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Police Officer Paul Garofalo | Wichita Police Department, Kansas Wichita Police Department, Kansas

Police Officer

Paul Garofalo

Wichita Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch: Saturday, November 8, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Died in prison

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Officer Paul Garofalo was shot and killed when he stopped to question two women in the street. As he did so a man emerged and fired a shotgun through the driver's window, killing Officer Garofalo.

The 30-year-old suspect was tried three times and each time was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. On December 26, 1999, he died in prison of liver cancer.

Officer Garofalo was a U.S. Army veteran.

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November 8th, 1980......November 8th, 2015
How can one make sense of such a senseless act? 35 years later, I still don't have the answer to that question.

Paul & I would attend Wichita East in the fall of '71, but did not know one another there. I hired on W.P.D. in the fall of '78; Paul was in the following Rookie class. I was assigned to Baker-1 / 3rd shift; when Paul graduated Rookie school, he was assigned to Baker-1 / 2nd shift. After a time on 2nd shift, he decided he wanted to come to 3rd, to "Do some serious Police work". Shootings, stabbings, agg assaults, burglaries, etc.

We hit it off pretty well....he was such a good kid. Serious when he needed to be; thoughtful MUCH of the time; HILLARIOUS MOST of the time; and committed & dedicated ALL of the time. Paul LOVED his motorcycle, and since he lived farther south than I, he'd ride to my house and we'd ride our bikes in to work together. Unfortunately, that ended 35 years ago tonight.

At work, we didn't patrol in 2-man cars very often, but on the occasions that we did, Paul was so much fun to be around. He'd come up with some useless piece of information about something that didn't actually matter...then, when I asked him where he got that from, he'd always say "Only the NOSE knows !!". One night riding together, he'd spotted Yolanda in a car with several girlfriends near 9th & Grove. Since I was driving, I was TOLD to pull them over and give 'em a hard time. After a few moments, he followed me up & let the girls off the hook. He laughed about that for days !!

Yolanda & Christy, Paul loved you so much !! He'd talk about things he was going to do with you the next day or the next weekend. Christy, I remember your Dad telling me how you both would watch boxing on television and eat peanut butter outta the jar with a spoon. It doesn't get any better than that !!

It was MY honor to know Paul Garofalo for the time that I did. It was an even GREATER honor to be one of his pallbearers.

May ALMIGHTY GOD Bless Yolanda & Christy, Frank & Anita, all of Paul's family and friends on this mournful anniversary. LOVE to you All.....especially Randy.

I don't think about Paul every day.....but almost every day.
Rest In Peace, buddy
Bill Moorhouse Nov.8, 2015

Off. W.A. Moorhouse *Baker-1 *3rd shift
W.P.D. '78 - '83
November 8, 2015


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