Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Joseph Galapo

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, August 16, 1988

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Reflections for Police Officer Joseph Galapo

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 16, 2020

Although i didnt personally know Joe, i was a patrolman in the 72 pct, and was one of the first uniformed officers at the scene on 4th ave that day. 32 yrs flys by. Joe is still remembered by those of us who were there. God bless, rest in peace.

Nypd 72pct

May 26, 2020

So many times I've come to read and often I've wanted to write but found it difficult to put my thoughts down.

It's going to be 32 years this year (August 2020). I just can't believe that number! I remember praying to make it thru the first week. Then I set my sights on getting thru the first month, then year and this holiday or that occasion and somehow the days and weeks and months and years went flying by! Almost 32 of them!

The most amazing thing is that he is never far from us. We speak of him often and I made sure that everyone understood it was OK to do that. He was the most "full of life" person and we couldn't be sad every time we spoke of him. So, we tell stories of the insane things he did and (good and bad!!) and the fun times we all had together. Our love for him remains intact and he will always hold a special place in our heart.

Life is "different" since he left us. Different isn't bad...It's just different. It was a big adjustment, especially for the boys but we managed to live a good life. They gave me a run for my money, that's for sure! There was a lot of spoiling them rotten going on! (I was guilty of that too!!). I was really lucky though. We have great family and friends. They stepped up to the plate from day one, my family and Joe's family. My friends and Joe's friends ! Joe's mom and I are best friends too! We speak every morning and every evening!

Then there's our BLUE family. They are the most amazing people ever. The guys in Joe's office, Brooklyn South Narcotics, took care of us and never left us. Not in 32 years!!! We still keep in touch. They are only a phone call away. There's also the rest of the NYPD, they never left us either. I can't name everyone because I'd be here all day but they go from the DEA ,PBA , and so many line organizations. They have helped me more than anyone can imagine and I'm eternally grateful to them. Joe would be so proud of them. They really mean it when they say " They take care of their own".
Even officers from other states we've met along the way treat us like family!

The boys are all grown up now. Dan is living in Florida with his wife and daughter and is a realtor. Robby is living in Brooklyn with his wife, 2 daughters and his son Joe! Richie is in New Jersey and married now also. I'm sure they will be starting a family soon. They are all doing well.

To those of you who have taken the time to leave your thoughts here, I want to thank you. I really enjoyed reading them. They are so touching and I know it's not always an easy thing to do. My youngest son was only a year and 8 months old when we lost Joe and he once, not very long ago mentioned how strange it was that he doesn't remember what Joe's voice sounded like. Many of the "memories" he know's are the memories others have shared.
So I thought I'd ask if anyone had memories of Joe they would like to share here or you can email me ([email protected] ) it would be great to share them with the boys.

Thank you for your prayers and thoughts

PS ...Captain Green... I remember that Lenox Dove candy dish! I still have mine!! :)

Lana Galapo (Helen Lana Galapo)

March 23, 2020

Fidelis Ad Mortem my Brother. May our Father in Heaven protect and comfort your family until you meet again...

P.O. Charles Houser

August 16, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 30th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson(Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 16, 2018

Another year in a better place my brother. You have paid the ultimate, but your spirit is here by the reflections that are said about you. Continue to rest well and may God always watch over your family, and all of us who will one day meet you on the other side.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

August 16, 2017

It was my honor to research newspapers, magazines, online & books to find your ID CARD Photo. I found this photo of you in the 1988 NYPD MEDAL DAY BOOKLET about your heroic sacrifice. I felt it was necessary to have a photo on this website so that your family & friends can remember you. Rest Easy Hero! Always Remembered!

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

I am afraid to think what his partner had to go through after the incident. I hope God gave him some comfort.

Lieutenant David Kane (Retired)
Milwauke WI Police Dept.

August 17, 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 25th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 23, 2013

Joe Galapo Was a good friend and always had a good Heart, we went to the Police Academy together Class 83-68 and car pooled together. I got to know Joe on a personal basis, he had such a great demeanor and was always a person that had compassion for others. He treated Others with the upper most respect. Joe if you can read this We miss you , God bless you and your family , and may you rest in Peace my Brother you taken from us way to soon.

Retired New York City Police
Police Officer Gustavo A Garcia

February 10, 2012

I remember Joe in some good times. I was a Lieutentant in the six- oh Pct , Coney Island Brooklyn. I think the picture of him above was taken in that building. Joseph was assigned there after many years of no hiring. The veterans working patrol were average age about 40. Although he was much younger and a rookie his wonderful personality won over the seniors. He became part of a group , myself included, that got together on days off to have dinner either in each others homes or a restaurant. When it was my turn to host a dinner Joe and Lana and the others came to dinner. Joe and Lana gave me a china dish in the shape of a dove. Friday I am passing on this dish to a friend who lost her daughter last year. She was 25, a nurse. She contracted a disease while at work in Philadelphia Childrens Hospital. She had a tatoo of a dove. Mom and her sisters now have dove tatoos in her memory. I will tell her about Joe and pass the dove on to her. I think Joe and Lana would approve.

Capt. Richard A Green (ret.)

August 10, 2011

To The Family of Officer Galapo:
I wanted to offer my sympathies on your tragic death. Your bravery and courage is what sets you apart and you will not be forgotten. My dad was a NYC police officer for almost 40 years. rest in Peace Officer Galapo and Olav Hashalom

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 15, 2011

PO Galapo:
An ambulance was just dedicated to Magan David Adom, EMS in Israel in your memory, by your mother. Twenty one years after your death, you and your family still selflessly give. You are not forgotten, and every year at the Shomrim Memorial Breakfast, you are honored as our fallen brother.

PO Ari Maas

November 7, 2009

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

Robyn Wilkes

August 10, 2009

"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

January 2, 2008

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

March 20, 2006

I remember an ever-smiling young man, who always had a joke to tell or a warm word to say.
I can't believe that it has been 18 years since your passing.

Loretta Alexander

January 4, 2006

Joe, I never had the pleasure of making your acquaintance but your loss has left an empty feeling all the same.
The "Powers that be" finally saw fit to rename the avenue by the command in your honor. It is a bestowment that is long overdue. Rest in peace brother.

Sergeant Michael Hanson
NYPD-Bklyn. South Narcotics

July 19, 2004

Officer Galapo,

Thank you for making this world a safer and better place. With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

July 2, 2004

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