Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Inspector Herman Peccarelli

Orange Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, March 9, 1966

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Reflections for Inspector Herman Peccarelli

We miss you every day, time passing never changes that. Our broken hearts will never heal, never.


December 10, 2019

Inspector Peccarelli rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 28, 2019

Officer Peccarelli,
Your Son Gary is one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, and feel honored to call him a friend. He spoke of you many times. Always in glowing terms. If he's a chip off the old block, you must have been a great guy.
RIP, and Thank You for your service.

Chris W.
Friend of Gary Peccarelli

October 13, 2018

LT, last year the Command staff held a Memorial in honor of our fallen officers. It was a pleasure to meet your family. I am a 2nd generation Orange police officer and while speaking with your son and daughter and reminiscing some of my fathers stories obout you they were amazed that in 2017 there were still officers in the PD that had a direct link to you. I reminded them he has never been forgotten by us and that if they ever needed anything to call. Never Forgotte !

PO. J. Rainforth
Brother in Blue

March 20, 2018

Dear Hero,

Your son, Gary taught me a lot about life and maybe even saved mine in some ways. One cold winter day, he gave me a job, when nobody else would. He's one of the best men I ever met, if not the best.

Joe B.

Joe B.

March 18, 2016

For a reason I can't figure out, Herman came into my mind today (2/2/13) as he does from time to time, and I wondered if he might be online somewhere even though his time was long before the Internet.

It's great to see that his memory is kept alive, and that he is so fondly remembered by his family.

A lot of other people surely share your affection for Herman. We became friends in 1960 when I, a rookie reporter at the Star-Ledger, was assigned to cover a police beat in the Oranges, Maplewood and Irvington.

Herman was one of the first officers I met on my first day, and one of the most memorable-- a wonderfully warm and welcoming man who had a smile for everyone. He truly was glad to meet everyone.

He taught me police jargon (he didn't use it much), what the radio codes meant, even how to subdue a rambunctious prisoner without causing serious injury and many other things-- most of all, I think, what great fun it was to be a cop.

Yes, really. In modern times, the best officers might describe their work as satisfying, challenging and even rewarding on many levels (they're paid better than Herman ever dreamed), but I don't think fun is on anyone's list. I think it was top-three on Herman's. The man truly enjoyed being a policeman and wore that love on his sleeve.

I was away on vacation when he fell, and someone else covered the story. Just as well, because I'm not sure I could have controlled my emotions if I had been there.

Those were the days before yellow tape, when a reporter could get very close to a crime scene. My substitute told me Herman was grinning as he tossed his tear gas, as if throwing baseballs to win a teddy bear at a carnival.

In the midst of great danger, he was having fun being a cop.

Arnold Markowitz
reporter, Newark Star-Ledger

February 2, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 46th 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.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

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

March 9, 2012

You're picture hung proudly on the wall of my father's office from the time you were taken. Our family has never forgotten you. My father never got over the tragedy of your death and spoke of you with love in his voice.
Rest in peace.

christine uricoli turkot

November 8, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 9, 2010

You were an extremely liked police officer throughout the State. Everyone knew and respected you. May God Bless You,

Your Friend

Retired A/Chief A.Benevento
Orange Police

April 4, 2009

Allways Remembered.

PO. Rainforth
Ret. OPD

March 9, 2009

Uncle Herman,
I never got to know you, but i have heard alot about you and know that you were a brave man and great husband and father. i just wan't you to know how proud this family is of you and you are spoken of all the time and will alway's be in our prayers.........Your nephew,,Jimmy


January 30, 2009

mr.peccarelli you taught me how to eat italian food and your house was always open you and mrs. peccarelli made every one feel welcome and special your both sadly missed

March 13, 2008



March 11, 2008

Rest in peace my Brother.

Kevin T Ryan
Ex NJ Cop

March 9, 2008

Dear Grandpa why did it have to be your time that day? Why you? You left this Earth an honorable man and a great memory to all who know you. It hurts me hear the stories of all the good times others had with you because I missed out on sharing those moments. Even though we never had the chance to meet I have mom and uncle Gary who tell me stories and I have met many friends of yours that shared their memories with me. When ever I feel in doubt I ask for your guidance, you keep me protected. I feel like I have known you all my life, as if you are here. I can not hear you, I can not see you, but i can feel you in my heart and I can see you in my dreams. Your life will always live inside all of us forever. I love you Grandpa.


November 19, 2006

Dad, there's never a day that goes by that I don't think of you and miss you. Thank you for watching over your grandaughter, Jessica. She loves you and always feels you very close to her. You would be very proud of all three of your grandchildren. They are best, just like you. You were the kindest and most honorable man that I will ever know. I love you.

Barbara Peccarelli

November 14, 2006

I never new officer Peccarelli, but I know his son, Gary. If Gary is any indication as to the type of person Officer Peccarelli was, then he must have been a fine, caring individual.



July 17, 2006

Dad, why did you have to leave so soon. I don't know why your grandson wants to be a Police Officer so bad, but help him out. Miss you, don't stop thinking of you and Mom. whatch over all of us. Thanks Dad, your son, Gary

Gary Peccarelli

December 28, 2005

Uncle Herman -

I always remember that handsome face of yours....and the jelly donuts you used to bring me on Sunday mornings...along with the 50-something Chevy that would run without the key in the ignition....i will always remember you...miss you and love you...

Your Loving Niece, Cristina

December 26, 2005

Brother Peccarelli,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables Law Enforcement Motorcycle

December 2, 2005

Uncle Herman, You have never been forgotten. Your proud nephew, Vic Peccarelli

November 8, 2005

Rest in peace brother.

Police Officer
Burlington Township PD

May 11, 2004

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