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Corporal John Novabilski

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, April 26, 1995

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Reflections for Corporal John Novabilski

Rest in peace Corporal Novabilski.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 29, 2019

I did not work with John. I knew him while he was in high school and afterwards. He was my friend Larry’s best friend. I remember getting a call that you were killed. I was devastated. Several of us from your hometown Old Forge Police Department came down for your funeral. I will never forget it or you.

Sgt James Bossi Retired
Old Forge Police Department

November 29, 2018

Corporal John Novabilski will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in Heaven, and may God always bless his family.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

March 24, 2018

I heard an announcement that it is Police Week this week and you immediately came to mind as you always do whenever I hear of fallen officer or see a PG County patrol car and contemplate your life cut short. It's now been more than 21 years since you were senselessly taken from this world but you will never be forgotten. RIP old friend.

Rob Benish, SCPO(Ret), USN
childhood classmate, SJB Pittston, PA

May 12, 2016


Michael Tarczan
Polish American Police Association of Illinois

March 15, 2016

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 14, 2016

Cpl. Novabilski,
I was watching FBI Files on tv the other night and learned of your End Of Watch. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Prince George's County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 29, 2015

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

April 26, 2015

Corporal Novabilski, your sacrifice is not forgotten. May you R.I.P.

Ron Skeeters
Surviving Son Trooper Bernie Skeeters
Illinois State Police
EOW 5-20-1982

April 26, 2015

I remember getting the call the next morning, on my birthday and right after Nova's. They kept trying to notify me that night but I had turned off my phone to relax. One of the worst mornings/days of my life. Nova was a friend and comrade and definitely one of a kind. Warren, you guys certainly were the three amigos! I was running the squad the night we hunted that coward down and you guys avenged our brother and ended that asses reign of terror. Standing guard with Chris at Nova's casket during the services, was one of the toughest things I ever did but his wife Karen had requested it. RIP Nova, we love and miss you brother and you will NEVER be forgotten! Until we meet again in heaven.

CPL Patti (Young) Shimp #937 (retired)

April 26, 2015

Brother John, I remember when we first met, and I thought, wow, this guy is nuts! But, as I got to know you, we developed a friendship that would never end. It was you, Mitch, and myself at Dist II, who would be know as the 3 amigos! Well my friend its been some years now and I still think of you often and the friendship we had. I remember the night I got the call and learned of your incident and I rush down to be by your side, but I was to late for you were gone. As I was I at the scene, I was consold by other fellow brothers that had rush to be by your side also. We reflected on the times we had with you and wondered how someone could have been such a coward to ambush you, and not give you a fair fight. Well my friend, I want you to know that it was me and a few other of your fellow brothers that were the ones who hunted that coward down like the mad dog that he was, and put an end to his reign of terror; and let him know he will not take another brother, friend, or soul away from us again! My brother, may you continue to rest in peace. For one day I will join you and we will patrol the streets of heaven together having the same fun that we did in Dist II.

CPL Warren Gary #1491 (retired)

June 15, 2014

Listening to Miranda Lambert - Over You
I will never get over you. My dreams, hopes and wishes are gone. We really had short time together. I have moved on. You brought someone into my life when I really needed it at the FOP. Thank you John. I know u are watching over me. I miss you so much. But my heart is still partially empty. You are w/ Steve, Tony, your mum, grandma, Poppie, and my mom and dad. I can't say I can't wait to see you but life sucks to a point hear but, like u always said deal w/ it and pray. I f'd up working for attorneys, I can imagine what u would say. I couldn't b a cop, don't like guns. Just keep watching over the rest of us. Kirk misses u. Thank God he was such great friend to you. He made it so far. He is at PG Sheriff, probably getting the a holes not paying child support (I hope) Anyways, I MISS U, BERNIE MISSES U, UR NEPHEW & NIECE R BEAUTIFUL.

PG Police

December 31, 2013

I'll never forget you, and think about you often,not only about the times we worked together in Baltimore's Western District, but all the good times we had together as friends which luckily continued after you joined the Prince George's County PD. We had some really humorous times together, which will never be forgotten. Hard to believe that you have been gone 18 years. I'll always miss you!

Sgt. (Ret.) Alan Yeater
Baltimore Police Dept

October 10, 2013

The years have passed. I think of you often. I often think of the days we spent working together in Baltimore City. I remember your laugh on your first day in the Southern District Station. One of the best rookies I ever trained. I will never forget you brother.

Retired Detective Brian D Schwaab
Baltimore Police Dpartment

May 8, 2013

I miss you still. It's been 18 yrs. I'm still thinking about you everyday, missing you and wishing I could talk to you. I wish I had your advice now, since this week has been horrible. I have been working for attorneys and I'm miserable & I can imagine you bitching at me doing this. But I met you because I wanted to be a police officer like you & then you made me realize I don't like guns. I wish you were here to show me where I need to be. But, good has come, your brother Bernie & I have reconnected thanks to FOP89. It has been a blessing. I know you are watching over us. We miss you horribly. Please watch over Jason and all the police officers & firefighters too. I hope u are at peace. Love you.

K. Novabilski
Prince George's Co. MD polilce

April 26, 2013

As the years have gone by I have never forgotten the night you were taken. I remember where I was and what I was doing when the radio call went out. I will never forget the aftermath and the bravery of all those that worked to catch your killer. Your death affected me in many ways. I worked on your case. I also lived in the same apartments as you and your wife.(Before you moved) I remember seeing you and her roller blading together. It was extremely saddening to me. You had a reputation as a great policeman and husband. Rest in Peach.

Cpl. C. Richardson #1617(Retired)
Prince George's County Police

April 26, 2013

I did not know you in life but had the privilege of participating in your funeral services in an official capacity, witnessing personally and emotionally the suffering of your family at church. I've never been more saddened by a senseless loss, and the resulting pain your family suffered. I have remembered you ever since, and followed the progress of officials who served you very proud, ultimately at terrible expense, removing the "blank" who took you from the world too early. You will always be my hero, Sir. Rest well.

Paul R. Newell, CPO, Ret.

April 20, 2013

Thank you Officer John Novabilski for your services to the people of the State Of Maryland. May God bless your brother, your mother and father and your wife.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

April 15, 2013

John, you are soooo missed. I hope and pray and believe you are watching over us, who love you and miss you. One day we will meet again, like I have know now that love can't keep apart what is real.

Prince George's Co.-MD

February 20, 2013

I miss you so much my friend and my brother. Happy Valentines day!

I wish you were living...But I know you are living in the house of God smiling and happy..

I think of you everyday...

Lord, Look down upon my family and I and bless us..

Bernie Novabilski

February 14, 2013

It's the holidays, I miss you. I feel your presence.

k novabilski

December 11, 2012

Many years have gone by, actually over 17 to be exact, and there doesn't go a day by when your brother Bernie doesn't think about you....I thank you for the two beautiful children, Sierra and Brandon...that I know you guided to us with your mom's help. Your niece, is a female version of you...she looks and acts like you and your nephew is just like your brother, he is an amazing Hockey player, boy would you bust his stones, but in a good way....As far as your niece is concerned she is smart and witty just like you, you would be in love with her....We all miss you, please guide us and protect and let us be happy....May God Bless YOU!!!!!!

Sister-In- Law

December 6, 2012

Another Thanksgiving, you should of been here w/ my mom and/or we should have been w/ your mom. But you are with both. I miss you still. I miss our time together, holidays and everyday, even though I am w/ someone I think you guided me to, from meeting at the FOP89. I'm happy but I still miss YOU. You taught me love, life, respect and the worship of
faith. I have that faith, that one day I will see you & it is at a place where we are angels protecting those before us, such your fellow Brethren. You, Steve, Tony we miss you. I miss you John. Bernie misses you. Your friends miss you. God may you be in peace...Thank God for HEROES, Inc. and God Bless PGPD and all Police, Firefighters, EMS...Soldiers!!

Prince George's County

November 23, 2012

17 yrs. and u r still in my head, remembering what it means to be strong and say F* u, I will do & SAY what I want. Thank you babe.

K Nova

July 12, 2012

I will always remember that horrific night, for I was one of the RN's on duty in the ER at PGHC. The same day my then fiance, was accepted into Baltimore City's Police Academy. Your memory has remained in my heart always. I continue to pray for all who knew and loved you.
Rest In Peace,

Tammy Fleeman RN
ER RN PGHC 1991-2001

June 20, 2012

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