Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Philip Joseph Lamonaco

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, December 21, 1981

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Reflections for Trooper Philip Joseph Lamonaco

I re-read about this hero’s last day. And of how he valiantly fought back.
You are not forgotten…

Officer John Carp USDOJ ret.
United States Department of Justice

December 22, 2021

I remember reading about you in a book in my school library in the late 1980s in Millburn NJ. You were a Marine Veteran who served in Vietnam and were from beighboring Union, NJ. I have always remembered your name and story since I was a little boy. We won't forget you. May you RIP.

Francis Scheets
New Jersey citizen

December 21, 2021

It was forty years ago today ... you are not forgotten.

Virtute spes est.

Sgt. Gregory Paul (ret.)
Woodbridge (NJ) Police Dept.

December 21, 2021

Monday, December 21, 2020. End of Watch, 39 years ago today.

You are gone, but NEVER forgotten Trooper Lamonaco. Rest In Peace.

Steven J. Boggess
Civilian

December 21, 2020

I was on duty the night of your murder. I was with the Stroud Township Police in Pa. not far from where you were shot. The people responsible for your death lived only a few miles from my jurisdiction. When the bulletin was prodcast about the shooting and what to look for I remember thinking does he have a family and how bad I felt for them. I’m retired now I pass by your monument often and think of you and your family. Rest In Peace

Sgt retired
Stroud Area Regional Police

August 23, 2020

Trooper Lamonaco,

- I was a little girl when you were
tragically taken.

-My parents were with you & your wife
at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball that
year.

-My father was in the Marine Corps
Color Guard at your funeral. My
parents still have a newspaper from
your funeral with my father in his dress
blues on the front page. The picture is
heartbreaking.

-You will never be forgotten! R. I. P.

~ Proud Daughter of SGTMAJ Carlos
“Rick” Hughes, USMC Retired

~ Proud Sister of Carlos Hughes Jr
MCPO III, New Bern Police
Department, NC

Kimberly Hughes Carter
Daughter of Rick & Theresa Hughes

March 28, 2020

Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Ptl. Don Whicker
South Brunswick Police Department, NJ

September 25, 2019

Phil’s great family moved across the street from me when he was about 9 yrs old. I knew him before he was a Marine or a Trooper. We learned with our families together what life and service was. My Dad was a reference when Phil pursued being a trooper after serving in Vietnam - his loss to our Country was enormous - the loss to his wife, children, family and friends a devastation. We carry on in his spirit & honor and pray & support all who measure up to his commitment and service going forward. A one of a kind human being - a role model & mentor for all who support and wear the badge. Namaste.

Peachie Pelican
Friend - Lincoln Av. RPNJ

September 3, 2019

One of the killers of Trooper Lamonaco (Thomas Manning) has died in prison at the age of 73. He died of natural causes after serving more than 30 years of his sentence.

Anonymous

August 4, 2019

I passed this scene that night (I was 13) with my mom on our way home to Queens for Christmas. When we saw all the red lights flashing we knew it was something very serious (mom was with the NYPD 20 years at that time). I never knew anything about it or what took place that night until years later when I saw the episode on the FBI Files. RIP Trooper Philip Joseph Lamonaco.

Sgt Paul M. Wilson (ret)
Spanish Fort Police Dept. Spanish Fort, Alabama

July 13, 2019

My father went to high school with Phil, and became a Trooper partly because Phil became one. My father always spoke very highly of Phil when I was a child and still does, I was only 1 when he was killed, so I never met or knew any of his family. The look on my father face when he spoke about Phil though, I could always tell there was something special about him. He had a code he lived by and it influenced many lives he touched. To one of the Greatest. Keep watching over your Family and us. Gone and Definitely NEVER Forgotten.

D. Gapch
Son of NJSP

May 30, 2019

On April 25,1985 I led an escort of US Federal Marshals from the Virginia Beach City Jail here in Virginia to the federal courthouse in Norfolk.
He had been captured the day before with his wife at a rental property.
I also kept detailed info on his killer in my notebook and the groups movements.

It was gratifying to be part of this mans capture. Partly because I lost my twin brother LAPD Off Duane C. Kohnson, EOW 12-19-1984

May Tpr Lamonaco Rest In Peace.

MPO Dana Jonson, retired
Virginia Beach Police Dept.

October 24, 2018

I was working the night Trooper Lamonaco was killed. I was posted at an exit of Rt 80 during the initial call.
I met Trooper Lamonaco a couple of times .
May God watch over Trooper Lamonaco and family

Captain James Staszak (Retired)
Rockaway Twp Police

April 29, 2018

I was only 13 years old the day that Tpr. Lamonaco was gunned down on the side of a lonely, rural NJ interstate. It was about that same time that I had decided I too wanted to one day become a law enforcement officer, & serve my community, just as Trp. Lamonaco had done before me. I vividly remember the feelings of both sadness & anger when I learned that this decorated Trooper had been cut down in his prime by a couple of radical, domestic terrorists. I used to think often of what more he could have accomplished, & how high he could have risen in the ranks of the NJSP, if not for that fateful encounter that cost him his life.

Now retired, after 25 years as a NJ municipal police officer, I again often think of Trp. Lamonaco & the other thousands of my brothers & sisters in blue who were denied the retirement I'm enjoying because of their unwavering allegiance to their oath, & a commitment to something bigger than themselves.

God bless & RIP.

Sgt. Gregory Paul (Ret.)
Woodbridge Twp. PD

December 21, 2017

I attended the funeral for Trooper Lamonaco and will always remember his young children sitting in the front row at the funeral home. Having two children of my own, I
could not even imagine the pain that family was enduring that day. Every year since, members of the Cedar Grove PD
visit the site along Rt 80 and place a Christmas wreath.
Trooper Lamonaco was out gunned that day. As a result, many police departments switched from revolvers to automatic hand guns (including Cedar Grove PD).
God bless the Lamonaco family and all law enforcement families throughout the USA. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Lt Russell Van Zile (Retired)
Cedar Grove Police Dept.

November 21, 2017

I was only a teenager living in the Philadelphia area when Trooper Lamonaco was killed, but I still remember the deep sense of shock that people felt when the news of his murder came. It was made worse by the loss of Lt. Pagano days later. That was a time when our society didn't glamorize criminals, drugs and so-called "gangsters." The killing of a police officer anywhere in the country made national news, and all good people mourned their loss. For the families of these heroes, it is important that they know they will never be forgotten.

None
None

October 5, 2017

Not an officer just a New York resident traveling to PA and I stopped to see what the memorial was for and wondered why it was set up. Took a picture and decided to follow up at a later date which was this evening. Read all that happened including the related loss of Lieutenant Lester Amos Pagano during his investigation. So many years later. I am grateful that the memorial is maintained so people like myself can learn of the sacrifice you all make including the surviving families. Thank you Very much for all you do and always prays for Both Lieutenant Lester Amos Pagano and Trooper Philip Joseph Lamonaco and their families.

None
None

September 20, 2017

I knew Phil from High School; an avid weight lifter. Yet, he was a gentleman; much unlike the many HS bullies. I respected him for that then & now. RIP & see you in Heaven Phil.

Michael Piccolo, citizen
High School classmate

October 13, 2016

I knew Phil when he patrolled the Garden State Parkway in The 1970's. We were surprised to find we lived only a few blocks from one another in Roselle Park. He was building his home in Northwest NJ at the time.

He was a Trooper's, Trooper. A man's man. I keep a small whisk broom in my car, so I can dust up Phil's memorial on I 80 when I pass by. I think of him often, and remember his professionalism and compassion on the job.

No finer man walked this earth. He will be remembered for generations to come. God bless his wonderful family.

Mark Russo
Green Brook, NJ

July 19, 2016

I was a Detective at the time of Trooper Lamonaco's murder. I can remember my anger and desire for revenge.

Detective
Madison Police Department

December 21, 2015

Living in Hackettstown and 28 years old .....when I was watching NBC News and they reported this tragedy. I could not believe that such a tragedy would happen so close to home.....out here in the middle of nowhere. I became very concerned for the safety of my Mom, Dad and Sister who where living in Mt Bethel Pa at the time...so I called to check. I was so touched and intrigued by Officer Lamonaco and his courage that I had to see the Trial in Somerville. I remember seeing the strength and poise of Mrs Lamonaco while sitting in court. What an amazing woman she is to remain active after all these years in supporting other Families and Law Enforcement. God Bless America and the Lamonaco Family! and

Ed Wehmeyer
Hackettstown Resident

December 21, 2015

I was born about 9 years after Trooper Lamonaco was killed and I am a native of the West Coast but I have friends from New Jersey and they have told me what a legend Trooper Lamonaco was. So even though I didn't know you I want to say thank you for your service and you have my upmost respect Trooper Lamonaco.

Patrol Officer Micah Smith
The Mall At Steam Town Security Department

December 3, 2015

For many years, at holiday time, I drove Rt80 from NYC en route to Binghamton. On Dec 22,1981 nearing the Water Gap I saw many, many uniformed and regular men searching an area beside the highway . That was the place where the tragedy occurred. They were looking for evidence. I always remember Tpr Lamonaco at holiday time and whenever I travel this road. I look for his memory marker around mile 7. I passed there today (11/11/15) and he was in my thoughts.

Judith Silverman
Passerby

November 11, 2015

I was a young trooper when this cowardly crime occurred. Even though i never met Trooper Lamonaco, his memory has remained with me since his death. A brother will always be missed.

Sgt. Robert G. Van damm
Vermont State Police {retired)

December 22, 2014

My father was a Sgt. 1st Class in the NJSP and assigned to the Fugitive Unit when Trooper Lamonaco was killed. I was a teenager and had many nights when my father was on stakeouts, searching for Manning and his accomplices. Trooper Lamonaco's name has always been engrained in my memory because Troopers take care of each other and as children, we were all part of the NJSP family. My thoughts are with his surviving family.

Michael J. Popovitch, Jr.
Son of Lt. Michael J. Popovitch, NJSP

December 17, 2014

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