Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Joseph T. Moretti

Revere Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, September 24, 1973

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Reflections for Detective Joseph T. Moretti

Detective Moretti, it's now been 45 years since your brutal and senseless murder. Your heroism has not been forgotten, nor you, the man behind the badge.

It's always comforting to me (and no doubt many others who have never met you) to see reflections left by family and friends. It shows that, no matter how much time has past, those who knew and loved you best still think of you and hold you in their hearts and minds and have not let go of you. This is obviously the case with you and I thank God for it.

God Bless you, Brother and may your continued eternal rest remain peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

September 24, 2018

Teddy - You were a good friend and a brave man. It's been a long time, but I still miss your stories.

Jim McChristal, Ranger, ret.
National Park Service

June 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 39th 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.

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

September 24, 2012

DET. MORETTI, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. WHEN YOU GAVE YOUR ALL I WAS STILL A CHILD AND HAD NO THOUGHT OF BEING A POLICEMAN. I PRAY THAT YOUR FAMILY IS WELL TODAY.

PATROLMAN
PASCAGOULA PD.

September 29, 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

November 8, 2007

Detective Moretti,
On today, the 34th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Revere. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

Anonymous

September 24, 2007

Detective Moretti, today marks the 33rd year since your brutal murder. It seems unknown whatever happened to the one responsible, but I know in my heart, justice was done at some point. You gave 18 years of your life to law enforcement here on Earth. No doubt you’ve given even more in Heaven.

Your family has never truly lost you and I know you watch over them still, even after all this time.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 24, 2006

Although many years have past the impact of your sacrifice is still felt. We salute your bravery and your legacy will not be forgotten. Gob bless you Det. Moretti.

Former officer

September 6, 2005

Even the best fall down, and you were one of the best. Your missed by many, i can truly say. A true hero and inspiration. We love and admire you.

July 25, 2005

REST IN PEACE BROTHER. GOD BE WITH YOU.

J.CISNEROS
LOS ANGELES SCHOOL POLICE

July 22, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

April 28, 2005

RIP SIR, YOU ARE A HERO AND DEFENDER OF WHAT IS RIGHT!

Mike, son of retired Waltham cop/Newton

February 13, 2005

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