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Patrolman Joseph W. Lawlor, Jr.

North Andover Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, March 27, 1981

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Reflections for Patrolman Joseph W. Lawlor, Jr.

Patrolman Lawlor,
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 North Andover. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 27, 2021

Patrolman Lawlor, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 7, 2019

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-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 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 that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace.

Rest In Peace.

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

March 27, 2012



February 26, 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

I graduated from NAHS with Joe in 1971. Joe was a fine gentleman, good football player for NAHS, and above all, a father and husband. I remember Joe Lawler with fond memories and much respect. Joe, I will never forget you for your kindness towards all and your good spirit.

Chaplain Bruce Bevans
Hopewell Police Department,Hopewell, VA

Classmate, Hopewell PD, VA

May 16, 2006

Today marks the 25th anniversary of your passing. To those you left behind, it's like yesterday.

Cruiser maintenance is never something that a department should put on a back burner. For want of a tailpipe, a life was lost.

God Bless you Brother, and Rest in Peace.

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

March 27, 2006

Rest in peace sir. Thank you for your service.

Collins Fire Dept.(Mississippi)

January 8, 2006

Ofcr Lawlor,

I was just a kid when you died. I was in the 3rd grade and I can still remember the whole event of your funeral as if it were yesterday. I was 8 yrs old but to this day I have always carried that as a part of me through my life and into my own career in law enforcement.
Thank you for having the courage to cross the thin blue line to protect us. Although I never knew you, I will never forget you.

Dispatch Shift Leader
Novi Police

March 29, 2005

Patrolman Lawlor,
On today, the 24th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of North Andover.


March 27, 2005

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