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Corporal Nick Samuel Polizzotto

South Bend Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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Reflections for Corporal Nick Samuel Polizzotto

Nick was good friends with my wife since high school. My in-laws were always talking about this “Nick guy” and after hearing his name so much I was getting jealous. I thought maybe my wife should of married this Nick guy instead of me if he is so great.
Then I was hired at the police department in the same group as Nick. I remember we were in the squad room with the group hired on together doing some rookie stuff with training. Training Officer Dave Hecklinski called out “Polizzotto” so I turned around to finally see who this famous “Nick” was. I remember looking at him and saying “so your the Nick my in-laws can’t stop talking about.” Nick gave a confused but kind smile and our friendship started that moment. We fished, took fishing trips and hung out making a lot of good memories. I ate Nicks famous spaghetti sauce and lots of Degerno frozen pizzas (Nicks favorite until he got sick from one)
Nick was on midnights and I was on afternoons and for different reasons we grew distant for awhile. But months before Nick was murdered we started renewing our friendship and hanging out again.
I think of Nick so often and miss him terribly. He was one of the best friends I will ever have. Nick was human and not perfect but he was loving, kind , funny and had a huge heart. My wife said in high school he talked about becoming a priest at one point. As I sit here and type this I look up at a King Salmon Nick caught with me on a fishing trip. His first one and a trophy he decided to have mounted. Little did I know one day it would hang in my house because Nick would be so prematurely taken from this world. But I smile remembering how happy he was after landing such a trophy fish.
I’ll never stop missing Nick...I’m so glad for the times we had.

Pfc Chris Krueger
South Bend Police

April 24, 2020

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends.
Thank you for your unselfish service.

James P Waggle

February 18, 2020

Corporal Polizzotto, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 23, 2019

Thinking of you today my friend, remembering the fun we had at the academy, after we made it through the first few weeks! We spent a lot of time hanging out eating peanuts and watching tv. I can still hear Lt. Baker yelling “Perkins and Polizzotto get over here!” It still bothers me that I could not make it there to support your family and fellow officers. I am sure they all felt the out pouring of love and prayer. I miss you my friend! God Bless!

Retired Lieutenant Dennis Perkins Jr.
Connersville Police Department

January 12, 2019

Joe, I just read your post. I’m sure your dad is very proud of you. Hang in there and always do what’s right. He is a true hero and is watching you from heaven. God bless you and your family.

SDS Mark McCormack
NYPD Retired

April 24, 2018

You and your family are still in our thoughts and prayers.

PFC A. Hines 2178
South Bend Police Dept.

May 1, 2016

Oh, man. I never appreciated how hard it was living without a father. No one really understands until they're in the same situation. I think it took all these years for me to understand what your death meant to me, and I swear, it's only gotten harder. That's a terrible way to think about it, but I'm not going to lie. And as I've grown I've realized, from what people have said, we have so many similarities. It's amazing, honestly, and I wish I would have gotten to know you better. Going through a rough time but I know your here with me, wherever you are. Love you so damn much.

Joe Polizzotto

August 10, 2015



February 4, 2015

Hey Nick!
It's been a long time, hard to believe that we met 10+ years ago in that good ole TGIF. I loved seeing you and all of your brothers and sisters in blue. Sometimes you were the highlight of our night :). You definitely impacted a lot of lives, and I'm no different. You were an amazing friend and dad. I think about you a lot, and will never forget you! Rest easy, and keep watching over all of us. xoxo


October 2, 2014

Thinking of you today and miss you so much. Wish I could hear your voice just once more. You will never be forgotten and always be loved.

Katie Brick

April 24, 2013

Rest in Peace, Corporal Polizzotto. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 6, 2013

Thinking of you and your family on this fifth anniversary of your e.o.w. date. I know that you have been missed by all that call you beloved, especially your family. I pray for their solace. You will always be remembered as a dedicated public servant who gave all to protect his community.

Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 24, 2012

Thank you for your service! I was in my first year as an officer and hearing about you is still clear in my mind!

Patrol officer

April 24, 2012

Remembering a hero today on this fifth E.O.W. Anniversary. My agency lost a fellow deputy in 2007 as well. I have his O.D.M.P. picture in my office to remind me of him and his sacrifice. I can say I was proud to be in Washington D.C. when all of our fallen brothers from 2007 were honored. May God comfort the family, fellow officer, and friends of Cpl. Polizztto. Rest easy Brother in Blue, we have the watch from here.

D/S Andrew D. Roedel
Jackson County Sheriff's Department - Marianna, FL

April 24, 2012

We will never forget you Nick.


April 24, 2011

rest well soldier


March 9, 2011

The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you, Rest in peace Brother.

P.O. Daniel Spiegel

February 24, 2011

We're so sorry about your loss He was a great officer as well. my family and I will put your family as well in our prayers and we hope for the best for your family. My god bless you and keep your heads up I just went through a loss I lost my mother at the age of 63 and cry myself to sleep, But i still keep my head up and continue to reach for success because I know my mother would've wanted that.

God Bless
From the Wallace family

online criminal justice student
just was thinking about the families

July 7, 2010

Your profile popped up today when I logged into Firefox. I just wanted to you let you know you are not forgotten.

Sgt. Bill Kraus
South Bend PD

June 23, 2010

Never forgotten


April 24, 2010

You will never ever be forgotten.


April 24, 2010

I know you are still watching over your brothers. Hard to believe that three years have passed already. Gone but not forgotten; because Heroes never die! RIP 2024 :)


April 23, 2010

still in my heart


April 23, 2010

rest in peice


February 17, 2010


It's still really hard for me to believe that tomorrow you aren't going to be walking through my front door for Thanksgiving Dinner. I can't believe it's been almost 2 and a half years. Amy and I were laughing just today about the "I hate to impose, but do you have any cheese" question on Thanksgiving 4 years ago. I just want you to know how often we think of you, and how much we miss you.
Love you always!


November 25, 2009

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