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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

Sgt Novabilski,

May you rest in peace as you patrol the streets of Heaven with your fellow fallen Brothers and Sisters. Fourteen years ago today you were taken from this Earth, your family and this Department. You are not forgotten!

PO Benson 3293

April 26, 2009

Not Forgotten!


April 13, 2009

Dear John,

Spring is here now and the flowers and grass will be growing. Several more Officers were taken from us in the City of Philadelphia. God must be builing quite an army against the evil here on earth.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Missing you always.


March 25, 2009


Philadelphia lost another officer. That is five in one year.

I am sad that many families feel the loss that I do.

You are not forgotten my friend. I will see you soon to place a Wreath at your place of rest. I tell Sierra and Brandon what a great and courageous person you were.

I pray for you and will never forget.

Bernie Novabilski

November 19, 2008

RIP.You will never be forgotten.


September 19, 2008


Think of you everyday and I miss you so much.

I pray for you everyday. Please look down on all of us and guide us as well.

Please help me be strong and have faith.

You are missed so much.

May you have peace and happiness.


June 11, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 26, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former Police Officer (DHPD)

April 26, 2008

Missing you as always my one and only brother. I hope you are at peace and rest.

Please pray for all of us.

You are sorely missed.


March 3, 2008

Dear John,

This time of year is very tough for me. I think of you often and all of the times you made me laugh. I know that if you were living, you would have made a career change. I pray for all of the Officers and Fire Fighters that do their job knowing they are putting their life on the line for the public.

I will be coming to see you to lay the yearly Christmas grave blanket this coming weekend pending the weather, but I wish I was coming to see you handing you a bottle of wine and a BlackHawks hat.

John, you are not forgotten. You are missed every day.

"Who's your Brother?" they ask me, and I reply, "My brother was a simple guy who believed in honor, truth, dedication, and living a positive life"

I try to be like you every day as you have taught so many good things when I was younger. I am blessed and thankful that you cared the way you did and that I had a brother like you.


December 4, 2007


Many years have passed and I just wanted to say that there are many that think of you often and the way you r life was so mercilessly taken. You were a great officer and very street smart and Steve ,well, the same can be said of him. You are both missed dearly. Hopefully, you two are together and making the heavens shake with your laughter.


November 9, 2007

"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

November 7, 2007


I think of you everday, especially now that it is fall and football and hockey is underway.

I had a very clear dream of you last night. It was like I was there with you. You were dressed in your uniform and you were driving the police car to a bridge. You got out and started walking up these steps to an area where there was alot of people. You were going to give a talk or something.

I have prayed for this morning. I truly miss you every day of my life.

I hope you are singing the praises with Mommy and Poppy as well.

You left this good earth, but you are not forgotten.

Please watch over all of us.



October 22, 2007


think of you every day brother. I miss you alot. Dad and I are holding on. I hope that you are holding Moms and Poppys hands in eternal peace.

Life is so precious and so many of people do not realize it!

I reflect alot when we were young playing in the old neighborhood. You were born to be a leader and in life, you were a leader. Now, I am sure you are watching over all of us guiding us everyday.

I reflect alot when you were in Baltimore and I was starting College and how you told me to be good and stay the course. You said, " I know you will drink in College, but do not drink and drive or I will break your legs" "If I find out you are doing drugs, I'll split your skull"

I smile and think of how many times you made me laugh with your gestures and stories in the field.

John, you are missed alot by all of your friends and family.

You had 31 years on this earth, and let me say thank you to God for giving me those 31 years of knowing you. In life, you were a great brother and friend to me.



August 7, 2007

Big John, it seemed like yesterday when we graduated from the Baltimore City Police Academy in 1985. I'll always remember you carrying my daughter's dresser when we were moving back in 1986, and you dropping the furniture on the ground damaging the dresser. We still have the dresser with the damage! John, I think of you often, and you will always be a hero to all of us. Novo, God bless you and your family.

Lt. John E. Superson
Howard County Police, Maryland

July 18, 2007

I just saw your story on the FBI Files on the Discovery Channel...your co-workers had great things to say about you and I was compelled to find you here just to say THANK YOU for your sacrifice. The world loves you for it. Keep looking over us.


July 4, 2007

On this, the 12th anniversary of your passing, we pause to remember.
May your family, friends, and the officers serving with the Prince George's County Police Department, know that those who remain, serve in your memory.

Master Trooper
Virginia State Police

April 26, 2007

My prayers are with you and your family.

Former Police Officer (Dist.Hghts. MD)

April 26, 2007


Another year has gone by and it is your birthday today. I still cannot believe that twelve years has passed already. I think about you every single day and I still have mixed emotions; I know that you are in a better place, but your life was suddenly taken away. I think about how you loved your work, even with the frustrations and anger that sometimes came about with the work. I think about how Sierra and Brandon would look up to you and love you. I think about the fun of going to baseball games, football games, and especially hockey games with you. Sometimes I am angry, sometimes I get sad, other times I feel sorry, and even bitter. You are in a better place and no amount of time will ever heal the wound that was created when your life was taken.
You and the other fallen officers will be remembered always and I will see you at the Memorial service on May 9th.

John, brother of mine and to others, I pray for you and I cherish all the memories we had growing up together as brothers.

"Hey John, Whos your Brother?"


April 25, 2007

The month of April is upon us again, and soon it will be 12 years since you were taken from your beautiful wife, Karen, your parents, your brother, Bernie, and countless friends. Some may not understand my great feeling of loss, but you were my FTO, the first to show me what real police work was all about. And I had a great time! Squad 44! You will never be forgotten!

Cpl. L. McCann

April 14, 2007

My heart goes out to this young mans brother....I also have a brother i'm close with and dread the thought of something like this happenning to him....Thank you for reminding all of us the sacrifices all law enforcement officers make...Your brother didn't ie in vain. He's my brother too and I miss him! We lost a dear family member and heaven gained a saint...

Rev. Antonious Thigpen
Someone who cares!

March 25, 2007


The Holidays are over now and they were rough. I try to keep happy as my wife, your niece and nephew help me be strong with faith and they help keep me smiling. But, there is a place in my heart and mind that always be somber. I just think about the type of person you were and what you stood for. You cherished your time on this earth and you lived to full capacity. I am praying for you every day and I miss you.

They talk about control of crime and violence, but it will never make a difference. Talk is cheap. Police Officers all around the world are facing an impossible challenge against crime. You and all of the fallen officers, as well as the officers living should be honored every single day by all of us.

John, I miss you dearly . You were a very good Brother from the time I was young to now. Please be my guardian angel.

Missing you, Brother Bernie


January 10, 2007

It is now holiday time John and every year seems to be same with sorrow, grief, and anger. I was at your place of rest last week and I cleaned the grave site and placed a fresh pine cross for Christmas. Your niece and nephew were there also. Sierra is now 5 years old and Brandon is just turning 2. Sierra asks alot about you and I simply state to her that you are a hero and you were a good person that God needed at this time.

I think about you everday, as well as all of the fallen police officers around the country and even the world wondering what has happened to our society. I will always remember the good times we had growing up as kids and the good times we had when you use to take me to the Hockey games in Baltimore and Landover, Md. You use to make me laugh so much with some of the stories about what you would encounter on the job. Those memories will have to keep me going though as I shed tears for you alot. I know that you are in peace now, but your time was cut too short on this earth. I think how we could have had many more good times now.
You will never be forgotten John, as you were a great brother to me and you taught me to have courage, hope, strength, and yes humor with life. I will pray for you.

I know that Steve is with you and you guys are looking down at all of us and protecting us as much as you can as guardian angels.

It is OK to cry for you and Steve and the others who lost their lives protecting us. I will always remember and reflect.

Your Brother, Bernie.
You would be proud of the "The Bears" this year.

Your Brother Bernie

December 4, 2006

Corpoal, it saddens me and agers whenever we lose a brother or sister officer. Those feelings only intensify when it happens in such a cowardly manner as this. You will never ever be forgotten and thank you foryour service.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 13, 2006

I remember the day we met, May, 1990, as I stood in the hallway waiting to meet my FTO. Whoo! What a time it was riding with you for 12 weeks. A short time after I was cut loose, another rookie officer joined our squad, and you trained him as well. That officer was Steven Gaughan. I have to smile when I think of all the fun times we had on Squad 44. Never in a million years did I think I would see both of your names on a Memorial Page. My eyes will forever tear and the dull pain will remain in my heart. You were a great officer, a loving husband to Karen, and a true friend to those around you. Keep smiling, keep Steve out of trouble, and know that you two are true heroes!

Lori McCann PGPD

September 10, 2006

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