Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James Joseph McConkey

Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, December 3, 1977

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Reflections for Police Officer James Joseph McConkey

Rest in peace Officer McConkey.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 3, 2021

Thank you for being so brave at such a young age..My mother you're wife wrote the refusal letters on time till the day she died. July 24 2017..Now she rips with you

Susan's Daughter

September 28, 2021

Proudly mailed my NO PAROLE letter today. Officer McConkey: YOU are NOT forgotten!
God Bless You All!

Allie Wroten
Proudly Supporting All L.E.O.’s
Wife of a Corrections Deputy

September 18, 2018

I have always heard the name McConkey and as the wife of a policeman I just recently found out that my husband would take each officer he was training to his grave site—he wanted to make an impact on them and let them know how short life could be and always be aware of the streets and the people on them. As a wife of a retired (36 years) veteran and the mother of twin boys who are also on the Fayetteville Police Department my heart and prayers are always with the men and women in blue. God Bless and always stay safe.

Deborah Baxley (wife of Charlie Baxley)

May 29, 2018

To the family, friends and colleagues of Officer McConkey: I sent my NO PAROLE FOR COP KILLERS letter today, on his behalf. I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten! I celebrated my 4th birthday, the day he was murdered. I feel badly that my special day is also a horribly painful one for you. I will be saying a special prayer for him this December 3rd. God Bless you all!

Supporter of Law Enforcement
Wife of Corrections Deputy

September 21, 2017

Officer McConkey, I am the coordinator of Officer Down Memorial Pages " No Parole For Cop Killers Program". I am just about to turn in My report of upcoming paroles for October. Your name is the last on my list for October. Anytime I work a parole up I like to learn as much about the officer I can. I might read an article about your life to learn the most I try to read every reflection. This is where you really learn about a man. It is obvious you were well loved. Rest easy knowing justice is still being sought. Prayers going up for your families both blood and blue.

Surviving daughter of Chief Andrew Willi
Officer Down Memorial page

September 9, 2017

Proud to send my No Parole letter today. Thank you for your service, you have not been forgotten sir. God bless the family, friends, and former co-workers of Officer McConkey during this time of reopening of a never healing wound. Rest in peace brother.

Sr Patrolman Donnie Meaders (RET)
Wewoka (OK Police Department

October 1, 2016

Sandra, I remember Officer J.J. McConkey too from the skating rink in Eutaw Village Shopping Center. I remember how the Fayetteville Police were voted "The Best in Uniform" and J.J. wore an Ascot and Stetson Hat.
He was one of the reasons I became a Fayetteville Police Officer.

Cpl. Charlie Smith
NHRMC Hospital Police

February 5, 2015

I will send a 'No parole' letter, may God continue to watch over you and your family, nothing but love my brother!

Patrick Trejo, Sergeant
Phoenix Police Department

September 20, 2013

Thank you Officer McConkey, for your bravery and service. I will proudly send a "No Parloe" letter. God Bless you and your family.

Ret. Detective Bobby Santiago

September 11, 2013

I was my duty and privilege to send off my 'No Parole' letter yesterday for you, and your family. You "Joseph-Mcconke" will never be forgotten!
Thank You

Police Officer
NYPD / FOP Lodge #10 Iredell County NC

September 10, 2013

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

September 10, 2013

May final and permanent justice prevail. I will mail my letter! Thank you for your service and sacrafice. RIP


September 9, 2013

Rest in peace Officer McConkey, we are working to see that your murderer does not see freedom. Thank you for your service to America and to Fayetteville, North Carolina. God bless those who were left behind by the senseless murder of this hero.

Sr. Ptlmn Donnie Meaders
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

September 9, 2013

I am privileged & honored to send out my 'No Parole' letter today. I pray your cowardly killer remains locked up and denied the pleasure of living in a world that you made safe for all of us.

Det. Billy Russo
Nassau County NY, PD

September 9, 2013

This person killed a police officer who was on the streets protecting the fine people of Fayetteville!!!!
and now he wants out of prison!!!
This man took the life of a police officer and then stole officer's Mcconkey's badge!!!
I will be sending my letter today and I pray to God the fine people of the parole board keeps this animal where he belongs!!!!


September 9, 2013

I was probably around 11 years old and remember a helicopter with search lights. I knew some big had happened. The Suspect also stole Officer McConkey's badge. He received life plus 30 years for the armed robbery.

My father thought what a brave Officer he was approaching a group of men.

Michael S. Dupe
My father was a Det. for the Fayetteville Police Department

November 7, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 3, 2009

"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 26, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 3, 2007

I have never forgotten Officer McConkey's death. At the time it happened I was assigned with the 82nd Abn Div. I attended the trial after his death while enrolled in a criminal justice program on base and it hurt to hear the account of the case and to see the deadbeat who took the life of such a great guy. Today, I am about to retire from the Kankakee County Sheriff's Dept in Illinois as a policeofficer myself.

Rest in Peace my brother. Your work and labor will always be remembered.

Deputy Hugh Boyt
Kankakee County Sheriff's Police

August 26, 2007

Officer McConkey,
On today, the 28th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but for our Country as when you served in the U.S. Army.


December 3, 2005

JJ, you had a positive effect on a lot of people, Sandra above, being one of them. She's turned out well and it's, in part, due to your influence. Rest in Peace.

Special Agent Darin L. Paul
FBI Agents Association

I remember "JJ" as a very kind friend. I was a teenager who frequented the local skating rink. JJ would often be there working as security officer for the area on weekends. He was a wonderful person. I'll never forget hearing of his death. What a tragedy and what a terrible loss to our community.


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