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Police Officer James Nathaniel Mason

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, May 10, 1981

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Reflections for Police Officer James Nathaniel Mason

I worked with Officer Madon's brother Broderick. What a truly classy gentleman. I also remember working with him on the Greek Picnic one day on 33rd St and Girard Avenue. Boy did he make that day fun. He kept us all laughing and made the citizens who stopped to ask directions since we closed many intersections for the event, laugh too. They forgot how frustrated they were when we approached their cars. We talked about his brother being killed years ago,and he expressed the love he had for his brother and the great memories. May his brother James RIP and he will never be forgotten for his sacrifice!

Ted Thomas PPD Retired
Phila.Police Dept.

July 1, 2023

On April 9, 2023, P/O James Mason's mother, Ms. Ella Mason, was reunited with her son in heavenly splendor. RIP, mother and son.

Philadelphia Police Department

April 13, 2023

Rest in peace Officer Mason.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 22, 2022

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement family. Rest in peace always.

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

May 10, 2021

On Today May 10,2021 The 40th Anniversary of the tragic murder of Philadelphia Police Officer James Nathaniel Mason ,His younger brother Broderick Mason who joined the police force of Philadelphia exactly 9 years after his brothers brutal assassination will Retire after an amazing 31 Years of dedicated service . Police Officer Broderick Mason was issued his fallen brothers Badge Number 1965 ,upon his graduation from the academy some 31 years ago and Today that number will also be retired permanently from circulation. I Wish a happy and long retirement to Officer Broderick Mason and thank him for his service not only in the Police force but also for his time served in the United States Army. And may we always remember our fallen brother, a true hero James Nathaniel Mason. Rest In Peace.

Mason Lynch

May 10, 2021

Officer Mason,
On today, the 40th 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 U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 10, 2021

Officer Mason,
On today, the 36th 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 U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 10, 2017

Never forget! A cops cop!
"Jimmy was a good cop," Lt. Gregory Fagan of the 16th District said. "He showed up every day and he did his job, just like the other guys." In January 1980, Mason shot and killed a man on the Vine st., extension of the Schuylkill Expressway after the man allegedly drew a rifle and fired it in a struggle with another officer.

P/O Edward Fidler#4666
Philadelphia Police

May 11, 2016

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

May 10, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 10, 2015

I officer Mason only briefly as a teenager through a couple of former officers in 1978. He was a fine man and a good officer. Growing up in the Mantua section at that time,I and other teenagers at that time had megative opinions of the Police Dept. Officer Mason was AN officer who helped change my perception of everyday officers. He always had a smile on his face and was courteous to everyone. I'm not a police officer, but I am someone who knew him personally. Thank You

Willie Brunson
Someone who knew him

January 13, 2012

I was a lieutenant with the Philadelphia Housing Police the night that a cowardely assassin gunned you down from the Mantua Hall public housing highrise. I remember that night like it was yesterday. We locked the building down and assisted the PPD in locating your killer and recovering the rifle he used. I worked all night long and only left the crime scene to go to the Police Academy for my background interview for the Philly Police Department. I started the academy on May 18thh and thought of you all these years. God bless you for your service. Rest in Peace Brother.

Lt. William Humes
Philadelphia Pollice Department

August 22, 2011

You have not been forgotten. Remembering you and all of your loved ones on this day.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

May 10, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 29th 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. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 24 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 10, 2009

We still think and pray for you, our hero. You will never be forgotten


December 18, 2008

God bless you, P/O Mason, you are not forgotten.

Sgt. G. Morace
Phila PD

June 15, 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

January 24, 2008

Thankyou BROTHER MASON for your service and sacrifice. You are a true hero to us and are truely missed


January 22, 2008

Such an unprovoked attack and such a cowardly act as well. Your sacrifice and service will never be forgotten sir. Rest in peace always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

May 10, 2007

Your sacrifice has not been forgotten. Continue to watch over us that are still serving. God Bless.

Police Officer III
Athens,Al. Police Dept.

March 10, 2007

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of the Philadelphia Police Department. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Officer Mason deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. No greater love has a man than the will to give his life for another. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Officer Mason is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas Doyle
Cary Police Department, North Carolina

July 3, 2006

God Bless You Officer Mason, as you continue to sleep in God's Love and in His Peace. You will never be forgotten and are remembered in my daily prayers. Thank you for all your hard work, dedication and the sacrifice you made protecting the citizens of Phila>
Kathi Halligan wife and mom of Phila.Police Officers

March 8, 2006

Your efforts will not go unforgotten. You a true hero! Twenty Four years later ane you are still remembered. God Bless you Officer Mason and everyone who serves with the Philadelphia Police Department. Take care and Rest In Peace brother, we'll take it from here. May you walk the beat in Heaven with the Lord!

Michigan Police Officer

November 27, 2005

James Mason was a uncle I never got the chance to meet because of an unstable humanbean. My family til this suffer with the pain of his lost. It hurt's when your oldest son is killed and die's on mother day. Are family has move on in with life inspite of uncle Jimmy's courage and discpline. But we will never rest or become whole again until justice is served.

Love Always, For ever in our hearts. Lil Crory and the family.

Air First Class Henderson Jr. United Sta
United States Military

April 1, 2005

In loving memory of P.O. James
Mason: It doesn't give us much information here, but the fact that
you died is enough. Or I should
say you were brutally murdered.
The fight continues, lives continue
to be lost, but your sacrifice is not
forgotten. God bless all those who
still miss you over 20 years later.
With love from one coast of America
to the other,
Lynn Kole
Washington State

February 21, 2005

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