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

Dear Donna and Sarah,

God Bless the both of you. I didn't know Trooper Lamonaco but I can say with great confidence that he is so proud of the both of you and can't wait to see the both of you again. It's something all Police Officers want when they leave for work. They can't wait to get home to see the one's they love. You are a great woman and the work you are doing will always be remembered as will the greatness of your husband, New Jersey State Trooper Philip Joseph Lamonaco.

God Bless and stay strong,
Lt. L Branda
MTPD

Lt. Louis F. Branda
Monroe Twp. PD Gloucester County

September 16, 2006

HI MY LOVE,

WELL I'M AT IT AGAIN....BUT YOU KNOW THAT...YOU HAD IN THE SHUT DOWN I KNOW YOU DID...HONEY I DO HOPE YOU ARE PROUD OF ME AND THE WORK I'M DOING. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND MISSING YOU IS KILLING ME...BUT NO ONE, AND I MEAN NO ONE WILL SPIT ON MY BABY AND WHAT HE STOOD FOR.
YOU WOULD BE SO PROUD OF ALL THE LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDING BEHIND ME AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF YOU AND WHAT YOU STOOD FOR.

I'M HAVING A SPECIAL UNVAILING AT THE SITE ON RT 80 FOR YOU THIS DECEMBER. YOUR FRIEND CARL MEIER HAS BEEN WONDERFUL AND IS HELPING ALONG WIHT MARY BETH. IT WILL BE THE BEST TRIBUTE FOR YOU...ALL CAN SEE AND REMEMBER WHAT THOSE SCUM BAGS DID TO YOU AND ALL OF US.

PRAY FOR ME TOMORROW AS I ADVENTURE TO MAINE, I HAVE A GOAL AND I WILL SEE IT TO THE END.

LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER DONNA
PS. REMEMBER OUR ONE AND ONLY VACATION WE TOOK AND IT WAS UP IN MAINE, HOW IRONIC THAT THIS IS WHERE I WILL BE KICKING ASS TO ANYONE WHO STEPS ON MY BABY'S NAME.

DONNA LAMONACO
WIFE OF PHIL

September 14, 2006

Sarah:

You may not remeber me, but I have talked with you at NPW many times, I will be there to meet your mom when she gets to Maine, we (COPS) and your dad will take care of her and be there, I talked with your mom Monday nighton the phone, so sounded strong and she will be fine.

I want you both to know that the Maine Law Enforcement Family of sickened by this so called Art Exhibit . Sarah & Donna, our thoughts and prayers are with you this week. Again, I will be there on Friday.

Howard CookDPS/BLE retired

Howard E. Cooke, Jr.
Maine DPS/BLE

September 13, 2006

Trooper Lamonaco
Your service will not be forgotten. God bless you and your family.

Maine LEO

September 13, 2006

MRS. LAMONACO AND SARAH,
I JUST GOT DONE READING THE ARTICLE IN TODAYS STAR LEDGER. I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS. THERE WAS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE A PRESENTATION OF THIS SCUMS ART. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE. BUT, ONCE AGAIN, MRS LAMONACOS' VOICE WAS HEARD. I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE IT WOULD EVEN BE CONSIDERED IN THE FIRST PLACE. THIS GUY SHOULDN'T EVEN BE ALLOWED TO BREATHE, MUCH LESS DRAW OR PAINT, OR WHATEVER IT IS HE DOES. AND THIS "POLITICAL PRISONER" B.S. IT SICKENS ME. HE'S A STONE COLD MURDERER, AND NOTHING ELSE. HE'S NOT EVEN "WHERE HE BELONGS". HE SHOULD BE BURNING IN HELL, NOT LIVING AT OUR EXPENSE IN PRISON.
MRS. LAMONACO, I KNOW IT TAKES ABOUT EVERY OUNCE OF YOUR STRENGTH TO DO WHAT YOU DO. BUT THANK GOD YOU DO.
SARAH, I'M ALMOST DUE FOR A CUT, SO I'LL BE IN TOUCH VIA EMAIL TO SET IT UP.
TAKE GOOD CARE. I THINK OF YOU FOLKS OFTEN

JIM SWEENEY CIVILIAN NEW JERSEY
A FRIEND TO ALL PEACE OFFICERS

September 10, 2006

HI DAD,
WELL AS YOU HAVE HEAR YOUR NAME WAS IN THE PAPER AGAIN, NOT NOT BECAUSE OF A GOOD THING BUT BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN MANNING...BUT HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED HE GOT REJECTED,THANK GOD. IT IS SO HARD FOR ME TO READ THAT STUFF AND WONDER WHO IN THE RIGHT MIND WOULD ALLOW THAT, IT IS NOT FAIR TO US AND MOSTLY TO YOU. IT IS SAD THAT THIS HAD TO HAPPEN BUT I AM SO THANKFUL THAT IT IS NOT HAPPENING.
DAD I MISS YOU AND WANT TO TALK TO YOU SO BAD, I NEED A DAD'S ADVICE SO BAD I KNOW YOU HEAR ME BUT I NEED TO HEAR YOU. THIS WHOLE THING HAS MADE MY EMOTIONS RUN WILD AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEM AND WHERE TO PUT THEM. GOD I MISS YOU DAD. PLEASE WATCH OVER MOM AS SHE TRAVELS TO MAINE, I DONT WANT HER TO GO BUT I KNOW FOR HER SHE HAS TO AND I UNDERSTAND THAT BUT I AM JUST SO SCARED FOR HER, THESE PEOPLE ARE ALL OVER SO PLEASR WATCH OVER HER...TOMMORROW IS 9 11 AND I AM GOING INTO NY TO BE WITH THE PADA. PLEASE TELL GEORGE HOWARD I WILL BE WITH HIS SON CHRIS TOMMORROW AND HELP HIM IN ANY WAY..I LOVE YOU DADDY AND KNOW THAT YOUR FAMILY WILL FIGHT FOR YOU TIL OUR DYING DAY AND NO ONE WILL WALK ALL OVER OUR NAME, THAT I PROMIS YOU.
TALK TO YOU SOON
LOVE ALWAYS
YOUR LITTLE GIRL

SARAH LAMONACO
DAUGHTER OF TROOPER LAMONACO

September 10, 2006

I want to let you know that all Maine Law enforcement officers made every effort to make sure that the people of Maine know that USM was catering to a murderer. Phil, this was done in your honor and we did it!!! You are a true hero.

Maine Investigator

September 9, 2006

HI MY LOVE, ALL I CAN SAY IS "THANK YOU". I KNOW IT WAS YOU AND YOUR ANGELS THAT HELPED TO MAKE THIS ALL HAPPEN THE WAY IT DID. I HAD JUST FINISHED MAKING CHANGES IN MY FLIGHT TO WISCONSIN FOR THE GREEN BAY GAME WITH SUE WHEN I RECEIVED THE CALL ABOUT THE "VICTORY GARDEN SOMETHING" THAT WAS HAVE THE ART GALLERY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE. IT WAS CALLED "POLITICAL PRISONS" AND THE SKETCHINGS, DRAWINGS, AND SELF PORTRAIT WERE ALL DONE BY YOU GUESSED IT. THOMAS MANNING. IT'S BETTER HON, THE 15TH OF SEPT THEY WERE HAVE LEVASURE AS THE GUEST SPEAKER. I SWORE I WOULD NOT LET THIS HAPPEN WITHOUT ALL MY ENERGY AND STRENGTH TO STOP IT. SO I CHANGED MY FLIGHT PLANS AND I'M ARRIVING IN MAINE ON FRIDAY.
THIS AFTERNOON I GET THE PHONE CALL FROM PAUL, GEORGE AND BOB UP IN MAINE THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY HAS PULLED THE WHOLE PROGRAM. THEY ALL HEARD ABOUT THE GATHERING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM ALL OVER, THE LETTERS OFOF ANGER AND PROTEST AND THAT I WAS COMING UP.

HE PULLED THE WHOLE SHOW, DO YOU BELIEVE IT? OF COURSE YOU DO YOU AND YOUR ANGELS WERE RIGHT THERE FIGHTING WITH ME.

HONEY I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND MISS YOU EVEN MORE. I HAVE TO ADMIT I WAS A LITTLE CONCERNED, BUT WITH MY LAST DYING BREATH I WAS GOING TO STOP THIS, AND IT HAPPENED.

I'M STILL GOING TO MAINE TO SEE EVERYONE AND PERSONALLY THANK THEM AND I WILL BE SENDING LETTERS TO ALL THE STATES WHO HELPED WITH THIS. HONEY THAT HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN YOU AND AS LONG AS I'M ALIVE THEY NEVER WILL. NO ONE WILL SPIT ON MY BABY AND GET AWAY WITH IT.

POITICAL PRISONERS MY -SS, THEY ARE COMMON LAW CRIMINALS, MURDERERS AND NOTHING MORE. AND WILL NOT ADVOCATE THEIR MURDEROUS UNCONSTITUTIONAL POWERS ON MY COUNTRY.

GOD BLESS YOU MY LOVE, UNTIL I SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS......
I LOVE YOU
DONNA

WIFE OF PHIL LAMONACO

September 8, 2006

Donna,

I finally got to see Phil's story on the FBI Files on Discovery Channel. I accidently came across it while channel surfing. My heart broke for you and your family all over again. You are such a brave woman who is a role model to so many other women. God Bless you for your untiring efforts to try and make the way a little easier for those who have lost loved ones. Thank you for all you have done for my family especially Denise.

Vicki Petrelli
MIL NJ State Trp. Bert Zimmerman, EOW 2/5/04

September 1, 2006

HI MY SWEETHEART, HAVEN'T TALKED TO YOU IN AWHILE. BUSY MONTH WHICH IS WHY I GUESS IT'S GOING FAST. HAD ANOTHER OFFICER KILLED, A DET WITH ORANGE PD. SAD EMOTIONAL FOR ME AS WELL. DIDN'T GO ON THE INITIAL CALL BECAUSE THAT'S WHEN SARAH AN DI WERE IN PT PLEASANT, BY THE WAY WHAT A GREAT 4 DAY VACATION AND BIRTHDAY PRESENT. WE WENT TO SEASIDE AND I TOOK HER PAST YOUR OLD HOUSE AND ON THE BOARDWALK WHERE WE USE TO GO ALL THE TIME. BOY THAT MADE ME MISS YOU SO SO MUCH. BUT I'M SO THANKFUL FOR THOSE MNEMORIES.
ANYWAY, THE ORANGE DET WAS 32, HAD THREE CHILDREN 1 GIRL ABOUT 8, 1 GIRL ABOUT 6 AND A 5 MONTH OLD BOY, SOUND FAMILIAR. I WAS CALLED OUT TO ONE OF RELATIVES WHICH I KNOW YOU KNOW, THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS I KNEW YOU HAD MY BACK. THE VIEWING AND FUNERAL WELL SAD, BUT AREN'T THEY ALL.

ANYWAY, GOT CALLED INTO WORK LAST NIGHT ABOUT 8:30 WAS WATCHING PRE SEASON GIANTS WINNING 7-0 OVER CHIEFS WHEN WE HAD A BLACK FEMALE WITH STOLEN VEHICLE AND ON DRUGS. GOT HOME AT 2:00 BUT COULDN'T SLEEP BECAUSE OF MY COFFEE. OH YEAH YOUR SON HAD TO STOP IN THIS MOTNING AS I WAS LEAVING FOR WORK TO BUST MY CHOPS A LITTLE. HE HEARD WE BROUGHT HER DOWN TO THE NJ STATION IN WASHINGTON FOR DIGITAL FINGERPRINTING. SO HE HAD TO YOU KNOW MICHAEL.

ANYWAY, JUST THINKING ABOUT YOU LOT'S. TOMORROW IS OUR PICNIC NOT SURE HOW MANY ARE COMING NOT MANY REPLIES. DON'T THINK I'LL DO THIS AGAIN, SP ALL SAY THEY WANT TO COME AND I GO WAY OUT AND NOT ALL SHOW UP.

SO MY BOOK IS COMING ALONG, IT WILL TAKE A WHILE I NEED TO WORK WITH EITHER PAUL THE AGENT OR MAYBE A WRITER. SINCE I WON'T HAVE IT OUT FOR YOUR 25 ANNIVERSARY, I'M NOT RUSHING. I WANT IT RIGHT AND GOOD AND HELPFUL. BY THE WAY HONEY, KEEP THE PRAYERS COMING FOR ME AND THE AGENT AND PUBLISHER AND WRITER I GUESS. THIS MEANS SO MUCHN TO ME I WANT IT TO BE GOOD.

BETTER GO, OH NEXT WEEK WE ARE GOING FOR THE STONE TO PUT AT THE SITE ON 80. I WANT TO HAVE A NICE MEMORIAL THERE FOR THIS DECEMBER. CARL MEIER IS HELPING.

LOVE YOU TALK TO YOU TONIGHT.

PATUCH

DONNA LAMONACO W/81

August 18, 2006

I was in college back in 1991 when I first heard the story of you and your fight against crime through a movie that was televised nationally. Even now, almost 25 years after you left us, people have never forgotten you and what you stood for as one of New Jersey's finest. You were one of the best at what you did and I'm sure paved the way for younger Trooper's by example of dedication and leadership. Reading your daughter Sarah's reflections brings a great deal of sadness just thinking of how many holidays, birthday's, graduation's, etc., she and the rest of your family had to spend without you. However, looking at all of the reflections you have received and knowing the reputation you had makes be believe that you are remembered more for the way you lived and not the way you left us. Rest easy sir, your brother and sister Trooper's across the bridge will never forget you!

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

August 16, 2006

HI SARAH,
CONGRATULATIONS! YOU DID IT! PASSED THE STATE BOARDS.
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BE A CLIENT OF YOURS, IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND. YOU CAN EITHER POST HERE WHERE YOU WORK, OR IF YOU CONTACT ODMP THEY WILL GIVE ME YOUR EMAIL SO I CAN CONTACT YOU AND FIND OUT.
IT WOULD BE SUCH AN HONOR TO MEET YOU, AND SHARE SOME STORIES.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, AND CONTINUE TO HONOR YOUR DAD AS YOU DO. HE WAS A GREAT TROOPER. I DID NOT KNOW HIM, BUT HAVE HEARD AND READ SO MUCH ABOUT HIM. THEY SAY HE HAD A SIXTH SENSE FOR DRUG RUNNERS ON THE HIGHWAYS.
HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON.

JIM SWEENEY CIVILIAN NEW JERSEY
A FRIEND TO ALL PEACE OFFICERS

August 12, 2006

Hi Dad- I cant believe that summer is almost over, where did it go? This weekend I took Mommy to the shore for her Birthday. We had so much fun, we went to the beach, out to dinner, walked on the boardwalk, and I even saw your old shore house in Seaside. It was so cute we went on the Seaside boardwalk Mommy told me all about when you and her would go and how you eat clams for hours, now I know where I get that from.She really missed you, you were on her mind the whole walk, but it was good thoughts. We had a good time. I am so tired so I am going to go I just wanted to say hi and tell you that I love you!!!! talk to you later.
Love,
Sunny Sarah

Sarah Lamonaco
Daughter of Trooper Lamonaco

August 8, 2006

Phil, You were a role model to me as you were to many other junior troopers in 1981. On one hand it seems so long ago but I remember the events of December 21st as if it were yesterday.

I think of you and your family often and like many others stop and talk to you on route 80 severals times a year. God bless. You will never be forgotten.

SC


Former NJSP

July 30, 2006

Rest in Peace.

Federal Agent
Former NYPD

July 7, 2006

Hi Dad- Well I am sure you heard the news, you prob knew before me but I want you to know that I could not have done it with out you, So WE did it,,, I can't explain how happy I am. I never worked so hard in my life and with out the support of you and so many other people I would not have been able to pass my state test so THANK YOU..Now I can do what I love. Thanks again Dad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love always
Your little girl
Sunny Sarah

Sarah Lamonaco
Daughter

June 6, 2006

I saw your story today on FBI files. Your a brave man who went down fighting. Take care of us all in blue. God bless your family.

Detective-Homicide
Dallas Police Dept. Tx

May 22, 2006

I was just one of the many thousands who attended your funeral on that cold day in December of 1981. So many there, but all so quiet and somber. Officers came from around the country because one of them was so senselessly taken from the "Thin Blue Line" of law enforcement. There was no joy for the holidays in 1981...not for any of us. You are still missed Troop!

Lieutenant Joseph Ward (ret)
Jackson Township Police

May 22, 2006

Hi Dad- Well tommorrow is the big day for me, PLEASE stand by me and guide me the whole time, it will be so much easier with you there. When it is all over can you give me a sign and let me know how i did.. Thank You Dad!!!!! I love you,,
Your Little Girl
Sunny

Sarah Lamonaco
Daughter of Trooper Lamonaco

May 22, 2006

Dad- Hi! how are you? As you know May is a very busy month for us, we all have alot going on. Today May 1st started off with Mike and Jenny's First wedding Anniversary so that is cool. (we love her she is so sweet and fits right in with us) and Tommorrow is your big day.. As you probly hear you are being honored in NY for hero's night,,,it is amazing the turn out that we are to have. It helps us to see all the people who still remember you and your story so much to honor you 25 years later. Laura is flying in from CA and Aunt Julie, Katie and Liam will be there some of the bag pipers and of cousre our Troops. I am so honored to be your daughter,, i meet somone the other night at our survivor dinner and he said to me, " i know you didn't know your dad but he was a try hero" and i agree with him. I love you dad and i know you will be with us all tommorrow as we honor you as a husband, a father and a HERO. Good night dad talk to you tonight
Love always
Your little
Sunny

Sarah Lamonaco
Daughter

May 1, 2006

Hi Dad! How are you? Today mom had surgery and she is in alot of pain. I am trying to make her feel better, I even gave Gunndy but nothing seems to work maybe you can lay next to her ( if you haven't already) and let her know it is going to be ok. I will be home with her all night so don't worry. I will be studing for my state test and if it is not to much to as,,,,you can help me with that to :) Have a good night and I will talk to you later, I LOVE YOU DAD
Forever Your Little Girl,
Sunny

Sarah Lamonaco
Daughter

March 31, 2006

I have been so moved by all the wonderful things that have been said about Philip. Donna, Sarah & Laura's strong bond with him to this day has made me think of how important it is to tell your your loved oneseveryday how you feel about them...my thoughts and prayers are will you always and have been for a long time.
Christine Brancati

Christine Brancati

March 15, 2006

Dad-How are you? I am good almost done with school and I can't wait and I love my job.I am starting to cut hair and it is so much fun. I got my first regular client,she is a little old lady and she comes in every Sat, we have a blast. So come state test I am going to need you with me all day. I know you will be there but just so you didn't forget. I am really nervouse, I guess it is because I love my job and I want to be good at it. Remember Chris Howard? I meet him during 9/11. He always said this saying that his father told him. "IF YOU LOVE YOU JOB, YOU WILL NEVER WORK A DAY IN YOUR LIFE. How true is that Dad. I know you know what I am talking about. Like everyday I am missing you so much. There is so many thing I want to talk to my dad about.I have alot of questions and concers going on and I know that we can not communicat through words but I need you give me some ansewers, it is just when it rains it pours but I just always remember that other people have it worse then me. So I will be looking for your sign! Thanks Dad, you always pull through. I love you so much and god knows I miss you the same amount. Have a good day.
Love always
Your little Girl (Suny Sarah)

Sarah Lamonaco
Daughter of Trooper Lamonaco

March 12, 2006

Semper Fi

Friend
Columbus Division of Police

March 11, 2006

Thank you for your sacrifice. Without it, many more people may have been killed by the two goons you pulled over. God bless you, Trooper Lamonaco.

Steven Biars

March 11, 2006

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