Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Sidney A. Zaffuto

Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, January 8, 2004

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Reflections for Lieutenant Sidney A. Zaffuto

Condolences to his family and his loved ones

Carson loveless

April 4, 2024

Lt. Zaffuto,
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 Orleans Parish. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 8, 2024

Sidney 1 good Dude , self defense instructor, great co worker OPP BUILT

Major K Winfield

January 8, 2023

Rest in peace Lt. Zaffuto.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 26, 2021

Lt. Zaffuto, I am grateful of the martial arts lesson you gave at OPSO, you are not forgotten .

Dep.Sheriff Derek Prejean
Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office

January 31, 2020

You are not forgotten today on this mournful anniversary, nor will you ever be. Thank you for your service to your community.

You shall live in the hearts of those who loved you, those who admired you, and those you helped in their times of need; thus you will never be forgotten.

Most respectfully LT Zaffuto, although I never knew you, I dedicate this day to your memory.

D.O. Kaboutari
Harris County Sheriff's Office, TX

January 8, 2017

Sidney left behind a son no one talked about. His son will never know the man Sidney truly was.


May 6, 2015

You were my mentor and friend. You instructed me in ways to defend myself that I still use today. I am 45 now. At age 17 you presented me with a Black Belt. You were so much more than a teacher.

God Bless Mr. Sidney

We got it from hear. I'll see you at the do jo in the here after.

Sgt.Chris Stewart
BRPD Baton Rouge Union of Police Local 237 President

February 5, 2015

I was only 14 yeaars old when this happened. Now im almost 23 and a Deputy For the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. You are still remembered to this day throughout this department for your courage and heroism. May you rest in peace.

Deputy R. Davillier
Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office

October 30, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighth 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 all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I am sure that you are proud that your family is continuing your legacy of protecting and serving

Rest In Peace

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

January 8, 2012

Everyday I am on-duty I think about how many other police officers that are also on-duty that possibly kissed their families and loved ones goodbye for the last time just like you did that morning of January 8, 2004. I was just a freshman in high school, but now I have a fire under me that wants me to continue to make you and Dad proud. I try every day that I go 10-8 to be the best I can be. I look at the Officer Down Memorial Page all most every day to see if any of my fellow brothers or sisters lives were taken in some kinda of tragedy. It makes me sad to see a new name and face when I get on and see a fellow LEO has been killed. I look back at the time and date they were killed and think back to what I was doing at that time when they were experiencing their last moments as one of our nation's heroes. We will never forget the fallen police officers that have fallen. We love you and you will always be remembered Uncle Sidney.

Officer Chase Zaffuto
Hammond Police Dept., Louisiana (Nephew)

September 8, 2011

Rest in Peace brother. May your family find comfort and strength in Gods love knowing that you are resting now in the arms of the angels. You will never be forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Dorsey
Piyy County N.C. Sheriffs Office

January 8, 2011

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 8, 2010

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

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

February 20, 2009

Worked with Sidney for several years. You were good friend and co-woker. Wish you could watch these U.F.C. fights, you would love them !

agent M.Faber Jr.
C.D.C. Intensive Probation /Ret.J.P.S.O.

January 20, 2009

I am saddened to read of Lt. Zaffuto's passing but certainly the world is a better place because he lived. As I read of the situation surrounding his death, I am reminded that all LEOs are indeed a family and I am encouraged that ultimately the good guys - like Lt. Zaffuto - will win. May God bless him family and everyone else he left behind.


August 10, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice. You are a hero for us all to look up too. You are not forgotten


March 19, 2008

Sidney was my martial arts teacher and friend. I attained the rank of black belt under him at age 16 in 1986. His first taught black belt. He was a mentor and I respected him so much. Through my 16 years in law enforcement and 4 years in the Marine Corps I never met anyone any tougher. I was close friends with his son, Sidney Jr. God Bless you Sidney and to the family always remember you will see him again.
One day we will be able to spar once again.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
Bible, 2 Timothy iv. 7.

Cpl. Chris Stewart

February 26, 2008


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

January 2, 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

November 1, 2007

Yo wuzz up DAD...well i just wanted to let you know that i still think about you every day & night,and that you will alwayz forever be remembered in my heart.... LOVE YA!

Andrew Meidna

February 7, 2007

Please know that your sacrifice has not been forgotten as the third anniversary of your EOW has recently passed. You will forever be remembered as a hero.

Linda Lamm - LEO wife and sister of
Jay Balchunas EOW 11.05.04

January 13, 2007

man we had some good times together at work and details seems just like yesterday i keep the obuitary of u in my pocket and show and tell everyone i work with harrison county how good of a man u are

FTO Zeringue
harrison county sheriffs office

January 9, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 3rd anniversary of your end of watch. You have not been forgotten. Continue to watch over your loved ones and protect them.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 8, 2007

May you Rest in Peace.

January 8, 2007

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