Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Rocco W. Laurie

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, January 27, 1972

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Reflections for Police Officer Rocco W. Laurie

I was in boot camp with Rocco at Parris Island in 1968, Platoon 264. Rocco was in the bunk across from me in the "barn", an old wooden barracks where we slept and spent countless hours under the watchful eye of our crazed drill instructors. Rocco was always in great shape and very sharp mentally. Always someone I admired. We served in different units in Nam, but I ran into him one day in Dong Ha where we reflected on our time together at Parris Island and of course what we were doing in Nam. I'll never forget that day because he brought a smile to my face and wiped off the frown that I reluctantly wore every day I was in country. RIP my brother, Semper Fi.

Cpl. William Papianou
USMC Vietnam 1968

November 21, 2021

Always remembered. Prayers to your family.

PO Heintz

March 12, 2021

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 11, 2021

You are still remembered. Your life mattered. Thanks.

NC Officer

January 27, 2021

On this day that you and Officer Foster were so cowardly gunned down by nothing more than a group of thugs from a terrorist organization, please know that your memory is as strong today as it ever was and will always continue to be strong because of the officers and men you both were. Rest in peace always knowing that your service, both military and police, and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. God Speed.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven RizzoDelaware State Police (Retired)

January 27, 2021

Rest in peace, my brother. Your memory will always live in our hearts.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

January 27, 2021

God Bless all of our men and women in blue . Don't you realize they have to wear bullet proof vests to work . BLM is a Marxist , Leninist organization whose written intended goal is the total destruction of our country and to turn us ALL into slaves . Mayor Wilhelm , Deblasio's real name , helped the Sandinistas turn Nicaragua into a Marxist nightmare complete with re education concentration camps . He also quoted Che Guevara in Miami when running for president and then said Oh it was a mistake . That is like Hitler saying Juden ist verboten and then him saying Sorry , just a mistake . They already made re education mandatory in Seattle if you want to keep your city job . If Biden wins you will ALL be re educated .

Nicholas LaBella
Father was a police officer

July 20, 2020

To be a Police Officer is a Calling and it isn't just a Job but a way of Life. A Police Officer makes many Sacrifices, his time, his Health, sometimes his Family and Marriage but worst of all his Life. If this Officer is fortunate enough to Retire he will live with the memories of his experiences for an Eternity.

Duke Schneider
NYC DOC Retired

July 3, 2020

48 years ago today you and your partner became Garden angles at the gates of heaven . Thank for your service in the military . Continue to rest in peace

Mark Mottola

January 27, 2020

Always rest in peace my brother. Always thinking of your sacrifice and service to this city.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores

January 27, 2019

rest in peace. you served in viet nam and then nypd, you did more than most and definitely went above and beyond the call of duty. you and po foster also by your mere presence in the lower east side of nyc on that fateful night and subsequent death of you both unknowling at the time helped foster the resurgence of this part of nyc to what it is today, definitely opposite of it in the 1970s. as i stated in po fosters reflection i left, as far as i know, still no honorary sign affixed to a lampost with both your names so that many may wonder and hopefully read why your names are there. honorary signs abound here on si nyc many not denoting anywhere near yours and po fosters sacrifice in 1972, lets hope this changes and we see such an honor. semper fi.

robert dowling - administrative associ
nypd = retired

July 24, 2018

I was with my brothers in AIT and Viet Nam, Semper Fi Brothers, Rest In Peace.

Richard Rees, Cpl. USMC 0311
A Brother in Arms, Semper Fi, Rocco was a friend and work out partner,

April 8, 2018

Happy 46th year in Heaven my brother. Thank you again for your service and sacrifice to all of us here on earth. Continue to rest in perpetual peace and watch over your loving family always. Until we meet hero!

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

January 28, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

January 27, 2018

Semper Fi Brother

SDS Mark McCormack
NYPD Retired

January 27, 2018

Sgt. Rocco Laurie was one of the finest human beings and Marines I ever had the privilege of knowing.
I have no doubt when he went to meet St.Peter they had an honor guard waiting to escort him in the Gates.
He looked out for his people and never let them down.
There is no higher accolade for a man.

Semper Fidelis

Pfc. Anthony Knapp

January 13, 2018

Greg and Rocco
You guys will always be remembered. I make it a point to talk about you guys when I teach my Domestic Terrorism classes. You guys were the best and your service to your country and your city will always be appreciated. You are and will always be great examples of what Americans should all be.

James Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (RET)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno) and Nevada DPS

February 28, 2017

Rocco, I'll never forget Foster & Laurie, My granddaughter Emily Navarra was born 25 yrs later Jan 27,1997 RIP brother, Blue lives are great lives, long live the means streets of New York City, NY "You can take the boy from NYC, BUT You'll Never Take The New York City from THE BOY" God Bless All Of Us 45 yrs later, RIP brother

PO Al Navarra, #2693
NYCPD/SCPD retired: 4-4-88

February 20, 2017

Rest in Peace my brother. all of us in the law enforcement community you will always be remembered for being a true hero. ALL BLUE LIVES MATTER.

N.Y.PD. Ray Flores
Lieutenant (ret.)

January 27, 2017

Thinking of you two this day as I read about the horrible assassinations of the two officers in NYC yesterday - was out yesterday doing the holiday things and it will forever be a tragic season for the two families. I recall the movie - I believe that was the first time I became aware and then bought a paperback book about the slayings - when I was 13 or so. It never ends!

Doug Easterly

December 21, 2014

I am a student at I.S. 72 the police officer Rocco Laurie school. At first I knew he was a police officer and all, but I didn't know his back story. We had an assembly about him recently. Now I know what he stands for. He was a true hero, and didn't deserve to die at such a young age. He is truly a person to look up to, even though he is not that famous. He is a true American. No one should die for that. RIP Rocco Laurie and Gregory Foster (fellow officer in which he died with him). You'll be remembered by I.S.72 forever. I am proud to say I go to the school named after him.


October 28, 2014

I was in the Marines and Viet Nam with Rocco Laurie. I learned how to "get after" the weight pile. Rocco was a Marines, Marine . I ended up with three Purple Hearts and was sent home to Balboa Hospital. I was medically discharged. Memories of Rocco....all great, spoke a lot of the girl waiting for him that he was going to marry when he got back home. I will always remember him as a great Marine and great human being.

CPL. USMC Richard Rees
True Friend

June 10, 2014

I am a student in I.S 72 and i have just learned about Rocco Laurie I used to think he was just a regular man but when I learned about him I know now that he was a hero and he didn't deserve to die. I get angry when I think that he died when he was a good man because always in movies and in real life the good one dies.


November 4, 2012

Rocco was my friend & fellow shot putter on the PRHS Track team; Rocco was the best there was in NYC and a great guy. I knew him since childhood when his family owned the drug store on Morningstar Rd in Staten Island. RIP old friend

Mickey Pietrocola, Civilian, former USAF

August 27, 2012

Hero's may fall but are always remembered and honored. RIP brother.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 30, 2012

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