Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Thomas J. Kennedy

Orangetown Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, August 2, 1973

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Reflections for Patrolman Thomas J. Kennedy

Rest in peace knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 2, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Kennedy.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 1, 2019

I was just a kid when my cousin Tommy was killed. I will never forget my uncle coming to the house to tell us. And then the funeral. That was the first funeral I had ever been to. I was scared, sad and mad all st the same time. That was when I heard TAPS again for the first time I started to cry. To this day when ever I hear TAPS no matter who it’s for it brings me back to that day. A day I don’t want to remember but a day I will never forget. So proud to call him my cousin.

Sherryl Hough Fleming

August 2, 2018

He was taken from us when I was only 1, too young to form any memories. I have always felt, and will always feel, cheated by the man who did this. But I am so proud of his bravery and sacrifice, and I can only hope he's looking down proud of the man I've become.

Thomas J Kennedy Jr

August 2, 2018

Our hearts can never be repaired

Marguerite Kennedy Deboyace

August 2, 2018

May God rest your soul. Thanks for your service.

Peter Kennedy

October 30, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 26, 2013

I was 10 years old when Uncle Tom was killed. I still can recollect the moment sitting on my bed with my dad when he told me "God had taken him". Even at such a young age I was aware he was just becoming the great man he was meant to be. There is no justice to replace what the world, Orangetown and my family lost that night.

Ralph Perrotto

August 3, 2012



January 29, 2012

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

Robyn Wilkes

July 30, 2009

"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 20, 2007

Always remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

August 2, 2007

I have always worried for the officers who are out there directing traffic. Now I realize why I worry so much. People should pay more attention when they drive, shouldn't they? My heart goes out to you and yours, wherever they may be today. Rest in Peace, while guarding the gates of Heaven. And thanks so much for your service. It will never be forgotten

Susan Gratton
concerned citizen

June 7, 2004

Never to be forgotten.......


November 6, 2003

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