Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Albert J. Mallen, Sr.

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, August 28, 1985

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Reflections for Detective Albert J. Mallen, Sr.

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 28, 2020


With love you are remembered. Peggy’s advocacy for survivors is an inspiration for me to create change here in Alaska. All these years later you both continue to inspire. Love, Paul

Paul Maguire, PhD
Family and Creating Peaceful Neighborhoods

November 26, 2018

Det. Mallen,

May you rest in peace, you are not forgotten. My father served with you in the NJSP and always spoke highly of you and your example (and still does). I pray most of all for your family, that they may know the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Asst. Counsel J. Herman
Pennsylvania State Police

March 9, 2016

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 18, 2013

Well today started out as a regular work day ..when tragedy hi a neighborhood was a house fire in i was doing my job i happen to see a young man that resembled my friend..and OMG it was Alby..i have not actually seen him since he was knee a spitten image....But as you could imagine here is chip off the old block ...lending aid to a neighbor across the street that just lost everything they owned...he opened his door and made them comfortable and rendered aide the best he could....I made my way in to assist the homeowners as i do in my business when i was grosly in aww with Alby...he took me downstairs to show me his bar and his Tiger collection..and all of the sudden his fathers shrine and was one of the most emotional days i have had in a very long time....but it really made my day and i actually felt the strong presence of Albert today....Just a fine human being ...never did i think my day was going to turn in that i sit here in my home with my family and i look around ....i makes me sad that Big Al is not there with his family to enjoy all of the gifts i have with my family and not to mention his grandchildren...i could just see him as a grandpop....LOL...thats laugh out loud as my kids have taught me....well just had to leave this on the My day has been warm and heartfelt ...thanks to have no idea how much this touched me today....and just a funny note .....Could you see Albert today Texting ....OMg That would be a sight......Clyde

Clyde Ash
A Friend forever

April 6, 2011

Miss you Uncle Albert. Your kids are grown and doing well. You must be so proud of them and Aunt Peggy. Give grandmom a hug and kiss from me. I love you both so much:)


August 28, 2010

25 years ago today one man pulled the trigger on a shotgun and shattered my entire family. 25 years later our hearts still grieve. But we have stood tall, weathered the storm, and went on to make a difference in this world. Albert J. Mallen, Sr., showed us the way. We have tried to remain strong and follow his example. Albert Mallen was a hero. To his family he was a loving son, husband, brother, father, son-in-law, and good friend. We will never forget you. The grandchildren, who you never saw, will know you and know that your life mattered.
Peggy and Children

Peggy Mallen

August 28, 2010

25 years ago you made the ultimate sacrifice serving the citizens of the State of NJ. As you watch over your family from above, you must be beaming with pride in all that Peggy has done; raising your 3 children and through legislation assisting other surviving spouses & their children. As you continue to be the guardian angel watching over Peggy, your children & grandchildren, know that you will NEVER be forgotten!


August 28, 2010

Although life goes on, it is never the same for those who knew you or loved you. My heart goes out to those people. They are probably all better for knowing and loving you. May your legacy live on through each one of them. Memories of the heart are often bittersweet. Strangers too, like myself, feel for you loss....Thank you for your dedication and law enforcement service. We citizens are fortunate that there are good people like you who are always willing to protect us and keep our cities safe. Thank you for putting your life on the line every single day while you served. You are a true hero to many and your loss is not in vain.


January 30, 2010



October 16, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former Police Officer

August 28, 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
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 12, 2007

Wow the time flies by and as i take a look at how my life has developed the family man i have become..As I read on and see how much of Al was left behind....Not a day goes by that I do not recall our talks they be serious or just about trivial nonsense....but as always they were an education of a person I admired as a young kid and now a grown man....Its so nice to see that peg had contiunued to fight for the cause and also nice to see alby with a child....well I just wanted to add my thoughts for the day and hope all is well with the family and all of alberts devoted friends ...

Clyde Ash
Marmora NJ

Still a friend

October 25, 2007

Dear Albert and Family,
Albert is my cousin and when I in my teens, I use to tell my friends Albert was my boy friend, because he was so good looking and he would go along with it and they were so jealous. But Albert was cool person go with flow and you are missed and thought of. But you left behind and loving wife and beautiful children and would be so proud of them, as they are of you. I love you and miss you always take care of my mom & dad please.
Love, Anne


September 1, 2007

Albert was our close and loyal friend throughout childhood, a hero to us even before he was seen as a hero by others. We recall his many strengths and the ways in which he was so human. We will go on loving and remembering him as long as we live, and hope his life will inspire others to acts of compassion and personal bravery.

Kathleen and Ronald Watkins
Childhhood Friends

August 29, 2007

You are missed by all of that love you! BUT...What a legacy you left behind. Three beautiful children that I know as you look down from HEAVEN...make you proud. Not to mention Peggy who to this day continues to amaze ALL of us.

Love and miss you, Joanne


August 29, 2007

I know you are proud of the Mallen family. Auntie left here with the same blaze of glory as you did. You couldn't have chosen a better wife. My mom loved you, Peggy and your children just like her own. We are first cousins but really we're a blended family. Our parents always made sure we had a playmate other than our own brother or sister. Your buddy was Billy and mine Janice. I know Auntie is taking good care of you! I hope you are not wearing those clogs in heaven. Love you.

1st cousin

August 29, 2007

August 28,1985 our world was shattered by one shotgun blast. But the bad guy did not win. Your three children and I survived and made something positive come out of your brutal, senseless death. I have tried to make things eaiser for the next survivor down the road. I did this through legislation that brought line of duty death benefits up to date. There are still two more pieces of legislation to go and then, I feel, the survivor package will be complete. We miss you still and wish that you could see your new grandson, Ryan Albert. We will always cherish your memory and try to make you proud of us. After all we were and still are, a New Jersey State Police family.
Peggy and children

Peggy Mallen

August 28, 2007

Know that we will never forget you.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

August 28, 2007

Hi Uncle Albert,

I can't believe it's been almost 22 years! I still remember the cheers at the basketball games and track meets. I epecially remember when you came to pick me up at gymnastics try-outs. We were all sitting there, hoping to be picked for the team. They announced only one had made the team. I was so excited when my name was called! You said to me in the car that you had no doubt it was me. Speaking of cars, I'll never forget when you drove me home from grandmom's at 20 West. I was 10 and up front and you said, "Now, we can't have our star athletes without a seatbelt!" I've worn one ever since!!! It's funny the things that you remember. I am now 37, a year older than you were when you gave the ultimate sacrifice. It seems so unfair, you were so young and had so much to offer. You would be so proud of Peggy and all that she has done for the NJSP. Your kids sure miss you! You now have a WISH YOU AND RENE GOT TO MEET HIM. Things aren't the same without GRANDMOM either! I know you are both watching out for us!!! May you always know that you will never be forgotten!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


August 14, 2007

It has been some 20 years and I find myself still daydreaming back to the days albert would get off of a night shift and come to the local service station that I worked as a kid ....we would talk and sometimes i would go up on the expressway at night and just ride with Al. I believe this bond and guidance he gave me as a young man gave me the tools I needed later in life ....I can still see him pull up in that Great Big Whit Station Wagon of his moms or Janets Yellow Corvette...not to mention his little blue chevette...smoking his cigar and have a 16oz bud.....he had a great impact on me as a kid and still to this day ......

clyde ash
marmora NJ

Clyde Ash

October 13, 2005


Always there, always with a smile and a helping hand. Thank you for helping Denise, Carmen and I get through the emotional trip in D.C. You have been a tremendous help throughout our tragic loss of Bert.

I have many memories of the trip but one that stands out most promenently is the one on the Capitol lawn. The Zimmerman family name was called and I remember getting up, tears in my eyes, head down and something told me to look over to the right, and there you all were, the Survivors of the Triangle, smiling and waving and giving us support. I then held my head up proudly and thought, we can do this. They have walked in our shoes and they have survived. God Bless you for helping those that follow behind you.

Vicki & Carmen

Vicki Petrelli
MIL of TRP Bertram Zimmerman, EOW 2/05/04

June 17, 2005

May you continually watch over us. Your sacrifice for the safety of New Jersey citizens will not be forgotten. You are sadly missed, but your smile and humor will always be with us.

Sister-Jackie and Niece-Maryanne

March 29, 2005

May you rest in peace Detective Mallen... know that you will never be forgotten.

L.E.O. Wife

May 28, 2004

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