Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Robert A. Sorrentino

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, April 24, 1980

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Reflections for Police Officer Robert A. Sorrentino

My deepest sorrow for the loss this officers family has endured all these years. I am writing my No Parole letter now. No Parole Ever for Police Killers. Should be a national law.

D.A.V. CHAPTER 11 Springfield, Missouri Color Guard.
Son of Chief of Police.Deceased
Their watch is over, now they patrol in Heaven.

November 10, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss. I too lost my personal Blue Hero. I also am the coordinator of The No parole program here at ODMP. I am right now typing my report of inmates up for parole in November. Your Brothers killer is among them. In the last days of October go to and you will see his killer profiled there. It will also go up on our facebook page. I hope this time of Worry goes quickly for you. I have stood where you stand and Know the fear and pain you are going through. You and your family are in my prayers. If I can do anything else to assist you or if you just want to talk you can reach me thru my email [email protected] and I will be glad to give you my number.

Angela McMinn
Surviving daughter of Chief Andrew Williams Saluda police department,

October 14, 2016

I am Bob's sister. Thank you all for your reflections. I know his Brothers in Blue will never forget him.

I am going to my 7th parole hearing November 2016, for the last
living defendant, Russell Carroll, 82A0199. Please send letters to the
New York State Parole Board asking them to deny his parole.

E.. (Sorrentino) Doyle

March 5, 2016

Robert was one great cop, a darn good fisherman and the first man in the 101 to Dye his Vest Blue. Sadly I blame this on the mayor and the Police Commissioner for under manning the 101 that night and sending Us to Manhattan for traffic duty and there should have been 2 more RMPs on Patrol. it should have been covered by overtime not flying. God Rest you Robert

Patrolman Nicholas Mele
NYPD Retired

June 5, 2015

My thoughts today, May 7 2015, turn to Officer Robert Sorrentino as New York mourns another cop from Queens 105 pct. Brian Moore. I was a teenager and friends with his step son Richie. I remember Bob well, hanging at his house where we all shared interest in being on the water, and playing with CB radios, in fact, a piece of 2x4 we used to nail a CB antenna on the house is still there today! When Bob was shot and died a few days later, it really struck about as close to home for me as my Dad was also a Transit Police Officer in the same area that Bob worked. Bob's was the first wake I ever attended, he is still mentioned among the old timers at our local volunteer fire house which Bob served at and the rememberances are of a good guy.

Victor Zatto
Family friend

May 7, 2015

I remember Bobby Sorrentino. We used to play handball together in King Park, Jamaica, Queens.

He often invited me to shoot pool with him in the basement of his parents' home in Far Rockaway.

Even after a few years had passed, and we didn't see each other anymore, he was still the kind of friend that would stop the patrol car he was in and come over to me just to say hello. I never forgot that. God bless his soul.

Ed Grube - Retired teacher
personal friend

December 29, 2014

33 years-not forgotten!



April 24, 2013

I was in the same Academy class as Bob as he sat right behind me . Great guy and a TRUE Gentleman ! We were friends then but went our different ways upon graduation , Bob to the 103 , myself to the 32. I'll always remeber his laugh and great sense of humor. May you rest in peace brother. Other members of my class died LOD , as well as my partner Bruce Anderson who I was recorder in the RMP # 1586 the nite of the accident. I will remember ALL of my fallen friends as great men . God bless all of you.

P.O Thomas Daniel Sh # 31036
NYPD ( retired)

December 4, 2011

Worked with Bob in the 103rd Pct.
Great cop and friend to all.

Lt. John Cappelmann Ret.

April 24, 2011

I remember Bob from the 103rd Pct.
He was an excellent Police Officer.
May he rest in peace.

Lt. John Cappelmann Retired

April 24, 2011

31 years-not forgotten



April 24, 2011



January 3, 2010

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer Sorrentino and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

April 14, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 29th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer, 25 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 12, 2009

What people fail to remember was that Bob Never failed to wear his Vest, but on this night it soaked from the bad rains of the day before and the Pct was run ning short because of the transit strike and a lot of us were flying. It was he who was responsible for most of us to dye that McDonalds Vest from white to either blue or black to make it fashionable. Bobby you will never be forgotten by me and Good Fishin' to You

Nicholas Mele
Retiree NYPD 101 Pct

May 2, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 2, 2008



January 31, 2005

I read about this hero's murder today on the NY Daily News web-site (01/23/05). His surviving wife is still brave enough to re-live the incident and fight to keep the murderer where he belongs. My deepest sorrows to all surviving members of the family. I know Officer Sorrentino is most proud of you all.


Pennsylvania State Police

January 23, 2005

I worked with Bob when he was assigned to the 103 Pct.
He was a 'great cop'. Serious when on a 'job'~~ fun to be with at a party. We all prayed that he would make it during those LONG 2 weeks he was in the hosp. God had another 'FOOT POST' for him to patrol. Now he's with the' FINEST OF NY'S FINEST '. That bright light in the night sky is God's loving light reflecting off of Bob's Shield as he patrols his post in the heavens. See you some day , my friend.

PO Dennis Conner ~~retired

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