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Trooper Joseph Edward Gearty

New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire

End of Watch Thursday, November 30, 1989

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Reflections for Trooper Joseph Edward Gearty

Trooper Gearty,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Hampshire. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 30, 2019

Rest in peace Trooper Gearty.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 10, 2019

I've researched you as a project in my criminal justice class. Your death is a burden of bad timing, and unfair circumstances and my heart goes out to the strength of your family.

Emma York
CRTC Student - Criminal Justice Class

May 19, 2016

R I P Troopers

Bruce Robbins Ret Chief
Woodsville Rescue Team

December 1, 2015

In our current troubled times for the brave men and women who wear the badge of honor I wanted you and your family to know that many of us greatly appreciate your sacrifice. 26 years may have passed but you are not forgotten Joe. Unfortunately, I did not have the honor of knowing you long as I was just a trainee assigned to Troop F when you were killed all those years ago but your sacrifice left a indelible mark on me forever. The close bond displayed by the personnel of Troop F at that time continues to impress me today.

TFC Charles Hanson
Retired, NH State Police

May 23, 2015


We got a division-wide e-mail today that your father passed away. While I know the rest of your family here will miss him, I'm sure that he couldn't wait to see you again.

I got to stop at your memorial along Route 25 the other day, and I hope that you know that the State and Troop F have not forgotten you. Thank you for your sacrifice, God Bless brother.

NHSP Troop F - Patrol 6

April 10, 2015

Thank you for your service and unselfish sacrifice for your fellow man! You belong to HIM now and forever! May your family and friends find comfort and peace in that fact. God Bless!

Rev. Steven R. Closs, D.D.
Retired Captain, Nashua Police Department, Nashua, NH

June 9, 2013

Sir, you are one of the true heroes, ready to lay your life down for the protection of others. May this always be revered. My heart goes out to your family, may you rest in peace.

Criminal Justice Student

May 23, 2013

Lots of great times with you, Debbie, Becky and me and a multitude of others from around Grafton County and Troop-F.
Trust me Brother, you are not forgotten!!

Ptlm - at the time, Joel Huntley
Lisbon Police Dept / Comm Spec NHSP Troop-F

October 3, 2012

Joseph a group of us started down the road to retirement and the alleged good life 27 years ago. I am truly sorry that you and your family never reached the point that we spoke of oh so many years ago. God bless you, your wife and son and know that we have not forgotten.

Lt. Fred A Rheault Jr.
Salem N.H.P.D. & Academy Classmate

June 6, 2011

Trooper Gearty you will never be forgotten by your brother and sister officers of the Boston Police Department. RIP

Detective Michael Kane
Boston Police dept.

November 30, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twentieth 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. Both the pain and pride are forever.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 30, 2009

Trooper Gearty your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 26, 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 11, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your serivce, you are a hero just by the profession you chose,and you are not forgotten.

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 30, 2007

My prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, VA

November 29, 2007

SP 624,
Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. I think of you frequently while I am on duty. Rest in Peace, brother. I am sure you are keeping the streets of heaven safe.

Sgt. Spencer R. Marvin and family
City of Lebanon NH Police

June 3, 2007

Sir, I honor your service and your sacrifice. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9.

New Hampshire Citizen

October 17, 2006

You are not Forgotten.

Former Police Officer

July 14, 2005


SP624, you are not forgotten, nor will you ever be.

Spencer R. Marvin and family
New Hampshire

Sgt. Spencer R. Marvin
City of Lebanon NH Police

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