Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Daniel J. Greer

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, December 16, 1979

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Reflections for Police Officer Daniel J. Greer

I was a in the 70's and had the finest memories of Danny Greer, "Shooting Star". He was always the gentleman with a kind voice. His loss was felt by thousands of C.B.ers. Remembering the tragedy in '79 still brings much sadness today, as I was just speaking on the phone with "Diesel Chaser", Bob Oporto, retired Hwy Patrol, and Danny's kindness was front and center. Rest in peace.
Cindy Nardin, AKA "Shy1", "Red Vette", "Cindy Mobile".

cynthia nardin

April 6, 2022

Dan was my partner in Highway Patrol. We both were assigned to the LIE in a program called TSP (Traffic Safety Patrol) He was known as the "Shooting Star" on the CB (Citizen Band. ) He had a great laugh and would be there when you needed him always.

Detective First Grade Gary T. Ferrucci
Nassau County Police, New York

December 18, 2021

I remember Danny gassing up his car at the 2nd Pct and we would chat. I was not the same after I found out what happened to him. After all this time I still remember and think of him.

PO Joseph Opatovsky operator of RMP 212

December 16, 2021

Dan and I worked in "TSP" together on 495 when there were no street lights and the center guide rail ended at exit 40. The place was always littered with hub caps and parts of cars strewn about. Dan was known as the "Shooing Star" on the CB Radio and he had an following of friends . He was always there when you needed help the and he still
Thank You Dan!

Detective First Grade Gary T. Ferrucci
Nassau County Police Department Homicide Squad VCARS

May 1, 2021

I remember Officer Greer by his photo. I pray God rest his soul and watch over his family.

Retired Det.Sgt. Louis J. Savini
Second Squad NCPD

December 16, 2020

It's been almost 40 years! I still think of you and miss you. I know you are looking down on the highway watching. Shooting Star will never be forgotten and will always be in my heart.

M Friedman

June 13, 2019

Daniel Joseph Greer, You were the strongest man I ever knew. You weren’t just my Dad. You were my hero. I wish you could have met my beautiful wife Melissa and your funny , intelligent, beautiful Grand Daughter Elizabeth Grace. She is going to follow in your foot steps and do great things. You will always be my hero. Shooting Star. Gone too soon. You will never be forgotten. John Greer

John Greer
Son of Daniel Joseph Greer
Nassau County Highway Patrol
Killed in the line of duty

December 17, 2018

Daniel Joseph Greer was my Dad and my hero. He was the strongest man I’ve ever met. He was always there to help anyone and everyone. I only wish you could have met my beautiful wife Melissa and your Grand Daughter Elizabeth Grace. She is going to carry on your legacy and do great things. I am proud to call me my Dad. Miss You , Love You, John Greer

John Greer
Son of Daniel Joseph Greer
Nassau County Highway Patrol
Killed in the line of duty

December 17, 2018

Danny was one of the quiet guys in Highway. Always there when you needed a hand with something. A nice guy and a gentleman. You are missed my friend. Rest in Peace.

Detective John LaBarbera (Retired)
Nassau County Police Department.

December 16, 2018

Rest in peace Danny and thanks for what you taught me without even knowing it.

COD (retired) Tony Rocco
Nassau County Police Department

December 16, 2018

Uncle Danny,
I think of you every week. You were an amazing human being who left the world a better place. You were a major inspiration to me in teenage years. You are the one and only Shooting Star. I know you are with your Wife ( my Father's Sister) Renee now. Thank you for the mini bike lesson BTW, I turned it into a lifelong Motocross hobby in the forest:)


Tom Gucci

December 13, 2018

I know that i never got to meat you but now we all you would have loved to know me. im only 11 years old and i did some studying and found this sight and decited to do this today it is 11/8/2017 i have been spending my days reading books and learning barly wathing tv.
i know if iv ever met you will lison to shooting star together

preston zioba
grate grandson

November 8, 2017

I love you Grandpa. Even though I've gotten the chance to meet you I feel like you've taught me so much! Your legacy lives on through your son Steve who is the greatest man, father and grandfather! I know you would be so proud of him. He misses you so much. Thank you for always letting me know you're with me whether it's playing Shooting Star at all the right times or flashing a 1247 somewhere. I'm sure Grandma is so happy to finally be with you. One day we will all be together. Love you!

Colleen Greer Zioba

September 15, 2016

I never had the honor to meet you and to this day i have never heard a bad thing spoken about you. i love you and hope to follow in your foot steps in the near future. I would give everything i have to be half the man that you are. please give grandma a hug for me up in heaven. I love you both and miss you both dearly. thank you for watching over me and our family. I know you both were up there watching over me when i crashed my motorcycle, the doctors told me they dont know how i was able to survive. but i know it was you and grandma that helped me through it all. thank you for giving me my mom shes the most amazing woman and the greatest mother to me and my sister, and for my uncle john for all of the amazing childhood memories that he gave me. til the day we meet you will always be in my heart, i hope i have it in me to be the man that you were.


June 24, 2016

Not just a coworker but a friend! "Shooting Star" I remember the good old days! Gone way too soon!!

Detective Mike Irise
Nassau County Police Department

December 16, 2015

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

Robyn Wilkes

December 15, 2015

My Fathers , Sisters husband, Dan Greer was my Uncle. He loved Led Zeppelin & I still have the tape he made for me in 1977. He left behind a large family whom misses him till this day. He was known as "The Shooting Star on the L.I.E. A Bad Company Song he liked...
Cops are our first line of defense & a drunk driver from Newsday killed him.

Tom Gucci

December 22, 2014

I was only on the job for a little more then 2 yrs, I remember Officer Greer coming into the 6th precinct station house to log in his summons. He worked a HPB car on the LIE. I was always impressed with him and his assignment. It was very tragic and upsetting when I heard of his death, on the "Big Road" that he patrolled.

Detective/Sergeant Anthony Gambino
Nassau County Police Department

December 17, 2014

Dan, I remember 1969 you gave me the cadet application at Leos Esso and told me I would have to cut my hair if I passed. Well I made it cut my hair and years later attended your funeral. God Bless you and thanks for picking up the footman when you first got your chase car on the SOB from that day on I have worn a seat belt.

Ret. Cdt. Ptl. PO. John Fitzpatrick

December 16, 2014

Hi Dad, Just wanted to thank you for sending me Steve!!

Kim Greer

July 29, 2014

dad,,,,, I miss u

steve greer

May 11, 2014

Dan you are thought of often we had laughs working the west end lol lol RIP bro

Police Officer William Chlystun
Nassau PD Highway NY

December 18, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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 remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Time never diminishes respect.
Rest In Peace

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

December 16, 2011

"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 19, 2007

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