Let us pause to remember our fallen hero Sergeant John J. Novabilski, lost this day in 1995.
Sergeant Novabilski was born on April 25, 1964, in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. He joined the Prince George's County Police Department in August of 1988, after serving three years with the Baltimore City Police Department. When he graduated from the academy, Sergeant Novabilski was assigned to the District III station. He also served at the District II station before being transferred to District VI.
On the evening of April 26, 1995, Sergeant Novabilski was working a secondary employment assignment at a restaurant in Kentland. While sitting in his marked police cruiser, a suspect approached him from behind, and without warning, opened fire with a MAC-11 assault weapon. Sergeant Novabilski was struck multiple times in the head and upper body. He was rushed to Prince George's Hospital Center where he sadly was pronounced dead.
Sergeant Novabilski served the Prince George's County Police Department for seven years and was the 21st member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice. He was the 33rd law enforcement officer to give his life while serving this profession within Prince George's County.
At the time of his death, Sergeant John J. Novabilski was 31 years old and survived by his wife.