The Lodge pauses on Sunday to honor the memory of Bro. John W. Stem, Sr., on the Anniversary of his line-of-duty death, October 19, 2000.
Officer John Stem was shot on July 6, 1977 in the Precinct1/Wilkens area while police were attempting to talk an armed, drug abusing man who was barricaded in his family’s home into surrendering. Officer Stem died on October 19, 2000 of complications of paraplegia caused by his line of duty wounds. Officer Charles Huckeba was also fatally wounded during the same incident.
A wreath has been placed at the BCoPD Memorial in his memory. May he rest in peace.