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Sergeant John S. Macaulay

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, July 16, 1982

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Reflections for Sergeant John S. Macaulay

Sgt. Macauley,
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 San Francisco. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 16, 2022

John - to the best of my recollection; although we served together in the SFPD, we never met in person. But that didn't prevent me from knowing you by reputation as a brave, intelligent, dedicated, and fair person. A man to be respected and emulated. An officer to be remembered and honored. Perhaps we'll meet on the other side.

Officer Gerald Schmidt (Ret.)
San Francisco Police Department

June 10, 2022

Praying to be lifted up and see you seated next to the Lord, Uncle Johnny. We know you're above us smiling down.

family member
family member

March 7, 2022

Hope to see you in Heaven Uncle Johnny


April 22, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 16, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant MacAulay.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 24, 2019

Thanks for your dedicated service to your city, state and to this great nation. My great-grandparents and grandparents were from San Francisco and I often visited there as a child. After getting out of the Army I tried to apply at SFPD but at the time they had a residency requirement. I still visit the city on occasion since it is still a beautiful place. It is obvious that you were an outstanding officer and one of the best--you no doubt would have gone far. Thanks again for your selfless and dedicated service and sacrifice.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS and US Army (509th Airborne)

July 16, 2019

Rest in peace Sergeant Macaulay. Honorable and decent. You represented the citizens of San Francisco with class and integrity.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 16, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are a Hero. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 16, 2018

Sgt. Macaulay,
On today, the 36th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Francisco. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 16, 2018

I remember the time, an afternoon in early July, 1982, when I was walking on Van Ness Avenue and walked past the parked car where a young couple was seated. And I recall Sergeant Macauley standing by the vehicle. I walked about ten feet beyond when I heard gunfire and immediately crouched behind a parked car. When I looked toward my left, I saw that Sergeant Macauley was prone on the northbound lane of Van Ness. The two murderers then drove into a parking lot of now defunct Jack Tar Hotel (Not that their suicide is important) Sergeant Macauley was in a coma before succumbing to his wounds. If I recall correctly, the San Francisco Chronicle titled its story of his passing as "San Francisco Says Farewell to Sergeant Macauley" I regarded those words as the ultimate tribute. Moreover, I've added a few paragraphs of that long ago incident in a book I recently wrote as something of a memorial to him.

David Blaskie
Former San Francisco resident (1981-1986)

July 3, 2018

I worked at Mission Station (Co.D) where John was assigned in late 81 and maybe early 82. I think he was transferred to Northern District after his promotion to Sergeant. Remember him as a dedicated patrolman who came in on his days off to ‘read the teletypes’ ...crime bulletins were sent from Hq. to district stations by teletype back then and kept on a clipboard in the assembly room.

Officer Eric Neff (Retired A696)
San Francisco Police Department

February 1, 2018

John was a great guy and I enjoyed the times he came over for Sunday dinner.

Douglas Macaulay

November 26, 2016

Dear Johnny, Your always in my thoughts and I know you are my guarding angle! I hope your proud of the family, we all love you! Your the first picture I look for when I go visit grandma! Love you! REST IN PARADISE!

Macaulay member

January 29, 2016

Before joining the SFPD, John attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy. For a brief period, we were roommates. We graduated in 1968. I'm looking at his Senior pic and bio in the yearbook. As Sophomores we work in private industry aboard US flag merchant vessels. That combined with 3 years of classroom study we learn our profession. John sailed the world his Sophomore year. We both graduated with Third Assistant Engineers License and Commission as Ensign in US Naval Reserve. In addition he fulfilled his duty by sailing the required time after graduation. Thus, we met in the San Francisco union hall of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn. in the summer of '82 after he had joined the SFPD. I remember his laugh as plain as day. He looks down, Heh, Heh, shoulder shrug as he showed me his shield. What a stand up guy. I think of him as we near of 50th reunion Class of '68 USMMA.

Elliott Woods
Classmate USMMA 1968

January 6, 2015

A brave man that I have never met but have noticed a family connection through VC McAulay as mentioned by one of his family in the reflection, I am currently doing family tree research and would love too add John S Macaulay to our growing family tree, I have other brave Macaulay's in the tree, my son is actually in the police force here in Western Australia, I am sure John W Macaulay would be proud to be apart of this family tree.


December 14, 2013

John grew up across the street from me on 22nd Ave, in San Francisco. He was a good man. Thank Feinstein for causing his death. I showed her the number of bullets holes (39) into the suspect car without one penetration when she was the mayor and her ordering sub-sonic ammo. Now she is a senator. We need to fire her. We need to follow her stupid advice.

Sgt Paul Forslind

April 18, 2013

Remember me, I had a year and 7 months in the business then but times when cops were able to do what we swore to do. I was mids back then and said good bye to you, who would have thought it meant forever. You were a great Sergeant and a great person. I remembered how my heart sank when I heard of the news. Since you, we've had several more brothers die. There's been so many more brother Officers from other departments killed, don't know what is going on. Wish the politicians would stop all the politics and let the police do what they are supposed to do. Was thinking of all of you, I know you are all walking a beat in Heaven's streets. Til the day our paths should once again cross.

B. Woo
SFPD - Northern Station for Life

September 7, 2012

I look back after my retirement in 2010, at my career and where it all started in 1981. You were there in the Ellis St. station looking so proud and sure of everything. I wanted to be just like you. I was only a rookie and you impressed me with the way you did the job. You had already earned a reputation as one of the finest. Thank you for setting the bar high John and for the ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten. rest in peace.

Police officer, Brenda B. Walker
San Francisco Police,

May 17, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergeant MacAulay. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

Remembering you today. Thank you for your service.

C. Yarbrough

July 6, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I hope to meet your family members at a NORCAL COPS function someday and I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 6, 2010

On the 27th anniversary of Sergeant MacAulay's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Sergeant MacAulay is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

July 6, 2009

I want to express my sorrow for the death of a brother that I never got to know. Please always respect and honor the brave men and women who sacrafice their lives in service to all of us. It should be deeply appreciated.

Maureen Gray

May 8, 2009

Dear Johnny, you will never be forgotten. Each day we think of you and miss you. You were and are the guiding star and light for all of us. You would be so proud of the family members who have followed in your footsteps. Please watch over them as they have continued the same honorable service in the tradition that you exemplified so well. We'll see you again, good brother.

A Macaulay Family Member

March 30, 2009

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