Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Anthony J. Graffia

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, February 19, 1968

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Reflections for Patrolman Anthony J. Graffia

My father often tells the story of Tony Graffia. Always speaks so highly of him. And always gets choked up. They worked together. In fact, Tony was covering my fathers beat that evening because of some precinct training my father had. My dad would be assigned a patrol car when he returned and was one of the first on the scene at the pharmacy.
My father is 90 yrs old and prays for Tony and his family every day.
RIP Anthony Graffia

Det Michael Brech

April 1, 2024

Rest in Peace Cousin Anthony

Charlie Panattieri

February 19, 2024

I love you pop and still dream of you when I sleep, and see you in the corner of my eye. I hope you are catching up with Philip and all your brothers and sisters, as well as grandma and grandpa. I miss you everyday of my life. I will never make peace with you being taken from us as you were that terrible day. The holidays are near and are always the hardest for me, probably why I always
make such a celebration for the Graffia family. We celebrate you and now Philip every year. Love you, always my shining star.

Your loving daughter,


November 3, 2023

A true hero, to whom NYC owes a debt of gratitude. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.


February 19, 2021

God bless you and thank you for your service . Reading past posts from family members are sad but also shows the love after all these years. I pray that you watch over your family and Rest In Peace ! Salute !

Ret. Po ohara
Retired mounted nypd

February 19, 2021

It’s almost your anniversary, February 19, 1968. I still think of you everyday and wish you see the life I have made. I have 2 amazing sons and a beautiful future daughter in law. My husband is everything and more I could have wished for. Mommy is amazing strong and kind. You would be proud of us, as we have made amazing lives for our families. You would be a great grandpa, as Anthony is the grandpa to his first beautiful grand daughter. We are ok, most of the time. I know you are here I feel you, sometimes I think I sneak a peak of you in the corner of my eye. You may be gone a long time now pop, but you’re in our hearts where you belong. ❤️

Lorraine Seraphina Graffia -O’Sullivan

February 7, 2021

To "Uncle" Tony's family: just want to let you know my Dad (joe Orio) has joined your father January 28, 2021 after living the full life your father was robbed of. I like to think they're roaming Prospect Park in their youth chasing girls and getting into trouble.

Madeline M Orio
old family friend

February 6, 2021

When I was in High school I worked in that drug store when you were killed,I was the stock and delivery boy.I lived a couple of blocks from the store and went to PS 100 across the street when I was in grade school.The owner loved having the patrolman on the beat having his meal in back of the store.I am so sorry that you were killed by those two scumbags ,I often think about you being killed in the store.In August of 1968 I join the NYPD until 1993.God bless you and your family.

Ret.P.O.Robert D Dalia

February 21, 2020

God bless you on your 52 anniversary in heaven

Mark Mottola

February 19, 2020

I think of you everyday of my life. I stand where you are resting., and I wonder why???? I never got to know you, but in my heart you will always be. Rest easy now pop with your son Philip. Merry Christmas in Heaven.

Lorraine O'Sullivan

December 5, 2019

Rest in peace Patrolman Graffia.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 3, 2019

We remember you Uncle Tony. You're always in our hearts.

Madeline Orio
daughter of "brother" Joe Orio, Sebastian, Florida.

February 21, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 50th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 19, 2018

You are a hero my brother. I salute you for your courage. Continue to watch over your family from a better place, and rest in perpetual peace.

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

February 19, 2017

You are a hero my brother. I salute you for your courage. Continue to watch over your family from a better place, and rest in perpetual peace.

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

February 19, 2017

P.O. Graffia, I was just a child when you made the ultimate sacrifice by doing your job keeping New Yorkers safe. You and all the other men and women who serve to protect us are in my prayers every day. Your cousin Joe. God Bless America!

N/A Joseph Panattieri

January 13, 2015

With apologies for the typo in my earlier reflection...which should have read, Rest in will not be forgotten!

P.O. Michael Chronopoulos (retired)
Suffolk County P.D.

January 28, 2013

I am proud to say that I had the privilege to meet Ptl. Graffia, as a 13 year old boy. Unfortunately, it was just hours before the tragic event that took his life. I would think of Ptl. Graffia often during my 30 year career in law enforcement with admiration and respect. Rest in well be forgotten.

P.O. Michael Chronopoulos
Suffolk County P.D.

January 22, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 44th 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.

Your memory will always be honored and revered as time never diminishes respect.

Rest In Peace

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

February 19, 2012

Thanks for your years of services, Anthony.


February 18, 2012

Officer Graffia, neither you, nor your sacrifice, have been forgotten. Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

October 5, 2010

"Tony" and I were friends from our early grammer school days. Later in life we worked at three jobs together. He was "Best Man" at my wedding 54 years ago and Godfateher to my only son. I was his "Best Man" and Godfather to his first born son Anthony. Although many years have passed since his untimely death, I still think, dream and talk about him. He was one of the greatest persons in my life.
I would loved to reconnect with his children.

Joseph C Orio

April 14, 2010

To my Uncle Anthony,

I have heard so much about you all these years, and I wish I had met you, as you were a hero to all who who knew you. You touched so many lives and you will never know how much you mean to our family. I always wanted to be one of NY's Finest, but when the day came and I was called down to enter the NYPD, I had to decline due to an accident. I accepted the fact that God did not intend for me to be a Police Officer. Now, my son is on his way to becoming one of NY's Finest...I admire you for your courage and all your fellow officers. As you look down upon us, please watch over my son and keep him safe.

With love always,
your nephew Steven

Steven Anthony Wood

August 17, 2009

He was a hero in every sense of the word. Uncle Tony was my Godfather, and one of the men who I looked up to as a young boy. His loss is still felt nearly 40 years later by all who knew and loved him. He was a good cop, a wonderful man, loving husband and father, but most of all, he was an example to all who knew him that how you live your life is more important then how long a life you live. He gave all to protect and serve his fellow man, and there can be no greater sacrifice or commitment.... Till we all meet again.....You will always remain a hero to all who's lives you have touched, God bless you.

Joseph Cassone

July 25, 2009

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

Robyn Wilkes

February 13, 2009

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