Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Augustine J. Belmonte

Saugus Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, February 16, 1969

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Reflections for Police Officer Augustine J. Belmonte

My Dad was also a policeman then. Gus, was a friend of the family. We often went hunting with him. My Dad was devastated when he died. I saw the live go out in my Dad. He died a month later.
Rip Gus and Walter.

Richard A. Marsh
A friend of Gus

May 28, 2020

My uncle was a cop back then.We had just moved to Saugus and met Officer Gus Belmonte through him.I remember it was ash Wednesday and we stopped to talk to Gus before we got on a bus to Cliftondale Square.H said where are your ashes we told him we will get them when w got back,He said no go now and he held the bus from leaving until we got back.He was such a kind sweet cop.We were heartbroken when he died.God Bless Your Soul Officer Augustine Belmonte,you are forever and always in our hearts and mind.You will always be one of the best people I ever met in my life.

Maureen Pimentel

August 4, 2017

I was a young African American kid back in the sixties in a world of white America. Gus Belmonte was a wonderful man and human being. He was the only police officer who treated me with dignity and respect, while so many other adults in Saugus treated me with abuse because of the color of my skin. His family should be very proud of the difference he made in my life . It was an extremely sad day when this hero passed away in the line of duty. In my heart forever .

Lieutenant Richard Michelson
Oak Bluffs Fire-Ems

November 18, 2015

Uncle Tony, My confirmation name is Augustine and I have submitted Augustine's story to several media sources as it, like many others needs to be told in light of police demonizing today, even at this hour...Long Live Uncle Augustine's name.
Your nephew LJR Marketing and PR Rep 25 years

Nephew by Mother

December 26, 2014

Gus was my dads partner, loved when he would come to the house, such a great man, tragic loss for all! more police!! America needs more police like Gus Belmonte!!!!!!

lorraine gaeta

November 20, 2013

As the anniversary of John F Kennedy's death approaches I remember once again Officer Gus's gentleness as he bent down to tell my sister and I that the President had been shot. I remember how kind and caring he always was to everyone, especially us children, he knew us all and we were always happy to see him when we went to Cliftondale Square.
In my eyes he will always be the perfect model of what a Policeman should be.

Mary Hastings

November 17, 2013

I remember when my dad took me and my sister into our bedroom, sat us down, and told us Gus had died. We were only 6 and 7, and it was our first personal death. Gus always stopped by at Central Elementary, and we kids raced to him when he showed up.
All these years later, we still talk about him with love, and grieve his loss.

Diane Howard
Childhood -friend?-

July 20, 2013

So many years have passed but we will never forget Gus Belmonte. We would wait for officer Belmonte to make his rounds at the junior high school on Central Street. After he had checked all of the doors and made his rounds he would stop and chat with all the kids on the playground. He was a real friend and so kind. When we heard the news that fateful day our hearts were broken. Who could ever understand how or why this could happen to Gus "our hero".

Marie Loiselle

May 30, 2013

I met your son Peter in, of all places, Potosi, Missouri. You and I have never met, but this week-end in Potosi I felt a connection with you and so many other fallen officers.
We were at a retreat for adult children of fallen police officers put on by COPS. Peter and I hit it off from the start as we were both young when our Dad's died in the line of duty. It was also our first ever retreat with COPS and it sure was moving and up-lifting.
Pete and I talked of our Dads and how things might have been and how they are now. I think our lives have changed for the better after shareing our stories of our Dads and our families.
It was just so good to meet Pete as our stories are so alike. We were both so young, had brothers, and a real young Mom.
Gus, if you haven't already, look up my Dad and you two share some stories of how it was back in the day. I know you know where to look to find his name. Officer Down Memorial Page.
I just met Pete and he seems to have it together. Please continue to aid us, from above, in times of stress as we go forth in our lives.

Jim Deckert
Adult son of a fallen officer. EOW 2/11/57

July 1, 2012

I was once arrested by this great hero of a man. And learned to love him as a person, hero and mentor.
We used to have long talks for hours when he was on an overtime security 3rd shift detail.
I hated going home, my folks knew where I was so as long as I was with Gus Belmonte I could stay out.
He pushed me into finishing high school so I graduated Saugus High 6/9/69.
The world lost many great hero's in the 1960s EVER THINE

John J Novicki

March 11, 2012

All the kids who hung around the old high school grounds on Central Street in 1960 will never forget Gus and how good he was to us all. They don't come any better than that kind, brave man.

Rich Loiselle
A kid on the beat

January 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 18, 2010

Augustine was my grandfather. I never got to meet him, but I am so proud of his service. I feel his presence in my life, as I am graduating nursing school and getting ready for my wedding. I wish that he was here to share these and many other memories our family has made since his passing, but I know that he is with us all when we need him most. Please keep him in your prayers, and remember his dedication to serve the people in his community.

Katharine Belmonte

October 29, 2009

Gus was the best. I can remember so many times he would stop and talk to us kids while he was in his patrol car. Always with a smile on his face yet reprimand us if needed. Many of the kids have passed on now because of bad decisions. I believe if Gus had been around many would still be here today. Its been along time but we will forever love and respect him and will never forget him. A dedicated cop, a loving husband and father and a true friend. We miss you!

Dan & Judie Condon
Forever our Friend

July 31, 2008

Officer Belmonte, yesterday marked the 39th anniversary of your tragic murder. This being Massachusetts, we can only hope that your killer received the sentence he deserved under Mass. guidelines. You gave your all in an attempt to catch the bad guy and you are a hero.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

February 17, 2008

Officer Belmonte,
On today, the 39th anniversary of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Saugus. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



February 16, 2008



February 10, 2008

Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

January 27, 2008

i miss hims so much i wasent born but i still miss him

not a police officer jenna

April 28, 2007

I will always remember "Gus" Belmonte. Growing up in Saugus back in the early 60's, Gus was the "beat cop" in Cliftondale Square. We had a standard running joke - "What's a penny made from - (my answer) "Dirty Copper". I was young, but will never forget that fateful day at the Red Coach Grille - People do remember!

no rank - M. E. (Green) Tibbetts
former Saugus resident

October 15, 2005

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