Name : Sledge, Cecil 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 4438 Command: 069 Pct.
Date of Death: 1980-01-28   Cause of Death: Shot-Auto Check
     
 Officer Sledge was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in Brooklyn of a suspect wanted for shooting at his girlfriend. He was shot when approached the vehicle. As he fell to the ground his gunbelt became caught on the car and he was dragged approximately one quarter mile before falling free from the vehicle. The suspect was apprehended after taking an elderly woman hostage in her own home.

The suspect, Salvatore DeSarno was on parole at the time of th murder (while he resisted arrest for numerous armed robberies).

As a result of Officer Sledge's murder, one man patrols were no longer authorized unless the officer was equiped with a shotgun.

Officer Sledge had been with the agency for 12 years. He was 35 years old. He left behind a wife, Linda and 2 children - 3 1/2 year old Richard and 9 month old Corinne.
  
 
     
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Good cop, I still can't believe it happened to him, I was there the night it happened, and remember it like it was yesterday. I probably will never forget it the rest of my life. God Rest Your Sole Frank (The name he liked to be called)
— Joe Rainone

I knew Cecil briefly from Central booking and court, What a guy, a very TOUGH but FAIR man. May he rest in peace.
— Paul B (teen angel)

I was there that night. It was probably the worst night of my life. I will never forget it nor will I ever forget Frank. We spoke only minutes earlier as we were both departing the 69th Precinct station houe. Frank it has been 23 + years and I will never forget that night.
— Joe Gargan

NOT A DAY OR NIGHT GOES BY THAT I DON'T THINK AND MISS YOU. YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. YOU WOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR SON AND DAUGHTER. WE LOVE YOU AND YOUR FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS. LOVE LINDA, RICHARD AND CORINNE
— LINDA SLEDGE

Frank's murderer is coming up for parole in early November of this year. Letters must be written to prevent his release. Please send this e-mail to your entire address book and request they do likewise. Frank's lovely wife Linda is reaching-out for as many letters as possible opposing DeSarno's early release. Salvatore DeSarno was on parole at the time he killed Frank in a shootout (while he resisted arrest for numerous armed robberies). This must be stated in the letters. Those writing should include if they knew Frank professionally, or on a personal basis -- or both. Which is the case with me. Please include the following in letters: RE: Salvatore DeSarno; DIN# 81A1798, NYSID # 4075158Q, DOB: 10-21-58. Please send your letters to: 1) Sullivan Correctional Facility, PO Box 116, Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116. Attention: Parole Office. 2) State of New York, Division of Parole, 97 Central Avenue, Albany, New York 12206. Attention: "Victim Impact Unit." 3) Governor George E. Pataki, State Capital, Albany New York 12224. GOD rest Frank's soul! May he rest in peace! GOD bless all who undertake this petition. Charlie, I know you'll do the right thing, so I'll thank you in advance for your efforts. Any questions, don't hesitate to call Fred Tiriola 718 258 2305; Terry Hasenstab 516 795 3877. Terry...
— Bob

The Colorado 10-13 Association is sending a letter from the organization and individual members are sending letters as well. Im was there that night and this was a guy that even after his arrest showed no compassion at all. Even at his trial, he attempted to uise the ruse of self defense against a Police Officer in uniform,as thopught up by his defense attorney, William Kuntsler. We need to keep a person like this in jail, not onl;y for Frank, but for the people of New York as well.
— Joe Gargan

God rest your soul brother, Frank! I think of you often and pray for the salvation of your soul at Mass. Will never forget that night as long as I live. May our Lord continue to give your wife, Linda -- and children -- the strength to go on without you. I know you're there watching over. Best cop I ever met in the job!! Terry (cakes, which you always called me) Hasenstab. Rest in peace!! You deserve the Kingdom promised to all peace-makers!!
— Terry Hasenstab

My heart has always been with the NYPD and has been for years. I know first hand that when a fellow officer dies in the line of duty every policeman and policewoman active or retired feels the pain. Salvatore Desarno changed the lives of many who cannot and will never be "paroled" from the pain that he caused. He must remain behind prison walls for decisions he conciously made that hurt numerous people and took the life of Cecil Sledge. A man like Desarno cannot be allowed to walk the streets among civilized people. If he is paroled there will be absolutely no justice served and a slap in the face to every police officer......law abiding citizen.......every victim of a violent crime and victim's families. To release him from prison would be a travesty. Let him continue to be able to talk to and have visits from his friends and family while behind bars. The only thing Cecil's family can do is remember a husband....and father.
— Barbara A Smith

Frank was one of my best friends. We worked in the 69 together, did side jobs with Mike Duffy, and were neighbors. Our families were also very close. He was like a Brother to me, we both had our roots in the South. He was a great family man, and someone who could be counted on at any time and any place. He was a cops, cop. He left behind a beautiful wife Linda, and two small children. For anyone who know Frank he is never forgotten.
— AL Sheppard

It is with deep regret, and sorrow that I have come to learn of the demise of officer Cecil "Frank" as his friends called him. I am very grateful that we live in a country where men and women in uniform risk their lives on a daily basis to ensure our safety. we must write our congressmen, senators and make sure that the murderer and savsge person who committed this apprehensive crime never be freed. My condolonces to the family,and my everlasting gratitude to "Frank".
— ALEXANDERl

God Rest Officer Sledge's Sole. Could you please email me the email address of the Parole Board.It would help if you post the Parole Boards email address somewhere.
— douglas

I am the nephew of Police Officer Cecil Frank Sledge. My name is Jonathan Shekian and I am also a proud member of the NYPD for the last 11 years. I was also assigned to the 69 pct for 5 years after graduating the police academy. As soon as started working at the 69 pct my goal was to clean up the park that was dedicated to him. With family, other members of the 69 pct as well as the community we thoroughly made the park look great. After every roll call I would look at my uncle's plaque on the wall of the 69 pct next to the C.O.'s office. Not a day has gone by where I do not think of that tragic day. I was just a child at the time but I remember him well. I walked the streets of Canarsie and I would stop to talk to the residents and they all remembered officer Sledge. I worked with the same officers he did and they would tell me stories about what a great cop he was. I go to St. Charles cemetary often and I will sit and talk to my uncle and ask him to look over our family as well as every member of the NYPD. God bless you Uncle Frank.
— Jonathan Shekian

my father harry maxwell was a partner and friend of officer sledge. I heard on the radio{770am} saturday that this dirtbag is up for parole. I will ask everyone I know to write letters and do what they can to keep this murderer in jail. My father told me that Mr.Sledge was a great cop but even a better person.
— michael maxwell

Frank was the kind of person you never forget! In the late 1960's he lived across the street from me, (E. 33 St., Bklyn). He was a true gentleman. I'm writing a letter so his killer never gets paroled - and urging others to as well.
— Robin Marion

I knew Frank from the Army Reserve unit at Fort Tilden. Frank was a Sgt in Co. C. We also had being a cop in common. I never laughed so hard in my life, every time I got to talking about 'The Job' with him. He had a great sense of humor. I sure miss him. Rest in Peace my friend.
— Dennis Conner

My brother Dennis and I, both retired from the 105 Pct. We knew "Frank" when we all served at Ft. Tilden, NY in the Army Reserves. Frank was a great NCO and a stand up guy. He shared his humor with us all the time,was a gentleman, and always reliable. I last saw "Frank" when he came to the 105 Pct. to gas a car. We stood in the dark, reminisced some halcyon days at Fort Drum & Fort Tilden, shook hands and parted. May God hold you in the hollow of his hand, "Frank" and grant you eternal peace. It was an honor to have known and served with you.
— Robert Conner

Frank Sledge was an Arkansas gentleman who I always respected. He and I were with the NYPD at the same time, but I served with him in the Army Reserves in Brooklyn with lots of fond memories of the stocky square jawed wonder friend. He loved his family so much. I was so blessed to attend his child's Christening party where he danced a wonderful Lebanese dance with that big grin of his. He often shared things about God with me--Frank, I didn't listen back then--but today I am a Methodist Pastor. When that African American woman sang Amazing Grace in that Brooklyn Methodist Church it set me off on a spiritual journey I am still traveling. See again some day, my friend.
— Chuck Ferrara

Frank and I were in the Street Crime Unit at the same time but in different squads. When I got promoted to Sergeant in was assigned to the 69 Pct. Frank came to the 69 a short time later. After I became the 69 Anti-Crime supervisor I asked Frank to "come upstairs" into my unit. He gracefully declined saying he liked patrol work. Me, him and Al Sheppard lived in the same neighborhood and I can remember him pushing the baby stroller past my house on the way to visit Al. I think of him often. He was a good cop.
— Carl Garritani

I work with Frank as his partner in 69th Pct Anti-Crime Unit/May he "REST IN PEACE".Bennie Fye
— Bennie Fye

DEAR FRANK, YOUR CHILDREN AND I APPEARED BEFORE THE PAROLE BOARD FOR THE 2ND TIME ON OCTOBER 6, 2006. WE PRAY FOR JUSTICE AND WE WILL NEVER EVER FORGET YOU. YOU ARE ALWAYS WITH US. LOVE LINDA, RICHARD AND CORINNE
— LINDA SLEDGE

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 14, 2006, 12:37 pm

I am a Sgt. in the PA State Police. I did not have the privilage of knowing officer Sledge, however, my 12 year old daughter helps take care of the retired original NYPD mount which was named in his honor on our horse farm in NE Pennsylvania. He is owned by the uncle of the last officer to ride him. "Sledgy" is getting up in age and I was wondering if any of you who have contact with Officer Sledge's survivors could ask them if they would be interested in receiving some very nice pictures of "Sledge" or even visiting him at the farm. Also, since both of my daughter's parents are police officers, she would be very interested in learning more about Officer Sledge and making some sort of pictoral tribute to him near "Sledgy's" stall. Please let me know. Thanks and stay safe. Contact me at sist@ptd.net. Daniel Sist, Sgt., PSP
— Daniel P. Sist
Posted: January 6, 2007, 7:34 pm

As a former inmate of the NYS Dept. of Corrections I served almost 2 years with Sal Desarno at the Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch, NY. I had the opportunity to get to know Mr. Desarno on a personal level. Many hours were spent between Sal and I walking and talking in the prison yard and as a former inmate I can say that this individual would do absolutely zero benifit to any community. He is where he should be and the general public should make sure he remains there. This is not a normal person being delt with. Many times he told me the story of what happened and at times seemed to be proud of his dispicable act. Never was there an ounce of sympathy for this officers family mentioned from him.
— Bobby B
Posted: March 22, 2007, 12:26 pm

we would like to see pics of sledgy......could you please email them to me?? thank you
— michael shekian
Posted: February 24, 2007, 7:15 am

Please email them to: mshekian@optonline.net........thanks again
— michael shekian
Posted: February 24, 2007, 7:16 am

Officer Sledge, I think about you often. I was one of the few eye witnesses at the scene. I was 18. I could not believe my eyes. I ran for blocks trying to find you and help, but could not find you. The mayhem that followed could not be described in words on this screen. The night still haunts my memory as if it was yesterday. God Bless You And Your Family
— Andrew
Posted: July 29, 2007, 9:13 am

I worked in SCU when Cecil was there for a brief time. We talked one night about he didn't like the work in civilian clothes and wanted to get back in uniform to do patrol work, He was a cop of conviction and wanted to give up SCU, to get back to what he loved most. Was a true gentleman.
— Bill Krebs
Posted: August 23, 2007, 6:32 pm

I worked in the 69th Precinct as a Sergeant for 10 years, until my recent transfer during the summer of 2007. During my time in the 69th, I had the honor and privilege to get to know the Sledge family- Linda, Richard and Corinne. In addition, I had the pleasure of working with Jon Shekian, Cecil's nephew. They are such a wonderful family. Linda and the Children are just really down-to-earth folks. I will miss spending time with them. Cecil Sledge will live on through the memories of those walking thru the door of the 69th Precinct, the memorial stands proud in the muster room. A photo of "Horse Sledgy" is a new addition to this memorial wall, with the horse's young savior, Gina riding him. Cecil was a great Police Officer, one who can be looked up to by the new officers. But most important, Cecil's greatest legacy is his beautiful children & family. God Bless All of You. Love, Joel
— Joel
Posted: October 17, 2007, 3:10 pm

It has been 28 years since the murder of my uncle Frank. As always I have gone to St. Charles cemetary to pay my respects to a legend. I just bought a book called E-Man written by Al Sheppard, Ret. He was a very good friend of my uncle's. He has written an entire chapter about my uncle's murder. RIP uncle Frank.......until we meet again.
— PO Jonathan Shekian Hwy Unit 3
Posted: February 24, 2008, 9:47 pm

I was in a youth gang task force with the Housing Police and worked out of the 69Pct. Cecil Sledge was one of the toughest and best officers I ever had the privelage to work with. I still remember him till this day. I was on the phone with a fellow officer who lived next door to the elderly woman during the hostage taking by the murderer of Cecil..May God keep Cecil in his heart. May his murderer Sal never see the light of day again and burn in hell.
— Bill Miley
Posted: February 27, 2008, 9:55 am

My late father Bill Dorman 30 yrs NYPD almost never brought the job home. Cecil Sledge is the only name I remember him mentioning, and with great admiration and respect.
— Harry Dorman
Posted: May 27, 2008, 8:46 pm

It's been over 28 years and I can still remember the night it happened like it was yesterday. You were not only my uncle but a father figure to me and my brothers. Through the posts on this site it confirms my memories that you were tough but fair and loved and respected throughout the community. You would be proud of my Aunt Linda, Richard and Corinne! We all miss you very much and we know you are looking over the family watching the great things to come. your nephew, Chris
— Chris
Posted: July 23, 2008, 11:17 am

GOOD COP GREAT PERSON. SERVED IN THE ARMY WITH MY FATHER EDWARD MALONE.WILL NEVER FORGET THAT DAY AS LONG AS WE LIVE.OUT HEARTS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY.
— mark malone
Posted: September 10, 2008, 9:41 pm

DEAR FRANK, ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 15,2008 YOUR CHILDREN AND I APPEARED BEFORE THE PAROLE BOARD FOR THE THIRD TIME. ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008 I WAS INFORMED THAT PAROLE HAS BEEN DENIED AGAIN. WE WILL ALWAYS AND FOREVER SEEK JUSTICE. LOVE LINDA, RICHARD AND CORINNE
— LINDA SLEDGE
Posted: September 12, 2008, 6:51 pm

It was an Honor to have worked with "Uncle Frank" as we called him. No greater Man has ever served this job with so much dignity and pride for it.May the good Lord bless. And keep watch over your Beautiful family.
— Freddie Roman
Posted: January 9, 2009, 8:14 pm

I WAS 18 THEN AND 47 NOW. I REMEMBER THAT EVENING AS IF IT WERE YESTERDAY. I GREW UP IN CANARSIE AND SLEDGE WAS A DEDICATED POLICE OFFICER WHO REALLY CARED ABOUT THE COMMUNITY. I ALSO REMEMBER THE ANIMAL THAT TOOK HIS LIFE. THEY REFERRED TO HIM AS CRAZY SAL. SAL TERRORIZED CANARSIE. I REMEMBER WHEN HE CAME AROUND EVEYONE WOULD LEAVE AND GO ELSEWHERE JUST TO GET AWAY FROM HIM. HE HAD DEVIL EYES (VERY SCARY). HE IS WHERE HE SHOULD BE. ROTTING IN JAIL. IT WOULD BE A DANGER TO SOCIETY IF HE WERE EVER LET OUT ON PAROLE. P.O. SLEDGE YOU ARE MISSED AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. FM
— FM
Posted: January 22, 2009, 2:02 am

DEAR FRANK, YOU ARE ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER. LOVE LINDA, RICHARD AND CORINNE
— linda sledge
Posted: January 28, 2009, 9:21 am

I was working a 4x12 in bklyn south in late 1993.i stopped to help a stranded motorist on that snowy night.I cold not get the car to run and drove thethe woman to her parents house in the 69pct.She had told me that her brother had been a witness to P.O.Sledge's murder. I was glad i could help someone who helped us.R.I.P. ROB C,NYPD,ret.
— rob c
Posted: February 2, 2009, 4:12 am

I was only 2 years of age at the time of this tragedy. As I got older I heard plenty of stories of Frank. I can only imagine how great a cop he was and served his community well. I had volunteered my time at the 69 for the past 11 years as a Auxiliary Lieutenant and every time I go into the muster room I always glance over at his picture and plaque and give him a wink and just say a little something to him. I was there when they redid the park named in his honor and was great to still see 18 years after that horrible day all the officers and members of the community come together and reflect. Rest in peace Officer Sledge
— Scott
Posted: February 12, 2009, 11:00 am

I will never forget Office Sledge. I lived across from ps 242 and would hang out in the park past dark and he was the only cop who had the guts or who cared enough to encourage kids to get home after dark. We would give him a little hard time, just a little complaining, and then we'd wander across the street back home. He cared about kids. When "Crazy Sal" Romano as he was known in the neighborhood shot Office Sledge and he was dragged down the street, it was one of the most traumatic experiences of my young life...and that's saying alot seeing as how I was born & raised in Brooklyn where blood, murder, death, dead bodies & general violence was just part of life. But I just kepth thinking about how sad because of how much he cared about kids and that he left behind his own wife & family. When I heard about the police horse named after Sledge who got spooked and ran off and hit a wall and then died suddenly..I printed the article out to keep it. Mainly I will never forget Office Sledge and have always remained grateful for his hard work & caring about juvenile delinqent kids like I was back then. God Bless
— Tracey Gresham
Posted: March 1, 2009, 12:09 pm

As a young cop residing in the 69 Pct. I knew Frank Cecil Sledge...He looked out for the kids in the neighborhood (I know because he booted my son in the butt many times & sent him home)...The kids had a love/ hate relationship with "Sledge" as they called him and on the date of his death, one of these kids tried to call for help from the car radio (at that time we had phones in the cars to central) but didn't know how to use it...Frank was truly a cops cop..I'm glad that "Crazy Sal" is still locked up....Rest in Peace Frank....You are truly missed...
— Helene
Posted: March 9, 2009, 2:18 pm

As a youth growing up in Canarsie, I distinctly remember Officer Sledge being tough on our group of stupid pimpled faced pot-head kids. Everybody feared him for his no nonsense approach to dealing with the neighborhood gangs and whenever he approached we disbanded quicker then you could blink your eyes. Now as a 50 year old father of 3 adult children, I think back in retrospect to just what type of a hero Officer Sledge was. When you're a kid you protest against law enforcement just like they're your enemy. But Officer Sledge was a man just doing his job, in fact, many times going above and beyond his duty to keep the streets of Canarsie safe. To be cut down so early in his life by a worthless punk like Desarno is unjustifiable. "Crazy Sal" broke my brother's arm when I was 14 yrs old because my brother came to my defense while Crazy Sal and 3 of his lunatic friends gave me a beating. My parents took out an order of protection to keep him away from our family. The pity is he Desarno was still a juvenile at that time or maybe he would have been taken off the streets years earlier and the senseless killing of Officer Sledge never would have happened. My thoughts and prayers have been to the Sledge family for the past 29 years. By God's grace, Desarno should never see the outside of a prison for the rest of his life.
— LARRY HELLER
Posted: March 23, 2009, 4:42 pm

I just found this site.PO Sledge was one of the finest individuals I knew. I was just 20 when he was killed by that animal. Cecille had the respect of all the kids growing up in the 69 Pct.He was a guiding light in keeping myself and other out of trouble. I hope parole comes for his killer by way of a coffin to leave it. I am glad there is a site to remember a great Police Officer and a fine man!!!!
— Steven Wisotsky
Posted: April 11, 2009, 2:26 pm

DEAR FRANK, WE FELT YOUR LOVE AND BLESSINGS FROM ABOVE ON OUR DAUGHTER'S WEDDING DAY ON JUNE 13, 2009. CORINNE AND ANTHONY HAD A SPECTACULAR WEDDING THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE BOAT HOUSE IN CENTRAL PARK. I AM SO PROUD OF THEM. YOU WERE MISSED BY ALL WHO WERE THERE. WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER. LOVE LINDA
— Linda Sledge
Posted: June 16, 2009, 7:47 am

I was a young teen and an auxilliary police officer assigned to the 26th precinct what this happened, at the time, i thought that this was one of the more brutal ways that a cop had been killed in the city. I think that the animal who did this should rot in prison for the rest of his life. when he was parolled, he was a scumbag criminal, and he was released, now do we want to release a scumbag criminal, who is now a cop killer too.
— edward hunt
Posted: December 28, 2009, 7:48 am

I remember when it happened. He was sooo young. I had no idea at the time, he looked older to me. He was from Alabama!! That explains his attitude toward keeping the streets clean and safe. He was different. He approached me at 211 once and questioned me because I had a bag containing a toothbrush and toothpaste and maybe some other toiletries. He asked if I was running away. He probably thought the bag contained drugs initially. What a sweet man. I didn't realize it then. What a tragedy.
— Peggy
Posted: January 7, 2010, 7:29 pm

I didnt know PO Sledge, but I do know his family. How can any Police Killer have a sentence with Parole....He should get Life with NO PAROLE. The Sledge family should not EVER have to worry about him getting out of Jail. God Bless you Officer Sledge, may you rest in peace.
— Rob T
Posted: January 19, 2010, 2:17 am

I appreciate all that has remembered my uncle and my aunt & family. My uncle is deeply missed and I feel so much love for my aunt & family from all of you. Thank you.
— adrian c sledge
Posted: January 19, 2010, 7:41 pm

DEAR FRANK, ON THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF YOUR DEATH YOU ARE DEEPLY LOVED, ALWAYS MISSED AND NEVER FORGOTTEN. LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER LINDA, RICHARD AND CORINNE
— Lind Sledge
Posted: January 28, 2010, 12:10 pm

I was born on January 27 1980 and my father Phil worked at the 69 with Cecil. Every year on my birthday my father remembers him by telling me stories of the good old days. Today I have six years on the job and the stories of PO Sledge make me proud to wear the same uniform and proud to follow in the footsteps of great men. My condolences to the family on the 30th anniversary. I would also like you to know that as long as I am a police officer I will retell the stories and keep the memories alive
— Justin Solfaro
Posted: January 28, 2010, 8:22 pm

Crazy Sal was a fol back then and still is a fool till this day.... He should never be let out. I sent in my petition to denial. May the Sledge Family get their wish and to never let this man site the outside world again.
— Sticks
Posted: March 4, 2010, 1:54 am

I grew up with Crazy Sal and I can tell you he was pure evil since the age of 5. Not too bright either. Rest assure. In spite of his sentence that allows him the possablity of parole, he will never get out. He has no mercy and the parole board knows it. I've heard he still considers it an accident to this day. I am 100 per cent certain he will die in prison. My heart goes out to officer's family.
— Neil
Posted: March 5, 2010, 6:25 pm

Dear Frank, remembering you on this Memorial Day. You are forever missed and never forgotten. Love, Linda
— Linda Sledge
Posted: May 31, 2010, 9:06 am

Rest in peace Brother.
— Joe Konchalski 14439
Posted: June 9, 2010, 10:25 pm

Dear Frank, I had the pleasure of meeting you several times with a good friend of yours Al Sheppard. On the sad day we lost you Al and I were in MN in ESS#2 when the 13 came over. Al had a horrible gut feeling that you were involved. That evening our worse fears were confirmed. You are thought of a lot buddy. You are a bench mark for what good cops should be. God Bless you always. Sincerely, Gary
— Gary Gorman, Ret PO NYPD, 23-TPD-ESU
Posted: June 21, 2010, 1:31 pm

Ret. Robert D.Dalia 20pct,23pct,24pct,Hwy#3 Rest In Peace My Brother.
— Robert D.Dalia
Posted: June 21, 2010, 6:17 pm

He was a great COP & a HERO
— Carl F. Tomanelli
Posted: June 25, 2010, 6:48 am

I remember the day Officer Sledge was murdered for I was a 17 year old kid standing few feet away from where Officer Sledges body was covered by Flatlands avenue as his murderer barricaded himself with a hostage. My father was on the job working at the time, and I called him up immediately (left message at Precinct) when I got home, and he of course already knew. The next day after school I worked in the Luncheonette at the corner of Flatlands and Utica which was in the 63 precinct - people and cops were in tears. Officer Sledge was truly loved. Unfortnately tragedy would happen again to another brave and loving officer just a few months later and many of those same people were devastated once again as Officer Harry Ryman was killed right around the corner from the luncheontte on East 49th street. May God Continue to hold their families close. God Bless you Officer Sledge.
— Tommy Redmond
Posted: August 7, 2010, 10:31 pm

Dear Frank, my love and thoughts are with you today and everyday. Love Forever, Linda
— Linda Sledge
Posted: August 10, 2010, 7:12 am

I too had the honor of working with "uncle Frank" back in 1979 in the 69th Pct.He was a "Cops Cop" in every sense.You couldn've worked with a better and Honest cop than Frank. God bless you Linda and your family.
— Freddie Roman
Posted: August 20, 2010, 10:24 am

My father (Donald Huss )was a friend and collegue of Franks. I came home from working at the top tomato that night, and told my father what just happened. My father grabbed his off duty revolver, and ran out of the house. I knew what he was going to do. unfortunately, sal was taken in before my father had his chance. Linda, my prayers are always with you and your family
— Eric Huss
Posted: August 30, 2010, 7:11 pm

DEAR FRANK, ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 2010 WE APPEARED FOR THE FOURTH TIME BEFORE A PAROLE COMMISSIONER. ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 I WAS INFORMED "PAROLE DENIED" FOR THE CRIMINAL WHO TOOK YOUR LIFE. WE WILL ALWAYS FIGHT THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE FOR YOU. YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN AND FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS. LOVE LINDA, RICHARD AND CORINNE
— LINDA SLEDGE
Posted: September 9, 2010, 10:09 am

Crazy Sal's parole was denied. IT WILL BE DENIED AGAIN IN 2012, 2014, 2016 ,2018 AND 2020. Some of wish he would be released. Street justice is far better than the life he is serving in prison. Salvatore Desarno will be released only upon his death!!! No other way. I still remeber him terrorizing the aids in the courtyard of PS 114 where he was expelled but none the less lived right across the street from. Anyhow i hope he rots in prison! Ace
— Ace F
Posted: September 21, 2010, 1:07 pm

I will remember that day as long as I live. You were a brave man and remember seeing everywhere trying to do the right thing for carnarsie. The 69pct is very proud of you.Your wife and children are very proud of who what you stood for.Rest in peace my friend.
— Howie
Posted: October 17, 2010, 7:43 am

I never knew officer sledge, but I share a common ground he swore to uphold...and it makes me proud to have follow in the steps of legends into the police academy. Now, one thing I don't agree with is the sledge family having to appear every 2 years with signatures to ascertain that parole is denied to a parole violator at the time of this tragedy. There shouldn't be any parole hearing for this insect. Parole hearings should be abolished for cop killers!!! PO AL..BXTF 12/20/10
— AL
Posted: December 20, 2010, 4:36 am

I knew Frank from the JOB and from the Army Reserves. They don't come any better. I know he's in a better place and pray blessings for his family. SgtJoe
— Joe Generazio
Posted: January 17, 2011, 6:37 am

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer Sledge and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.
— Robyn Wilkes
Posted: January 27, 2011, 10:21 am

Frank; It's Jan 28th 2011. 1:32 AM, and as I do so often is think about you and that faithful night. I talk about you often. I feel it's my duty as you friend to keep your memory alive . I will never forget that night. Look down on all those cops that are on the streets as the angel that you are keep them safe. On your locker you had writen, "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of GOD. St. Michael............. Your friend, Tony Molinaro Ret PO 69th Pct..
— Anthony F Molinaro Ret 69pct
Posted: January 28, 2011, 1:44 am

DEAR FRANK, MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU TODAY AS THEY HAVE BEEN FOR THE PAST 31 YEARS. YOU ARE DEEPLY MISSED AND NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN. YOU WILL LIVE FOREVER IN MY HEART. LOVE LINDA
— Linda Sledge
Posted: January 28, 2011, 7:28 am

Uncle C - Remembering your life and spirit, my father, your brother would have me remember. Always having my Aunt and Cousins, close to my heart. You are missed.
— Adrian C. Sledge
Posted: January 28, 2011, 8:56 pm

I remember that night vividly,I was only eleven years old but remember watching it on the news,it was terrible. I grew up in Canarsie and remember seeing officer Sledge around the neighborhood. I'm a police officer now and have always thought of him,he is always in my prayers,God rest his soul.
— Joe B
Posted: January 29, 2011, 11:51 pm

I was young adult when police officer sledge was taken from his family and city he personifies the truth in the nypd his light well never go out he never let any one bring harm or hurt to the people of the city g;-d bless him and the entire nypd for there care and concern for our safe city
— Ron
Posted: July 12, 2011, 10:54 am

I lived across the street from the 69th PCT. I was 25 when this terrible loss happened. I knew P.O. Sledge (Frank) as a great human being & an even better cop aka P.O. He was one in a million. He kept the kids in line & was totally respected by young & old alike. My deepest sympathies go out to his family (wife Linda & 2 children). There isn't enough room to write about all the good things he was & stood for. My mother adored him too. One thing that sticks in my mind the most is I was driving my mother to bingo 2 St. Judes & he pulled me over, lol. He told me my back light was out & to get it fixed the next day, of course you know I did. God rest his soul, R.I.P. NEVER EVER let crazy Sal out of prison, we all have to make sure of that.
— Cindy
Posted: August 3, 2011, 6:42 pm

My thoughts, prayers and love are with you today and everyday.
— Linda
Posted: August 10, 2011, 6:57 am

Another NYPD has fallen - I always think and come back to your day. Think of you, my aunt and cousins. Always in my heart.
— Adrian Sledge
Posted: December 13, 2011, 9:18 pm

DEAR FRANK, ON THIS 32 ANNIVERSARY YOU ARE REMEMBERED, DEEPLY MISSED, NEVER EVER FORGOTTEN AND FOREVER LOVED. LOVE ALWAYS, LINDA
— LINDA
Posted: January 28, 2012, 6:59 am

I knew officer Sledge and I also knew Mr. Desarno from the area. He is where is should be, never to be free. I still remember the day I heard the news over the 12th divison radio. Never forgot......RIP CS.
— Rich G
Posted: February 6, 2012, 8:06 am

Linda I'm not sure if you know but on the Rockaway Pkwy side of the Station House wall they painted a BEAUTIFUL MURAL of CECIL (FRANK) and the other officer who was later killed P.O.RAY CANNON. It is a great tribute to these two fallen officers, both of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. I had heard through an active cop that it was being painted, and went there to look at it. It's likeness to Frank is remarkable. As I looked at it, it brought back the memory of that night, a night I will never ever forget.But at the same time it brought back some of the laughs we used to have with Frank, and that was a good feeling. That's the way I like to remember him. GOD REST HIS SOUL
— Joe R
Posted: May 7, 2012, 2:30 am

Frank, Happy Father's Day. You are forever loved and never forgotten. You are missed each and everyday. Love forever, Linda
— Linda
Posted: June 17, 2012, 7:21 am

I was just informed that parole was denied for Salvatore DeSarno. Our family, friends and strangers fought the fight and won.
— Linda Sledge
Posted: October 23, 2012, 2:14 pm

DEAREST FRANK, ON THIS 33RD ANNIVERSARY TODAY AND EVERYDAY YOU ARE HONORED, LOVED AND MISSED. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
— Linda
Posted: January 28, 2013, 6:42 am

why why why.........
— Brooklyn Cowboy
Posted: April 6, 2013, 11:59 pm

My Dad was your partner. I remember that awful night. I hope justice is served and he never gets out. Best to the Sledge family.
— Mike Duffy
Posted: June 14, 2013, 11:03 pm

Dear Mr sledge and family, I had many run ins with crazy sal at ps 114, terrorized many students and put many lives at peril when we saw him we would go the other way. This happened to at bildersee jhs. I will be active in seeing that he doesn't get paroled. God bless to franks family for he was a courageous man protecting the neighborhood!!!
— Michael Morris
Posted: June 26, 2013, 9:54 am

I was a kid growing up in Canarsie, I was coming home from work at Kings Plaza when I saw this horrible incident happening . PO Sledge was a good cop who kept us kids in line. He arrested my brother and set him straight. I grew up to go on the Job and retire as a Lieutenant, I would take this man anytime in my squad or unit. I trust part of staying on the right course was watching out for Sledge as we called him. RIP Brother and thank you for all you've done for us kids and your family for sharing you with us. Rt. Lt Jeff Schneider NYPD
— Jeff
Posted: December 7, 2013, 10:21 pm

I remember an incredible 69th precinct officer. Officer Vinny all the best to you, you saved my life.
— Angela Mancuso
Posted: December 10, 2013, 10:24 am

I am a retired Sergeant from the NYPD and can't remember exactly when i met Cecil but probably on a detail. We hit it off real good and from time to time, would acknowledge each other in passing etc. I was promoted to Sgt. in 1973 and the shiled i was issued was worn looking and i always had thoughts of having it re-dipped to have the the gold re-stored to it. Finally in 1980, i brought it down to the police shield room to have it re-plated (while they issue you a temporary shield) until yours can be returned to you. The thing that brought shivers to my spine was that as the clerk put my shield aside, it was placed right next to Cecil's scuffed and worn shield (due to the tragic dragging. Today, so many years later January 2014, i thought about it and when i re-read all about Cecil, i come to realize he liked being call Frank and that is my name. In my 27 year police career, he was the only officer i persoanlly knew that lost his life in the line of duty. I never forgot him and i do feel so proud to have known him.
— FRANK MC GOWAN
Posted: January 8, 2014, 10:19 am

ON THIS 34TH ANNIVERSARY MY PRAYERS, LOVE AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU TODAY AS THEY HAVE BEEN FOR THE PAST 34 YEARS. TIME CHANGES NOTHING. YOU LIVE FOREVER IN MY HEART. ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LINDA
— Linda
Posted: January 28, 2014, 7:18 am

PO Sledge, you can see what kind of you are. You touched so many lives both cop and civilians alike. You wore the uniform when it wasn't cool to yet you strived to change the perception of the cops through your fairness and caring. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Cecil you are missed, we pray for you.
— Tommy
Posted: January 28, 2014, 7:24 am

May he rest in peace. My thoughts go out to his family. I was a boy in Canarsie when this happened. He should never be forgotten.
— E A
Posted: January 28, 2014, 10:43 am

Cecil was a cops cop. I worked with him and I knew him..Cecil was a great guy...I will never ever forget the day that "Crazy" Sal dragged him to his death. What was left of Cecil is not for publication..Crazy Sal was well known to the police. He tried to hang a sibling from a tree in his backyard..Cecil's wife Linda was pregnant at the time of his murder. His children will never know what a great dad they had. Rest In Peace Cecil...you will never ever be forgotten!!!!
— Helene Gottlieb
Posted: January 29, 2014, 9:06 am

Linda, we knew each other when you were dating Frank. At J. Walter Thompson in New York. I will be in New York in April and would love to see you Linda. Email if you get this message. Love, Usha
— Usha Mirchandani
Posted: March 5, 2014, 8:52 am

Linda, we knew each other when you were dating Frank. At J. Walter Thompson in New York. I will be in New York in April and would love to see you Linda. Email if you get this message. Love, Usha
— Usha Mirchandani
Posted: March 5, 2014, 8:53 am

Dear Frank, Many years have gone by and still will never forget you. I was very near on that tragic night, Just too far away to assist you. You are a true Angel and a great cop!!! You have always been there for me. Something I could never forget. You were a dear friend and will never forget you.
— Steven Lees
Posted: March 9, 2014, 3:19 pm

It is so hard to believe how many years have passed since this caring, thoroughly professional police officer was murdered in cold blood by a worthless piece of trash. A good worthwhile life stolen by a creature that should no longer be able to breathe. I will never forget the night you left us. It was one of the worse days of my life. The next day at the precinct, Det Freddie Tiriola and I had to voucher all your property. We were both in tears but did what we had to do. I held your battered shield in my hand and just stared at it in disbelief. I remembered our last bantering words as I left for home and you went on solo patrol as your partner had gone sick When the call came saying a cop in the 69 PCT had been killed, I never even gave a thought that it was you. I went over the 3rd platoon in my head and wondered who it was but not a thought to Cecil (I called you that to bust your chops). Even when I was told, I didn't want to believe it. It all ran through my head as I vouchered the belongings. We were all in shock. The saying that time heals all wounds is only partially true. The wound can reopen in a second when something comes to remind one of the man who was a cop's cop and a fine upstanding citizen of this country. A true American hero although a humble man as well. There are so many Canarsiens who will never forget you. I know all of us who had the honor and privilege of being coworkers never will. Decades can come and decades can go, but Cecil Frank Sledge will always be a legend in Canarsie and all of NYC. You wee one of a kind. Rest in peace in God's Hands, my friend. And may your beautiful Linda and Richard and Corrine always be watched over by an Angel in Blue. You are and always will be missed. God bless!
— Barbara Lev
Posted: April 27, 2014, 4:03 pm

I was 12-years old when the horrible news came over the airwaves. I still remember it like it was yesterday. I remember the sadness on my father's face who worked with Cecil (as I had grown to know him) at the 69th Pct. We wish we could forget such horrible days but now, at age 47, I realize that we should never forget. We should always remember and always memorialize the greatness and happiness that, while cut short, was brought into the world by Frank as I will now refer to him. Many of my family members have been laid to rest at St. Charles Cemetery. It was always a ritual to look for Frank's grave site and visit it over the years as it was en route to our family plot. I always wondered what it would have been like if it had been my father and always prayed for Frank's family. One rainy day a few years ago, while my mom and dad were visiting the cemetery, they saw a young man standing by the grave. My dad left the car and walked over to inquire if he knew Frank. He did. It was his son Richard. The most touching part of the story that my dad told me was about all the questions that Richard had in his quest to learn as much as he could from a stranger he met that rainy day who knew his dad. I'm sure both walked away feeling so much better that day after the exchange of information however little it may have been. One thing is for sure, Frank brought them together. I was working on my computer tonight and it is odd how one web search led to another and then again to another and I found myself here at Frank's memorial page. I also visited Waverly Jones' page because I used to work with his daughter many years ago. There's no doubt that we're all connected and we will continue to be to make sure that Frank is NEVER forgotten and that the animal remains behind bars until he meets his maker for his ultimate judgement. May the Sledge Family continue to draw strength from these posts, the wonderful events that are happening in their lives and the fact that Frank IS ALWAYS looking down from above on all of you. May God Bless You All. Carl J. Reyes Jr.
— Carl J. Reyes Jr.
Posted: July 16, 2014, 11:00 pm

My love and prayers are with you today as they are everyday. You live forever in my heart. You will never be forgotten by your family and friends.
— Linda
Posted: August 10, 2014, 7:33 am

YOUR FAMILY FOUGHT THE FIGHT AND WON. PAROLE WAS DENIED FOR THE KILLER WHO TOOK YOUR LIFE. YOU LIVE ON IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER. ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. LOVE
— LINDA SLEDGE
Posted: September 24, 2014, 1:07 pm

 


 

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