Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Vincent D. Connolly

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, December 3, 1973

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Reflections for Police Officer Vincent D. Connolly

Rest in peace, brother.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

December 3, 2020

Today December 3 2020 is 47 years, May he continue to rest in peace.
Always loved and missed.

Barbara Connolly
Wife of Officer Connolly

December 3, 2020

Always in my heart.

Barbara Connolly

March 23, 2020

I was first on the scene that December evening. I was driving an Authorized Tow Truck and was just a block away when the call hit the air. The only thing left to do was wait for the RMP's and Bus to arrive as it appeared that you died instantly upon impact. I stood there and prayed for you until I had to go behind the perimeter that was set up. I stayed as long as I could.
Every time I pass that spot in the years since I think of you and your sacrifice and how I wished that there was something that we could have done. God bless your soul.

Vinnie Richichi
NYPD Licensed Tow Operator

June 12, 2019

Rest in perpetual peace my brother.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

December 3, 2018

My Love My Heart My best friend, you will always be with me. I feel you near me with every prayer for the last 43 years. Rest in Peace, my Angel. Thank you to all who left a reflection.

Barbara Connolly

June 1, 2016

It was my honor to research newspapers, books and magazines and finally find a Photo of you and your canine on the front page of a 1973 Spring 3100 magazine 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

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

Robyn Wilkes

December 2, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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.

Rest In Peace

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

December 3, 2011

Rest in Peace Officer Connolly. I started my career in this great and noble profession on the same day you passed away. As I read the tragic circumstances surrounding your death, I thought it was ironic about the date of 12-3-73. My heart and prayers go out to your family and friends who no doubt think of you often.

Gordon Graham

Gordon Graham
CHP Retired

October 11, 2010

Gone but never forgotten. Thank you for your service. Rest in Peace.

RETIRED DETECTIVE FRANK DEMARCO
NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

December 3, 2009

A true hero. You are never forgotten.

Detective
Richmond Virginia

March 11, 2009

"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
Sergeant
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

December 20, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.

vandenberghe
nh

October 15, 2007

I AM A SERVING POLICE OFFICER DETECTIVE IN IRELAND DUBLIN BASED AND I M PROUD THAT I SHARE MY NAME WITH A FINE FALLEN HERO .I HOPE THAT THIS FINE POLICEMANS FAMILY MAY GET SOME SMALL COMFORT FROM MY MESSAGE AND HOPE THAT THEY CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON THE POLICE WHERE EVER IN THE WORLD

DETECTIVE GARDA VINCENT CONNOLLY
AN GARDA SIOCHANA IRELAND

January 29, 2007

Although it has been over thirty years since you died, your memory still lives in memorials such as this. I hope that you are at peace and that your family has been watched over. May God bless them from this day forward. You died when I was getting ready to become a NYC policeman. Although I never made it due to city's budget crisis at the time, I would have traded places with you that fateful day for the honor that was yours as an NYPD officer.

SFC William L. Farrell
US Army Military Police, Ret.

January 12, 2005

A remembers man lives forever,

“But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”

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