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Patrolman John Machuca

Cornwall Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, February 10, 1989

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Reflections for Patrolman John Machuca

Still think of you often….. miss that beautiful smile


February 11, 2022

Still think of you often….. miss that beautiful smile


February 11, 2022

Patrolman Machuca,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 10, 2019

Uncle John,
I always think of you and remember all the great times that you brought to me and my sisiter. i have never gotten over your loss since there is no one that could ever replace the amount of happiness that you brought to me.

Ricky L. Rodriguez

June 29, 2011

Johnny, I couldn't figure out why I have been thinking about you so much this month and now I finally realized this is the month I lost my favorite will always be you and miss you dearly Lindy :-(


February 5, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 21rst 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.

Time never dimishes respect.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 10, 2010

I said a little prayer today for Patrolman Machuca and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

February 3, 2009



February 8, 2008

"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

December 18, 2007

A good friend who not only served his community but as a proud member of the Marine Corps served his county. Johnny I still think about you smile about the old days in the bronx and working in your dads grocery store. I am proud to have known you and miss the opportunity to have grown as old friends. The world is a better place because of your warm smile and your dedication as a police officer

You are still missed

Ralph Nieves Friend
Child hood friend

August 22, 2007

As a member of the Town of Cornwall Police Department, I am reminded daily of the sacrifices our fallen heroes make for the most noble vocation in our country. John Machuca's picture and plaque are proudly displayed at the entry to our police station. What a privilege to serve.

SRO Keith A. Lipsey
Town of Cornwall Police Dept.

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