Lieutenant Lester Amos Pagano

Lieutenant Lester Amos Pagano

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, July 19, 1983

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Lester Amos Pagano

Lieutenant Lester Pagano was killed in an automobile crash on I-80 and Main Street in Wharton.

Lieutenant Pagano was assigned to a detail investigating the murder of Trooper Philip Lamonaco, who was shot and killed on December 21, 1981. He was returning from following up on leads when his vehicle slid on the rain-slick road and crashed through a guardrail.

Lieutenant Pagano was shot in the spine in the line of duty while apprehending a murder suspect in 1959.

Lieutenant Pagano had served with the New Jersey State Police for over 30 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and three sons. His two brothers also served with the New Jersey State Police, with one serving as the Superintendent.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge 1177

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

homicide investigation, weather

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Lt. Pagano,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Armed Forces. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 19, 2023

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