Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Henry Tustin, Jr.

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, November 9, 1970

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Reflections for Sergeant Henry Tustin, Jr.

Sgt. Tustin,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 9, 2020

Rest in perpetual peace. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

November 9, 2019

Rest in peace my brother.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

November 9, 2018

Rest in peace hero.

Lt. Jim Russo

November 9, 2017

Rest well my brother. You are a hero to all of us.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

November 9, 2017

I worked with Sgt.Tustins son James.We worked together in the 114 Pct.Jimmy was a good guy & a good cop (guess he took after his father)Tomorrow is the anniversary of Sgt Tustins death.May his soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace amen

Retd.Det. Kenneth Whelan

November 9, 2016

Very sorry for the terrible way that you died and my prayers be with your family. Thank you for serving and God bless.

John Haseltine - Civilian

February 21, 2016

It is gratifying to know that your murderer never saw freedom again, though it doesn't bring you back, it guarantees he'll never kill again. I find it interesting that he murdered you, was sentenced and died in November and in successive days, though years apart.

On this 44th anniversary of your murder, I wish the best for your family and know in my heart you have never been far from them. You are a hero.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be always at peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

November 9, 2015

Thoughts and Prayers to his Family. Rest in Peace Sgt. 32 is a house that never forgets.

Ret. PO Colleen Helly
NYPD 32 Pct

November 9, 2015

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

Robyn Wilkes

November 4, 2015

You were my brother-in-law. I knew you well. your brother Raymond & I mourned you at your funeral. Raymond passed away on 7/26/12 . You are reunited in heaven. Will always remember you.

Phyllis Tustin

July 30, 2013

I never knew you SGT Tustin. You were a cousin that I never knew. Your father and my father were first cousins. Now that I now you, I will never forget you or your dedicated service.

Jonathan Tustin

November 10, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst 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 officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

November 9, 2011

"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

December 20, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your serivce

Manchester, Nh

November 5, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

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

November 5, 2007

Sgt. Tustin lived on the ground floor of our two family home. I still remember the Chaplain and two officers from the thirteenth Precinct ringing the bell to notify Mrs. Tustin. The day he was killed Sgt Tustin helped me with some mechanical work on my car. I didn't have to ask him, he just did it. Our first child was born 6 days later, and to this day his birthday evokes ambivolent feelings. " Hank", as we knew him, was a wonderful person that this world was ill-able to lose at that time. God rest his soul.

Lt. (ret) Dan Sullivan

March 4, 2004

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