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Police Officer John G. Scarangella

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, May 1, 1981

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Reflections for Police Officer John G. Scarangella

JOHN, Son of Hotzee Scarangello.
Taken from us, too young, too soon.

Dennis Bader
2nd Cousin on Mothers side - Mary Chieco

September 18, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

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

July 5, 2020

113th Pct. mourns John Scarangella

Posted May 7, 2020
Queens Chronicle

“We will never forget.”

The words in the Twitter account of the 113th Precinct in South Jamaica were posted May 1 as the NYPD marked the 39th anniversary of the death of Officer John Scarangella in 1981, two weeks after he and his partner were ambushed at a traffic stop.

Many of the officers assigned to the 113th Precinct were not born when Scarangella and his partner, Officer Richard Rainey, pulled over a van on 116th Street, seeking suspects in a recent string of burglaries.

They had not yet left their patrol car when two men emerged from the van, firing 30 shots at them before fleeing. Scarangella, 42 and a 12-year veteran, would die at what is now NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens. Rainey, shot 14 times, was forced to retire from the NYPD.

Anthony Laborde and James Dixon-York, members of the Black Liberation Front, were both convicted of murder and died in prison, Dixon-York in 2009 and Laborde in 2016. Many law enforcement authorities believe Joanne Chesimard, still wanted for the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, was in the van at the time.

Rainey died of natural causes in March 2015 at age 67.

Retired Police Officer
NYPD

May 7, 2020

Officer Scarangella, 39 years ago today you where brutally murdered. Continue to rest in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

May 1, 2020

Rest easy my hero. You have been gone for so many years now and, the newbies have no idea what kinds of weapons we had to deal with back in the day. May these evil people suffer every second in hell. May you continue to watch over your loving family and friends and, the NYPD.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

May 1, 2020

“Pausing To Remember PO JOHN SCARANGELLA Today, May 01, 2019, on HIS 38th Anniversary In Heaven. May His Family Always Be Comforted, By The ALMIGHTY.”

Ret. PO Charles Papio
TPD/NYPD

May 1, 2019

“Pausing To Remember PO JOHN SCARANGELLA Today, May 01, 2019, on HIS 38th Anniversary In Heaven. May His Family Always Be Comforted, By The ALMIGHTY.”

Ret. PO Charles Papio. TPD/NYPD

May 1, 2019

Another year in Heaven my brother. May you continue to rest and watch over your loving family and the NYPD. Thank you again for your service and sacrifice for all of us. May all those involved in your loss suffer for ever in hell.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

May 1, 2018

You are not forgotten

Sgt Lombardo
NYC Transit Police

June 1, 2017

Rest well my brother for you have done your time in hell.Blue lives will always matter to me.God bless you and your family always.

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

May 1, 2017

Thinking about you today. Many thanks for your service to our country. RIP and my prayers be with your family.

John Haseltine - Civilian

April 18, 2016

I didn't know Police Officer Scarangella,but I did know his story. His sacrifice was one that made me a better police officer and gave me a pride in my job that lasted my 20 year career in the NYPD. You are still in my thoughts and prayers, we are all family.

PO retired 42 Pct. 2002
NYPD

April 5, 2016

the family of Police Officer John Scarangella can finally have peace knowing that the one that ended this officers life has died in prison

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April 5, 2016

You were in my thoughts today Officer Scarangella after I learned your cold blooded murderer died yesterday at a medical facility while serving his sentence at 5 Points. Now he will get the ultimate sentence in my opinion. Glad he never got to see the day of light again as many before have and continue to do so after murdering LEO's.

Rest in Peace Officer Scarangella!

J. Gantner
Grandson, Son, Brother of NJ LEO's & NJSP

April 5, 2016

I met PO John Scarangella in 1972, in my rookie year while on Patrol. He wished me success with my new career, smiled & shook my hand. I can still see his smiling face. "He" is remembered in Prayer, along with his Family.

Ret. PO Charles Papio
TPD/NYPD

February 26, 2016

It was my honor to research newspapers, magazines, online & books to find your ID CARD Photo. I found this photo in a Online Article about your heroic sacrifice. I felt it was necessary to have a photo on this website so that your family & friends can remember you. Rest Easy Hero! Always Remembered!

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

May the souls of Gods soldiers rest in peace.

PO Pentol (retired)
NYPD

January 19, 2013

Hero's may fall but will never be forgotten. RIP Sir.

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

January 31, 2012

As a young uniformed cop so many years ago, I attended PO Scarangella's funeral. I can't believe it's over 30 years ago now, but I still remember it. It was a sea of blue summer blouses. May God rest his eternal soul and continue to care for his loved ones. Rest in Peace.

Special Agent (Retired)
United States Secret Service

October 29, 2011

This was very sad! I remember vividly the day this happened and the days to follow. I was only 9 at the time but when something like this happens in your town, none the less, knowing the children, it's something that stays with you forever!!! God bless his family! Rest in Peace Hero!

P.O. Adam Constantino
Nassau County PD and Friend of the children

January 18, 2011

A NOTE TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS !

FINALLY,.... ON MAY THE 1st, 2011 THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF MANY , THERE WILL BE A STREET NAMED IN JOHN'S HONOR AND MEMORY ,......... " JOHN SCARANGELLA WAY "

FRATERNALLY
TIM MOTTO
RET NYPD 028 PCT
PAST PRES. NYS FOP LODGE # 69

RET PO TIMOTHY MOTTO
NYPD

January 14, 2011

RIP from a fellow 113 brother

Sgt Pat Connolly
NYPD

March 17, 2010

I WAS INTRODUCED TO YOU BY YOUR BROTHER LUCA, WHEN WE WERE ROOKIES COMING ON THE JOB IN 1972. YOU GAVE US ENCOURAGEMENT AND WISHED US SUCCESS. MAY YOU BE EMBRACED BY THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS & MAY YOUR FAMILY BE COMFORTED BY THE ALMIGHTY. REST IN ETERNAL PEACE, JOHN.

RET PO CHARLES PAPIO
NYPD

December 25, 2009

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace in such incidents & our only real comfort comes from Him. May His strength, comfort & peace continue to be the sustaining force in the lives of all who knew this beloved officer. May it somehow help to know he is not forgotten, and his killers have been relentlessly persued for justice in his honor.

Anonymous

September 9, 2009

Officer Scarangella, you are not forgotten.

SPO
Salem, VA

May 1, 2009

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