Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Joseph R. Tardiff, Jr.

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Friday, February 28, 1975

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Reflections for Detective Joseph R. Tardiff, Jr.

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

February 28, 2021

Joe’s badge number was 1899.

Robert McNeil

February 12, 2021

Rest in peace Detective Tardiff.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 12, 2019

You were a great guy and a very good police officer.I had the honor to ride with you in the first district of JPSO. You were always laughing and cheerful, but a very serious officer. I remember several calls , one where you saved the lives of several police officers as a suspect had them trapped against a fence and swinging a long metal pipe on a rope and you quickly and cooly defused the situation and laughed off your heroism.
I have thought of you often over the years.

Deputy Ken McGuire
JPSO 1969-1973

June 1, 2013


Good to see your photo in your NOPD uniform. Remember those blue helmets we had to wear on the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, before you moved up to detective at NOPD? I will always remember those days when you and I were young deputies and you were the at-large unit (112) on my squad. It was always good to know, Joe, that we could ALWAYS count on you for on-spot back up, always looking out for your fellow officers.

I can still hear your laugh. I remember the time that Lt. let me take you with me up to Baton Rouge during the riots there when I learned that my LSP trooper brother had been injured there.

You were a great brother officer, fearless, good-hearted and fun to work with. I still think about you from to time, and have told many people, including my children of some of our experiences. See you soon Joe!

Jim Rigol, Former Sheriff's Deputy Serge
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

October 21, 2012

Your 5 years of services are continuing to be appreciated, Joseph.


February 28, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 28, 2012

You are not forgotten.

Sergeant Scott Monaco
New Orleans Police Department

February 28, 2011

My heart aches for your children and all you missed in their lives.

Thank you.

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 28, 2011

I was at school with your son and daughter the day the New Orleans Police came to school to make the notification of your death. Your son was my classmate and I will never forget that day. I later became a Police Officer and only then did I truly understand the sacrifice you made that day. I have thought of you throughout my career. All I can say is thanks and I pray for your children left behind and know that they are not forgotten. In Jesus name, Amen.

Retired Police Officer Gregory Jacquet
Riverside Police Department, Ca.

December 31, 2009

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

God bless you and all who mourn you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


February 28, 2009



February 21, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 1, 2007

You are not forgotten. True heroes never are.

Major Curtis Gibson
US Army

January 17, 2007

Thank you for putting your life on the line so that others may be safe. R.I.P.

October 25, 2005

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