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Patrolman Gerald T. DiJoseph

Bridgeport Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Friday, November 28, 1980

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Reflections for Patrolman Gerald T. DiJoseph

REST-IN-PEACE My Brother in Arms, I didn't know you personally, however it was your brothers and sisters in blue who helped my mother raise me to be the great man and warrior I am to this day, OJS/OIF/OEF Wounded Combat Veteran Spc. Snare Godley-Cooper.

Anrae Godley-Cooper
U.S. Army Military Police

June 2, 2018

I have read the many reflections in honor of Jerry.He was a great cop,person and friend.He and I were members of BPD Platoon 1,
nicknamed DOLANS BOYS after our captain,I was working the same shift , 3:30 to 11:30PM with Jerry the day he was murderd, It was a rainy damp chilly day.The day before, which was Thanksgiving Day,he along with Off.Straub and myself stopped after work for a beer.Usually the majority of the Platoon would stop, but this day most of the guys went home to their families.In a conversation with Jerry,he stated I'm tired and feel like I could sleep forever.He had plans to do things with his children the next day Friday November 28,1980.I told him just go and have fun with the kids,On the morning of the 28th we,along with others in the platoon were called in for overtime before our regular shift. As i said it was a damp,rainy,chilly day and it was quite busy.Around 3Pm a call was called in by a citizen of an auto racing around Washington Ave and James St,and for the units in the area to be on the lookout for it.Jerry was a late car and I early.When the early shift hit lineup,we were told to hit the streets the calls were backing up. I was a given a call right away. We had back then what was called a "roundup",which was a location call for all cars coming into HQ after their shift,this was done 10Minutes before the end of the shift.It was difficult to get thru on the radio when this was going on,Evidently Jerry saw the vehicle in question and followed it to an apartment building on James St,between Washington and Harral Aves,Knowing Jerry he probably the tell the operator to cool it and go on his way.At approx 3:52PM the radio operator told all cars to stay off the air we have an officer down,It was called in by a taxi cab driver and the location given .All units responded,and officers working inside the department HQ sprinted to the location .When I got there they were putting Jerry on a stretcher and into the ambulance.The ambulance driver just looked at me and shook his head,knowing that his wound was fatal. Every man and woman in the platoon cried,but went back to work.We searched the entire area looking for Jerrys gun,knowing that it was taken from him,at that time we had no description of the perp..I never knew until reading a reflection byNYPD Off.Fandal that his weapon was recovered.We went to the trial every day and were upset when the perp was found not qiulty.Many thanks to the NYPD to the officers who made the arrest.It was 37 years ago,but still seems like it just happened,especially on this day November 28.RIP BROTHER and god bless Jane and the children.

Ret,Det,Frank Pisanelli
Bridgeport Police Department Plt.1

November 28, 2017

Thank you for what you did

Son of a Bridgeport police officer JT Br
None

March 16, 2017

On this day I would like to reflect on knowing Jerry as a friend and brother officer.
As a friend we had occasions of socializing which I remember with great joy.
As a brother officer I cannot forget with great sadness the day Jerry was shot and killed.
On this day as always my prayers are with you and your family.

God Bless You

Dectective Ron DeBiase
Bridgeport Police Dept.

November 28, 2016

My name is Michael Fandal and my partner in the 6th precinct in the West Village was Frank Signorelli working a late tour and responded to request to back up officers Bowman and Howell who reported following a stolen vehicle with two males inside. I was the driver and we responded about 7am which turned into a chase into another precinct the 10th north of the 6th. the stolen vehicle occupants made a left turn on w15th st and after one block drove on the sidewalk as pedestrians scattered ultimately coming to stop at west side highway. the perps separated. one ran across the highway and jumped into the river who was fished out by emergency service. the passenger tossed what turned out to be slain officer DiJoseph's gun in the roadway which i recovered after the perp was caught by howell and cuffed. i sat with him in rear of our rmp as we brought him back to precinct. i brought him into muster room asaying i'll be a nice guy sit down wherever you want and he sat under a wanted poster. upon a closer look i told my partner it he looks like the guy in the poster. my partner screamed it's him it's him. within minutes they were in the squad room. i recognized it as a story immediately and called the ny daily news. when the sergeant saw what i was doing he told me to get off the phone. just in time they had the story instead of waiting hours for the story to trickle to public information. the lead officers were treated to a grateful Bridgeport PD banquet. my name was left off the unusual. i showed the article to my students during my years as a sub teacher while still on the job and after i retired. this is the first time that i have seen Officer DiJoseph's face and i am shocked appalled and infuriated that the man found with his gun tossed from a stolen car was exonerated for his murder. does nayone know if he served any time in new york state? what prompted me to investigate this is i met a candidate for the U.S. senate for Connecticutt last week who is former olympian in the shot put August Wolf. my other connection to Connecticutt law enforcement is my late Uncle Sam a retired NYPD inspector served as the police commissioner for New London for about 4 years before he succumbed to Hodgkins disease. May all my brothers and sisters in law enforcement be safe on and off duty.

retired officer NYPD 1/73-3/93
Michael Fandal/ assisted in pursuit

April 11, 2016

Today is Thanksgiving and I can say that I for one am very thankful for all in law enforcement who serve and protect, Especially the men and women who gave everything in the line of duty. I will keep Officer DiJoseph and his family in my thoughts and prayers today.
Thank You Patrolman DiJoseph

Jim O'Brien
Nephew of Officer Joe O'Brien EOW 12/24/1968

November 28, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 24, 2012

Wish to thank you for your honorable service to the Bridgport PD. I remember as a child hearing this dreadful news of Patrolman DiJoseph's death. My father had also served Bridgeport PD as an officer. I can remember being afraid and fearful of his safety. Unfortunately, Bridgeport PD has lost it's integrity. The officers who served back then and the previous years were men of great standard. Wish men like you and my father still existed on that force!

LCALTMAN

June 22, 2012

"Rest in peace, you are not forgotten. Gos bless your family NYPD SGT. Edward Bowman and Officer John Howell".

We captured Officer Di Josephs Killer.

Retired Sgt Edward Bowman
NYPD Retired 1986

March 13, 2012

Rest in peace pal. You are not forgotten.God bless your family. Retired Sgt. Ed Bowman NYPD. My partner Officer John Howell and I made the arrest of Eugene Powell on June 29, 1981. A day I will never forget.

Retired Sgt Edward Bowman
NYPD Retired 1986

March 6, 2012

Rest in Peace, Patrolman DiJoseph. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 28, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-first 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you.

Rest In Peace



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

November 28, 2011

Gerry was a great guy with a warm heart. We used to call him Wimpy because he ate alot of hamburgers like popeye's friend. He is always missed and was an inspiration to me.

Retired Trooper Sandra Brown Maisano
Connecticut State Police

November 28, 2010

I would like to let everyone know that the Bridgeport Police Dept is in the process of raising money to build a Police Memorial on the green across from Bridgeport Police HQ.
Thanks,
Danielle DiJoseph
Daughter of Ptlm Gerald T. DiJoseph EOW 11/28/80

Danielle DiJoseph-Goncalves
Dauther of Ptlm Gerald T. DiJoseph

June 24, 2010

I was in high school when PO DiJoseph ended his watch over the city of Bridgeport. I know that he profoundly left his mark on citizens and members of the department. With my brothers and my husband on the job in Bridgeport, I have great compassion for your family and great respect for the sacrifice you made for our city. May God bless and keep your memory alive forever and may HE protect our family members on the job.

A Bridgeport Citizen
Bridgeport Police Family Member

January 3, 2010

My name is Jonathan Paul Armshaw. I am 38 years old. I never had the opportunity to know Patrolman DiJoseph.

Although I never had the privilege of knowing the man, I am lucky to have known part of him. I do believe that I have seen the best representation of this man that one could hope see.

You see, about twenty years ago I met a man though work. A kid really, the same age as me. We had common interests and I liked him right off the bat. In what I thought was good humor, I commented on his relatively new pickup truck. In this case my humor could not have been a worse way of making a new friend. The fact that I had unknowingly hit home somehow was written all over his face.

This man to be was Patrolman DiJoseph's son Matthew. Had the situation been reversed, I think I may have hit me, or at the very least, just walked away. Without going into details, Matt had it in him to give me an explanation.

He spoke proudly of his dad. He explained to me that his father was on the job in Bridgeport. His father had been shot a killed in the line of duty. Basically, he had lost his dad and got a new truck instead. "I'll give that truck and everything else If I could have my father back."

I am sure that I said I was sorry. I have never forgotten or forgiven my self for that comment. Matthew did. We have be friends since then.

Matt Dijoseph is one the most stand up men I know. A hard working, loving family man. I know his dad is proud of him.

I just wanted to thank you Mr DiJoseph. I am sorry your gone and I can't shake your hand. I am not sure which should come first. Thank you for serving us to an extent that no man should have to. Thank you for giving me Matt. Thank you for those things you have done that I am not aware of.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Armshaw

Jonathan Paul Armshaw
proud friend Of Matthew Dijoseph

February 21, 2009

I was a sixteen year old high school student the morning that Officer DiJoseph was killed. It profoundly affected my life, as did the memory of the small children he left behind. It strengthened my resolve to enter into police work, and although I have been retired for sixteen years, I continue to respect and pray for all those who protect and serve. Recently, Officer DiJoseph's daughter, Danielle, came into my life - enjoying our friendship, I had not realized that this lovely young woman was the toddler that I had prayed for and thought about throughout the past 28 years. Just last month we made the connection. She is an absolutely delightful woman and mother, friend and daughter. Her Dad would be proud. I know I am. Godspeed~

Mary Ann Wasil Nilan
Retired Stratford Police Officer

June 11, 2008

Let it be known that The Bridgeport Police Department is currently signing a petition to have a street honored on behalf of Patrolman Gerald DiJoseph.

June 10, 2008

My name is Danielle, (now 32 years old)and I am the daughter of Ptlm Gerlad T DiJoseph. I just want to thank all of you for your kind words about my father. My brothers and I always love to hear the kind words and great stories about our father. Please keep thinking of him and just know that all of your prayers and positive thoughts really have helped us thru the years. A quick update for those who do not have contact with us. Jerrod is married and has been for 10+ years, no kids. Matthew has also been married for 10+ years and has a son (3 1/2 yrs old) and a daughter (8 mos). I am also married for 5+ years and I have a daughter (3 years). Again, thank you for all of your kinds words.
A very proud daughter,
Danielle

Danielle DiJoseph-Goncalves
Daughter of Ptlm DiJoseph

June 3, 2008

I recently started to remember times of being with Jerry and his sons at different carnivals and other events. He was like an uncle to me and my sister. It is amazing to me that 27 years ago I was just a child who could not understand everything that had happened that November day. Now I only wish that things could have been different and Jerry was here to see his sons be men, husbands and fathers just like him.

Jenn
Friend

April 27, 2008

As a former BPT resident not at the time you served, I still would like to thank you posthumously for your service of keeping us safe and upholding the law. Godspeed and may god bless and comfort all that love and mourn your loss.

January 17, 2008

Jerry,
How fondly you're remembered by your fellow officers; friends & family.
God Bless you....
Gerri

Retired Detective Gerri Peddle
Bpt PD

January 8, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

vandenberghe
manchester, NH

November 28, 2007

I am saddened that more people have not wrote on your behalf. Today marks 27 years since you were killed while honorably serving the public. I want you to know that people still talk about you and you are remembered throughout our department for paying the ultimate sacrifice. You died in honor upholding your sworn duty and it is a reminder to us that it could be any one of us and at any given time. Please keep watching over us as you have the last 27 years. I pray for your family. May you never be forgotten, may you never know pain again. God bless you and keep you close.

Patrolman Chris Robinson
Bridgeport Police Department

November 28, 2007

"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

September 25, 2007

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