Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Arthur DeMatte

Larchmont Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, October 12, 1976

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Reflections for Police Officer Arthur DeMatte

As a spouse of a Police Officer, i proudly submit my Parole Denial Letter, i believe "Cop Killers" should spend the entire sentence, not even get a chance of parole..I pray that they keep him in Prison for the rest of his life!

Sgt. Jeremy Laycock's Wife
Spose of an Officer

September 2, 2011



September 1, 2011

I gladly and proudly submitted my parole opposition on-line. It was my honor to do this for you, your family and your department. Time cannot heal all wounds and it can never bring you home. Justice was handed down in the courtroom but it's our jobs to ensure the cell door stays locked. I would hope my fellow brothers and sisters in blue would do the same should my husband or I ever fall in the line of duty. Requiem in pacem, you are not forgotten!


September 1, 2011

Rest in peace, sir. You are not forgotten.

Friend of
USFS Officer Kris Fairbanks RIP 9/20/08

September 1, 2011

Today I am adding my name to the list of people opposing the parole of your killer. I didn't know you, but I know the loss your comrades and family suffered when you were taken away. I'm not a religious person, but I know you watch over them still.

Renee Rocheleau
Former Communications Specialist, NH State Police

September 1, 2011

Officer Dematte,
You have given more, than just service, to the world.
May God Bless and Rest Your Soul up in Heaven and may God Bless Your Loved Ones.
I Pray and Salute You Sir.

P.O. Ralph Lambiase
N.Y.C.P.D. 110Pr. Ret.

September 1, 2011

You are gone but not forgotten, my brother. We WILL continue to FIGHT for you !!!! You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!!!! May you forever, rest in peace...

Mitch Cheselka
Sergeant / CA-OR Retired

August 31, 2011

Officer Arthur DeMatte Rest In Peace Sir.

VIPS 750 Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

August 31, 2011

May God bless you and your family who will never see you again. All of the good things you would have accomplished on the Job was taken away that day. All the times with your family and friends were taken away that day. You should and will not be forgotten.

Charles Ford
former Communications Specialist for the New York State Poice

August 31, 2011

You deserve to be retired and in your 80's enjoying your golden years with family. You made the ultimate sacrifice we are saddened by your loss and grateful for your service. may God bless your survivors and may you rest in peace, until we meet on the other side!

Herbert J. Whiteside
Retired Detective New Jersey

August 31, 2011

Rest in Peace Officer DeMatte. You are a true hero, and you will never be forgotten! I pray for peace for your family, friends, and brothers in blue.

Joan Hastey
Police Survivor

August 31, 2011

God Speed my Brother! Officer Arthur DeMatte, You are not forgotten! While Blanks may have been forgotten, I pray that the NY Parole Board does NOT grant his Parole in a few weeks. I'll be sure that the NY Parole Board hears from me and my brothers in blue from Iowa.

Mark Ludwick, Special Agent
Iowa Divsion of Criminal Investigation

August 31, 2011

I am truly sorry for your loss. I just became an Officer this year 1-3-2011 and I am very proud to wear my uniform and badge. I get up every day knowing it could be my last but just as the Officers that have fallen before me know that it's the path we have chosen TO PROTECT AND SERVE. May God bless you and your family and the family in BLUE.

Deputy Sheriff Tina M Patchen

August 31, 2011

Rest in Peace Police Officer Arthur DeMatte. You will not be forgotten.....

Michael Sheehan CO (RET)
Westchester County NY

August 31, 2011

Officer DeMatte death was not in vain.

Adrian Murphy

August 31, 2011

Many years have passed, but we will still remember your service and your sacrifice. May God be with your family.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police

August 31, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 12, 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

December 18, 2007

On the upcoming anniverary of your passing, we remember you today and thank you Sir for your service.

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 10, 2007

Artie, You were my neighbor, my friend and mentor. I served in the New York State Police for 22 years and I dedicate that time to your memory. Rest in Peace, you are gone but not forgotten.

Inv John McDonnell (Ret)
New York State Police

March 25, 2006

I grew up in New Rochelle. I just wanted to thank you for protecting my community. God Bless.


April 1, 2005

Artie, I rember when I was a kid, You got me for drag raceing on the Boston Post Rd. I also rember the the favor you did for me that night. When I became a Police Officer and and found myself in a chase, some how you would come to mind. Today out of respect, I am sorry to add your name to this ever growing list, and at the same time, I am honored to do so. May God bless and watch over you forever......

Joseph Colosimo
Fishkill PD (Ret)

August 22, 2003

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