Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer John Mark Cortazzo

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, March 14, 2009

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Reflections for Police Officer John Mark Cortazzo

One of the many amazing men and women who gave so selflessly and heroically that day and the many days that followed. Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

March 14, 2021

Rest in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

March 14, 2020

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

June 10, 2019

Officer Cortazzo,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens New York, New Jersey And our Country as well. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 14, 2019

Thank you for your service and sacrifice during those long tours at the sites. We are now over 165+ brothers and sisters who have ended their tours on Earth. Please continue to rest in peace and while in a better place, watch out for your loving family and members of your department. Until we meet.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

March 14, 2019

Scripture assures us that, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called [children] of God.” Matthew 5:9 ESV and “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 ESV.

Rev. Dr. Steven Robert Closs, DD, MSBS
Licensed & Ordained Independent Christian Minister
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
“An Intercessory Prayer Ministry for Law Enforcement”
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers
Merrimack, NH 03054

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DD, MSBS
Merrimack NH Police Department

July 29, 2018

I remember John well from out time at Lackland AFD in K9 training, I was shocked to learn of his death a few months back when I was at the Port Authority building in NY. I pray for him and his family.

Deputy Chief Lane A. Hagin
Atlanta Police Department

July 26, 2018

Officer John Mark Cortazzo will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

February 23, 2018

My brother, we share the same last name, but we have never met. You have honored God, our family name and our country, Thank You. I will do my best to honor you by serving God and others until we meet in the house of the Lord. Rest in Peace my brother/my friend/ my HERO.

Sgt. Frank Cortazzo, Duquesne University Police

June 22, 2017

I rode in honor of you brother, during the 2017 Road to Hope (Law Enforcement United). I did not have the privilege of knowing you but your legacy carries on! I will stand the line and your spirit strengthens me! Thank you for your service and Rest In Peace!

Private First Class Nicholas Barb
Fairfax County Sheriff's Office

May 9, 2017

Rest well my brother. Until we neet.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)

March 14, 2017

Officer Cortazzo,
On today, the 7th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York and New Jersey and our Country as well. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 14, 2016



March 14, 2016

It's been six years... so sad. Johnny Boy was a good man and is terribly missed

Bob Bonanno, friend
Formerly, Cresskill Volunteer Fire Department

March 15, 2015

Rip thank you for keeping us safe. My prayers are with the families that lost a love one on9/11/01 We will never forget.


March 14, 2015

My thought and prayers are with Ofc.Cortazzo's wife and children.

Ret.Inv.George Yekich
CCSD Fugitive Unit (RET.)

March 14, 2015

RIP Officer Cortazzo and may God bless and watch over your
wife and children.

Maj. L. Carter
Norfolk Sheriff's Office VA

March 14, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the third 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect or love. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I hold his family in my heart's embrace today and ask that God grant them solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service John gave to his community and the citizens of New York and mew Jersey, and the supreme sacrfice he and his family made on March 14, 2009. Our 9/11 heroes will never be forgotten.

Rest In Peace, John..

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

March 14, 2012

RIP Sir, thank you for your heroism Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

March 14, 2012

Rest in peace brother.

ret. P.O. Robt. Moore
The Port Authority of NY & NJ Police dept.

December 12, 2011

It was an honor to attend the military working dog course (then, the FAA course) with you in 1997, John. To John's was my privilege to be John's classmate in San Antonio during our K9 training (I even remember his K9, Asta!) and what a guy! RIP, John.

Officer Michelle Behl
Salt Lake City Airport Police Department

October 2, 2011

Though the events of Sept. 11 are now falling distantly into the past, those events continue to take their tolls. You are a true hero Officer Cortazzo and your efforts on the part of others, especially the victims of those ghastly events prove just what a hero you are.

God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

December 6, 2010

Thank you for your service sir, you are indeed a HERO. Rest in peace.

M.E. Berryman
Former I.D. Tech

November 19, 2010

God Bless you Officer Cortazzo. Gone but not Forgotten. 9-11-01.

P.O. Miller

P.O. S Miller
Port Authority of NY and NJ

November 7, 2010

Greater love has no man than one who will lay down his life for his brother. God bless

Deputy S. Yates
Covington County Sheriff Dept.(MS.)

November 4, 2010

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