Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Security Supervisor Joseph Peter Zangaro

Berrien County Trial Court, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, July 11, 2016

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Reflections for Security Supervisor Joseph Peter Zangaro

Miss you Joe, always tell others the story about when you and your dog went out west bird hunting and ended up at some farmers house scaring the fainting goats for 2 hours and that you haven't laughed for 2 hours straight forever but enjoyed acting like a kid. You were a great friend, father, dad and grandpa. Rest in peace buddy, you earned it.

Retired Captain
Kalamazoo Public Safety

July 12, 2017

I ran a hero's 5k in your honor today Sir, you are not forgotten.

Det. Michele Nelson
Riverside County Sheriff's Department, CA

July 11, 2017

God bless you my brother and fellow Michigan State Police Trooper. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May His healing hand touch your family, friends, fellow troopers, and fellow deputies. Rest easy my brother, we'll take the watch here.

Trooper Steve Olson
Michigan State Police

September 26, 2016

God's peace and speed Supervisor Zangaro. Thank you for your many years of brave, dedicated service. RIP Brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago Police Department

August 18, 2016

Rest in eternal peace, brother, for we have the watch now. Your family and your brothers and sisters in uniform, our brothers and sisters, too, are in our thoughts and prayers. May they find comfort in remembrances of your dedication and service.

Deputy Warden Patricia Powers
Philadelphia Department of Prisons

July 22, 2016

RIP Sir. May God be with your Family and loved ones. Rest easy now.

Officer Steven Austin
Lawrence TWP P.D. (NJ)

July 20, 2016

Rest in Peace, Security Supervisor Joe Zangaro. Thank you for your service to this country and your community. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and your department at this time.

Chief Reuben C. Black
Barnwell Police Dept., Barnwell, SC

July 20, 2016

I worked for Joe when I was detailed from the Battle Creek Police Department to the Michigan State Police's Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET). Joe was not only a classy and professional cop, but, and more importantly, he was just a damned good guy! I still can vividly recall the sound of his laughter when we would be joking around in the office. I am sure my SWET brethren were in attendance at his funeral to pay their last respects. I was definitely there in spirit. Take care "Zman."

Special Agent Jeff Armstrong
Homeland Security Investigations

July 20, 2016

Security Supervisor Joseph Zingaro has gone 10-42....... thank you for your service you will be missed but not forgotten

Security Officer James Hallgrimson
Blue Steel Security Services

July 20, 2016

Rest in peace Brother.

Lt. A. Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

July 19, 2016

On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Security Supervisor Joseph Zangaro and the extended law enforcement family of the Berrien County Trial Court, Michigan.

End of Watch: Monday, July 11, 2016

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

July 19, 2016

Rest in Peace brother.

"Blue Lives Matter"

Steve Van Slyke, retired Officer
El Cajon Police Department

July 18, 2016

RIP GOD SPEED

OFC. CHIRICHELLO L. CERT
LANCASTER PRISON,PA

July 18, 2016

RIP brother Joseph.

May God bless and be with your family, co-workers and friends at this very difficult time.

Investigator D. Bevenour
Gettysburg Police Department

July 18, 2016

Rest in Peace our Brother in Blue. Prayers out for your family, friends, and co-workers. God Bless you Sir.

Former Deputy/Jail Officer
Wayne County Sheriffs Department
Wayne County Mississippi

July 18, 2016

R.I.P. Brother, may God watch over you, your Family, and Co-Workers, & Friends. Brother rest a sure you have been the guiding light for all Brothers & Sisters to follow and NEVER forget you are LOVED, Now it's time for all of our Brothers & Sisters to follow your light and bring peace to your City, State, & Nation. GOD has called you home now where you will have other duties we will take it from here, Brother you have worked hard and your work will NOT go unnoticed, from another Brother in Blue Retired 34 years.

Chief Wayne Van (Retired)

July 18, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss

Jacquie Rebel survivor

July 17, 2016

They lived as guardians of the court and died as martyrs of justice.

MCGUIRE BRANIN

July 17, 2016

"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 (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

July 16, 2016

The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
Psalm 37:39-40
Rest in peace brother.

Corrections Officer Paul Schanno
Hennepin County (Minneapolis)- ACF

July 16, 2016

For Security Supervisor Joseph Zangaro:

Joseph Zangaro, as many of us, was a retired law-officer, furthering his dedication to keeping us safe and in the process gave his own. While this is not our aim, it is a risk and all who wear a badge realize this. Thus he is a the ultimate hero.
Perhaps it might be considered that everyone, no matter what your law-enforcement station, the risk factor should not be considered high or even low. It is a reality. No one who represents law-enforcement is without danger of becoming the next victim of lawlessness and evil deed. Taking a second law-enforcement position is not a step down in risk - rather it is a continued risk. Man or woman, young or old. Inside or outside, standing at the door or taking the high-risk assignment of the emergency response law officer - the end result can be grave sacrifice.
We honor Joseph Zangaro as typical of our breed. For most, we can never get enough. We can never withdraw from being a cop. Reality might be the only thing we ignore, though fully recognizing it standing before us.
We are proud to render Security Supervisor Joesph Zangaro a final salute. Joe was us. Joe believed in serving the people of our great American heritage - and paid the ultimate price - his life for ours.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza, (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police

July 16, 2016

RIP brother, you will never be forgotten.

Officer J. Honeycutt
Utah Valley University Police

July 16, 2016

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over five years. Feel those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

July 16, 2016

Supervisor Zangaro, thank you sir for your service. The killer murdered you in an attempted escape from justice. This incident shows us that the courthouse environment is a dangerous place for officers on the job. Thankfully the killer got what he deserved. We will keep your family and Department in our thoughts. Please watch over us as we carry on.

Sergeant William Foley
Chicago Ridge IL PD

July 15, 2016

I knew Joe in high school. I remember him being very nice and kind. He was not a snob like so many at our high school. He will be missed by so many. Gone way too soon. Rest in peace and thank you for your service Joe.

Nancy Phillips
Civilian

July 15, 2016

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