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Patrolman John E. Johnson

Holliston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, August 13, 1981

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Reflections for Patrolman John E. Johnson

Rest in Peace Patrolman Johnson, we will never forget.

Jim Polito
Shrewsbury, MA

August 14, 2021

Patrolman Johnson,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Holliston. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 13, 2021

Rest In Peace

Nick mottola

August 13, 2020

Rest in peace always 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)

August 13, 2020

For those who are interested. Parole was denied for Rolando Jiminez for a period of five years. My condolences be with Patrolman Johnson's friends and family.


May 2, 2020

To the family, friends and colleagues of HERO Patrolman John E. Johnson: Proudly mailed my NO PAROLE letter, on his behalf. Praying that it makes it in time (from Pacific NW) to make a difference.
To Patrolman Johnson: Thank You for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten!
God Bless You All!

Allie Wroten
Proudly Supporting All L.E.O.’s
Wife of a Corrections Deputy

February 24, 2019

For some, 36 years ago is ancient history. For most of us, it was yesterday. Your children are grown now and no doubt think of you very often, if not every single day.

The scum who murdered you was last eligible for parole in 2014. That was 3 years ago. I hope he was laughed out of the room. I should have checked but, alas, I did not.

You would have been retired by now, enjoying your grand kids and looking back on a wonderful career. You were denied that and your family denied that as well by a sniveling rat. He no doubt, has never forgotten you and I hope and pray it eats at him every single day. He should be shown less mercy than your family was shown by him.

Brother, God Bless you, thank you for your service to the people of the Commonwealth and may your eternal rest be EVER peaceful. You earned it.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

August 13, 2017

The promise... Always honored, never forgotten!

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

August 13, 2014

Officer John E. Johnson, had assisted me two night prior to his death at the scene of a fatal Traffic accident in Sherborn, MA near the Holliston, Town line, JJ, as We called him was a great friend and We all miss him >

Lawrence J. McCarter, Patrolman
Sherborn(MA) Police Dept

February 6, 2013

Remembered Today my friend. Good work. Semper Fidelis.


January 1, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 13, 2010

i hope when he is up for parole again, they give him 5 years extra every time

no rank
scottish police

August 13, 2009

Patrolman Johnson, though Holliston may not be a big town, it has it’s problems like anywhere else and is not immune to violent crime. Sadly, your murder proved that all too well. You did what you could and you tried to wait for back up but we all know that’s now always possible. 2009 is fast approaching and we can only hope that the evil bastard who took you life never leaves prison, but who knows what will happen. Your family will never leave THEIR prison.

On this 27th anniversary I just wish to thank you for your service to the Commonwealth and say, God Bless, may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

August 13, 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

November 8, 2007

Patrolman Johnson,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Holliston. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



August 13, 2007

I grew up in Holliston.I remember that warm August night in !981 when you made the ultimate sacrifice.I was only 9 years old.I remember seeing all the police officers and state troopers looking for your killer while driving through Holliston and seeing the news the next day.Everybody in Holliston was devastated.You will never be forgotten.
RIP Brother.

Semper Fidelis

William D. Mosher

USMC Active Duty 1991-1999
USMC Reserve 2002-2003

Massachusetts Department of Corrections 1999-2004

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Nevada) 2005-present

Police Officer William D. Mosher
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

February 5, 2006

The Policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The Policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't...I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, Policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

-Author Unknown-

You will never be forgotten Uncle John.

Patrolman Marc K. Thibeault
Yarmouth Police Department

June 19, 2004

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