Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Scott M. Gonzalez

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, October 24, 1997

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Reflections for Trooper Scott M. Gonzalez

Scott was and always will be my classmate in the NJSP 113th class which graduated in January 1993. As I reflect back to our graduation day none of our class would ever have envisioned what Scott had to endure on that awful day. I cannot even imagine what was going through his mind in those last few seconds prior to his death. He was a "Trooper" in every sense of the word. He fought till his last breath. I'm honored to have known Scott, train 22 weeks at Sea Girt with Scott, and wear the same uniform as Scott. Unfortunately all the training in the world sometimes is just not enough. He nows sits with our Lord! Scott you are a true NJSP HERO!! Always will be!!

SFC N. Ponte#5088 (ret.)

October 24, 2020

RIP classmate

Sgt. Angelo Armagno #5026 (Ret)

October 24, 2020

Rest in peace always and know that your heroic actions and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

October 24, 2020

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

October 4, 2019

Rest in peace Trooper Gonzalez.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 29, 2019

You where taken from us much to soon . So many memories with you fishing hunting,camping and being there for me when in need.I miss you so much, we will meet again.

Richard Streeter
Child hood friend

April 24, 2018

Twenty years have passed, and you are not forgotten, Trooper Gonzalez.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

October 24, 2017

RIP've never been forgotten

Lt/Retired Nick Norton
Westfield, NJ PD

October 18, 2017

This happened near where I live, will never forget that night. Your sacrifice is appreciated and not forgotten.


November 7, 2016

Bless you brother

Judge /retired SC State Trooper Danny L
Aiken County, SC

October 25, 2016

May you continue to rest in eternal peace my brother. You are a true hero that will never be forgotten.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

October 25, 2016

I worked with Scott at Washington, and yes I was there that awful rainy night. Now my son is a Glen Ridge police officer and he met your nephew. It seems time has come full circle and the years are passing by quickly. But the memories and respect never go away. God Bless you and your family. Protect and watch over all our brother officers.

Tpr I Bob Wilk #3603
NJSP (Ret)

January 30, 2016

Dear Mrs. Gonzalez, I trust that our Lord's Grace has sustained you through the years since that tragic day and your loss of Scott. Remembering your heartache and suffering the day after when I met with you at your home. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will be sharing some of my experiences as a police chaplain in an upcoming "Blue and White Sunday" (law enforcement honoring service) this Sunday in Essex County, NJ.

May our Lord continue to keep and bless you.

Chaplain Wayne A. Zosche (Retired)
Magnolia Police Department
Camden County, New Jersey

Former Chaplain
Magnolia Police/Camden County, NJ

June 1, 2015

It takes a special person to become a law enforcement officer and put their own life at risk to protect the lives and property of others. I always admired people who chose to serve a higher purpose. When officer is on a duty it means his whole family is on a duty as well. Today, remembering Mr. Gonzalez, I want to thank his Wife and Family for letting Mr. Gonzalez to serve the community. It is unfortunate that this Trooper lost his life in a line of duty. And even though it happened years ago, Trooper Gonzalez is not forgotten. I am a current recruit at LASD Academy, class 403, and I want the family of Trooper Gonzalez to know that I think of your loved one and I am committed to train even harder to fight the crime on the streets in Trooper Gonzalez' memory.

Recruit Jean M.
LASD Academy

September 29, 2014

I believe this happened on property my family owned off obrien rd.,KNOCK bawn farm. Top of the mountain, gives me chills and my condolences go out to family after time that has gone by,

Richard Bennett

August 4, 2014

I feel great sorrow for the loss of Trooper Gonzalez. I was a high school junior when this tragedy occurred. Trooper Gonzalez's death highlighted the sacrifice law enforcement professionals make to help those in need. His legacy inspired me to become a state trooper and serve and protect others. Rest in Peace Trooper Gonzalez, your sacrifice has never been forgotten.

Erik Domanski
Trooper, Texas Highway Patrol

October 24, 2012

god bless you

PFC Jon Pease
CMPD-Retired B.P.D.

October 24, 2012

Thinking of you and your family today. Your memory lives on and thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. God bless you and your family.

Pennsylvania State Police

October 24, 2012

Happy 50th birthday Scott, forever young and always a hero

Captain (Retired)
N.J. State Police

March 28, 2012

Thinking of you today, you are a hero who will never be forgotten. Rest in peace. God bless your family.


February 19, 2011

how ya holdin up over there, if ya run into any of my family fee free to keep them in line...anyway bro you know u'll never be forgotten and this year for the police unity tour I'm gong to ride in your honor to keep it alive forever. Thank you for your sacrifice

Police Officer Nick Cevasco
Rutgers University PD

November 19, 2010

Thinking of you & your family today and remembering the ultimate sacrifice you made serving as a NJ State Trooper. Your family & friends keep you in their hearts ALWAYS. We will NEVER forget your heroism.


October 24, 2010

though I do not know you personally I do think of you and Scott often. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but I have heard so many wonderful stories and memories of his life. He was a true hero for how he lived while he was here. There is no doubt in my mind his life was cut short. I attend the game every year and do so with honor and pride to be a part of such a wonderful tribute. I watch the pride the Troopers have in participating in this event and it gives me chills. I too am a widow but of a different kind. My husband was killed in Iraq several years ago. He was a bomb tech and also like Scott my husband walked among the elite in his field. NJ State Troopers are among the finest there is in Law Enforcement and I am so proud everyday to be among that family. I have wanted to share something with you for a long time and hope that it brings you some comfort. I wish the best for you in your life and wish for you peace and comfort.. may the memories of your beloved Scott bring you comfort for the years to come... for the rest of your life. When my husband was killed I was given this poem and it brought me some comfort. I hope that it can do the same for you after all these years... I wish the best to you always...

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 glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
(Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!
Mary Frye (1932)

With much love from my family to yours...


March 27, 2010

Maureen, I am and will always be here for you. I still think of Scott as I do of Tommy everyday.
Respectfully, Tim Hanratty

Tpr. T. Hanratty

March 2, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twelth 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.

Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for your family. The circumstance of your death were horrific, but I am one of those who strongly believe that it is how you lived that is more important than how you died. In reading the reflections, I can see you were an amazing young man who impacted a lot of people in positive ways. The fact that you are loved and missed by so many is a testament to your character

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 24, 2009

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