Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman James Alfano, Jr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, August 16, 1970

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Reflections for Patrolman James Alfano, Jr.

It is always a sad day when we lose a police officer,but these brave men face a enemy that without them would rule the world as we know it! Thank God for providing us with good police officers!

Commander
Cook County Investigation

December 2, 2021

Dera Ms. Alfano,

Your father will always be honored by the Chicago Police Department and all the officers present and past. I never knew your father, but others I worked with did. I am a retired Detective and worked in a very small way to destroy the Black P. Stones (AKA El Rukn) gang and give your family justice many years after his death. I was part of the investigation and raid that arrested arrested Jeff Fort and put him away for life. I hope this small note lets you know that your father was on our minds and in our hearts during this time. Your father's sacrifice and your family will never be forgotten by those of us who served. God bless your father and your family.

John Holden, Detective
Chicago Police Department

August 24, 2021

Dad today is a sad day for our family, it marks 51 years that we have been without you. You made the ultimate sacrifice and our family was never the same. My heart breaks for every family member that has gone through the tragedy of losing their loved one because of the senseless decisions and actions of a person who has absolutely no regard for human life or the pain and heartache they will FOREVER cause these families. I have missed you my entire 51 years on this Earth and I think about you every day. I love you and You will always be my Hero Dad as well as EVERY police officer! God Bless these men and women in Blue!! We will Never Forget and you will live on in our hearts until one day when we meet again....

Jacqueline Alfano Stone
Daughter

August 16, 2021

Wishing you a Happy 81st Birthday in Heaven Dad!! Woke up this morning and you were the very first thought I had, although you are never very far in my thoughts and you are ALWAYS in my heart!!! Loving you always and missing you always....

Jacqueline Alfano Stone
Daughter

June 29, 2021

I believe this is the same person that taught me scuba diving at Camp Pendleton in 1961. I've never forgotten his name. He was a very tough instructor but could also make you laugh hysterrically. I'll always honor Ray with the utmost respect.

Mike Driscoll Cpl E-4 USMC 1958-1961

Michael Earl Driscoll
Taught me scuba diving

September 4, 2020

First, regarding your beloved daughter Jacqueline and her reflection, wow! What an absolute beautiful and heartfelt reflection. Jacqueline, please know that your dads heroic and selfless actions will always be remembered and he will always be a hero unlike the coward who took his life.
Officer Alfano, on this 50th anniversary of your heroic and untimely departure I would just like to say rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. God Bless you, your daughter Jacqueline and of course your entire family.

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

August 16, 2020

To my Dear Dad in Heaven,
Today August 16, 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of your senseless death...it is a sad day for our entire family and for anyone that knew you! You were a wonderful man, a husband to Judy, a father to John and myself, a son to my Non and Papa, a brother to my Aunt Grace, an uncle to my cousins Brad, Kirk and Kristen, a nephew to many, a cousin to many, a friend to all that met you!
You were a strong Marine proudly serving your Country and an even stronger, more brave man to take on the job, put on the uniform and become a Chicago Police Officer/Detective working in gang intelligence. Mom always tells us how you wanted to change things and make them better and I tell her how sad you would be if you were here today to see how things are....Dad even at 80 I know you would still be hopeful and fighting for the right thing!! I can't even begin to describe how very sad I am today that God only gave you to me for 6 short months....I want to know you, I want to hug you, I want you to call me or text me and tell me you love me, I want to save a message you left me on my answering machine, I want you to know your grandchildren and your son-in-law...how selfish that I could want all of these things that can NEVER be and what's more selfish is the coward that took your life and left us ALL heartbroken for life!!!!!! Did he ever spend 1 second thinking of the pain he has caused? I think we know the answer to that.....There was a newspaper article after you died and you were quoted saying "I cry inside every time I leave the house. I think of my wife and two kids and I cry because I don't know if they'll be alive and healthy when I return." That statement sums of what kind of a selfless man you truly were...you were more worried about us being safe, never thinking of yourself and the danger you were put in on a daily basis! Dad I am proud of the man you were and how brave you were on that day and how you fought for 3 days to stay alive!!!! I am proud of EVERY single man and woman that go out, put on the uniform and do this job and I thank them from the bottom of my heart!!!! I love you Dad, I miss you and YOU will never ever be forgotten, I promise you that!!!!! With all my love....Jackie

Jacqueline Alfano Stone
Daughter

August 16, 2020

Patrolman Alfano,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

August 16, 2020

Happy 80th Birthday in Heaven to my Dad!!! We will celebrate Mom's 80th tomorrow.....I know that if you were here John and I along with Dave, Natalie and the whole family (including your 7 wonderful grandchildren Brittany, John, Alyssa, Courtney, Brianna, Jake & Zack and 2 precious great grandchildren Brody & Kennedy) would have thrown the biggest most wonderful party for the two of you to celebrate such a momentous occasion!!! I type this with tears running down my face and with a sad heart. I can't pick up the phone to wish you a Happy Birthday, but in my heart I know that you heard me when I looked up to the Heavens this morning and wished you a Happy 80th Birthday Dad!!!!! Missing you, thinking of you and loving you forever....

Jacqueline Alfano Stone
Daughter

June 29, 2020

Cousin Butch you have been and always will be my Hero.
Only the good die young and you are so good James!
Your brave heroism has really made a point in many lifes including my own.

Frank s Ponio Jr.
2nd Cousin/Hero

June 21, 2020

Well Papa Jim, it’s been 49 years, August 16th, since you’ve been an angel. And 22 years since you’ve been mine. I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I’m at in my life as a Marine or Woman without you looking down. Everyday I’m just trying to make you proud. Only a couple more months until I’m off to become a Drill Instructor, and my time there is to make Marines with our family name, the legacy YOU started. I think of you almost everyday&just wanted to say I wish you were here to share my life with. I love you.

SGT Alyssa Alfano
USMC

August 19, 2019

Happy 79th Birthday to you dad in Heaven!!!! I love you forever!!! Wish you were here always!!!

Jacqueline Alfano Stone
Daughter

June 29, 2019

Rest in peace Patrolman Alfano.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 13, 2019

Jacqueline,
I hope I am not intruding on your privacy by writing to you. I know it might seem strange, but this has been with me for most of my life.
I met your dad when I was 9 years old. I wanted to learn how to speak Italian and my dad’s best friend was a detective for the Chicago Police Department and mentioned that to your dad. One night my dad’s friend brought your dad by our home and introduced him to me. He taught me a few words and came back over a few more times and taught me a few more words. Being just 9, I was so impressed and in awe of this policeman taking time out for me.
I remember one day my dad told me your dad had gotten shot in that alley. I prayed all day for him. Then my dad gave me the very sad news about your dad’s passing. I remember like it was yesterday being one of the worst days for me. Being 9 years old I really couldn’t understand the reason why this happened. I have wondered over the years about his family. I wanted you and your family to know I think of him often. I can’t imagine what you and your family have gone through without him. I do want you to know he left a lasting impression on me. I am now 58 years old today. For some reason I looked your dad up on Google today and saw your posting so I thought I would leave you this message.

diane hood

September 22, 2018

Dad I waited all day to type this.....I woke up thinking of you and then I tried to push all the thoughts out of my head. Today is 48 years since you left this Earth doing what you loved....serving and protecting. Mom called and I let the machine pick up and there she was crying, barely getting the words out...telling me how she was thinking of me and how hard this day is and how much she loves me. Dad I wish with all my heart that you were here with us. Mom has had a broken heart for 48 years and John and I have had 48 years without our dad....I love you dad and I wish I could hear you say those very words to me. You gave your life, the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless you. I will forever wish that things were different, but this is the only way I know...and that is having a piece of my heart forever missing. You are not forgotten and you are forever honored Dad...I love you and I miss you. God Bless each and every man and woman who put on the uniform and risk their lives each day....I thank you all!

Jacqueline Alfano Stone
Daughter

August 16, 2018

I've found news articles describing how my Father, Patrolman David E Agay, retired from the St Joseph MI, Police Dept. and Michigan State Police Trooper Roger Waldron responding to a broadcast over NCIC for help involving Chicago Det. Alfano. Det Alfano had a very rare type of blood and the matching type was critically needed to try and save him. My Father and Trooper Waldron had the blood type Det Alfano desperately needed. They left St Joseph MI in a Michigan State Police radio car, responding with lights and sirens. I remember my Dad telling me when they got to the Illinois, Chicago PD radio cars were waiting to escort them to the hospital. Unfortunately Det Alfano still didn't survive his injuries. My dad and much of his family were from Chicago, I'm sure he and Det. Alfano met once again, sharing stories after my Dad pass away in 1999. My dad also served in the US Army, First Infantry Division - Big Red One, during the Korea conflict.

Chief Milton A Agay (r)
Benton Harbor Police Department / (son of Patrolman David Agay)

May 27, 2018

He was my neighbor. I rode with him every day when we attended the Chicago Police Academy. We both lived in the 127 and Halsted area. His nickname was Chico. Out of the academy we were asighned to Grand Crossing Station at 75 and Drexel. We were partners off and on till 1965 when I was transferred to Lake Shore Dr accident car. We stayed In touch until he lost his life doing what he loved. At the time he died I was in Radar and had the honor of leading his funeral procession. R.I.P. My friend. Gene Casey 11583

Patrolman Eugene F. Casey
Chicago Police Department - Retired

May 22, 2018

The need to solve this crime is a must.
No matter how long it takes.
Rest in peace Officer James Alfano.

Lt. Gene T. Spanos Ret. ( Grew up in Grand Crossing Dist. # 3 )
Police-Marine
RPS 72/95
Founder
Illinois Disabled Police Officers & Fire Fighters Assoc.

Gene T. Spanos
Rosemont Dept. of Public Safety

February 8, 2018

Dad....it seems like each year this day comes quicker and quicker...it is yet another sad day for our family, the anniversary of your death. When August comes around I start thinking about this day, but then again there isn't a day that I don't think about you. 47 years have passed since that tragic day and with it all the things we have missed out by not having you in our lives. I often wonder if the person responsible ever thought to himself what shooting you would do to all the people who loved you and depended on you. Your son John, who was not quite 3 years old, your 6 month old baby girl, your loving wife and countless extended family left behind who still grieve your death. All of us left with a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. You are never forgotten Dad....never. I love you and I desperately miss you.....always.

Jacqueline Alfano Stone
Daughter

August 16, 2017

Happy 77th Birthday in heaven Dad! I am thinking of you today and wishing more than anything the same wish I always have and that is that you are here with all of us and I could say those words to you in person and all that I have kept in my heart all these years. Tomorrow is mom's 77th birthday and we will have a party and celebrate. How wonderful would it have been if you were here too Dad! You were her love and she still cries as we all do! I know that one day I WILL see you and maybe this all will make some kind of sense. I pass by the picture I have of you in uniform and say "hi Dad" every single day....you were so handsome and strong. I stare at your face and try to find myself. I believe that you hear me and you know how much I love you and I feel you with me. I miss you so very much and all that could have and should have been. God Bless you Dad, I love you always

Jacqueline Alfano Stone
Daughter

June 29, 2017

Well, today is my 20th Birthday Papa. I just want to say with everything going on in my life, thank you for watching me every bit of the way. Thank you for not only helping me grow into more of a young woman, but more importantly a Marine. Reading these reflections about you, inspire me to strive to be half the person and Marine you were. Your legacy is still being carried, people have not forgot about you. The people in your community, your students, your friends, and your family keep it alive. Thank you for being the type of person who people admire and want to emulate. Lastly Papa, thank you for blessing me with my God Mother, Father, and HUGE shoes to fill. I love you.
Semper Fidelis

Cpl Alfano, Alyssa, C.
Granddaughter

May 6, 2017

I was stationed at Fort Sheridan and answered the call for blood donations since we were both AB+. Very sad.

Staff Sergeant Rose Runge (retired)
Stationed at Fort Sheridan, IL

February 13, 2017

I was remembering when I was nine and we heard on the car radio that officer James Alfano had been shot. He was my aunt Grace's brother. We were all in shock. I remember uncle Chico was a strong and loving kind of person who was caring and happy, especially around the holidays. I never knew the circumstances of his death until I read these websites. I am sad that he was never able to see his kids grow up, but I am proud of my family who have kept the memory of this warm and wonderful person alive.

Dale Markus
relative

January 9, 2017

46 years ago today Dad you were taken from us and none of us were ever to be the same. I do believe God has a plan for each and every one of us, but this would never have been my plan....how could it be??? I was only 6 months old and barely had any time with the man they say loved me so much.....my heart today is sad, just as it is every day because I want so desperately to know my father!!!! Such a senseless act took you from mom, me and John. 46 years is a long time dad....my whole life, but you are NOT forgotten and you live on in me and John and your grandchildren Brittany, John, Alyssa, Courtney, Brianna, Jake, Zack and now your beautiful great grandchildren Brody and Kennedy!!! My wish is always the same, that somehow you know how much I love you, miss you and long for your arms to be around me telling me you love me too! You were a brave man and you gave your life dad and our family will never forget you and we will be missing you until the day we will all be together again. God Bless You! I love you!

Jacqueline Alfano Stone
Daughter

August 16, 2016

I don't know why Jimmy Alfano(as I knew him) popped into my head today. I know that it lead me to google his name, find this sight and fill my heart with joy as I read about Johnny and Jackie Alfano. I was 10 years old and lived on 55th street in Chicago and we were neighbors (friends) with the Alfano family. I have such fond memories of this family. I remember your Dad as being so very friendly to all of us kids. I remember him leaving for work and always taking time to stop and talk with us. I also recall him always making the adults around him laugh. He was my favorite neighbor. Your Mom, Judy, was so sweet as well. I remember her and my Mom laughing and spending alot of time together. Johnny, you were around 2, i think, and we played with you and loved when your Mom would come over. I recall in the summer we would spend a lot of time outside and loved taking you for walks. I remember when Jackie was born, so beautiful and your Dad was all smiles. Only being 10, I still recall the night that this happened. Your Mom called my parents, and my parents ran next door. Those next several days were awful for all of us. Jackie, just a baby, stayed with us, my sisters and i would fight over who got to hold her. I can't recall who Johnny stayed with. I rember my parents being so upset. I remember sitting at my living room window watching the funeral procession go down 55th street and sobbing. I remember your Mom taking such good care of both of you after that but also seeing her cry alot. Shortly after your family moved. I think my mom kept in touch for awhile, then my family moved out of Chicago. I have thought about you family alot over the years and wondered how you were. It makes my heart so happy to read that you both have families and still remember your Dad. I am so glad that i found this page and got to see how well Johnny and Jackie are, im sure your Dad would be so proud. Much love to all of you!

Laura Petry Collins
Old neighbor

May 1, 2016

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