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Sergeant Ippolito Gonzalez

Franklin Township (Gloucester County) Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, May 7, 1995

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My wife Irma Gonzalez of Philadelphia and Lee were cousins. we attended the services when I was an Operator in SWAT, Sgt. Gonzalez was a well liked and respected man in the community he served. RIP

P/O John E Bowie (Ret.)
Phila. Police Dept.

May 7, 2017

Happy Birthday Sgt. Gonzalez


July 26, 2015

To my "Duke of Earl",
You are in my thoughts daily and you will remain in my heart, forever. We will be together one day. Until then, rest peacefully, and know that I love you with all my heart ❤


May 7, 2015

Think of you often, the joking, the stories... Still makes me smile. Miss our talks. Hope you found the sweatsuit... Rest in peace, Paul.

Jacki Moore

May 9, 2014

He was a true friend to all and a hero...truly missed and gone too soon

Security officer

May 7, 2014

You will always be remembered and in our hearts Lee. RIP.

Donna & Frank

May 7, 2014

I love you and miss you to this day. I know you are in a great place and watching over all of your family and friends. Not a day goes by wishing you was still here. ❤️

Anna M Sepulveda

May 7, 2014

Thinking of you and your family today, continue to watch our six from above sarge..

Patrolman Ryan VanSyckle
Pleasantville Police Department NJ

May 7, 2014

The short time I worked on cases with you I found you to be a first rate cop. Rest in peace brother.

Det /Sgt Don Wechter, Retired
Gloucester County Prosecutors office NJ

May 7, 2014

You will always be remembered as a great guy miss you always

Rosemarie Wasilitz

May 6, 2014

Thinking of you today Lee. R.I.P.

Dante (Dan) Scoleri

May 6, 2013

To my "Duke of Earl",
You will live forever in my heart...I wish it turned out differently...You are truly missed.


November 7, 2011


Gone, but definitely not forgotten. There is peace knowing that you've got our backs from above as we continue the fight down here.

Officer Thomas McWain #2610
South Harrison Township

May 10, 2011

On the 15th anniversary of Sergeant Gonzalez's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Sergeant Gonzalez is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

May 8, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

May 7, 2010

You have not been forgotten. Continue to watch over all of your loved ones and close friends. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

May 7, 2010

Rest in peace brother. You are missed but never forgotten...

Sergeant Chris DiToro

February 15, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 7, 2009

Thinking of you on National Peace Officers Day.

May 15, 2008



May 7, 2008

Rest in peace my Brother.

Kevin T Ryan

May 7, 2008

Wow Lee! I should of written this a long time ago.

I was 14 when I met you in Malaga New Jersey,I was just a kid and you would watch over me cause I use to walk around town with friends and you know how bad it was for a girl to be doing that.
We dated a couple times when I was 18 and That I will never forget. You were my crush at 14 my love at 18. I wish I could of changed the night when you went to see the Good Lord. We miss you so much.

I will never forget you and I will always have that hole in my heart that only you could feel.
Your were a good cop and a great person.

May your memories always stay close to our hearts..

God bless you!!

Thank you for being there when I needed you most!


December 17, 2007

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
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 12, 2007

Thank You for your sacrafice Sgt. Gonzales, You will never be forgoten.

Patrolman Tom Cocco
Hi Nella Police Department NJ

October 20, 2007

Lee, I will never forget day when I found out that my mother's cancer was terminal. I will always remember sitting in my car and crying uncontrolablly. You parked you patrol car long side of my car and was getting ready to go into store. But you did not go in, but stopped to talk to me. You listened to me that morning and I will never forget how you helped me. Then when she died you still listened to me. You were one of the best. I will always remember you and never forget the day when one of God's finest was taken.

Patricia Waechter

August 30, 2007

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