Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Robert J. Prato

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, December 2, 1969

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Reflections for Trooper Robert J. Prato

On this actual anniversary of your untimely departure I'd like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

December 2, 2020

Thank you for your service Trooper and know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 20, 2020

Trooper Prato,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Jersey. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 2, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 2, 2019



December 2, 2016

I remember this tragic day very well, I was ten years old living in Repaupo with my military Dad who was stationed at Fort Dix and he happened to be home that night from the base. My Dad wanted some oyster stew and asked me to ride with him, we jumped on the turnpike heading north to his favorite restaurant when we noticed a car driving fast on the right side from a hotel or bar area, (forgot exactly) but the car was moving very fast and instead of going across the road to the south bound lane they headed right for us and my dad drove off in the ditch to avoid a collision, we made it to the restaurant and my Dad ask to use the phone to call the Police about the incident when we heard a very loud boom/explosion sound, everybody looked at each other and ask what was that? We got our order of oyster stew and headed South 295 back to Repaupo when we came on the scene of a ugly car wreck and noticed one was a police car. My dad pulled over got out and walked close to the wreck which was already loaded with police officers and ambulance, he told me to stay in the car but I was so scared I got out and started walking toward him when a bunch of the officers looked back my way and I flew back in the car, eventually my Dad came back and said it was bad and a trooper was in bad condition but the other driver was alive, we went home and we found out the next day that the car that almost hit us was the one that killed the trooper. I never knew his name or did and forgot over the years but the incident has never been forgotten, I always think about the crash and can hear the boom sound even through my 20 year military career that night always come back to me and I'm so sorry for the (Prato)) family. Another thing I know for sure is that the brotherhood of officers I saw and remember that night on the accident scene was proof that Trooper Prato was loved and respected. RIP TROOPER PRATO and Thank you for your service.

(Ret) SSG Frederick Wilson

October 8, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd 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.

Rest In Peace

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

December 2, 2011

Through the years you will always be remembered.


December 2, 2010

Its been so long since you left us. But you are remembered for all you did and may you rest in peace Trooper Prato!! GOD bless you...


September 28, 2009

To Trooper Prato:

You are gone but not forgotten by the NJSP...God bless your family wherever they are now...

Proud Son of a N.J. State Trooper (Ret.)


March 30, 2009



October 16, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 3, 2007

We will always remember you and may you always rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

December 2, 2007

You will never be forgotten.

October 25, 2004

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