Monday, October 25, 2010

Rest in Peace

A good friend of mine and former coworker died this morning in a tragic car crash. Officer John Abraham was killed instantly when the police car in which he was driving slammed into a utility pole directly across from police headquarters.

John was a unique individual, to say the least. Aside from being one helluva cop, he was also quite the comedian and his quick, sharp wit never ceased to amaze you that he was able to come back with a retort as fast as he could -- and it annoyed you at the same time, since he always got in the last, best word.

I'll remember your first arrest that I gave you as your training officer, the smoke bomb I threw in your car, and "raiding" the nude beach at Sandy Hook. You were the cop another cop wanted as backup.

I'll miss you, John. We definitely had some good times together. Kind of puts everything else into perspective.

End of Watch 10-25-10. RIP 257.


  1. As trite as the phrase may seem, I am so sorry for your loss, and for the loss of the people he protected. John sounded as if he were a really amazing guy!
    My deepest sympathy to his family and fellow officers.

  2. As a person that works with the police regularly, a good cop is the best kind of person to have on your team. I am very sorry for your loss and the loss of your community.

  3. GFinID and ShellHawk,

    Sorry for the delay in responding, but thank you both for your thoughts and sympathy. We were good friends for almost 20 years from when he first came on the job and I was his training officer. He ended up far surpassing me in skill, ability, and dedication to the job, becoming one of the most decorated officers in the department.

    Since I retired we didn't keep in as close contact as we had previously, but we still saw each other often enough. His death was a real shock -- can you believe I actually found out about it first on Facebook? Anyway, thank you again.



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