Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Matthew Francis Giglio

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, December 16, 1975

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Reflections for Police Officer Matthew Francis Giglio

The day you gave your life, I swear mine. With pride.

Sargent Noel Rosado Butler
Puerto Rico Police Deparment

June 7, 2019

Matty only was on the job a few years when I was assigned to the fifth and precinct of the Nassau County Police Department
I was assigned to a foot post on the south side of the Pct
Matty operated an ambulance
Which responded to aided cases
And also made it easy for him to back up on other radio calls
I went on to operate a police car also on the south side
I remember Matty as being a real gentlemen who was always there when you needed him
As a matter of fact Matty didn’t necessarily have have to be where he was when he was shot
But because he wasn’t busy you knew he would be there
He was a cop’s cop
Rest In Peace brother
You will never be forgotten

Captain Ralph Giardina, Retired
Nassau County Police Department

December 21, 2018

Matty only was on the job a few years when I was assigned to the fifth and precinct of the Nassau County Police Department
I was assigned to a foot post on the south side of the Pct
Matty operated an ambulance
Which responded to aided cases
And also made it easy for him to back up on other radio calls
I went on to operate a police car also on the south side
I remember Matty as being a real gentlemen who was always there when you needed him
As a matter of fact Matty didn’t necessarily have have to be where he was when he was shot
But because he wasn’t busy you knew he would be there
He was a cop’s cop
Rest In Peace brother
You will never be forgotten

Captain Ralph Giardina, Retired
Nassau County Police Department

December 21, 2018

I never met Matt, but thought of him often. His photo hangs in the hallway of the Emergency Ambulance Bureau, his command when he was taken from us. Every time I passed his photo, I said a little prayer. I also thought of him every time I worked the ambulance he was assigned to that night. Sleep well, you are remembered.

Police Medic Tom Malone
NCPD ret.

December 17, 2018

I met Matty when I graduated the academy in 1969 and was assigned to SSB (now EAB) We went through AMT training together and sometimes were doubled in the ambulance. In 1971 I transferred to patrol in the 5th Pct and still worked with Matty since he was assigned the roving ambulance in the 5th. He was one of the kindest people I have ever met. He always had a pleasant and positive attitude. RIP Matty

PO Carl Freiermuth/ Retired
NCPD 5th Precinct

December 16, 2018

I knew Matt not only as a brother police officer but also as brother in the Valley Stream Fire Department he was one of the good most wonderful person I knew. Matt RIP and safe and happy holiday season to all......Ron Garofalo

PO Ronald Garofalo
NCPD

December 16, 2018

I was appointed on January 24, 1964. Matt sat in front of me in the academy. Matt was physically a big guy, but he was no hard nose cop. He was well liked by all the guys in our class as well as the departments supervision. October 7, 1975, the evening that Matt was shot I worked in the Narcotics Bureau. Matt was assigned to the Ambulance Bureau before we had EMT's. John Mackenzie shot Matt when Matt caught him committing a burglary. Mackenzie was committing the burglary while armed with a hand gun. Mackenzie was captured, tried and convicted of Murder. He was sentence to 25 years to life. He came up for Parole in 2000. So every 2 years we had to write letters to the Parole Board to keep him in Prison. 16 years later after again being denied parole Mackenzie hung himself in his cell. So sad Matt, a really good guy, has missed so much.

Ret. Det. Guy R. Peter
NCPD Academy Class of 1/24/64 classmate and one of Matt's many friends

December 16, 2018

Would be hard to find a more decent human being then Matt. We worked together when MAtt was a rookie. A real gentleman taken from us much to soon.

Det. Bob Niven, Ret.
Nassau County P.D.

December 19, 2017

May god bless mattie and all who loved him, one of the good guys.

Ken weydener p.o.
Ncpd

December 17, 2017

I worked with Matt and will never forget .
RIP Matt

Thought and prayers to his family.

Detective Al Brandel , retired
Nassau County Police Department

December 16, 2017

I have been overseas for a while, and, in connection with a Parole Board letter I am now in the process of composing on behalf of friends whose family member (non-LEO) was a murder victim, it has just come to my attention that Mr. MacKenzie has now voluntarily received the ultimate "No Parole" letter.

Of course this is no cause for celebration, but at least Officer Giglio's family no longer needs to go through the biennial angst inherent in the parole hearing process, as my friends are compelled to continue to do.

I did not know Officer Giglio, but by all accounts he was not only a model LEO, but an exemplary community member as well. Perhaps his friends, family, and colleagues can now talk more about his life, and less about his death. Not complete closure, but about as close to ideal justice as can be expected.

Kenneth H Ryesky, Esq.
Former IRS agent

April 6, 2017

I was operating RMP 414 on the night of occurrence and was assigned to assist at the scene with the search for Matt Giglio,s killer. The subject and his girl friend had committed a burglary to which Matt had responded. I was directed as a uniform officer to complete an area search of the adjoining neighborhood with CPU (plainclothes) officers. We went from house to house and searched every yard, moving from one direction toward another hoping to force the subject to a point of capture. Eventually the subject was captured. When caught, the subject indicated that he had climbed a tree to hide at one point, and that officers had passed under the tree several times during the search. The subject went on to indicate that had the officers looked up into the tree to find him there, he would have shot them.

P.O. Joel Fuoco
Nassau County Police

December 16, 2016

I am wondering if Officer Giglio was related to my family. My Grandparents were James and Beatrice Giglio also living in Valley Stream NY. Regardless I wish his family peace and love and to remember the good memories and know that Officer Giglio and his sacrifice in the line of duty will not be forgotten.

Anne Fearon

October 28, 2016

The passing of John Mackenzie means that justice has been served. My prayers be with the friends and family of Officer Giglio. I hope that they can find some closure and heal from this tragedy.

To Officer Matthew Giglio himself, many thanks for your service to our country. RIP

John Haseltine - Civilian

August 6, 2016

My "No Parole" Letter was sent last week. I pray the Parole Board does the right thing again. Prayers to all.

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

June 16, 2016

Proud to send my No Parole letter today. God bless the family, friends, and former co-workers of Officer Giglio who still suffer the pain of this loss every day.

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

June 3, 2016

Matt was an inspiration. I had 1 1/2 years on at that point and was impressed that you could be a Police Officer and a Medic at the same time. After his death, I made it my goal to achieve that extra training and follow in his footsteps. Thanks Matt! You were taken from us way too soon! Great Cop, Great Medic!! God Bless you!!

Detective Mike Irise
Nassau County Police Department

December 17, 2015

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

Robyn Wilkes

December 15, 2015

There are some things one should never forget and that night is one of them. I worked with Matt in the 5th Pct. I worked a 4x12 and saw Matt in the station house just prior to his going out on patrol in his ambulance. Never thought it would be his last tour. Matt was a good cop, great AMT and a fine human being. A loss to many. We lost too many RIP Matt.

Detective, retired
Nassau County Police Department

December 16, 2014

Officer Giglio was my training officer for my clinical rotation to become and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician in 1974. He was a true gentleman and I enjoyed the two days we spent together. Also, as a resident of the Fifth Precinct, it gave me and my family great comfort to get to know one of the dedicated officers who put their lives on the line for all of us. I will remember his forever. May he rest in eternal peace.

Gary Urbanowicz

April 16, 2014

I will always remember Officer Giglio. He was in Mercy hospital in ICU & my Mother was next door in CCU. everyday the cops thought he was doing better. They brought a Blender to grindup his food so he could eat, but sadly he passed away

ANN COSTIGAN
POLICE FAMILY MEMBER

December 16, 2013

A "No Parole" letter for the thug that killed you has been sent. You will never be forgotten!

Kristi Porter
Police Family Survivor

June 8, 2012

A "No parole" letter has been sent, 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 Police Department

June 6, 2012

I have sent a "No Parole" letter today and urged all my friends here in Memphis, TN to do the same. Thank you for your service, Officer Giglio. I know your family misses you every day.

Anna B. Hamilton
Family and Friends on MPD

June 1, 2012

My letter requesting 'no parole' for your killer is being sent out today. Thank you for your service, PO Giglio, and may you continue to rest in peace.

Gregory Leeb
Grandson of retired NYPD officer/Grandson of State Police Detective

June 1, 2012

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