Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Investigator Salvatore Papasso

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance - Revenue Crimes Bureau, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Reflections for Investigator Salvatore Papasso

Investigator Papasso,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New York and our Country as well. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 11, 2021

I cannot say enough or offer enough tears or emotions for the numerous, numerous amazing men and women who gave so selflessly and heroically that day and for still many, the numerous days that followed over the numerous years to come. On this 19th anniversary of one of the deadliest days for American law enforcement I'd like to say to you all thank you, God Bless you and rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 11, 2020

Investigator Papasso I have learned so much about you and how great of a person you were. I'm writing a report about you for my criminal justice class. Thank you for your service sir. Salute!

Explorer Sgt. David Hoffman
Lake Sububan Police Explorers (Indiana)

September 8, 2014

Sal, I still think about you often, especially on 9/11.

We know you are in a far better place keeping watch over us.

God bless.
Cousin Rich

"Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday." - Marcus Aurelius

Sgt. Rich Magnum-Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria VA

November 3, 2013

You as always are remembered

Civilian, Manchester, NH

September 11, 2012

Dear Salvatore:

I know the courage you showed that day and from this moment on, your name will be one I remember as the best America offers.

May your memory live forever, and may you forever rest in peace.

My prayers for your friends and family, today ten years after and until I too can breathe no more.

Good job, brother.

Chris Sakoutis, Sr. Court Clerk
New York City Civil Court

September 4, 2011

I was thinking about you today buddy. I looked over at the memorial I have up for you and the other guys in my office and just wanted to send you a message. I think of you all the time. I miss you so much and am so truly appreachiative for all that you taught me about the job. Although I moved on to a new agency, I never forgot the things you taught me. I now try to teach those things to new agents, partially becasue you gave good advice and partially becasue I want you to live on through others. Take care my friend, I miss you.


Adam D. Schneider
Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge

December 23, 2010

To the family and loved ones of Investigator Salvatore Papasso and his fellow officer and most especially to Sal:

Mere words seem insignificant to honor your heroism and courage which will never be forgotten. On this the eighth anniversary month of the tragic devastation wreaked upon our nation, those brave men and women who lost their lives safeguarding others are remembered and revered.

May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire. Your family had to endure losing a beloved hero and how I wish they had not had to endure this tragedy.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect and gratitude for the distinquished service Sal gave to his community and country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 11, 2001.

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


September 19, 2009

Your sacrifice has not been forgotten. You are a true hero, Thank you for your service Sir.

Deputy and Firefighter
Glades County, Florida

September 11, 2009

You are not forgotten...thank you


September 11, 2009

Investigator Papasso,
Sir, on today the 8th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and all your fellow LEOs who were also killed that day for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



September 11, 2009

I look back on the years after 2001. I think about the days you and I were in the academy together. I think about the day we became partners. I think about all those times we spent in the car on surveillance or in the precincts processing an arrest. I spent more time with you then I did with Lisa. I remember going with you to pick out Christine’s ring you had what a smile on your face, you were so excited. I remember when we had to buy and then mail your mothers Birthday cards because you knew it would make her feel special. And you lived in the same house. I learned a lot from you buddy. I wish every day that I could pick up the phone and call you for some advice or to just say hello. You were always there for me and everyone around you. You always felt like it was your responsibility to do the right thing and you did. When we were both promoted I remember spending our last day together. We both looked at each other and I turned to you and said “I just wanted to tell you”. You stopped me and you said “I know”. I never finished. I want to finish now. Sal I want you to know I never have or never will work with a partner as great as you. I could always count on you in the worst of situations. I never felt alone and I always felt like I had someone to trust. You were like my brother and I will honor you until the day I die. I promise I will always be there for your family.I know how much they mean to you. I miss you
Anthony Piazza, Staten Island, NY

Special Agent Anthony Piazza

September 9, 2009

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends and family. May God bless and keep them.


Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 12, 2009

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

Robyn Wilkes

January 12, 2009

Thank you, Investigator Salvatore Papasso, for your dedication to God, your family and, ultimately, your country.

Your sacrifice was not in vain, and you will never be forgotten. Your family remains in my prayers.

God speed and God bless. Rest in peace, Inv. Papasso.

God Bless America.

LRVirgil, Civilian
Texas - Law Enforcement Supporter

September 30, 2007

You are not and will never be forgotten. You and the other brothers we lost that day are HEROES and will be remembered forever! Rest high on the streets of Heaven!

Deputy Brant Pewitt
Williamson Co. Sheriff's Dept TN.

September 11, 2007

I come to this page daily and I just came across this Investigator's name in the "Always Remembered" frame on this site.

You don't see many of these heroes who are named Salvatore and since I too lost two Salvatore's I felt compelled to visit his memorial and to pay my respect.

To the wife, parents, extended family, friends and colleagues of this brave and selfless human being I offer, although belatedly, my most sincere condolences.

I too am a New Yorker, who grew up on the lower eastside, and as I watched on TV what took place that morning from my home in VA, I was both enraged and sick at heart for what I was witnessing.

Many years before my Mom had worked on the 63rd floor of the tower that housed the NYS Dept.of Taxation and Finance. Those beautiful structures were dear to me as I saw them going up...and to see them come down was like losing a part of my life.

I have kept all those that perished that day in NY, PA and DC in my memory and prayers. They were any of us on a given day. It was overwhelming and devastatingly tragic...

To the rescuers...there are not enough superlatives and accolades to describe them. To say I was proud of my fellow New Yorkers, as they gave of themselves when they were completely exhausted and emotionally drained, is an understatement.

God bless each and every individual who came together that day and all the ones that followed, from near and far, to help as best they could their fellow man.

My two Salvatores are my brother and, his namesake, my son. I have always thought that name was a beautiful one, and it has been my heartache that God calls them back to Himself much too soon and much too young. Maybe they were too good for this world. I think that is because they, the "Sal's," always are remembered by all who had the privelege to know them, as warm, kind and decent guys who were always willing to extend themselves for others...that has been my experience. I will now add this Salvatore to my prayers.

May God's perpetual light shine upon the soul of Investigator Salvatore Papasso and may he rest in His eternal peace for having made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting and serving his community.

You are a hero along with all those other heroes and none of you and those that lost their lives that day, will ever be forgotten.

With my deepest sympathy.

Anita L. Culosi
sister of NYS Tpr. S.J. Embarrato eow 7/6/61

March 23, 2007

Dear Sal:
Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and dedication to keep the oath. On January 20th, 1961, President John F. Kennedy, after taking the oath of office, had laid a challenge to all Americans, for present and future generations. He stated, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country".
Sal, you answered that challange in the exact manner in which President Kennedy had hoped for. To do for your fellow Americans without thought for yourself. And that is exactly what you, and so many others did that horrible day.
Had it not been for you and all the rest, the death toll would have been, without doubt, a lot higher.
I am certain that no words I, or anyone else say, can ease the sorrow and pain your family has had to endure. But in losing you, so many others were spared. I am certain that your family, as all of us who wear a badge, is very proud of you, and forever in your debt.
5 years have come and gone, and still your memory and your legacy live on. And rightly so. You shall NEVER be allowed to be forgotten. You are and forver more, a hero to every American. The cowards who attacked that day, have tried to undermine the American morale and spirit. They failed, and failed miserably. They have learned a lesson that the Axis powers learned some 60 years ago...they "have awakened a sleeping giant". They shall NEVER deter us in the style of life we Americans have fought and died for.
Because of you, and all our brother officers who gave all that day, our enemies, foreign and domestic, have been put on notice that we shall never "go quiet into that good night".
Rest in peace, Sal. We have the watch now. May God hold you in His hand, your family in His heart, and your name of His lips. amen

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office-Florida

November 15, 2006

you will live in our hearts forever...

September 12, 2006

Thinking of you and your loved ones on this tragic day in history. You will never be forgotten and will be forever a hero.

Nicole Burdette
Wife of Deputy Alex Burdette EOW 3-12-05

September 11, 2006

HERO! Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

July 17, 2006

There are but two persons who protect the sinful human race from destroying itself. One is God's Holy Spirit. The other is the Peace Officer. Without them, we would all perish at each other's hands.

You were called into this profession and our Lord and Savior has blessed you because:
According to Romans 13.1-5...
God ordains the Peace Officer’s profession.
The Peace Officer is sent by God.
The Peace Officer is vested with God's authority to enforce the law.
A Peace Officer's badge is to be honored by us, because God honors it.

You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for your fellow man, while serving, defending, and protecting others in your community.

Thank you for your service to America. Your efforts saved thousand that horrible day.
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. You will be in our hearts forever.

September 11, 2001---Gone, but Never Forgotten.

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 6, 2004

I did not know this Investigator or the others who lost their lives on September 11th. They are TRUE AMERICAN HERO'S. GOD bless the New York State Office of Tax Enforcement and all of the families associated with them.


Recruit Don Reichhardt
60th Crater Criminal Justice Academy
Prince George, Va.

Officer Don Reichhardt
Virginia State University Police Department

I was Sal's Sgt and broke him in on the job - he and his partner Anthony Piazza were one of the best teams at doing their job - both on and off the job. Sal's smirk and dry wit were stallwarts on the team - he used to go at it with me because we were so stubborn in our minds and ways - but eventually we would compromise. I can still remember the 3 of us working nights regularly, taking care of business as usual. I remember one time I got the call that he was on his way to the Hospital - only to find out he fell through a trap door in a bodega and hurt his ribs - naturally I feared the worst - and we wound up laughing about it a few weeks later over a couple of beers.

Sal, my friend and brother, take heart you will never be forgotten - always in our hearts and minds, always on duty, and forever sharing in our hopes and dreams as you did when you were here.

We will conquer and overcome so that you did not die in vain. Love ya man.


Chief Investigator Anthony Notaroberta
NYS Petroleum, Alcohol, Tobacco Bureau

Your death will be avenged and your heroism, bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten!

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