Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Alfred William Terrinoni

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, October 12, 1980

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Reflections for Sergeant Alfred William Terrinoni

Think of you often and all the good times we had.You,me and Jack Bandy.From our steak and eggs,to Fleetwood Mack and also good cat.From rides in the blue Cadillac and the z28 when we were with you there was no escape.Thanks for all the good times and the sunshine you brought to our lives.You are unforgettable.

Karen Wall
A friend

September 25, 2022

Still think of you often Al.The years may come and go yet sweet thoughts and memories go on .Jack Bandy and I driving around in your blue Cadillac listening to Fleetwood Mac.The best of times.Thanks for such great memories.We all loved good cat.

Karen Wall

September 25, 2022

Rest in peace Sergeant Terrinoni. Today I visited your grave in section 14. I do have to call your department and see if they can place the fallen officers' flag by your stone. One humble and devout human being! You are forevermore a Dade County hero.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 15, 2022

I was a personal friend of Al Terrinoni.I worked for the Parking dept for coral Gables for a few years.He showed great love and affection to me and my mother off duty or on duty .From pulling up in the front yard in his Datsun Z28 with all smiles and heading to steak and eggs on 57thvave and having a great time.These are the moments I cherish the most.I could write a book on our adventures together.I have always thought about you through the years and always remembered the good times we shared together.

Karen Wall
Personal friend

February 11, 2022

Rest in peace Sergeant Terrinoni. A man of heroic scruples!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 12, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

October 12, 2020

Sergeant Terrinoni was a great example of a Police Officer. I was a young Police Explorer at the time. I remember him like it was today. Great smile and very friendly. I remember him letting us us his Police Car once for patrol. Our Explorer Unit wasn't available at the time. He was very caring. He will be truly missed. RIP Sergeant.

Explorer Mark Wynn
Coral Gables Police Explorer Post 954

March 18, 2020

I wish I had the chance to meet great-Uncle Al. I've heard so many great things. We keep your memory alive. One day we will be united and finally meet.

Brian Terrinoni

June 10, 2015

Rest in peace Sergeant Terrinoni,
You sound like you were one in a million. Thank you for your service, sir. May you be resting with the angels.

Linda Merrick

October 12, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero. Continue to rest in peace Sgt. Terrinoni.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

October 12, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Terrinoni. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 9, 2012

HEROES live forever, and you sir are a hero. May you continue to rest in peace Sgt. Terrinoni.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


October 12, 2011

To The Family of Sgt. Terrinoni:
I wanted to offer my sympathies on your tragic death. I remember reading of your murder and hope your killers got what they deserved. Sgt. Terrinoni, your bravery and courage will never be forgotten by your family, friends and colleagues. My dad was a New York City policeman for almost 40 years with the 102 precinct. I understand you attended Hialeah High School, tragically 8 or 9 other officers from the school were killed in the line of duty and I believe are honored at the school. A classmate of mine from Miami-Dade College, Mrs. Laura Estevill told me many years ago she knew your mom Mra. Porcero. Rest in peace Sgt. Terrinoni your dedication will never be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 14, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 12, 2010

To the Terrinoni family, I did not have an opportunity to work with Al but I understand he was a very loving father and dedicated Police Officer. Myself along with several other officers will present and in honor of Sgt. Terrinoni
on May 20, 2009. God Bless you all.

R.I.P. Al

Retired Sgt. M. Steele
Coral Gables Police Department

May 17, 2009

You are not forgotten.


February 4, 2009

I remember Al. He was my Sgt. and a good friend. On the night he was killed it seemed impossible to believe that it could have happened to him. He was a bright shinning spirit, full of life and to think such a person could no longer be with us was impossible to believe. As I sat in the hospital with the other officers we expected you to come out smiling. It was impossible to believe that you did not. It has been 28 years but my memory of you is still very clear..... hair that all the other men wished they had, a smile that was contagious, not afraid to pull a prank or laugh at himself, I could go on and on. You helped me "rookie" in so many ways and I am one of the many who have been blessed in having had the pleasure to have known you. As the Irish believe, I don't dwell on the terrible day you left your body but celebrate your life and everyone you helped while you were here.

Look down on us from above, Al and once in awhile put in a good word with the "Big Guy" for all of us that have been left behind.

Former CGPD Officer

November 29, 2008

It would be difficult for me to over-emphasize the impact Al Terrinoni had on my life. I considered Al my best friend from Hialeah High School. We worked together at my dad’s plating shop for awhile after school and shared an apartment. I went into the army in 1962 and in 1964 when I would come home on leave, Al would let me ‘ride’. That was my ‘introduction’ to policing. My last year in the army I worked as a reserve on the Fairfax, California PD and when I returned home, Al and I resumed our friendship. I was determined to follow Al’s footsteps into law enforcement and ultimately became a police officer in suburban Detroit and was police chief in Marshall, Michigan for a couple of years. Regrettably, I didn’t learn Al’s untimely death until a few years after it happened.

While writing this brings tears to my eyes, I can rarely think of Al without a smile. I will always remember his incredible wit and good humor. He was simply one of the best, brightest and kindest men I’ve ever known. Only the good die young.

“Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.”


Dr. Michael Featherstone

May 28, 2008

On the upcomig anniversary of your passing we remember you today and thank you Sir for your service.

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 10, 2007

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

October 2, 2007

I worked with Al for 14 years at the Gables P.D. He was a great person and friend,I can still remember the good times after working midnight shift going to Tahiti beach for a cold one. for all who knew Al I'm sure they can remember what a great person he was. he will always be missed.

Chuck Richards
Dalton Georgia Police Dept. Retired

September 7, 2007

I am an explorer with Lake Havasu City Police Department. I know some of your relatives, I know that you were a great police officer just like the Terrinoni I know. Thank you for your service.

Explorer Kyler Cox
Lake Havasu City PD, Arizona

August 24, 2007

I always heard great things about you and your duty. You wanted to protect and serve which you did. Your incident like a a lot of things that happen in life happend for a reason or as I like to say it... it was your destiny.

Adam Terrinoni
His nephew

October 18, 2006

I met Sgt. Terrinoni when he was an officer. He worked with my brother Larry May, who also worked at Gables P.D. I liked Al, he was a great police officer. I know it has been 26 years since his death, but he is not forgotten. God Bless his family.

Sgt. Jim May
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Dept. (Ret)

October 13, 2006

Your little brother and your sister in law will never forget you. It has been 25 years and we still talk of you. You have a nephew who has never known you. Such a short life, but always remembered. Robert and Nancy Terrinoni

December 27, 2005

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