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Police Officer Charles Bernoskie

Rahway Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, November 28, 1958

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Reflections for Police Officer Charles Bernoskie

Officer Bernoskie,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rahway. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

November 28, 2018

57 years later your legacy and heroism is still remembered in Rahway. Although Rahway has changed and the dealership no longer stands , your a actions that night will never disappear. The spot is marked so people years to come will know about your heroism and your legacy will live on.

Police officer
Rahway native

November 28, 2015

My Mother worked at the Miller dealership at the time of this event. I worked
Sundays at the coffee shop downtown and Bernoski came in ever Sunday morning for breakfast. We often jokes around. Than That one
Sunday he did not show up and I was surprised since he always came in. Than I learned of the terrible event that took his life.
Paul Sauer

Paul Sauer
n/a

August 24, 2013

My mother in law Marion Sullivan was able to see the animals who took Officer Bernoski's life brought to justice before her death.
RIP

Capatin Jay Gatto
MASSPORT POLCIE HUSBAND OF MAUREEN SULLIVAN WHO IS CHARLES NIECE

January 23, 2012

On the 51st anniversary of Officer Bernoski's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Bernoski is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

November 28, 2009

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, REST IN PEACE.

N.J. TROOPER
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE

January 28, 2009

I think its pretty ironic that your killer died on the exact anniversary he took your life, November 28, 2008. May God continue to be with your widow and family. This animal put your family, and the family of the many girls he killed, through so much, and now he will burn for it. Karmas a bitch! God Bless

Police Officer

December 21, 2008

I read this weeks newspaper and could not help but leave this reflection. I was elated to find that your wife and family can no longer be tortured by your killer and his legal filings against them. At the same time I was sadden to find that it was 50 years since the day that you were taken from them. You have not been forgotten.

Det. T. M. Clouse
Hackensack Police, NJ

December 4, 2008

Officer Bernoski...the world is a better place because you were in it and now the world is a better place because your "murderer" is gone from it. Continue to Rest In Peace.

LRW
Sister of Deputy JTW EOW 3/23/06

November 30, 2008

On this day, November 28, 2008, the 50th anniversary of your death, may you rest in peace, knowing that you will always be remembered. May God bless your family and may they find comfort in their love for you and their memories of you. Your courage in serving as a police officer will never be forgotten.

Anonymous

November 28, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

vandenberghe
manchester, NH

November 28, 2007

Rest In Peace My Brother.

Kevin T Ryan
Ex New Jersey Cop

November 28, 2007

I just read about the recent ruling in which Officer Bernoski's widow was ordered by a Court to pay the "suspected" murderer back $150,000. I do not know the details behind the civil case, but this seems to be a particularly inhumane ruling. The standard in criminal cases and civil cases are different as to the burden of proof, but one thing is clear. A not guilty verdict means the State did not prove their case to a jury's satisfaction; it does not mean that the acquitted person is innocent. Trying any case almost fifty years after the crime was committed has to be difficult because of the loss of witnesses, loss of evidence, etc.

Reading about this travesty of justice in which Elizabeth and her family is put through more hell angers me so much I find it difficult to even write coherently. I have been an attorney for almost twenty-five years and I now find myself being put through a cruel gauntlet daily as I sit in a courtroom seeking justice for my son, a police officer who was brutally murdered in April of 2005. I get physically sick each time I see the defendant who "allegedly" murdered my son pat his female defense attorney on the back, pour his attorneys water at the counsel table as if he were entertaining friends, and the defense team laugh over a remark about my son's autopsy pictures. I entered the legal profession because I thought it was an honorable profession. I now find that my lady of justice is very different than a lot of people's persception, including the jurist in New Jersey who was responsible for this ruling. My lady of justice cries today for Officer Bernoski, his family, and the Rahway Police Department.

Is there a fund raising drive for Elizabeth so that her mind can be put a little at ease and her spirit not completely destroyed by this callous and unjust ruling?

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg Police Dept, eow 4/24/05

July 15, 2007

Charles,

It has been almost fifty years since you fell, but you have not been forgotten.

As you look down upon us, you see that your wife needs us now. We will be there for her in mass.

Take care our brother.

Andrew

July 13, 2007

As I read the article today about the recent court ruling, I could not believe the incredible injustice that has been done. My heart goes out to you, Elizabeth. I cannot imagine the grief that you have had to continously endure. May your children supply you with all the comfort and support that you may need. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.

wife of a police officer
Columbus, OH

July 12, 2007

It has almost been a half century since your tour of duty ended. Your children are all grown but none of them, including those that were close to you, ever forgot you. It is unfortunate that those responsible for all the pain for so many years were not made to pay for this crime. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

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

May 21, 2007

I too saw your case details on A&E. My eyes filled with tears when I saw the picture of you with your family. I simultaneously felt proud that your agency dillagently persued your killer to the very end. I saw you as a hard working man, a loving father,and a super provider for your family. The Lord must have really taken a liking to you as well; he took you so young. To this day, 48 years later, your memory still lives on in the minds of all who watched the show of your case, including all your brother and sister officers. Your were a great man Sir, I sulute you, you gave your life to keep the streets safer. Heaven must be full of wonderful Angels such as you. Looking forward to meeting you someday; God Bless

FLORIDA DEPUTY SHERIFF

January 31, 2007

I LIVE ACROSS THE STREET FROM CHARLIES WIFE ELIZABETH (BETTY). WE'VE ONLY LIVED HERE FOR THREE YEARS. BETTY TOLD US OF WHAT HAPPENED THAT HORRIBLE NIGHT. WHAT A WONDERFUL LADY SHE IS AND THE KIDS AS WELL. I WAS NOT EVEN BORN WHEN CHARLIE DIED. I AM SURE HE WAS A WONDERFUL MAN, GREAT PROVIDER, HUSBAND AND FATHER AND AN AMAZING POLICE OFFICER. WE OFTEN REFER TO BETTY AS MOM BECAUSE SHE IS SOO SWEET, LIKE YOUR OWN MOM. GOD BLESS YOU CHARLIE AND CONTINUE TO WATCH OVER BETTY AND THE KIDS. WISH WE COULD HAVE KNOWN YOU. ALWAYS REST IN PEACE......

EDWARD L VENDETTI
NEIGHBOR

August 2, 2006

Hora fugit, Jus stat! (The Time passes, the Law remains.)
Rest in Peace Officer Bernoski.

Sgt Paul Ulrich
Swiss Army, MP Service

April 21, 2006

I was 8 years old when Charlie was killed. He used to drive my school bus home from School #11 in Woodbridge. I will never forget the day when I got out of school, climbed up the stairs of the bus, and saw someone else driving my bus. I asked, "Where is Charlie?" My new bus driver almost broke down in tears, and told me to ask my mom and dad about it when I got home. I never knew Charlie was a police officer until then. I just knew he drove my school bus home and was the sweetest, kindest man. I was devastated when my mom explained to me what had happened. I stayed home from school for 2 days because I felt so awful. My mom made me go back to school after that, but I have never, ever forgotten about Charlie. And even though the case has now been solved and put to rest, I will still never, ever forget about Charlie. I guess I could honestly say he was my very first hero! God bless you Charlie and thank you for being in my life.

Susan

April 8, 2006

I was 11 years old when officer Bernoski was killed and my God father was a Det. on the Rahway Police Dept. I will never forget how he felt that day, Nor do I want to. I will always remember! God bless and rest in peace.

Gary B.

February 25, 2006

Your sacrafice will never be forgotten in Rahway and to police officers everywhere.

Police Officer
Metropolitan Police Washington D.C.

February 9, 2006

I am proud to say that my Department never stopped working aggresively to solve this case. In my first weeks out of the academy Det White explained the details of the case and showed me the evidence. Bernoski is our hero and exemplified true bravery in his final moments. He is on my colleagues minds every time we respond to a burglary call. No rock should be left unturned when a scumbag kills a cop!

Police Officer Charles Sabba #80
Rahway PD

January 4, 2006

I also saw your story on German TV. Your last Week in Police Service was my fist Week!! Rest in Peace Officer Bernoski.

1. Sgt Peter H.
City of Zuerich Police (Switzerland)

October 3, 2005

Always a HERO
Never forgotten.


Norfolk Police

December 18, 2004

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