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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

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 20, 2007

Sleep soldier! still in honored rest
Your truth and valor wearing;
The bravest are the tenderest; ---
The loving are the daring.

From A Song of the Camp, by Bayard Taylor (1825-1878)

Anonymous

September 10, 2007

God Speed, Brother.

P.O.K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

June 11, 2007

To Adelaide Laurie. It was so nice to see your reflection to your husband. As I had mentioned in a previous reflection, your husband and Officer Foster were such an inspiration to me. Not just for being two great law enforcement officers, but to see how two men could come from two different backgrounds and become such good friends. I cannot help but to think back to the first time I watched the movie based on their story and cried. I cried for them, I cried for you and Officer Foster's wife, I cried for your families, and I cried for the entire law enforcement community. Please know that your husband and Officer Foster will never be forgotten and they will always be known as true heroes.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

March 20, 2007

I was profoundly moved after reading the reflections of other officers about my husband, Rocco. Rocco was not only a hero, but he was a kind, gentle, considerate person and he was loved by so many people. Even now, after so many years have passed, not a day goes by that I don't think of him. His death is something that I will never get over. We were indeed high school sweethearts and we married soon after he returned from his tour of duty in VietNam. To all the other law enforcement officers, I say "God bless you", with sincere heartfelt thanks for sacrifices you make.

Adelaide Laurie
Staten Island, NY

adelaide laurie
widow

February 23, 2007

May you rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

December 5, 2006

I remember watching the movie about Officer Laurie and Officer Foster many years ago. I could not help but to shed tears for the loss of two great men, two great officers, and two great friends which they had become. Your legacy lives on and the inspiration you have had and continue to have on other officers like myself is quite incredible. Thank you for you your service.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 14, 2006

Hello Rocco - For those that don't know, Rocco attended Port Richmond High School in Staten Island, NY. That is where he met and married his high school sweet heart. Rocco, held the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) record for years with the 12 Pound shot-put, 52 feet if my memory serves me correctly. Years later, I was assigned to the 9th Pct. Lower East Side of Manhattan. The Black Liberation Army took Rocco & Greg Fosters life at a very young age. Everyday, I stood roll call in front of the desk, I would look at the memorial, and reflect. Rocco, sorry that you answered the ultimate call, by a hate group that singled out black & white cops working together. May you rest in peace.

Richard A. Lapp
NYPD Retired

February 9, 2006

God Bless You Rocco. I read the book and I know the story. My Father was a marine like you and I am a cop like you...we will always carry on and prevail. I will never forget you, or the sacrafice you made....Ciao Brother...

BZ
City of Yonkers PD, NY

August 13, 2005

I remember Laurie, although vaguely, as I was a resident in the precinct. Laurie and his partner were stand up guys, and a terrible loss to both the department and the community. I hope you are really in a better place Rocco.

Im A. Nonymous
NYPD-Aux

May 30, 2005

Officer Laurie,

Although I never knew you, the courage that you and Officer Foster demonstrated has always inspired me. Thank you for that... Rest in peace my brother in blue...

Captain Joseph J. Buyak, III
Hartford, CT Police Department

May 1, 2005

DAY IS DONE,
GONE THE SUN,
FROM THE HILLS, FROM THE LAKE, FROM THE SKIES.
ALL IS WELL, SAFELY REST,
GOD IS NIGH.

GO TO SLEEP, PEACEFUL SLEEP,
MAY THE SOLDIER OR SAILOR, GOD KEEP.
ON THE LAND OR THE DEEP,
SAFE IN SLEEP.

LOVE, GOOD NIGHT,
MUST THOU GO,
WHEN THE DAY, AND THE NIGHT NEED THEE SO?
ALL IS WELL. SPEEDETH ALL
TO THEIR REST.

FADES THE LIGHT;
AND AFAR
GOETH DAY, AND THE STARS SHINETH BRIGHT,
FARE THEE WELL; DAY IS GONE,
NIGHT IS ON.

THANKS AND PRAISE,
FOR OUR DAYS,
'NEATH THE SUN, 'NEATH THE STARS, 'NEATH THE SKY,
AS WE GO, THIS WE KNOW,
GOD IS NIGH.

A Brother In Blue

Detective Troy S. Pilivi
Box Elder Narcotics Strike Force (Utah)

October 20, 2004

Dear Patrolman Laurie,

Although we never had a chance to meet, we shared a common goal.
To make the world a better place, but now it's taken a toll.
Now I say to you in words of a prayer, I will remember what you've done.
Your death was the ultimate in sacrifice, how tragic that you're gone.
One day we'll meet and talk about our common goal and then,
The heartache that I'm feeling now, will no longer have to mend.

To the world you were a hero. We'll meet up with you someday. In the meantime, please protect us and pray for us from above. We love you dear one. Thank you for everything.

Grandma & Grandpa Hinkle
Parents of a Deputy Sheriff

October 11, 2004

Rocco,
Your sensless death was huge reason that I became a police officer. Hopefully, between all of us, our service will be rewarded in the future. You will never be forgotten.

May 10, 2004

Hey Rocco, I was a young DC cop when you and Foster were murdered. I saw the movie, and have never forgotten you, and Foster. You were New York's Finest. Met many a NYPD at the Police Memorial, they are THE MOST. Rocco, as you now know, Jesus Loves You, so do we, brother.

Ret Officer RB Wade
Richmond,Va Police

October 7, 2003

Rest in peace blue angel. You were taken 2 days after I was born. One life was given one was taken. God bless those left behind.

Shannon

OFFICERS ROCCO LAURIE AND GREGORY FOSTER WERE DEDICATED MEMBERS OF THE NYPD.THEY INSPIRED ME AS A YOUNG BOY GROWING UP IN NEW YORK CITY TO BECOME A PROUD LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND START A PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN THE BRONX.
THEY WERE SHOT FROM BEHIND IN THIER BACKS BY LOWLIFE COWARDS WHO DIDNT HAVE THE GUTS TO FACE THEM.
THEY WERE TRUE HEROES THAT SERVED THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK CITY WITH PRIDE AND RESPECT. R.I.P. MY BROTHERS.

COURT OFFICER JOE LAGRIPPO
BRONX CRIMINAL COURT

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