Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Charles A. Schuta

Pelham Manor Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, April 15, 1996

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Reflections for Detective Charles A. Schuta

I had the honor and privilege to serve alongside Chuck at the police Academy as Firearms Instructors and we easily established a friendship. Chuck gave me a neon orange Firearms Instructors hat one year which I still have and cherish to this day in his memory. I remember that fateful day when he was killed on I-95 and I remember offering my condolences to his mom at the funeral home. I can still get choked up thinking about his untimely and tragic death. RIP and god Bless you my friend with all the angels in blue. May you watch over and protect all the brave brother and sister LEO's that still walk the walk.

Sgt. Frank Pennachio (Retired)
Mamaroneck Town Police

April 15, 2016

Detective Schuta was responding to assist me and my fellow NYPD Officers as we were searching for a perpetrator who had fired shots at a NYPD Highway Officer and fled into the woods. As we were in the woods conducting a search, I received a frantic radio transmission that an Officer had been struck by a truck and was trapped underneath. Myself and several other ESU Officers responded and extricated Detective Schuta. Detective Schuta was transported to the hospital where he later died of his injuries. I think of Charles whenever I am operating on the highway as he reminds me of the dangers of being on a highway. God Bless you Detetcive and may you rest in peace.

Sgt. Brian P. Wall (retired)
NYPD -ESU

October 17, 2015

Hey Chuck, 18 long years have gone by and man the feelings are still there. And like every year the memories of us working on the blazer, the lake house or doing things on the house in Yonkers are fresh as ever. People have changed, lives have changed and even our old neighborhood has changed. But some things we cannot change like you being gone. You taught me a lot.
I wish you were here. While your up there say hi to my mom dad and grandma, as well as Mickey.

Supt of Public Works / Engineer
Rye Brook, neighbor growing up

April 15, 2014

It;s been 17 years since you have left us :( There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I miss you so much cuz, all my love, see you soon, Albert

Albert DeStefano
Cousin

April 15, 2013

Well Chuck,
It has been a long time, alot has happened. Today I am in a great career, engaged to get married, bought a home, and just working hard. Life has changed, mom, dad and grandma have passed. Things in life chaged. I wish you were around, and seeing all the things accomplished, and all the things I have learned from you. It has been a while since I visited this site but each day I look at the emblem I remember you. Keep looking over everyone and Thanks for Everything

Superintendent of P.W. Village Engineer
Rye Brook

June 11, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 16th 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 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 who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

April 16, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 15, 2010

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

Robyn Wilkes

April 8, 2009

I See your face,
feel the warmth from your smile
but only in my memories,
in my mind and in my heart.

Lost to me forever
the physical being that once was you.
Will I meet you in Heaven?
Will it all come right in the end?

Right now Heaven seems so far away
from where I am,
running around in circles
trying to fill the void you left behind.

The light of the world shines a little less
without you here to share it.

Michal Nowak, neighbor and best friend
Village of Rye Brook

January 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
Sergeant
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 20, 2007

God bless you and your family and friends.

March 5, 2007

DET CHARLES SCHUTA (CHUCK) as i called him was like a brother to me. He took me under his wing since I was a little boy. We worked on a lot of things together like his truck. We knew each other so well that we knew what the other wanted before he said it . I and a lot of people admired Chuck not because he was a cop, but because of his willingness to assist . He helped me whenever I needed assistance whether it be about school or curiosity, he was always there. Being around him I never thought that the worst would happen to him, however that day came on April 15,1996 when I lost him while he was assisting the NYPD. That day I lost my best friend a, friend which I will probably never forget. I know that he is looking over me and helping me, and I know that one day I will see him again.


FROM YOUR BEST FRIEND

MICHAL 1-25-99

Michal Nowak
Student

TODAY IS THE 6 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF CHUCK DEATH. AND WHEN I LOOK BACK AT THE TIMES THAT I HAD WITH HIM, I REALIZE THAT I MISS HIM DEARLY. I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO MISSES HIM, SO TOO DOES HIS FAMILY, FELLOW OFFICERS AND FRIENDS. AS TIME PASSED PEOPLE WENT THERE OWN DIFFERENT WAYS, AND I WONDER HOW THINGS MIGHT HAVE BEEN. THERE ARE TIMES I STILL WISH HE WERE HERE, TO SEE ME WORKING WITH A GREAT ENGINEERING FIRM, GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE AND DOING ALL THE THINGS HE SHOWED ME. WHAT HAPPENED HAPPENED AND WE NEED TO LOOK BACK AT WHAT CHUCK LEFT US AND REMEMBER THAT HE LEFT ALOT. EVERY DAY I DRIVE HIS TRUCK I AM REMINDED OF HIM AND THE MEN AND WOMEN OF HIS POLICE DEPARTMENT AND REMEMBER HOW GREAT THEY WERE TO ME AND STILL ARE.

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING CHUCK

MICHAL NOWAK
ODEA LYNCH ABBATTISTA CONSULTING ENGINEERS

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