Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Michael J. Califano

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, February 5, 2011

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael J. Califano

Rest in Peace Brother.

Sgt. Jerry Goglas
Orlando Police Department

May 6, 2012

RIP, u are loved by all, you are a hero.

Ofc Dennis Mayfield
Long Beach Ca

April 3, 2012

Rest in Peace Officer Michael Califano

CO. Michael Sheehan (RET)
Westchester County DOC

March 22, 2012

Thank you for your sevice Sir, RIP

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

February 13, 2012

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.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my family's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

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

February 5, 2012

Mike, it's been 1 year since you were called to duty on the roads of Heaven. Thank you for watching over us. We miss you.


February 5, 2012

A truer friend could never be had. Rest in peace Mike..

11-15/2011 Bridge Dedication

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Assemblyman Dave McDonough, officers from the Nassau County Police Department, and members of the Califano family today held a ceremony to dedicate the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge” in memory of Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.

Senator Fuschillo and Assemblywoman Schimel authored a law, cosponsored by Assemblyman McDonough, renaming the Glen Cove Road bridge overpass which crosses over the Long Island Expressway the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge.” The law was passed by both the Senate and Assembly in June and signed by Governor Cuomo in August. The bridge, located in Old Westbury, is near the site where Officer Califano was killed.

“Michael Califano was a devoted police officer and a loving family man who always went above and beyond to help others whether he knew them or not. We must never, ever forget the ultimate sacrifice he made for the people of Nassau County. Renaming this bridge in Officer Califano’s honor will help ensure that his legacy of service and heroism will always be remembered,” said Senator Fuschillo (R-Merrick).

"By naming the bridge, we honor the memory of police officer Michael Califano and in a small measure thank his family for his dedication and service," said Assemblywoman Schimel (D-Great Neck).

“I am pleased to have been part of the initiative and cosponsor this measure making this tribute to Officer Michael Califano a reality. Memorializing Officer Califano through this tribute will ensure that the people of Nassau County never forget his dedication to our communities,” said Assemblyman McDonough (R-North Merrick).

Officer Califano, a twelve year veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, died tragically in the line of duty on February 4, 2011 while performing a routine traffic stop. He was killed when his patrol car, which was stopped on the shoulder of the Long Island Expressway with its lights flashing, was hit from behind by a flat bed truck. The driver of the truck was allegedly asleep at the wheel and subsequently arrested on charges including criminally negligent homicide.

Approximately 100 members of Officer Califano’s family, including his wife Jackie and three sons Michael, Christopher, and Andrew, attended the ceremony, as did over 100 members of the Nassau County Police Department. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano also attended the ceremony.

“Our brother Police Officer Michael Califano was a devoted and dedicated officer who served our Department and County with honor. We made a vow that his ultimate sacrifice and service would never be forgotten. Renaming this bridge in his memory will help honor that commitment. On behalf of all the members of the Nassau County Police Department, we thank Senator Fuschillo, Assemblywoman Schimel, and Assemblyman McDonough for their efforts to make this tribute to Officer Califano a reality,” said Peter Paterson, First Vice President of the Nassau County PBA.

Senator Fuschillo (right) is pictured with Michael Califano, Officer Califano's oldest son, in unveiling a replica of the sign memorializing the Police Officer Michael Califano Memorial Bridge.

John Kessler

November 16, 2011

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice to Nassau County. I would also like to send my deepest sympathy to your family and fellow Police Officers. God bless you for your service and dedication to the community you served.

Charles M. Eselin Jr.
Former Military Police Officer and Department of Defense Police Office

October 26, 2011

God bless you brother, I pray for you and your family, you are a true hero and you will be missed.

Police officer
new york

October 25, 2011

I live on Long Island and pass the spot on the L.I.E. where you were killed. You would be happy to know that they named the overpass in your honor. May God grant you peace always. See below the post:

The purpose of this bill is to designate the Glen Cove Road bridge
overpass, crossing over Interstate 495 in Old Westbury, New York as
the "Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge", Officer
Califano was a twelve year veteran of Nassau County Police Department
and served with distinction. On February 4, 2011, during a routine
traffic stop, Officer Califano was killed when his cruiser was struck
from behind by another motorist. Officer Califano left behind a wife
and three children and a legacy of honor and dedication. Designation
of this bridge shall serve as a small token of gratitude from the
citizens of the State of New York to Officer Califano and his family
for their sacrifice.

Son of ret. PO NYPD 20th

September 22, 2011

Rest In Peace Brother

Detective Giovanniello

September 3, 2011

Rest in peace, you will not be forgotten

Captain Eric Simmons
NCPD law enforcement explorers post 5000

May 9, 2011

Rest in Peace

Det. S. Gillespie

March 14, 2011

My heart goes out to officer Califano's friends, family and co-workers. And to his wife and children, hang in there. You are not alone.

Denise Wise
Widow, Michael H. Wise, II EOW 6/5/04

March 13, 2011

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Califano. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Michael, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Michael's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Michael's life was about so much more than the way he died. Michael will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Califano, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been eight years and he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

March 11, 2011

It's been 38 days since your passing Mike. Words can not reflect on your time spent with us. You have touched so many. You leave behind a wonderful family that will continue your legacy in their hearts. They are strong, their love for you is bright.... You will not be forgotten, My God bless your soul. Rest in Peace Brother. Patroling the gates of Heaven is what we yearn for... Until we meet agin......

Police Officer

March 10, 2011

RIP Officer Michael Califano.My sympathys to the family and fellow officers.Rest In Peace.

Christina Brookhart
Mother of Deputy Don McCutcheon EOW 2/8/2010

March 4, 2011

Officer Califano,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Nassau County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



February 27, 2011

Rest in peace, brother.


February 19, 2011

Heartfelt condolences to the Officer's family, and Department's extended police family.

Chicago Police

February 16, 2011

Officer Califano,
Rest in peace brother.

Detective Dave Howell
Plano,Texas Police Dept-Auto Theft

February 15, 2011

Our deepest heartfelt sympathys to the family of Officer
Califano. May you find comfort & peace in your family,
friends, fellow officers, and your NY COPS program.
Hero's live our hearts....

Jones Family
Deputy Sarah Irene Jones, EOW 10-19-08

Connie Jones

February 14, 2011

May God be with your family, and loved ones in these most difficult times. Rest easy now my Brother in Law, as our watch on earth is over.......

Sgt. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia CO Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

February 14, 2011

Our deepest sympathy to the dear family, friends and co-workers of Officer Califano. God Bless him for his dedication and duty to the Nassau County New York, Police Department. Rest in Peace sir, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

February 11, 2011

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whose blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 11, 2011

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