Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Arthur Pelo

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, September 25, 1971

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Reflections for Patrolman Arthur Pelo

Artie was a neighbor as I grew up in a NYCHA building, where his family lived, too. He was such a warm, friendly, enthusiastic guy, just a few years older than I. I was away at school when he was killed. I still remember what a heart-broken man his father seemed to be from then on. What a loss for all of us, everywhere. Artie would have gone on to do many good things, I'm sure. All these decades later, I am still deeply saddened by the loss.

B. Sievert
Neighbor

June 4, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Pelo.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 2, 2019

Rest in peace my brother.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

September 25, 2018

Rest in peace artie. I was only 14 and had the biggest crush on you. I see your face in every officer i see on the street forever in my ❤

Jane Yeninas
Friend

September 3, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

September 26, 2017

All thanks goes to this honorable Police Officer who confronted evil, and who gave his life in the line of duty. May his soul forever rest in peace in Heaven.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police

September 25, 2017

I attended Officer Pelo's funeral along with my brother, we were both in uniform. I was a NY City Firefighter and my brother Richard was a NYC Police Officer.
Officer Pelo was my Godfathers son who was a supervisor for the Department of Housing.
Both are gone now but their memory lives on.

Lieutenant Edward Sere
FDNY (Retired)

January 12, 2017

Having responded to the 1013, I was on the scene as a member of the NYPD, 73rd Precinct in my first year on the job.

Arthur's partner, although wounded, was performing CPR when we arrived and was part of the joint effort by 73 Precinct officers and members of the housing police.

I remember the profound feeling of family as the two departments worked side by side in apprehending the common criminal that killed one of our brother officers and fled two blocks to an abandoned building where he was captured!

Great effort by Christina Durante on locating Officer Pelo's photo!

Police Officer James D'Alesandro
NYPD 73 Precinct

March 1, 2016

It was my honor to research newspapers, books and magazines and finally find your Housing Photo and make sure your photo was put on this site. I wanted to put a face to your heroism in the Line of Duty. I did the research because you are a brother officer and no matter how many years past, you will always be remembered. Rest Easy Hero.

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

Hi Artie, It's been awhile,but I never forget you. I talk about you a lot. Thanks for your service.

Babe Muro
friend

December 7, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect. Your memory will always be remembered and revered.

Rest In Peace

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

September 25, 2012

Our family thinks of you and keeps you close in our hearts! We are all proud of you and your ultimate sacrafice. We will never forget.............May you rest in peace!

RoseAnn Stasio Lazio
cousin

July 15, 2010

Rest in peace brother officer

Captain Cedric Raymond
N.Y.P.D

September 26, 2009

Thanks for your service. I will say a prayer for you and your family tonight. We got it from here brother...

Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

April 22, 2009

Artie, it's 38 years ago, today since you left us. I rmeember it like it was yesterday. Always in my thoughts and prayers Artie. Rest in Peace.

Lt Steve Mandelbaum
Retired NYC Housing Police Dept

September 25, 2008

Artie.I remmber that day like yesterday. Had dinner with Three of the guys who were also there. We had you in our prays..Rest in Peace

Lt. Bill Miley Retired
Housing Police

January 2, 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
Sergeant
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 20, 2007

Hi Artie,
Merry Christmas in Heaven. It seems like yesterday we were all hanging out. Al Callori and I always talk about you. Bobby Befumo and Noto too. Peace.
Babe


friend

December 19, 2007

"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
Sergeant
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

Artie, it's 36 years ago today that you left us. I remember the day like it was yesterday and it was a day that i will never forget. Rest in Peace Artie.

Lieutenant Steven Mandelbaum RET
NYC Housing PD

September 25, 2007

You will never be forgotten! God Bless the Pelo family, friends & NYPD.

Ret. PO
City of Miami PD Fla.

September 25, 2007

WE GREW UP TOGETHER LIVING RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO EACH OTHER AND WORKED TOGETHER IN THE DRUGSTORE. WE ATE TOGETHER, PLAYED TOGETHER AND ALWAYS HUNG OUT IN THE PLAYGROUND IN THE BACK OF THE BUILDING. WE DISAGREED ON EVERYTHING AND STILL WERE ALWAYS GOOD FRIENDS.YOU WERE A GOOD KID AND I MISS YOU.
GARY

GARY POSILKIN

December 10, 2006

Rest in Peace.

Atlanta, GA
Former NYPD

July 7, 2006

I can remember long ago hanging out at Handfingers on Avenue X. Talking, laughing, just enjoying the good times with many friends. I especially remember when we would quietly walk away from noise and the crowd so we could steal a few minutes alone. I think of you often...

Be at peace Artie,

Suzi Brown Eyes

Susan
Friend

June 24, 2006

You were a very special friend. I will always remember you when we used to hang out at Handfingers so many years ago when we all had no problems and were happy and carefree. I will also always remember that fateful day when I heard the news of your tragic death. You were handsome and proud in life and at the wake. You will always be remembered in my heart ,







joyce
high school friend

May 9, 2006

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