Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Arthur M. Diffendale

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Thursday, June 14, 1951

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Reflections for Corporal Arthur M. Diffendale

Today, at this hour, is the 69th anniversary of my father's death. I alone of his family am left to mourn him. He was 'my great big beautiful Daddy.' Still is. He was kind and gentle, believed in the work he did and its importance in protecting people and serving justice. I am touched to read these tributes, especially on this day. Thank you.

Charlotte Diffendale
Daughter of Arthur Middleton Diffendale

June 14, 2020

We continue to remember Arthur as we will never ever forget him.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

January 29, 2020

Corporal Arthur M. Diffendale will never ever be forgotten. May his soul forever rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

March 25, 2018

My Father was a NYS Trooper. He knew Corporal Diffendale. I remember him telling me the story of his death and how they found him with a Rosary in his hands. I don't know what made me look his name up tonight. God Bless him and all Law Enforcement.

Daughter of a Retired NYSP Officer

April 6, 2016

Met Cpl Diffendale at New Berlin Rotary Club meeting shortly before he was killed. As captain of the Patrol Boys I had the priviledge of sitting next to him at the head table that day. He was the first NY State Trooper I had ever met. I was devastated when I heard the news. A friend of mine just retired from the NYSP and it brougt back the memory of Cpl Diffendale. I have never forgfotten him. RIP.

James W. Sweet

August 28, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 15, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 61rst 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

June 15, 2012

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

Robyn Wilkes

June 12, 2009

Remembering and honoring your have not been forgotten. Rest in Peace, and God Bless!

Police Dispatcher Sara Singleton
Howard County Maryland Police Communications 911 Center

May 9, 2008

I heard about this site, through the most recent death of one of our young officers. My Sister's Husband had recently told me about finding out some family history, and about a family member, Cpl Arthur M. Diffendale That died in the line of duty. My brother-in-law's Mother, Doris Church, may she rest in Peace also, had told him the story about when she and Rob's Dad, Joseph Church were on their honeymoon, they had heard this sad news, about her mother's cousin being killed in the line of duty. I will pass this site onto all their family members. It is with Honor I give a tribute to you, and to all those that have given the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives serving and protecting. A Hero does not become a Hero by their death, but by the way they lived their lives. May you rest in peace, and God Bless Always!

Police Dispatcher Sara Singleton
Howard County Police Communications 911 Center

June 20, 2007

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and all the members of the New York State Police. We were made safer by his service and we all suffer their tragic loss. The family of Corporal Diffendale deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. No greater love has a man than the will to give his life for another. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Corporal Diffendale is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Tom Doyle
Cary Police Department, North Carolina

May 27, 2006

Rest easy, Troop. You and your act of heroism are not forgotten. You live through all who continue the fight for justice and freedom. Thank you for your service. God bless.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

October 25, 2003

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