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Detective Carmine Macchia

Suffolk County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, June 15, 1978

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Reflections for Detective Carmine Macchia

Hi I remember Det Carmine. I was a police explorer also my Dad was in the squad I remember going back there and helping out bring coffee back always so nice. GOD BLESS

John Harrington
Scpd 1st pct explorer

November 28, 2020

Detective Macchia rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 22, 2019

I was their that day and I remember carmine well he was a good cop and good guy

Stephen kozinski
Scpd 1st pct retired

May 8, 2016

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

June 15, 2015

my great uncle....did his job and worked hard to protect his family

deputy macchia
flagler county sheriffs office

March 26, 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 34th anniversary 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 the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

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

June 15, 2012

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 17, 2012

Thanks for your years of services.


February 22, 2012

Will always remember the way you would say "Sarge". Rest in peace friend.

Gary Fiore D/Sgt (ret.)
Suffolk County P. D. New York

January 27, 2012

i was working the night carmine was killed we all ran out of the pct to assist in the car chase he never made it back. god bless his soul and his family

p.o frank scatoni
suffolk county police dept

October 27, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Detective Macchia and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

June 12, 2009

"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
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

Det. Macchia, thank you for your service. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten.

Michelle - wife of retired LEO

April 9, 2007

Back in the late 1970's I was a police explorer at the 1st Pct. I remember while working the desk, I would often go back to the squad room where you would be working. You always had a joke or something else funny to say. I learned of your death from another explorer the day after the accident. I remember you as being dedicated cop who really loved the job. Rest in Peace.

Some fact about Detevtive Macchia. Carmine was born and spent his early childhood in Harlem N.Y. He later moved to Terryville in 1958 and attended Port Jefferson High School. In 1962 Carmine joined the Navy and was sent to Viet Nam. After his discharge in 1966 he joined the N.Y.C. Transit Police where he earned a Meritorious Police Service Award. In 1970 Carmine accepted appointment to the Suffolk County Police Department. With less than one year of service, he was given a Burglary car for a year and a half followed by a one year assignment in Plainclothes, working on warrants. He was then chosen to be one of the orginal members of the S.O.P. Program. In Jan 1976 while assigned to the Organized Crime Control Section, Carmine was promoted to Detective and reassigned to the First Squad. He developed an impressive record and reputation as an excellent officer, earning 39 Precinct and Headquarters commendations and two Meritorous Service Awards. Carmine was the first S.C.P.D. detective to be killed in the line of duty.

Police Officer Timothy B. Smith
Yuma Police Department

April 13, 2006

Detective Macchia,
As another officer wrote in a fallen officer's reflection, "no fallen officer should go without a reflection." Thank you for your service to the citizens of Suffolk County.

Senior Patrol Agent Michael F. Casey
United States Border Patrol

January 3, 2005

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