Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Vito A. Chiaramonte

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, September 26, 1977

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Reflections for Police Officer Vito A. Chiaramonte

Rest in peace. You will never be forgotten. You will always be loved and missed

Jeanmarie Dow

September 25, 2019

You will never be forgotten. You will be always loved and missed. Rest in peace

Jeanmaire Protano

September 26, 2018

Just saw your name in my family tree. So sorry we lost you so young.

Frank Saisa

September 25, 2018

My dear cousin Billy ,
Never will know why you were taken so young or who committed this crime .. only you know !
Love & miss you so much


August 25, 2018

Never forgotten

Retired nypd po

September 30, 2017

I remember this day like it was yesterday. Rest with the angels. You will never be forgotten

Jeanmaire Protano

September 26, 2017

Rest in peace my brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

September 26, 2017

Rest in peace my brother.

Sgt. K Ford.
NYPD (Ret)

May 20, 2017

R.I.P. brother may you be ever vigilant to watch over those Still on your beat

Ret. N.Y.P.D. Officer Daniel Tonnessen

September 26, 2016

RIP You will always be in our hearts. You will always be loved. You will never be forgotten.

Jeanmaire Protano

September 26, 2016

It was my honor to research newspapers, books and magazines and finally find your ID Card Photo and make sure your photo was put on this site. I wanted to put a face to your heroism in the Line of Duty. I did the research because you are a brother officer and no matter how many years past, you will always be remembered. Rest Easy Hero.

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

RIP. You will always be in our heats

Jeanmaire Protano

September 26, 2015

RIP. May they find the person(s) responsible and put them away for life

Detective Dennis Pothos
Fort Lee, NJ Police Department

September 26, 2015

Officer Chiaramonte, it's not 38 years since your murder at the hands of a meaningless coward. We can only hope he faced true justice for his crime if not in this world, then in the next. You're children are all grown now, I hope and pray they kept you very much alive in their hearts and minds.

Your agency is a piece of history now, and you are a part of that history, albeit a tragic and sad one.

God Bless and may you continue to eternally Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 26, 2015

Was thinking of you all day today as 2 of your comrades were taking from us. Everyday you are missed and loved. Gone but not forgotten.

Thomas Torrent

December 21, 2014

Everyday you are loved and missed. R.I.P.

Jeanmaire Protano

September 26, 2014

You were taken away from us way to soon. But,you will never be taken from our hearts. Rest in the loving arms of the Lord. May the Lord grant you eternal peace.

Jeanmaire Protano

September 26, 2013

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

Robyn Wilkes

September 25, 2013

Its been a long time since you went end of watch, But we still remember and still think about you. As a young cop I always looked forward to visiting the Lower East Side Crime Control Unit. Farewell Vito.

Ralph Pascullo, Deputy Inspector Retired NYPD

D.I. RAlph Pascullo

September 25, 2013

Everyday you are missed and loved. Everyday I pray you are at peace in haven, where you surely belong. Rest with the angels, my dear and loved cousin.

Jeanmaire Protano

September 11, 2012



April 23, 2011

To Officer Vito Chiaramonte and his loved ones:

On this the 32nd anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Vito. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Vito gave to his community and the citizens of New York, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 26, 1977.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05


September 26, 2009

Today marks 32years that the City of New York lost a true soldier. May the heart of your killer be burdened with guilt. Rest in peace brother officer.

Captain Cedric Raymond

September 26, 2009

Rest in Peace

Lt Anthony Felice

September 10, 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

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