Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Thomas P. Haughton

Garwood Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, November 24, 1995

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Reflections for Patrolman Thomas P. Haughton

Thinking of you especially today on Thanksgiving. It’s hard to comprehend that you’re no longer here but the memories help in keeping you in our hearts. I miss you

Kathy Miller
Mother-in- law

November 27, 2022

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

November 24, 2020

You are still missed beyond words. Always in our hearts. RIP❤️

Kathy Miller
Mother in law

November 24, 2020

Officer Haughton,
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 Garwood. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 24, 2020


Life goes on but it’s never the same for those of us who still miss you. Always in our hearts,
Your Mother-In-Law

Kathy Miller

November 24, 2020

I can’t believe 24 years have passed. I treasure the family times we shared and think about you often. I miss you still.

Kathy Miller

November 25, 2019

For some reason, thinking of you today. UCERT and lunches at Wendy’s. Our talks siting on the curb outside the Police Academy. Many laughs. Miss you buddy.

Deputy Chief of Police W Paul Kelley
City of Summit Police Department

November 23, 2019

Rest in peace Patrolman Haughton.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 5, 2019

Officer Haughton,
On today, the 23rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Garwood. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 24, 2018

Still remember It like it was yesterday. I was off duty and called in and brought to the scene to bring back Tommy’s equipment, I will never forget what I saw that night and how many times I listened to his last radio transmissions. Rest in peace my friend.

Sgt. Mario Morelli
Garwood Police Dept.

August 17, 2018

Thomas, I don’t recall ever having met you, but I was working the night of your crash. As I typically did, I was scanning the local agencies on my scanner. I heard a mic key-up and then what sounded like a car crash. I’d assumed that it was someone goofing around on SPEN, as folks did back before the triangle boys could id you. It was only later when I was sent to help establish an LZ that I realized just what it was I had heard on the scanner. I still remember your car at Seville’s. Of all the jobs I’ve been on in my 27+ years, that’s one that will never leave me. I’m sorry that I never got to know you. God Bless and keep you Brother.

Lt. Dean Falzarano
Union County Police Dept

April 1, 2018

One of the best cops I ever met we called Him the rookie as a nick name I remember meeting his girlfriend or wife I can't remember but I think of him a lot so sad rest in peace buddy

John salmon
Kid in the neighborhood

December 31, 2014

A Hero now in Heaven, Always remembered and Never forgotten.

Kim Weigand - PA C.O.P.S.
Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand E.O.W. 9/14/2008

November 24, 2014

Tommy. I miss my little brother every day. Mom and dad are now with you. Watch over all of us. You are missed and never forgotten


August 15, 2012

Your shadowbox w/picture now hang in my office as reminder to everyone who enters that we are always one breath away from making the ultimate sacrifice. You were my co-worker and a friend and I'm proud to have served with you.

Chief Bruce D. Underhill
Garwood Police Department

August 8, 2012

Took my son up to Allamuchy Boy Scout camp for campfire night this evening. Found myself thinking of Tom and his years as a counselor there. As I watched the staff engage with the kids and entertain them with skits and songs, I remembered Tom's spirit and kind was a place he belonged.

Sarah Shopland Skelton

August 2, 2012

This November it will be 17 years since you were taken from us. I think of you often and miss the good times we had both as partners and friends on duty and off duty. It still hurts at times especially around Thanksgiving. You never did get that steak my wife cooked for you that night. Your Mom and Dad are with you now so Rest my Brother Rest in Peace. You are not forgotten.

Patrolman Joseph P. Wilds (Retired)
Garwood PD (Your Partner)

July 10, 2012

Something made me think of you today after 18 years. Just letting you know you still are not forgotten.

Joe Hanussak
Former Hudson County Sheriff Officer

Joe Hanussak
Union County Police Academy Class 68

November 2, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 24, 2009

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Patrolman Haughton and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever.

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Patrolman Haughton, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. Just as you were always with him when he walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that he will always be with you - wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Patrolman Haughton is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

It was their duty to serve; it is ours to remember.

Special Agent
FBI New York City

August 9, 2009

I miss you more each day my little brother. Know that you live forever in my heart and in my memories. Be at peace with our Mom.

I love you forever!

Maureen Clifford

March 9, 2009

Rest in Peace, Brother. Your service is not forgotten. God holds a special place for those who give their lives in service of others. Watch over us now, until we arrive.

Anchorage Police Dept., Alaska

July 7, 2008

God Speed, Brother.

Union PD, NJ

February 6, 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

Tom Its been a long time since Brooklyn
Thank You so much for your service. Your family and friends miss You deeply!!
You are not forgotten!!

Burt Pinkston

December 9, 2007

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