Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective George Zicarelli

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, September 17, 1979

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Reflections for Detective George Zicarelli

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of .Detective George Zicarelli of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

September 17, 2019

Det. Zicarelli,
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 Cleveland. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 17, 2019

I miss you every day! You were/still are my Dad.
Love you always


September 21, 2018

Still miss you dad, thinking of you today
Love you


September 17, 2018

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Detective George Zicarelli of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

September 17, 2018

I was one of the Ohio officers who attended your funeral. Two bus loads of NYPD officers also attended. It was indeed humbling for a small town Ohio cop, standing shoulder to shoulder with New York's Finest. RIP you've earned it.

Old Retired Cop

September 27, 2016

Thank You Dave for sharing your story with me. He was my Dad, and today 09-17-2015 is his EOW Anniversay, not a happy day but a day were his children remember that awful day he was murdered. The day a police officer came to our home and to break the news to us. A candle is lit for you today DAD.


September 17, 2015

I remember George from the District. He would take care of the Higbee security people who had made arrests and then needed to go to court. George was always very helpful and never treated the security people with anything but the upmost respect and a smile. With two years on the job I admired George as a REAL Good Cop, somebody us rookies admired and wanted to be like some day. After all these years I still remember George, you can never forget a REAL Policeman !

Dave Bellian Ptl. 170 Ret.
Cleveland P.D.

June 19, 2015

Hi Dad

Thinking of you today. RIP


September 17, 2014

The promise... Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

September 17, 2014

Dear grandpa,
I have never met you but I think I lead the life any grandfather would be proud of. I'm currently in the navy for the past five years and have the aspiration to become a police officer like you were. I hope you are smiling down on me from above and can provide me with the guidance and self sacrifice you have provided our country and city with. I hope to be like you one day and make you proud. I love you for the man you were and inspire me to be. May your neighbors respect you, angels protect you, trouble neglect you, and heaven accept you.

AE2 (AW) Faucett, Adam USN

September 17, 2013

Hi Dad:

Thinking of you today, September 17, 1979, seems like a long time ago but to me it feels like yesterday, Rest in Peace dear Father.


Debra Zicarelli

September 17, 2013

george was a great man live next to him all my life may he rest in peace

glen anderson

June 10, 2013

dad i miss u everyday just wish i could of told u how much i love u and say thank u for all u gave me u are the dad i tryed to be with my kids see u in heaven

self family

September 23, 2012

RIP Dad. Today marks 32 yrs and I miss you and keep you in my heart.


September 17, 2011

Thank you Sir for your bravery, courage, dedication to duty and your sacrifice. You are a true Hero and will be remembered as such for eternity.

Sgt. T. Henshaw
Bell Gardens Police Dept., CA.

February 17, 2011

Dear Dad:

I went to the prison last week and met the man who took your life and told him what a wonderful man you were. He has been in prison for 31 yrs now, and is being punished. He told me how sorry he was for what he did to you, but sorry won't bring you back. Its too bad the accomplice only did 2yrs because he was a minor he was just as guilty. I now know what really happened, and it made me feel better to let him know how much pain he caused to our family.

love you.

Debra Zicarelli

December 16, 2010

To the family and friends of Detective George Zicarelli and his fellow officers:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to pay honor to George's memory on the 31rst anniversary of the day George so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many long years of distinquished service Detective Zicarelli gave to his community and the citizens of Ohio, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 17, 1979.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 18, 2010

Always remembered & honored 4 his service & ultimate sacrifice.

Mother, daughter, sister & granddau. of LEO's

June 10, 2010

Your children are thingking of you today on the 30th anniversay of your death, you are loved missed.


September 17, 2009


I love you and am proud to be related to such a brave and heroic man. You have a left a legacy of goodness that is reflected in your children and your children's-children.

James Orlando

June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day! We love you and miss you.

Your Children

June 15, 2008

Thank you David Bell for the poem it is so true and so touching also thank you to all who left a reflection.

zicarelli children
his children

March 9, 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

December 31, 2007

Dear Father:

Today makes 27 years since you left, we are sitting here with warm thoughts in our hearts wishing you could be here with us.

Debra and Susan Zicarelli

September 17, 2006

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