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Sergeant John McGinn

Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, October 15, 1981

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Reflections for Sergeant John McGinn

Rest in peace Sergeant McGinn.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 30, 2019

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 22, 2012

You have not been forgotten.

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

October 15, 2009

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

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

October 15, 2009

What a privilege to acknowledge and honor you, Sergeant McGinn. We are saddened even now by your passing, but we thank you for your countless acts of service during your 23-year tour of duty.


A Grateful Citizen

March 29, 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
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 18, 2008

Sgt. McGinn,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Worcester. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

Anonymous

October 15, 2007

Sgt. McGinn, today marks the 26th anniversary of your untimely passing. Though your body was taken from them, your spirit no doubt has remained with your family and co-workers. I believe you have been with your child every step of the way to adulthood and your presence has been felt.

Thank you for your service to the City of Worcester and to the Commonwealth as a whole.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 15, 2007

We remember you today, and thank you Sir for your service

Van en Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 12, 2007

In the line of duty, another hero pays the ultimate sacrifice so others can walk without fear. May you REST IN PEACE.

Correction Officer Scott Boutell
Massachusetts Department of Correction

August 21, 2007

Sir, I honor your service and your sacrifice. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9.

Daniel
Brother of A Deceased LEO

September 16, 2006

R I P sir.

Mike
Boston MA

April 28, 2006

God Bless you for your sacrifice. May you rest in God's Love and in His Arms
Respectfully,
Kathi Halligan, Phila., PA

November 20, 2005

We may not know the details of your sacrifice, but you are a hero. Thank you for your service.

A citizen

October 15, 2004

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