Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Gregory Philip Foster

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, January 27, 1972

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Reflections for Patrolman Gregory Philip Foster

Thank you for serving in our military and police force. My condolences to your family and friends. RIP Hero

John Haseltine - Civilian

June 17, 2016

There must be mandatory capital punishment for cop killers. The police are the thin line between civilization and anarchy, so we must treat this crime with the level of seriousness that it deserves.

PO David F. Podesta (Ret)
Port Auth. of NY & NJ PD

February 15, 2016

Always Remembered. We pray for you and your family


February 13, 2016

I will never forget as a young man seeing a movie about you and Officer Laurie. It still brings tears to my eyes. Rest well Officer Foster, we won't forget you.

Captain "Irish Mike" McAllister
Washington State Firefighter

January 27, 2016


I still remember all the tours we worked as trainees in BCI, and can't imagine it's been this long, since you were executed in cold blood. I was on patrol in the 32 that night, and will never forget the radio transmissions.

I remember seeing you about a week before you were shot. We met in front of the old academy on 20th street. You were talking about the 9th and hoping to get to Queens so you could be closer to your wife and the baby. I pray for you often. God Bless and.

Retired Detective John Enders

Detective John Enders

December 5, 2015

I was a young lad living in Florida when this dastardly crime was committed. Because of your life examples, I took up the challenge of every day law enforcement serving with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office beginning in 1978 through 2010. My friend and Lieutenant ( Black American ) Bo Harrison, was also assassinated by a black male thug. Bo had also served with the 173rd Airborne in VN in 67-68. Bo was slain 30 days before his 30 year retirement EOW 6-1-2003, 0200hours. As long as I am alive you men will never be forgotten. I thank each of you for the good you respective lives represent.

Lieutenant H.F. Copper. 161
Pasco County Sheriff' Office

January 15, 2015

I remember,as a child,watching the Foster & Laurie movie that told the story of two cops;black and white, and how they were so viciously and violently gunned down by a group of hate-filled,malicious,and cowardly excuses of men. It had saddened me to see two good men lose their lives in such a violent and needless way. Two men that had been blessed to find their way back from a terrible war unjustly lost theif lives on the streets they had sworn to serve and protect. Recently,while at the town's library I saw the book written by Al Silverman that covered the lives of these two brave men. Reading Foster and Laurie as an adult brought back the feelings of sadness and anger I had felt as a child,even more so. As an adult I now saw these men as children,brothers,soldiers,friends,husbands,a father,and as just extremely caring individuals. RIP,Foster & Laurie. My heart goes out to this family some 40 years later. May God bless you! may we rest assured that those cowards may have gotten away with serving justice here on earth but not in the Afterlife!!!

Lisa M. Erkins

January 29, 2013

God bless you Brother. You'll never be forgotten.

Officer J. Craven
Silver Spring Township (PA) Police Dept.

June 4, 2012

Hero's may fall but shall never be forgotten. RIP Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 31, 2012

Your bother my husband Joseph just went to your memoral he was very touched and moved by how many people stll rember and were touched by youe life. You are forever in his heart.

Cathy Foster

January 29, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th anniversary of your death. and the death of your good friend and partner. 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. He was also your fellow Marine so I bid you semper fi.

Time never diminishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

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

January 27, 2012

Officer Foster my thoughts and prayers to you and Officer Laurie. Never be forgotten. NYPD Kevin Lee shares this day with you EOW 1/27/06. God Bless

Catherine Lee

January 27, 2012

Dear Greg,
Vic Grillo and I have stayed friends over all these years and we speak of you and Rocco often. You will always be missed by your brothers and sisters in Blue.

Gary Gorman, Retired Police Officer

July 28, 2011

Not a day goes by that I don't think & pray for you Greg. Be at peace forever.

Beverly C. Foster Wilson
older sister

May 15, 2011


39 years and your sacrifice lives on. I remember standing in uniform outside St Pats and later in Staten Island at Rocco's funeral. Two Marines-cops and good men gone much too soon.

May your family find some comfort in knowing that your memory lives on with those who served.
RIP Brother in Blue


January 27, 2011

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace in such incidents & our only real comfort comes from Him. May His strength, comfort & peace continue to be the sustaining force in the lives of all who knew this beloved officer; and may it somehow help to know he is not forgotten, and that we have relentlessly persued those involved.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

September 9, 2009

1st Recollection I was in Professor Sealys' class at John Jay with Greg in January '72. On 1/10 I went to class to inform the professors that my fahter had passed. Greg immediately came out of the room and gave me his condolences. Little did I know, I would be consoling others at St. Patricks on Feb 1, 1972. Greg had a part of my life along with other MOS's in my young years. I lived in the 73 until 1978 when I served my country for 20 years in the Air Force. As a Security Policeman, I walke in Gregs' shoes while bringing equality, honor and humility to a badge. May he rest in peace as he soars above us. I always stop at V127 in Pinelawn /LI National Cemetery where my mother an father also lie. I work in Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools since Greg also left a legacy for youth.

Harry H. Wacke
Student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice with Greg

July 15, 2009

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

Robyn Wilkes

January 19, 2009

remembering all times we had. love and miss you

brother joseph

February 25, 2008

I was only 2 years old when my cousin Gregory and his partner were murdered. I grew up looking at the photo my grandmother proudly displayed of him in his uniform with such a warn smile wishing I had the chance to know him. I saw the movie made about him and when I was a kid and was heart broken and angry that these cowards deprived me of the chance of knowing such a great man. I never knew him but but I've never forgotten the sacrafice they both made. On behalf of the Foster family I thank all those who left such beautiful comments honoring his memory. May God Bless.


January 29, 2008

Here we are again, on this very day you gave your life serving the people of New York many years ago, to honor and remember you as we always will.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

January 27, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 23, 2008

"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 20, 2007

Sleep soldier! still in honored rest
Your truth and valor wearing;
The bravest are the tenderest; ---
The loving are the daring.

From A Song of the Camp, by Bayard Taylor (1825-1878)


September 10, 2007


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

A classmate recited this poem at our last senior assembly (1968). He was one of Gregory's best friends. As I glanced across the auditorium I could see that these words moved Gregory as they did me. Whenever I think of Gregory, I think of this poem and often wonder if this had an influence on why he was able to exhibit the kind of bravery that makes a police officer.

A dear friend who remembers

August 29, 2007

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