Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Joseph A. Piagentini

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, May 21, 1971

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Reflections for Patrolman Joseph A. Piagentini

Hero's may fall but shall never be forgotten. RIP brother and I pray that your killer will be denied parole this time around again. I'm sorry that your killer would even be considered for parole, thats messed up. But I have faith and honor as you did. Thank you for your service Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 30, 2012

All I can say to the parole board in the comming days is to ask yoursleves what about the families and friends of these two officers? Where is there parole. To the families and friends I pray that in the coming days our heavenly father will suage your anguish and leave you with happy memories of the loved and lost and the solom pride that must be yours to haave laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. To the Marshal that posted before this we all know what your thinking and your right. To the killers remember that there authority existed because of God to have resisted them you resisted God and remember they did not bare the sword in vain but by the will of God. Officer Piagentini Rest in Peace brother we got it from here.

LEO in training

January 23, 2012

I cannot put into words on this website what I'd really like to say about the cop killers responsible for this or it most likely would not be posted. I'm sure my fellow brothers in blue know and understand exactly what I'm thinking though. I'll simply say that for someone who killed so many police officers to even be considered for parole is terrible. This should not even be an issue. Once convicted they should have received the death penalty.

To the family, friends, and fellow officers know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. And know we're with you during these times when you must be reminded of this terrible day each time a parole hearing comes up.

To officer Piagentini, may you rest in peace and thank you for your service. God bless.

#5813
United States Marshals Service

January 20, 2012

These men cannot be released, in fact they should have been given the death penalty for killing these two officers.

Chief Frank Vasquez-Retired
Just another officer wearing the blue.

January 1, 2012

One of the most brazen acts in the history of the City of New York and it cannot go unpunished.

Det. Ricardo Perez
NYPD 75 Squad Retired

December 29, 2011

Today, your friends in blue are filling out the below letter to send to the parole board:

Dear Parole Board Members:

I ask that you please DO NOT grant parole to Herman Bell, DIN 79C0262. This inmate's violent double murder of Patrolman Waverly Jones and Patrolman Joseph A. Piagentini in 1971 should preclude any consideration for parole.

On Friday, May 21, 1971, Patrolmen Jones and Piagentini of the New York City Police Department's 32nd Precinct, were ambushed and murdered in cold blood. They were both shot from behind and killed with no chance to defend themselves.

Violence against law enforcement officers is on the rise, and at least one officer this year has been murdered by a parolee. Inmates who take the life of an officer should be subject to serve their full sentence, without parole. In the case of inmate #79C0262, a life sentence for murder should mean just that.

As a concerned citizen, and in the interest of public safety, I respectfully ask that you DENY PAROLE for inmate #79C0262. Justice demands that he be made to spend every remaining day of his life in prison.

Sincerely,

RIP Brother, you are not forgotten...

P.O. Carlos Nunez 5 PCT Retired
NYCPD

December 28, 2011

This has to stop!

Patrolman
St. Louis MPD -3rd retired

December 23, 2011

Police Officers are the true unsung heroes of our society. The thin, blue line is what separates and protects us from those who would do us harm. May God resat all your souls in peace.

P.O. David F. Podesta
Port Authority of NY&NJ PD (Ret.)

December 22, 2011

I know you're looking down proudly on you new Grandson. You will always be remembered and Aiden will grow up knowing that his Grandpa was a hero.

Private

December 13, 2011

Joesph~ It'll be 40 years this May of your assassination.
We were in the same graduating class of NYPD.
You will NEVER be forgotten.
RIP brother.

Dennis Conner
Retired NYPD

April 18, 2011

May God continue to watch over you and your family. I hope the murders root in Hell. You are not forgotten.

RETIRED DETECTIVE FRANK DEMARCO
NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

May 21, 2010

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace in such incidents & our only real comfort comes from Him. May His strength, comfort & peace continue to be the sustaining force in the lives of all who knew this beloved officer; and may it somehow help to know he is not forgotten.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

September 9, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Patrolman Piagentini and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

May 20, 2009

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, REST IN PEACE.

N.J. TROOPER
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE

February 15, 2009

i was 22 years old when it happen.i saw a movie about the shootings.i felt very sad and why it happen,the two brave police men are in haven now.i didnt know them but i feel they are great men.may god bless them and their families and fellow officers in the united states.god bless.

walter
a friend of all police

January 6, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 20, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.

This writer again states outraged thay anyone being associated/involved with your murder being paroled, Justice has not been served for you and for that I am sorry

Van DenBerghe
NH

October 17, 2007

Dear Joe:
I was just a kid when you died, yet your death truly upset me. The fact that you and your partner Waverly Jones were gunned down by cowardly animals, fueled a fire in me. A fire that was ignited when Officer J.D. Tippet of Dallas, Texas Police was killed by Oswald. Then came your incident,and Jones, Rocco Laurie and Gregory Foster. That, my brother in blue, sealed my fate...to become a police officer.
It took a few years, but I did it. And I am happier for it. The chance, for 27 years and counting, to lock up criminals who don't deserve to walk around in our society.
But know this, Joe...you did not die in vain. You and Jones died doing the job you loved, and keeping the oath we all take. I know it has been a long time since you left us, and I have never had the honor to meet you. I believe I owe you, Jones and Rocco and Gregory, a debt of gratitude to help convince me to put on a badge and strap on a gun.
Now as I close, I pray that God above hears me when I thank Him for you, your service, your sacrifice, and in His taking you home, fueling the fire within me. Rest in peace my brother, we have the watch, and all is well. Amen

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office-Florida

June 19, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

December 5, 2006

may he and his partner rest in peace. there is no color but blue!

ret. p.o. john engebretsen
nypd

October 1, 2006

you are not forgotten,,,

Detective Jim Mulligan (retired)
NYPD

May 5, 2006

DAY IS DONE,
GONE THE SUN,
FROM THE HILLS, FROM THE LAKE, FROM THE SKIES.
ALL IS WELL, SAFELY REST,
GOD IS NIGH.

GO TO SLEEP, PEACEFUL SLEEP,
MAY THE SOLDIER OR SAILOR, GOD KEEP.
ON THE LAND OR THE DEEP,
SAFE IN SLEEP.

LOVE, GOOD NIGHT,
MUST THOU GO,
WHEN THE DAY, AND THE NIGHT NEED THEE SO?
ALL IS WELL. SPEEDETH ALL
TO THEIR REST.

FADES THE LIGHT;
AND AFAR
GOETH DAY, AND THE STARS SHINETH BRIGHT,
FARE THEE WELL; DAY IS GONE,
NIGHT IS ON.

THANKS AND PRAISE,
FOR OUR DAYS,
'NEATH THE SUN, 'NEATH THE STARS, 'NEATH THE SKY,
AS WE GO, THIS WE KNOW,
GOD IS NIGH.

A Brother In Blue

Detective Troy S. Pilivi
Box Elder Narcotics Strike Force (Utah)

October 20, 2004

Prayer of Solace

May Christ support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging, and holy rest and peace at the last.

Thank you for protecting us, dear one. We will meet someday. In the meantine, please pray for us. We love you.

Grandma & Grandpa Hinkle
Parents of a Deputy Sheriff

October 14, 2004

It was encouraging to read on the ODMP site that your murderer was denied parole. God's peace be with you. May you rest in peace, and those that were involved - may they continue their fight to keep your killer locked up.

Citizen

August 28, 2004

It is May 21st again, and this time, thirty-two years have gone by since this brave patrolman was villainously cut down as his back was turned. It has been thirty-two years since he fell to the pavement with Waverly Jones lying there beside him. Know that we're still fighting here for you, fighting to keep the men who killed you behind bars forever, fighting to keep your memory alive, fighting for you, Patrolman Piagentini.

Gabriel L. Nathan

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