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Detective John Tamburro

Essex County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, October 1, 1979

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Reflections for Detective John Tamburro

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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

October 1, 2020

Det. Tamburro,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Essex County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 1, 2019

I never had the opportunity to meet John but his Brother Richie Tamburro was a Great Deputy Chief and former friend of mine . He was old school so i can imagine his Brother being a reflection.While working in the Essex County Sheriff"s Office in New Jersey. The Tamburro Brothers were the best of what Law Enforcement stands for.


January 3, 2017

Linda...My dad Ed Peslak...worked with your dad...we continuously ask for intercession of Holy Saints to watch over our families here and in as part of church Triumphant. Bernadette Peslak

Bernadette Peslak, Esq.
My dad worked in Essex sheriffs office with Det. Tamburro

September 5, 2016

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

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

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 26, 2013

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

December 12, 2007

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

Pat Van Den Berghe

October 13, 2007

Always honoring and remembering you.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 1, 2007

I didn't know that this page existed. To see all of comments from caring and loving people who never knew him brought several tears to my eyes. I know that if you had known him that you would have loved him for his sense of humor, generosity and character. Thank you for taking the time to come here and post such kind words.


December 22, 2006

To call it an anniversary makes it sound like we're celebrating, and that's certainly not the case. So on this day 27 years later, a brother officer from across the bridge would just like to say that you will always be remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 1, 2006

You died the day I was born. I was hoping I would not find a name for this date. It saddens me to see this as it does every time I see a name added. Thank you for your service.

LEO wife
Marion, Ohio

January 23, 2005

Rest in peace my brother.

Police Officer
Burlington Township PD

December 23, 2004

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