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A Full Life, and Then Some
John W. Perry was not your typical police officer. He spoke French, Spanish, Swedish and Russian, and was learning Albanian. He was a graduate of New York University School of Law. He ran in three marathons and took part in a swim around Manhattan. He was an extra in Woody Allen films. He volunteered one day a week for the Kings County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. He was in the New York State Guard and was a board member in the New York Civil Liberties Union. He collected bulletproof vests from retired police officers and gave them to officers in Moscow.

On the morning of Sept. 11, Mr. Perry was filing his retirement papers at 1 Police Plaza, intent on becoming a medical malpractice lawyer.

When he learned of the attacks, he ran the few blocks to the World Trade Center. Colleagues said he disappeared in the rubble when the south tower collapsed, just moments after he tried to help a woman who had fainted.

"I always wondered why John did so much," said his mother, Patricia Perry. "As a child he was classified as having a learning disability, but he rose above it. He always felt he had something to prove."

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Published in Logan Herald Journal on Oct. 31, 2001.
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September 13, 2020
I just read an article about you in my book you are a true Ameri an Hero Thank you for your Service and sacrifice
Jerry Collins
September 2, 2019
Hi, my name is Isaac and I am a Highschool student. My class is learning about the events that occurred during 9/11 and those you lost there life. I received Officer John Perry and I was pleased to learn about Officer Perry. He was brave and courageous man. Even though I wasnt born yet I am grateful for everything he did during 9/11. I realize that he was off duty and preparing to retire. I would have to say that choosing to go and put your life at risk to save others is a pretty heroic act. I hope others can see Officer Perry as a hero just as I do.
Isaac
Student
September 17, 2018
I knew John for several years. During the 19670's & 1980's, I was a police officer in the Emergency Service Unit. My side gig was as a "stunt man". We first met on a movie" SET". John told me he was an attorney in the Dept's Advocates Office. Truly NOT my favorite folks, but John was a different breed. Truly a good person. We became friendly, and I was able to refer him to several Movie & T.V. auditions. Rest in Peace My Friend....
Detective Al Sheppard (Ret)
NYPD-Major Case Squad
9/11/18
Al Sheppard
June 4, 2017
In Memory with
Honor & Respect.
S.J. Friscia III
February 1, 2017
For you, sir, I stand. I swore my Oath of Office with TSA with you and the others whom sacrificed everything that fateful day foremost in my mind. I shall never forget that day, nor shall I ever fail in my charge or duty--to prevent such tragedies from ever again befalling our people; and to never forget.

That cadre with whom I swore my oath received cards inscribed with a name of someone taken that day. It is for you that we stand united and in remembrance.
George Horcher
September 11, 2016
Missing you my friend.
Janicke sollesnes keeley
September 11, 2016
Gayle
September 10, 2016
Never Forget
I climbed 90 floors for John William perry this morning for the San Diego stairclimb memorial.
Victor M Ortiz
September 9, 2016
Bravest of the Brave. R.I.P. Sir!
Kathy
September 11, 2014
I'll never forget you John Perry. You were one of a kind and you are missed!
Gina Carlo
September 11, 2014
I knew John very well through my friend Cedric Dixon of the 40th pct in the Bronx. I worked at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx and looked forward to seeing him when he was guarding prisoners. I miss this beautiful brother so much. He commanded respect when you saw him. I used to call him brother Malcolm because he reminded me so much of Malcolm X. God Bless you John. May you occupy the highest level in Paradise.
Carlos Vanputten
September 17, 2012
God bless you and yours, John.
September 13, 2012
The Reading of the Names, including both John's name as well as Michel Colbert's (John's closest friend who died at the WTC on 9/11), can be viewed here: http://www.thebest-of.info/wtc_files/911_11years.htm#mpc We remember. I remember.
Joe Quinn
September 11, 2012
John: I still have dogtags with your name that have hung on my desk remembering your bravery and the pain your family has endured for the past 11 years. Wishing you all peace and comfort... <3
June
September 11, 2012
I met John at an audition in New York City. He was fascinated with acting among many other things. We exchanged numbers and he called me and we went out for coffee and then on several dates. After on one date, talking about where we grew up, he called me up later and told me he discovered we went to the same day camp as little children. His mom had a book and it included a poem about each kid. It was quite sweet, and a little overwhelming. He was so thoughtful and wonderful. I appreciated him and was overwhelmed by his open heart in a city that had left me mostly guarded. We stopped dating (my loss)and remained on good terms. He was a great guy and I have nothing but admiration and respect for him. So sad we lost such a bright beautiful brilliant person. I want to thank him for helping on 911. He is a true hero.
Lisa Friday
September 13, 2011
John, I knew you only briefly. I wish I had come to know you better.
David M. Brown
September 11, 2011
I still have a tag with your name that I got after 9-11. Thinking of you and your family today. When I go to the memorial site, I will look for your name.... I think the waterfalls are very appropriate to represent all the tears that have been shed for you and the other innocent victims of this cowardly act. You were one of the heros that day giving your life to save others. We will remember, rest in peace John!
June Erickson
September 9, 2011
I too have a silver bracelet with P.O. John Perry's name on it. I wear it often. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Debi Dehm
August 31, 2011
Today, in preparaion of the 10th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony, the employees of the City of Suisun City, CA picked from a number of badges and read the names into a recording to be played at the ceremony on September 11. The badge I selected was John William Perry. Suisun City has been fortunate to receive two pieces of steel from the towers. The pieces will arrive next week and will be turned into an art piece to be placed in front of our Fire Department. Thank you John for your heroism on 9/11. It was an honor to be able to read your name today. May it give your family comfort to know that you will never be forgotten.
Anita Skinner
August 26, 2011
John, You were my dear friend.
You died almost 10 years ago.
Yesterday, my beloved father died.
Joseph Quinn Sr, honorably veteran of WW2. 94 years old. You now have a friend named Joe Quinn to be with you in heaven.
Love, your friend always, Joe Quinn Jr.
Joe Quinn Jr
August 25, 2011
I didn't know you, John William Perry, but I wear a silver bracelet with your name and NYPD inscribed on it. God be with all the loved ones you left behind who mourn your passing every day. I can not imagine the pain they feel, every hour, day, and year. The 10 year anniversary of 9-11 will probably not be any more painful than each day since they lost you. I hope for the time, you will meet and greet them on the other side.
Gayle Sutter
September 13, 2010
Dearest Friends,

My name is DOMBI Sándor (In Hungary the family name is the 1st). I'm a policeman in Budapest, by the "BPPD".
At the anniversary of 9:11 I have seen the precious film: "The Guys" /2002./ That's about the Firemen, but as there was shown the name of our lost =
friends- I could se John's name too.

Budapest and New York are partnertowns. I'm a policeman too, I'm a belliever,so I felt so- I must write about my feelings. Rest in Peace, John!

As it's written in the Book- I must write it too: John- You are soo precious for our
Father:

Luke 9:35

And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son

It is soo painfooly- as we lost somebody - and - at least, as we lost a friend, a family member, but- there is also some salve- to our heart:

John 15:13

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

I wish You all the best, friends. I think, John was a soo brave man, and Yo=
u can be so proud of him.

God bless You, Friends!

Sándor,

Budapest, Hungary, Europe
Sándor Dombi
September 10, 2010
I have a memorial dog tag with John Perry's name. I will be remembering this hero tomorrow.....I will never forget! God bless Officer Perry's family.
September 10, 2010
I read the incredible book, "Report from Ground Zero" about 5 years ago...and if it's possible to fall in love with someone who is gone, then it happened to me, for I came to love John through the story of his life. Every year around 9/11, I read that part of the book and reflect upon what the world lost that day...a very good man. Tommorrow on the 9th anniversary, my little grand-niece will be blessed at a special ceremony, not unlike a baptism. We are all asked to give her a "gift", not a tangible one, but one for her developing character. In John's memory, I am giving her the gift to see people with her heart as well as with her eyes, for I am sure that he saw people that way. He lived and died for that. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I never knew him, and I can only imagine how deeply missed he is to this very day.
Katherine Avila
September 11, 2009
I have uploaded a portion of the Reading of Names from today's ceremony near the WTC. May their memory be eternal/ http://www.thebest-of.info/wtc_files/911_8years_later.htm
Joe Quinn
October 15, 2008
I dated John for a time around 1999 and we remained friends afterwards. He was a complete gentleman in every sense of the word. A warm, generous and giving human being that I think of often. My deepest sympathies to his family and to everyone who knew John. He was one of the special ones.
Patricia Nolan
September 9, 2008
I just saw John's picture on a plaque on "ONE LIFE TO LIVE". What a wonderful thing "BO" did to include this tribute to this fallen hero. I am just a housewife from Texas that wanted you to know John won't be forgotten.
Cindy Pistorius
February 24, 2008
Copy of note from John's Mom and Dad...

Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2008 4:30 PM
Subject: One Life to Live

This is not a personal note although I wish I had time to individualize it as I see your names and think of replies to your e-mails, letters or conversations. I am finally starting to type in your addresses after the
return of the computer after repair--which was done by removing old hard drive, including the email addresses. So, anyway, here's the bit of news item which you may be able to observe.

As some of you know, John frequently appeared on TV soap opera "One Life to Live" and in the course of hanging around the set made friends with the actors, cameramen, and staff. In September 2002 his friends included a bit on the show of the Police ommissioner looking at a framed photo of John who is identified as police officer of fictional town of Llanview.

The picture has been on wall of set since that time.

Tomorrow, Feb 25 the photo will be taken off the wall because police
commissioner has been fired, replaced or whatever, and the beginning of the program will be a short explanation of the photo. The scene started at the end of Friday's program and will probably repeat what was said on Friday--that's my assumption from viewing other programs. Some time in next two weeks the picture will be hung in another office and photo will be focus of attention for a few seconds.

The program airs on ABC, Channel 7 in New York area (1:00 in Midwest) and again on the soap network later in evening. I don't have subscription for the 200+ TV channel offerings so don't know when evening rerun is scheduled.

We think John would be very pleased to have this cameo role.

Pat & Jim

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Joe Q
December 20, 2007
I had the pleasure of getting to know John from the first day he applied to be a New York City Police Officer. During John's initial entry interview into the police force he approached me and asked if the NYPD needed any Lawyer's as police officers. I advised him to take one step at a time and his talents within the NYPD will be quickly recognized. That's exactly what happened. John soon found himself assigned to work on important legal matters for the NYPD. While John was assigned to the Police Academy I came to know John very well. I learned that he was a marathon runner and asked him to join the NYPD Running Club. Several months later John and I were were standing next to one another on the start line of the New York City Marathon. John ran for the NYPD Running Club at numerous races and again ran the marathon with us in 1997. John was a man of numerous talents but what I remember most was his people skills. His smile was contagious and his positive attitude refreshing. I have been blessed to have met John and further blessed to have come to know him as a great human being.
Tom Biggers
September 11, 2007
My daughter Isabella was not even born on September 11th, but she will grow up remembering the day with appropriate reverence and honoring the sacrifice of the heroes of that day, most especially that of John Perry. Free to not endanger himself, he remained bound by his sense of duty and his ethic of honor. I know John from his work with the New York Libertarian Party and always respected his defense of Liberty and Freedom as the founders intended these words to mean. I always expected John to be the first Libertarian Governor of New York. Sadly, that day will now never have the chance to come.
Charles Jacques
April 24, 2007
I met John on the set of the movie Godzilla when it was being shot in grand central a few years back. He and I were working as extra's. That day was cold and raining like crazy. I left because I didn't think it was worth my time and health. John stayed and was cheerful about the whole thing. I remember he was very friendly and kind. He always kept a smile on his face. We exchanged numbers and talked every now and then. I regret not taking the time to really get to know him. He did leave a lasting impression on me. Even though we lost contact I always thought of him every so often.

It was not until I was working two months ago as an assistant editor for a company, while doing research that I learned of John's heroism. I was searching for a John Perry it so happened.. and I saw John's photo. I hope you are well John and hope to meet again one day in the next life time
L. Jean-Gilles
April 24, 2007
I met John on the set of the movie Godzilla when it was being shot at Grand Central a few years back. He and I were working as extra's. That day was cold and raining like crazy. I left because I didn't think it was worth my time and health. John stayed and was cheerful about the whole thing. I remember he was very friendly and kind. He always kept a smile on his face. We exchanged numbers and talked every now and then. I regret not taking the time to really get to know him. He did leave a lasting impression on me. Even though we lost contact I always thought of him every so often.

It was not until I was working two months ago as an assistant editor for a company and that I learned of John's heroism. I hope you are well John and hope to meet again one day in the next life time.
L. Jean-Gilles
January 31, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
January 4, 2007
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
Kristine
September 12, 2006
September 11, 2006 (11:50 pm MST)

John and I were classmates at NYU. I remember him as a warm, thoughtful and engaging guy. John and I last spoke a class reunion some years before 9/11. He expressed enthusisasm about in his work with the NYPD. In that crowd of mostly corporate lawyer, I remember being very proud of him for the public service path that he had taken.

When I learned of John's heroism in the crucible of tragedy, I was proud again. But I was not surprised. He was a great man, and I keep the NY Times clipping about his death on my bulletin board as a constant and challenging reminder about what it is to be a great person.
Chris Leh
September 11, 2006
Even in your absence, you remain a good friend and a role model to many. In our little circle of friends, you are remembered with much love and admiration.

Our thoughts drift to you, and even with the sadness we feel in your loss, you manage to bring a smile to our faces. You are greatly missed!
Barry Frager
September 10, 2006
I am a special education teacher...You are a great role model to my students. On 9/11/2006, the 5th anniversary of the attacks I will read your story to them and I show them that they too can be something..maybe even someone else's hero.God bless you and your family
Anonymous
September 10, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are still with John and his family, especially on the anniversary of this tragic loss for his family and for our country.

I am certain I speak for all John's friends when I say that no one who knew him will ever forget him or his great sacrifice.

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 (NIV)
Miriam Hoyte
August 26, 2006
Officer Perry is my chosen person to honor as part of 2,996, where bloggers are honoring those lost 5 yrs ago. He seems like a wonderful, smart, giving, kind selfless man. The world lost a gem when John died. I am trying to think of appropriate tribute to him.I pray for him, his friends and family.
Barb Miller
August 12, 2006
John,
friends and family,

Yoko and I miss you. Thank you for having introduced us. We remain together.

5 years later, all your friends miss you.

Love,
Joe Quinn
March 15, 2006
PEOPLE LIKE YOU MAKE ME PROUD I WISH I COULD WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE FOR THE PEOPLE MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
January 26, 2006
My husband and I are both police officers in Georgia. I purchased a memory bracelet for both of our daughters. Today, my oldest daughter will be 23. A John Perry memory bracelet will go on her arm when she opens her gift. I will give her all of the information and photos I have printed about him. I know she will cry; for him and his family, his bravery during those last moments. She will cherish the bracelet forever. God Bless and keep the Perry family safe. We will see you one day in Heaven our Fallen Hero.
Rene Swanson
June 2, 2005
I just ordered a memorial bracelet from a site that donates a portion of the money received from their sales to a 9/11 charity. The site prints on each bracelet a random name of a victim from the attack. The name on mine is John Perry. I wanted to research who he is, and am proud to see that he accomplished so much in life. I am a Police Officer myself and am proud to wear his name on my wrist every day.
Darren White
May 25, 2005
WE LOVE U JOHN.....REST IN PEACE..
ALI MERHI
November 27, 2004
P.O. John W. Perry, Esq. made the ultimate sacrifice and died on his retirement day from the New York Police Department.

P.O. John W. Perry Esq. was always the first to volunteer and help anyone in need. On 8:48 AM on 9/11/01 he was inside NYPD Headquarters finishing his vested retirement papers. When he heard about the plane crash at the World Trade Center. He ran from the NYPD retirement office directly into the World Trade Center.

P.O. John Perry together with Captain Tim Pearson and Captain Keith Spadaro were in the lobby of the second building for almost an hour rescuing people. When the building starting to shake violently everyone ran for their lives. John was carrying an injured women that he woundn't put down. He was just a few seconds too slow and perished in the collapse. The two police captains with John were fortunate to escape.

John was one of the greatest men that ever lived, and he died a true American Hero.

John is survived by his Parents Dr. & Mrs. James Perry, his sister Janice Perry Montoya, RN Esq., and his brother Joel Perry Esq.

It's never too late to send a note or card to the Perry family the address is 3853 John W. Perry Avenue, Seaford, N.Y. 11783

You can also visit www.johnwperry.com

God Bless America and the Perry family.
Arnold Wachtel
January 9, 2004
I first me John Perry in French class at SUNY at Stony Brook. Since I spoke fluent French, because I grew up in France, John would always want to talk to me in French. He loved the language and culture. After Stony Brook, I met John again at New York University, where he attended Law School, and I, graduate school.

One day, I was given two tickets to a Knicks basketball game and I invited John.

When John knew of work for being a movie extra, he asked me because I was unemployeed at the time.

He was someone who brighten my life. I will miss running into him on the Long Island Railroad or having him call me at night to see if I wanted to be an extra in a movie.

God Bless You John. Adieu.
Frank Schiff
December 14, 2003
John William Perry's name was on our wristband in the 2003 motorcycle ride honoring 9/11 victimes in Phoenix, AZ. The wristband bearing John William Perry's name hangs on our Christmas tree and our family and friends will remember him every year. With love to his family, Retired Detroit Police Officers Patricia and John Engle
Pat & John Engle
September 11, 2003
I just wanted to say that I'm thinking of your whole family today and how much John touched so many lives. I'll always remember the special times at camp (we did indeed call him frog-man; like so many other things he did in his life, he excelled at this!), and what a pleasant surprise it was to see John unexpectedly in Port Jefferson so many years later. Your son was a gift to all who knew him. Love, Carol and Ted.
Carol Castillo
September 11, 2003
I REMEMBER THE PERRY'S FROM CHURCH CAMP, I WAS A YOUNG GIRL AND JOHN WAS THE AGE OF MY SISTER CAROL AND BROTHER JIMMY. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO THE PERRY'S THAT I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND THAT MY FAMILY AND I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR YOU! I JUST REMEMBER THAT YOUR WHOLE FAMILY WAS ONE OF THE NICEST FAMILY'S THAT I HAD MET. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A POEM WITH ALL.
HUGS FROM HEAVEN
WHEN YOU FEEL A GENTLE BREEZE
CARESS YOU WHEN YOU SIGH
IT'S A HUG SENT FROM HEAVEN
FROM A LOVED ONE WAY UP HIGH.
IF A SOFT AND TENDER RAINDROP
LANDS UPON YOUR NOSE
THEY'VE ADDED A SMALL KISS
AS FRAGILE AS A ROSE.
IF A SONG YOU HEAR FILLS YOU
WITH A FEELING OF SWEAT LOVE
IT'S A HUG SENT FROM HEAVEN
FROM SOMEONE SPECIAL UP ABOVE.
IF YOU AWAKEN IN THE MORNING
TO A BLUEBIRD'S CHIRPING SONG
IT'S MUSIC SENT FROM HEAVEN
TO CHEER YOU ALL DAY LONG.
IF TINY LITTLE SNOWFLAKES
LAND UPON YOUR FACE
IT'S A HUG SENT FROM HEAVEN
TRIMMED WITH ANGEL LACE.
SO KEEP THE JOY IN YOUR HEART
IF YOU'RE LONELY MY DEAR FRIEND
HUGS THAT ARE SENT FROM HEAVEN
A BROKEN HEART WILL MEND.
MY MOM SAID JOHN'S NICKNAME AT CAMP WAS FROG MAN, CAUSE HE LOVED TO CATCH THE FROGS IN THE MUD PUDDLES.

GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AND GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL!

LAURIE MCQUADE-RAY
FLORIDA
Laurie McQuade-Ray
July 22, 2003
Our families will forever be bonded by this tradgey.
I wanted Mrs Perry and especially Joel to know I was thinking about them.
God bless the entire Perry family.
Dan D'Allara
September 13, 2002
I have never met John, nor any of his friends or family. But on September 11, 2002 I had the honor of wearing John's name over my heart as I sang Mozart's Requiem with the Seattle Symphony Chorale as a part of our remembrance ceremony.
I am certain John is with God, and I pray for God's mercies to extend to John's family and friends.
Glenn Elwain
September 11, 2002
Like so many Americans, I am still trying to make sense of tragic acts of September 11, 2001. I met John when we were in law school. He loved this country and said so even when it wasn't the sylish thing to say. He also loved the Lord, he didn't say much, but he showed God's love to a lot of people, in ways for which he never took credit. I see now that the Glory went to God.

It is a source of comfort to me that I was John's "sister in Christ." We sometimes clashed, but our friendship was genuine. John had hundreds of friends throughout the country and all over the world. He had a gift for making friends out of unlikely strangers. Throughout this difficult year I have found solice in knowing that an American Hero was also my friend.

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 (NIV)
Miriam Johnson-Hoyte
September 11, 2002
I met John as a young child but I do not remember him. He is my cousin's cousin. Robert, Sarah, and Micki love him very much. They were all very close to John. I really wish that I could have had the opporitunity to get to know him. I respect him for what he did that day and everyday. I will never forget. Thank You John, Neely
Neely Miller
September 11, 2002
I didn't know John, but I saw his story profiled on NY1 television the evening of September 10th. We do not normally get this station, but special arrangements were made to carry their feed just for September 10th and 11th. I was truly touched by John's story and how he touched so many lives and was so diverse in his accomplishments. I am very glad his story was shared.
Sheryl Atwater
September 11, 2002
I knew John from college at SUNY Stonybrook. We were roomates for one year, and I knew him from even before that year. He demonstrated extraordinary qualities of exhuberance and generosity that few people are blessed with. It does not surprise me that he accomplished so much and touched so many people in his time here. I was shocked and deeply moved to recognize his face among those who lost their lives on Sept. 11. He was a hero even before then, and it is a great loss for many. My sincerest condolences to his family.


Paul Wickboldt
Paul Wickboldt
September 10, 2002
Peace & Happiness wherever you are now John.
Robert Cash
September 9, 2002
JOHN I KNOW YOU ARE STILL WATCHING OVER US AS YOU ALWAYS DID WITH THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE. IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART THAT I AM WRITTING THIS. I KNEW YOU FOR MANY YEARS AND FEEL ROBBED BECAUSE A BEAUTIFUL PERSON SUCH AS YOURSELF WAS TAKEN FROM US.
THERE ARE DAYS I SIT ALONE
WAITING FOR YOUR CALL
TELLING ME I WAS DREAMING
OH TO SEE YOUR FACE AGAIN
JUST TO TALK ONE MORE TIME
YOUR INFLUENCE WAS GREAT
YOU BROUGHT ME FROM TEARS TO JOY
YOU MADE ME LAUGH
YOU MADE ME FROWN
YOU HELD MY HAND IN TIMES OF SORROW
YOU PUSHED ME FORWARD WHEN I GAVE UP
OH TO SEE YOUR FACE AGAIN
JUST TO TALK ONE MORE TIME
FOR ONE MORE CHANCE TO SAY THANK YOU
FOR THE TIMES I TOOK FOR GRANTED
TRUE FRIENDS ARE HARD TO COME BY
I'M GREATFUL FOR THE TIME WE SHARED
IT'S UNFAIR THAT YOU HAD TO GO
YOU HAD SO MUCH MORE TO DO
MY FRIEND I WANT YOU BACK
YOU'RE FOREVER IN MY HEART
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE AROUND
BE FOREVER HAPPY MY FRIEND
ÍT'S NOT GOOD BYE
IT'S UNTILL WE MEET AGAIN
I NEVER LET YOU KNOW ENOUGH BUT I ALWAYS LOVED YOU AND I MISS YOU SO MUCH. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU
FOREVER
SANDS
SANDY PENNY
September 9, 2002
I have received John's name on my Remembrance Band as we remember the heroes of 9/11 here at St. Pius X High School, Houston, Tx. Everything he did in his life seemed to be a celebration of life, a life fully and lovingly lived. It is a privilege to remember such an extraordinary life. I think of him and pray for him each day. Somehow I have the sense he is praying and interceding for us from Heaven.
Deborah Mosichuk
September 5, 2002
John,
John you always made things extraordinary!I shall always admire your relentless pursuit of attaining your dreams and desires.I knew you were always doing something-but who would have known how many irons you had in the fire!Only now do I realize this as memories are shared.You are legendary.With deep respect I will remember you.
Jonathan Haney
jonathan haney
May 28, 2002
ALTHOUGH I HAD NEVER MET JOHN,HE IS STILL IN MY HEART AS WELL AS ALL OTHERS WHO PERISHED ON SEPTEMBER 11,2001. I KNOW ABOUT JOHN NOW BECAUSE I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING A FRIEND AND COLLEGUE OF HIS JUST THIS MORNING. HIS NAME IS ROB. I WISH I HAD KNOWN JOHN. HE WAS A GREAT PERSON AND ACCOMPLISHED GREAT THINGS..MAY YOU REST IN PEACE..AMEN....+
valerie jaime
May 21, 2002
I worked with John Perry on a few Film & TV projects in New York City. John was retiring from the NYPD on September 11th and rushed over to the World Trade Center to help out the citizens in need.

Another true American hero...
Riley G
May 20, 2002
While some time has passed since the tragic events of September 11, we cannot deny how much this tragedy continues to affect every one of us. The tragedy also moved all of us to re-evaluate our life priorities and relationships. Additionally, we must never forget the courage, heroism, kindness, and compassion that hundreds demonstrated during and after the event. Through this tragedy, new heroes emerged and inspired a humble nation: the firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, regular citizens and military service members who rushed to help their country in time of uncertainty and peril. These men and women who risked their lives to defend our freedom, democracy and our way of life for which this country stands – they all have become our inspiration.

In memory, I dedicate my law school application to a particular hero, who through his legacy has moved and inspired me. Mr. John William Perry has reminded me of my deep purpose and meaning behind my desire to enter law school this fall – to ultimately pursue a lifetime of service.

I salute:

JOHN WILLIAM PERRY (1963-2001)
New York, N.Y.

Police officer, 40th precinct, New York Police Department,
Confirmed dead, World Trade Center, at/in building.

Allen R. Sandico
May 9, 2002
**********god bless you**********
Angie Campbell
April 30, 2002
Father we entrust our brother John to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
Michael Iezzi
April 25, 2002
I've had the distinct pleasure of meeting John and enjoying his overwhelming sense of humour. John is a beautiful human being who extends and never limits himself to anyone. He would always nag me about sending my photo for a part as an extra in a movie or help me with a photographer to do a photo shoot. He did not know the meaning of I can't. John was altruistic and loving to anyone...I believe his spirit never dies...God bless his family, friends and those he touched during his physical lifetime. John, God bless you!
Dollye Evans
April 9, 2002
I have read the bio on John Perry and am very proud to wear his mercy band. I do think of him and his family often and pray for them daily. My own son is in his early 30's and I often think it could be my son. This band was received to me in December and I have worn it each day since. God bless John and his family.
Brenda Garretson
March 13, 2002
I met John when he was assigned to One Police Plaza in the Dept Advocate's Office and was impressed with the professionalism and energy that he brought to the job. He was a wonderful guy, a great attorney and a damn fine cop. I will remember him always. Rest in peace, John. (Retired Sgt, NYPD)
Frank Greco
March 11, 2002
I would like to send my deepest sympathy to John's family. I first met John while we were both Psychology majors at Stony Brook University. Then after graduating in 1985, I occasionally would see him around City Hall area but was too shy to say hello thinking he wouldn't remember me. The last time I saw him was about August 2001. Now I wish I had said "hello". John, we barely knew each other, but I was so sadden to see your photo on TV. You are a true HERO!
Susan Lo
March 11, 2002
John,
You and all those from 911 will never be forgotten.
Respectfully,
Gary Gorman
Retired Police Officer
NYPD ESS#1
March 7, 2002
I didn't have the privilege of knowing Officer Perry, but I had seen his story on Biography in December and it touched my heart.

My sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace. He gave so much of himself in his short time on earth. We fellow New Yorkers
are forever grateful.

God bless him and his dear family

We Will Never Forget

With deepest sympathy
Cathleen Prout
Cathleen Prout
March 7, 2002
DEAR GOD SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THIS WONDERFUL HERO...BEAUTIFUL PERSON...JOHN WILLIAM PERRY AND MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS..GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS..STAY CLOSE AND NEVER FORGET 9/11/01..GOD BLESS AMERICA AND NEW YORK..MAY JESUS AND ST.JOHN GREET YOU AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN...AMEN
February 18, 2002
Our family received four 9-11 name tags at Christmas, one of them being Officer John Perry's along with the Legacy article about him. These name tags hung on our Christmas tree this year, and they now hang on the lamp next to our computer where we see them every day. I want the Perry Family to know that on each anniversary of 9-11 we will light a special candle in prayerful memory of your beloved John. His bravery and sacrifice will always be remembered...May God bless the Perry Family, and all of you who knew and loved John! We're so very sorry for your loss...
The Dean Family
January 16, 2002
I know why John Perry did so much Mrs Perry...He had a loving mother and father who always encouraged him to do his best. He only did what they would have done if they had seen others in need that morning. His actions represent what makes America the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. He will not be forgotten.
Edward J. Korber, Ph.D
January 16, 2002
John was an amazing person and a fantastic friend. We worked together as lawyers at NYPD and kept in close touch after I left the job. He was really extraordinary -- and we were close. I still can't quite believe he is gone. Although I am not at all surprised to have learned that John risked and ultimately gave his life to help people in the WTC tragedy. John was the sort of friend that -- well, if you counted him as your friend, you didn't really need any other friends. He was an extraordinary man -- warm, thoughtful, smart, resourceful, funny, reliable and loving-- that just touches on some of his qualities. I feel blessed to have shared as much time as I did with him. I love you John. God bless you. Marlene Besterman
Marlene Besterman
January 11, 2002
To the family of John Perry, I am very sorry about your loss. Judging from the profile I read, John was quite a talented man who had a lot to live for. I found it admirable that he supposedly had a learning disability (I've struggled with a few all my life, too), and that he was able to rise above that. I know people don't have a lot of respect for police officers, but maybe now they will.
Christine
January 1, 2002
I received a Mercy Band with John's name as a Christmas present from a close friend. I am praying for John's family. I welcome the information about John.
I am a retired Deputy Sheriff from Tucson, AZ and am now a pastor to English-speaking people living and visiting "Rocky Point" on the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.
I know that ultimate comfort comes from God through His Son, Jesus. I am praying that you, John's family and friends will know God's love and accept his free gift of grace.
Just as Jesus made a sacrafice to save us all, John made a sacrafice to save people in a time of need.
Roger Harmon
December 27, 2001
It's an honor to be able to personally remember one who lost their life on 9-11. My heart goes out to the Perry family - the "Mecy Band" is a neat, tangible way to remember and pray for John's family and close friends... I wear it and pray for you guys every day.

As God blesses you and strengthens each of you each day - may we all be blessed and strengthened as a Nation.

God Bless America -!!

Michael Taylor
December 16, 2001
John sounds like he was a very wonderful man. We thank him for dedicating his life to protecting others as a policeman. Such a profession comes with a warm and caring heart and we thank him for sharing his heart with others. We are deeply sorry for your loss of John. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
December 7, 2001
Dear Joel, Janice, James and Pat (John's Family):

I share my heartfelt sympathy with you during this very diffucult time. I am deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. He was my one of my best friends during our time together at NYU and we fell in love.

As I read tributes from John's friends and learn of the wonderful man he had become, I cannot but feel sentimental about the "young" man I knew more than a decade ago. He was very endearing, loving and ever so charming. I will always remember his quick wit, his idealism, his beatutiful green eyes and that loud contagious laugh.

I will always remember the wonderful surprise birthday party he threw for me, our walks through Manhattan, the time he met my parents and we all took a road trip to my sister's graduation and the lovely dinner parties we held together for our friends at his apartment on Mercer Street.

Those were our carefree, innocent days. We were ready to conquer the world.

John and I eventually went our separate ways. I occasionally bumped into John in Manhattan over the years. Most recently, last year (on my Birthday!) at a restaurant on the Upper West Side. John unfailingly walked over to chat with my parents and meet my husband. He appreared happy.

I'll always remember the young man ready to take on life's challenges ... John inspired all of us with his positive energy and vibrant presence.

I took out my photo albums last night and cried. I would like to share the beautiful pictures I have of John from our NYU days with you.

Those of us who knew John intimately will miss him greatly and know that the world has lost one of its finest.

God bless, John. May he rest in peace.

Sinerely, Wahida
Wahida Khan
December 7, 2001
To John's family I express my deepest condolences. I knew John from our days at NYU in 1988. Although a law student, he was part of the "Hadyn Hall crew". We often had lunch & dinner together and while we were different majors we still studied together while talking about life. John always had smile waiting for whoever came in contact with him. With me, however, John had a smile and a wise crack. We had so much fun talking about life, girls and topics of debate. Family was so very important to him as well. He was like a brother at times, and we even resembled each other in a number of ways.
My last contact with John was having graduation lunch with my family in May 1988. Similarly, I unfortunately lost contact with the Hadyn crew & other freinds from NYU until recently. Most recently, I was reacquainted with our mutual friend Wahida Khan, who mentioned she had some contact with John. While living in NJ, I still believed that I would connect with him again upon visits to the Village. Unfortunately for now, we will have to meet in heaven. To John, you are always in my heart!
--darren
Dr. Darren Clarke
December 1, 2001
I was attending a regular Wed. night church service at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderale, when my mom slipped out and bought me this band. I think of John, and his family every day. I have never met, nore heard his name before, but I cry for him. He was a victim of a hate crime. terrorism is the father of all hate.
My prayer is that through his death, many of his friends and family will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. All you have to do is say this prayer,and mean it with all your heart.."Dear Jesus, forgive me of my sins, come into my heart and save me. I know that you are the son of God, and you died on the cross for my sins, and rose again on the 3rd day. You are my Lord and savior. Guide me, and strengthen me in my love for you, Amen."
I love you-you're sister in Christ, Julie
Julie Vaughn
November 23, 2001
We will pray John for you and your family. May God bless and grant you eternal happiness- a happiness you so justly deserve.My grandfather was a Boston fireman.
Paul T. Devine
November 20, 2001
I READ THE ARTICLE IN THE NEW TIMES BY JOHN TIERNEY. I CRIED. WHEN STORIES ARE TOLD OF THOSES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES,I WILL TELL YOUR STORY. JOHN W. PERRY WILL ALWAYS LIVE WITH US, FOREVER.
ETHEL BLOUNT
November 3, 2001
I had the pleasure of attending the Police Academy with John from September'93 to March'94 and bec ame friends after that time. John was assigned to central park pct. and I went to the 73 in Brooklyn. We originally kept in touch by phone but when John called me to do extra work on movies and T.V. shows I would run into him and always have a lot of laughs!John had told me that he attended NYU with John F. Kennedy Jr. and how upset/mad he was when his plane crashed off Martha's Vineyard.I find it ironic that John was mad at Kennedy for always going the extra mile and being a hero when John himself was the same way in his heroic final act.John was one of the most intelligent and humorous people I had ever met.I'll always remember his broad smile and deep laugh.My heartfelt sympathy to Joel, his brother,whom I've had the pleasure of getting to know and the entire Perry family.May he rest in Peace.
Bob McLaren
October 31, 2001
For the short time that I knew John, from meeting him on the set of a movie this past June, it changed my life forever. He was the nicest man I ever went out with and the first one who I didn't mind being around because of his intellect. He was always so positive, talking through a unique intensity with his eyes that only induced motivation. He had so much energy and a strong aura surrounding him, I couldn't help liking him too much. He was extremely passionate in his work and it showed with his confidence in the way he walked and talked about his accomplishments. I'm so glad I met him because he helped me to see a better side to myself and the discovery of inner strengths I didn't know existed within me. I really feel a loss by his sudden transendence but he'll remain in my heart forever as I can only remember his loving kindess and sweet tender kisses.
Michelle
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