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Police Officer Neil A. Forster

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, December 11, 1997

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Reflections for Police Officer Neil A. Forster

Ok I know you hated country music but I swear it’s gotten better. I started listening to it about 10 years ago, I’m sure you know as I’ve tried to sing you a few hoping you’d hear me. This one sticks out, whenever I hear it I always thought of you. I heard it today. Purposely. I Played it on YouTube not even thinking because truthfully I listen to a lot of songs that remind me of you but for some reason it hit different today. it’s a beautiful winter day, there’s snow, but the sun is shining and it brings me some strange happiness. Like maybe it’s you up there shining down. I love you forever and always, infinity and beyond and I know you know what it means❤️ The lyrics go like this…

Saw your Mama laugh and you're talkin' on the phone
With a little girl workin' on an ice cream cone
Drippin' on her shoes
And I thought about you
Saw a spring break Honda hell-bent for Daytona
The boys in the back hidin' their Corona
Like kids do
And I thought about you
I thought about me
I thought about God
Everything love is
And everything it's not
I thought about songs that make us feel better
I thought about faith that ties it all together
I thought about now, then thought about forever
I thought about fire and how we walked through it
The times I got it right, the times I blew it
I thought about real, I thought about good, and I thought about true
And I thought about you
I saw "hungry" misspelled on a cardboard sign
And a dirty tee shirt that said "Roll Tide"
So I gave him a few
And I thought about you
Ran into a buddy, he said "How long's it been?"
I said "A couple years, " he said "Boy, it's been ten"
That's what time'll do
And I thought about you
I thought about songs that make us feel better
I thought about faith that ties it all together
I thought about now, then thought about forever
I thought about fire and how we walked through it
The times I got it right, the times I blew it
I thought about real, I thought about good and I thought about true
And I thought about you
I thought about you
I thought about me
I thought about God
Everything love is
And everything it's not
I saw a red balloon somebody just let fly
I watched it gettin' smaller up in the sky
For a minute or two
And I thought about you…..
Again, it’s not Alice In Chains or any of that other stuff you loved, but it reminds me of you

Cory wright
Sister

January 21, 2022

When i think of how Long it has been since I have physically seen you or heard your voice is when it hits me hard. How it has been this many years is hard to fathom. I think often how you would be so amazed at todays advancements. How much technology has changed and upgraded. I know you loved your music and definitely would have your favorites blasting. Youd be shocked that prince and michael jackson have passed. Intrigued by the newest iphone and any other gadget you could get your hands on. I remember the day you were hurt as if it were yesterday I had slept in bed with mom and we were woken up by a call Saying you were hurt we didn’t know the extent of it so mom had me go to school that morning only for me to leave early we had to go to the airport and flew down in a helicopter so we could get there as soon as possible to see you I was too young to go in but mom told me she didn’t even recognize you when she saw you. I thought we would lose you then but you were so strong and you fought so hard. You fought so hard only to be taken away from us a year later. Year after year it doesnt get any easier. I love you so much and i miss you. I pray that you are able to look down and see all the good you left here on this earth for all of us. Im so beyond proud of the man, husband, father, son, brother you were. You were something extra special and i have to believe that is why god needed you up there more than we did down here. I love you so very much.

Cory Rosa
Sister

December 9, 2021

Officer Forster also left a 2 year old son
Who has graduated college

Susan McCormack
Survivor NYPD

December 11, 2020

Rest in peace brother.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

December 11, 2019

It was my honor to research newspapers, magazines, online & books to find your ID CARD Photo. I found this photo in a 1998 NYPD MEDAL DAY BOOKLET about your heroic sacrifice. I felt it was necessary to have a photo on this website so that your family & friends can remember you. Rest Easy Hero! Always Remembered!

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

You and I knew each other's hearts thoughts feelings we didn't have to communicate verbally a look was understood. I miss you sooo much as you well know . Thank you for comming into my dreams still .
Ben is well he has grown up and is so much like you. The other day he told me he didn't spend too much on his shop his lip said he did . I called him on it and he said BUT MOM HoW DO You know. I said your lip is doing the same as your dads . You must remember your dad and I knew each other inside and out.lol
Please take care of Ben as he begins a life of his own with a soon to be wife and kids someday. I wish you were here to see Ben be a man and walk down the isle and to see your grandkids . I wish we could experience that together. I'm not as good as you at foreignness . Please give me the strength you had.i did as good as I could with Ben as we planned and he is a great man. I sacrificed for us both as you sacrificed for us . I just still don't feel it's fair. 18 year and it's still not fair. We bought you 18 balloons this year and Ben lit up the whole outside of the house for you with Christmas lights so you can see them from heaven. We love you and that will never change you are always my rock my strength. And like the song says "There is always something there to remind me" "Ben"
With all my love your little salamander

Salamander

January 9, 2016

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

Robyn Wilkes

December 10, 2015

i love you and miss you terribly. thinking of you ALWAYS big bro. xoxo.

cory andrews
sister of neil forster

February 13, 2015

R.I.P

Sergeant
NYPD

November 26, 2014

Thinking of you on this windy day and remembering your words..." when I'm gone and you hear the wind blowing, it will be me". I know its you<3
Love you with all my heart

cory andrews
sister

October 9, 2014

not a day goes by that i dont think of you and miss you. i wish you had the chance to live your life to the fullest. to be a wonderful husband and an amazing father. a loving son and caring brother. i wish you had the chance to meet your nephews and your niece. i love you so much and life has not been the same since youve left us.

cory andrews
sister

January 23, 2012

13 YEARS SINCE YOUR LAST DAY ON PATROL. MAY YOUR FAMILY FIND SOME COMFORT IN KNOWING YOU GAVE YOUR LIFE IN SERVICE TO OUR CITY. RIP NEIL

TPF-Our likes will never be seen again

December 11, 2010

I love you Neil all over years. Nothing will not cure my pain, nothing.

Dumitru Gheorghiu
Father in Law

January 11, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 12th 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 14, 2009

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

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 29, 2008

I never met you but your story stays with me to this day. I met Stephen Driscoll when you were first injured and have been inspired to help fellow officers ever since seeing first hand what he did to help your family. Stephen died in the World Trade Center and joined you in Heaven. I hope with all my heart your family is doing well, I wish I could have done more for you.

Lt. Dennis Cullen NYPD

April 9, 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
Sergeant
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

January 2, 2008

It has been 10 years since your untimely death but I am sure your family and friends still miss you terribly and today will be a tough one for them.
Our prayers are with them.
You are not forgotten.
Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Deborah Roelandts (911 retired)
Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc

December 11, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 6, 2007

My sweet you are always in our toughts and prayers. Ben and I love you and think of you often. you would be so proud of the young man Ben has become from the infint you had known. We love you allways and forever.

larisa forster

October 26, 2007

Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. You were a hero. Rest well , Officer Forster.

Policeman's 23rd Psalm
(Author Unknown)

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want,
His comforting hand reduces fear to naught;
He makes me walk through streets of crime,
But He gives me courage and peace of mind.

He leads me by still waters in the path I trod,
And He says in Romans I'm a "minister of God,"
He leads me in righteousness as He restores my soul,
For His name's sake He keeps me whole.

When I walk through death's valley, right up to the door,
I will fear no evil, for He comforts me more;
For Thou art with me every step of the way,
As thy rod and thy staff protect me each day.

He prepares a table, especially for me,
As I work daily among life's enemies;
He gives me authority to uphold the law,
And He anoints my position in the midst of it all.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me,
Each day of my life through eternity;
As I long to hear Him say, "Well done...,"
When I lay down my life, my badge, and my gun

Mother of a Police Officer

October 27, 2004

You are a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. May God bless you, your family and brother/sister officers.

Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police

June 21, 2004

Rest in peace, and thanks for keeping the peace while you were here. His life was short, but he was one of the few who made as much a difference in this world as he could. My sympathies to his family and fellow officers.

Pat
Baltimore, MD

June 18, 2004

My prayers are with Officer Forster's wife and family. Even though it's been a few years, I'm sure the loss is still quite evident and heartfelt in all your lives. These guys are our heros, truly, and we will never forget what they've given for us and our country to make it a safer place.

Bryce Mazur, Wife of Deputy Andrew Mazur
EOW 8/17/2003 -- Greenville County Sheriff's Office, SC

June 15, 2004

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