Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Joseph Lawrence Szczerba

New Castle County Police Department, Delaware

End of Watch Friday, September 16, 2011

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Reflections for Lieutenant Joseph Lawrence Szczerba

Joe, your life and service will never be forgotten. I feel very honored to have heard your story and I am so very grateful to you and of course your loving family and agency's sacrifice.

Lynne Parry
Surviving spouse

June 14, 2022

Rest in peace Lt. Szczerba.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 30, 2021

Your loss is so gut wrenching. I do not know what to do with myself.

Matthew Fusco
No Police Department Bourough NPDB

October 1, 2020

Joe, I'm sitting here perusing the ODMP site as I try and do everyday and of course here you are. It's hard to believe it's been nine years today and as I have conveyed to others, I remember waking up that morning and watching this pop on the news. Sitting here reliving that morning and the funeral is as gut wrenching today as it was back then but I also know that NCCPD carries on in your memory with the many outstanding men and women who serve. Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 16, 2020

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 21, 2018

Lieutenant Szczerba, tomorrow I will be riding the Road to Hope through Law Enforcement United Virginia Division to honor your service and sacrifice. You will always be remembered and loved by your blue-line family. I'll be thinking of you during the three day ride and I'll find your name on the memorial. Thank you for your service Lt.

D. J. Smith
Chesapeake Police Department, VA

May 9, 2018

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

April 26, 2017

Thinking of you and those you left behind today, my classmate. Even as early as the academy you were a leader and example for all of us. RIP.

Cpl/3 Teryl Carlisle
Delaware State Police / Former NCCPD

February 26, 2017

Always remembered, never forgotten.

Senior Corporal Lev Ellian South Bethany Police
Det. Lev Ellian M-NCPPC Park Police Montgomery County
PO3 Lev Ellian Montgomery County Police

PO3 Lev Ellian
Montgomery County Police

August 27, 2016

Thank you for your heroic service to our country. My condolences to your family. My heart aches for them. RIP

John Haseltine - Civilian

April 20, 2016

Joe, you are not forgotten.

Ret. Lieutenant Floyd Wiley
New Castle County Police Department

December 13, 2015

Lt. Szczerba thank you for your service and dedication.

Master Police Officer Bernard Innocent
University of Delaware Police

September 16, 2015


Bobby Jenkins National Trustee
Florida State Lodge

December 22, 2014

It's been 3 years since Joe left us. Please don't forget him.

M/Cpl. Francis Craft
New Castle County Police

September 16, 2014

Heavenly Father, provide for this hero's family. Give them all the peace that is necessary to sustain them in this time of sorry. Bless them with the Holy spirit and heal their hearts from all the pain. Bring honor and glory to this hero and warrior of battle. Just like our fighting men overseas protecting our country aboard from evil, Lieutenant Szczerba fought within our country to protect the public against evil doers. His Department honored him by promoting Lieutenant Szczerba to his present rank and providing him with the highest Police Department Medal there is.......The Medal of "Honor." Rest in peace my fellow brother in blue. You have made a difference in this world. The contribution of your life warrants the highest respect and admiration. Semper Fi, Lt. Peugh (R-Oklahoma)

Robert C. Peugh, Lt. (R)
Bartlesville Police Department

August 24, 2014

Lt. I want to thank you for your sacrifice, and also tell you I have became a better man and officer because of you. My academy class was the first one after your passing. I visit odmp constantly thinking of you and the impact your sacrifice has made on my life. Rip and god bless

Pfc. Adalberto Aviles
Felton pd/ #36 recruit class

May 13, 2014

From a citizen: Thank you SO MUCH for being there to protect us. We live in a violent and scary world, and where would we be without heros like you to protect us? I pray for yor fellow officers out there who get up each day and put on that uniform, never knowing if they will return home at the end of their shift. It seems like everyone is carrying a gun these days and its so dangerous to go to the places officers have to go to on a daily basis. I pray for each and everyone of you. God Bless You Lt. Szczerba, Rest In Peace with the Father

Citizen Of New Castle County

May 12, 2014

I always will remember the academy NCCPD #22 in where me and Joe along with two others were going through the Smoke House and Joe went into full panic mode as I cracked up laughing I was like calm down we will get out; to know Joe is to know that was so not him because he was an excellent cop when we hit the streets!!

Former Police Officer Lisa M. Lancaster
New Castle County Police Department

May 8, 2014

Rest in Peace my brother of the badge, God bless your Family, Friends and Department.

Retired Police Officer, Bob Reed
South Lake Tahoe Police Department

January 25, 2014

God Bless You and watch over us Brother. Rest in peace.

Phoenix Police Department

October 4, 2013

Now you will be our guardian angel, god bless brother, you done your time, we got it now. Now rest in heaven


October 1, 2013

RIP. Thank you for keeping us in New Castle County safe.

Lynn Truitt

September 16, 2013



May 24, 2013

Thank you for all the hard work you put in into trying to stop crime. Gone but never forgotten, may you rest in Peace Lieutenant Joseph


May 17, 2013

God Speed my friend. Thank you for your service in keeping my friends and family safe. I will try to do my part in doing the same.

lieutenant John Moore
Department of Correction

April 27, 2013

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