Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Kathleen M. Reilly

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, December 25, 1967

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Reflections for Detective Kathleen M. Reilly

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 9, 2020

A true heroine who knew the meaning of humility, honor and hard work. To become a detective after one year says it all.Rest in peace Detective Reilly.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 29, 2019

Your unselfish act on Christmas Day cost you your life unfortunately. You set a shining example of how to put the needs of others before your own- a trait hard to find and very rare in this day and age.

Rest in Peace brave lady- Gone, but never forgotten, even after 50 + years-

marcia frisella
Nurse Practitioner,

October 8, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

December 26, 2017

Rest in internal Peace

Inv. Bruce Miller retired

December 25, 2017

Rest In Peace Sister. After 50 years you are not forgotten.

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

December 25, 2017

Thank you Detective Reilly.

Tony Andrews
Police Chaplain

February 8, 2017

I said a little prayer today for Detective Reilly and her family. She may be gone but never forgotten. She will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

December 14, 2015

Your instinct to help strangers, those you knew nothing about, mirrors the importance of Christmas Day. You were a savior in your own right and you will always be remembered for your ultimate sacrifice while in the service of helping others. Rest in Peace Detective Reilly and Merry Christmas.

PO R Miller

December 25, 2013

RIP, Ma'am! You are still a hero and remembered after all this time!

Fmr. Sheriff's Deputy
Marion County Sheriff, Indiana

December 25, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 44th 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 diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today

I was saddened to see that Christmas Day is the eow for so many, many officers. Rest In Peace.

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

December 25, 2011

Detective Reilly you are not forgotten by the men and women of the Boston Police Department. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.

December 25, 2010

Gone but never forgotten,Thank you for your service.


October 4, 2008

You are remembered today Detective and thank you for your service.

manchester, NH

December 23, 2007

Thank you for being a pioneer, and for helping to pave the path for women in law enforcement. Rest in peace.


January 17, 2007

Thank you for being a pioneer, and for helping to pave the path for women in law enforcement. Rest in peace.


January 17, 2007


Det Jim Mulligan (retired)

December 22, 2006

You have not beenn forgotten. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Continue to watch over your loved ones.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

December 15, 2006

Though many years have passed, your sacrifice hasn't been forgotten. Thank you Det. Reilly for your unselfishness in protecting the citizens of Nassau County. You remain a true hero.

March 3, 2006

A lengthy narrative about the life and death of Kathleen Reilly is included in:
True Heroines: Police Women Killed in the Line of Duty in the U.S., 1916-1999. She was one of the most "heroic" of the 138 women in the book as she was off-duty on Christmas Day with her family but stopped to help in an accident and was struck and killed.

Dr. Wm. Wilbanks
retired Professor of Criminal Justice

September 22, 2005

I met Kathleen Reilly for the first time in the spring of 1967 when I was 6 years old. She was friends with my father's brother and they had stopped by to visit. I remember vividly her showing me her handcuffs and her badge. I have a picture of her being sworn in with her academy class from NY Newsday. Today, I am an 18 year veteran of the Suffolk Co. Police Department.

Police Officer Michael G. Beam
Suffolk County Police Department

April 27, 2005

~~~To those I Love and Those Who Love Me~~~

When I am gone, release me, Let me go
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I traveled alone.

So grieve a while if indeed you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories within your heart,

I won't be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll
Hear all of my love around you soft and clear

And when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say,
"Welcome Home"

January 15, 2005

You have not been forgotten Det. Reilly

Officer B. Malocha

December 25, 2004

Kathleen, you paved the way for the rest of us and God took you so soon. I know you are looking over all of the sisters in blue you helped put on NCPD. GOD BLESS


November 29, 2004

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