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Sergeant Dario Scott Aponte

New Haven Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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Reflections for Sergeant Dario Scott Aponte

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Aponte. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2012

Christmas is here, and boy is it still hard. This is the time of year, when no matter got all us kids together. We need you daddy, you were the glue, the voice of reason, the spirit of the holiday. I still cry, wishing you'd walk through my door, hoping this is all a nightmare. I miss you Daddy, I love you and have a merry christmas up in the heavens!


December 19, 2011

I look at you picture everyday! You sit on my sun visor in my car, just like you used to keep my sis Ashleigh's picture. Something about loking up at you, makes the day a lil more peaceful. I remember you dad, the thick puffy hair, prickly mustache, and me playing like I was alseep when you would come and give me kisses goodnight (I hold tight to those memories). I do the same to JaiMarie and JonMikal every night, hoping when they have children of their own, they will remember me like I remember you!
Daddy keep watching over all of us! myself, Ashleigh, Lil Scott, Brandon, and Andrew need that!! As well as your grand children JaiMarie, JonMikal, and Kristian


Sherrena Russell

September 16, 2011 something weird happened,my little one pointed to you in our academy picture and asked me if my friend was in heaven with his fish that just passed away last week . I dont remember EVER having had a conversation with him and showing him who you were but he pointed directly at you..I told him yes, you were such a nice person that I guarenteeted him MARTY was swimming in a bowl next to you watching football. His tears stopped and he asked to go play one of his games. There you go again making something a little easier for me to deal with just like you did 20 years ago. miss you jokes and smart comments.

retired lieutant sonyamarie atkinson
class mate freind

September 7, 2011

As a father of 3 (soon to be 4), I definitely appreciate your loss. I can only imagine the void that would be left in my children's life if I had to leave them behind...

Ashleigh, I lost my sister when she was young (only 32). And like you I long to have dreams with her in them. So, I can see her face, her smile, and hear her laugh. You never forget, but with time it does get easier...

My love to all the family of this fallen hero who made the ultimate sacrifice.


July 22, 2011

I had a dream last night, I was in your 'man cave'..reclining in your comfy chair, snuggled in your Red Skins blanket, admiring all the picture s you had displayed of us kids and all the police nic-nacs you had everywhere while watching Nascar on the big screen.....I wish you were there. I'm afraid that I will not remember your face or your voice, I love you and I miss you more than ever. I need you part of my success, I need your scruffy kisses, annoying singing and sloppy dancing to be complete. I want to hear you call me "Daddys little girl" again.although next week I will be 23. Please show your face in my dream, a birthday wish..if that is the only one I receive, I will be the happiest girl alive! Continue to rest in paradise and be my angel.....I love you now and always...when we meet again, the heavens will rock!

Ashleigh Aponte

April 7, 2011

Another new year is upon us. You are so missed everyday. In October I had a tattoo of your badge placed over my heart. I will never forget the love you gave your family or the laughter you brought us. Pop and I were just talking about you on Christmas Eve, he misses you so much. That part of his heart will always be in pain.
You ARE loved, always. I refuse to use the word "were".


January 1, 2011

It will soon be two years since you've been gone, and not a day goes by that I don't ask why you had to leave us. I want you..better yet, I need you here with me. Sometimes I dream of you and I wake up excited that I was able to see your face and hear your voice but I'm sad at the same time because its only a dream. I know you are in heaven, smiling down on us, please protect me and my family and may you rest in peace! I love you and miss you all the time. This is a time when I wish I saved all your kisses instead of wipeing them off me face..hehehe...goodnight daddy.

Ashleigh Aponte

August 2, 2010

Hi Daddy! Fathers day just passed, did you see me when I visited? I held an entire conversation with you as if you were right next to me. The pain was strong, especially as everyone was exchanging "Happy Fathers Day" and I knew I wouldn't be able to give you a gift, tell you I love you, or just show you my appreciation for all you've done for me and the family. I miss you daddy! Sometimes I just lay here and look through the scrapbook I made, and cry and cry and cry. This is a pain that I need not have felt so early in life, you were way too young to go, but honestly this area is getting out of control, the world is losing its mind and you are in a better place. You would have had to look all this violence in the face, as id be laying at home scared as to what kind of crimes you were fighting. I miss you and as much as id like you holding my hand through all of this, I know you are content and watching over all of us! Hope you are resting well in paradise, we continue to celebrate your life and maintain your unforgettable memory. I love you daddy.

Ashleigh Aponte

June 25, 2010

Sitting in the quiet, listening to Matt, Charlie and Chuck sleeping. Sometimes I think the loss has lessened, other days it was like yesterday. I look at my wedding album and remember so many happy days with you laughing. You will always be in my heart and my thoughts. I keep in touch with Mike alot, he stays with me when he is home. He misses you so much, we all do.


April 25, 2010

Hey Daddy..
Your birthday just passed, if you were here with us, I wouldn't let you live down the fact that you were becoming an old man, still living in the groove of your younger years! Since you have gone, things have been so hard to cope with, you aren't on the other end of the phone when I am bad mouthing life and the heartache it throws at me, although lately nothing bothers me because your death was the most devastating thing in my life! I cry all the time, whenever I visit you at the cemetary, see your face on the wall of the police department, look through the scrap book that Kris and I put together for your memory, or even when anybody recognizes me and just simply asks how everything is going. I don't want to have to remember you Daddy. I want to call you whenever I need you, I want our family days back, when you made sure all of us were together. Kristian cries every once in a while because he misses his "Uncle Brandon", I don't even know what my youngest brothers look like, it kills me. I keep in contact with Sherrena and Lil Scott because they are all I have, Jai and Jon and Kris are being taught to live on your memory and celebrate your life.. after all they are YOUR grandkids and the ones who are going to be the future. Kris wants to be a police officer, although I still hate the idea of you being one --- my worst nightmare came true! I thought in time the hurt would fade, but it never does and I doubt it ever will. Denise and I saw eachother in Walmart, and we were just joking about you, and how the Aponte blood has carried over into Uncle Mike, you guys and your women! But I wouldn't want to remember you any other way! I love you, I miss you..but better yet I celebrate your life every chance I get. Things are hard but everytime I feel like giving up, I hear you in the back of my head encouraging me that tomorrow will be a better day. R.I.P. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN....

Ashleigh Aponte

January 22, 2010

Hi Daddy,
Today is Veterans Day. I talked about you today in school and started to cry in front of my whole class today. Was not a good day in school today. I miss you so much that it hurts.I just finished my season for football and doing basketball. I will miss seeing Brandon and you sitting in the stands cheering for me. I will also be doing winter lacrosse this year.I did my spanish project about you last week. Was not easy to do my knees where shaking and couldn't even talk, but my teacher helped me. I visit you at the cementary all the time. I miss you so much, it is so hard. I love you. I know you are my angel watching over me. I Love you always and no one can take that away from me. I miss you so much! Love you'r son, Scott


November 11, 2009

Dear Scott
It has been a year since your death however, it feels like it was just yesterday. I will never forget that horrible night. It doesn't get better with time. My love for you is the same as the first day we met. Brandon and Andrue are growing up into wonderful boys. I see your reflection in them every time I look into their eyes.

Donna,Brandon and Andrue

Donna Aponte

October 30, 2009

Hi Scott,
Mike and the kids came home this weekend. We were able to have Pop and Aunt Lucy's kids here too (the girls came). We missed you. Mike is getting ready to go to Germany. Meadow is so adorable. Charlie was really great with her.

Denise Dow

October 12, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the first 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.

To Scott's family: I hold you all in my heart's embrace and pray for your solace. To his mother, I share your anquish in losing a beloved child which is surely life's greatest sorrow and hold you in thought and prayer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 22, 2009

To my husband Its been a year since your death and I remember that nightmare like it was yesterday your memory will live on through Andrue and Brandon. They look like you more and more each day. You will always live in my hart forever.

You dont need a memorial to be remembered you will always be remembered in are harts.


Donna Aponte

September 13, 2009

A year ago on September 10, 2009 I lost my brother Scott. Many new him as Sgt Dario Aponte, some new him as Dario, I new him as Scott. I am a Washington Redskin fan because of him. This past Thursday I awoke at the exact time my parents called me to tell me he was gone. I spent the rest of the day remembering him. I went to the cementary, I am sorry Scott but I won't return there. I went to see his memorial at the New Haven Police Department, Scott you would be proud of how you were honored, I will go back there. Scott touched many hearts in his short life. I still remember sitting as a Freshman in auto shop at Eli Whitney and watching him joke with friends, he was a Junior. I remember on Sundays when he would joke with his father about the Giants. Yes Scott they play each other today. My memories travel a large spectrum, but one thing will never change, I love him. I can't say "loved" since I will always love my brother.
Scott, I can't pick up a phone or run into you downtown, but I can speak to you, remember you and love you.
LOVE always, Dee

Denise Dow

September 13, 2009

Scotty: You left us a year ago today but it still feels so new. The tragic accident that took your life and still leaves Diane fighting for hers affected not just your friends and family, but an entire community. Not having the two of you at our NHPD home has left an empty spot that can never be filled. We miss you and love you! <3

Det. Renee J. Luneau
New Haven Police

September 10, 2009

To Sgt. Dario Scott Aponte, his family and his fellow officers with the New Haven Police Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Sgt. Aponte’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Sgt. Aponte and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Memebrs and Staff

September 10, 2009

Hey Scotty! As the one year anniversary of your death nears, I am saddened still by your passing. Amanda and I talk about you all the time! We miss you terribly in the unit. I must say once a day " I miss Scotty," and Amanda replies, "I know me too." Your pictures are still hanging up on the wall. We continue to tell the funny stories about you and Walter and everything that happened over the years. Every time there is a promotion in the detective division, Amanda reminds me of when you made detective and you thought you received Walter's assignment! I cant believe your gone. I have spent time with Donna and the boys. You know how I love my little Brandon. Andrue is a spitting image of you Scotty and an absolute doll baby. Please continue to watch over those that love and miss you!

Detective Bridget Brosnahan
New Haven Police Department

September 6, 2009


I cant begin to tell you how much I Miss you and Love you! I Look at our boys and see your reflection in them. There is not a day that goes by that I do not say how the boys are like you. They are what keeps me going. I will do everthing to protect them. Every morning I wake up and see you are not besides me and think this is all a nightmare and you will be come home. Scott our two boys love you and miss you!

You will always be in our hearts, Love Your little boys Brandon,Andrue and Donna Aponte

Donna Aponte

July 20, 2009

This is to Scott, the brother I miss everyday. The night the call came I could not believe, as the days went on I still struggled with the thought you were gone. On May 28th when I celebrated my wedding anniversary Chuck and I were saddened, remembering the fun of that day. You wearing a tux the first time and the famous "Zima" you started at our rehearsal dinner. This was the first year I didn't watch the video, I just couldn't it hurt too much.
When we gather, Pop, my mom and the large Aponte family you left behind, we can always remember something you did or said that brings a smile to our faces. Though time continues to pass, the pain lingers. Life is not always fair, but I believe you are with God. I know you watch over all of us as we all continue to miss and love you.
Mike is coming home for a few weeks, though we email I haven't seen him since September. I see Darin more at Pop's and he is doing ok. Pop misses you everyday. Your two girls, their children and little Scott were at the house a few weeks ago. As usual a lot of laughter was present remembering you.
My memories of you will be with me forever, and I will continue to share them with your nephews Charlie and Matt. The space in my heart that was for you alone won't heal, but I will continue to live with your memory, smile and laugh forever.

I LOVE and MISS you,
your sister forever,

Denise Dow

June 6, 2009

Donna and I went to the New York Shields breakfast this morning, where you were one of many honored. We laughed as we drove down and reflected on many stories....some involving the DUI roadblocks we worked together. It was a beautiful ceremony and Donna looked so proud as they put the medal around her neck. The boys will proudly wear and display it, I'm sure. We've attended Washington DC,CT's law enforcemtn memorial, and now this...but it's still so hard to believe you're gone. You are missed more than words can convey. We know you are doing a diligent job watching over your friends and never left a job undone. We love you buddy!

Det. Renee J. Luneau
New Haven Police

May 31, 2009

I am Glenda Johnson the mother of,Sergeant Dario Scott Aponte.There are no words to describe how I feel.It is a great loss, I miss him so much.I'm still having a hard time, it still doesn't seem real.He was a wonderful son. I'm so proud of him. I have always been proud of him.My heart is breaking, I long for my son. I'm not only hurting for myself, but also hurt for my grand kids.For all that don't know I had 5 grand children by my Scotty.He loved all the same. their names are: Sherrna, Ashleigh, Little Scott, Brandon,and Andrew. To Sadera, Lisa,Fran, and Donna, I want to thank you and Scott for giving me such beautiful grand children. I love you all. I want to thank the New Haven Fire Department, Ambulance, all of the Law Enforcement and especially the New Haven Police Department, for all the support you gave me during the funeral and after. When ever I call the police department you guys are always there for me. Thank you, Mat God Bless all of the Law Enforcements. My thoughts and prayers also do out to Diane and her family. I am so sorry. May God Bless you.


April 23, 2009


I sit here today, after leaving reflections for the 4 Oakland officers who also made the ultimate sacrifice, reflecting on you, Danny and Rob. My heart breaks for them and their families, as it did and does for you and your family. Donna is an amazing woman! You would be so proud of her and the kids. I miss you, your great smile and your kind words. I can't believe it's been six months since God took you from us. You will always be remembered!

Lt. Lisa Dadio
New Haven Police Department, CT.

March 24, 2009

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