Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Steven M. Shaw

Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Thursday, February 3, 1994

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Reflections for Sergeant Steven M. Shaw

Steven, 29 years have have gone by & you are sadly missed. We will never forget

Vincenza Slinko
Sister in law

February 6, 2023

I changed the trajectory of my life around Sergeant Steven M Shaw .

Mr. Jose Rodriguez

August 25, 2022

I was on the Fall River Police dept. at the time of Off. Shaw's death! Myself and numerous officers from the Fall River Police Dept. attended his funeral that cold Feb. day!! Will never forget it! R.I.P. Off. Stanley
M Sarna, Retired F.R.P.D, Date 5/29/22.

Stanley M Sarna, Ret. P.O.
Fall River Police Dept.

May 29, 2022

I know you know this already, but I still think of you every single day. I will never forget getting the call that you had been shot and I still feel short of breath and nauseous anytime I think about the call that said they couldn’t save you.

It was hard to process after you’d been gone only days, weeks and months and now we are here.......26 long years have gone by without you. 26 years since I last heard your voice or saw your smile.
You will be in my heart as long as it is beating.

Very close friend

February 4, 2021

My daughter was born at Woman and Infants the night that Steven Shaw was sit and killed. On her birthday each year I think of him and say a prayer.


February 3, 2021

I was in the er at Rhode island hospital the night he was shot. I saw buddy cianci shove a reporter, I saw his partner holding his gun belt. I was on the run from campEHunTee in Exeter Rhode island, a outdoor program for wayward boys. I was 17 , I grew up in lincoln, I can say this... It was a er visit I'll rember for the rest of my life. My heart goes out to the family and loved ones of Steve shaw.

Jay barney
No relation

October 12, 2020

Steve was our lunch mate in high school.
He will always be remembered as a good guy!

Mike MacDonald

September 22, 2020

Seven was such a great person from a great family!! Taken away too soon. You're still in my prayers old friend.

Albert Pennacchia

June 20, 2020

Thank you for you service Steven. May you Rest In Peace. May god bless our boys in blue.

Joy Daignault
Friend of family

February 5, 2020

Steve was a friend of mine, was in the same Marine platoon, and was a fellow cop. Here I am, a little more than a month away from retiring from my department after nearly three decades, and I still remember the snow piled on my uniform hat at his funeral, the slush freezing my feet. And the pictures in his casket at his wake, of his time in the Marines. And my tiny, smiling face looking back at me from in that casket while I saluted my brother for the last time. Not a day goes by...

Officer JB Stern
Springfield, Massachusetts Police Department

February 3, 2020

Sgt. Shaw,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Providence. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 3, 2019

Sergeant Shaw, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 2, 2019

I've had the honor of meeting your father in law recently(2017) He is the sweetest person and talks about you regularly. Even still his heart is full of love and pride when he tells me your stories. You are remembered and missed!

Officer Wendy L Knowlton
RI Environmentl Police Officer

July 1, 2018

It was really cold and snow was on the ground when we took Steve to his final resting place after the funeral mass. We walk to the cemetery about two mikes away. Upon entering Pocasset Ave from Moorfield Street I saw about five thousand police officers from all over the country paying tribute to our fallen officer. I was no longer cold my heart was filled warm emotion that sustains me to this day.

Bob Kells Sr.
Providence Police Captain retired

February 2, 2018

For no reason in particular I was recalling the night and the Funeral. The solemnity and powerful silence of the procession. The brutality of the cold and the snow. The eerie echo of the horseshoes striking the pavement throughout the streets of Silver Lake. The beautiful rendition of Knockin' On Heaven's Door at the mass. "Momma take this badge off of me, I can't use it anymore. It's gettin' dark, too dark to see. I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door".


November 15, 2015

21 years have passed i cant believe it you are and will forever be missed we love you Steven please continue to watch over our until we meet again RIP xoxo

Kathy Grafton

February 3, 2015

We have never met, but I did meet your father and was his room mate at the COPS Parents Retreat. Know that he gives others who are grieving a chance to forget their problems for a short time and laugh a little. When he enters the room filled with parents who have lost officers, the shroud of darkness is immediately lifted by his spirit that he shares with all of us. Through him you will never be forgotten. Continue to keep watch over him and all of your loved ones. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

October 29, 2013

The day you were shot and killed in the line of duty, word started to trickle in to the troops at the Fall River Police Department, some time later the sad information was confirmed. I was a young street cop and it gave me pause (being so close to home).

The FRPD went to your funeral with heavy numbers ( around 200) and with heavy hearts. The PPD and the FRPD bonded that day and night, and we grieved for you like only law enforcement know how to grieve.

Incredibly, several months later Patrolman Tommy Giunta of the FRPD was shot and killed in the line of duty. Again, another tragedy and another funeral; and a strengthening of those bonds.

Two great men, serving two great cities and their people. We all miss you both, however, we hold you both in the highest regard and admire your steadfast bravery, courage and dedication to duty.

Rest in peace my brothers, we will care for those you left behind; it's our duty.

Chief Daniel S Ravine
City of Fall River Police

June 8, 2013

Sgt. Shaw, this year I had the privilege of sitting next to your dad at the candlelight vigil in DC. Your death is still painful for him, but the courage and compassion he displays is a reminder to me why I go to DC every year.

Rest easy brother.

Lt. Rick Dietz
High Point NC Police Department (Ret)

May 15, 2013

I just finished reading through all the reflections for Steven from over the years. I am surprised (although I shouldn't be) at how many people's lives Steven has touched before and after his death. He continues to do his good works through all of us. We miss you very much Steven and keep influencing us to do your good.

Bessie Shaw

February 3, 2013

Steven was so special. He had left such an impression in my life and in all of us. His ways, his personality,love & compassion for life will fellow all of us forever.
We love you Steven. So sad that you were taken from us.
Never to be forgotten........
Love you forever.

Enza Conte Slinko
Sister in law

April 21, 2012

Steve, not a day goes by when you don't cross my mind. The afternoon when you came to me over an issue with your pepper-spray, the night you called because you were driving a police car without a hub-cap, or the fact that bad guys all over South Providence called you pac-man for your dogged pursuit of them and their activities are all good memories. I remember how happy you were to be buying your first house with Maria and going over the pucrchase and sale agreement with you after roll-call. My last two memories are you coming through the line at my Dad's wake and that horrible call I got the following night telling me to get to the hospital because you were shot...It was one of the only bad days I ever had as a police officer. You gave it all my friend. Rest in Peace

Captain Jack Ryan (Ret)
Providence Police Department

October 26, 2011

I never knew Steven or his family, but will remember him always. I was at W&I hospital that night delivering my first son. As happy as I was, I was also terribly saddened by this tragedy. Please know I think of you all often.

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Shaw~


August 24, 2011

Steven....I will never forget the day we all walked with you to your final resting place. Hundreds of people, civilians, police and family...and among all of the faces there was only sorrow and tears. I will never forget you or how happy you made my cousin Maria. Happy birthday, you will always be in my heart.
Til we meet again cousin.

wife's cousin

August 15, 2011

I met your father at the Police Memorial Parade several years ago when I was there representing my Department. He spoke very proudly of you. I looked him up for the next 4 years when we came for the parade and I carried his memories and stories of you throughout my career. Today is Illinois Police Memorial Day and I proudly wear your ID plate, #553, on my shirt. I wish I could have met you in this lifetime but I am sure I will meet you in the next. Rest in Peace my brother.

Master Sergeant Mike Schneider
Illinois State Police

May 5, 2011

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