Patrolman Anthony J. Garaffa

Patrolman Anthony J. Garaffa

Irvington Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, August 9, 1984

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Anthony J. Garaffa

Patrolman Anthony Garaffa was shot and killed while investigating a call involving suspicious activity near 40th Street and Springfield Avenue at 2330 hours. When he arrived at the scene he encountered three men and began to question them. When he asked one of the men what was in a bag the man was carrying the suspect reached into it and fired a shotgun through the bag, fatally wounding Patrolman Garaffa. Patrolman Garaffa was taken to University Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds approximately five hours later.

The suspect turned himself in about two hours after the shooting and was charged with capital murder. He was convicted and sentenced to death. On February 14, 1991, his sentence was commuted to 30 years to life.

Patrolman Garaffa had served with the Irvington Police Department for 16 years and had received over 40 letters of commendation throughout his career. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 13

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 8, 1984
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Garaffa,
We have never met, but I have had the opportunity learn about you and your legacy. I am a 1998 graduate of Morris County, NJ Police Academy and had the opportunity to hear Sgt. Hogan’s (Irvington PD) motivational speech about his career and his admiration for you. Powerful words spoken about you and your Character.
Years later, my family and I were blessed to meet your daughter and have her be my older two children’s pre-school teacher.
In 2018, with my wife’s blessing, I rode in the Police Unity Tour. I immediately thought of you and your daughter. With Nicole’s blessing, I rode in honor of you. It was an honor that I will cherish and never forget. Best of all, my family and I have rekindle a relationship with your daughter, Nicole...
Thank you and continue to Rest In Peace.


Sgt. Robert Fraser
Sparta P.D.

August 9, 2018

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