Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Thomas M. Barone

Norristown Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, October 11, 1992

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas M. Barone

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 12, 2020

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

October 12, 2019

The ultimate sacrifice. May God Bless you and your family. Thank you for your service.

Never served - Brian Pifer
My brother was a cop and passed away

October 11, 2019

Rest In Peace Officer Barone. Thank you for your service.

Lt. Cheryl Ann Simkanin
Montgomery County Correctional Facility

October 11, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Barone.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 23, 2019

BLUE LIVES MATTER: We, at the Women's Center of Montgomery County, know all too well, the sacrifices made daily, by our men and women in Blue. Working with victims of domestic violence, daily, we also work with the police depts., daily. Our prayers continually go out to our men and women in blue (and their families and loved ones) for your safety as well as for the victims of abuse and violence.

We will forever remember Officer Thomas M. Barone. It is an honor and a privilege for the Women's Center of Montgomery County and Laurel House to contribute monetarily to the Thomas M. Barone Scholarship Fund every October, to remember and honor his death and sacrifice, while giving support and encouragement to the families/children of our fallen heroes. Every year, we dedicate a part of our Domestic Violence Awareness Month Ceremony at the Courthouse to this scholarship fund in his name. We thank GOD for our collaborative working relationship with the Norristown Police Dept. and all of our county agencies, businesses and individuals, Law Enforcement and Judicial Systems working to end domestic violence in Montgomery County, PA. GOD Bless!

Denise Flynn, Program Director
Women's Center of Montgomery County

October 12, 2015

God bless you all.. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you Sir, for your service and sacrifice.. Never forgotten

christine Petzold
sister of Officer David M. Petzold, E.O.W. 11/09/06

October 11, 2015

A car show in your name coming up, can't believe it's been over 20 yrs. WOW!!! Still miss you.....loved that smile!! Your never forgotten. Karen


September 4, 2015

Seems like yesterday a twisted dream that still wish was a moment to wake up and see your smiling face. so many good times were taken from us to say your gone taken in the prime of your life but your with Ron so G Q Five O lived on

Brian Focht
Medic 304 Night Shift

August 8, 2015

Tom was a personal friend and my brother warrior in our great Police Department. It was an honor and a privilege for me to train Tom, and to work with him. God bless his family.

Steve Dintino

Tredyffrin Township Police

May 16, 2014

I saw one of the family a few years back. Knew some of the Barone's when I was a kid. The Barone family is extended our highest regard. Too many gone too soon. The LT. Commander's Youngest daughter acknowledges favor's done. May you fly on Angels Wings & stand guard over us from above. May the families & friends of those who have fallen find the strength to stand with us despite all efforts.

Elizabeth & Scott VanHoeven
USN veteran family/American

March 10, 2014

Your spirit and purpose is engraved in everyones heart.
Your sacrifice will never be forgotten, and always be appreciated

Marc Meoli

September 18, 2012

For me, the memories of Tom are happy ones even 25 years later...he leaves an afterglow of smiles and echos whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days...the tears of all of us who grieve dry before the sun of happy memories that his life here on earth is done.

When I see an officer I see God's Angel in Blue... R.I.P. Tom in eternal life....

Gone but not forgotten.

Denise Vassallo

August 24, 2012

Today is October 11, 2011, I am starting my shift at the Norristown Police Department. It seems like it was just yesterday that Tommy was taken from us. I wanted to leave my condolences to Tommy’s family, friends and the other men who served with him.

Detective David Mazza
Norristown Police Department

October 11, 2011

tommy many years have past but it seems like just
yesterday we working together on the streets of norristown
your are a true hero and i am proud to have had the opportunity have served the citizens of norristown with you

cpl gary penna retired
norristown police dept

October 28, 2010

I wanted to leave my condolences here after becoming aware of P/O Barone's sacrifice. My son plays football against the Norristown Bandits and I saw that the Bandits have a day of games to honor of one of our fallen hero's.
The next game is scheduled for 9-11-10.
A great way for our young kids to remember a here!
P/O Fidler#4666-PPD

P/O Edward Fidler#4666
Philadelphia Police

August 27, 2010

It's been so long, but in no way forgotten. Was thinking about you and needed to let you know. I still remember that day like it was yesterday. And the phone call that followed. You are very missed Tommy. But your name, courage and bravery live on. Thank you for your service to us. I traced your name on the wall in DC and look forward to visiting again. RIP Officer Barone, Norristown is not the same without you.

Tricia Morgan Dirks
Former Police wife & friend

April 28, 2010

Thank you for your service brother. Although I don't know you, I know you must have made quite an impact on our area. They named a street after you in Norristown! But I'm sure you already know that. You are among the few and you are missed.

A Friendly Civilian
-just a friend

April 15, 2010

"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 15, 2008

Tom: I want you to know that you are remembered. I think of you every day. I remember some of our conversations as if they were yesterday. I have retired from our active ranks but remember fondly your dedication and easy-going disposition while with us at Tredyffrin.

I was particularly happy for you when you were hired by Norristown. That community was blessed to have had you in their ranks.

It was an honor and a very special privilege to work with you at Tredyffrin and to be able to call you a "friend." You need to know that the day you were called home was a very hard time for the people who knew you, not to mention your family. I thought that fifteen years would have taken some of the sting out of your passing. It hasn't. You are missed, my friend. We all love you and look forward to a day when we can see you again.

God bless you, Tom.

Marc A. Reider (Ret.)
Tredyffrin Twp. Police Dept., Chester County, PA

November 10, 2007

Gone, but never forgotten, Rest easy now my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is over...

SGT. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia County Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

November 1, 2007


15 years goes fast. I was truly saddened to hear of your passing and always make the effort with your brother officers from Tredyffrin to put a flower on your name at the memorial in DC every May.

Rest in peace and may God continue to bless you and your family.

Sergeant Tony Minnis
Orange County FL Sheriff's Office

October 19, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones on the anniversary of your EOW. You have not been forgotten.
"Good men and women must die, but death cannot kill their names.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

October 11, 2007

Fifteen years today and you are always remembered my friend. Rest in peace always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 11, 2007

I still remember the old North Wildwood Police days when we worked there and the good times everyone shared. Your name always comes up and everyone still misses you after all of these years. It is fifteen years ago today that you were taken from us. We have never forgotten and will always remember you. When we have the NWPD reunion, we will surely remember you and celebrate your life. Rest well our fallen brother.

Chief John DeMarco
Upper Uwchlan Township Police Department

October 11, 2007

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