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Coast Guardsman Jonathan D. Scotchmer

United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, January 9, 1995

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Reflections for Coast Guardsman Jonathan D. Scotchmer

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Coast Guardsman Scotchmer.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 9, 2019

I met Jonathan at USCG Boarding Officer School. worked side by side with every day for 33 days. He was our class Honor Graduate. When I received the message while standing Officer of the Day Duties it numbed me. I've seen the video more than once, and kept hoping it ended differently. I used the tragedy as a training tool for the next eight years as I trained men and women to be Boarding team Members and Boarding Officers. Rest in Peace Brother.

MK2 Brian Newman
Forner USCG Member. Current Inspector with DHS

October 25, 2018

I only knew John for a very short time while stationed in Miami. I met him through mutual friend but I can remember I liked him instantly. I was in "A" school when I receive the news but I have never forgotten him. I make a point to do so this time of year. God bless his family, and may we all remember him in hope that it eases his passing.

EM2 Micah Wood

May 27, 2018

I have the wonderful privilege of meeting Jonathan , and to this day I’m deeply affected by his passing.

I wish I have the chance to tell you again know how much I love you and miss you.


January 4, 2018

I came across these posts when pulling a picture for Memorial Day. My family has always been deeply stricken with my cousin's passing. This was a tragic and unexpected event. I am deeply moved by the number lives he has reached in it is typical "Scotchy" - he touched so many lives in life. He would be so proud and honored to have helped so many. Especially, a tool that is saving people's lives. I miss you my dear cousin (my brother). You have an always remain in my heart. I am so proud of you then and now. God Bless all of you who have written and remember my cousin.

Heather Griffin
Family - Cousin

May 26, 2017

I was there. I will never forget.

Christopher Eddy

January 27, 2017

Rest in peace my brother.

Richard Carroll BM2
U.S. Coast Guard

December 4, 2016

My name is Manuel A. Huezo, Jonathan and I went to MK A-School together we were roommates and during all of our time in school I didn't know he spoke Spanish, it wasn't until the end of A-school when the detailer came out and asked if there were any Spanish speakers that would like to get orders to LEDET Miami, I was surprised when I saw Jonathan raise his hand since all the time that we were there he never mentioned he was raised in Guatemala. Soon after that point we became a lot closer. We both received orders to go to LEDET Miami where we completed several Deployments together, he would come over to my house and play legos and a racing track with my son who was 4 to 5 years old at the time. I remember taking him to a baseball game during the first year of the Florida Marlins and him telling me that he had never been to a Professional Baseball game and he was happy to be there with us. Jonathan was like a little brother to me, he had a strong desire to be a Police Officer and he kept asking me to go with him and put our paperwork for Broward County Sheriffs to which I told him to go and fill out the paperwork first and if things go well I will follow him after. The day he passed away I was suppose to help him train his new Unit (Station Miami Beach) since he was in the process of getting out of the CG to become a Law Enforcement Officer, he came and told me that we will have to change plans due to him having to go do a boarding out anchored in the Bay and we will complete the training later in the day. I remembered someone coming in later that morning and telling us that there was an accident where Jonathan has been seriously hurt, I went immediately to the hospital where we were told he had passed away.

It was very painful receiving that news than as it is now. I miss him so much and he will NEVER be forgotten. I became a Police Officer with The Los Angeles Police Department and I know that he helped me get here and I will be soon retiring from LAPD and I will do so knowing that I will complete what he had asked me to do, join him being a law enforcement Officer. Rest in Peace my Brother.

MKC Manuel A. Huezo
USCG retired

October 1, 2015

I had the honor of attending the Memorial when Scotchmer's name was added. I was accompanied by members of his unit at Miami Beach and also sat with then Admiral Saunders, D7 District Commander. I also met Scotchmer's mother and we had the opportunity to sit with her and have dinner. She indicated she saw the finished video and wanted as many law enforcement officers to see it. D7 TACLET then committed to turning the tragedy into a training tool for other Coast Guard law enforcement officers with the objective of emphasizing the hazards of our law enforcement mission. The video has also been used in leadership training for newly promoted officers that work for state, county, and local law enforcement to drive the point home that their decisions now have consequences that often affect their subordinates. The video has had a significant impact on the thousands that have viewed it. Unbelievably, It's been over 20 years since that tragic day and undoubtedly PO Scotchmers death has saved many lives.

BMCS Manny Vega
US Coast Guard/D7 TACLET

May 16, 2015

So sad. Thank you for standing the watch and holding the line.

Aux. Robert Quigley

February 7, 2015

God Bless this young man and to thank him for his service in the USCG...
From the Mom of a CG Lt. who inspects large vessels.
Fair Winds Sir.

Sandy Neither

January 11, 2015

The hazards of a boarding are numerous and always something to watch out for. I have seen too many people hurt form boarding's but never a death. My heart goes out to the family and fellow shipmates. Just remember when the number comes it happens. No thing could have prevented it.


January 10, 2015

Although I never met PO Scotchmer the news hit us at TACLET South very deeply. Being part of the newly created TACLET's our mission united all of us in the Law Enforcement arena with a newly renewed realization of the hazards of our mission. We trained hard and members deployed longer than ever on US and foreign ships. We strived to make sure that his sacrifice would not have been in vane and tried to trained hard and look out for each other. My salutes to all my shipmates from 1994 thru 1998. Part of the first ever crew-command of TACLET South, along side LT Vosburgh and YN1 Lasseter.

CWO3 Luis O. Cruz
USCG (ret), US Department Of State

January 10, 2015

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 26, 2012

The incident in which PO Scotchmer died was being filmed by a BBC film crew. His family graciously allowed the Coast Guard to use the video as a tool for Law Enforcement training. I saw it twice in the 90's. I am not sure if it is still used, I hope it is, because it really drove home the point how dangerous this job is.

God Bless

BMCM/Trooper Jon Graham
US. Coast Guard Reserve/Vt State Police

December 11, 2012

I joined the CG in 1998, so I never served with Jonathan, but I know that he gave his life directly in the line of duty conducting a mission we do alot safer today because of learning from his tragedy.

I graduated from the CG MLE Academy and received the J. D. Scotchmer award for the honor graduate and never felt so honored in my entire life. I will never forget him. He will always be a part of the CG family.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Fair winds and calm sees brother.

BM1 Reddick

July 30, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP now, never forgotten.

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

February 25, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 17th 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. I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

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

January 9, 2012

I served with Scotchmer at TACLET South, his previous duty station before he was assigned to Station Miami Beach. Our Tactical Team had met with Scotchmer on Friday as he requested our assistance with teaching classes on law enforcement the next week. He said he would call us on Monday. The call never came as he was told to take a TV crew out (BBC) to do a boarding. He did as he was directed, taking the only other LE qualified person at the station with him to board a freighter that normally takes a team of 6 to board. We got the word later that Scotch had fallen in a hold, then we were updated that he had fallen from the "tween" deck of the freighter's hold and died. All three LEDET teams were shocked that he was gone. No one from the station called us to support Scotch and his partner that day, which is a shame because that's what LEDET's do; board freighters at sea. We were shocked further when the follow up investigation cleared the Commanding Officer of the station of wrong doing. We all thought that the station should have called LEDET to support the boarding. We would have gladly stood in the background and let the cameras roll.

Prior to his death, we did operations along the Miami river, assisting Customs Officers with boardings and on one occasion, rode with Customs on Blue Thunder to the Bahamas.


January 6, 2012

I think about Jonathan often.

Jonathan was my cooler, older step brother. Our families joined together in 1990.

I am really touched by this website and am blessed to have found it.

Even though Jonathan passed away many years ago now (16 years ago) his spirit is with our family to this day. Rest in peace till we meet again.

Susan (Stecki) O'Brien
step brother

September 20, 2011

RIP.You will never be forgotten.


November 9, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 18, 2008

On today, the 13th anniversary of your death I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Paratus!


January 9, 2008



January 2, 2008

Your Fair winds blew my way today brother, hope your seas are following:)

HS3 Jeri Weaver

September 1, 2007

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