Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Edward R. Byrne

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, February 26, 1988

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Reflections for Police Officer Edward R. Byrne

It's been 20 years now since we worked together in District 32 before you left for the 103, and I can still remember your face at roll call. You are still very much missed. REST IN PEACE, GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Richard Cosentino
Retired NYPD

Sergeant Richard Cosentino
NYPD

September 25, 2007

i had only been a correction officer for approximately 6 months when officer byrne was murdered. i think we were about the same age when we started our journey in law enforcement. i am getting ready to retire and often think of officer byrne, i was raised in hollis queens. may you continue to rest in peace knowing that justice was served. you are always in my thoughts and prayers. god bless you.

officer coe
nyc dept. of correction

July 21, 2007

I have yet to understand how depriving someone of their life can be rectified by determining the amount of years the killer(s) must lose of their freedom to make it right, and in your case, in the performance of their duties. Rest easy, Officer Byrne, and know your brothers in the NYPD have carried on, and will continue to.


Houston Police Dept.

July 12, 2007

GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMBERED BY YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON PATROL

PO CIRIGLIANO
20 ANTI CRIME

June 30, 2007

EDDIE REST IN PEACE YOU ARE ONE OF THE REASONS I BECAME A COP

P.O CHRIS PALMS
TAMPA POLICE DEPT.

April 10, 2007

A piece of every decent American died, when Eddie was assassinated. Eddie R. Byrne's sacrifices will NEVER BE FORGOTTON.

He served honorably and in the "Finest" traditions of the NYPD.

Bless your soul, brother.

Lt Paul Sanzone
NYPD

April 8, 2007

Officer Byrne,
I just saw a TV program here in England called "The FBI Files" about your awful murder. We share the same surname so my ears pricked up when I heard your name. I have been a Police Officer for 24 years over here. Just 2 days ago I was almost run over by a car at a fatal accident scene. Eddie, my son wants to be a Police Officer. I have tried to put him off but you will know that's impossible. I hope he makes me proud just like I'm sure you made your parents and brothers proud. Keep an eye on him for me please. Rest in peace........... Pat Byrne.....Cheshire Police, England

Police Constable 2121 Patrick Byrne
Cheshire Police, England

March 14, 2007

Dear Mr and Mrs Byrne,
19 years ago the day after the heartbreaking loss of your son Ed,I came out of business meeting in lower Manhattan and found myself staring at a wall where some jerk wrote a NYC PD was killed and how happy the jerk was that it happened.
I couldn't care if a hundred people saw me in a suit take a black marker out of my brief case and crossed out the entire wall, which I did AND ENJOYED DOING IT.
At the time my twin brother John was an active cop in ESU Truck 2 , Harlem.
I remember seeing Mr Byrne on TV saying " If my son is not safe sitting in a patrol car in uniform, then none of us are safe."
All these years have gone by and I will never forget that.
Little did I know what was in store for John and our family.
A few days after 9/11 when for the first time I layed eyes on John's tomb at the World Trade Center Site I thought to myself "if these people weren't safe at work at 9am on an average Tuesday morning, then none of us are safe."
I sincerly thank Mr Byrne for that true prespective in my time of personal loss.
On an average Tuesday so many years ago I became a twinless twin, 9/11 family member and an NYPD LODD Surviving family member.
Yes, tonight for sure I remember and pray for soul of NYCPO
Edward Byrne.
The courage of the Byrne family has been taken deep into my heart as personal healing.
Tonight my thoughts are with them.
Where ever they are , what ever they are doing our family wishs them peace.
God Bless all of them.

Dan D'Allara
Survivor of the Shield

February 27, 2007

It has been 19 years and I remember it like yeaterday. Your sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Kevin Black
Nassau County P.D.

February 26, 2007

may you rest in peace and god be with you

P.O. Steven Cruz
N.Y.P.D

February 26, 2007

I still recall that cold morning 19 years ago.As a 2 year rookie,we knew exactly how it was,and we were deeply affected.Later as a Sgt in the 103pct,I stood on that same corner,in prayer and vigil.The emotions hadnt changed,and they probably never will.You will never be forgotten,your death will forever be a guiding light to police officers to continue to wage its war.

Sgt.Gavin C.Duffy Ret.
NYPD 103 - 28 pct.

February 26, 2007

It's been nineteen years since you paid the ultimate price...may you rest in eternal peace, and may God bless your family.

SCO Kieran O'Hagan
NYS Courts

February 26, 2007

My brother Ed:
I had the great honor of serving on your color guard during your Inspectors Funeral. I will never forget your mom and dad walking out of the church and your dad holding onto your photo. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. "GREATER LOVE HAS NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. BUT THERE IS A GREATER LOVE THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR A STRANGER."

Detective (Retired) Fidel Balan
Freeport, NY. PD/DEA Task Force, LIDO

February 16, 2007

I lived in Queens at the time of this death, and i remember it well. The outcry was understandable, this young Irish-American cop was doing his duty when death dealers struck him down.
Now back living in Ireland, i will not ever forget this cop and the sacrifice he made.

mark mc auley

January 19, 2007

Eddie,
It's late on a Saturday nite and I'm flipping channels. For some reason I decided to stop and watch American Justice. No particular reason, then the next scene of the show they're talking about you! I felt compelled to look you up on the web. I remember you as a 4th grader at Eastplain (a beautiful little blonde boy) as well as a senior in High School. I know you hear all the prayers and good things about you up there. All of us from Plainedge '84+, whether we were close to you or not, feel such pride in you. So many of your friends joined the police in your honor.
You may not remember me, but I have prayed for you and your family over the years. I'm sure you have a great job protecting souls where you are now.
GOD Bless you forever and see you at that big class reunion in the sky one day.

Civilian - Hallie Stern
Childhood Friend

September 30, 2006

I just read about your story and wanted to say "Thank you" for your service to the City of New York.

RIP Officer Byrne.

Citizen
Massachusetts

May 3, 2006

GOD BLESS,,,,you will never be forgotten

Detective Jim Mulligan (RETIRED)
NYPD

April 4, 2006

Although I was only 15 years old when you were taken away by those animals, I still remember the news and the sadness I felt when you were viciously killed. To this day, I always remind myself of the ultimate sacrifices that heros like you made.

police officer eric nass
nypd

February 27, 2006

Eddie, "You are not forgotten".

PO Nicholas Squicciarini
Nassau County Police- Bureau of Special Operations

February 26, 2006

18 years ago today you were taken from this earth without justification. There is never a right reason for a law enforcement officer to be taken from this earth. Your's was truly a crime against humanity.

"WITHOUT LAW THERE IS CHAOS. WITHOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT THERE IS ANARCHY"

Detective Patrick J. Donohue Jr
NYPD

February 26, 2006

Eddie Byrne's death was a clarion call to many people in NYC and around the country. Although I did not join the NYPD until 5 years later I remember Eddie's death clearly and the searing understanding to all thinking individuals that this was an assault not just on one 22 yr old police officer but on any hope we had of ridding this city of the crack menace.
Most of the progress and crime reduction success that has occurred since then can be traced to the desperation felt in many quarters in the wake of this assasination.
As one who has been privileged to work in the same Pct as Eddie did for the last 6 years and with many of his contemporaries there is a keen sense of the gravity of what occurred on this day 18 years ago and a sure commitment to never forget.

Lt John Hart
NYPD

February 26, 2006

For all those who don't know, Eddie was assassinated by cowards just because he wore the uniform.

I will never forget the incident, I'll never forget his sacrifices. I offer continual prayers and condolances for Eddie's family. Eddie definately earned his place, among the "Finest" in the heavens above. Rest in Peace brother-Eddie Byrne.

Lt. Paul Sanzone
NYPD

February 26, 2006

Dear Officer Byrne.
In your Honour I wear a gold shield around my neck with your Badge Number on it. Although I never met u, Iwas greatly affected by your death. One day at 1PP, when i saw a memorial plaque with ur name on it, It suddenly all hit me, i clutched ur shield and cried...My heart and prayers will always be with your family....REST IN PEACE WITH JESUS.young friend.

James P O'Hara

January 3, 2006

EDDIE. I WAS ON THE JOB FOR ONLY (2)YEARS AND A WAS CALL TO REPRESENT MY DEPARTMENT IN YOUR HONOR. I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT I SAW AND EXPIRENCED THAT COLD FEBRUARY DAY. YOU ARE TRULY CARED FOR AND LOVED BY ALL YOUR BROTHER & SISTERS THROUGOUT THE WORLD. REST IN PEACE HERO. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

FORMER P.O. WALTER M.ZULINSKI
HUDSON COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

December 30, 2005

I was reading about Officers Rivera,Stewart and Enchautequi and there deaths. Then I started looking for yours. At first I could not remember your name, but I rember your face, your story, that cold night your family's pain as the days and nights went on, your father holding your photo as they were coming out of the church. I was mad and shocked at first. I was just a kid out of high school. All I ever wanted to be was a Police Officer. Your story did not change my mind, it made the choice stronger! When i read this in the 17 years ago, two things came to mind, first I said to myself they killed a cop to intimidate someone for doing the right thing. The other was they just awoke a sleeping giant. RIP PO Byrne

Community Officer R.Kelly
W.W.P.D.

December 11, 2005

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