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

Mr. Sidney is a brave and unforgettable hero. I'm glad I got to see him one more time on my birthday. He taught me karate and other stuff too. I'm glad I knew him and I'll miss him forever. I'm saying a prayer for Mrs. Shirley and his family.

Matthew Bernard-James Lanigan(age11)

January 23, 2004

We thought of you with love today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday,
and the days before that too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have are memories,
and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake,
With which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our heart.

-author unknown

The Lanigan Family

January 23, 2004


(translation-"BIG HUG!")

Elijah John-William Lanigan(age2)

January 23, 2004

Mr. Sidney was funny. I had fun at his house.

Sherry Lynn-Shannon Lanigan (age 10)

January 23, 2004

I will miss Mr. Sidney.

Christy Mary-Lynn Lanigan(age11)

January 23, 2004

Our memories of you will never end
a fallen hero, our dear fallen friend

We'll love and miss you always

" broke our hearts to lose you
but you did not go alone
for a part of us went with you
the day God called you home"

Bethany Lanigan

January 23, 2004

As I reflect on Sid's life three verses from the bible come to mind:
1)God loves a cheerful giver(2Cor.9:3)Then He certainly must love Sidney. Sid gave his time, his talent, his friendship.
2)Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends(John15:3)Sid even gave his life for others.
3)I am comforted by the thought that when Sid looked into the face of God, that he heard these words:WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.(Matthew25:21)

Brian Lanigan (a good friend)

January 22, 2004

z, we miss you, i am still waiting for you to show me that move. drew misses your 3 o'clock meetings. he is still waiting to hear your footsteps in the hall at opp. i still expect to hear your voice when i call the watch office. jenkins is doing good, but we all miss you dearly. who is going to teach us self defense? i hope you know they got the guys that did this to us. they won't let them stay at opp.. wonder why? we wish they would. thinking of you every day. hey you know opp is haunted, the ghosts could use a good officer to keep them in line..... and feel free to stop on the tier to see drew. you said you'd see him tomorrow, you always kept your promises. we miss you z....... T & A marquez, opcso.... opp and hod.

nurse T. Marquez

January 21, 2004

Sid,my friend, I will really miss you. Your smile your laugh were very special,I hope I will allways be able to remember them. Your love to teach self defense and karate has and will save many lives. You were a special person and I am blessed that I many years to know you. God bless you!


January 21, 2004

We are truly saddened at Sidney's loss.
We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
Your comrades now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.

God Bless Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters.
Our prayers will be with you, your family, and co-workers!

Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) P.D.

January 21, 2004

Sidney I knew you only since October but I knew you were man who cared for others other then yourself. I am one of the people you gave your life for that dark day in January. I will always remember your happy face and the joy you lived life. My family thanks you from the bottom of there hearts for my life and I will live my life now as a tribute to you. Sindey go in peace go with God and my prayers are with you and your love ones for the rest of my life. P S thanks again for my cough drop.
I love you always,

January 18, 2004

The thin blue line has been crossed once again. Thank you for your dedication and devotion to our country. May God bless all of your family and friends.

Pfc. M.S. Szempruch
Bossier City P.D.

January 18, 2004

Rest in rest Z, i wish you could've finished training me but, I guess i'll take what you've taught me and move on. Thanks for being a GREAT WARRIOR, and training other WARRIORS, who will one day be a reflection of your inner and outerself.
To my brothers and sisters of the OPSO, remember WE ARE ONE, when one of you fall, one of us fall.

Police Officer DelRio Cole
New Orleans Police Department

January 17, 2004

Rest in peace Brother, and thank you for your service. We will continue your work. Watch over us and God Bless your family and your department.

Ofc. Jose L Rocha
Tucson (AZ) Police Dept

January 17, 2004

Reading all the reflections for Sidney are chilling, warming, and yet, comforting. Thanks to everyone. Perhaps the most touching remark was from Lisa at Iberia Bank - and it was the shortest. It was at Iberia Bank that Sidney, doing his duty, saved so many. Thanks to Lisa and everyone who responded with kind words and prayers for Sidney and his family and friends.


January 17, 2004


January 16, 2004

My Col. told all of the Troopers this recently. " Law enforcement has always been dangerous work and it always will. It is for a very noble cause." Thank you Deputy Zaffuto for the service you provided all of these years. Rest in peace Brother in Blue.

TFC 975
Georgia State Patrol

January 16, 2004

To The Family of Deputy Sheriff Sidney A. Zaffuto
You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. I met D/S Zafffuto and his wife at Christmas time in New Orleans last year, and what very nice people. My neice Triss, a partner of his is so devastated by this terrible loss. Our whole family is praying for You and Your family. This is such a tragedy. May God forever bless your family. The Nation has lost a beautiful person.

Retired Police Officer Roberta DePass
Chicago Police Department

January 15, 2004

Rest in Peace and watch over us....

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

January 15, 2004

Every time I come to this site and see another name added to the list I think about the family and what they must be going through right now. I think about the co-workers who had to respond to their fellow officer when he was killed in the line of duty...his life taken doing the same thing they do day in and day out. I think of the Sheriff who has to lay another one of his men to rest. I think of the Paramedics and Firefighters that tried their hardest to save a life but weren't able to succeed. And I think of the criminal responsible...I think of how much hatred and contempt I have for people like them and I wonder why they are here living and breathing while someone like Deputy Zaffuto leaves behind a family who loved him. But mostly I pray...I pray that God is with the family and friends of Deputy Zaffuto and is comforting them in some way...I pray that the jurors that are selected to decide the fate of the guilty will see to it that they are never responsible for another officer's family having to go through what the Zaffuto family is going through right now...and, God help me, I pray that they have a long and painful life in prison and never see the light of day again.

Good job, men and women in blue, catching those responsible so quickly. Your hard work and dedication in catching those responsible for this tragedy is a tribute to the life of Deputy have honored him by catching those who did him harm...if he could tell you he was proud of you I'm sure he would. God Bless You.

A 911 Dispatcher


January 15, 2004

thank you for being our hero. lisa iberiabank

January 14, 2004

FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE LASTING IMPRESSIONS Treasure every moment that you have because yesterday is History and guess what? Tomorrow is a Mystery but I know that today is a Gift. That's why it is called the Present. I only had my friend for a short time and I valued his Friendship for it was truly GOLDEN! I've been told that a Friend in need is a Friend indeed, he was my partner and a real Friend, A great man of INTEGRITY that stood out. PEACE I leave with you My peace I give unto you: Not as the world giveth, Give I unto you. Let your heart not be troubled, Neither let it be afraid. St John 14:27 With all my heart, T. C.

Corporal Trissanne Cole
Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office

January 14, 2004

To the Family, Friends, and Co-workers of Lt. Sidney Zaffuto:

Please accept our deepest sympathy for your tragic loss. Our hearts go out to you. Like other heros who carried a badge, Lt. Zaffuto made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of others. He is in the loving arms of God. We know the depth of your pain and sorrow because we lost our son, New Orleans Police Officer Chris Russell, in August, 2002 when he was killed in the line of duty. Please know that the love and prayers of police survivors all over the world are with you. We are here to help you in any way that we can.

Don & Dottie Tardy
Parents of Officer Christopher Wayne Russell
EOW 8/4/2002

Don & Dorothy Tardy
New Orleans Police Department

January 14, 2004

On behalf of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Mesa Lodge 9, we would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the family of Brother Zaffuto. You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.

May you rest in peace and watch over your family and your extended family in blue as we continue the fight.


A.J. Fajardo
Mesa Lodge 9

Mesa Police Department

January 14, 2004

My sincere condolence to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Zaffuto.

Sr. Trooper Keith Miller (Ret)
Oregon State Police

January 14, 2004

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