Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Captain Thomas J. Albert, Sr.

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, February 21, 1979

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Reflections for Captain Thomas J. Albert, Sr.

Here I am after all these years with my beautiful memories of my husband. Although he is gone, he will always live in my heart with our Little Angel, our son Jimmy. Losing them resulted in the hardest days of my life. Reading all these special notes that were left in memory of my husband is very touching. Thank you. It means so much to my children and to me. One cannot express what it means when we meet someone that knew or worked with Captain Albert. Their stories of him are so touching and enjoyable. After all these years he is still remembered in such an outstanding way.

Until we meet again.
All my love,
Your wife
Gloria 1120

For Captain Thomas J. Albert Sr.
New Orleans Police Department

February 20, 2021

Rest in peace

Coletha Yvette Albert
The Joseph Dwayne Albert Foundation

May 21, 2020

It has been 41 years since Captain Albert passed away. Our lives had been changed forever. We feel blessed because he was a wonderful officer, husband, and father.

He is greatly missed by me, his family, and friends but never forgotten.

Until we meet again, 1120.
Your loving wife and family,

For Captain Thomas J. Albert Sr.
New Orleans Police Department

February 21, 2020

Thank you for the kind words in memory of my husband, Captain Thomas J. Albert, Sr.
After 40 years I still read everyone’s posts with tears in my eyes.

We love him and miss him and we appreciate knowing that you are thinking of him along with us.

Gone but not forgotten.
Until we meet again,
Your loving wife and family.
Love. Gloria

Family of Captain Thomas J. Albert, Sr.

February 27, 2019

Capt. Albert,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 21, 2019

After 40 years, my dad still manages to be helpful and present in our lives through the things he taught us, and the example he gave us through the way he lived his life. We miss him.

We appreciate the notes from people who have posted. We hope you and yours are well.


February 20, 2019

Captain Albert, I have witnessed the impact you have made on your family and friends, as well as a lasting presence. Your life still continues to touch the lives of many, including mine. You are still talked about and greatly missed. Thank you for your service. We will always remember you.

Family Friend

August 12, 2018

It is now 39 years since we lost you. We are so proud of you. It is such an honor to now have Captain Thomas J. Albert, Sr., N.O.P.D. remembered on the memorial in Washington D.C. So many other men and women are also remembered on the memorial. They paid the ultimate sacrifice. The memorial is so beautiful and at the same time, also sad. They will be remembered forever.
Your memory will live on.
You are loved and missed by all.
Until we meet again.

Your Wife, Gloria

February 18, 2018

We’re still so proud of Captain Albert! After 38 years his name was inscribed on the Louisiana Law Enforcement Memorial in 2016 and will be inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in 2017.
With love from his wife and family


February 22, 2017

Captain Albert had a lot of insight and was a good teacher. We recently realized that his grandchildren, who were all born after he passed away, sometimes quote some of his safety mottos. He’s still guiding his family after all of these years.

Gloria, wife
With love from his wife and family

February 20, 2016

To those who have posted: Thank you.
It means so much to us knowing that many still remember Captain Thomas Albert Sr.
Being a humble man, Captain Albert would feel as honored by your kind comments as his family is.

With love from his wife and family.

Wife and family

February 21, 2015

I visited St. Rock Cemeteries yesterday and while walking down a aisle I looked at Capt. Albert's tomb. What a surprise since I did not where he was buried. I talked to Capt. Albert about two hours before he passed in Police Headquarters. When I went on the Police Dept. he was assigned to the Academy and later in our careers I was assigned under him in the 8th District for a while as a new Sgt. He was truly a fine person and Police Officer.

Ret. Lt. Paul C. Fleming

May 21, 2014

35 Years have come and gone. We think of you every day and you are sadly missed.

Your Wife, Children and Grandchildren

February 27, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd 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.

Time never diminishes respect and 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. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories of you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 21, 2012

Thanks for the kind words in memory of my husband.
Captain Thomas J. Albert, Sr.
We love him and miss him and we appreciate knowing that you miss him too.
Mrs. Albert and Family

Mrs. Albert and Family

February 19, 2012

You are not forgotten.

Sergeant Scott Monaco
New Orleans Police Department

February 24, 2011

Dad, we lost you one week before my 8th birthday during a pivital time in New Orleans. The police were on stike and you were the commanding officer on duty for several days in a row. I was home with Mom when Father Rogers came to the door. I remember the morning. It was so hard to believe. Since then, you have always been present in my life, through repectful stories that other officers have shared through the years, through stories shared by Mom and my older brother and sister. Respect for you and the values that you and mom cherished has had an impact on decisions that I make. Your work ethic and family values were strong. I also remember your crazy sense of humor, Disney character impressions, and warm hugs. I'm thinking of you today on my 38th birthday and do still miss you very much. Thanks to you and Mom for working so hard to provide a positive family experience and childhood. I hope to do the same for your grandchildren.

Love always, your youngest & family

February 27, 2009

On his first day working alone on his beat as a new officer, Thomas Albert received a message that there was an armed suspect on the run in the area. He remembered a bar in the area that was closed during the day and thought it would have been a good place to hide if he had been the guy on the run. In his youthful exuberance, Albert entered the darkened bar to test his theory without telling anyone where he was going. As his eyes adjusted to the dark he was surprised to find that he had not only found the suspect but that the man had a gun pointed at him. They were alone and no one knew where he was. Rather than draw his gun, Albert talked to the suspect and convinced him to lower his weapon. The calm with which he conducted himself that day defined his career, and the lessons he learned that day were among the many lessons he passed on in the following years as a desk sergeant, as an instructor at the police academy in New Orleans, as a district Captain, and as a family man.
+ If you put yourself in the suspects’ shoes you can find them.
+ Always tell someone where you are.
+ A calm, respectful voice can be as effective as a gun.
+ Never, ever look for a bad guy in a dark place without a flashlight.

It’s been thirty years since we lost this calm and wise protector, yet his children and grandchildren are still learning from his example – and missing him.

Bruce Cahill

February 21, 2009



February 12, 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

February 10, 2008


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Captain Albert.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 15, 2004

Oh Captain, my Captain. You were indeed my first Captain. Because of you and the example you set for us, we became decent, professional Police Officers. So many years have passed since I served under your command, and I still remember you as the very best role model a young Police Officer could possibly have. After all these years, I still serve as a Police Officer and you are still my role model. God bless you and your family. I will always remember you at the Mass. Rest in peace. Respects: Off. J.L. Bowden

Officer J.L. Bowden
Port Neches P.D. Texas

April 15, 2004

Captain Albert you passed away the same year I began my Law Enforcement career. Even though the years have passed you are remembered. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Senior Trooper Keith Miller (Ret)
Oregon State Police

March 17, 2004

Captain Albert....thank you for your service & God bless.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

March 12, 2004

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