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Trooper James Mattaliano | Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

Trooper

James Mattaliano

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 22, 1995
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Reflections for Trooper James Mattaliano

 

Today, February 22, 2017, the Massachusetts State Police takes a moment to honor and remember Sergeants James Mattaliano, Paul A. Perry and the two AT&T technicians on this their 22nd anniversary. May they continue to rest in peace knowing that their memory, sacrifice and family have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police
February 22, 2017

Now it's 21 years. Has justice been served? We may never know.

God Bless you Trooper and continue your peaceful rest.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
February 22, 2016

Today, Monday, February 22nd the Massachusetts State Police honors and remembers Sergeant Paul A. Perry, Sergeant James Mattaliano and the two AT&T technicians on this their 21st anniversary. May they continue to rest in peace knowing that their memory, sacrifice and families have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police
February 22, 2016

Today, February 22nd, the Massachusetts State Police takes a moment to honor and remember Sergeants James Mattaliano and Paul A. Perry on this their 20th anniversary. May they continue to rest in peace knowing that their memory and sacrifice have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police
February 22, 2015

As we went through the line at the wake, it was difficult for everyone. My brother had a particularly difficult time, so much so that my mother asked him to leave because she thought it was upsetting to the family. It was not until I heard my mother say later to some neighbors "this is like losing one of your own", that I realized she was right. I realized after that statement that growing up next door to this family made them part of mine. What I was also feeling was the loss of a brother.

As I was standing in line today at Jimmy's mom's wake someone asked me how long it had been since this terrible day. My response was "it's gotta be close to 20 years now". Standing in that line today brought back every emotion from that day more than 19 years ago. As difficult as that day was as well as today, not knowing the Mattaliano family would certainly have been more of a loss. These are the finest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Thoughts and prayers to the family. God bless Jimmy and now his Mom, neither will ever be forgotten.

Neighbor
May 21, 2014

From your Brothers and Sisters of the Massachusetts State Police, we honor your memory and sacrifice today on this your 19th anniversary. May you continue to rest in peace knowing you and your family have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police
February 23, 2014

Jimmy, you will always be remembered as a great son, brother, uncle, cousin, husband, and friend who is loved by all of us. I really wish we could have watched you as a parent. As I do my best to raise my children I often try to imagine how you would react to some of the situations that I have faced. I laugh as I think of you finding smiley faces in ink on the back of all of the new trucks leather head rests, or you returning to the bathroom after the kids helped put baby powder on each other. You would have done a great job and it sure would have been fun to watch! Thank you for being one of the most influential persons in my life. You and your family has helped me more than any of you could ever imagine, they are fantastic people and its easy to see how you developed into the squared away guy that I remember. You must be laughing now watching me write this with tears in my eyes even after all this time. Take care.

Lieutenant Tim Luce
Massachusetts State Police
November 16, 2013

Missing you today and always...
Love you.

Anonymous
February 22, 2012

Miss you every day Jimmy...
Love you,
Jeannie

Jeannie
January 19, 2012

Jimmy,

I think of you every time I see:

A Blue Sky
A Big Fish
A Lone Boater
A Excited Hunter
A Beautiful Rainbow
A Helicopter in the Sky
A Airborne Fixed Wing Aircraft
A True Friend
A Man with his Dog
A Son with his Mom
A Man with his Wife
A Man with his brother

I think of you:
Every Time I Meet a Man of Few Words
Every Christmas
Every Thanksgiving
Every Easter
Every 4th of July
Every Birthday
Every Wedding
Every Christening
Every Time I Watch a Funny Movie

You hold a very special place in my heart.
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Missing You - Anonymous
September 25, 2011

Trooper Mattaliano, it's been about 15 years since the sad tragic day when you and Trooper Perry were lost in a helicopter crash into the Harvard Sailing Club building. In reading the story poor maintenance and fuel issues lead to the crash. I hope and pray whoever was ultimately responsible for the lack of proper maintained somehow pay for his/her crimes that took two fine Troopers and two innocent civilians.

You have not been forgotten and you never will be.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
June 17, 2010

Trooper Mattaliano,
On today, the 14th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Massachusetts. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
February 22, 2009

TPR.MATTALIANO I ONLY MET YOU ONCE,MAY YOU REST IN PEACE AND MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY.I REMEMBER THIS DAY VIVIDLY AS I WAS WORKING WHEN IT HAPPENED AND WAS ON SCENE.YOU AND TPR PERRY AND THE OTHER FINE MEN WHO FLEW W/YOU THAT DAY.YOUR FAMILIES DESERVE NOTHING PEACE FOR REST OF THEIR LIVES.I KNOW I DON'T HAVE TO SAY IT BUT WE ARE ALL PROUD TO CALL YOU A BROTHER!

F-TROOPER
MSP
October 5, 2008

My mother's family rests in Milton cemetary, just behind Trooper Mattaliano and we visit from CT every year. Each time I park and walk past his grave I cry; I wonder who this officer was and why he died so young. He was my age. Now that I found this memorial, I have a face to go with the name. And next time we visit our loved ones I'll finally know who this brave Trooper was, and how much he was loved by others. God Bless.

Dawne Young
June 1, 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
February 18, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE AND DEDICATION, YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE, GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THOSE THAT LOVE YOU

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH
February 14, 2008

James was my uncle. I am 12 years old and was born February 22, 1995 nine hours before he died. I never knew my Uncle Jim, he was my dads brother and even so I miss him like I knew him as much as a know all of my other family. My Uncle Jim was supposed to be my godfather and his wife, my godmother. My aunt is still my godmother and I love her but my Uncle had to be replaced by my pupa(grandfather) a former Milton Cop. I miss and love my uncle even though I have never seen him and I know that all of my family feel the same and wish him to rest in piece and relax as time goes by.

I Love You
-L.Mattaliano

L. Mattaliano
Niece
July 20, 2007

Thank you for your service. You will always be remembered.


July 24, 2006

Thank your for your service.

Mike C
April 16, 2006

To the Mattaliano family:

On this the eleventh anniversary of the tragic death of Trooper Mattaliano, I wanted to honor his memory. Rest in Peace, Trooper Mattaliano.

I am thinking about all of you today and saying special prayers for your family. I am lighting a
two blue candles today for Jim and Trooper Perry. Their memory is revered today.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Trooper Mattaliano gave to his community and the citizens of Massachusetts, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 22, 1995.

Phyllis Loya, mother of Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05


February 22, 2006

On 07/07/05 RTG 42-05 remembered Trooper James Mattaliano and dedicated our training day to him.

You are not forgotten.

Boston Police Academy RTG 42-05
BPD
November 21, 2005

I now live in Sanford FL but lived in Boston when we lost these two brave men. I still have the T-shirt dedicated to them and wear it to remind people how fragile life is and how these men put their lives on the line for us every day. In Florida we have people that do foolish things that jeapordize our safety personnel such as going out in hurricanes and windsurfing during them. If not for the people's own safety they should care that the men that try to save them might lose their own lives for the stupidity of others.

Although this has been awhile I wanted to write and remind people to never forget just as we will never forget 9-11. I lost my Dad a Firefighter and as your website states, it is not the agency but the whole nation that suffers a loss. God bless the families, friends and of course co-workers of Trooper Mattaliano and Perry. I am married to a Pilot who flies fixed and rotor so I am reminded each time he flies that I should never let him leave home without a kiss and I love you. Let people know you appreciate them while you are lucky enough to be able to.

Dawn Donovan
Sanford FL formerly Bostonian

Dawn Donovan
July 27, 2005

Forever missed, truly a hero. Love you always

Carolyn Higgins
Niece
June 28, 2005

Trooper, you will be saddly missed. May you rest in peace and my God forever look after your wife.

Semper Fi and Thank You !!

72nd RTT (1994 - Present)

Trooper Mark D. Robbins
Massachusetts State Police
October 11, 2004

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. A HERO FOR SURE.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.
February 22, 2004

 
 

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