Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Eugene J. Miglio, III

Wildwood Crest Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, June 2, 1995

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Reflections for Patrolman Eugene J. Miglio, III

Patrolman Miglio,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wildwood. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

June 2, 2020

I never had the privilege of working with him, but for 16 years I have attended the memorial service for Officer Miglio. I was once one of those younger officers that Ana had spoke of in her post on Gene's 10th anniversary, but now I am sad to say that I am one of the old guys in our department. As we prepare to honor Gene's memory on the 22nd anniversary of his ultimate sacrifice, I am thinking about what I have learned standing in front of his tree and memorial for all those years. What has he taught me.

That tomorrow is never promised and to make the most of today.

That tickets and arrests will be forgotten quickly, but how you treat people will be remembered forever.

That you should have fun with the guys who work alongside you.

That those who wish to harm us or escape justice don't care where you work, how many calls you handle, how many officers are in your agency, or who you will leave behind, They see only an obstacle to their freedom, so always stay vigilant and prepared for the worst.

That your loss will be felt by those who knew and loved you for years to come.

That we will never forget our fallen. There will always be someone standing under that tree to remember your sacrifice.

Officer Miglio and his sacrifice is part of the fabric and history of our department and our community. His humor is still used, "Quiet I'm broadcasting", his love for his community is still remembered, his loss is still felt. From what I have learned listening to all of the stories shared throughout the years, Gene was a funny (really funny), compassionate, and caring man who loved his family, friends, and community. His memory is shared with each generation of new officer that joins our ranks. Sgt. Bill Kita shared it with me and now I have the privilege to pass it on to the next generation. If we do it right, many years after we are gone, a Wildwood Crest Police Officer who never worked with Gene will still be able to stand under that tree and speak of the type of man and officer he was. They will be able to speak of the fact that he was a good man who died a hero answering an officer's call for help. May we always honor that greatest of law enforcement traditions and never forget Gene or his sacrifice. As his wife, Barb, once reminded me "because he was good man and a good officer and he deserves nothing less".

So on Friday, June 2nd, we will gather at Officer Miglio's memorial site, share stories and a few laughs I'm sure, remember the man and honor his sacrifice. I will stand in front of the tree by the bay and see what lesson he can teach me this year.

Rest in Peace Gino. You will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Richard D'Amico Jr.
Wildwood Crest Police Dept.

May 23, 2017

Yours was the first police funeral I ever attended. I was a rookie cop of just over 1 year. When you were taken from your family and friends it served as a harsh reminder of the reality of the job we do and that any tour of duty can be our last.

Traveling from north jersey for your mass to the shore town I grew up loving stuck a real chord with me that has never faded. I remember being at Assumption Church for the service - it was surreal - as a kid my mom would make us walk to that church for mass - even on vacation. Now I stood at the same church as you lay inside. It was so hot that day. I remember sitting on the steps of the old Alps motel and the couple who owned it brought us bottled water while we waited to stand at attention as you left the church.

Cops from all over Jersey and the surrounding area came to pay their respects and it showed me what an incredible brother/sisterhood we are!

I never had the honor of meeting you but today - at least once a year - when we vacation in Cape May - I drag my young daughter to mass at the church of the Assumption. And I tell her your story. About your sacrifice and about the day of your funeral.

I thought your family and friends would like to know that you continue to be remembered and have an impact on others. I have a police memorial band with your name on it on my desk as a "any time - any place" reminder and today I share your story with my guys as I implore them to stay safe.

Today - on the 20th anniversary of your sacrifice, my thoughts are with your children and your family and friends and all who lost you.

RIP my brother...you are not forgotten.

Lt. Tom Kelly
Maplewood PD (1993-2002) Essex County Pros. Office (2002-pres)

June 2, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

June 2, 2015

You were my hero and I think of you often geno. Rip

CDR Ernest long
Aventura Policep

May 5, 2015

I went to Philip P. Baker Elementary School with Gene from 1964 to 1966, during 7th and 8th grades, and we used to call him "Byrd" back then (because he was a big fan of the rock group The Byrds). We had a lot of fun times kidding around. I lost touch with him in later years, but I was so sorry to hear of his untimely passing in 1995. He was a great kid, and I know he was a great police officer too. RIP "Byrd" -- and thanks for unselfishly serving your community for 14 years in the Crest police department. You are not forgotten.

Kirk Hastings
Childhood Friend

January 29, 2014

I went to the Academy with Gino. We used to run together and I would encourage him to keep up with us. Gino was my hero for a lot of reasons and a wonderful example of a fine police officer. The last time I saw him we had lunch and he told me about getting married and his kids. The day it happened I heard about the incident and my first thought was to call Gene and see what happened. Little did I know it was him. I miss you Gene and wish you and your family the best. See you again some day and we will have a good laugh about our experiences in the academy. 173rd MC

CDR Ernest Long
Aventura Police

August 14, 2013

You were special. You and your wife helped me through a difficult time in my life. I feel I was blessed to have known you. Than you!

Sgt. Michael Fitzgerald (former)
North Wildwood Police Department

June 3, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 17th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 15, 2012

My lasting impression of you was from our one long talk at the Orbit...you have been gone for 17 yrs and I can still picture you... as I do Micky. Next we meet, I'm Buying.

Lt. James Burke
Sea Isle City Police

May 22, 2012

On the 15th anniversary of Patrolman Miglio's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Patrolman Miglio is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

June 3, 2010

Geno,

You'd be very proud of your children, both in college and your daughter just graduated from Sea Girt for the Corrections Department. You remember Sea Girt right? We had a great time at the academy and those days are now fond memories. We miss you cuz.

Edward F. Beck ( Ret )
Stone Harbor PD, NJ. Cousin of Eugene Miglio EOW 6-2-95

May 10, 2010

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

February 21, 2010

am really sorry about officer miglio. i never knew him, but i recently met his daughter who just began working with me at bayside. i would like to let him and his family know that i will be watching over her as best as i can. and many others will be too.

Anonymous

December 22, 2009

Heah Gino,
Remember the 'Three Stooges' talking about taking the girls to Mexico. Well I finally got Jack to go we will be thinking about you and hoisting a few in your honor. We miss and love ya BRO..

Detective Commander Bob Martin
Lower Twsp PD, NJ Retired

August 17, 2009

I just wanted to let your family and friends know that there are many out there who know the pain that you feel today. My brother Roger was killed 4 years ago today on June 2nd. You are in the thoughts and prayers of many folks who care. I pray that God will bless you with many precious happy memories to help fill your heart "especially today".

Judy Coleman
Sister of Roger Lynch

June 3, 2009

I have never met you but from what i read you truly are a hero.Whenever I pass through Wildwood Crest I take a moment to honor your memory. Rest in Peace

P.O. Greg Durand
NYPD-Police Service Area 9

April 8, 2009

I spent every childhood summer of my life in WC. Thank you for dedicating your life to making sure my gubby barefeet on the sidewalks always made it home safe. You are a hero. Never forgotton.

Laura
Philadelphia, PA

January 12, 2009

Hey Cuz...........You are not forgotten, I think of you often and crack a little smile. You were a pip!! 13 years, it doesn't seem possible. Ed

Edward F. Beck ( Ret )
Stone Harbor PD, NJ. Cousin of Eugene Miglio

June 6, 2008

Gino,
Miss you brother. Still fighting the fight in Connecticut.
You aare in my thoughts daily,
Dino

Dean Festa
Connecticut Child Support Enforcement Unit-Supervisor

June 3, 2008

"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 13, 2007

Rest in Peace, Ptlm. Miglio. You are not forgotten.

P/O #5434
Phila. PD

August 30, 2007

Gino,
Well bro it has been more than twelve years and you are forever in my mind. Jack and I miss you and when we get together we hoist one for you. We will never forget the loyalty you always exhibited and your ability to enjoy every day that went by no matter the circumstance.
Miss ya bro....The 'THREE STOOGES' WE WERE!!!

Bob Martin, Retire Detective Commander
Friend and Fellow Officer

August 7, 2007

We will never forget you and the sacrifice you made. Rest in peace always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

June 2, 2007

Hey Cuz,

12 years have passed and you are still in our hearts and minds (how'm I doin?).

Rest In Peace Brother.

Edward F. Beck ( Ret )
Stone Harbor PD, NJ. Cousin of Eugene Miglio

June 1, 2007

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