Dan was working the last few minutes a double shift when he was in volved in a head on crash. He had been involved in a pursuit with a stolen car, a violent domsestic and a knife brandishing drunk that evening. The call we were going to waa a report of a man threatening others with a shot gun. it was a bogas call.

Dan, is missed by all. his family and our agency miss him very much.

Lt. Dan Mullin
Lockport Police Department

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