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

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

I was just getting out of the Army when you were killed. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Your death so deeply effected me, I became an officer within six months. I have been on the job 18 years now, and will never forget you and the tremendous sacrifices made by officer's like you everywhere. It is more of an inspiration than ever, after all I have experienced. May God bless you and your family.

Det. Brian J. Huth
Ramsey (NJ) Police Department

December 8, 2005

PO Byrne,

When I was first assigned to the 103, I was met by a photo of you in the lobby. Every day when I walked past that photo, it reminded me of what being a cop was all about. Bro, I hope you are resting peacefully knowing that the 103 remembers you and honors you every day!

Rest in peace brother.

Sgt Kevin F. Cassidy
NYPD

November 1, 2005

I just saw the story of this tragedy on the Discovery channel the other night. Several officers at my agency are former NYPD and they all attended your funeral. An incident like this one really hits home hard... we all sit in the same front patrol car seat while on-duty. Sometimes to relax, sometimes to write reports, etc. Your death was not in vain Ofc. Byrne. May you rest in peace brother and keep an extra watch over all of us keeping watch. Thank you for your service.

Ofc. Jonathan F. Esposito
Lighthouse Point Police Dept., FL

September 25, 2005

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

September 3, 2005

I remember the day of your tragic assassination. I was just a skinny 19 year old living in Brooklyn. Now a cop in Florida. Remembering you my brother...God Bless

Police Officer
DEP POLICE (FLORIDA)

December 8, 2004

The day of your assasination will be in my mind forever. Your fellow Officers and I from the 103 at that time still smile when we remember what a wonderful, yet dangerous place the 103rd was to work. It sounds odd to say someplace so dangerous was so much great still; it was. We were brothers & sisters. Laughing and Enforcing; thinking on our feet and making sure we all went home every night. We all worked so hard to find your killers and we will never forget Pete Pistone and Richie Sica for their successful arrest and eventual conviction of all the mutts involved.
I wish I got to know you better and will never forget how we all, as a command came together, closer yet still in the quest to make sure you didn't die in vain. Crime dropped to an almost scary level while LEO from all levels of State and Federal Goverments came down on the 103rd. The President himself (Bush 41) talked about you and your service to NY.
Your death was profound, your memory is secure!
GOD Bless you and keep you!

PO Jim Ryder
NYPD

September 12, 2004


I had the honor of graduating the both the NYPD and Transit Police Academies with Eddie, he was an excellent Police Officer with a bright future ahead of him. Unfortunately it was cut short. He will be greatly missed by us all.

My heartfelt sympathies go out to his parents and loved ones. May he rest in peace.

Fraternally yours

Sergeant Jim Ward
Fairfield Police Dept

Sergeant Jim Ward
Fairfield Police Dept, Connecticut.

March 11, 2004

RIP Eddie

Lt. Ken Solosky
NYPD

February 24, 2004

ED
IT'S BEEN 15 YRS SINCE THAT HORRIBLE NIGHT BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU A LOT. I PROMISE THAT WHILE I HAVE A BREATH LEFT, YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.

P.O. DON CARNEY
NASSAU COUNTY P.D.,N.Y. SPECIAL OPERATIONS

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