John “Chippendale” Samra

North Jersey, NJ

Chapter – Forever

End Of Watch – 21 Nov 2003


John joined the North Jersey Chapter in 2000. He was a motorcycle officer with the Clifton PD Traffic Division. An experienced “wheel man”, he was regarded by most as one of the most capable riders in the chapter. In his off-duty time, John volunteered with special needs children in the community as well as the Special Olympics, and was dedicated health and personal fitness. This commitment has led to a park, a gym, and a 5K scholarship run being dedicated in his memory. Easy-going and amiable, John was rarely seen without a smile, yet he still maintained a high level of professionalism and command presence in what most of us regard as one of the best jobs in the world. Away from the job, John loved the outdoors, and would often find any excuse to lose his shirt, as his nickname suggests.

On November 21, 2003, John was lost in the line of duty when his motorcycle was struck by a car that he was attempting to intercept after the driver fled from a motor vehicle stop.