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Patrolman Phillip J. Fahy | Bethlehem Police Department, Pennsylvania Bethlehem Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman

Phillip J. Fahy

Bethlehem Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, August 29, 1969
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Reflections for Patrolman Phillip J. Fahy

 

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 44th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
April 20, 2013

Thank you for your service Officer Fahy....you are never forgotten.

Officer Brian Quinn
City of Bethlehem PD
December 17, 2010

To be killed over something so trivial as a parking ticket, what a senseless waste of a life.

Anonymous
February 2, 2009

WHAT IS A COP?

COPS are human (believe it or not) just like the rest of us. They come in both sexes, but mostly male. They also come in various sizes. This sometimes depends on whether you are looking for one or trying to hide something. However, they are mostly big.

COPS are found everywhere~on land, on sea, in the air, on horses, in cars, and sometimes in your hair. In spite of the fact that "you can't find one when you need one," they are usually there when it counts the most. The best way to get one is to pick up the phone.

COPS deliver lectures, babies, and bad news. They are required to have the wisdom of Solomon, the disposition of a lamb, and muscles of steel...and are often accussed of having a heart to match. He's the one who rings the door bell, swallows hard, and announces the death of a loved one. He then spends the rest of the day wondering why he took such a crummy job.

On TV, a cop is an oaf who couldn't find a bull fiddle in a telephone booth. In real life, he's expected to find a little boy "about so high" in a crowd of a half million people. In fiction, he gets help from private eyes, reporters, and who dunnit fans. In real life, mostly all he gets from the public is "I didn't see nuttin'!"

When he serves a summons, he's a monster. When he lets you go, he's a doll. To little kids, he's either a friend or the boogeyman, depending on how the parents feel about COPS. He works around the clock, split shifts, Sundays, and Holidays. It always kills him when a joker says "Hey, tomorrow is Election Day...I'm Off...Let's go fishing!" Because that so happens to be the day he will work 20 hours for the OT.

A COP is like the little girl who when she was good...was very, very good. But, when she was bad...was HORRID. When a COP is good "He's gettin" paid for it." When he makes a mistake..."He's a grafter...just like the rest of 'em." When he shoots the stick-up man...he's a hero...except when the stick-up man is "only a kid...anybody coulda seen that."

Lots of them have homes. Some are covered with ivy, but most are covered with mortgages.If he drives a big car, he's a chiseler. If he drives a little car, "who's he kiddin'?" His credit is good, which is very helpful because his salary is not. Cops raise lots of kids; most of them belong to other people.

A COP sees more misery, bloodshed, trouble and sunrises than the average person. Like the postman, COPS must be out in ALL kinds of weather. His uniform changes with the climate, but his outlook on life remains about the same; mostly blank, but hoping for a better world.

COPS like days off, vacations, beer, and coffee. They don't like auto horns, family fights, and anonymous letter writers. They have unions, but they can't strike. They must be impartial, courteous, and always remember the slogan "At your service." This is sometimes hard, especially when the occassional character reminds him "I'm a taxpayer, I pay your salary!"

COPS get medals for saving lives, stopping runaway horses, and shooting it out with the bandits. Once in a while, his widow gets the medal. But sometimes, the most rewarding moment comes when , after some small act of kindness to an older person...he feels the warm hand clasp, looks into grateful eyes and hears "Thank you and GOD bless you."


THANK YOU OFFICER FAHY...and may you continue to rest in peace. We remember you on this day, the 38th anniversary of your tragic death. We will never forget. Watch over those who took your watch, and please keep them safe.

BPD WIFE #227
August 29, 2007

Remembering you always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police
August 29, 2007

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE. GOD BLESS.


January 6, 2007

Merry Christmas to a true HERO


December 26, 2006

Officer Fahy,
I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I was friends with your daughter, and grew up just blocks away from where your wife and daughter lived. I remember sitting in her bedroom, looking at a glass case that contained your hat, badge, night stick, and other personal items. I remember looking through articles that were preserved in a box... of the father she knew only by pictures, stories and newspaper clippings. At the time, I thought how sad it was to not know your father, and to have him die in such a horrible way. I have not seen your daughter or wife for many years, but the memories are just as vivid now as they were 20 years ago. I have had a few conversations about you w/your partner on that fateful day...he certainly keeps your memory alive in his words. Please know that although this website was not created at the time of your death, that your service and ultimate sacrifice is still remembered. I come here today to remember you and your wife and daughter. Your duty and ultimate sacrifice holds extra special meaning to me as a grown woman, for I am married to A Bethlehem Police Officer. May you forever rest in peace Officer Fahy! God Bless.

Donna (Bartholomew) Sacco
BPD wife #227
November 21, 2006

Officer Fahy,
May God have you in the highest rank of his Heavenly Kingdom.
You fought the good fight.
You unselfishly put yourself in harms way for what you believed in.
God bless you and your family.

Officer Bryan Phelps Badge#320
Bethlehem City Police Department
October 21, 2006

Thank you sir. You're never forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police
August 29, 2006

I was just 2 yrs old when this happened and I too think of you everytime I cross Fahy Bridge. I remember when I first heard of why the bridge was named Fahy. If your wife was pregnant at the time then you must have a child near my age and I wonder how he/she is doing. I can not imagine what it must be like to have grown up and never known your Father. Wherever you are, child of Officer Fahy, I am so sorry for your loss. Thanks for your service Sir.

Best
Christine

Christine Gilbert
Wife of retired/disabled Officer David L Gilbert
July 22, 2006

You will never be forgotten. I think of the sacrifice you made every time I cross the Fahy Bridge in Bethlehem. Rest In Peace.

BQ
September 22, 2004

 
 

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