Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Investigator John D. McLaughlin

Camden County Prosecutor's Office, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, April 20, 1995

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Reflections for Investigator John D. McLaughlin

Unfortunately I remember this incident well. Thank you for your service, both military as well as LE, and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

April 20, 2021

Investigator McLaughlin,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USAF. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 20, 2020

Rest in peace Investigator McLaughlin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 27, 2020

John was my supervisor at McGuire AFB from 1990 to 1994. He was a great supervisor and an even better friend. He is always in my thoughts. He was also my best man when u got married.

Brady Kohen
Security Police McGuire AFB until 1994

December 8, 2019


It has been 26 years since that fateful day that brought us together. Not a day goes by that I do not think of you, Kim and the girls. You are my hero and I hope you keep watching over all of us. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Rich Norcross, Commander (Ret.)

April 19, 2019

To all our fallen police officers. I have been an RN for nearly 40 years and have worked the Emergency rooms within the Houston and Dalla Texas areas. As a citizen I feel I owe my life to those such as John who have fallen in the line of duty to protect us. As a nurse I have seen, cared for, and cried over so many needles officers who have suffered at the hands oc criminals.
Your heroism will live on and one day I'll meet you in heaven.
God bless your family and friends
Dr. D

Dr. D Registered Nurse
No relation-and did not have the opportunity to meet John.

June 20, 2014

John was a good cop and a great investigator. I was his supervisor at McGuire AFB. I spoke at his funeral and still remember that day like it was yesterday. He was taken from us too soon. May God keep you by his side, until we meet again.

SMSgt Terence Lydon
USAF (Retired)

October 13, 2013

I was stationed with John and McGuire AFB. We were not good friends but ran in similar circles. I am humbled by your life commitment to serving your fellow man John. Thank you for always looking out. RIP, brother.

Penny Brooks
Fellow AF member

May 11, 2013

You wanted to make sure we lived in a safe neighborhood. Thank you for trying to protect us. I am so grateful to you. You are not forgotten.


March 2, 2011

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 20, 2010


Rich spoke about the horrible day to us today in COPS Training. Your bravery and courage in protecting our nation, specifically our children is commendable. May God hold you always. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God."

Bill Walsh

PO Bill Walsh
Voorhees Police NJ

April 9, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 21, 2009



March 12, 2009

John, I never had the honor of meeting you but I remember the tragic incident well. The Phila daily News put a photograph of your wife and daughters in the front page. The girls were crying so hard. I remember thinking to myself that these poor girls were without a father. This was before I became a P/O and hearing that a cop was shot or killed was terrible but this photo showed how it actually affected people. I later became friends with that photographer and he said it was the hardest decision he and his editor made at the time.
Many letters were written to the paper saying they invaded your families privacy but in many cases it woke people up and in my case "I got it".
To those girls in the photo and your entire family I will never forget your sacrifice.

P/O Fidler#4666
Philadelphia Police

February 23, 2009

You are missed very much.

friend & family

April 21, 2008

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones today and also for all those that were close to you. Continue to keep watch over all of them, stand at their sides and protect them from harm. Also, keep wpecial watch over those still out on patrol guarding over the thin blue line. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

April 20, 2008


Kevin T Ryan
Ex Burlington County NJ Cop And Correction Sergeant.

April 20, 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

December 11, 2007

Thank you for your sacrafice John, you will never be forgotten

Patrolman Tom Cocco
Hi Nella Police Department NJ

October 20, 2007

I remember this incident quite well when it aired on the news. May you guys always rest in peace and watch over your law enforcement brethren from above.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 20, 2007

You are never forgotten. We remember you during every academy class. Watch over us as we fight the good fight! May you rest in peace forever.


February 17, 2007

You are a true hero and heroes never die. Thank you for your heroism and dedicated service to law enforcement. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones. I hope that the individual that caused all this pain to so many has finally met his fait. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 30, 2007

John was a good friend, a mentor who taught me many valuable lessons I keep to this day. Our days in the Air Force together were my most memorable. God bless Kim their children.

Officer Brian Cummer
Kittery Police Department/USAF

September 23, 2006



June 23, 2006

I attended a seminar where Richard Norcross shared your story. The story on this website does not compare to hearing your him speak. He painted a picture of that horrible day.It made me feel like I was there. It sounded like something you would see in a movie, not something that could actually happen. I know that you are watching over him as he shares his experience with others. You should be so proud of his courage to stand up and speak over and over,reliving this tragedy so he can help fellow officers that could be faced with the same. While I sit on the other side of the radio, I am still affected by all this. My department had a loss little over a year ago, Deputy Brandy Winfield. He was also a friend and very much missed. As he spoke about, things like this affect not just the officers but the entire department and community. He showed us the memorial set up for you and his brother John Norcross. It shows that you will never be forgotten. I was truly touched by this story and his courage to stay strong. He has not let tragedy take him down. You and John will live on forever through Richard.

Rest in Peace Officer McLaughlin.

Dispatcher Monica Gruber
Marion County Sheriff's Office,Marion Ohio

January 26, 2006

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