Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Gary D. Pagano

New Rochelle Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 14, 1982

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Reflections for Police Officer Gary D. Pagano

Officer Pagano,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC in Vietnam fighting the NVA and VC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

September 14, 2022

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

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 14, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Pagano.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 10, 2019

Officer Gary D. Pagano, your dedicated years of service and sacrifice to your community and country will never be forgotten. God Bless You and your family, and the New Rochelle Police Dep't of New York.

grateful civilian

December 21, 2015

We miss you so much. All our love, Phyllis, dawn and lisa.

phyllis liantonio
wife and daugthers

October 9, 2014

Job well done, Officer Pagano. Thank you for your service.

PO A. Pavone
New Rochelle PD

September 17, 2014

Gary - My Hero - Always Proud of You

Michelle & Jack Gale

September 13, 2014

Gary - We went to visit your grave on the 30th anniversary. 30 Years later we are still as proud of you as we were on the first day you were called away - end of watch doesn't mean end of memories. Mom & Dad - I know are with you and you all live in our hearts forever.


Michelle Gale (Pagano)
Sister of Gary D. Pagano

September 17, 2012

30 years ago today we lost a very special man - a great father, husband and wonderful friend. For 30 years now, September 14th has been a day I will never forget. You will always be in our hearts and forever on our minds. We are always remembering. Semper fi!

Mona Didone
Family Friend

September 15, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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 the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was also your fellow Marine so I bid you semper fi and offer heartfelt thanks for your service to our country in Vietnam

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who called you beloved for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

I think it is wonderful that your wife, although remarried, still has a special love and place in her heart for just reaffirms that even as we move on, we carry our loved ones with us always.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 14, 2012

Thank you for your kind words and througts of Gary - I miss him every day - 30 years later.

Michelle Gale (Pagano)
His Sister

August 15, 2012

It has been a very long time since Gary died doing the job he loved. I remember the day he was killed, going to the hospital, seeing his wife and not knowing what to say. I still don't know what to say. Gary was a good man and I am glad I got to know him and learn from him. Semper Fi Gary.

Charles E. Carlson
former NRPD & SSG USMC

June 22, 2012

Douglas Hill, Gary was in okinowa from Nov. 10, 1965, arrived Vietnam Nov. 13. his whole petalian was wiped out and he was evacuated sept. 16, 1966. and sent home. he was a flame thrower he was Sergant of his battalion. he was thrown up in the air from a mortor and landed on a big bolder. He survived Vietnam but didn't the police force. He went down in a blaze of glory which he always said that was the way he wanted to die. We miss him so much.

Phyllis Liantonio (Pagano)

April 5, 2012

Douglas Hill..Gary was in VietNam during that time...We placed Gary's picture in that calendar to commemorate this year as the 30th anniversary our brother was called home. We know he is with our parents and find comfort that he loved being a Marine and a Police Officer. Thank you for your service and friendship Sir.

Karen Perrucci
Sister of Fallen LEO Gary D. Pagano

January 1, 2012

I donate to the National Law Enforcement Fund, and I recieved a calender 2012 and I noticed Gary Pagano as a fallen officer. I am sorry for your loss. I noticed he was in the Marine Corps, and I'm sure we were in at the same time and we were friends. I was in the Corps from 1/6/64-1/5/68, Vietnam & Okinawa 65-66. I just would like to know if this is the same person I served with. Again I am sorry for your loss.

Douglas Hill

December 9, 2011

Today is the 29th anniversary of Gary's death. Even though I am remarried, I will never ever forget him and the life we had together. He was a wonderful husband and father. Both my daughters call me every year on this day to make sure I get through the day okay. They know that Gary is looking down upon us and watching over us all the time. Gary, we love you and miss you very much. All my love,


September 14, 2011

Another birthday has gone by my brother, and it still hurts to know you are gone. As this country and it's police forces are under attack by violence, I wonder what you would be saying today. I pray for all our law enforcement officers and their families because I see the lack of respect towards them. But I know you are watching from heaven and the righteous will win. God Bless our Men and Women in Law Enforcement.

Karen Perrucci

April 17, 2011

Another officer died on Friday, in Poughkeepsie. I know heaven must be well guarded. Everytime a police officer dies, he or she is on patrol there.

Gary, watch over and protect us in God's name.

Love, your sister

Michelle Gale

February 22, 2011

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer Pagano and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

September 4, 2009

RIP and know that you will always be remembered by those who know and love you.


October 5, 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
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 19, 2007

Somewhere among these many pages of heroes, I came across your name and wanted to stop at your page and leave a reflection to let you know that you have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero and heroes never die. I have the exterior of my home decorated for Christmas with all blue lights, one of those blue lights has been assigned to you as my way of saying you have not been forgotten and it will be lit every night in your honor until New Years. Also, thankyou for your service not only to law enforcement but also to your Country.

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

December 10, 2007

Your family is made up of special people. Its nice to see your daughters leave reflections for other service members. Thank you for your service.


October 24, 2007

I saw your sisters reflection on another officer's page,
I wanted to come here and pay my respects to you. You must have been a special person and loved your job for 25 years after your passing your family is still are leaving reflections on other officers,that speaks volumes.
You died in a very brave way doing your best. May you rest in peace and may God be with your family.

Retired Cpl. Jack Presti
Inverness Police Department

September 3, 2007

I grew up down the road from where Officer Pagano lived. Although I was only 10 at the time, I will never forget the memory of the day of his funeral. Seeing all the officers come to pay their respects to Officer Pagano left me with a true sense of the police brotherhood. I cant help but think that that may have had something to do with me becoming a police officer. Godspeed Officer Pagano.

Senior Investigator Dan Haughney
NYS DMV Field Investigations

May 21, 2007

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