Remembering P.O. Alcamo's Sacrifice
By Brian Magoolaghan
Monday marks a somber anniversary for the NYPD and the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach, because on that day 15 years ago a 31-year old police officer and soon-to-be father died in the line of duty in Rockaway.
Police Officer Joseph Alcamo, badge number 24524, died at Peninsula Hospital Center on March 26, 1992 about two hours after he suffered massive head injuries when the patrol car he was a passenger in smashed into a utility pole on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 105 Street.
Alcamo and his partner, who survived, were responding to a call for assistance from an NYPD Housing officer at the Edgemere Houses on Beach 54 Street when their racing patrol car skidded on wet pavement and slammed into the utility pole.
Wave photos of the crash scene show the patrol car's front passenger -side door took the brunt of the impact with the utility pole. The rear, passenger-side tire of the vehicle, a Chevrolet Caprice with the number 4129, whipped up onto the grass between the street and the sidewalk.
Alcamo was married at the time of his death, and his pregnant wife was due to give birth as he was laid to rest. Thousands of uniformed police officers from throughout the eastern United States attended his funeral service at Sacred Heart Church in Glendale on March 30, 1992, to pay their respects to the fallen officer.
The 100 Precinct established a fund for Alcamo's family and, on March 24, 1994, dedicated a plaque in his honor inside the precinct's stationhouse. The plaque, which features Officer Alcamo's likeness and badge, hangs in the precinct, just outside the office of the commanding officer.