Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Joseph A. Piagentini

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, May 21, 1971

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Reflections for Patrolman Joseph A. Piagentini

Officer Piagentini,

Your service was a testament to your life. There are no excuses for the actions of the Parole Board, I can only hope they have a conscious and they lose sleep over their decision.. May your family have peace in knowing you served your city and our country with HONOR. Please continue to protect and watch over us.

Rodney Jacobs- Sergeant- Retired
Norfolk Police Dept.

March 15, 2018

To the family, friends and colleagues of Patrolman Joseph A. Piagentini: I mailed my No Parole letter, in honor of this HERO! I am so sorry for your loss. Moreover, I am sorry that the family has to relive their loss, with each parole hearing. Thank You for your service and sacrifice, Patrolman Piagentini! God Bless You All.

Supporter of Law Enforcement
Wife of Corrections Deputy

February 2, 2018

I remember that day as if it were yesterday my brother. Those bastards destroyed several families lives during their rein. But God is watching and those who will go before him will have to answer for their actions. Rest well my friend. You and your partner are in a better place. Until we meet.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

May 21, 2017

Proud to send my No Parole letter today. God bless the family, friends, and former co-workers of Officer Piagentini who still suffer the pain of this loss every day.

Sr. Ptlmn Donnie Meaders(RET)
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

June 3, 2016

I personally knew Officer Piagentini (Joe). He and his wife lived in the apartment above ours in Jamaica, New York. I used to take care of his beautiful German Shepherd puppy while he and his wife were at work, feeding him and taking him for walks.
Joe was an awesome person, a hero and an inspiration for me to go into police work.
I will never forget his kindness and his positive influence on me as a kid. I served for over 23 years and am just as proud of my profession as he was.

Police Officer (Senior Officer) Ret.
Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Dept Los Gatos, California

February 10, 2016

It was my honor to research newspapers, books and magazines and finally find your Academy ID Card 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

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 21, 2015

Rest in Peace brother, we have the Watch, keep an eye on those still on the beat

Policeman Brother in Blue #8755
Phoenix Police

March 13, 2015

I remember the day that Officer Piagentini was killed. I was only 9 years old but you remember when so many Police cars fill up a driveway and front lawn. I didn't understand the magnitude of the moment, until I became a Police Officer myself many years later. Such a loss to the family! Don't ever let anyone say that a Police Officers family doesn't earn their pay.


Detective John J Antretter
Nassau County Police Department

October 2, 2014

No amount of praise can ever be given to a person who lays down their life that we might remain safe in our homes and enjoy our lives. Most will never understand that "Knock on the Door" that brings to a family the tragedy of senseless killings that tear apart the fabric of family lives. Having been a Police Officer in my younger years, I was blessed to have never had to place my life on the line, but that was an every day reality I faced. I pray for those who continue to do this each day to help maintain my safety. May God bless each of you and keep you safe. And may your families enjoy your safe return home each day.

Rev. Ron L. Ferree

February 18, 2014

I am honored to have sent a "No parole" letter, so your cowardly killer remains locked up and denied the pleasure of living in a world that you made safe for all of us.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, NY

January 21, 2014

R.I.P. You are not forgotten .

Sgt Russo NJDOC

December 28, 2013

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ

December 19, 2013

With honor I am submitting my No Parole for Cop Killers letter to the parole board of New York. Thank you for your service and for the sacrifice you made to the thin blue line. God bless the family of this hero.

Senior Patrolman Donnie Meaders
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

December 17, 2013

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

December 17, 2013

RIP brother. I pray to God those savages never see the free world again!


December 15, 2013

Rest in Peace Brother, your service to the people of NEw York will never be forgotten.

PO Collins
Nassau County PD NY

May 21, 2013

Can any MOS advise the RMP number they were assigned to? I'm in the process of building a 1971 Plymouth NYPD RMP clone tribute car and would like to use the car number they were assigned to on the night they were killed as a tribute to their sacrifice.

Lt. (ret) Jim Serra

January 16, 2013

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 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.

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

May 21, 2012

Hero's may fall but shall never be forgotten. RIP brother and I pray that your killer will be denied parole this time around again. I'm sorry that your killer would even be considered for parole, thats messed up. But I have faith and honor as you did. Thank you for your service Sir.

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

January 30, 2012

All I can say to the parole board in the comming days is to ask yoursleves what about the families and friends of these two officers? Where is there parole. To the families and friends I pray that in the coming days our heavenly father will suage your anguish and leave you with happy memories of the loved and lost and the solom pride that must be yours to haave laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. To the Marshal that posted before this we all know what your thinking and your right. To the killers remember that there authority existed because of God to have resisted them you resisted God and remember they did not bare the sword in vain but by the will of God. Officer Piagentini Rest in Peace brother we got it from here.

LEO in training

January 23, 2012

I cannot put into words on this website what I'd really like to say about the cop killers responsible for this or it most likely would not be posted. I'm sure my fellow brothers in blue know and understand exactly what I'm thinking though. I'll simply say that for someone who killed so many police officers to even be considered for parole is terrible. This should not even be an issue. Once convicted they should have received the death penalty.

To the family, friends, and fellow officers know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. And know we're with you during these times when you must be reminded of this terrible day each time a parole hearing comes up.

To officer Piagentini, may you rest in peace and thank you for your service. God bless.

United States Marshals Service

January 20, 2012

These men cannot be released, in fact they should have been given the death penalty for killing these two officers.

Chief Frank Vasquez-Retired
Just another officer wearing the blue.

January 1, 2012

One of the most brazen acts in the history of the City of New York and it cannot go unpunished.

Det. Ricardo Perez
NYPD 75 Squad Retired

December 29, 2011

Today, your friends in blue are filling out the below letter to send to the parole board:

Dear Parole Board Members:

I ask that you please DO NOT grant parole to Herman Bell, DIN 79C0262. This inmate's violent double murder of Patrolman Waverly Jones and Patrolman Joseph A. Piagentini in 1971 should preclude any consideration for parole.

On Friday, May 21, 1971, Patrolmen Jones and Piagentini of the New York City Police Department's 32nd Precinct, were ambushed and murdered in cold blood. They were both shot from behind and killed with no chance to defend themselves.

Violence against law enforcement officers is on the rise, and at least one officer this year has been murdered by a parolee. Inmates who take the life of an officer should be subject to serve their full sentence, without parole. In the case of inmate #79C0262, a life sentence for murder should mean just that.

As a concerned citizen, and in the interest of public safety, I respectfully ask that you DENY PAROLE for inmate #79C0262. Justice demands that he be made to spend every remaining day of his life in prison.


RIP Brother, you are not forgotten...

P.O. Carlos Nunez 5 PCT Retired

December 28, 2011

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