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Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr.

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Thursday, October 24, 1974

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Reflections for Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr.

Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr. will never ever be forgotten. I'm thankful for your dedicated service to the New York State Police, and for your devotion to the people of the State of New York. You sir are a real hero. May your soul forever rest in Heaven, and may God bless your family always.

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

March 25, 2018

May God bless Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr. , and his entire family. Trooper Dillon’s heroism in the face of unspeakable danger will never be be forgotten by the men and women of the New York State Police.

I commend the New York State Trooper’s PBA, their legal team, and all police officers and citizens who stood up and made their voices heard on behalf of Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr. and his family.

These were my feelings in 2009. They have not changed:

Robert Meyers
NYSP (ret.)

January 8, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

December 14, 2017

he is paroling December 18 2017

co R.L. Ostrow

November 29, 2017

While it is unfortunate that your killer is getting out, this sort of thing would not happen today. He would be facing LWOP, which did not exist in most states in 1974. A 75 years of age, I hope he is harmless


November 14, 2017

I just read the post from CO Ostrow. Parole granted in December???? Say it isn’t so. I just sent my email via the NYC DOCCS website. Sending up prayers that we still have a chance to keep this COP KILLER behind bars. The only parole should be “ toe tag parole”. My deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Trooper Dillon. I am so very sorry that you have to relive your nightmare with each parole hearing. Thank You for your service and sacrifice Trooper Dillon! God Bless you all!

Supporter of Law Enforcement
Wife of Corrections Deputy

November 11, 2017

he was granted parole in december 2017

r.l.Ostrow correction officer

November 11, 2017

I have not forgotten this awful senseless act of the murdering of Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr on Thursday, October 24, 1974. Trooper Dillon was callously murdered on the New York State Thruway by three awful individuals, one of whom is attempting to seek freedom from prison in November 2017 via parole board. This individual was sentenced to life in prison by the Court System who serves the citizens of the State of New York for the murder of Trooper Dillon. Based solely on my moral ethics that people must account for their deeds or misdeeds, and for my respect for our justice system, I truly and sincerely oppose the release of New York State Inmate John Ruzas. I truly believe that a parole release from prison for murdering a United States Law Enforcement Officer in the line of duty is sending the absolute WRONG message to both CRIMINALS and to our Great Nation as a whole. Inmate John Ruzas may be a good person and model inmate, he must like could be a changed person who's remorseful for his actions in the murder of Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr, BUT Inmate John Ruzas must not be granted parole based on the two afore-mentioned elements ( 1. He was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr, and #2. paroling an individual for murdering any United State Law Enforcement Officer is sending an absolute WRONG message. In closing, today I'm deeply sadden and deeply concern for our Great Nation, the United States of America. We as a nation is FAILING because WE who are Law Abiding Citizens are not Standing Up and Speaking Out against Injustice Acts, and not holding our elected officials accountable for their actions or lack of actions. We as a Great Nation need to Stand Up and Speak Out, so I will contact the DOCCS with my written opposition to the release of Inmate John Ruzas on his up coming parole hearing in November. Let us not forget New York State Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr and Trooper Joel R. Davis who was Shot and Killed last night ( 07/09/17 @ 8:30 PM) in Theresa, NY, and Police Mosita Familia who was shot and killed in Bronx, N.Y. on 07/05/17. May God bless Dillon family as well as the Davis and Familia families.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

July 10, 2017

A NYS court has recently ruled to let an Inmate, John Ruzas who murdered a NYS Trooper, Emerson Dillon again go before the parole board on an appeal of his last board hearing where he was denied parole.

In 2011 there was legislation that now requires parole boards to put more emphasis on future risk, than on the crime committed. I am friends with Trooper Dillon's daughter. She and her family are asking that their Law Enforcement family please write to the NYS Parole Board and express our concern about Ruzas being a future risk to others if released.

This can be done on-line at:

Investigator Robert Kerr (ret.)
Rochester, NY Police Department

March 19, 2017

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

March 18, 2017

My Letter went out today, my brother of the badge. God Bless you, your Family, Friends and Department.

Bob Reed - Retired Police Officer
South Lake Tahoe PD

December 3, 2015

Proud to send my No Parole letter for this fallen brother. May God bless the family, friends, and former co-workers of Trooper Dillon as the possibility of his murderer being paroled. We must work to ensure cop killers spend every day of the rest of their lives behind bars, period!

Sr. Ptlmn Donnie Meaders(RET)
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

October 25, 2015



October 23, 2015

I am honored to have sent a second "No parole" letter, so your cowardly killer remains locked up and denied the pleasure of living in a world that you made safe for all of us.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County Police Department

October 22, 2015

I said a little prayer today for Trooper Dillon and his family. He may be gone but not forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

October 21, 2015

As a retired law enforcement officer from New York State, I oppose the parole of convicted murderer John Ruzas. He was convicted of 2nd degree murder of New York State Trooper Emmerson J. Dillon, by shooting him in the heart. while Trooper Dillon was conducting a vehicle stop. At thew time Ruzas was on parole from Attica for his role in two robberies. Given the appalling statistics of police officers being killed or assaulted while on duty, coupled by the fact that Ruzas has already murdered a New York State Trooper,I fear that history will repeat itself, if John Ruzas was granted parole. Since Ruzas showed no heart when he killed Trooper, hopefully the parole board will show no heartandnot release him on parole.

Sgt. John R. Douglass Sr. (Ret.)
Syracuse Police Department

October 7, 2015

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ

November 13, 2013

Never forget you Sir. God Speed and RIP.

Sr. Trp. Ken Andrus and Family
Oregon State Police (Former Sworn) Portland Area Command

November 13, 2013

Dear Parole Board Members:

I ask that you once again DENY PAROLE to John Ruzas, inmate #75C0385. He was denied parole in 2011 and I ask that you continue to deny his parole. This inmate brutally murdered Trooper Emerson Dillon, of the New York State Police.

On October 24th, 1976, Trooper Dillon had made a traffic stop on a car containing inmate #75C0385 and another man after the two had just committed an armed robbery. Inmate #75C0385 gunned down Trooper Dillon in cold blood during the traffic stop.

Violence against law enforcement officers is on the rise. Many officers have lost their lives to parolees. Inmates who take the life of an officer should be subject to serve their full sentence, without parole. In the case of inmate #75C0385, a life sentence should mean just that.

Trooper Dillon had 6 young children! This terrible offense changed the lives of his wife and all of his young children. It was intense! He was doing his job and was gunned down, by a ruthless, uncaring man who doesn't deserve the luxury of freedom and happiness to enjoy his family and friends. He took that away from Trooper Dillon and his family because of greed and lack of respect toward others. Please make a just decision and deny this undeserved parole.

As a concerned citizen, and in the interest of public safety, I am asking that you DENY PAROLE to inmate #75C0385. Justice demands that he be made to spend every day of his life in prison.

Shari A Ely

Shari Ely

October 18, 2013

No Parole please out of respect for the family and sacrifice of Trooper Dillon.....

Trooper Shad Crowe

October 17, 2013

I wrote my no parole letter. I am the daughter of THP Officer Douglas Tripp, New Tazewell TN. who was murdered May 19, 1991. No Officer's murderer should ever be allowed to see the light of day. The murder took my dad's right to live, my family's right to have a husband, father, son, brother, etc. Why should the murderer have the right to be released and go on with his live?
I feel the same about Officer Dillion and his family. Let JUSTICE PREVAIL!!

Deborah L. Tripp
Ex- Deputy Sheriff

October 15, 2013

I am honored to have sent a "No parole" letter, so your cowardly killer remains locked up and denied the pleasure of living in a world that you made safe for all of us.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County NY, PD

October 14, 2013

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. God bless your family, friends, and co-workers you tragically left behind. I have submitted my request to the New York State Parole board to deny parole for your murderer. Thank you for your service.

Senior Patrolman Donnie Meaders
Wewoka (OK) P.D.

October 14, 2013

Submitted online no parole letter. We've got your back, brother.

Lee Brown

October 13, 2013

My 'No Parole' letter was also sent today Trooper. I will forever stand against parole for any person that murders an Officer.

Cynthia Starr

October 11, 2013

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