Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Anthony Acosta

Hampden County Sheriff's Office, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, February 22, 1989

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Anthony Acosta

I remember Tony while working with and he had a great personality and down to earth guy. He was well liked among all the officers and was a hard worker and still missed by all.

Michael Ayers
Retired ct correctional juvenile division

May 19, 2021

What fun we had...Classical High...Spanish're laugh was so infectious it made getting detention worth it!!!! I tell the tac stories to this day!! You are so missed Tony!!!!

Correctional officer Kathy

April 18, 2012

RIP Sir, thank you for your service

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 22, 2012

Officer Acosta, I'm surprised that an incident that happened only 21 years ago isn't explained in a little more detail, however, whatever reason, it doesn't change that your life ended taking you away from the people who knew and loved you.

Regardless of the circumstances, you are a hero.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 12, 2010

To Correctional Officer Anthony Acosta, his loved ones, and his fellow officers:

On this the twentieth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is with all family members and friends who call you beloved. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Anthony. I am so humbled by your valor and service.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Anthony gave to his community and the citizens of Massachusetts, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 22, 1989.

Phyllis Loya, mother of Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 22, 2009

Officer Acosta Thank you for your service and sacrifice. No officer should be left without a reflection.

Deputy M.A. Maggio
Greensville County Sheriff's Office, Va.

November 27, 2008


Van Den Berghe

February 14, 2008

You my friend of many years, I looked up to you, As kids our never ending battle during baseball season as the Yankees and the Red Sox relentlessly duked it out for of course being the die hard Yankee fan and me always hoping....I remember the first day we moved into that House on Ledyard St. and you took aim from the second floor balcony behind our house and pelted us with peas from your pea shooter, from that day we became lifelong friends, from the times we used to play endless baseball in the backyard you acting like Reggie Jackson, and me Carl Yastremski,blasting wiffle balls over the Cyclone fence we dubbed the Green monster....I always envyed you, Your Mom and Dad used to spoil the crap out of you while my parents barely squeaked by..But those differences in material stature never did compare to the bond we made, the day i heard you were gone i was stunned, i couldn't believe what i was the once seemingly invincible Italian brick s**t house had been struck down and erased from our lives in less than a second....20 years later here i sit writing and remembering those days and still they bring a smile to my face...I Miss you My day we will meet again...and we will continue our boyhood dreams of becoming the greatest ball players of all time....R.I.P.
All My Love to you, your friend forever Mike

Mike Brosseau
Boyhood friend

February 6, 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

November 7, 2007

In the line of duty, another hero pays the ultimate sacrifice so others can walk without fear.

Correction Officer Scott Boutell
Massachusetts Department of Correction

August 21, 2007

Officer Acosta,
On today, the 16th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Hampden County.


February 22, 2005

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