Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Salvatore J. Embarrato

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Thursday, July 6, 1961

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Reflections for Trooper Salvatore J. Embarrato

Sixty years may have passed but you have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and your brothers and sisters in Blue. God knows how much they need it these days. Always know, you will never be forgotten and heroes never die.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.
Love leaves a memory no one can steal."

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

July 6, 2021

Dear Brother...Today, July 6th...marks the 60th Year Remembrance Day... of your tragic loss to our family...back in 1961...when you were just 29 yrs. old.

The memories of that day remain as vivid as ever for me...and I can still recall...while walking on my way home...from seeing a mid-day movie with my boyfriend...how aware I was becoming of the quietness...in our usually noisy neighborhood. It seemed awfully strange...and then I began to notice...the sadness on the faces of people...who would be normally saying hello to us...as we walked by them.

I didn’t know that a fellow Trooper...who had been dating a girl...from our neighborhood...had called her to say...that someone she likely knew...from where she lived...had been working a Thruway shift...and was in a fatal car accident. That news must have spread quickly...because everyone...except for me...must have heard about it...and in hindsight...it must have accounted for everything...I was experiencing on the walk home.

When I turned the corner...I saw Uncle Johnny...standing in front of our building...with tears in his eyes...and his lips and chin quivering...as he tried to tell me that something terrible had happened.

Cookie had gone into labor...that morning...and was admitted to the hospital...to have her second child...so I automatically assumed...that something may have happened to her...or the baby...and when I asked Uncle Johnny if it was about Cookie...and if she was ok...he said...”it’s not about her...it’s Sal...there was an accident...and we lost him.”

Cookie remained in the hospital...and had her son Alfred Salvatore...two days later...on Saturday, July 8th. You shared your last birthday...at 29...with her first son...who turned one on that same day. We don’t need the reminders for these two important dates...because they are forever written in our hearts.

I ran up the stairs...to the sounds of Mom’s screams...and she was crying hysterically...as she was rocking back and forth. She was in total shock. When Dad got the news...as he was coming into our building...he threw himself onto the hallway floor...and he began to wail...and sob. They are sounds I will never forget.

Mom and Dad were...as we all were...devastated and heartbroken...there were no words to say...they were inconsolable...and they were never the same...after losing you. The life went out of them.

Sal...you were their pride and joy...and rightfully so. That day...not just our immediate family...but extended family too...as well as neighborhood friends and their families...all felt your loss...in so many ways.

You were very admired...and looked up to as a role model...for so many of the younger people in the neighborhood...that Cookie and I were friends with. WE all lost so much that day...and all of our lives were forever changed.

You were a super intelligent...well-liked...non-pretentious...caring...and good human being...and you excelled at most everything you attempted... chess...fencing...playing the clarinet...and you had the best sense of humor too. You were well read...enjoyed classical music...the opera...you appreciated it all...and you even tried to get me interested in some of those things...but I was just that typical "kid sister"...who now wishes...I could have been more like you. You were the best big brother a sister could ask for...and...you remain the best of us.

Everyone knew...you would have been...an exceptional asset to the NYS Police...and would have risen to the top ranks...in this profession that you loved...but as to the WHY...our family had to lose you...so tragically...and at such a young age...while you were doing a favor...in covering for another trooper friend...on what was supposed to be your day off...after working the July 4th holiday...is something none of us then...could...nor I now...ever understand.

Before ordering a floral arrangement to be delivered to the Troop T Memorial...in Remembrance of You and this Day...which marks the 60th Year...of your loss to our family...I first called the Tarrytown Station...to find out exactly where...the Memorial is currently located.

Previously it was at the Nyack Station while the Tappan Zee was under construction. A Tpr C told me...it was back in Tarrytown...and as we were speaking...he said he was actually looking at it...right outside his window. So hopefully the florist will deliver it to the correct location.

He also said that the shadow box of photos...with both your pictures...as well as Tpr Ambrose’s pictures...who also made the ultimate sacrifice... while assigned to Troop T...was located in the station's hall entrance... where anyone entering...can view it as they walk by.

I made a reference to the vowel ending name...and he laughed...and said there were now...about four troopers at the station...who additionally shared in the same heritage as ours. It was nice to know...and we had a very pleasant exchange.

He said...that today...before the Troopers start their day...your name will be read aloud...and broadcast over the Troop car radios...followed by a moment of silence in your memory.

That honoring and showing of respect...is done for every Trooper...on their eow Anniversary...for having made the ultimate sacrifice...while protecting and serving.

Sal...you are loved...missed...and you are also...in my thoughts each day... right along with my own son, who was named after you. My two special and very loved Sals.'

God bless you...my wonderful big brother...as you continue to watch over our family...our friends...and you leo brothers. They are having a rough time of it.

Rest Peacefully, in God’s Perpetual Light...You are not forgotten!

You...and my son Salvatore...are in my prayers...always

Anita

July 6, 2021

Dear Brother...I just made a donation to the NLEOMF...and lit a virtual candle in your memory...on this 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil 2021.

This year will also mark the 60th Year of your tragic loss to our family...which still seems to me...like it just happened yesterday.

You were Mom and Dad's pride and joy...and our immediate and extended family...all loved you beyond words. It was a privilege for anyone...to have had you in their life.

The last birthday we celebrated with you...was shared by the only nephew you got to meet...as he shared the same birthday with you... being born on Sept. 29, 1959...so in '60...we had his First birthday and your 29th one.

They call the age you turn on the same date as your birthday...a Golden birthday. Well, since we always thought of you as the “Golden Child”...your last birthday was well named. Who could have ever thought that just ten months later...two months shy of your 30th birthday...that the Golden birthday...would be the last one...we would get to spend with you.

So very sad and unfair to have lost you...too young and so tragically... while you were doing a favor for a fellow Tpr. I think of you...miss you...and pray for you...each and every day. We girls were blessed to have you as our big brother.

Keep watching over us...and keep safe and out of harm’s way...all your nieces and nephews...the ones you didn’t get to know personally...but who do know about you...and all of your wonderful qualities...that made you so very special.

God Bless you Sal...as You rest in His peace and perpetual light.

You are not forgotten! eow 7/6/61

All My Love always...

Anita

May 13, 2021

Dear Brother...Thinking of you on this Palm Sunday...and praying that
you are resting peacefully...in God’s perpetual light. You remain in my most treasured memories...of a time too long ago.
You are in my prayers...always.
You are not forgotten!

Anita

March 28, 2021

Dear Brother...I tried to leave a reflection for you on March 19...to wish you a Blessed name day...since it was the Feast Day of St. Joseph...your patron saint. I was unable however...to get the reflection window on the ODMP... that would have allowed me to do that...to open.

The issue I was having has been resolved...so even though I am a few days late...know that you were in my thoughts on your special day...just as you are...every day.

Today marks the 34th Year Remembrance Day...of Mom’s passing. She lived twenty-six years after losing you...and she missed you each and every day...of those years.

She would always say...she would only find happiness again...once she was with You. I hope she found that happiness...on the day that God called her home...those many years ago...and reunited her with you.

You were always her pride...her joy...and her precious son. You had always been...and remain the very best of us.

God bless you...Salvatore JOSEPH...as well as Mom and Dad...as you all watch over us... and our families.

You all are loved...missed...prayed for always...and not forgotten!!!

Anita

March 23, 2021

Dear Brother...Today marks the 20th Year Remembrance Day of Dad’s passing.

When I think back...and reflect on the forty years that he lived...after losing you...I remember how much he loved and missed you...each and every day...of those years.

Before I got married...and even while I lived in NY the several years after marrying...He...Mom and I...would be at your resting place...religiously... every Sunday.

When Mom passed away in ‘87...and with me in VA...he would then make that drive alone...and that was for another 8 or so years. Even when I came home for the holidays...or just for those no occasion visits...Sunday was getting in the car...and going to visit you.

From the beginning of your tragic loss...I could see...when he got behind the wheel...he would be trying to understand what could have gone wrong...with the trooper car you were driving...that he believed was the cause for your accident. He was torturing himself...looking for answers... because losing his 29 year old son...on what was a bright and beautiful July day...was something he could not accept. You were his golden boy...his pride and joy...and rightfully so. We all were so proud of you...for so many reasons.

Neither Mom nor Dad was ever the same after losing you. When I finally insisted in ‘96 that he come and live with us in VA...he was not happy... because he wouldn’t be able to make his Sunday visits to you...which he was still doing well into his late 80’s. I had to take a photo of him visiting both you and Mom...at St. John's...and I told him...that looking at it...would be how he could now...living in VA...continue to still visit the both of you.

The day he passed away...he rallied a little...and clear as a bell...he said to me...”Baby, I’m no good anymore...let me go be with Mom and Him...you know... “the One.” Dad was suffering from dementia...and while he couldn’t remember your name...I knew who he meant...because he had begun...whenever he saw a photo of you...to touch it...and say...”He’s The One.”

I was surprised too...that he called me baby that day...which was also what he always referred to me as...whenever talking to Mom about me...it was always...did you hear from the baby today. I guess being the youngest in the family...that became who I was to him...the baby.

Dad was always there for us...and because we all felt we could depend on him...and felt safe and secure...having him for a dad...I suppose for him...his not being able to protect and save you...on that day...was something he was never able to come to terms with.

I have that same dna...and know that same regret...regarding the loss of my own son...your namesake.

Sal...you are loved...and missed...and I pray...that You...Mom...Dad...and my son Salvatore...are together...happily reunited...in God’s perpetual light... and eternal peace.

God bless each of you...my wonderful and dear family...you are not forgotten...and I hope you are also...watching over Cookie and her family... as well as mine.

I offered my communion intentions for each of you...at mass this morning.

All my love...and prayers.

Anita

February 21, 2021

Dear Sal...Yesterday was the Feast of the Epiphany...which ends the 12 days of Christmas...so I just got through taking down my Christmas decorations today.

As I pray you will have another very blessed new year...in the company of our parents...and my son...I want you to know...that you were...and still remain the very best of us.

I miss you my big brother...and I think of you each day. You are not forgotten.

May God bless you Sal...as you keep watch over our family.

You are in my prayers...always.

Anita

January 7, 2021

My Dear Brother...I pray that You...are in the company of my Son...and Mom and Dad...and that you all will have...A Very Blessed Christmas Day.

I love and miss each of you...beyond words. God bless my wonderful family...until we are reunited again.

You all are in my prayers...each and every day.

Buon Natale!!!!

Anita

December 25, 2020

My Dear Brother...On this Veterans Day 2020...I thank you once again...for serving in the Army...during the Korean Police Action. God bless you Sal...and know that you are loved...very missed...and in my prayers...always. You are not forgotten!

Anita

November 11, 2020

My Dear Brother... On this Feast Day of St. Michael the Archangel...I attended the noon mass...that I had scheduled to be offered...in your memory...as this day...also would have been your "89th Birthday."

So I pray that you are having...a Very Blessed Birthday...and that you are in the company... of our other loved ones...who also have been called back home...to God.

Sal...sixty birthdays have come and gone...since your 29th...which was the last one we celebrated with you...before our world was turned upside down...by your loss to our family...on that beautiful sunny Thursday...on July 6, 1961...and even after all this time...I can still vividly remember...every moment of that day...and that shocking news...as though it was yesterday.

Our family was left then...to cope with a most heartbreaking void...by not having you present in our lives...and even now...I know...just as you were such a wonderful big brother...to Cookie and me...you would also have been...a very positive role model...as an Uncle whose wise advice...and guidance...could have benefitted your nephews and nieces...as they grew into adulthood...if only that day never happened.

Please watch over our families...and keep them safe and out of harm's way...especially during these strange times.

I sent a floral arrangement...in memory of your Birthday...to be placed... at the Troop T Memorial in Tarrytown...since that is all I can do...to honor you.

I love you...I miss you still...and I think of you each day.

God bless you...as you rest in His perpetual light.

You are not forgotten...and you are in my prayers...always.

Anita

September 29, 2020

Happy Birthday, Uncle Sal!

Cynthia Sauer
Niece.... daughter of Anita

September 29, 2020

Dear Brother...On this 59th Year Remembrance Day...of your loss to our family...I went to the Noon mass that I requested...to be offered in your memory...at St. Michael Church...which is my parish.

There were about 50 masked people in attendance...thanks to the corona virus issue...sitting far apart from one another...in pews marked off by blue masking tape...and only occupying every other row...in order to comply with the mitigating rules of safe distancing...that as a country...we are now...and have been following...at the “suggestion” of our government.

Our world is in turmoil...and our laws...and our police depts....are all being abused...by a group...that has taken complete advantage...of an awful situation...and has made it even worse...by their disrespectful...reckless and wanton behavior.
I pray for your fellow law enforcement officers...as their hands are being tied...by some very inept people...in positions of power...who are making all the wrong calls and decisions...and are putting these officers...in dangerous situations.

Somehow there are those who have forgotten...that every life is fragile...unique...and precious...and as we all are God’s children...that needs to be remembered...and valued.

So in our very changed world Sal...as you watch over our families...I hope you can keep your nieces and nephews safe...and out of harm’s way.

Rest peacefully...and God bless you...for being...and remaining...the best of us.

You are loved...very missed...carried close in my thoughts...and in my cherished memories of you...and you are in my prayers...always.

Anita

July 6, 2020

Thank you for your service, both military and police, and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 6, 2020

Dear Sal...I just made a contribution to the 32nd Annual Candlelight Vigil/NLEOM Fund...in your memory.
While I wasn't directed to the Virtual Light a Candle link...after making the donation...I was able to leave my thoughts about you...as a tribute to who you were as a person...and for the ultimate sacrifice that you made...that took you from our family...while you were so young...and still had so many years ahead of you...where we know... you would have excelled...and been such a positive asset...to the NYS Police.

Life wasn't fair Sal...but to this day...you are remembered...by those who had the privilege to know you...and they too...still speak so highly of you...and your many talents...and abilities.

God bless you brother...as you rest in God's perpetual light...and eternal peace. Thank you for keeping watch over our families...and especially Cookie.

You are loved...still missed...and remain in my prayers...each day. You are not forgotten!

Anita

May 13, 2020

Dear Brother...Thinking of You...and cherishing the memories I have of You...Mom...and Dad...and how much each of you were and are loved...as I carry you in my thoughts...and in my heart.

So fortunate to have had each of you in my life...my dear and loving family...you are so very missed.

Hoping you all are together...in that better place...as I wish you a Blessed Easter...and Buona Pasqua.

Rest peacefully...in His Perpetual Light.

You are not forgotten!!!

Anita

April 12, 2020

Dear Brother...Today is the Feast Day of St. Joseph...your patron saint...and namesake.

I pray that this day...will be an especially blessed one for you...as you rest peacefully in God's perpetual light.

Keep watch over Cookie and her family...as well as my family.

You remain the best of us Sal...and you are still very missed...loved...and thought about.

You are not forgotten...and you are always in my prayers.

Anita

March 18, 2020

Dear Brother...Just want you to know...that you were and are...one of the blessings in my life...and I am grateful to God...for allowing me to be a part of your life.

I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving Day...as you continue to watch over our family

I hold my memories of you close...and I love and miss you.

God Bless You Sal...You are not forgotten!

Anita

November 28, 2019

Dear Brother...I think of you everyday...and in particular on this Veterans Day...I am asking God to especially bless you...for your service in the Army...during the Korean "Police Action" as it was called way back when.
You are loved...and very missed...Sal...and I was and I am...both proud and blessed...to have had you for a big brother.
Keep watching over Cookie and both of our families.
You are not forgotten!...as you rest peacefully in His perpetual light.
You are in my prayers...always.

Anita

November 11, 2019

Dear Brother...I had a 10:30 mass scheduled for you today...but because of the unexpected passing...of a relative on my husband’s side of the family...we will have to leave before the mass will be said.

So...I went to yesterday’s 5 pm mass...for your intention. This is the second time...I will have to miss a scheduled mass for you. I had to miss the July 6th mass...because your grandniece was being married in NJ...on the 5th...so we were out of town then...and now again.

I hope you are having...A Very Blessed 88th Birthday today...and to mark it...I did send a floral arrangement...in your memory...to the Troop T Memorial...which is still located...at the NYS Trooper Station...in Nyack, NY. Don’t know when...or if...it will ever go back to the Tarrytown site.

Your nephew who turned one...on this same day so long ago...and shared your 29th birthday with you...is now turning 60. Who could have known... it would be the last birthday...our family would be celebrating with you...before having our world shattered by your loss to us.

I pray on this feast day of St. Michael and the Archangels...that they are watching over you...and that you are resting in peace.

May God bless you Sal...for being such a good son to Mom and Dad...and a loving and caring big brother...to Cookie and me.

Please keep watching over all of us...especially Cookie...and her family.

You are not forgotten...and remain in my thoughts each day...along with my son. You both are very loved...very missed...and are in my prayers always.

Anita

September 29, 2019

Dear Brother...We were in NJ for your Grandniece's wedding...over this weekend...and while I did get back in time to make Saturday's mass...that I had scheduled in your memory...to mark this 58th Year...of your tragic loss to our family...I wasn't able to leave this reflection on the 6th of this month...due to a power outage...thanks to a rain storm. But as we all know...better late than never so...
I had a floral arrangement sent...to the Nyack, NY...Troop T - Zone One...NYS Police Memorial...in Remembrance of YOU...and July 6th...the day that changed our family's lives forever...and left us all brokenhearted.
You remain in my heart...in my thoughts...and in my treasured memories...of how very loving and caring...you were as a big brother...to both Cookie and me. Please continue to watch over each of our families...but most especially Cookie.
God bless you Sal...as you rest in His perpetual light...and eternal peace.
You were and will always remain the very best of us!
You are loved....not forgotten...very missed...and in my prayers always.

Anita
sister

July 8, 2019

Dear Brother...This year National Police Week began on Sunday the 12th...so on Monday the 13th...in your memory...as I do every year...I sent an online donation to the NLEOMF... Dedicate and Light A Virtual Candle...United by Light Vigil...and I left a reflection to accompany...the candle I lit in your name.
For some unknown reason...neither the reflection I left...nor the candle I lit...was posted...although I did get an emailed acknowledgement for making a standard donation. Can’t account for the confusion...as I followed the directions...but rather than try it again...
I will write here...what my message was...with the title that I entered in the...
Recognition Name box.

God’s Gift To Our Family...NYS Tpr. Salvatore Joseph Embarrato

Dear Brother...You are loved and so very missed...even after these many years...of your loss to our family. We cherish our precious memories of you...and hold you close in our thoughts...and in our hearts.
May God Bless You...for being such a loving son...to our parents....and a very caring and nurturing big brother...to Cookie and me.
You always were...and remain the best of us...and we are very proud of you...and all that you were able to accomplish...in a life that was taken...from all of us...much too soon.

Rest Peacefully Sal...in HIS Perpetual Light. eow 7/6/61

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!!

...and You are always in our prayers.

With Our Love...

Cookie & Anita

May 15, 2019

Dear Brother...

Just want to wish You...A Very Blessed Easter Sunday...or as Mom and Dad would say...
"Buona Pasqua."

Keep close watch over Cookie...her family...and mine too.

You are loved...missed...and I pray for you...always.

You are not forgotten...and remain the best of us.

Anita

April 21, 2019

Dear Brother...Thinking of You...Mom...and...Dad...and praying that you all are having A Very Blessed Palm Sunday.

I love and miss each of you.

God bless you Sal...as you keep watching over Cookie...her family...and mine too.

You are not forgotten...and are always in my prayers.

Anita

April 14, 2019

Dear Brother...Although I think of you...and pray for you every day...I also want you to know…that you are being remembered today...not only by me...but by all the those...who are aware…that today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Along with all of your brothers in blue...in your case...gray...who have either served in the past...or have made the ultimate sacrifice...and also for those currently serving...I pray that God watch over...and bless each of you...for having the bravery to protect and serve…your fellow citizens…each and every day.
You are not forgotten!

Anita

January 9, 2019

Dear Brother...Today marks your 87th Birthday...as we once more...also celebrate the Feast Day of the Archangels. I scheduled the five pm mass...which I attended...to be offered in your behalf...and I had a floral arrangement...sent to the Trooper Memorial in your memory.

Father B spoke about God’s messengers today...saying that when angels have a given name...the name usually describes its function. Michael means “Who is like unto God.” Gabriel means “Power of God.” Raphael means “God’s Remedy.

His homily got me to thinking about your name...Salvatore...which in our heritage translates to Savior...and means one who saves or rescues...and there were many times...when we girls were growing up...that you did just that...for each of us. So between the significance of this day...and your given name...my belief had always been...that your being born on this particular day...was by design...not just by chance...and that was underscored...this evening...by things Father was saying. When you began to pursue a career in law enforcement...after getting out of the service...that sealed my belief even more...especially since St. Michael is the patron saint of police officers...and like the meaning of your name...they also save and rescue.

We remain very proud of you Sal...and all that you accomplished in just 29 years. You truly were the best of us.

May you rest peacefully in God’s perpetual light...and may He bless you for being a devoted son...and an incredible big brother.

Keep close watch over Cookie...and I just hope you know...how very much you are loved...still missed...and thought about.

You are not forgotten...and I pray for you always.

Anita

September 29, 2018

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