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Police Officer Roland Kinlock

Methuen Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, January 7, 1974

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Reflections for Police Officer Roland Kinlock

Dear Daddy,

So many times I started to write something but my eyes would fill with tears, I could not see, I would get choked up and unable to continue. I have just turned 80, and with the Coronavirus raging through America I don't want to pass away and miss the chance to tell you how much I love and miss you.

I was daddy's little girl for sure. I remember the train ride to Boston, feeding the pigeons, building snowmen, sitting on your shoulders at the beach, and our trip to Florida when I was 9. You were there to walk me down the aisle, and always encouraged me in my endeavors. You were truly a great dad.

We took Mama to Washington DC for HER 80th birthday and to the Memorial Wall where we all did a rubbing of your name. I have always supported the "blue," have quietly made donations to police causes, started a police award in your honor, given many of your police things to the Methuen PD for their little museum, and donated $2000 for the purchase of a police dog in your name. You have never, ever, been forgotten.

You now have four great-great-grandchildren, three girls and a boy. They know what a wonderful man you were, and they have pictures of you so they will know what you looked like. I have given the boy your police badge....he carries your name. I love you and miss you, and am so proud to call you my dad!

Your Loving Daughter

July 28, 2020

It has now been 45 years, today. God Bless you and those who still miss you most.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

January 7, 2019

Officer Kinlock, it's now been 42 years and you still live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved you best, and through this site, we all remember you, even if we never had the privilege of meeting you.

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

January 7, 2016

Grandpa... I still remember you today even though I was very little when you passed away. I was only 5.
When the word "Amen" is spoken, its still is your voice I hear. My memories of you instantly return. Thoughts of your smiling face, your grandpa to me and always was and will be. You are missed. You are thought of. You are very remembered. Donna

Donna Gauthier ( Jane's youngest )
grand daughter

November 1, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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 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 pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

January 7, 2012

Nana has finally joined you in Heaven. I am sure she had a tremendous smile on her face to see you once again! May she rest in peace with you. God bless you both.


September 23, 2011

Officer Kinlock, January 7, 2010 marks the 36th anniversary of a tragic day for the Town of Methuen, The Methuen Police Department and especially your family. I could see by your Granddaughters words just how much you are missed. I also feel that you are still there with them and keep watch over them.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

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

January 6, 2010

You are never forgotten by those who love you.RIP.


January 7, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year I was hired. While it's been a long time, I'm sure those you left behind and served with disctinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thanks for your service and for looking out for us you left behind. Rest in peace Officer Kinlock.

Sgt. Robert Mau, Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 16, 2008

Hi Grampa:

I was only 7 when you passed away. I was so broken-hearted. I will never forget your service with all the police officers, it seemed like there were hundreds and hundreds of them. We were all so very sad to have lost such a great and beloved man. I loved you dearly, and remember vividly still how you'd take us down to the ocean and pick us up way into the air when a wave came so we'd go over it. Nana has gone every year to the award ceremony for officer of the year that is in your name. She is so very proud but I know she has missed you terribly. I went to one of the awards with her and it was so nice. We also took her to D.C. to see your name on the memorial. When I came across this site, I was so touched that others wrote you kind words here. As your granddaughter, I also wanted to say, you are my one and only Grampa, and I have missed you and will always love you -- and I am so very proud of all that you did.


December 3, 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

Officer Kinlock,
On today, the 34th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Methuen. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



January 7, 2008



January 1, 2008

RIP, Officer Kinlock and thank you for your service.

Pecos Police Department
Pecos, Texas.

August 29, 2006

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten........Rest in peace....


September 18, 2003

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