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Patrolman James Lonchiadis

Shrewsbury Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, March 5, 1975

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Reflections for Patrolman James Lonchiadis

Rest in peace Patrolman Lonchiadis.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 16, 2020

You stopped in to say hello and chat a couple nights prior. I wish you stopped in on the 5th. Your car just being parked out front may have changed this tragedy from ever happening and we would have never known. If not at least we would have been together.
It’s been 45 years to the day. I’ll never forget that horrific night. I think of you so often.

Paul Gaudette

March 5, 2020

You stopped in to say hello and chat a couple nights prior. I wish you stopped in on the 5th. Your car just being parked out front may have changed this tragedy from ever happening and we would have never known. If not at least we would have been together.
It’s been 45 years to the day. I’ll never forget that horrific night. I think of you so often.

Paul Gaudette

March 5, 2020

The promise... Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

March 5, 2015

I'm sorry for the loss of the Lonchiadias family. You are in my prayers

Mission Hills High School Daniela C.

April 22, 2014

I searched for your killers because of information received that they were in the Warwick, Rhode Island. As it turned out, they were. I was a member of The Warwick Police Department at that time.
I have thought about you many times over the years and I never forgot you. You will never be forgotten.

Retired Detective Name withheld
Warwick Police Dept Warwick R.I.

January 8, 2013

After posting my previius refelction, I wanted to do more research into your killer's parole. I was releived to see that in January of 2012 he was denied parole and will not have another hearing for five years. I was saddened that his family, especially his ninety-one year old mother, has had to endure seven parole hearings, but am not at all surprised at her determination to keep James' killer behind bars.

One of my son's murderers was also seventeen and I have spent the last several years fighting in California agaisnt a movement to drastically modify the sentencing laws for juvenile lifers so that they would be given multiple new hearings to reduce their life without possibility of parole sentences.

The killer who viciously took the life of your beloved James is a prime example of how these twisted individuals can preach a tale of change, complete in your case with earning a Masters Degree, only to prove themselves still a criminal if released. They and their supporters beg for second chances, then the inmates uses the opportunity to become once again an active criminal.

California had a similar case in which the inmate became an ordained minister but then his church diocese had to suspend him when after being freed and given a parish, he had improper sexual relationship with a parishioner he was counseling.

Keep these ruthless behind bars where they belong.

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

March 5, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solacr for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace.

I am sure you are proud that you son continued yuor legacy of protecting and serving. It is disappointing to see that the parole board set your killer free, but no surprise that two years later he was behind bars. Hope they do a better job at the parole hearing in 2012.

Rest In Peace

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

March 5, 2012

I lived in the next city over but worked in Shrewsbury during high school. I'm sure he would be proud to know his son followed in his footsteps in law enforcement. May justice serve his killer.

DFC R. Parker
Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, salisbury, Maryland

January 20, 2012

Sad story! He would be proud of his son. Praying for his family.

Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church North Highlands, CA

January 20, 2012

Rest in Peace, Brother.

Police Officer, Ret. John Eliadis

January 20, 2012

May the man who so unheartedly serve his life sentence. A man who can take another man's life, ESPECIALLY while the victim, or in this case Patrolman, begs for his wife and children. He had a "chance" when he was paroled in 2008, but obviously takes freedom for granted. May you Rest in Peace Patrolman James Lonchiadis.

Lowell Hamrick
No Law Enforcement Affiliation

January 20, 2012

You are not forgotten.

A Shrewsbury Resident

March 5, 2010

We will never forget

Virginia State Police

October 18, 2009

Patrolman Lonchiadis, today marks the 33rd anniversary of your murder, over a car. Though I know that you were taken physically from your family, you never truly left them and I'm sure you keep close watch over your son as he patrols the town you once kept safe.

It's so sad to think that after 33 years, the LIFE sentence given to you killer is over and he is a free man. The stupid actions of a teenager can be forgiven, but most stupid kids don't kill someone, especially a Police Officer and especially over a lousy car. Since your killer is free now, I hope he is indeed a changed man now that he's grown, but only time will tell.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.


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

March 5, 2008

Patrolman Lonchiadis,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Shrewsbury. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. It angers me that the state of Massachusetts let you down by paroling your murderer, but unfortunately being a former MA resident-the legal system there doesn't surprise me.



March 5, 2008



March 4, 2008

i can't and will not forget that night as long as i live, it was the longest night of my life, will see you i the after life i'm sure untill then godspeed.


February 17, 2008

I never thought that I would have to wright an apology for the failure of the system in your case. As you know the parole board felt as if your murder has suffered enough and rehabilitated him self and his release would benefit the community. I know that I for one cant ever forgive the needless taking of your life. I have tried to live my life every day with you in mind. As you know you have a great one following in your foot steps , I can take some solace in that. I will forever miss you and the good time we had. "GLORY ERNED ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE , GOES WITH YOU TO THE GRAVE, IT CAN NEVER BE TAKEN AWAY". Gen. G.A.CUSTER. Sorry my friend and brother forever.

retired patrolman/ franklyn jones
Oxford,Massachusetts Police Department

December 31, 2007

I'm glad your son followed in your path... I imagine it made him feel a little closer to the father he lost so needlessly.

I'm sorry they are granting parole to the man who killed you. Sentenced to life should mean just that. This "justice" is truly a tragedy for all involved.

December 5, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 8, 2007

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

August 17, 2006

May you rest in peace.

Ofc. S.D. Hall Jr.
Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police

May 5, 2006

true heros such as this never fade away, RIP


August 2, 2005

" Never Forget "

Sgt. J. Lourie
Auburn Police Department

August 2, 2004

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