Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Edward R. Gleason, Jr.

Palisades Interstate Park Police Department - New York Section, New York

End of Watch Sunday, July 23, 1972

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Reflections for Chief of Police Edward R. Gleason, Jr.

The men and women of your department continue to remember you and your service. We patrol the same roads and forests that you once did. We see your face in photos and hear stories of your service to the people of the State of New York. You are not and will not be forgotten.
Rest In Peace Sir, we will take it from here…

Raymond Bombino Jr., Park Forest Ranger
New York State Park Forest Rangers, Palisades Region

July 24, 2022

Chief Gleason,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 23, 2022

Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family 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 23, 2020

Today we honor and remember your service to our department.

Rest in peace brother

Lt Jesse Cohen

July 23, 2020

While I never met you sir, your legacy lives on through your family. Most especially your son and retired Fire Chief Ed Gleason. I now have the pleasure of serving with him in Creedmoor, NC. He too dedicates his life to family and service of others! Well done sir, well done!

Rest Easy!

Chief Keith E. King
Creedmoor Police Department, Creedmoor, N.C.

May 18, 2020

Rest in peace Chief Gleason.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 10, 2019

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst 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.

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

January 16, 2013

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

Robyn Wilkes

July 20, 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

December 20, 2007

Godspeed, Chief. Thanks for your brave and faithful service. Watch over us.

Mr. Gleason,
God bless you and may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and your family always. Your Grandpa lives on through you and your family.

A Kentucky Officer

November 18, 2004

Only In A Gold Frame
by Jennifer Roberts., New City, NY

In the gold rectangular framed picture of you,
Resting on mother's bureau,
I see you embracing your family,
With a loving grin, an affectionate squeeze
Transparent blue eyes,
White, thick, full head of hair
Three deep creases running along your forehead
From the stress perhaps
Being Chief and all.

I see your name on that gray monument, facing the courthouse
the third one down
Edward R. Gleason Jr. July 23, 1972
"Officers killed in the line of duty."
Why was it you who was taken.
Kneeling down,
I place a blue carnation in the freshly spread dirt
in front of the cement slab.
I close my eyes, a tear escapes
I reach out and run my hand along its smooth surface
Maybe your spirit will touch me.

Seconds pass,
Finally I open my eyes,
And sigh out of frustration
I want to scream.
But I savor the 16 delicately engraved
letters in your name.
All I have of you

I miss you, Grandpa

Edward Gleason III

September 16, 2004

Missing you....

Ed Gleason II

February 23, 2004

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