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

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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