Police Officer Gary D. Pagano

Police Officer Gary D. Pagano

New Rochelle Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 14, 1982

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Gary D. Pagano

Police Officer Gary Pagano was killed when his patrol vehicle struck a parked truck during a vehicle pursuit.

Several suspects had just robbed a house and tied up its occupants and they were being pursued by Officer Pagano and his partner. They were traveling at a high rate of speed on the New England Thruway, when the patrol car went off the road, struck an abandoned truck, and burst into flames. Officer Pagano’s partner was able to escape but was severely injured. The suspects were later caught and convicted.

Officer Pagano was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the New Rochelle Police Department for 13 years and had received three separate commendations during his career. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, mother, brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 1111
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Convicted

burglary, foot pursuit, robbery

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Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 14, 2020

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