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

My thoughts and prayers are with Patrolman Verteramo's family, friends and co-workers. Many of us have are walking this path you are taking and are praying for you daily. Psalm 55:22

Denise Nichols - surviving spouse
Alabama State Trooper Brian Nichols EOW 2/17/2002

April 16, 2004

What a tragedy.
God Bless you Patrolman Veteramo.

To those he left behind: you are in our hearts and prayers. Stay strong for one another.

LEO Wife
Nj

April 16, 2004

On behalf of the Pittsfield Police Dept., we offer our condolences to the family and friends of Patrolman Verteramo. God Bless.

Officer Rodney Minoty
Pittsfield Police Dept. ME

April 15, 2004

To the family and friends of Officer Verteramo, please know that our prayers are with you. Each time an officer loses his or her life, we all suffer.
Sincerely,
Jeannette Shields
Mom of Jim Shields
end of watch 10/30/02

April 15, 2004

Rest easy, Brother; you've done your part. You will never be forgotten.


Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.l

April 15, 2004

To the family of Ptl. Verteramo:
I am truly sorry for your loss. I know that no words will make this pain any less, but I hope that you find comfort in knowing that your family will be in the prayers of many. He died a hero, and his service and sacrifice will NEVER be forgotten.

Again, I'm very sorry for your loss.

Valarie Bell Wright
Daughter of Ptl. William B. Bell
EOW 11-19-02
Summerville Police Dept., SC

Valarie Bell Wright
Daughter of Ptl. William B. Bell, EOW 11-19-02

April 14, 2004

To the Patrolman Verteramo family, friends, and the Schenectady Police Department. You have lost a beautiful soul, but heaven has one more shining star. Our thoughts and prays are with you all. Thanks Patrolman Verteramo for all you have done for your brothers and sisters; rest in peace.


Patrol Officer
Prince George's County, Maryland

April 14, 2004

My deepest sympathies to the Verteramo family and the Schenectady Police Department. Thank you for your sacrifice and hard work. Rest in peace my brother.

Officer Schrade
Veterans Affairs Police - NY

April 14, 2004

To Patrolman Verteramo family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you.

God Bless you

terry miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD, Fl 11/6/86

April 14, 2004

Your work and dedication will never be forgotten. Rest in peace brother. God as other work for you to do...

PO R Eckert
Town of Chester PD

April 14, 2004

May you find the courage to face tomorrow in the love that surrounds you today.
May God bless all of you.

Teresa Gosss
Shadco. Jax.Fl

April 14, 2004

God bless the blue angels.
Those willing to go, everyday into the valley of the shadow.
and those who now find peaceful shelter on the other side.
You are forever in our hearts and prayers.

ACooper
Emt

April 14, 2004

Rest in peace for we have the watch now.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

April 14, 2004

Patrolman Verteramo,

"Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God." Matt. 5-9. GOD SPEED TO YOU MY BROTHER IN BLUE. Bless your department and family. Watch over us from above, Rest in Peace.

Officer
NC

April 14, 2004

Rest in Peace my Brother.
Thank You For Your Service

Patrolman
M.P.D.

April 14, 2004

You made the ultimate sacrifice. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. We are proud of you and thankful for all of your service. May God bless you, your family and brother/sister officers in in the.Schenectady Police Department

Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police

April 14, 2004

My heart goes out to Officer Verteramo's family, friends, and co-workers... Many times the young leave us before the time is thought to be right...Officer Verteramo was performing his job, a job that at any time, anything can happen, it is a chance that police officer's take every day to do what they love...to serve and protect. Just be proud of his accomplishments and know that he will now be looking over all of us and protecting us from the streets above. God bless, stay safe, and look out for the safety of your fellow officers.

Deputy
Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, Syracuse, NY

April 14, 2004

I will pickup the flag from here brother, rest in peace and remember you truly are a hero who sacrificed the ultimate. My condolences to all family and friends of patrolman Eric Verteramo.

Dep. J. Leonard
SCSO

April 14, 2004

I come to this site often after Western NC suffered the loss of 3 of it's finest angels in blue.
Master Trooper Calvin E Taylor NCSHP E.O.W 10/3/2001
Senior Trooper Anthony G Cogdill NCSHP E.O.W 5/30/2003
Sergeant Jeffrey T Hewitt BCSD E.O.W 4/4/2004

These are always senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. Rest In Peace Blue Angel, We have your watch now.

My prayers and condolences to family and co-workers, we know what you're going through. God Bless You

Deputy Phillip Caldwell
Buncombe County Sheriffs Office, NC

April 13, 2004

I NEVER

I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD BE ME,
MY NAME FOR ALL OF ETERNITY.
RECORDED HERE AT THIS HALLOWED PLACE,
ALAS, MY NAME, NO MORE MY FACE.
“IN THE LINE OF DUTY” I HEAR THEM SAY,
MY FAMILY NOW PAYING THE PRICE TO PAY.
MY FOLDED FLAG STAINED WITH TEARS,
WE ONLY HAD THOSE FEW SHORT YEARS.
THE BADGE NO LONGER ON MY CHEST,
I SLEEP NOW IN ETERNAL REST.
MY SWORD I PASS TO THOSE BEHIND.
AND PRAY THEY KEEP THIS THOUGHT IN MIND.
I NEVER DREAMED IT WOULD BE ME.
AND WITH A HEAVY HEART AND BENT KNEE,
I ASK FOR ALL HERE FROM THE PAST...
DEAR GOD, LET MY NAME BE THE LAST.

ANONYMOUS AUTHOR

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE SENT TO THE SCHENECTADY POLICE DEPARTMENT, PTLM Verteramo FRIENDS, FAMILY AND THOSE HE LEFT BEHIND. GOD BE WITH YOU ALL.

Tonya Stephenson
Private Citizen, PA

April 13, 2004

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Patrolman Eric Verteramo … and the Schenectady Police Department… our hearts and prayers are with you all...... Thank you for a job well done Eric... rest in peace as you continue your watch from the heavens......your memory will never be forgotten...

God Bless....Be Safe..... and wear your vests...

Vin, Pook and all of us at beyond-the-blue

Vin and Pook- Site Owners
beyond-the-blue

April 13, 2004

Yet another hero has been taken from us too soon. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Patrolman Verteramo. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time. Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us all to protect and serve others safely.

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA

April 13, 2004

Rest in peace sir. Thank you for your service.

Shannon
concerned citizen

April 13, 2004

My thoughts and prayers to your co-workers, familt, and friends. Another Angel to watch over you all.

N.Dugas,
Sister of PO James Shields,
Buffalo, NY EOW 10/30/02

N Dugas

April 13, 2004

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Anonymous

Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

April 13, 2004

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