2013-06-07 / Community

Remembering Officer Alcamo

By Dan Guarino


Across from Rockaway’s 100th Precinct, in front of the Peninsula Library, this memorial commemorates Police Officer Joseph Alcamo, who lost his life on duty. Photo by Dan Guarino Across from Rockaway’s 100th Precinct, in front of the Peninsula Library, this memorial commemorates Police Officer Joseph Alcamo, who lost his life on duty. Photo by Dan Guarino “When a police officer is killed, it’s not an agency that loses an officer, it’s an entire nation,” says Chris Cosgriff, founder of the Officer Down Memorial Page website.

These words may come to mind as Rockaway residents pass the small stone memorial situated in front of the Peninsula Library building on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, a tribute to Police Officer Joseph T. Alcamo, who served at the 100th Precinct just across the street.

His “end of watch” on the ODMP page is duly noted as “Thursday, March 26th, 1992.”

On that date Officer Alcamo and his partner sped to assist New York City Housing Authority Police officers responding to a call of an emotionally disturbed person in the Edgemere Housing Projects.

On Beach Channel Drive near Beach 105th Street, the patrol car hit a wet patch and his partner lost control of the vehicle.

It skidded sideways and struck a utility pole, killing Alcamo.

He was 31 years old, had served with the New York City Police Department for four years, and was survived by his wife.

Dedicated March 24th, 1994, the plaque that bears his name denotes the area as “Police Officer Joseph T. Alcamo Plaza” and commemorates the life and service of the man who wore badge number 24524.

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