Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Tommaso Popolizio

Newark Police Division, New Jersey

End of Watch Saturday, March 3, 2007

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Reflections for Sergeant Tommaso Popolizio

Reading the reflections for Sgt. Popolizio has brought a tear to my eye again. A great husband, father, friend, and cop taken from everyone way too soon. It sounds like he was a great leader too. His officers say he was in the mix with them and looked out for them.

Every night when I put my son to bed this is the last part of our prayers: "God bless all the policemen, firemen, and soldiers who keep us safe. Dear Jesus, if you should call one of them home tonight, give them eternal peace and grant their family the strength and courage to carry on. Amen."

When my son went to sleep in the evening of March 2, we unknowingly prayed for Sgt. Tommaso Popolizio a short time later. Tonight we will specifically add Sgt.Popolizio, his children and wife, and the rest of his family and freinds to our prayers.

May God bless you and keep you forever.

Det. Mike Treu
Kalamazoo (MI) Dept. of Public Safety

March 5, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to those who knew and now miss Sergeant Popolizio.

May God lay His healing hands upon the family.

Retired Captain Joe L. Gilliland
Danville, KY PD

March 5, 2007

Dear Popolizio family and Newark PD, Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers regarding the loss of Sgt. Popolizio. God bless you all.

White County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

March 5, 2007

A Part Of America Died,

Somebody killed a policeman today,
And part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect,
Will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect that shot him will stand up in court,
With counsel demanding his rights.
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids,
And spend many long lonely nights.
The beat he walked was a battle field too
just as if he had gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
To his name they will add a gold star.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
In your town or mine,
While we slept in comfort behind locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.
Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
And stands at each new rookies' side.
He answered the call,of himself and gave his all,
And a part of America died.
What a tragedy,we have lost another police officer to someone who does not have any value to another persons life.
To all the friends and family I say I am sorry, and it is not in vain, the loss is hard and the pain is great but we all will carry on the watch now. Rest brother, rest finally-rest.

Detective Brian Jackson
Pooler Police Department

March 5, 2007

God bless his family. May he rest in peace.

Police Officer Mike Villa
NYPD- Highway Patrol

March 5, 2007

Sergeant Popolizio is a true hero. You and your family, friends and co-workers are in our thoughts and prayers. The citizens of Newark, New Jersey and America lost a hero. Rest well on the other side until we all meet again.

First Sergeant Salvatore A. Torelli
Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

March 5, 2007


Thanks for being the perfect example...My deepest condolences to your family. This poem was written for you by M. Rivera Jr.:

There is a man whom all must salute, from high Police brass to the lowest recruit.

Giving chase to a bad guy on a dangerous route he died on the road, he died in pursuit.

His name was Tomaso, and he was a Newark cop. Sergeant Popolizio, but we just called him “Pop”.

He was fearless and brave, never fearing the chances to drive down the road where the Grim Reaper dances.

Never flinching in danger, in streets filled with drugs, through doors over fences in pursuit of the thugs and other despicable vermin and slugs.

Although we are robbed by a loss cold and odd, Pop’s new assignment is to serve The Lord God.

He’ll Patrol again and make some new friends in that place of tranquility where every road ends.

Thank you for wearing your gun and shield, for valiantly leading your men in the field for being a father, a husband a cop. Thank you for serving.

We’ll meet you on the road Pop………

M. Rivera, Jr.

P.O. David Mos

March 5, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, friends and loved ones. GOD BLESS YOU and all of the officers in Newark, NJ and the U.S.A.

Kimberly Brake
House wife in NJ

March 5, 2007

"Pop" may you rest in peace.Most will talk of your time in the East District, but I remember your good work in the Wild West. God Speed Brother.

Lt. Daniel J. Daly
Newark Police Department

March 5, 2007

Our hearts and prayers are with you and the family.

Ofc J. Malick
Glendale Police Dept ( AZ )

March 5, 2007

Rest In Peace. Our thoughts are with your family and friends.

PO Heeren
New York City Police Department

March 5, 2007

To the family and friends of this brave officer. I have just completed the new web site for the Fraternal Order of Police Newark Lodge#12 and would like to take a moment to thank all of these men for giving me one of the most spiritual experiences in my life. I felt that each and every one of these officers were at my side guiding me to the completion of the sites "In Memory Of..." page. God Bless and Thank You!

Tom Tortorici
AJ Projections

March 5, 2007

Rest in Peace Sgt. I remember you when I was a kid,and had gotten in with the wrong crowd,you told me to straighten up,finish school,and do something with my life. Well I did,
those words you spoke to me,still travel with me to this day,and I will forever hold them in my memory.Please keep an eye out over your brothers and sisters of the Newark PD.GODSPEED

Sgt. Palmer

March 5, 2007

We pause to mourn the death of Sergeant Popolizio and honor his memory. Our thoughts, prayers, and sympathies, go out to his family, friends, and all the members of his department.

May God comfort each of you.

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery Police Dept. - Montgomery, AL

March 5, 2007

Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. We all feel the pain and suffering when one of our own falls. Brothers and sisters in Newark PD, our deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace.

Sgt. Bill Murray
Camden PD, NJ

Sgt. Bill Murray
Camden Police Department, NJ

March 5, 2007

Words will never be able to describe the loss of a family member. It was just over a month ago that I last saw you in the East District at the Captain's office. Your happiness about your job, your family, and life in general. We even talked about your kids and mine, that's what we lived for. As I sit here typing these humble words, crying, thinking about our loss, I know you are in a much better place "Pop". May God give your family strength at this extremely hard moment, as you're up in Heaven looking down on us. As said it before in previous reflections, I know your up there in Heaven patrolling with your new wings, as you will continue to do the same down here in spirit. God Bless you and your family for the ultimate sacrifice a Brother in Blue can Make. See you "Pops"

Ruy Ivens-Ferraz (Ret.)
Newark P.D.

March 5, 2007


S.Orange PD

March 5, 2007

We are never prepared for the loss of a loved one, but God is always prepared to help us through that loss. May His presence begin the healing in your heart and soul, and may His love surround you with the comfort only He can give.

Thank you for your unselfish service to others. You will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.

Wyoming Citizen

March 5, 2007

RIP Tommaso, I wish the Popolizio family and Newark PD my deepest heartfelt Condolescence. You're a hero to all of us!!!

officer Jay Beverett
Hillsborough Police

March 5, 2007

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Sergeant Popolizio. Thank you for your easy

March 5, 2007

" Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let Your perpetual light shine upon them. "

May you find comfort and peace in the loving arms of God.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Popolizio family.

A Florida citizen

March 5, 2007

I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends Of the Sergeant Tommaso Popolizio for their tragic loss. May he rest in peace and may his family be blessed by God Almighty so they too, can find some comfort. God Bless all and I am so sorry for your loss. Peace

Lt. Al Quercia
East Brunswick Police

March 5, 2007

You are gone but not forgotten!
My thoughts and prayers to the family.

Deputy U.S. Marhal
U.S. Marshals Service

March 5, 2007



March 5, 2007

Words can't began to explain how you have made a difference in my life. Whenever i wiould call, you would answer, Whenever I needed a friends you were my shoulder to cry on, Whenever I needed a wiser ( but silly) older brother, you were there. I will truley miss you. I hope I can be a friend to everyone I meet they way you were with me.
I will always remember the good times, Never the bad.


Arneida Greene
Newark Municipal Council

March 5, 2007

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