Name : Williamson, John 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 3472 Command: Housing Authority Police Service Area 6
Date of Death: 1993-10-08   Cause of Death: Heady Injury-Bucket Thrown From Roof
 Officer Williamson was killed when someone threw a 30 pound bucket of spackling compound off of the roof of a six story building onto his head as he was getting into his cruiser. He had responded to the scene to assist other officers who were being attacked by several area residents.

The suspect fled to the Dominican Republic but was extradited and charged with murder. The jury acquitted him of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter.

Officer Williamson had been with the Housing Authority for four years. He was 25 years old.
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Comments from Friends    
its been almost ten years since johns untimely demise, although it feels like yesterday, but just like i wont forget yesterday i will not forget john.
— john swensen

I was at the location when P.O williamson was MURDERED. It was a horrible experience. God bless his soul and his family...
— Aux. Capt Dago Suarez, 33 Pct

I was a Sergeant in PSA#6 when John was killed. He was the epitome of a Police Officer. I will always remember his smile and his willingness to help others. The person responsible for his death will never understand how many lives he affected by such a cowardly act and never received a proper penalty. I was with John on a PSA#6 Atlantic City Trip 3 weeks before he was killed, we had alot laughs that day, he and his partner, Chris Bardio. I will never forget John as long as I live and I pray for his strong family all the time. God Speed John, I know you are looking after us.
— Acerbo

Ten years have passed and there has not been one single day where I have not thought about John, it could be something he said, something he did, or maybe just thinking of him every day when as i wear his shield pendant on my necklace. John is a very good friend of mine, when he was here on earth and now as he is in heaven. I know he would be right with me today if things were different. John, Chris and myself would be together again. John has been my guardian angel, he has helped me in so many ways, he will never be forgotten and is alive in my heart, because he was a very special person. Everything people say about John is true. He was a good friend and an excellent cop. Times have changed and people have gone their own way but all of us who worked with John can be proud to have worked with him and called him a friend. Before 10/8/93 I would see John at work and outside of work when we would hang out and have a good time, Now John is with me everywhere I go. Thank You my friend, I miss you and love you.
— Anthony Felice


You Will Always Be Remembered... HOUSING COPS are the REAL HEROES of the streets, the toughest beats......
— Chris

I was able to know John for several years prior to his being appointed to the NYPD. He was a neighborhood guy and also attended Archbishop Molloy High School where I also went to school. I also worked with him for a couple of months at Leisure Video in Jackson Heights prior to his being appointed a police officer. I had the pleasure of knowing John as a warm, caring individual who always was pleasant with people. When he passed away he was the first person that I knew who had been murdered. I was only 19 when he was murdered and it had an impact on me that still reverberates to this day. I felt that a good man had been taken too early and that his loss would be felt for many years to come. It has now been over 11 years since his death and I still think about him when I see a police car or see that another officer has suffered. His memory will live on in my mind till the day I die. May you rest in peace John.
— Ariel Londono

John, 12 years have passed, you remain thought of every day. You are with me each day i wake, though you were taken from us much too soon, the memories we shared will last forever. You are truly missed and loved, God Bless You My Brother Love Anthony
— Anthony J Felice Jr

I was a Auxiliary Police Officer assigned to the 034Pct Auxiliary Police Unit and i was responding to a 1013 call from the building he was kill he was a hero oficer
— Robert Quezada

i have been at PSA 6 for nearly 14 1/2 year's and until this day i cannot forget the death of P.O. John Williamson ... My partner and I P.O. Paul Lukasik till this day speak about John as we ride on patrol and remember what happened to John on the street's of Washington Height's ... May God bless you John for you deserve to walk the street's of heaven ... I know that you truely ride beside me and my partner on patrol in the same street's you patroled with your partner Chirs Bardio ... You where a true cop that i will never forget till the day i die ... God speed John ...

Its Been a long time. We were in the same Company 90-54... God Bless.... Retired Sgt Bogus 104 PCT
— Corey Bogus

John still remains part of my life, you are always thought of and will never be forgotten. The memories will always remain until we meet again.
— Anthony Felice

It has been 13 years since "Willie" was taken away from us and not a day goes by that I do not think of him. I have many fond memories of John and often think of those great times our squad had all those years ago. His family has been wonderful to me over the years and I am so grateful to have had them in my life. I only hope that John knows how much he is loved and missed.
— Sharon Sutherland

John, this day is like no other, everyday i have thought of you and where you would be at this very moment, where would we all be, if you were still here with us. Thoughts and memories bring you closer to your loved ones. As you know, you are missed by all of us who shared your friendship. We will never forget you and the memories will keep you close to us all. Rest in Peace my friend.
— Anthony Felice

As many people have already said, those who had the honor of knowing, working, talking, joking with you will never forget you. I can close my eyes and see his face and hear his voice. This terrible day I was preparing for my wedding and never got to pay my proper respects to his family. I live with this guilt everyday. John rest in peace my brother.
— Paul Pagan

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 6, 2006, 9:46 am

Merry Christmas John
— Anthony Felice
Posted: December 26, 2006, 4:14 am

John you will never be forgotten, and we all miss you.
— Anthony Felice
Posted: March 13, 2007, 6:17 pm

I will always keep you in my heart and mind. Rest in peace.
— Mynor
Posted: March 26, 2007, 5:57 pm

Years continue to pass and however your memory lives on, you are missed everyday and will never be forgotten. We all miss you. Rest in Peace my friend.
— Anthony Felice
Posted: October 8, 2007, 6:41 am

It has been 14 years yet seems like only yesterday. Those who knew you all those years ago may be scattered all over now...but we will always remember you Willie.
— Sharon Sutherland
Posted: October 8, 2007, 4:28 pm

As I look at your plaque hanging in PSA6, it is hard to think that there are only a few of us left working in the command who knew you and who were working on that fatefull day. It doesn't seem like that long ago. Alot of us were so young then, and this just seemed like a bad dream. Regretfully, it is a day I will never forget. May God continue to give peace to your family, and know that you are remembered fondly.
— Paul Lukasik
Posted: March 5, 2008, 4:07 am

John, i often think of you and where we would all be today, perhaps life would have taken us on different paths. Since you were taken from us you have been thought of always and will forever.
— Anthony Felice
Posted: July 2, 2008, 10:58 pm

nyc housing cops are the marine corps of nyc they have to work in hell with all the garbage in the projects thats why you are number 1 no one can compair to u thank you for what u do
— ruben garcia
Posted: July 17, 2008, 11:39 pm

John Time continues to pass us by, never once forgetting you. You remain a daily thought and will always be a part of my life Rest in Peace
— Anthony Felice
Posted: October 8, 2008, 7:57 am

15 Years, seems like yesterday, May God watch over your soul.
— Phil S.
Posted: October 8, 2008, 6:16 pm

Today marks the 15 year year anniversity of your death. I was there that night. I still cry. We never even met. But every year I pray for you and for your love one's. You taught me that a good person does the right thing.. I did.. I did the right thing.... I'm sorry I wish I could have done more... I was only a child ... Now I want to be a cop just like you. Thank you..... I'll never forget...
— Little Eyes
Posted: October 8, 2008, 11:43 pm

God bless you....Your family.....Everyday I think of you.. Everyday...
— DJ
Posted: October 8, 2008, 11:50 pm

God Bless you John it has been 15 years ... I will never forget ...
— PO Cesar Procel
Posted: October 10, 2008, 4:25 am

On that horrible day that will be with me forever, I was a Aux Sgt, at the 34pct, just steps away from this hero when he got struck. John I know you are an angel watching over us. As a Correction Officer for 13 years you must have been watching over me and keeping me safe . John say Hi to my son Tonito for me in Heaven who joined you May 2 2008
— Antonio Velez
Posted: December 4, 2008, 3:35 pm

John was in my company class, never did I think in the early days that we would lose one of the brothers in 90-54. God Bless, you will always be in our memories
— John lattanzi
Posted: January 2, 2009, 9:56 pm

As always you remain in my thoughts and prayers, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace.
— Anthony Felice
Posted: October 8, 2009, 11:19 am

Time passes by my friend and you are truly missed ... I will never forget 10-08-93 ...
— Cesar Procel
Posted: October 13, 2009, 3:59 am

I responded to the 10-85 forthwith put over the air that night by the officer who was working the "Tag and Tow" detail on the corner of West 175 Street and Amsterdam Avenue. I won't give his name because like the good cop that he was and still is, he's been haunted by this. P.O. Williamson, who I never knew nor even met, responded to the 10-85 forthwith. There was a HUGE crowd out there that night going nuts about the towed livery cars. Pure pandemonium, but we were able to clear the street. Then an illegal alien named Pedro Gill went to the roof of 501 West 175 Street, a 6 story building, with a 40 pound bucket of spackle, and he launched it over the ledge, crushing Williamson's head. I heard this sudden explosion, and I thought it was a shotgun blast. There was blood all over coming from his eyes, ears, nose and mouth. The crowd started cheering wildly in approval. Gill, an illegal alien, fled to the Dominican Republic but was convinced into coming back by 34th Precinct Detectives. I wont give their names either, true professionals and clearly the greatest detectives anywhere. Gill was arrested for Murder 2nd degree. At trial, he was found not guilty of murder. The jury said that the NYPD could have handled the parking situation better, so they acquitted Gil of murder, finding him guilty of manslaughter. Not a day goes by I don't think of what happened that night on One Seven Five and Amst
— Andrew DeStefano Captain, NYPD
Posted: February 28, 2010, 10:13 pm

Rest in peace my friend, til we met again. Pete
— Pete
Posted: October 8, 2010, 12:12 am

John Every year you are thought of, every month, every day...Your spirit lives on. You are deeply missed, and loved by all the lives you touched. My life has never been the same when you were taken from us all, one day we will meet again. God Bless You and thank you for always being there for me.
— Lt. Anthony Felice
Posted: October 8, 2010, 9:40 am

I remember the day you were killed, I was about 17. Everyday i go in through those doors and see your plaque on the wall and am grateful for working with many of your co workers and for being blessed to be able to go home at the end of the night. Although we have never met, we wore the same uniform and patrol the same streets. RIP John, from the new generation at 6.
— -DP
Posted: October 8, 2010, 12:22 pm

When John was 10 he was on the little league team I managed. I was cleaning out the basemen the other day and came across the ball the team autographed at the end of the season. He was a fine boy from a nice family and I am sure he was an outstanding police officer. What a shame he was taken so early.
— R J Carlson
Posted: December 19, 2010, 9:34 am

Happy Birthday John, you are missed
— Anthony Felice
Posted: January 4, 2011, 12:06 pm

As always, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
— Timothy L. Nickels
Posted: October 7, 2011, 7:05 am

John, I think of you and our time together in the academy and PSA 6 often. The memories always make me smile. My son was born on the date you passed and it gives me comfort to think of you as his guardian angel. Rest in Peace.
— Pat Reilly
Posted: October 11, 2011, 3:04 am

18 years gone, but not a day goes by that I don't think about you. Miss you pal.
— SB
Posted: October 12, 2011, 8:53 am

18 years have passed.. but and you are thought of often, missed by many and loved by all... Rest in peace my friend...and on this day, Jan 4th - Happy Birthday John!
— Lt Anthony Felice
Posted: January 4, 2012, 7:14 am

As the years pass by I learn more about who you were, the lives you touched, and all those who miss you. You were a good friend, with a good heart, I will will always miss you, and think of you. Wish you were here...Rest in peace
— Anthony Felice
Posted: October 8, 2012, 6:54 am

i normally don't post things online but i want all my former po's and friends and mostly John W. i think of you guys all the time. Even though i left the city so long ago, i still wear john's memorial bar from PSA 6 on my uniform, i have never taken it off. Also to Anthony F. i send my fond regards. I wish you well. Former HAPD Po john Morelli
— john morelli
Posted: November 15, 2012, 7:46 pm

Happy Birthday my friend, still think if you and always will. (John M. good to see you remember John)
— Lt Anthony Felice
Posted: January 4, 2013, 6:55 pm

Po Williamson you rest in eternal peace you are a Queens NY guy like me and you made such a grand mark on this world
— Dave
Posted: August 23, 2013, 12:55 am

20 years ago and you are still thought of and missed. You will never be forgotten and will always be thought of by everyone who knew you. I wish i could go back in time and rewrite this day 20 years ago... Miss you, wish you were here...
— Lt Anthony Felice
Posted: October 8, 2013, 12:08 am

PO Williamson, you were removed from earth by a coward. Someone who was and still is a NOBODY. You will never leave us because of the memories and laughs you are responsible for. You passed helping a fellow officer during a lawless time in NYC. What people have to understand is you would have raced to the scene as you did regardless if it was a cop or a civilian from the community who needed you. We all the PD and the people of NYC lost a good cop and great guy this day. You will never be forgotten , I pray for you all the time . Rest in Peace John.
— Tommy
Posted: October 8, 2013, 6:40 am

John and I worked together at PSA# 6 and we also grew up together in Jackson heights, Queens. I was a NYCHA Police Cadet/ Intern at the time and remember responding to jobs together. It hurt me so much when i found out he was killed. We use to play baseball together all the time in 78 Street park and I also knew his family very well. He truly is an angel looking at all of his comrades in heaven. I will always remember him and this day as 20 years have already passed. RIP My Childhood Friend. Officer Frank Villalobos D.C. Metropolitan Police Department- Special Police`
— Frank Villalobos
Posted: October 8, 2013, 11:20 pm

John and I worked together at PSA# 6 and we also grew up together in Jackson heights, Queens. I was a NYCHA Police Cadet/ Intern at the time and remember responding to jobs together. It hurt me so much when i found out he was killed. We use to play baseball together all the time in 78 Street park and I also knew his family very well. He truly is an angel looking at all of his comrades in heaven. I will always remember him and this day as 20 years have already passed. RIP My Childhood Friend. Officer Frank Villalobos D.C. Metropolitan Police Department- Special Police`
— Frank Villalobos
Posted: October 8, 2013, 11:20 pm

Happy Birthday in heaven my friend
— Anthony Felice
Posted: January 5, 2014, 10:54 am

I was a HWY 1 officer at that time, and I was assigned the task of escorting John's parents from their home in Queens to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. They did not know John had passed away, and of course it was my assignment to only escort them, they would be met by the Mayor and a Dept Chaplain at the hospital. It was perhaps the most unnerving half hour of my 21 years in the Dept, the ride from their home was so difficult as they spoke of John in the present tense and asked me several times if he was okay. They asked if I knew him, I said "No, but I know he is a good man and a good Police Officer". Seeing them being notified at the hospital was terrible, and I still dream about it on rare occasion. I only hope that his parents, brother, sister, relatives, friends and fellow Police Officers have found some sort of comfort knowing a fine man like John has gone to a better place. Much too young, much too soon, much too senselessly, so, so sad. Peace to all who knew and loved the man.
— Michael Risolo
Posted: June 3, 2014, 8:17 pm

may his soul rest in Peace
— Ron Sawers
Posted: July 13, 2014, 6:05 pm

may his soul rest in Peace
— Ron Sawers
Posted: July 13, 2014, 6:06 pm

I'm pleased to report that Officer Williamson's sacrifice is being honored by his alma mater, Archbishop Molloy HS, this year as he will be inducted into their hall of fame.
— pb
Posted: September 19, 2014, 4:06 pm

John we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: October 6, 2014, 8:24 am

Always thinking of you, Rest in Peace my friend.
— Lt Anthony Felice
Posted: October 8, 2014, 8:21 am

Happy Birthday John...
— Lt Anthony Felice
Posted: January 4, 2015, 2:59 pm

Hello, It is my understanding that John's parents are deceased. Does anyone possibly know if he has any other family?
— Lt Scott Stein
Posted: April 13, 2015, 2:47 pm

Rest in Peace John
— Lt Anthony Felice
Posted: October 8, 2015, 6:54 am

RIP John you are missed and always in my thought's. Retired PSA 6 P.O. Cesar Procel.
— Cesar Procel
Posted: December 11, 2015, 4:06 am

I grew up basically in PSA6 my father was Pat O'Neill, I was actually looking for this painting in PSA 6 for a officer as he over looked tw city with a knights mask on. Believe this is the story that actually relates. I do recognize it from my fathers stories. Much respect and thank you for everything. RIP
— Patrick O'Neill
Posted: April 16, 2016, 1:25 am

Thinking of john today, was thinking of the great cops i worked with in harlem housing project, some of the toughest beat in the city. John was a great guy, cop, person, always there to lend a hand. You are missed more the you will ever know. Though the good times are gone, we remember on. You are thought of often, we will never forget you.
— PO John Morelli
Posted: August 10, 2016, 1:31 pm

Rest In Peace my friend. Never forget.
— Anthony Felice
Posted: October 9, 2016, 10:05 am

Rest In Peace, Never forget.
— Anthony Felice
Posted: October 8, 2017, 10:16 am



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