Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Paul Heidelberger

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, July 18, 1992

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Reflections for Police Officer Paul Heidelberger

Rest well my brother. Thank you for your service.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

July 18, 2017

Officer Heidelberger, today marks the 24th year since your senseless death. Part of me believes that the man who killed you felt he was doing the right thing (at first) in his twisted way, but to shoot you and the other man in the head only shows that he was not simply a complete moron, but a dangerous lunatic. I pray to GOD he never sees the light of freedom as long as he lives.

You did your best to help others and you did it in the name of the NYC Housing Police, an agency that was destroyed in the name of fiscal responsibility. Your agency is simply a part of history and you are a part of the history of the New York City Housing Authority Police and a lost Brother.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

July 18, 2016

The man I remember from my childhood as "Whipper". A very close friend of my fathers that I will never forget. Always with a smile that could brighten anyone's day. Hope you and my pop have had a cold one on the other side. Thank you for your service, you were a true hero.

Tim Kearney
Family Friend

July 31, 2015

Paul you have not been forgotten. When all of us who served with you are long gone & forgotten, your name will still be there on the Police Memorial Wall in DC and at 1 PP.

HAPD Vet
New York City Housing Authority Police Dept.

July 24, 2015

Paul
You were a friend and a great Police Officer. It has been manny years but you are still remembered.

LTC Philip Berran
US Army

August 2, 2014

Today is the anniversary of the most horrible day of my life. On July 18, 1992 the world needlessly lost a wonderful son, brother, uncle, nephew. You are the most special, caring, loyal, funny and loving person. I was blessed to have had the honor to call you my brother. You will always be missed. Mom is with you now so give her a hug from me. Love you forever.

Mary
Sister

July 18, 2014

Paul: you were brave,good man who I always have remembered.
Larry Wolfson

Larry Wolfson- citizen
Acquaintence

July 24, 2012

I remember that morning like it was yesterday July 18, 1992.Our lives were changed forever and you are missed every day. You left behind 3 nephews who you would be so proud of and I'm sure your living in the same home with them left a positive image of what a true hero is. Someone like you who would always put others first and gave his life doing just that. Now you are with Mom, Dad, Billy, Georgie, Johnny & Laura. And, my dear brother, someday we will be together again. Until then, know that I love you forever.

Mary Correira
Proud Sister

July 17, 2012

Friend,
July 17, 1992 we were out planning our upcoming vacation. This night you were taken from us by a brutal excuse of a man. You were simply helping a friend as you would always do. I often ask myself if I could have done something differently to change the outcome of that horrific night , there is just no answer to the question.Tomorrow I will be visiting you at the cemetery and I wanted to take time now to reflect on our friendship, which I will cherish forever. 20 years is a long time and you would think the pain would lessen, but it just doesn't.
I am happy to report that you have left behind a great bunch of nieces and nephews who adored and worshiped you....rightfully so .... they (all but 1) have turned into fine young adults. I know they all try to mirror their lives after yours. Even those who never had the chance to meet you, know of you and the pleasure you brought to our lives.
Thank You for being my best friend, I will miss you forever.

Steve Portigiano
Comrade Forever

July 6, 2012

Paul,
20 years this month you were taken from all of us that loved you and speaking of you still brings smiles and tears to our eyes.
Our three boys know you as "Uncle Paul", though they never had the chance to meet you. They have heard all about you, what a great friend you were, the great times we had and believe you have been their guardian angel from heaven. We miss you! Always in our hearts.

Anthony & Janet Bernardini
Friend

July 5, 2012

Almost 20 years since that fateful day when you were called home and not a day goes by that I don't think about you. Still in our thoughts all these years later and of course always in our hearts.

Anne Fullam
niece

May 8, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 18th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 18, 2010

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

Robyn Wilkes

July 16, 2009

Paul it has been 17 years since you were called home. On 01/02/2009 Mom joined you,Dad,Bill and John in Heaven.I hope you all keep watch over those of us who are still down here waiting for our time to be called home.

Tom Heidelbereger
Brother

April 6, 2009

Hey Paul,

It has been a while since I last thought about you. Sorry. We were good friends in Our Lady of Lourdes and then at St. Francis Prep. Although we started hanging with different crowds during high school (mine a bit seedier than yours), we still had lunch together nearly everyday. I was visiting the Prep website earlier and I read that another friend of ours, Sean McKeon, passed away. A few weeks after graduating from high school, Sean was involved in a horrible car crash and lost use of his legs and partial loss of his arms. You, Sean and I really enjoyed each other's company for a while. Time goes by so fast and you sometimes forget to realize how much people mean to you until they are gone. You were such a good guy - such a straight shooter and never afraid to speak your mind. I have awesome memories of our Queens Village years; thank you. I'm not sure what happens to us after we pass, but I would hope that both you and Sean are somewhere good. You were a rare breed on this planet and I'm glad to have known you. Take care.

Charlie Lauth
Childhood Friend

November 22, 2008

Paul, it has now been over 16 years since you were taken away from us, but the heartache is still the same. Always in our hearts, loving and missing you always.

Anne Fullam
Paul's niece

October 27, 2008

Rest in Peace on the anniversary of your acension to Heaven. Your brothers and sisters in the NYPD will never forget......

Sergeant Chris DiToro
NYPD

July 18, 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 19, 2007

Paul,
15 years after you were taken from us, our family still thinks about you every day. I doesn't take much for me to recall a story about you and start singing your praises to whoever I am talking to. To this day, I still brag about you. No matter what, no one could ever compare to my Uncle Paul.
We were so close in age that we were more like brothers. I still try to pattern myself after you and try to live my life in a way that you would have approved. I know that you are always watching over me and the rest of our family. Our guardian angel.
You were and always will be, the "star" of our family. Your influence on us is still felt today. Even our little nieces and nephews, born long after your death, know who "Uncle Paul" is.
I miss you every day of my life. There are so many things I wish I could have shared with you. So many things I wish you could have been here for. And how much better life could have been.
I know that you are always all around us. Watching over us. Protecting us.
I love you, Uncle Paul!

Lawrence C. Fullam
Nephew

July 23, 2007

Paul its been a long time since we lost you.You are not forgotten. We became friends when we bowled on the Housing Police Bowling League.May you rest in peace

Ret Det Rosemary Forkin
Friend

August 22, 2006

Remembering you 14 years later. Rest in peace.

Retired Housing
coworker

July 17, 2006

Paul, it's been many years since you were taken from us. A good cop always there on the back, a great mind and one that had a nack for fun to break up the stress of the job. When we meet again we will laugh about what all of at PSA 4 did together. Honor Courage Faith. Be well my friend. You are not forgotten.

Po Jack Dineen
NYPD

December 11, 2005

I remember Paul being mature and fun to be around. Being a practical joker, he once pulled his Police Car (RMP) next to mine and threw a water balloon at my partner and I. We got him back with some pranks of our own. Once he was trying to quit smoking and a person threatening to jump from the roof of Smith Houses in lower Manhattan jumped and was falling toward Paul who ran out of the way. After the stress of that he starting smoking again. I recall he started going back to school. He was a gentleman.

Seregeant Michael Murphy
NYPD

February 25, 2005

Officer Heidelberger, you gave your life in an effort to keep the peace and to protect others. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.

Auxiliary Police Officer Charles Smith
New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section

April 3, 2004

Rest in peace blue angel.

S. Yates
Concerned citizenl

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