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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

TO: Donna & kids; loved ones; friends and department members: A POLICE OFFICER’S PRAYER:--- O, gentle Lord ! Keep the day/night watch with me. As I begin my tour of duty, I ask your protection from all mental, physical and spiritual harm. Sustain me with the knowledge that I am doing your work, endeavoring to keep peace among your people. Help me to be just as I enforce the law without prejudice or favor to anyone. May I be courageous but not reckless in carrying out my duties. Let me respond to all calls with haste realizing that so many are dependent upon me for life and safety. Support me with your consoling power when I am tempted to think no one really cares and that I am taken for granted. Sustain in me the conviction that so many thousands do care and are grateful for my presence. Grant that I may be loyal to my partner and my fellow officers, and that I may back them up effectively when called upon for assistance. Lord, I ask that I may return safely, after my tour of duty, to my loved ones and those who love me. I pray that I may be a good and honorable police officer; and after my tour of duty is over here on earth, may I enjoy the peace and happiness of heaven that you have promised to those who serve you well. AMEN. *** REST IN PEACE *** Sent to you by the father of Master Officer J.D.Koeppen, Capital City Raleigh North Carolina; Trooper D.C.Koeppen, New Jersey State Police and Cadet Officer A.M.Koeppen, Wilmington North Carolina.

Chief (retired) Douglas A. Koeppen
Washington New Jersey

October 1, 2004

I wanted to thank you for your inspiration. Growing up in NJ and Driving down the section of I-80 that has been dedicated to always made me wonder. What happened to that special person on that certain section of highway. Day in and day out I would ask my mother and father "who was Tpr. Lamonaco?" and what happened to you. Well when I got my answer it inspired me to follow your lead. I moved to Ga. and have been working for a metro Atlanta Police Dept. for 5 years. I know I can't change the world, but because of you I am sure willing to make a difference.

Thank you !!!

Never Forgotten


August 20, 2004

God bless you and your family. You are a true hero to us all.


April 14, 2004

I was reading a story about Trooper Lamonaco when I realized that I had the same badge number as he. It may not mean anything to anyone but I certainly take more pride in my appearance knowing that I carry 2663 as my shield. Sharing the same shield number that a warrior had pinned to him when he made the ultimate sacrifice makes me that much sharper. Pride and heritage are something that we must fight to keep a part of our lives and remain cognizant of everytime we go to work.

P.O. Rick Garrison
Jersey City New Jersey

I first learned of the murder of Trooper Lamonico when I drove by a sign in his memorywith flowers around it along Interstate 80 in New Jersey. I later learned he was one of the best Troopers New Jersey ever had. His bravery and sacrifice has helped many of us in many ways. I believe the circumstances of his murder led the NJSP, the PSP and many other police agencies to realize that semi-auto pistols were needed among the ranks of the police throughout our country. As a result, many police have been able to survive in some shootouts. Looking down, he must be very proud of his wife Donna for all the wonderful work she does for the families of fallen officers through C.O.P.S. I met his wife and children who are very strong and proud. I would like to thank them for all they do for me and other officers. May God bless Trooper Lamonico and his family.


Pennsylvania State Police

And the little girl said to her mother,
"Mommy, when is Daddy coming home?"
And her mother said,
"Sweetheart, he's already gone home."

Don't be afraid.


Phil it's been 21 years since you were taken, but we haven't forgotten that you were a Cop's Cop. May God Bless you and your family Semper Fi Brother!

Lieutenant Daniel J. Daly(Ret)
Newark Police Department

"A man who has found nothing to die for is unfit to live."

Martin Luther King, Jr.


"Without the home of the brave, there would be no land of the free."


to the family of trooper lamonaco. i just want to say that i am honored to have had the chance to read about a man who was a legend in the making. i never met phil, but from what i read about him, he was a cop who worked endlessly to make the world a better place. those values also made him a loving husband and father. my thoughts and prayers are with phil and his family always.

Patrolman Tony Costa III
Swissvale Borough Police Dept. (pa)

God Bless you, and keep you.

Shannon Yates

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