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Patrolman Gerald New York City Police Department, New York


Gerald "Jerry" Velotta

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 19, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 25970

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 1/8/1971

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Patrolman Gerald (Jerry) Velotta died of a gunshot wound he received when the service revolver of another patrolman accidentally discharged in the basement of the 18th Precinct station house. Patrolman Velotta was wounded in the chest and taken to Roosevelt Hospital, where he died 11 days later from his wound.

Patrolman Velotta was assigned to the 18th Precinct. He was survived by his wife.

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Jerry was, and remains, one of my best friends. We worked and played together for three . We stood side by side at the funeral of our third leg, PO John Varecha, (see John?s page here at angel for more; October 7th, 1968.) He was my best man at my wedding in February, 1969. (The marriage ended, but I will always love Jerry.) He was my campaign manager in my failed attempt to defeat another good friend of ours, Phil Caruso, for PBA delegate. (We had fun, and I wound up running Phil's future campaign, which he won, and from which he went on to be the best PBA president ever.) Jerry and his wife Helen were at my house the night before he was shot. There was a serious discussion that night, about honor and ethics. Jerry was, absolutely, more fun than any three guys, but that night was reserved for serious. We were at the time, involved in the Department's first ever strike. In fact, we were very involved. The night the strike began, the guys in Midtown North asked Jerry and me to be their spokesmen to the guys in Midtown South. We went down there and asked them to join us, because we had already walked out. MTS joined, as did the entire city. But that did not make us proud or happy. Jerry was against the strike with all his heart and integrity, as was I, because deserting his post was against everything he stood for as a cop?and as an honorable man. But Jerry was absolutely loyal to his friends, just ask me. Prophetically, Jerry survived until January 19th, the day the PBA delegates voted to end the strike. I accept that as his legacy. When the call came I was on my way to my mothe's house on Long Island. I left her number at the shop for emergencies. When I got to my mom?s, the look on her face told everything. Jerry"s been shot.!(Jerry did not die immediately, he lived enough days to tell me what happened. He also asked me to respect his wishes and never discuss what he told me with anyone, ever. I have never done so, and never will.) My mom loved him too, as did my ex-wife. In simple fact, everybody loved Jerry, and with good reason. Jerry Velotta was everything anyone could want as a friend, a cop and a man?and in all the years before or since he left us, I have met no one else in the world who could smell the difference between Oreos and Hydrox cookies from across the room?
PO Raymond Sitra
Shield #26500

October 12, 2016


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