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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 was 15 when this happened. Trooper Lamonaco and law-enforcement officers like him, who did the job to the best of their ability every day to protect the public and their fellow officers is why I am in my 20th year of policing.

God Bless him and his family, you are not forgotten.

PO David M. Smith

December 25, 2013

rest in peace

pfc j pease

December 21, 2013

Thinking of you and your family during this holiday period. You will Always remembered and will never been forgotten.

Police constable Johnston
British transport police

December 19, 2013

Still missed to this day by his family and fellow troopers. That is certainly a measure of the man. The saying is "Gone but not forgotten". How true.

Sgt (ret) Jerry Kane

October 15, 2013

I was attending a Christmas party when my brother Trooper Gary A. Kresge, Delaware State Police announced that you were murdered in the line of duty. My brother met you at a state police training seminar sometime before this horrific day. He liked the Outfit and you; you were family. At Christmas time you are always thought of with great admiration. I wish I was there on that day; I am not so sure I would’ve been much help. New Jersey as you know would not permit out of state officers to carry their weapons. But I would have done something. Thank you for being one of the finest. The Outfit misses you.

Capt. Glenn E. Kresge
Delaware Health and Social Services

July 30, 2013

I was just out of high school when Trooper Lamonaco was killed. I was trying to be a NJ State Trooper but ended up with NYPD. I always admired him even though I never meet him, as he was a "cops" cop. Last weekend I found out that the retired State Trooper that does my firearms qualifications attended the academy with him. Some internet searching brought me here. May his Wife and Daughter somehow find peace, and his Son always be safe.

PO Timothy Sharkey (ret)

July 29, 2013

I am retired from the Rockaway Twp. NJ Police Dept and remember the day Tpr. Lamonaco was slain. I was off duty but told of the tragedy by a fellow Officer. I had met Phil a couple times in Rockaway Twp. Municipal Court as we waited for our cases to be called. His death although unbearably tragic for his beautiful family and so many others was not in vain. So many Officers, myself included, became better Officers because of his example. We became safer Officers because of the lessons learned from this tragedy. No one can possibly tell how many Police Officers lives he saved as we all were more aware, more cautious on our MV stops. Thanks Phil and may God continue to bless your family.

Det. Jim Andrews (Ret)
Rockaway Twp. Police

June 26, 2013

I will never forget the death of Trooper Lamonaco. I had been working on Rt. 280 at the time.It was very heart breaking to hear of this terrible news. Trooper Lamonaco,a Vietnam vet.,had just been named Police Officer of the year by the Newark Star-Ledger. I have since moved out of state,but this is something that will remain with me for the rest of my life.

Mario DeArco
City of Lynn,Ma. Inspectional Services

May 2, 2013

Thinking of you and your family.


January 20, 2013

I remember the sad incident withTrooper Lamonaco when he was killed.In your article it said that he had a 9MM.
I thought that he had a .38 and after that, the State Police
had changed the guns to 9mm. because he was outgunned by the Radicals which included Joann Chesimard who escaped and went to Cuba.
Can tou shed any light on this ?

Thank YOU


January 10, 2013

Trooper Lamonaco,
Sir, even though it has been 31 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Jersey. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

December 21, 2012

Thirty one years ago this evening, I was 4 years old and home with my mom and dad. I don’t remember if it was someone knocking at our door or a phone call, but I remember my father getting some news. His dear friend, Phillip Lamonaco had been killed in the line of duty. I remember my mother and father both wailing in tears and praying aloud for Mrs. Lamonaco, Laura, Michael, and Baby Sarah. I don’t remember if I ever met Mr. Lamonaco, however, I knew Mrs. Lamonaco from our church and also went to school with Laura and Michael at our little local Christian school. Your family is amazing and strong. The courage and determination I saw daily in Mrs. Lamonaco has never left my memory though I was so young. I remember Michael always dressed up as a police officer for our Halloween parties at school and always wanted to be a state trooper like his dad.

Over the years I have never forgotten your family and have held them in my heart. I am now married and my husband is a Polk County Deputy Sheriff here in Central Florida and has been for the last 6 years. We have a 7 year old daughter, Kurzen. As Christmas approaches, your family has always come to my mind and never realized until I grew older it was because you were killed on December 21st. Childhood memories are blurry with dates and times.

My husband will be working all night long this evening. Kurzen and I always pray for his safety and all of the officers’ safety every evening. If not for you, my husband and all law enforcement across the country, we would not be safe from the evil of this world and I thank you for your service and the sacrifice for us. No length of time has dimmed that memory of that night so long ago. You are honored by Mrs. Lamonaco, Laura, Michael and Sarah every day and never forgotten. I look forward to the honor of meeting you someday in Heaven when will all be together again. Until then. . .

Trisha Stocks Weinreich
Wife and Sister-in-Law of Polk County Deputy Sherriff

December 21, 2012

RIP Phil .... never forgotten .... was there for your funeral and participated in dedicating your name to the Law Enfircement Wall in DC ...

Detective Franklin Field Jr. #79 retired
Brick Township Police Department

December 21, 2012

I remember that day in December of 1981; it was on the first anniversary of my swearing in as a police officer the year before. I am grateful for the many police society’s like the IAPSNJ that keep the memory of such heroes as Trooper Philip Joseph Lamonaco and Lieutenant Lester Amos Pagano and all of our fallen police officers alive.

Ret. Det. Joe Gasco
Parsippany Police Dept. Parsippany NJ

January 29, 2012

Thank you for your service brother.

Patrolman James Stanko
Allentown Police

January 2, 2012

Rest in peace Sir... Proud to wear the same uniform as you did.


December 21, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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. He was also your brother in green as well so I bid you semper fi.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I try to leave reflections for officers as often as I can and am always saddend when I read family reflections, but today my cheeks are stained with tears as I read the loving reflections left by your family. Donna, thank you for sharing your love story with us. Sarah, thank you for sharing a daughter's devotion to her beloved father. I pray for solace for all those who love and remember this brave young man for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace today. I hope our paths will cross someday.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 21, 2011

God bless you may you rest in peace.

Lt J.P.

December 21, 2011

30 years today. We will always remember your courageous service and sacrifice. You did not lose your life, you gave it in service to others. A true HERO. Your wonderful family is in my prayers today, as every day. Continue to look down on them as they look up to you. Trooper Lamonaco, Never Forgotten.

Jim Sweeney Civilian

December 21, 2011

I remember Dec. 21 1981at 1630 hours verly clearly, like it was a day only yesterday. I was coming home from a friends house, just off of Hainesburg river road. When the news broke over the radio staion, that a trooper had been shot. The car that they had abandoned, was only 100's of yards, from my family's home. It was a very tense moment for everyone. I was so close to the area where the shooting occured, and my friends and family, we were all on full alert. This tradgedy, really has taken a hold of me in a way, i always find myself, revisiting the memorial, internet updates, and just imagining what it was like at 1630 hours 12/21/81, when Trooper Lamonaco made that final stop for his watch shift. Terrible situation. If i had only been closer, i perhaps could have come to his rescue. My blessing goes out to the Lamonaco family, in these revisiting times of the year.

Semper Fidelis, Trooper Lamonaco

Gysgt. USMC 2nd Ceb
Fellow Marine

December 16, 2011

God Bless you Phil and your family - 30 years have passed , yet we all recall that day in detail - and the days that followed...your leadership impacts the OUTFIT to this day. Thanks for "serving" and making our world a better place. Proud to be a fellow Jersey Trooper !

Trooper Robert J. Delaney #2853
New Jersey State Police

December 5, 2011

I cannot believe that it will be 30 years since you left us. I remember that day and the days that followed like it was yesterday. You were a mentor to so many of us, and hopefully we have followed your foot steps well. One of the things about you that I remember the most was that your family was everything to you. While others may say it was the job, I for one know how much you loved Donna and the Kids.
Thank you for the times we shared and for the lessons learned

Michael Polizzo

September 7, 2011

Dear Trooper Lamonaco,
I was only twelve years old at the time of the incident in which you gave your life. However, I can recall that it was big news. My mother would watch the nightly news after she made dinner and I would be doing my homework nearby. In the days, months, and years that followed, I always remembered hearing the name of New Jersey State Trooper Philip Lamonaco.
Now, thirty years later, I can still recall the dark days that followed your death. But, thanks to your loving family and the ODMP, your spirit is alive and well. When I first discovered this website, your name was the first one I entered. I return periodically just to read the wonderful reflections left by your family and others who, like me, still remember the sacrifice you made on that first day of Winter, 1981.

A.J. DiStefano
Allentown, Pennsylvania

September 1, 2011

Hi Trooper Phil,

After visiting my girlfriend in NJ, I often pass by the site where you left us on my return trip to PA. I didn't know you and you didn't know me. I remember your EOW. You were only a couple years older than me. Last Tuesday, as I came through the Water Gap, I stopped to visit your memorial along I80 for the first time. There was a small stone memorial there from one of your children. I don't have kids, but I cried when I saw that stone. God bless you and your family. May they find comfort knowing you touched the life of a complete stranger.

Bob from Wayne County PA

from Pennsylvania

August 17, 2011

May God Rest your Soul for all your wondrous works in law enforcement. Your name shall never be forgotten.

Alexander Balaban

March 8, 2011

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