Name : Velotta, Gerald 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 25970 Command: 018 Pct. (Midtown North)
Date of Death: 1971-01-19   Cause of Death: Shot-Accidental Discharge
     
 Officer Velotta was accidentally shot and killed when a firearm accidentally discharged.   
 
     
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Gerald Velotta's last name is incorrectly spelled...it should read VELOTTA...as he was my cousin, the only son of my father's brother Charles and his wife Frances...his sisters presently reside in Brentwood, New York and can attest further to the foregoing....I am a retired Detective from the NYCPD and was on the job during the incident causing his demise....presently my daughter is on the job and assigned to a Queens precinct...please make the correction....as for information on Gerald....not only was he kind and loved by all who knew him but he was also one of the youngest cousins at our family holiday gatherings/dinners....On many occasions we met after work to discuss the job and the days happenings...he was one of the FINEST. gatherings...
— Louis J. Velotta

Rest in Peace from the members of Midtown Precinct North. You are not forgotten 10/24/2005.
— Sgt. J. Hynes

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 24, 2006, 6:03 am

Jerry was, and remains, one of my best friends. We worked and played together for three years. We stood side by side at the funeral of our third leg, PO John Varecha, (see John?s page here at angel for more; October 7th, 1968.) He was my best man at my wedding in February, 1969. (The marriage ended, but I will always love Jerry.) He was my campaign manager in my failed attempt to defeat another good friend of ours, Phil Caruso, for PBA delegate. (We had fun, and I wound up running Phil?s campaign, which he won, and from which he went on to be the best PBA president ever.) Jerry and his wife Helen were at my house the night before ?it? happened. There was a serious discussion that night, about honor and ethics. Jerry was, absolutely, more fun than any three guys, but that night was reserved for serious. We were at the time, involved in the Department?s first ever strike. In fact, we were very involved. The night the strike began, the guys in Midtown North asked Jerry and me to be their spokesmen to the guys in Midtown South. We went down there and asked them to join us, because we had already walked out. MTS joined, as did the entire city. But that did not make us proud or happy. Jerry was against the strike with all his heart and integrity, as was I, because deserting his post was against everything he stood for as a cop?and as an honorable man. But Jerry was absolutely loyal to his friends, just ask me. Prophetically, Jerry survived until January 19th, the day the PBA delegates voted to end the strike. I accept that as his legacy. When the call came I was on my way to my mother?s house on Long Island. I left her number at the shop for emergencies. When I got to my mom?s, the look on her face told everything. ?Jerry?s been shot.? (Jerry did not die immediately, he lived enough days to tell me what happened. He also asked me to respect his wishes and never discuss what he told me with anyone?ever. I have never done so, and never will.) My mom loved him too, as did my ex-wife. In simple fact, everybody loved Jerry, and with good reason. Jerry Velotta was everything anyone could want as a friend, a cop and a man?and in all the years before or since he left us, I have met no one else in the world who could smell the difference between Oreos and Hydrox cookies from across the room? PO Raymond Sitra Shield #26500 E MAIL: ARROGANTGORILLA@AOL.COM
— Raymond Sitra
Posted: May 17, 2007, 11:11 pm

I went thru Basic Traning with Gerry in Feb. 1964 at Fort Dix N.J. and spent the next six years with him in the New York National Gaurd. He absolutely one of the nicest guys I ever met. We lost touch when we got out of the Gaurd, but I knew he had come on the JOB.I last saw Gerry in front of the 73 Pct. there was some kind of demenstration in Bed-Stu and he flew over from Manhatten,I was in Mcy.#2 and we also were datailed there that day.I have pictures of Gerry while we were stationed in Ft.Dix. If anyone in his family would like a copy of those pictures please do not hesitate to let me know at my E-mail add.
— Det Tony Palmiotti-Ret
Posted: December 7, 2007, 11:54 am

I did not know my fathers cousin but his legacy is my history. I am proud to be an NYPD officer. I recently ran the NYPD Memorial 5k in his honor. Let us never forget the sacrifice any fallen hero has ever made.
— Lisamarie Velotta
Posted: June 7, 2008, 4:40 am

I didn't know this site existed and came upon it by accident. I have been very touched, reading the comments written by Jerry's friends and relatives. It has been 37 years, but Jerry's life continues to impact mine. He was indeed a kind, funny and generous man. Though we were only married 3 months, we had dated for 4 years. I think he found this Midwest country girl fascinating. I never had a chance to learn much about Jerry's work as a policeman, but I do know that he loved being part of the NYPD and never wanted anything else.
— Helen Velotta Nowell
Posted: June 20, 2008, 8:56 am

I just found this site by accident, Helen I tried to find you over the years,please e-mail me, please or any friends or relatives, thanks You, my telephone number is 516 984 4433, thanks god he has not been forgotten>
— Louis Donofrio
Posted: September 8, 2010, 10:46 pm

My beloved Uncle Gerald ~1/19/1971~ I was twelve years old when you were so tragically taken from us. You left behind a young wife of only three months, your precious mom and dad, your beloved sisters and their husbands, three nephews, two nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, your grandfather, countless friends and your faithful dog, Earl, and of course, your brothers in blue. The Velotta, DiGiovanni, Hammel, Frusco families were forever changed on that day forty years ago. I will never forget the anguish on the faces of my beloved grandma and grandpa, the grief and sorrow on your sister's faces, the tears, oh the tears. You were only twenty seven years old....I have never forgetten what a fantastic uncle you were to us. You were my "go to guy"....you always knew how to solve my problems. I looked up to you in more ways imaginable. You, as well as my dad, taught me to be a true patriot. In turn, I have taught my children the love of country. My two sons are in the US Army and aspire for a career in law enforcement. My three daughters knew you from the day they were born through my pictures and my sharing stories of you. Your nephew, my brother, is a Suffolk County Policeman. In July of 1971 you became an uncle again...my baby brother, Gary, was born, named after you. It would've been much too hearbreaking for my mom to call him Gerald...In 1972 you became an uncle again to my cousin Christine. So, four nephews and three nieces and we all have children, so the family is almost as big as the Velotta and DiGiovanni families. My dear Uncle, you will forever remain in our hearts.
— Kim A Hammel Gregory
Posted: January 2, 2011, 9:53 am

1/19/1971~1/19/2011 ~40 years~ In loving memory dearest Uncle Gerald
— Kim A Hammel Gregory
Posted: January 19, 2011, 4:31 am

Ptl Velotta, you had extremely loyal friends. You were a man with honor and ethics. Even though you passed you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Gerald we pray for you.
— Tommy
Posted: January 19, 2014, 8:10 am

 


 

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