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

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

Hi Sweethear, Well we did it once again....Lavesseur tried to speak at a University in Mass and we stopped him....rather nerve racking, took a lot of energy and emotions and three hard weeks of phone calls and e mails, but we all rallied and took the trip on the 12th, to not only succeed in stopping him but got the word out to students and i think the nation.

So often we I take on challenges like this I wonder what you think. I know you know how much I love you and anything I do is in respect, love and admiration of you. I never would do anything to bring tarnish to you, your name or our family, but the emotions that are brought up....are difficult.....I was so proud of Sarah and Michael for being there and standing strong and proud of you and what i was doing.....but so many of your brothers were there as well, some who knew and worked with you and some....just because of who you are and what you stand for....
My Love you have left such a wonderful legacy on all of us and i truely saw it when we all gathered up on UMASS.

You have been very fresh in my soul and mind lately....I have been thinking of the nine years we were together and pasting our laughter and sillyness with all the wonderful things we represented ...together....By the way I really love our new addition to our household and I know you do too.

I will write to you soon, have many things to be thankful for this year and once again the State Police have come through...

Love you with all my soul and spirit and heart.
Your little Patuch

WIFE DONNA

November 24, 2009

I was a young teenager living in Philadelphia when this happened. I remember my father told me about it, as my family knew that I wanted to become a State Trooper one day. Several years later I became a Maryland Trooper and always remembered Trooper Lamonaco. There was a TV show called "Top Cops" in the 90's that aired a reenactment of that fateful day. Rest in peace brother Trooper. Sleep well.

Trooper (Ret.) Terence McCants
Maryland State Police

November 12, 2009

Although never knowing you, I think of you often. I was a local P.O. in Mass. at the time these yellow cowards took your life. All law enforcement was fearful of this group at this time. This has again been brought forward in my mind, as Levasseur is due to do a speaking engagement at UMASS Amherst. I am sending letters out to hopefully block this. Dont know how successful I will be in this liberal state. May god look down on you forever.

Tpr. D. Larry Fisher (ret. 2006)
Mass. State Police

October 15, 2009

TO ALL OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT, I PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES TODAY. TO MY SPECIAL PORT AUTHORITY OF NJ/NY OFFICERS AND FAMILIES AS I TRUEDLY GOT TO KNOW EACH OF THE 37 FAMILY MEMBERS, GOD BLESS YOU. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN THIS IS TRUE, AND YOUR FAMILIES AS THEY REFLECT ON THIS DAY, I PRAY FOR THEIR STRENGTH AND KNOW THAT WE ARE ALL HEAR, REMEMBERING WITH THEM AS EACH REMEMBERS THEIR OWN. GOD BLESS ALL OUR OFFICERS OUR FIRE FIGHTERS OUR WORKERS AND COUNSELORS AND CILIVIANS.....GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU TODAY AND EVERYDAY.
DONNA LAMONACO

WIFE

September 11, 2009

HI SWEETHEART, I COME TO YOU TODAY, REMEMBER THAT SAD DAY EIGHT YEARS AGO ON 9-11-01, WHEN SO MANY WERE LOST AND HOW I LOOKED UP KNOWING THAT YOU AND MANY OTHER ANGELS WERE THERE, TO PLACE YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS INTO YOUR ARMS AND COMFORT THEM AS THEY ENTERED HEAVEN. I PRAY FOR ALL WHO WERE LOST THAT DAY AND PRAY FOR THEIR STRENGTH AS THE LOVE SURFACES TO THE LINE OF GRIEF, ONCE AGAIN AS THEY REMEMBER. I PRAY FOR ALL THE POLICE, FIRE FIGHTERS, WORKERS, CIVIVIANS WHO WERE LOST AND FOR THE THEIR FAMILIES. TO LOVE SO TRUE AND DEEP AS OUR LOVE WAS, IS THE POWER OF OUR TOMORROWS. AS I REFLECT ON THIS SAD DAY AND REMEMBER OTHERS I REFLECT ONCE AGAIN ON US AND KNOW WITHOUT OUR TRUE LOVE AND COMPANION THAT WE HAD MY TOMORROWS MAY HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR LOVE AND STRENGTH TO HOLD ALL THE LOVED ONES WHO ENTERED OUR HEAVENS, AND GOD BLESS ALL WHO ARE HERE, REMEMBERING AND SHARING THE STORIES PAST OF THEIR LOVE.

I LOVE YOU....FOREVER MY PHILIP
PATUCH

WIFE

September 11, 2009

Hi Daddy,
I am sorry it has been so long that I have been on here. Well today was my first day of school and I LOVE IT!!. I guess because this time I am getting paid to go, hahahha. I have not meet the students yet they start after the holiday but I am so excited. The only bad thing is that summer is over.We had a good summer. I was off the last two weeks before I started school.It was so relaxing to just hang out and sleep in. LOL! But I have been thinking about you in the past few days. Not that I dont all the time but I am just missing you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much. I try to not let it get me sad but I was so robbed,we all were. I just wish you were here to give me an answer when I have a question and God knows that a girl always have a question for her Father. I pray to you and I am sure you hear me and I know that things happen in life to make me learn and I am trying not to question that anymore. With that being said please walk along with me as you have and protect me, and love me as you have and I will be ok. I just want to make you proud of me. I want you to say that is my little Sunny! Hahaha!!. I hope you are doing well up there and know that I miss you and love you more then you could ever think. I am so proud to be your daughter and I will love you and honor you forever. Have a good night Daddy and I will talk to you later. Look down on me as I look up to you <3
Love always and forever
Your Little Sunny

Sarah Lamonaco
Proud Daughter

September 1, 2009

Phil was always ready to take on the hard work. He was an amazing man, Trooper, father, and coach. I learned much from him and applied what I had learned in my day to day activities both on and off the job. As each December approaches, I can't help but remember the good times we had prior to the tragedy which took him away from us. I am pleased to say I worked with and learned from one of the best. To Donna and her family I say be proud and remember the good times, as well.

Lt. Ed Lyon (Ret.)
New Jersey State Police-1st recruit

August 20, 2009

I remember the day of your passing and attended your wake with many other brothers in Blue. I remembered you upon seeing your daughter Sarah's name on a reflection of Detective DiNardo. Find peace in knowing you did well in raising a fine daughter. May God continue to watch over you and your family.

RETIRED DETECTIVE FRANK DEMARCO
NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

July 24, 2009

It has been many years since Phil left us. I was googling some one else & misspelled the name & Phil popped up. His name brought back memories about school & anger on how he left us. I remember the three of them. Bill Hinkle, Bill Perry & Phil.Bill's father taught me how to be a catcher when I played little league. He umpired and would coached me during the game. Bill & Phil had a nickname for me in school. "Ming" I never understood what that signified. Phil's sister Diane & I were in the same class. Enough ramblings from an old man. Just one more thing before I go. My brother in law, Martin Fakelman retired from NJSP as a Sgt.

Patrick Elias
School mate & football team mate

July 23, 2009

Hi Troop, I finally kept my promise, I visited your memorial the other day. So many thoughts ran through my mind when I was there, almost 30 years later, and it is still fresh, not just to me, but many people. Keep the light shining up there brother, and we will take care down here.

May God bless you and your family. I know you are proud!

Tomasso N Campisi
Union County Police Department

June 28, 2009

HAPPY FATHERS DAY DADDY!!!!!! I will be bringing you a hot dog from Hot dog Johnny's for fathers day!! I love you and miss you so much. Enjoy your fathers day and I will see you soon when I go to the memorial and to see you..I love you Daddy
Love always your little
Sunny

Sarah Lamonaco

June 21, 2009

May God continue to shine His heavenly gaze upon Trooper Lamonaco, his Family, and the New Jersey State Police.

Sincerely,

K9 Officer Paul Werth
US CBP Blaine, WA.

June 16, 2009

Though we did not know you, you were a very courageous man. For the past 15 years we have been traveling route 80 and when we pass your signs we always say a pray for your family and ask you to watch over ours. God bless you and your family!

Alycia Schreiner

May 11, 2009

Troop I know you look down on all of us and smile,I have never met your wife, daughter, or any of your family, one day I hope to, they are incredible, rest in peace MY BROTHER.

Kevin T Ryan
Ex New Jersey Cop

April 29, 2009

Hi Dad, How are you doing? We had a beautiful weekend. It is about 80 or so. Yesterday myself, mommy, a trooper, and a Guy I meet at work who is a Branchburg cop and his girlfriends,Kim and her daughter Abby all went and cleaned the memorial. It looks great. It was a sad day that turned in to alot of laughts and stories. With the help of all of them it looks AMAZING and I am sure you love it. DC is right around the corner. Again Aunt Debbie will be going with us and she is truly a bast. She makes me laugh so hard as well as other and I am sure she will bring the pink hat. Things are really good here.Mommy is doing well and I am sure you hear I should be getting a phone call in a few weeks..( I know you know what I am talking about,) But until then keep they prayers coming my way please. I will make the wall look great for you as I try to every year in DC. I am going to run for now Dad. I love you and I will talk to you soon.. Keep watchig over us and the state you proudly served.. xoxoxoxo

Love your little girl
Sarah

Sarah Lamonaco
Proud Daughter

April 26, 2009

Hi Daddy,
I am sorry that I have not been on here in sometime. I have been alittle busy but never to busy to stop for a secnd and say hello to you. Time is flying I am now 28. I am getting old here Daddy. LOL!! I had a good birthday, Mommy, Aunt Debbie and I went to a fundraiser diner for Trooper Zimmerman. It was really nice and a great turn out. I joined the gym as a gift to myself for my Bday. I have been doing really good. Suprised myself.. I get up at 5am and go. I know Dad 5am but with 2 jobs if I dont do it first thing I wont go at all. Just gives me alittle down time in the moring before I start my day. DC is coming up soon. Feel like we were just there. Time is flying. I enjoy to go, it is nice to see everyone and to put stuff up on your wall. I just made Mommy and I these great chicken taco's ,, so good, I am becoming a little cook.. ok not really!!. I hope you are doing well up there and know I miss you and love you soo much. I have been talking to you and God alot these last few weeks. I just like to turn to you in good time not just bad. You are doing a great job at bring the smiles to my face, and letting me know I will be ok. I just tell myself that when I feel life is bad, that somone always has it worst then I do, and I should be happy with what I have and the best is still coming,, I am going to run for now but dont worry I will be back soon to talk to you until then I love you and miss you and will talk to you later tonight,, xoxoxoxooxoxoxoxox
Love always
Your little Girl,
Sunny Sarah

Sarah Lamonaco
PROUD DAUGHTER

March 3, 2009

Just was watching the discovery channel today "the FBI files" and notice it was about you, after watching it I looked you up on the odmp page after reading alot of your reflections i felt like got to know who you was and your wife and daughter and what you stood for thanks for all you did! My brother in law Brian Evans died in the line of duty on december 26,2007.He also left behind a wife and at the time 10 year old daughter. We went to dc in May of last year it was very emotion week but very nice with all the support of all the law enforcment there and the c.o.p.s. families. Again thanks for all you did. Hope to meet your wife and daughter someday at police week in DC. YOU'LL NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!

Larry M. Shears
C.O.P.S. family ,OHIO

February 13, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEETHEART,
WOW YOU ARE 60 TODAY, LOOKING GOOD SWEETHEART, FUNNY THING IS I'M RIGHT BEHIND YOU AND I'M NOT DEALING WITH THAT NUMBER.

RIGHT AFTER WORK I WILL GO TO THE CEMENTARY AND THE THE SITE, I WILL SEE YOU THERE OKAY. I KNOW WE ALWAYS USE TO GO OUT TO DINNER FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY, BUT AS IN ANYTHING THINGS HAVE CHANGED. YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT ZACHEY'S IS GONE AND SARAH WORKS TILL 7:30ISH. BUT I THINK WE ARE BOTH MEETING YOU AT THE SITE TONIGHT TO HAVE A DRINK WITH YOU.
CAN I TELL YOU HOW MUCH I STILL MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU. WHENEVER I GET DOWN, AND IT'S OFTEN, I THINK OF WHAT WE HAD AND ALL THE LOVE AND LAUGHTER AND EXCITEMENT FOR LIFE ITSELF, THAT I REFLECT ON OUR TIMES AND I JUST SMILE. YOU HAVE GIVEN ME PURPOSE TO CONTINUE ON. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU AND ANYDAY I'M READY, BUT FOR NOW SARAH NEEDS ME.
WE HAD A FUNERAL ON MONDAY FOR ONE OF HER CLOSE CLASS FRIENDS WHO DIED OF CANCER AT THE AGE OF 27. IT WAS SO HARD FOR HER, SHE WAS JUST SO SAD AND I FEEL BAD FOR HER LOSS AS WELL AS THE FAMILY.
LIFE SOMETIMES IS TAKEN FOR GRANTED AND THEN WE HAVE AN EYE OPENER. I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR 2009 TO BE PROSPEROUS AND BETTER THAN 2008 AND I DO HOPE SO.
WELL MY LOVE YOU HAVE A GOOD DAY AND HOPE ALL THE ANGELS BLESS YOU WITH A PEACEFUL AND JOYOUS BIRTHDAY AS WE WILL DOWN HER. UNTIL I TALK TO YOU AGAIN, I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND HOLD YOU SO CLOSE TO MY HEART.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY
YOUR ONLY LOVE, MY ONLY LOVE
DONNA

DONNA YOUR LOVING WIFE

January 21, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DADDY...... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,,,, I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU,, HAVE A GREAT BIRTHDAY.

Sarah Lamonaco
Proud Daughter

January 21, 2009

Trooper Lamonaco,

I have heard and read so much about you, I feel as if I have known you for years. I first met Donna and Sarah during Police Week of 2003, while honoring a good friend and co-worker.Here I was, a total stranger yet they reached out to me when I needed so terribly to be comforted.For their compassion shown to me that night,I made a promise to Donna I would always honor and remember you by going to the Police Memorial on December 21st for her. Your altimate sacrifice saddens me deeply,though at the same time I know because of it the friendship I have formed with Donna and Sarah is one I will always treasure and I am so very fortunate to have them both in my life. On the 27th anniversary of your assignment to be Eternally on Watch, my plans to be at the Memorial to remember you changed somewhat. I had the honor and privilege of being with Donna and Sarah to comfort them as we traveled to your signs, site and the cemetery.Remembering you with them touched my heary deeply and was such a moving experience, one I will never forget, just as I will never forget the sacrifice you and so many other HEROES have made. Rest assured as you watch over Donna, Laura, Michael and Sarah from Heaven, I will watch over them from here and be there for them always.

Cpl. Teresa Laubach
Prince George's County Maryland Sheriff's Office, Retired

January 3, 2009

Dear Trooper Lamonaco,

I was 14 years old on December 21, 1981 and now today as I write this to you I'm 41 years old. You were once an inspiration to a young boy who had a dream that never came to be. I almost made it, it would have been the 112th. I'm sorry that I have let you down. I want to let you know that I pray for your wife and children and wish them peace.Please say hello to my Father and tell him that I miss him.He's been with you for 11 years.

God Bless You,

Paul

Paul
A friend

December 30, 2008

Trooper,

It's hard to believe it's been 27 years since you were cut down by those cowards, along that lonely stretch of Rt 80. Today was cold with snow blanketing the ground - much like it was that fateful day.
I never drive that section of the highway, that now bears your name, without remembering the sacrafice you made.

To Donna & the rest of the Lamonaco family, I'm sure the years haven't made it much easier to face this day, but remain strong knowing that there's a special place in heaven for those that do God's work.

God Bless

a brother officer from NJ

December 21, 2008

Donna and Sara,

I just wanted to let the two of you know that both Gary (Girt) and I were thinking of you and Phil today. The two of you are such truly special people and we are so grateful to have you in our lives, although it was at such a high price for if it were not for the sacrifices that Phil and Bert made we likely would never have met. While I did not know Phil personally, I know the type of person he must have been to have had you for his family. While he will always be remembered for the Trooper that he was and the ultimate sacrifice that he made, the family that he left behind and the way that you have honored his name and memory are his true legacy. We love you both.

Gary and Colleen Brandt

Colleen Brandt
Proud Wife of New Jersey State Trooper

December 21, 2008

Donna & Sarah and family:

My thoughts and prayers are with you today, I hope you have had a safe and healthy year and I hope you know, even 27 years later, we still remember and care and I wish I could be there for to hug each one of you today and tell you I much we care and remeber. I read all the entries here several times a month. Be healthy and stay safe.

Howard Cooke,Jr.
Maine COPS & Maine DPS (retired)

Howard Cooke
Maine DPS (retired)

December 21, 2008

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