Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Eric J. Verteramo

Schenectady Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, April 11, 2004

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Patrolman Eric J. Verteramo

On behalf of Zone 5 Session 20 we send our deepest condolences.

Balko, Joseph #3
Zone 5 Law Enforcement Regional training academy

April 13, 2023

19 years but it seems like yesterday. I know SPD Session 24 misses you like no tomorrow. Rest easy brother

Det Tom Ciampolillo
Schenectady PD

April 11, 2023

Rest in peace Patrolman Veteramo.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 28, 2022

Another year has come and gone and I’ve long since hung up the duty belt and put away the boots yet the pain is still there. Every time we lose another my thoughts go to you, what you were and what you could have been. Time doesn’t heal the wounds it just leaves a nasty scar that never goes away. RIP BROTHER.

Schenectady PD

April 13, 2019

You are not forgotten. Rest In Peace brother.

Schenectady PD

January 11, 2019

God bless you and your family on this day. You will never be forgotten by anyone in the community who you touched through your service. We will take the Watch now.

Police Officer Anonymous PO
Burlington VT PD

April 11, 2016

To Eric and his family
We think of Eric often and remember his warm smile,funny laugh and most of all his respect for others!
He will always be in our hearts.
We miss you!!
Love Jason,Matthew,Lynn, Alana,Ashley Stewart
as Eric always called me "Mrs S" Kathy Stewart

Kathy Stewart-Zagata

September 17, 2013

Hey Eric, just wanted to inform you that I followed for a scholarship in your name. I'm so happy to be recommended for the Eric J. Verteramo memorial scholarship. You were a true hero in my eyes. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you and all the things you did for the city of Schenectady. If I am chosen for the scholarship, I only wish to carry out my dreams of majoring in criminal justice and becoming a honorable police officer like yourself. You will always be my inspiration Eric. You'll always be a hero. God bless and may you continue to walk a beat. #91

Tyler Depasquale

May 28, 2013

I miss you cousin. 9 years. And not a day goes bye.

Ricardo Verteramo

March 16, 2013

I stumbled across this beautiful tribute today and read what you have all written. I was especially moved while reading the beautiful words written by "Verts" mother and father. It is wonderful to be able to have a social network where you can all come together too remember our loved ones. Vert, you were a mans man....a great baseball player/teamate....and a true friend. My time spent with you at college was a great one. Trips to Cocoa Beach and the fun times we had are still alive brother. I still remember where I was when I heard the news. Crying the rest of the day hoping it was a mistake. Calling my mother praying I had heard incorrectly. THANK YOU for listening to me and giving me solid advice while at my academy. Thank you for being such a stand up solid friend. You are remembered.

A. Sardella

June 24, 2011

Well Bro only a few more left then its over. I would do another twenty if it would bring you back. I think of you often, especially when I see someone polishing their bowling ball...RIP


February 20, 2011

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

Robyn Wilkes

March 26, 2009

I'm just finishing the daily paper and am asking for your help. I know you already gave so much but I also know that if you were here you would be one of the first to actually tell these guys to straighten up, quit your whining and get to work. Less talking and more walking boys...that's what gets the job done. I miss you everyday. RIP BRO..


March 6, 2009

I think of you 24-7 and here we are approaching the 5th anniversary of your passing. I can't believe it.

We thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new.
We thought of you yesterday, and days before that too.
We think of you in silence,
We remember you with pride, and
We relive our cherished memories when you were by our side.
Your memory is our keepsake with which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping,
We have you in our hearts.

Sleep well my son.
Love, Mom


February 26, 2009

Happy New Year you should see what we have become. Rest easy brother. We miss you.


January 4, 2009

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice OFFICER VERTERAMO, you are a hero for us all to look up too. You will never be forgoten. Rest in peace with all our brother and sisters who have gone before you and look over us as we carry on in your name. God bless your family


October 9, 2008

Just want you to know your're on my mind. I love you and miss you more than words can say. There's an ache in my heart every minute of every day. My heart will never heal. I would give my very life to see you and hold you close to me for a little awhile. I love working in the garden because there I feel your presence the most. I know you are here in spirit. You've given me many signs. Keep them coming because I need to feel you near me. I long for the day when we will be together again. Sleep well my son.

Love you, Mom

May 27, 2008



May 5, 2008

Officer Verteramo your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

April 18, 2008

Remembering your sacrifice today on the 4th anniversary of your EOW. With love from one coast of
America to the other.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

April 11, 2008


Your loved ones have been in my thoughts today, as they remember the day, four years ago, when their lives were changed forever. Four years is a very long time to be apart from someone you love.

Norie Haas
Mother of Deputy Brian Haas
E.O.W. 4/24/04

Norie Haas

April 11, 2008

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones on this day and every day. I know the daily struggle they face as I am walking in their shoes. There are no magic words any of us can offer to one another except we are not alone out here and we take one day at a time. Keep watch over all of your loved ones, protect them from harm. I know they will keep your memory alive by talking to anyone who will listen to them as they have a story to tell about a hero. You will never be forgotten.

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

April 10, 2008

I'm There Inside Your Heart

Right now I'm in a different place,
And though we seem apart,
I'm closer than I ever was...
I'm there inside your heart.

I'm with you when you greet each day
And while the sun shines bright,
I'm there to share the sunsets too...
I'm with you every night.

I'm with you when the times are good,
To share a laugh or two,
And if a tear should start to fall...
I'll still be there for you.

And when that day arrives
That we no longer are apart,
I'll smile and hold you close to me...
Forever in my heart.

March 30, 2008

May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

December 23, 2007

"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

December 20, 2007

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.