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Name : Fontanez, Hector 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 30725 Command: 047 Pct.
Date of Death: 1991-09-12   Cause of Death: Shot by perpetrator-Investigation
 Officer Fontanez was shot and killed after he chased an armed suspect into an alley. The suspect had been seen in the area riding a bicycle and waving a gun. Officer Fontanez was able to return fire striking the suspect five times. He was later arrested by other officers

Officer Fontanez had been shot in the back by the perpetrator. He was wearing a bullet resistant vest. Unfortunatly he wasn't wearing a back panel to the vest and only his chest was protected. As a result of his murder, patrol supervisors are required to make sure that officers have both the front and back panel to their vests.
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Comments from Friends    
I live in the Bronx and remember this tradgey. I remembered it again while looking at his plaque at the 47pct. I gained a deeper understanding with my own LOD situtation. The cops in the 47 walk by his name everyday. Thats the way it should be. God bless Hectors family.
— Dan D'Allara

today is 1/30/04 and as i sit here i remember the day god took you like it was yesterday ! I'll never forget
— Tony Q

It was like a back dream that Day. I still miss you to this day, very much.
— Luis Fontanez

Hector was a very special man in my life. I think about him everyday, I miss him so very much. I just pray for god to bless his mom and brother everyday of there lives. they lost a wonderful man.
— Lissette

Its been 13 yrs now as I look at the photo I have of you in my office. I really miss you cuz!!! God Bless your mom (my aunt) and cousin Luis and his family.
— Freddy Rodriguez

Yesterday was the anniversary of your death and that day will always haunt me Because it was the day I truly lost My FIRST LOI will always miss you
— Gordita

— Gordita

Hey,man i miss ya so muchwe we're friends for so long since Dona Gladys days.I think of you almost everyday atleast once and i just started to smile again when i think of all the fun we had especially sneaking into the comic conventions.Thanks Hector for taking to the city to buy comics.Dingui
— Jose "Dingui" Morales

Hey brah, just had my second child in july,it was a girl this time ...if it were a boy i wanted Hector as a name but i got my daughter Jilli Isabella Morales.I know you've looked out for us in recent days.Thanks she's doing better.Jose
— Dingui

As I follow my steps into law enforcement, I can't help think of you. I grew up around the way, not with the same crew but still, I always knew who you were. It's nice to see this dedication to you. May God continue to bless your mom and brother and hae you at peace.
— kathy

My children attend the hector fontanez' school P.S. 103. Every time I walk into that school I always ask who is Mr. Fontanez, to which no one can answer or when the students are around it is like no one can answer. Now that I have a little history. My hat off to all the officer on our beat I see you all the time and lord knows I pray and pray for all your safety. GOD BLESS YOU ALL STAY SAFE FOR THE PUBLIC AND YOUR FAMILIES. PEACE
— julie

There will always be an empty space in my heart. I miss your smile, warmth and friendship. I'll always love you. See you in heaven...
— Madeline Flores

Hey Bro, It's me your long lost sister that no one ever knew about. I was elated to hear about this dedication to you! Freddy told me about it (but he's a bit slow!)LOL! Just kidding honey..I love you. It's weird but I feel like its a real way to talk to you. I was just crying to dad about you on New Year eve. I was telling dad that I wish I still had you here. I think everyday that somehow Freddy and I were brought together so that I could get to know you through all the wonderful things everyone tells me. All your cousins miss you so much. They say the crew isn't he same without you. All I ever hear about is the first time you took Fred to Great Adventures, how you used to beat them up, and how the ladies loved you. Hay todo mis hermanos salieron a papi! I wish I would have gotten the opportunity to talk some more to you and to get to know you. Caroline told me you used to look at my picture every time you walked into your room and I'll never forget that. So I was telling dad how it's hurts me so much to know how hard I tried to get to know all of our brothers and sisters and how they have all been so cold to me. I think you would have been different, and I told dad how I felt. I think you an I would have been so much closer. I would have had more than Raymond to run to. So I have Freddy instead! and I am thankful for him. When I first met you and Luis I was so happy, and after that I spent endless nights waiting up for Luis. We did go bowling once and that was lots of fun! Geez Luis is tough to get close to! I don't blame any one of them. I guess that's life. I still have love for all of them, and I am here whenever they need a sister. Maybe Dad is to blame but Hector daddy cries all the time for you. Sometimes we cry together. He regrets so much in his life but no one else knows that side of him but me. I just wish everyone had a forgiving heart like me. I dreamt with Luis the other day and I urged to write to him. Perhaps now that I have his email address I'll make another attempt to get to know who he is, and maybe I'll learn more about you. I just hope I'm not too optimistic. Hector I know you would like us to all be united because Andre just said that the other day, and I will try again. I promise! I wish you were still with us bro but I know you are still here in spirit. I know you bless me all the time and I know you know all of this already because you look down on us. So I'll shut up now! hehe! One day we'll be together again the way it was supposed to be. Love you! Your sister Dee.
— Denise Fontanez

Officer Fontanez only if you and your family knew what you mean to me,to me you are one of the greatest men to ever live.You laid down your life for mankind,although I never met you I will never forget you and praise GOD I found your tombstone.That day when I came from junior H.S. and saw the 5'oclock news I cried alone in my room and made a promise that I kept of one day going to St.Raymonds to visit someone who has had a great impact on my life.When I become a Police Officer I know I won't be as hansom as you but I will have the same dedication and courage.I promise our LORD JESUS CHRIST and the citizens of this great country.Officer Fontanez I tried to get your memorial pin from a officer I know but they had stop making it already,I wanted to care it in my walllet everywhere I go.Officer Fontanez when I get on the job I will never turn my back on anyone or any situation no matter how I afraid I may feel,just like you.Officer Fontanez I will tell my now 2year old son about you when he gets older and my daughter who is to come in the name of JESUS.As for your family thanks for a GREAT MAN that made society a much better place to live.When Officer Fontanez was a POLICE OFFICER there was real crime in New York and he was one of our great and very courageos soldiers at the fore-front unmoved,unafraid of evil.I thank GOD everyday for this GREAT MAN.WELL DONE OUR FAITHFUL SERVANT-WELL DONE MAY GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL AND FAMILY FOR ETERNITY AMEN AND AMEN
— Angel Franco 4/1/2006

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 6, 2006, 9:13 am

I never met Hector but had a brief encounter with Luis at the time that this happen. I don't know why I felt the need to look up Hector or Luis on the Website. Luis do you remember the girl that you gave a ride to her dauthers daycare w/ the Valencia cake?? God how time flies. Saying a prayer for Hector and hoping you are well. God Bless
— Janet
Posted: June 29, 2007, 9:00 am

To the family of Hector Fontanez May god bless you all each and everyday I will always keep Hector in my heart love Fran
— Frances Rodriguez Castillo
Posted: July 31, 2007, 1:04 pm

Dear Officer Fontanez today is Sept.21,2007 and feels great to be able to sit and write to again.Once again I thank God for you.I know the connection is understandable now.One of the greatest cops if not the greatest to serve,the people of New York City is fatally wounded.And here I come from school and have to see this tragedy on news.The reason why I write this is because I never met you,but you stole my heart with your courage and bravery.As I write I feel very emotional because I wish you where here and and a good friend,I didn't get to police so I know I have let alot of good human beings.It's a shame I don't think I'll ever be anything close to the man you are.But I will continue to do the best that I can in other things.I definitly will bring my two sons ages 1 and 3 to the cematary when they are old enough to understand the great sacrifice you made for other humans.I wish I could meet your family especially your mother so I can tell her how grateful I'am to her for having you.Because you were a living sacrifice for the people of New York.Thank YOU and may the angel of the LORD encamp around your family especially your brother,and may GOD BLESS YOU AND FAMILY for ETERNATITY AMEN AMEN AMEN. Love You always Angel Franco
— Angel M Franco
Posted: September 21, 2007, 9:04 pm

Hey Hector it's Bobby Grant. The days of NSU seem far gone. How time passes. Remember those days working the Orchard Beach detail in NSU. I remember the AC trip we took along with another friend. The 20 Year alarm went off for us just a short while ago. Seems like it was only yesterday. Take care Hector, talk to you soon. Bobby Grant
— Robert Grant
Posted: December 15, 2007, 5:06 pm

Hi baby, many years have past and yet our communication has remained from my heart to your ears! What a beautiful tribute to you this website is.... but I am not surprised you were and still are a true inspiration to me and to many. I will never forget the first time I met you and how serious you were, however you came around and allowed me the opportunity to love you so deeply. Loosing you traumatized me since I cared so much for you, ask my husband who I truly believe you helped me choose since I know you have never left me alone to wither. I still feel your presence and at times I believe I see your face in a crowd of people. I feel your strength when I am weak. I am thankful I spent a year of my life with you however I do wonder how grand it would have been to have spent the rest of my life with you. God bless you and continue smiling down on me and my family. I still love you and your family!!!!
— Caroline
Posted: April 16, 2008, 1:08 am

wow, i've seen I Like it Like That countless times, but never read the credits til today. The scene with Jon Seda and his son is such an emotional part to begin with, but to know that mural is of a real officer just brings it to another level. God Bless Your Family.
— ellen
Posted: August 8, 2008, 7:14 pm

I am the sister of the female police officer that worked with Hector on that tragic Thursday afternoon in September 1991. My sister's life was forever changed that day too. I still think of Hector and the very unfortunate circumstances of that day. I'm happy that I came across NYPDAngels and got to read some of the comments from Hector's family and friends. The Fontanez family are in my thoughts and prayers as we near Hector's 17th anniversary in heaven. I wish Hector's family peace. Hector is with God, he looks over you and protects you every day.
— Catherine
Posted: August 29, 2008, 11:51 pm

he was my cousin . i am so proud of him i live now in germany , i remenber what happen to him. was terrible. we missed him a lot .
— sandra diaz
Posted: September 1, 2008, 3:59 pm

I still have you in my heart till this day. I can't forget you. I remember all the times you toke me and Jose to all those trips we had. I love you. I wish you were here to see my three children. I have been going with your mom to the grave. But haven't been there lately. I really miss you, especially today. Tomorrow is your anniversary. I'm try my best to take care of your mom (my aunt). One day we will see each other. Miss You. Till then I will keep going to your grave. I love you. Your Cuz Grissel
— grissel flores-diaz
Posted: September 11, 2008, 11:01 am

Posted: October 1, 2008, 3:23 am

Hector, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this holiday season and always.
— Mary Ellen McCue
Posted: November 30, 2008, 3:43 pm

My Angel..... Hector so many years later and you are still in my thoughts and in my heart. It is so nice to have this website to be able to share our love for you and your family. You have always been a true blessing for me. God Bless your family and thank you for sharing your love with me......my love for you has never died.... till we meet again!
— Caroline
Posted: February 21, 2009, 12:37 am

Hector, Every time I think about you it brings tears to my eyes. You were one in a million. It was always a pleasure to work with you. For a big guy you were always so kind. I can't say I ever saw you in a bad mood. I will always have good memories when I think of you. Your smile always brightened everyones day. You are truely missed.
— Sally Huber
Posted: March 13, 2009, 10:09 pm

Hector it was like yesterday having you over almost everyday with my twin brothers. Crotona Park was the place where you all played baseball. I never forget the first day you had your uniform and you knocked on the door as a proud officer. I will continue to love and take care your brother the best to my knowledge and direct him towards a bless path. I have shared tears with him and I have to say you should be so proud of your brother. He's a wonderful genteleman who means well. Thank you for you're his guardain Angel he loves you and misses you so much. I miss you so much and it was very hard for me to write this on behalf of my family.
— crmen
Posted: May 30, 2009, 5:26 am

Hector, we never met, I was in the academy when the tragic news of your death had been announced. An instructor came in and told us that an officer in the Bronx was shot and killed. At the time I didn't know where the 47pct was much less anything about the Bronx and the GunHill Rd houses. And so after graduation I was assigned to the 47pct. My locker was just two aisles down from yours. Its an ominous thing for a rookie cop to see a locker painted bright green with the combat cross across it and a candle that stayed lit for many months in front of it. Add to that my first day in the command myself and the other rookies were taken out to foot posts in the same projects where you lost your life. Every day as we walked out to to our posts we walked past the memorial of flowers that was left for you. And on those occasions where we chased someone down that alley, we always took pause to make sure history didn't repeat. That command was tight as it should have been at that time. I had the great pleasure of meeting your father while on station house patrol. We must have spoke for what seemed like two hours. He saw that I was pretty much a kid with gun and a badge and just told me to always be careful and make sure I went home every night. I told him I was sorry for his loss and I would honor you by listening to him. Almost twenty years later I still remember that first day, that bright green locker, that foot post and that conversation with your father. Your Brother in Blue, RJ Morea
— R Morea
Posted: July 23, 2009, 11:55 pm

I remember that fateful day. I was assigned to 44pct and recall Hector's brother, assigned also in the 44, getting the news. Very bad day... May you rest in peace my fellow brother in blue and may the Lord bless hour family always....
— Philip Valles
Posted: August 24, 2009, 2:56 pm

Posted: August 25, 2009, 2:21 pm

Hey cuz it's me Grissel your little cuz. Tomorrow is your anniversary and I still miss you as much as the first day. Tomorrow we are going to the cemetery. It's been months since we have gone. I wish you were here to see how the family has grown. I always keep you in my heart. Love you.
— grissel flores-diaz
Posted: September 11, 2009, 10:05 am

R.I.P. my Brother. God Bless.
— Vinnie Marchese (Ret. NYPD)
Posted: September 11, 2009, 12:34 pm

18 years ago today the world was made a lonelier place.Happy anniversary in heaven. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace brother.
— Rich Grunwald
Posted: September 13, 2009, 1:12 am

It's been 18 years, and friends at the 47pct comments about you as if you was to walk thru that door lounge. Officer Hector, I never met you, but heard enough about you from your brothers in blue, that I feel like I know you. Nevertheless, I worked the pct you worked, I walked the beat you walked, and I still wear the uniform u proudly wore. With you in mind everyday on patrol, you live thru your boys in blue. You are, THE COMMISSIONER.
Posted: November 11, 2009, 6:53 am

Dear OFFICER FONTANEZ its Angel again writing to you as my two beautiful children DANIEL and JONATHAN sit and watch TV. I really pray to the LORD that they will be GREAT MEN just like you and JESUS. I know some day I will get your Memorial pin and I won't rest until I get the one M.O.S.'s carry, although for me its hard to get it because I'am not on the job. But it would be one of the GREATEST HONORS for me in this life time to carry that pin in my wallet and show my kids when they get older. I tried to get on the job in 1995 but, I didn't make it. Shame on me but I THANK JESUS for REAL MEN like you that make the world a better place to live in. I have to go back to the cemetary soon, I'm sorry I missed your birthday, I won't forget you til my last breath on this earth. Danny says he wants to be a POLICE MAN even though he is only 5, I will make sure to tell him what a REAL MAN with a badge is like appointed by GOD to people SAFE HECTOR FONTANEZ. MAY GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL FOR ETERNITY AND YOUR FAMILY FOR ETERNITY. NO WONDER COPS ARE CALLED NEW YORK'S FINEST CAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
— Angel Franco
Posted: January 31, 2010, 3:10 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as we approach your anniversary.
— Mary Ellen
Posted: September 3, 2010, 9:41 am

— Vinnie Marchese (Ret. NYPD)
Posted: September 12, 2010, 12:48 pm

Officer Fontanez next year makes twenty years, and I will never forget about one of the GREATEST if not THE GREATEST OFFICER to serve the people of New York. I'm 39 years old and I always think about you, even when I'am at work I'll daze off at times. I can't believe I'm doing the same work you did before getting on the job. You are a special gift to me. The world was a better place because of you THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL for Eternity.
— Angel Fanco
Posted: October 10, 2010, 7:14 pm

I remember this day like it was yesterday........It was my first day back to work at the 47th Precinct after returning from Desert Storm. Hector you will aways be remembered.......R.I.P.
— Jeffrey Hughes, Retired Sgt, NYPD
Posted: October 27, 2010, 11:17 pm

Hector I LOVE YOU, you are always in my heart and thoughts.GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
— Angel Franco
Posted: January 15, 2011, 9:26 pm

I came to the 47 with Hector as rookies. Like someone said he was a big man , yet always in a good mood. Our squads worked often together and that was a good thing. On a few occasions when i called for back-up , it was always nice to see Hector show up . As we all know sometimes just the present of certain cops seems calm things down . I rode in the bus with the perp and wrote down his statements that were used in his downfall . If i'm not mistaken this perp is no longer with us Hector I will never forget you R.I.P.
— Brian
Posted: January 21, 2011, 10:27 am

I miss you. You have always been in my heart. How much I wish you were here. How much I wish my family could have known what a great person you were. Always in my thoughts, your baby cuz.
— Grissel Flores-Diaz
Posted: September 9, 2011, 9:36 am

Monday is the day i mourn but celebrate all the great moments i spent with my brother Hector...we were friends since i was two years old. Every time I think of him i remember the summers the most and halloween he loved halloween and i remember that hawkeye costume he made himself! And reading comic books and talking about the heroes in them...not knowing that someday he'd become a hero as well unfortunately he isn't around to celebrate . 20 years and everyday i always think of you my brother. dingui
— Jose Morales
Posted: September 10, 2011, 11:05 am

Where do I begin ?? Hector fontanez known to his childhood friends as ito was raised on 173rd st. and crotona park east in the Bronx went to C.S.61; Herman Ridder JHS 98 and then to Stevenson H.S. before making us so proud and becoming one of New York CItys Finest !! All of us in the neighborhood where so proud of him !!! One of us finally made it out of the HOOD !!! 20 years later alot of us have made it out of the HOOD thanks to Hector's inspiration.Ito was a good boy always looking out for his mother Cuca and his brother Luis. I still think he watches over all of us from crotona park east . I still carry his picture in my wallet Hector is and always will be my ANGEL !! My mother Tona took care of Hector and luis we lived in the first floor they lived on 2nd. we were like brother's! 20 years and it seems like yesterday. I still remember playing cops and robbers in 1660, Hector was Starsky and Neal was Hutch luis and I were the bad guy's LOL !! HE always dreamed about being a policeman !! I still remember our softball team the Crotona Star's Hector was the third baseman and he was so good. So many memories !! Brother wish you were here with us !!! miss you so much !! till we meet in haven !! Love you alway your brother JOEY
— Jose (joey) Torres
Posted: September 10, 2011, 12:47 pm

Dedicated to my best friend, first love and hero...never imagined I'd live without your smile... ONE SWEET DAY - Mariah Carey Sorry, I never told you, all I wanted to say. Now it's too late to hold you. ' Cause you've flown away, so far away. Never, Had I imagined, yeah, living without your smile. Feelin' and knowing you hear me. It keeps me alive. Alive! And I know you're shining down on me from Heaven, Like so many friends we've lost along the way, And I know eventually we'll be together. One sweet day. Picture a little scene from Heaven. Darling, I never showed you. Assumed you'd always be there. I took your presence for granted. But I always cared And I miss the love we shared. And I know you're shining down on me from Heaven. Like so many friends we've lost along the way. And I know eventually we'll be together...One Sweet Day. One sweet day. Picture a little scene from Heaven. Although, the sun will never shine the same, I'll always look to a brighter day. Yeah, Lord, I know, when I lay me down to sleep, You'll always listen, as I pray! And I know you're shining down on me from Heaven, Like so many friends we've lost along the way, And I know eventually we'll be together. One sweet day. And I know you're shining down on me from Heaven, Like so many friends we've lost along the way, And I know eventually we'll be together. One sweet day. Sorry, I Never told you, all I wanted to say
— Madeline Flores
Posted: September 10, 2011, 12:53 pm

NEVER TOO FAR AWAY Mariah Carey You're with me Til the bitter end What we had transcends This experience Too painful to Talk about So I'll hold it in Til my heart can mend And be brave enough to love again A place in time Still belongs to us Stays preserved in my mind In the memories there is solace Never too far away I won't let time erase One bit of yesterday Cause I have learned that Nobody can take your place Though we can never be I'll keep you close to me When I remember Glittering lights Incandescent eyes Still preserved In my mind In the memories I'll find solace Never too far away I won't let time erase One bit of yesterday And I have learned that Nobody can take your place Though we can never be I'll keep you close to me And I'll remember A place in time Still belongs to us Stays preserved in my mind In the memories there is solace Never too far away I won't let time erase One bit of yesterday Cause I have learned that Nobody can take your place And though we can never be I'll always think of you and me Always remember Love You're never too far
— Madeline Flores
Posted: September 10, 2011, 4:24 pm

Until we meet again, R.I.P. MY BROTHER
— Vinnie Marchese (Ret. NYPD)
Posted: September 12, 2011, 8:13 am

On this 20th. Anniversary I must say, not a day goes by that you are not thought about. Never Forgotten.....Rest In Peace Brother.
— Brian O'Rourke
Posted: September 12, 2011, 8:48 am

My friend Hector, You are never forgotten my friend. We shared a lot of laughs together. Remember car 54 where are you ....Rest in peace my brother you are a true SUPERMAN.
— robert mione
Posted: September 12, 2011, 8:52 am

Hector, Happy Anniversary in Heaven. It has been 20 years, but seems like yesterday. I, for many years always put a blus candle in front of your locker on 9/12. I moved far away from NY, but I wish someone , maybe a young / new cop in the 47, could place a blue candle at the foot of Hector's locker. I don't want him to be alone each 9/12. maybe someone could do this every year for him. Rest in Peace and watch over the rookies. Amen
— Vincent Andrasko
Posted: September 12, 2011, 11:41 am

To My Dear ” Cuz” who is in heave Today is a sad day in our family we lost a cuz a brother and also a family man he loved being around his cuz's
— Andres Flores
Posted: September 12, 2011, 2:13 pm

My cousin didnt only protect people he also loved to help if anyone had a problem . My cuz is a hero in my heart and a big brother for life I think of u everyday I miss u love u and ur legacy lives on I love u cuz
— Andres Flores
Posted: September 12, 2011, 2:36 pm

Hector it's been 20yrs, I miss you and you'll ALWAYS be in my prayers. You are MY HERO and always will be...GOD BLESS Hector & The Fontanez Family
— Pat McCormick
Posted: September 12, 2011, 6:02 pm

Dear Hector, It's been 20 years since that horrible day. I was assigned to the 47 R.I.P Unit and was only a few blocks away when the 10-13 came over the radio. When I saw you I knew it was bad. We all waited at the hospital for some good news. When the doctor came out and told us the bad news it was like the world stopped. I remember thinking of us on the precinct softball team, and that big smile you always seemed to have on your face. I think of you often, and I hope God has blessed you and your family. You were kind and friendly and everyone loved you. I will never forget you my friend. Happy 20th Anniversary in Heaven. Charlie Longi
— Charlie Longi
Posted: September 12, 2011, 6:44 pm

The Fontanez family are in my thoughts and prayers on Hector's twentieth anniversary of his tragic death. My sister was the officer who was patrolling with him that day. God Bless. Monica Macken-Letizia
— Monica Macken-Letizia
Posted: September 14, 2011, 10:02 pm

Hello i heard about u today am sorry i am VERY LATE i go to the school so RIP :( AM IN 5TH GRADE AND I ALWAYS LOOK AT THE PLAQUE WITH YOUR NAME AND PICTURE :) RIP HERO :)
— Shaquanda
Posted: April 19, 2012, 6:19 pm

— Vinnie Marchese(Ret. NYPD)
Posted: September 11, 2012, 11:25 am

Miss you. Can't believe it has been 21 years. Seems like yesterday. I still think about you. I guess that will never go away. Will pass by the grave this weekend. Always wish that you were here. Love you, Cuz
— Grissel Flores-Diaz
Posted: September 12, 2012, 8:34 am

— sal
Posted: October 12, 2012, 2:01 am

Happy B'day Hector, Gone but not forgotten. CPE Original!
— AL Gomez
Posted: January 2, 2013, 8:47 am

21 years my brother and I still miss you. I never forget your birthday so HBD. We have been together since kids and cherish our times together. Our block in Crotona Park East still talk about our baseball & football playing days, great times. You was like a brother and keep watch over us. CPE finest..I will never forget you....
— Eladio Candelario ( June )
Posted: January 3, 2013, 9:33 am

I will never forget you and your family. Your parents were good friends with my mom. Your dad had a great record collection connecting us to our Cuban and Puerto Rican heritage. I remember your quiet smile. I honestly thought you'd become a baseball hero... But your or vefy own Crotona Park East hero.. Gone but never forgotten..
— Bernadette
Posted: February 9, 2013, 9:26 am

To the Fontanez family, this May, I will have the honor of riding in memory of Hector and two other officers in the 2013 Police Unity Tour. The Police Unity Tour is made up of active and retired Law Enforcement Officers who ride (bicycle) in memory of Officers who have died in the line of duty. The ride is approximately 300 miles that starts in NJ and ends in Washington DC at the National Law Enforcement Memorial. Each officer wears a bracelet with the name of the officer they are riding for. The Unity Tour motto is “We ride for those who died”. I had the privilege to work with Hector for a short time in the 47pct. Your messages left on this site throughout the years are a testament to how much he meant to your family. God Bless. Mathew 5:4 - “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”.
— Rob Fitzgerald - Town of Ramapo PD
Posted: February 19, 2013, 9:23 am

To our Brother Hector Until We Meet Again Each morning when we awake we know that you are gone. And no one knows the heartache As we try to carry on. Our hearts still ache with sadness and many tears still flow. What it meant to lose you,No one will ever know. Our thoughts are always with you, your place no one can fill. In life we loved you dearly, In death we love you still. There will always be a heartache, and often a silent tear, But always a precious memory Of the days when you were here. If tears could make a staircase, And heartaches make a lane, We'd walk the path to heaven And bring you home again. We hold you close within our hearts, And there you will remain, To walk with us throughout our lives Until we meet again. Our family chain is broken now, And nothing will be the same, But as God calls us one by one, The chain will link again.
— Angel Ortiz
Posted: September 12, 2013, 10:09 am

Until we meet again! R.I.P. My Brother. May God Bless you.
— Vinnie Marchese (Ret. NYPD)
Posted: September 12, 2013, 12:13 pm

You may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Hector Rest in Peace, we pray for you
— Tommy
Posted: September 12, 2013, 3:39 pm

I was so young but i still know then he was the greatest Man in the world!!! There has bin plenty of times i needed him around and i never seen him as a uniform officer, but only as my best cousin my best friend ... And just the best man ever alive!!! I miss you hector and ill always remember you!!!
— Jose Joel Flores
Posted: December 1, 2013, 10:46 pm

I worked in the 47th precinct when Hector was killed. I had been on the for e a little over a year when it happened but I can tell everyone Hector was and is still a great guy. I played with Hector on the 47th precinct softball team as well. He was a guy that was always laughing and joking. I live in the area of Saint Raymond's cemetary where Hector is at rest. I go there often and say "Hi" to him. I think of him often even though I only knew him short time.
— frank vieni
Posted: March 27, 2014, 11:17 am

Can't believe how many years have gone by, but remember that day as if it was yesterday. I was a rookie working 47 sector Adam when that horrible call came over the radio...we were the second unit on the scene and only wish there was more that could have been done. I think about you and that day often, may you rest in peace and know that you are not forgotten!
— Steven Mack-Sgt, Ret.
Posted: September 10, 2014, 11:46 pm

Hector you were taken away from us by a coward. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: September 11, 2014, 6:09 am

It is hard to believe that it has been 23yrs. that the Good Lord has taken you. REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.
— Vinnie Marchese (Ret. NYPD)
Posted: September 12, 2014, 7:18 am

Wow 23 years already. Rest in peace primo.we have the watch
— Edwin Fontanez
Posted: September 12, 2014, 10:30 am

Hector, I can't believe its been 23 years. I think of you often and say a prayer for you and your family when I do. I hope your at peace, and I wish one day to see you again and that big smile. Happy 23rd Anniversary in Heaven by brother in Blue.Charlie
— charlie Longi
Posted: September 12, 2014, 11:49 pm

24 years have gone by but your passing seems like yesterday! RIP Brother-you will never be forgotten.
— Sgt.Rich Grunwald (ret.)
Posted: September 12, 2015, 5:40 am

RIP my friend. Until we meet again... God Bless...
— Vinnie Marchese(Ret. NYPD)
Posted: September 12, 2015, 1:10 pm

Cant believe its been 24 years already. Miss you tons cuz.
— Grissel Flores-Diaz
Posted: September 12, 2015, 11:51 pm

My Dear Brother, it's been 25yrs that the Good Lord took you from us way to soon. Watch over our Brothers and Sisters in Blue. R.I.P. Hector. Until we meet again.. God Bless
— Vinnie Marchese(Ret. NYPD)
Posted: September 12, 2016, 8:54 am

September 12,1991 25 years ago today P.O. Hector Fontanez was taken from us. He became a HERO and a role model to a generation of officers. You will never be forgotten Peace be with you.🇺🇸👮🏻
— Daniel G
Posted: September 12, 2016, 9:37 am

— Vincent Marchese(RET.NYPD)
Posted: September 12, 2017, 3:13 pm



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