Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Eric J. Verteramo

Schenectady Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, April 11, 2004

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Reflections for Patrolman Eric J. Verteramo

It's been a year since you have passed. There's not a day that goes by that we don't think of you. We'll always remember the friendships that we had and all the good times that we shared. We will never forget you or the sacrifice you made. May God continue to bless you and give you everlasting peace until we meet again. You were a true friend.

Nick, Bob, Eric, Joe, John, Jeremy

April 2, 2006

In loving memory of our son, Ptl. Eric J. Verteramo, who passed away Easter Sunday, April 11, 2004. There are no words to express the agony and pain we have endured since your passing one year ago today. We would have givin our to save you but you were gone in a heart beat. Our eyes fil with tears and the pain intensifies when we realize how long it has been since we held you close and told you how much we love you. If God would grant us one wish it would be to see your handsome face just one more time, to kiss your cheek and hold your hand just one more time and to tell you we love you with all our hearts just one more time. We strongly believe our parting is only for a little while. We will hold you again. We will plant flowers and tomatoes together again. Until that day comes we have peace knowing you are with us in spirit. You are there deep within our hearts, ever so tenderly, ever so softly and ever so lovingly. Our loves ones who have gone before us are so lucky to have you walking your beat on Heaven's streets. We think of you and miss you 24-7. Peace be with you son. Keep smiling.

All our love, Dad, Mom and Family

April 2, 2006

Brother Verteramo,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

January 1, 2006

Brother Verteramo,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

January 1, 2006

On behalf of men and women of the Virginia State Police we extend our condolences to the family of Officer Eric Verteramo and the members of the Schenectady Police department.

April 11, 2005

I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this time of need. I came across your name just surfing one day. Your name si dear to me for I too grew up in Schenectady and I am thankful you choose to protect the poeple we grew up with. I am just sorry that you had to pay the ultimate price. I hope your death does not go forgotten.

Det D.C. Stepnowski #1700
DeKalb Co Police S.W.A.T (Ga)

November 28, 2004

Hi Patrolman Verteramo,

We come to this website daily since we discovered it after our son lost his partner recently. Although your loss here on earth has been a terrible tragedy for all your extended family, we know you are with the angels now and protect us from heaven above. May your wings fly you high. You have released the surly bonds of earth and can reach out and touch the face of God. Pray for us for life is difficult and challenging and we all are here on earth to learn certain lessons. Thank you for your protection, love and care for your fellow man. We will carry on down here. God Bless You and we will meet someday.

Grandma & Grandpa Hinkle
Parents of a Deputy Sheriff

October 25, 2004

Our condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Verteramo, we pray for your strength.

Jack McMahon
Troy PD

October 4, 2004

Eric and family,
I was still in the police academy when LT John Finn and Eric were killed. My recruit class attended both funerals. It was hard for me as a real young police officer to have to see two veterans killed in the line of duty but it was also nice to see the whole community come together for such a horrible event. On behalf of Session #36 (Zone 5 Police Academy), our prayers go out to you and your family and the Schenectady Police department. You are a true hero and you will never be forgotten.

SSgt Thomas J Feeley Jr
US Air Force Security Police

October 4, 2004

On behalf of the Altamont Police Department, our condolences to the entire Verteramo family and to the entire Schenectady Police Department.

Ptl. R.A. Martin
Altamont Police

September 22, 2004

Eric we went back all the way to little league. I remeber you and your family as kind people. Then we meet again and worked together, I wish I had worked longer with you and were able to know you better. You will be deeply missed and you memory will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace and watch over all of us. God Bless You and your family

Officer Joe Glasser
Schenectady County Sheriff

July 31, 2004

My fallen brother and friend, it all began 7 years ago when we went to the police academy together. I'll never forget the good times and the friendship we had. I miss hanging out at work and exchanging stories in the locker room before line up. Wish you were still just a phone call away. Everyday I go to work, I still think you are going to come walking through that door with that big smile and great sense of humor that made everybody laugh. I know that everyday that I am out there on the street, you are watching over me, keeping me safe. You are a true hero and you will never be forgotten. I miss you brother, someday we'll meet again.

To the Verteramo Family:
You are in our hearts and prayers. We think about Eric often and know that he is in a more peaceful place. Think of the beautiful smile he brought to your faces and know that you will meet again soon.


July 15, 2004

We are truly saddened at Eric'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.

June 11, 2004



April 29, 2004





April 25, 2004

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of this all too young and no doubt fine, fallen hero. Your family and friends are in our prayers. Policeman you've carried your burdens well, now journey to pass through heavens gate.

Police Officer John Zito
Stroud Area Regional Police, PA

April 21, 2004

To Patrolman Eric Verteramo Family, Friends and Schenectady Police Department you are in our prayers. Patrolman Verteramo you laid down your life in the line of duty, now rest my Brother. Fore the thin blue-line will carry on for you.

Lt. Chuck Jackson
Mullins Polins Department (S.C)

April 20, 2004

Please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Thank you Patrolman Verteramo for a job well done. Please continue to watch over us and protect us as only you can. You will forever be at our side and in our hearts.

For those of you who still have loved ones with us please take the time to tell them how much you appreciate and care about them.


If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.


April 20, 2004

Dei Accelerano...Maggio Dio è con lei ed il suo splendore leggero sulla sua famiglia.

(Translation from Italian to English) Gods Speed... May God be with you and his light shine upon your family.
Rest in peace brother.

Michael Leepper
Indiana University Police Department

April 20, 2004

May God be with Erics family, friends and dept. during this very difficult time. My prayers are with all of you. Eric will NEVER BE FORGOTTON!!!!!

In Memory Of Brian Litz
FF/PM Florida

April 19, 2004

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Eric did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Eric be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Patrolman Verteramo's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Eric is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Eric was well respected and well loved.

Thank you for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiance Dennis for me.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Deputy Sheriff Dennis McElderry's fiancee - EOW (01/03/03)

April 19, 2004

Rest in peace, my brother in blue. God bless your family. We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers. You are truly a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Jim Hovan
Teaneck, N.J. (ret)

April 17, 2004

I'd like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Patrolman Eric Verterano. To the men and women of the Schenectady Police Department my thoughts are with you. Patrolman Verterano sacrificed his life to help others. He is truly a hero and the law enforcement community will never forget him. God Bless You All. Besafe.

Cpl. Bryan Taylor
Hillsborough County Sheriff, Tampa, Fl.

April 16, 2004

To Officer Eric Verteramo's family and the Schenectady Police Department I am sorry for your loss. Officer Verteramo is now watching over us all.

Officer Mark Carpenter
Nassau Bay, Texas

April 16, 2004

My prayers are with you, your family, and your department and during this time of pain.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

April 16, 2004

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