Name : Serrano, Hilario 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 30148 Command: 043 Pct.
Date of Death: 1992-01-31   Cause of Death: Shot-Robbery-Off Duty
 Officer Hilario Serrano was robbed and fatally shot on Jan. 31 after he and his girlfriend, Suzanne Trazoff were accosted by Radame Feliciano and Charlie Martinez in the elevator of the Bronx apartment building where his mother lived at 1705 Andrews Ave. in Morris Heights. Trazoff was not harmed.

During the mugging Hilario Serrano replied, "OK, OK," and bent over, perhaps reaching for an off-duty revolver strapped in an ankle holster. As he bent down, they shot him and fled. "They push him and say something," Suzanne Trazoff said describing the shooting. "He bends down and they shoot him in the face. He's gone.".

Radame Feliciano, 27, and Charlie Martinez, 23, both of whom were injured when Serrano returned fire during the furious, point-blank gunfight, have been charged with second-degree murder in his death. Martinez strangled himself in prision two months later..

Serrano was the first officer killed in 1992. He was 29 years old.
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Comments from Friends    
I worked with Larry in the 43 back in 1987-1990. He was an energetic outgoing individual who was full of life. May he rest in peace.
— Julio Ocampo

Had the pleasure of working with Larry in the 43, lots of laughs and always a professional. I think of you often Larry, your absence is still felt.
— Jim Hurley

I also had the honor of working with Larry in the 43 from 87 to 90. He always had a smile on his face, and a witty remark for ya! Larry's death was especially hard because Larry was a genuinely good person. I can't think of anything negative to say about him. He was the second Brother Officer I had worked close with, and who died in the line of duty, within 6 months of each other. One never forgets guys like Larry. I've since left NYPD and New York, but looking at Larry's picture, and reading Julio's and Jim's words, brings back many memories of late tours in the 43, and how men like Larry somehow made it all worth while. Thanks, Larry - you're not forgotten, Brother.
— Dennis Schoeller

Larry was the type of person who would brighten up a room just by showing up. I remember one day I was trying to build a wooden dog house for my pet. I am all thumbs so I was really struggling with it. Larry came by to visit his Aunt (I am married to Larry's cousin), and even though he was pressed for time, he helped me complete the construction of the dog house. I found that so great and very typical of Larry. He saw an individual in need of help and he helped without question. Larry will be forever remembered and sorely missed. My 13 yr old son was only one year old when Larry was taken from us, I make it my business to tell as many stories of kindness Larry has done in the years that I knew him. It would be an honor if my son can have the nobility and character of my dear friend Hilario "Larry" Serrano. God bless you Larry. We miss you!...
— Israel Rodriguez

The memories of us will live in my heart forever. The sacrafice you made that night will never be forgotten. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
— Margarita Torres-Segarra

In 1986, I had the honor of working with Larry as rookies in NSU 7. We then both transferred to the 43 precinct and became radio car partners in sector E. I had the most enjoyable time of my career working with Larry. The streets of the late 80's were much more violent than today and when working, we made sure we took care of each other. It was a true bond. It hurts me to know that I could not help him that nightmare evening on the 31st of January. I lost a friend that night; someone who always looked over me. He has been in my heart everyday since then and will be forever. I miss him. God Bless you Larry! Rest in Peace.
— Cliff Thieleke

I also had the privelege of working with this fine officer in the 43rd Precinct. I am proud to have known him. Larry, you will NEVER be forgotten.
— Kevin Brady

I will never forget my first day on patrol when you placed me in your RMP in the 043 . It was the best tour I ever experienced. Miss you larry
— Hector Rivera

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 6, 2006, 9:44 am

Posted: August 4, 2007, 4:47 pm

hilario was my uncle never got to meet him but when i hear stories i cry but it also makes me hppy that i noe hes a sweetheart miss u tio luv u muwahsz i think of u all the time
— hillary serrano
Posted: March 20, 2008, 11:04 am

Hilario was my father's best friend, even though I was too young to remember much about him, I am sure he was a great man. He has a wonderful family and he is now in a better place along with my dad.
— Jackie R.
Posted: August 21, 2008, 12:21 am

Hilario was my fathers best friend I am sad that i was never able to meet the man I am named after my dad is very sad about losing his best friend as is all of my family
— Larry Segarra
Posted: September 7, 2008, 10:01 am

I am very sad about this event and i'm even sadder that i never got to meet my uncle but I know he was a great man and he's in a better place now
— Adam Segarra
Posted: September 7, 2008, 10:05 am

Larry was My brother, My bestfriend & i miss him all my heart i am sad that i lost a great part of my life but i still remember him in my heart and he will never be forgotten .. even though i cant see him but i alway remeber him cause of my daughter who reminds me of him everytime she smiles ...i miss you larry your in a better place now i love you =)
— Joey Serrano
Posted: September 27, 2008, 3:26 pm

Larry was my uncle , even thoguh i never got to meet him my family tells me i remind them of him, which im not sure lOl but i miss him i have dreams about him i dont know why but anyways i love him i wish i got a chance to meet him i thank my family for naming me after him i feel like if i was born like him .. but anyways i hope i get a chance to hear alot of other funny stories about him to smile . Miss you muchoo =)
— Hillary Serrano
Posted: September 27, 2008, 3:32 pm

In 1987 I walked through the doors of the 43rd pct in the South Bronx. There to greet me was a Cliff Thieleke and his partner, an ever smiling, generous and friendly man, Larry Serrano. I had the great honor of having worked in the same squad with Larry for many years after that day. I too had the priveledge to fill in as his partner when Cliff was off. Never a dull moment. I'll never forget him for who he was and what he meant to me, the men and women of the 43pct and the NYPD as a whole. I think of him very often and share stories about Larry and what a great man he was with my children. May he rest in peace. He'll never be forgotten.
— Claudio Scarlato
Posted: December 29, 2008, 12:40 am

Larry was my cousin. The bravest man i ever knew. He did so much for others and touched so many hearts. I LOVE YOU Larry and miss you so very much. I carry your smile and your strength with in me. May god Bless you as he bless all of us with your presence. I know your with my mom smiling down at me. I love always :)
— Ana Vasquez
Posted: March 17, 2009, 11:03 am

Larry, your picture still hangs in my locker, two commands later and over twenty years since I first met you in the 043. I'll never forget the last time you put a smile on my face on when it was needed. It was also the last day you were called to duty. We'll never forget you in the 043.
— David Arroyo
Posted: May 14, 2009, 8:15 pm

hilario was my uncle. i was unable to meet him, but i know he ws a winderful uncle. My father says that tio larry was th best joker , i could believ that cause he musst be my father brrother. I WILLL ALWAYS CHERISH ALL THE WONDER FUL STORIES BOUT TIO LARRY. EVEN THOUGH I DIDNT KNKOW THAT WELL , I COULD TELL HE WAS A WONDERFUL UNCLE TO HAVE. AND I WILL ALWAYS LOVE HEARING MY FATHER TELLING STORIES ABOUT TIO LARRY AND ALL THE GOOD TIMES THEY HAD WITH HIM WHEN THEY WERE OLDER. I LOVE MY TIO LARRY NO MATTER WHAT.
— jennifer serrano
Posted: May 21, 2009, 5:58 pm

I miss my brother LARRY. me and LARRY used to see each other everyday , and joke around with him everyday. Then on january 31 1992 3 cowards got in the elevator of my mother's building and took my brother away from me, because of cash and greed for drugs, or for what ever reason. IT IS NOT FAIR!!!!!!! It feels like it was yesterday, that i lost part of my LIFE. Until this day, i think about him and i cant get him out of my mind. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU LARRY. ALWAYS IN MY HEART AND I MISS YOU <3 and GOD BLESS EVERY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIER.
— Antonio Serrano
Posted: May 21, 2009, 6:19 pm

It's been 17 years since you've been gone, but you will always be alive in my memories. I miss you -Sonia
— Sonia Arroyo
Posted: June 4, 2009, 7:39 pm

I still remember the day you recieved your letter for acceptance to the Police Academy back in '86. You weren't sure you were going to become a cop at all and you asked me what should I do, then I told you to go for it because that's what you wanted. You did some kind of job even though it was brief, it was a stellar career. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and I miss you very much. Thank you for being a teacher and a friend to me and manys others that you knew. My God bless you and protect the Big Guy. -School Saftey Agent Luis Arroyo (Bronx East)
— Luis Arroyo
Posted: June 4, 2009, 7:49 pm

I came to the 043 in june of 1988 and was befriended a good looking young vibrant man by the name of Larry Serrano. Three months after walking my rookie footposts on Watson Ave Larry came to me and said "hey Rook you wanna partner up with me?" I jumped at the chance and became Larrys partner for the next two and half years. The best word to describe larry was "witty" he had an answer for any wise crack you sent in his direction. He was also the precinct practical joker. One day there was this desk sargent who everyone disliked on the desk so Larry decided today would be a good day to break chops, he called the desk and told the Sgt that he was a borough inspector and ordered the desk officer to report "forthwith to Fordham Rd for a large riot. The Sgt left his post and was about to leave lights and sirens until the CO came and told him it was a practical joke. You had to be on your toes at all times when Larry was working you never knew when he would direct his humor at you. I have hundreds of memories like those of Larry he was my friend and my brother in blue I have never forgotten him he will forever live in my heart. I miss you my friend.....Love you.
— Carlos Perezz
Posted: September 10, 2009, 12:23 pm

Larry, Still think of you and the character you were. I still remember the last time we spoke. I still remember chasing that drug dealer from Boyton and Watson on a cold March night. I still remember hearing the news on channel 5, I still remember being in front of the Church during your funeral. Even after all these years I chuckle at the fun times we had. Such a shame your life was cut so short.
— Julio Ocampo
Posted: September 25, 2009, 10:08 am

May you rest in peace my friend, I will always remember you.
— Juan Toro
Posted: October 3, 2009, 10:07 pm

I remember I was so sad that day. I spoke with him earlier that day. i was on my way to my mothers house and you were going to your niece birthday party. We talked for 2 minuets. thats was the last time we spoke. RIP, Love you always as one of my best friends. P.S. I never made the force.
— Sonia Liriano
Posted: December 27, 2009, 12:12 am

— RC
Posted: January 31, 2011, 3:37 pm

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of my cousin, Hilario Serrano's untimely death. Even though 20 years have passed, it unfortunately feels like yesterday. Larry was my cousin/brother. I say brother because I was raised with all three of my boy cousins. He was the middle one. He was one year older than me. We had so many things in common. He always wanted more and a better way of life for himself and for his family. He loved to travel, scuba dive, do karate and jump out of planes. He had a fast, and cool sports car that he loved driving. He was really an adventurous and incredible human being. On August 8, 1982,his birthday, he gave me away on my wedding date, or as he liked to say, "sold me to the highest bidder". I will never forget it. I will never forget you. I mourn not having you in my life, big brother. I mourn all that you lost and all the things you had left to do. You were a wonderful everything. May God Bless you and may you continue to watch over all of us. Say hello to Mami for us. XOXOXO
— Angie Kakoullis
Posted: February 1, 2011, 6:58 pm

Larry was my cuzin he was the best cuzin in the world. he always new how to make you smile when you was having a bad day. what I remember about larry is when he was taking karate classes. he always wanted to practice his karate skills with me. his favorite actor was steven when it came to practice his karate skills oooohhhhhh!!! my god I never had a chance in the world.he used to kick my ass!!! all over the living room. lets just say I was larry's karate DUMMY lol but I miss him he was my best cuzin in the world. and we will all miss him alot. I miss you larry so much R.I.P. I will never forget you . you will always be in my memory. I will see you again larry in the next life. rest in peace POLICE OFFICER LARRY SERRANO.
— Junior diaz
Posted: February 1, 2011, 8:16 pm

Wow what can I say I met Larry when I was about 5 years old he and my cousin Jose Robles served in the Auxliary Police department together, Larry was really funny and always manage to carry a smile...He will never be forgotten!!!
— Jorge Santana
Posted: June 7, 2011, 8:20 pm

If anybody knows PO Serrano's family, especially anybody who would have been in line to inherit from him, the NYS Comptroller's Office has money, I do not know how much, that I think belongs to him and his heirs. It is from a Municipal Credit Union account and the Hilario Serrano it belonged to lived on University Ave. I learned about it because my father's name is Hilario Serrano, he is also deceased, and I was looking up his name on the website. I am sure that it was not my father's because he never lived in the Bronx and you have to be a government employee to join that bank. I looked up about others named Hilario Serrano, and learned about the passing of PO Serrano. I am certain that was his account and it may not be much, but whatever is in there belongs to his heirs and they should know about it and try to get it.
— Daniel Serrano
Posted: August 17, 2011, 5:35 pm

Larry was my uncle too. I never met him but I still know he was a good man. I was born on August 7 2000. I always think to myself if my uncle was here I could share something that means alot to me. I hope you are listening Tio but I miss and love you. When I look at your picture you remind me of my father. I love you Tio. :}
— Hailey Serrano
Posted: November 8, 2011, 2:05 pm

I knew Larry before he became a police officer. He was an APO in the 048 where I was assigned as a P.O. and we became good friends. He had a contagious smile and a great sense of humor. Our last conversation took place about two weeks before he was shot. We talked about going scuba diving among other things on the way back from BX CB.....Rest In Peace good friend.
— Charlie Valverde
Posted: December 13, 2011, 11:32 pm

My dear friend Larry....You will always be remembered . Thank you for all the wonderful memories we shared. You will always be in my heart. Miss you.
— Micky Cruz
Posted: April 1, 2012, 6:00 pm

I am Larry's sister and although I was little when Larry passed, I still remember him as a generous man. I remember one time when he came down to visit us and dad, he brought us ice cream and a jump rope. I wish you were still here with us -- I miss you greatly, you will always be in my heart and thoughts! love you hermano - descansa en paz!
— Diana Palacio
Posted: February 6, 2013, 11:32 am

I also am one of Larry's sisters, I miss him so much, I remember all the laughters we use to share with each other when he would come and visit us...He was a great and generous person..seeing his picture brings tear to my eyes...I wish he was still here...You are truly missed hermano...Que dios te Bendiga Siempre..You will be forever in my heart...Love you Hermano...
— Iris Rodriguez
Posted: February 6, 2013, 11:40 am

Larry, I worked Bronx Task Force, Larry and me took ju Mitsubishi together in Mt Vernon for a while. I was approached one day and he greeted me and became friends after. A great cop , and a great person, RIP Larry, till we meet again. ret Det Nick Mazzilli
— Nick Mazzilli
Posted: July 31, 2013, 8:43 pm

Hey Larry what's up today is August 8,2013 it's your Birthday. Happy birthday cousin there's not a day that passes by that I don't think about you cause I do I learned my lesson pretty quick at not getting into trouble anymore After all those ass kickin beatdowns you used to give me...remember those Times when I used to act up at the house and your moms Used to tell me don't worry about it just wait until Larry gets here Your gonna get your ass kicked from the kitchen all the way to the bathroom.I sure miss those beatings you gave me. Okay Larry until The next time I see you in heaven. When ever that will be take really good Care of mommy up in heaven I know your most be getting drunk up in heaven especially you were her number one favorite nephew. Any way Happy birthday Larry R.I.P. if there was won good cop the city misses More it's you. Happy birthday
— junior diaz
Posted: August 8, 2013, 10:51 am

PO Serrano, you may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Its so tragic how you died. The 2 cowards would have killed any victim the robbed that day. Rest in Peace Hilario we pray for you.
— Tommy
Posted: January 31, 2014, 3:39 am

Larry, Although we weren't partners, it was as if we were. I was Housing Post 147 & you were always in your little scooter in the 43. I wanted to let you know, you left your mark. You were a joy to work with & so full of life. I know you are in heaven backing us all up as you always did to me. As I attended PO Guerra's funeral today, I couldn't help but think of you my friend. I'm sure you were there waiting with open arms & your angelic smile for PO Guerra to help him transition. You will never be forgotten! 'Til we meet again....your sister in Blue!
— Carmen
Posted: April 14, 2014, 5:11 pm

Hilarious we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: January 29, 2015, 7:31 am

Larry and I grew up in a bad section of the Bronx. I remember when I came on the job in January of 85, he use to wait for me at the top of stairs at the Mt Eden ave to carry my Police Academy bag. He helped me study and he always said "I can't wait to come on the job"." I can't wait". He was a Guardian Angel , an Auxiliary Police Officer and not many people know that he also passed NYC correction Officer exam. All he wanted was to come on the job. He was a comedian and when you were feeling down he would brighten up your day and make you laugh. Right before tragedy struck my wife was pregnant with our 1st and Larry used to come by house and tease us about how our baby would look. You know you had to be family to get away with that. Larry, my brother, you are terribly missed every day and taken from us too soon. But it gives me great comfort to know that you are in a better place. That's the job we all want to be on ! until we meet again my brother. God Bless.
— Ruben Caban
Posted: February 1, 2015, 2:47 pm



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