Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

God Bless You and your family. Rest In Peace. You are not forgotten—continued prayers.

NYPD Detective-Retired

May 1, 2024

With time our tears will heal, and we will find comfort in his memories and life is going to move on, but his absence will always be felt by all that knew him.

Ret. Police Officer Russ Brunetto
I worked with Jerry at the 113 Pct.

May 13, 2022

“Pausing to Remember PO JOHN SCARANGELLA today, May 01, 2022 on His 41st Anniversary in Heaven. May His Family Always Be Comforted By The LORD.”

Ret. PO Charles Papio

May 1, 2022

Rest in peace Officer Scarangella.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 9, 2021

I still miss you so much uncle. It was just so wrong. A light in our lives thats never renewed. A walking saint in all respects. A pure beautiful soul.

Marianne Scarangella Singer

May 1, 2021

There is a place designated for the violent extremists who took your life. On this anniversary of your death I can only reiterate a reflection I left for you previously and say that your law enforcement family will never forget.

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

May 1, 2021

Rest In Peace hero ! I’m so sorry to the family that once again the judicial system failed to give the conviction they deserved . My only solace is they died in prison .
Rest In Peace

Ret. Po ohara
Nypd mounted

May 1, 2021

Life sucks without you dad!!!

Gerard Scarangella

March 25, 2021

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

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

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.)

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

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


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

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)

January 19, 2013

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