Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Joseph C. Hagel

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, March 15, 1961

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Reflections for Patrolman Joseph C. Hagel

Patrolman Hagel,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Newark. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 15, 2021

MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES... There isn’t many that will ever understand the belly of the beast until you’ve made your way to the South.

- 123rd.

Thank you

July 15, 2019

I still remember the early morning the phone call came. We were all in shock. I remember every moment of his wake. As he has always been my hero, I dedicated our November 2014 commission meeting to him and his family. Peace be with you and your family Uncle Joe.

Robert Hagel Public Safety Commissioner

December 25, 2015

R.I.P. Officer you are not forgotten, my great Uncle, William P Duffy probably served with you. 1922-1959

Newark EMS

June 3, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 50th 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 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 California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 15, 2012

He was my Grandfather, I was in 3rd grade when it happened my Mom his daughter was never the same.

He not only was ready to retire it was his wedding anniversary to my grandmother. Even though I was young I still remember the impact it had on everyone.
You are safe with God now...

Kathy Elliott

November 22, 2011

you were obviously passionate about being a police officer, 37 years of service shows a strong desire to serve and protect. God Bless you for your sacrifice. NEVER FORGOTTEN


April 3, 2011

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in Newark is attempting to locate members of the Hagel family, please contact us at your earliest convenience, thank you.

Jim Stewart Jr
Newark Police FOP

June 3, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 15, 2010

Over a year before I was born you paid the supreme price with your brave sacrifice for your fellow citizens. Time has not diminished your sacrifice sir. God bless and thank you, we have the watch from here.

Chief JA Millan
Galena AK PD

August 27, 2008

You were highlighted on this website today. Time has not diminished your
sacrifice or service. I am so sorry you never got to enjoy your well deserved
retirement. In 37 years, you went above and beyond your duty. Thanks for
your commitment and dedication. My hat is off to you!
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

April 26, 2008



March 16, 2008

Rest in peace my brother.

Kevin T Ryan
Ex NJ Cop

March 15, 2008

God bless you and your family

Cranford Police Dept (NJ)

July 2, 2007

We here at the Newark Police Museum will keep your memory alive forever. Thank you for your faithful and dedicated service and rest in peace.

Curator Edward J. Dalley, Sr.
Newark Police Museum

July 23, 2006


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. No officer who gives his/her life for us need ever be forgotton. You died a hero; rest in peace.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

April 11, 2004

Joseph was killed 2 days after I was sworn in as a Detroit Police officer to start a 34 year career in law enforcement. Rest in Peace Joe. You did your duty bravely.

David A. Wright Special Agent in Charge
U.S.Customs Service

March 20, 2004

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