Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Nicholas M. Guirado

Union City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, November 4, 1974

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Reflections for Detective Nicholas M. Guirado

I remember those days, R.I.P Nicky

Howard McPherson

November 20, 2015

Happy father's day grandpa

Sabrina Guirado
Grand daughter

June 24, 2015

Happy Father's Day , dad. Missing you as always and I love you.

Michelle Guirado
Youngest Day

June 21, 2015

When we hear the news of a police officer dieing in the line of duty, it's indeed horrifying, but when it hits your own community, it can be particularly devastating. Such was the case, over 40 years ago this past November 4th, when we lost Union City Police Detective Nicholas Miguel Guirado, a six year veteran of the Union City Police Department, who was fatally wounded investigating a suspicious person outside a taxi stand. While on a narcotics surveillance, Nicholas and his partner Detective Charles Kohrherr had seen a suspect acting in a suspicious manner. While following him into the taxi company office, a gun battle ensued, and Nick sustained fatal gunshot wounds while saving his partner's life. Det. Kohrherr, who had received a gunshot to the leg, was able to return the fire and kill the suspect.

Most of us, especially his close friends, knew Nick as a kind and decent man, who saw wrong and made it righteous; saw suffering and tried to heal it; battled crime and tried to stop it. But the memory of Nicholas Guirado shall live in our hearts and in our minds forever, because he symbolized the 'extreme humanity' that is present, and so often overshadowed on law enforcement officers everywhere.

Nicky was a typical policeman, who believed and cherished the ideals and basic principles upon which our nation was founded. He instilled and promoted that self spirit of character, so cherished and openly shared by all our law abiding citizens everywhere. He always remained undaunted and steadfast in his belief, that the United States is the most cherished and blessed nation on earth. That it was his sacred duty, to sustain and enhance those principles of justice, equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness placed in his trust by all our citizens and succeeding generations of those valiant police officers, who have sacrificed their own lives and fortunes, so that we could live in a more civilized world.

Making the 'Supreme Sacrifice' he demonstrated his devotion to the fundamental values of Duty, Honor, and Country. But in a very real sense, an added measure to a foundation was placed down that day. Nicky Guirado had the utmost confidence placed on him. Few careers had shown him as much selflessness and commitment as his. On and off duty, he was a dynamic and innovative individual. Throughout many of his tours of duty, he worked with other police organizations. He won the respect and admiration of both police and civilian leaders throughout the state. No words can compensate for the amount of sorrow that was placed on us that day. But if Nicky could hear me now, I would have wanted him to know, that he will never be forgotten by us, as an exemplary figure for future generations of police officers everywhere.

Nick was a policeman, who not only inspired others, but he also was the source of my 'own inspiration', as I started by own police career. Due to his impression on me, I had the opportunity to serve as an officer in one of the greatest police departments in New Jersey- 'Union City'. From a special police officer in the mid- 1970's to eventually retiring 30 years later as a police lieutenant, his impact on me was very powerful. In addition, he also influenced me for all my police college degrees in criminal justice, and also for attending in 2005, the '114th class', of the nationally acclaimed, advanced police administration school- 'The Southern Police Institute' based out of Louisville, Kentucky. And finally, was the source of inspiration for me when I pursued further 'police service' as a Police Captain for 2 years, and acting Chief for 6 months in Maryland. Nick was an officer who built a temple of honor, of virtue, of dedication, and true devotion to duty.

Detective Nicholas Guirado will always be thanked, not only for what he did or attempted to do; but for serving, in a greater sense, as an example of the potential within all of us. For it is by our recognition of such police officers such as 'Nicky Guirado', that we through inspiration, example, and ideals.....we raise ourselves.

May he always rest in 'eternal peace'.

Charles Reinhardt (Grove)
Close Friend

May 20, 2015

Sadly, for the past forty years this date: 11/4/74 has haunted my memories of that horrific and traumatic day . Nick was a great husband, father and police officer with great integrity, compassion, courage and strength.

I will always carry your memory with me; as I continue to serve as a peace officer.
RIP brother.

Lt. Robert Quinones
Palm Beach Co. Sheriff's Office

November 8, 2014

I knew Nicky only briefly but he was a good cop and very willing to help young officers like me to learn our trade.

Maybe what he taught me saved my life. Thank You, Nick.

D/C Richard Steinel (Ret)
Union City Police Dept.

November 3, 2014

The Coastal Carolina Shields will dedicate its November 4th. 2014 monthly meeting to the memory of Detective Nicholas Guirado.
We will never forget the sacrifice of Detective Guirado and he will always live in our hearts. May he rest in peace.

Dennis Cangelosi, President
Coastal Carolina Shields, South Carolina

November 3, 2014

Its important for one to take a moment to remember those whom have come before us and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Officer A. Alvarado
Union City Police Department

December 21, 2013

Happy Fathers Day, dad ❤ We all miss will all our hearts

Michelle Guirado
Daughter

June 16, 2013

Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten brother. I too have lost an uncle (while serving) ex union city police Sgt. Arthur Corvino EOW 9/24/82 (grover city P.D)

P.E.O Corvino
family member of Sgt. Arthur Corvino

May 31, 2013

I thank you Robert Wilson for keeping my fathers memory alive. When we spoke on the phone I was very pleased and thankful. It's really an honor you are doing this . Thank you once again!

Michelle Guirado Suarez
Daughter of Nick M. Guirado

I know Chris Scardino can always contact me if anyone else would need to contact me my #

Michelle Guirado Suarez
Daughter

May 3, 2013

I was a Union City Police Officer when Nicholas was shot. I worked with him on several occasions. This May, I will be a participant in the "Police Unity Tour" that is a bicycle ride from New Jersey down to Washington, DC to raise money and awareness for the Police Memorial in Washington, DC. I have pledged to ride in the name and memory of Nicholas M. Guirado. The Police Unity Tour invites the families of the fallen officers to the ceremony at the end. I have no way of contacting them. But if anyone can get this information to the family, please post any contact info on this site so that I can advise them.

Lieutenant Robert P. Wilson
Union City Police Department

March 27, 2013

Happy Fathers Day :( unfortunately you were taken away too soon from us and all I can do is leave you messages here letting you know you will always be with me in my heart. Love you always, your youngest daughter Michelle Guirado.

Michelle Guirado
Daughter

June 18, 2012

today i read all the wonderful thinks everyone wrote about my uncle tears ran down my face as i remember that evening he was shot not a day has gone by that i dont think about his lost and how crazy i was about my uncle and how he was bigger than life to me i want to thank everyone for all the kind works

peter fernandez jr
nephew

December 9, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th anniversary year 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 who was murdered in the 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 Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

November 4, 2011

I somehow came across this website. Sadly as soon as I pulled the info for Union City I recall that day vividly engraved on my mind. I lived appxmtly 150 ft from the Rapid-O taxi station. I remember I was in my bedroom doing my homework when I heard the pops of the shots I ignored it thinking it was the kids from up the street popping firecrackers. My mom came in my room and said something must have happened because there were a lot of police cars with lights on at the taxi stand. I ran to the corner to see what had happened. Sadly one of Union City's finest gave his life for us. Ironically Rapid-O taxi was owned by a fellow police officer Nelson (don't recall his last name).

Officer Guirado you have been in a much nicer place since your EOW. God Bless....

Dan Perez
Former citizen UCNJ

October 6, 2011

Nicky, I was a 22 year old Special Officer on Nov 4, 1974 and remember being called in early to report for duty. Nothing else was said on the phone. I remember walking into HQ and seeing every man on the department standing around & waiting. Sandy Saunders gave me the terrible news about you. I will never forget that moment.

I always remember the conversations with you when you came into my parent's restaurant to eat. You were always made my mother & father smile and full of advice to me.

I left the Special Officer job in '78 and returned to UCPD on May 8, 1981 as a regular Police Officer. I did my duty for 30 years and retired on June 30,2011. During that time, I would often think of you and how some of the advice you gave me, when I was just a kid, held true.

I passed on what I learned from you, Sandy Saunders, Mark Fusco, Vic Sismondo, Lenny Kaufman, Mike Bergbauer and Charlie Kohrherr, especially after I was promoted to Sergeant. You all left an impression on me and I pray to God that I left that same impression on the men I supervised.

God Bless You, Nicky. The good ones are never forgotten.

Chick

Sgt Andrew "Chick" Pisani (ret)
Union City, NJ PD

August 30, 2011

Miguel I mentioned you today talking with friends in Jersey whom one has a brother in law in the UCPD.
You would be proud of your kids the girls all doing fine and Mike who went to Special Forces and became a physician and Maria who has had alziemhers for years and in May had a falsh back talking with me and asked me about you.
God rest your soul in peace.

Frank J. Carrillo
Kin in law

August 28, 2011

Happy Father's Day :( You now have a Great Grandson. Wish you could be here to see how beautiful he is.

Michelle Guirado
Daughter

June 16, 2011

Nick,
Today as two Miami Dade officers were kill in the line of duty
I remember that day in November 36 years ago when a criminal took your life.
I will never forget you my dear friend.
Maritza Ramirez
Miami, Fl

Anonymous

January 20, 2011

Dear Mr. Guirado,

Although I was never given the privilege to meet you, I know your baby daughter Michelle. I am sure you would have been so proud of the great woman she has become.

You are a true hero. May you rest in peace and may God bless your soul.

Love,
Aida Castellano

Aida Castellano
Friend of daughter

March 25, 2010

Love you always, Dad! Happy Father's Day! :*(

Michelle Guirado
Daughter

June 21, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the month & year that I was hired. While it's been many years since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Detective Guirado.

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 19, 2008

I remember the day our family lost this great man. I was only 11 but I can still remember my mother and father crying in the kitchen and I, thinking of my cousins and the pain they must have been going through. I was always in awe of this great man while he was alive, but even more after he made the ultimate sacrifice for the love of the people he protected day to day. Rest in Peace Tio Miguel, (Nick), I'm now 45 but I will never forget you for as long as live.

Alex Souza
Nephew

December 16, 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
Sergeant
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 13, 2007

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