Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer David Guttenberg

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, December 28, 1978

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Reflections for Police Officer David Guttenberg

Patrolman David Guttenberg.... We never met in this life..... Although at times, I felt you with me in spirit guiding me through the years. Our journey began in 2007 when I became a Volunteer Auxiliary in your 68th Precinct. I passed by your memorial plaque often when I went out on foot patrol heading to 86 street. As the years went on, I wondered why you weren't honored properly in the community where you served and gave your life. Fast Forward to 2017 and 40 years Later, that oversight was corrected and you were finally honored.

I have had the privilege to get to know your kids and grandkids and I am very thankful for that. They are the sweetest and most kind. You would be very proud of them! You are and will continue to be my hero and blue guardian angel in blue!

Christian Durante
Retired NYPD Auxiliary Police Sergeant
68th Pct
DHS Federal Employee

December 27, 2023

Rest in peace.


December 29, 2020

Rest In Peace . Your sacrifice is never forgotten . I pray for your family .

Brendan O’Hara
Ret. Nypd

December 28, 2020

Today, as your birthday approaches on August 21st, I am thinking about you a lot, Dad. All the years you missed and we missed by not having you here with us. We all need you and you were taken away from us. My sadness never goes away. It's so unfair that the accomplice who assisted in taking your life away is walking the streets now, free to enjoy his family. If you kill a cop or assist in the killing of a police officer, it should be a life sentence. My dad got a life sentence. I miss you, Dad. Love, your daughter, Ilene

Ilene Triestman

August 17, 2020

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Officer Guttenberg.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 12, 2020

Today marks the anniversary of your last patrol for the city, especially Bay Ridge Brooklyn. Prayers and thoughts are extend to you and your family as the day turns into night and we remember. Rest in Peace.

PO Porcello

December 28, 2019

Patrolman Guttenberg, I never had the honor of meeting you. However, for the last 21 years, I enter the doors of the 68 stationhouse and am reminded of your sacrifice along with others. Today is 40 years ago that you were snatched from this earth, but somehow I know that you are with us and your family. The saying goes... "Never Forget". We won't forget and will continue to remeber and pass your life along to the new officers that will become your brothers and sisters. Rest in peace and thank you for your service to our country, community and the NYPD.


December 28, 2018

Officer Guttenberg,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 28, 2018

I was a young man when Officer Gutenberg patrolled 86th Street in Bay Ridge. I worked in a store on that busy block and had frequent conversations with him. He was such a great guy and honest. Here I am so many years later recalling a man that I briefly knew but made a lifetime impact on me.
Such a waste of life.

Angelo Giusti

May 7, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

December 29, 2017

To The Guttenberg Family:

It was an honor to be in your presence on Saturday. I knew Dave from the Traffic Division and from The Shomrim Society. It saddens me when any Police Officer is killed. It saddened me even more because I knew him personally, admired and respected him.

He was an inspiration to young cops and to me a fellow Jewish Police Officer. May his memory be for a blessing and never forgotten.

E. Harold Schiffer
Retired Detective NYPD
Past President Shomrim Society 1983

Retired Detective : E. Harold Schiffer
NYPD & USNYPD andUnited States Merchant Marine Academy PD: Friend

October 24, 2017

Today Police Officer David Guttenberg, you received an honor.thatbshould have been bestowed upon you 39 years ago. The street naming in your honor Patrolman David Guttenberg Way a testament to.generations of Officers and those that loved you as a place of honor not of loss. Thank you A. Police SGt Durante for your unwavering support and dedicated service to preserve his memory.

D.O. Scott C. Weems

October 21, 2017

Dave was just nice person.

Po. Tony speciale
Nypd 68pct retired

October 20, 2017

My thoughts and condolences to the family of PO Guttenberg. You are but one of many unsung heros of our profession. I love, admire and respect you and your sacrifice. May God grant you eternal rest and peace.

Detective Michael DeFelice, Retired
New York City Police Department

September 16, 2017

God bless you brother. When I was a kid growing up in the 70s it seemed as though Police Officers were killed way to frequently, as my mother would watch the eye witness news at 6pm. All too often the news would start with a picture of a slain officer, and as a kid I would say to myself, why would anyone want such a dangerous job, way too scary. In 1992, I became one of New York's finest and retired in 2010, and owe it to officers like P.O Guttenberg, for paving the the way for me, and tried to be half the officer they were. God bless P.O Guttenberg, Rest in peace brother, you're never forgotten, and God bless your family. Thank you.

Ret P.O David Biondi

September 11, 2017

I have a heavy heart today, remembering 12/28/1978 when my father, Office David Gutenberg, was killed. Nothing was ever the same. Dad was 49 years young. He never got to see any of his four children get married and he never met any of his seven grandchildren. The pain never goes away. I love you very much, Dad and think of you every day. Wish you were here. Feeling sad today. RIP Dad

Ilene Guttenberg Triestman

December 29, 2016

My heart is heavy today as I remember 12/28/1978, the day my father, Police Officer David Guttenberg was shot and killed. He was the young age of 49 years old. Dad never got to see any of his four children get married and he never got to meet any of his grandchildren. The pain never goes away. I miss him every day. Feeling sad today.

Ilene Guttenberg Triestman

December 28, 2016

Rest in Peace my brother.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

December 28, 2016

It gives me some comfort that at least the actual shooter died in prison. 36 years in prison for a lookout seems satisfactory I guess but it is something


July 27, 2016

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

Robyn Wilkes

December 13, 2015

Uncle Davey, I gave tribute to you again on the floor of the Alaska Legislature.

Rep.David Guttenberg
Nephew/Alaska State Representative

March 14, 2015

I grew up in Bay Ridge and met PO Guttenberg a few times while I was working security at Victory Memorial Hospital. He was one of the officers whose example guided me into the profession. I have been serving since 1983. God bless his memory always.

Lt. John E. Gregory

December 30, 2014

I thought of your dad today when I heard about the two officers in NYPD who were killed. That's when I found this page. I remember that night too well, how he was only trying to help someone and walked in on a crime in progress. How senseless it all was. How hard my mom cried for him and all of you. He was such a good friend and neighbor to my parents and so proud of his wife and four children. I never forgot your dad, never forgot his senseless loss and have never forgotten to say thank you to police officers, in part because of him. My five year old shakes every officer's hand and thank him/her for their service, for being brave and for keeping us safe. I will say a prayer for him next week and also one for his fellow officers in blue who risk their lives every day.

Fran Feldman Walish

December 21, 2014

Officer Guttenberg, I never had the honor of knowing you. you passed before I was born. Passing by your memorial plaque and doing research about your Heroic Sacrifice and making sure your precinct memorial is full of tributes is a personal mission of mine. The officers and neighborhood people I have interviewed for your memorial all spoke highly of you and what you stood for. Interview after Interview, They all said "David was a gentleman who would do anything for anybody in need". 34 years later, You are still missed by your fellow officers both active and retired. As Long as I walk this blessed earth and serve in your command, Your Story, The type of person you were and the memories people had of you will be told to future generations of officers. I am honored to volunteer where you served. You are a Hero to the 68th Precinct, The Bay Ridge Community.

A/P.O. Christian Durante
NYPD Auxiliary Police 68th Precinct

September 4, 2013



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