Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Norman R. Cerullo

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, April 2, 1978

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Reflections for Police Officer Norman R. Cerullo

These are the things that we do to protect the public. It seems that these days our efforts are not appreciated now more than ever before.
I believe that the government has given the public the excuse to disobey the law and to question every move that officers make. No officer comes on the job to abuse the very people that we swear to protect and serve. There have been bad apples in the past and there will be in the future, but most officers do the job and do it well. Give us the benefit of the doubt, we are here trying to do the right thing. It really hard to keep that in mind when everyone is condemning us and disrespecting our authority. God help us all and God bless America. To all of my fellow fallen brothers-RIP God is with us.

former NYPD detective/now VA Police
NYPD/Dept of Vet Affairs

April 4, 2016

You are not forgotten, RIP I have it from here.

PO Seward
Albany,NY PD

April 2, 2016

You are not forgotten, RIP.

P.O. Jason Seward
City of Albany, NY Police Dept.

April 2, 2015

rembering you today and always.. you are forever my hero!!

Robin Cerullo

April 2, 2015

i never forgot


December 22, 2014

It is a disgrace the a tunnel in the city you made the ultimate sacrifice for is now named for the governor that pardoned the criminal that murdered you. The same criminal whose Attica Riot lead to the deaths of seven corrections brothers deaths. Name the tunnel after real hero's, those who fell protecting and serving the great State of New York.

Police Officer Andrew Leiper

November 5, 2014

RIP Uncle. Please Continue to watch my back.

P.O. Seward
APD - City of Albany, NY

April 2, 2014

RIP, I'll take it from here.

PO Seward
Albany, NY Police Department - Nephew

April 2, 2013

I recently checked this site. My dad mentioned the passing of Norman Cerullo back in 1978 when I was 18 years old. Nancy Cerullo is my cousin who I have not seen since we moved from Albany in the 60's. I have been in law enforcement since 1980 and worked in NYC for two years for another police agency. The NYPD was always great to work with and I remember attending several funerals for other fallen officers from the NYPD. God bless all fallens officers and their families.

Officer Dan Malloy - Canandaigua, NY
Cousin of Nancy Cerullo

January 18, 2013

I went to Albany High school and La salle school with Chip and his wife Nancy back in the mid 60's.
We had many good times together growing up and being the the young man that he was, I know he was a good father to his children and husband to his wife which he cared so much for.
I hope all is well with his family and
i know the good Lord has and will continue to keep him.

Ralph Smith AHS class of 65

Friend Ralph Smith

June 23, 2012

I worked with Norm and Chris and will never forget the night of April 2, 1978. Dallas and I were the first ones on the scene and I took Norm to St. Johns' Hospital while another radio car took Masone.
They were the best street cops in the 79th Pct. The memories will never be forgotten and I will always remember Cerullo and Masone.

P.O. Joseph Penna
NYPD 79th Pct.

May 14, 2012

Rest in Peace Uncle.

P.O. Seward

April 2, 2012

I still remember our little joke we talked about in the locker room,rest in peace .P.O

P.O. Daniel Belgrave
79 Pct

January 29, 2012

Thinking of you always,you live forever in my heart! I know you are looking over and protecting me everyday!! Love you soo much Daddy, My Hero!!

Robin Cerullo

August 20, 2011

To an Uncle I never knew:
Your family has never forgot you. My Blood now bleeds Blue and I carry on the tradition. You are not forgotten and I ask you now to look over me and my fellow Officer's.

P.O. Jason T Seward
Albany, NY PD/Nephew

April 4, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 2, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty 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.

What an absolute travesty of justice happened here and how that must have embittered everyone that cared for you.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 2, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer Cerullo and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

March 24, 2009

I never knew you since I came on this job long after you, but working in the 79 I think of both you and your partner every time I pass by or respond to a job at 660 Willoughby Ave. Your lockers still stand proudly in our locker room. We will never forget what those animals did to you and your family. I am proud to serve in the same command as you once did. Rest in peace, brother.

79 cop

January 14, 2009



April 7, 2008

Today, April 5th 2008, I attended the 30th Anniversery Memorial Mass For PO Cerullo. I did know PO Cerullo, but i was very impressed by the number of people at the mass, both past and present members of the 79 Precinct.
God bless PO Cerullo and his family.


April 5, 2008

"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 whos 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 2, 2008

You are never forgotten!

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 13, 2007

I cannot begin to express the anger I felt while reading the about the aquittal of this suspect. Officer, you and your partner are never, ever forgotten for your heroism and courage as is the case with the many correction officers who gave theor lives at the hand of this pathetic suspect. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 13, 2006

Hey partner its Gaspar,

I am sitting down 27 years later and I can still see the shine on your perfectly round head. If friends and family are reading this don’t think I am going “psyco . I sometimes have talked to you and Chris in the past; and always kept you and your family in my prayers and special intentions. I miss ya brother, you were a great partner, good friend. Even though I had to here you complain about the Babylon Long Island Commute. Norman, keep an eye out for us you were my mentor then maybe now you can be my guardian angel now. I am on patrol again this time in Florida, its different and yet in many ways the same. I am keeping true to the cause and locking the bad guys up.

Your partner,

John Michael Gaspar

Detective John Micahel Gaspar
NYPD retired / now Florida Deputy Sheriff (FCSO)

November 10, 2005

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