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Lieutenant Lester Amos Pagano

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, July 19, 1983

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Reflections for Lieutenant Lester Amos Pagano

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.


United States Border Patrol

July 19, 2023

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 19, 2020

Rest in peace Lt. Pagano.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 26, 2019

RIP brother, you will never be forgotten.

Officer J. Honeycutt
Utah Valley University Police Dept.

February 1, 2017

Thank you for your dedication, service, and sacrifice to the citizens of the State of New Jersey.

Officer Joe Hunchard #1228
New Smyrna Beach, FL Police Dept.

December 21, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th 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

July 19, 2010

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten, your family are in our thoughts & prayers.


July 19, 2010



October 16, 2008

Rest in peace my Brother.

Kevin T Ryan

July 20, 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 12, 2007

God bless you and your family on this 24th anniversary of your tragic death

Cranford Police Dept (NJ)

July 19, 2007

Twenty four years today but never forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

July 19, 2007

Thank you for your dedication to justice. Rest in peace.

Patrolman Brad L. Reider #185
Jackson Twp Police (NJ)

February 8, 2007

Lt., your pursuit of justice for your fallen brother Trooper will never go unnoticed or forgotten! Thank you for your service and dedication always!

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

August 16, 2006

Thank you for your service and dedication. Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

February 27, 2006

God bless you and your family for your tragic loss.


April 14, 2004

Your many years of dedication are admirable. Rest in peace.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

March 19, 2004

Lieutenant Pagano, I as a Trooper greatly appreciate your sacrifice in the pursuit for justice in the murder of a brother Trooper. We thank you for your service to your community and fellow man. May God be with you and your family. Rest in peace.

Trooper - Troop M
Pennsylvania State Police

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