Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer John A. Machajewski

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Wednesday, December 23, 1981

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Reflections for Police Officer John A. Machajewski

John, we started our police careers together in Milwaukee Police Academy class 2-78, you sat in front of me for the 4 months of training. Your watch ended tragically before Christmas 1981 leaving behind a wife and young child. I am nearing the end of my career, 40 years in. Some of us have been lucky, you are still remembered brother.

David R. Umhoefer Deputy Chief Of Police
Wisconsin State Fair Park Police Department

November 2, 2017

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Retired Wisconsin L.E.O.

December 8, 2013

Gone too soon.

Jeff K.
Saint John Kanty

February 1, 2013

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

April 18, 2012

I still remember that terrible night. It is such a shame that you didn't have the chance to continue in your career with the MPD. You probably would be retired by now, as I am. Although I know that you didn't like when you had to work inside, you made the time fly for those that worked with you. Rest in peace, John.

Retired former coworker
Milwaukee Police Department

December 23, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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 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.

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

December 23, 2011

"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
Sergeant
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

February 22, 2008

On the 26th anniversary of your death, we pause and say a prayer for your loved ones.
I remember the night of your death receiving the tty from MPD and thinking how sad your death was being so close to Christmas.
Rest in peace Officer Machajewski you are not forgotten.
Respectfully submitted
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

December 23, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service, this writer is always disappointed when justice is not appropriately served.

VanDenBerghe
Manchester, NH

December 22, 2007

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace, hero.

December 23, 2004

Rest in peace brother
You're gone but not forgotten.

Deputy
Walworth County SO

December 19, 2003

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