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

Although we did not know each other very well, his honor, presence, and dedication to duty has left a mark on my life that has lasted and will continue to last. I think of him and speak of him often. This memorial is on my office wall for all to see. He is super trooper and a member of a great Police organization.

Rocky Parisi , Sergeant Retired
Paterson N.J.

February 4, 2011

Hi sweetheart, well the Holidays or the most difficult ones, are over...it was good, spent time with Andrews family and then mine.as I carried you in my heart everywhere I went. This is the most lonliness time for me, no matter how many are around me, it's your warmth and love that I miss and but our love gets me through every step that I take. I love you so much my sweetheart and will always. Our Project Blue Light, tree lighting was fabulous over 75 people were there and the tree is now in the Park at Belvidere. I love you and will hold you deeply within my heart and soul.
Your little Patuch

Donna

December 28, 2010

Trooper Lamonaco....As we reflect today, we are reminded of the dangers all of our police officers face each day. You, through the years, have served as an inspiration to so many by way of your wonderful wife Donna, your very sweet daughter Sarah, BRAVE son Michael and the rest of your family, who never stop keeping your memory alive.
I take a moment today to say a prayer for those, and to remember you. You served us well protecting us. I thank you for that. You, a true HERO, gave your life to keep us safe from evil. For that, you will never be forgotten.
Continue watching over your family and all of our police officers who continue on protecting us.
I cannot make it today to the "site" as I have meetings at work. But that does not stop me from taking this day to remember you. I never pass by there without stopping to honor you.

Sarah, congratulations to you and your fiance! I am so happy you have found your happiness. The best of luck to you both! Please say HI to your mom and I hope all is well.

Trooper Lamonaco...NEVER FORGOTTEN

Jim Sweeney
Civilian

December 21, 2010

Donna and family

Just wanted u to know that you are in my thoughts today, and in my prayers. I have not been able to get to NPW since 2003, really miss seeing u there each May. Stay safe.

Howard Cooke
Maine DPS/BLE (ret)

December 21, 2010

You will never be forgotten even as the years have gone by. Keep watching over your family as they miss you more and more every day...

Anonymous

December 21, 2010

Hi Daddy,
It is this time of year again. A day that I hate to come around. I am reminded everyday what I have lost on the day you lost your life. I know you look down on me and I hope you are proud of the person I have become. Oct 1,2011 will be the day I get married and I wish more then anything you would be the person walking me down to the path of my new life. I know you will be looking down on me but if I could just have you be there for one second it would truly be amazing. I miss you so much. It is hard to belive that I can feel so close to you, knowing that I only had you present in my life for only a short 10 months. I can not wait until I meet you again. I am taking care of Mommy the best I can, know I do everything to make sure she is taken care of and to make sure she is ok. As I visit the spot you gave your life and the place where you rest in peace tomorrow, know I will always remember you and never forget you. I am so proud to be your daughter. Look down on me as I look up to you. I love you with all my heart.
Your little Sunny

Sarah Lamonaco
Proud Daughter

December 20, 2010

I am retired from the Cedar Grove PD since Jan 1996.
As a result of trooper Lamonaco's assasination, Many PDs
in the state switched over from revolvers to automatic hand
guns (including Cedar Grove).
I still have a picture of Trooper Lamonaco (which I received from his wife), which I caried as a reminder to be extra cautious on motor vehicle stops.
It was nice to see that his son has joined the NJSP.

Lt Russ Van Zile, Retired
Cedar Grove PD (Essex County)

December 3, 2010

Daddy,
Hi Dad, I am sure you heard the news ANDREW AND I GOT ENGAGED!!!!!!! It is a bitter sweet daY, I will be so happy on that day, yet one major part is missing and that is you. Dont worry I will be honoring you that day and I know you will be with me durin the celebration.Many of changes are happening but they are all good ones. It is the middle of November already and Christmas is right around the cornor.We will be spending Christmas Eve at Grandma's again, we always have a blast there. LOL!!! She is so funny. I will also be spending the night at home with Mommy and then returning to my house Xmas day to be with Andrew. I just wanted to stop in and tell you the good news!! I love you so much.
Love Your little Girl
Sarah. <3

Sarah Lamonaco
Proud Daughter

November 23, 2010

Phil was a great friend at Roselle Park high. I was thinking of him and the good times we had .I just wanted to he is missed and thought of. His Friend Dennis Hewison

dennis hewison
Friend

November 6, 2010

Daddy, Hey Daddy! How are you doing? The time is flying by. It is already Oct 22,2010. I am sure you know and were looking over me during the special time in my life but Andrew and I got engaged!!!!!!! We are so happy. In a way I feel you brought us together, we meet because of you!!!. We are all so happy. I wish more then anything you were here to walk next to me that day! I have a special thing that I will be doing to honor you during "our walk",but it won't be the same as you being here for me during this important day. I am reminded of your absence everyday but we will be together forever one day. I love you so much and I think about you everyday!! <3 always in my heart.
Love your little Sunny
Sarah

Sarah Lamonaco
Proud Daughter

October 22, 2010

I thought of you so much yesterday. Beautiful fall day just the way you loved it. I pictured you in your flannel shirt, cutting firewood and playing with the children. Mostly I pictured us taking our drives to New England states for the fooliage...Oh how I miss you.

So I decided to go to the cementery and your site at Route 80. I planted some beautiful colorful mums and placed pumpkins alongside your headstone and the rock. As I drove to both places I savered the memories of the day and reflected back to our days together and pictured by my side. The clear blue sky, autumn trees just beginning their colors and us...oh how my heart cried yesterday for wanting you with me...instead I, alone, tried to make you special places here...a fall tribute to your favorite time of the year.

Once again, i find my love for you surfacing with great memories...oh thank you for giving me those great moments for it is now when I need them the most. I'm alone now, all the children are gone and I sit often thinking of US how it was and how it could have been and I'm so thankful for the short but wonderful time we had together and will never forget. My Love in my heart you will stay until we meet.

I Love You...Patuch

Wife - Donna

October 11, 2010

I had the opporitunity to visit the sacred ground which is now the memorial. I secured a patch of my agency to the ground with a rock. If a member of the family wishes to take it with them on their next visit, it is yours. Know that Trooper Lamonaco will always be a hero to me, even though I was only a kid when he died. Rest in Peace, Sir, and may the Lord continue to watch over your family, and your extended family in uniform.

Anonymous

September 3, 2010

Hi Daddy,
So we are back from D.C. another year we go and remember you and all that you have gave for all of us. Andrew did the Unity Tour for you and he did a great job. He didnt stop once and it was Amazing to watch him ride past your name on that wall.
Mommy and I went to the cemetary and the memorial to clean it all you and look good for Memorial day. It was so hot our but it was well worth it. It looks so good.
Mommmy is doing well as I am, just keep watching over us and know that we love you and miss you so much. I will write you soon Daddy. LOOK DOWN ON ME AS I LOOK UP TO YOU!
Love your Little Girl
Sarah

Sarah Lamonaco
Proud Daughter.

June 3, 2010

You and all of your loved ones are in my thoughts on this special day, Police Officer Memorial Day. Continue to watch over all of them.
"If people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever." by Albert Pike

You will never be forgotten

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

May 15, 2010

Somewhere among the many pages of heroes listed on this site, I came across your name and wanted to stop at your page and read about you and leave a reflection. I know all too well what all your loved ones feel as they face each day for I walk in their shoes. I know they carry all those special memories and love in their hearts and will always remember you. Continue to watch over all of them, including your close friends. I would like to end with a quote from the British Philosopher, Iris Murdoch:

"Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the
imagination of the unbereaved."

You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

April 9, 2010

Happy Anniversary Sweetheart....Today is our 35th Anniversary and I Love you with all my heart as pure and simple as I did the day we joined as one.
It's hard to believe that out of the 35 years we were only married 6 of them, but the time we shared together has held me through all the trials and hurdles and journeys I have enjured since.
I will visit you today at both the cemetary and site and with each visit I will confirm my Love once again to you. I have to say Thank you for chosing me to be a part of your life, as short as it may have been...You were my partner in all we did as we began our little family of 5. Our children grew into great adults and proudly wear your image with each smile and breath they take.
However, I today am here to share with you the true Love that I have held so deep inside of me each day and please know that it was because of your Love that you shared with me that allowed me to continue on wih pride of who you were and what you stood for; with strength to carry on through the tough decisions and even though I may be lonely at time I am not alone; because of the true Love we shared with each other my heart remains warm and gentle so to our Love I Thank You,
Be well my dearest one until we meet I hold you PRECIOUS in my heart.
Your Little Patuch

Donna
Wife

March 15, 2010

Just watched an episode on T.V. about your death. You will never be forgotten for your actions. R.I.P. and may God bless your family.

Ofc. B. Sirmon
O.P.D.

March 2, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!1 HAVEA GREAT DAY LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU!

Sarah Lamonaco
Proud Daughter

January 21, 2010

FOR OVER THESE 30 YEARS WE HAVE MADE THE TRIP TO PENNSYLVANIA AND FROM PENNSYLVANIA...AND NOT A TIME DO WE PASS THE REMEMBRANCE IN BOTH STATES AND THINK OF THE FAMILY WHO STILL THINK OF HIM. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

JANET PERTUSI
A REMEMBERING FRIEND

December 24, 2009

I was busy in NYC today and could not make it to the memorial site.....but i thought of you and your family all day. You are remembered each day of the year, but most especially on this day. Your family is always in my prayers.

Trooper Lamonaco...Never Forgotten

Jim Sweeney

December 22, 2009

Phil,
Gary and I are thinking of you today and remembering the sacrifice that you made. We have had the honor of not only meeting but becoming friends with Donna and Sarah and our lives are much richer due to their friendship. As I am sure you are well aware, Donna is an amazing woman and she and Sarah, as I'm sure the rest of your family, have brought much honor to your name and memory. I know that you, Bert and Scott, watch over and protect Gary and help to bring him home safe to me and his boys at the end of each shift and for that I am eternally grateful. Continue to watch over your brothers and sisters in blue and gold. And continue to bring strength to your family, especially Donna as she fights for "her boys."

Colleen Brandt
Proud Wife of a New Jersey State Trooper.

Colleen Brandt
Proud Wife of a New Jersey State Trooper

December 21, 2009

To Donna & Family:

You are in my thoughts today,please know that after 28 years many people still remember and care a lot. Memories of good time will last forever and u are in my prayers each day.
Stay safe and healthy.

Peace

Howard Cooke
Maine 12-21-2009

Howard Cooke
MEDPS/BLE (RET.)

December 21, 2009

Hi Daddy,
Well the time is here again,it is already December. I can't believe how fast the time as gone. On Monday it will be the day that we lost you. It has been so many years, yet the pain is still there. I miss you and think about you so much. The picture that I have in my car of you keeps falling. What are you trying to tell me? haha! We will be going to the Memorial and the Cemetary on Mon. I am sure some of your friends will join us as they do each year. It is great to see all of them and know that they miss you and love you as much as we do. You are a hero to many and YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I WILL NEVER LET THAT HAPPEN. No matter how many years pass I will love you and miss you and know that one day we will be together again. Until then I will hold you so close to me as I have in the past. Look down on me as I look up to you. I love you Daddy!
Love,
Your Little Girl
Sarah

Sarah Lamonaco
Proud Daughter

December 17, 2009

I remember, only too well, the day you lost your life. I was a young cop with only 2 years on the job and it hit me hard. Little did I know then, that my agency would lose 37 members in an attack little more than 20 years later on September 11th, 2001. Your wife, Donna, did much to console the family members of those Port Authority Police Officers who were killed and, quite frankly, I don't know where she got the strength to do it. She's an amazing woman, and I know you're proud of her. I had the good fortune to meet her once and I came away from that meeting with a great deal of respect for her. Donna has a quiet strength about her that gave many of the wives, family members and widows the courage to keep going on when they were about to give up. I know that we can never repay her or thank her enough for her caring; saying the right thing at the right moment and her sincere dedication to law enforcement. She's carried on your legacy, and I know you see what she did and that you're as proud of her as we are. As December 21st approaches, please know that we are thinking of you, your sacrifice and your wonderful family. You're all in our prayers. Rest well, my friend, till we meet again...

Sergeant Michael P. Barry
Port Authority of NY & NJ Police Dept.

December 10, 2009

Every year at Christmas time I am reminded of the day my father received "the call." A fellow Trooper had been shot on Rte. 80!

I was 12 years old -- a bit too young to be told many details, yet old enough to immediately empathize with the Lamonaco family: My dad was in the same line of work....He was here at Christmas yet Mr. Lamonaco was not.

Dad rarely mentioned the names of his co-workers to us kids; I'd never even met Trooper Lamonaco, but I cried.

Every Christmas since, I grieve for the Lamonaco family knowing how one single phone call has affected me so profoundly for all of these years, yet their entire worlds were torn apart in 1981. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Thinking of all the great men and women who honorably serve the NJSP, wishing for their safety, and sending gratitude their way.

V.
NJSP Daughter

December 9, 2009

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