J.J. Biello
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J.J. Biello, a former Atlanta police officer and former member of the Cherokee County Commission, has died. Biello was paralyzed in 1987 when he was shot while stopping a robbery at a Buckhead restaurant.

In addition to serving on the county commission, Biello also was a longtime member of both the county's recreation authority and the state's boxing commission.

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Read more about J.J. Biello on ajc.com
Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jul. 31, 2019.
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August 21, 2019
Mr. Biello was a wonderful person whom i had to pleasure of getting to know over this past year. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and will always keep his wife and sons, in my prayers. His Regions family, at Trickum Rd, will always remember him, especially Mrs. Charolette Forsh.
Felicia Garris
August 20, 2019
Many years ago JJ and I went through Shepherd's Spinal Center Rehab together. I was in awe over his fight to overcome adversity, and equally in awe over his immense family and law enforcement support. I always got such a joy at seeing his two young sons interacting not only with their Dad but other patients. Your long battle is over JJ and I'm sure we will meet again, minus the wheels!

merly miner
SSC 1987
August 8, 2019
Glad you are free from the chains of this earth, friend. You lived a great life, despite it all. You were great copy for many a reporter, including me. Mostly, you were an honorable man, a rarity these days. I'm happy your spirit is now free, but you will be missed by many. You left quite a legacy, J.J.
James Budd
August 8, 2019
So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers for the Biello family.
Dave Amend
August 6, 2019
My condolences to the family. RIP J.J
August 6, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with family. Cherish the wonderful memories of this extraordinary man!
Gale Jordan
August 6, 2019
This tribute page really needed a smiling photo of my friend. This is how I'll remember him, always loving his life, family and friends despite the pain.
Lou Arcangeli
August 6, 2019
This tribute page really needed a smiling photo of my friend. This is how I'll remember him, always loving his life, family and friends despite the pain.
Lou Arcangeli
August 4, 2019
I was working the day JJ got shot. I was still a rookie, and somehow that day reality hit me, the job we were doing was important but at the same time there are a lot of people out there that just doesn't care. He will always be in my heart and prayers for believing in "Doing what is right".
Will Mosley
Will Mosley
August 4, 2019
Am a good friend of JJ's wife Barbara but had the pleasure of meeting/talking with JJ on 2 different occasions.
WHAT A SPECIAL MAN with great attitude - God let him live such a long life after paralysis for a PURPOSE - to give us inspiration.

Will keep praying for family but know they have wonderful memories of their time together - Char
August 3, 2019
JJ was a regular at a restaurant I owned up until several years ago. Always brightened my day. A good man.
August 3, 2019
What a great guy! I worked with JJ at Houston's West Paces in the eighties. I always looked for JJ after a long shift. He always had a positive attitude and great personality! He was a professional , but always was very approachable. Although I have not spoken with him in over thirty years, I consider him a good friend. I miss him already.

Patrick Winsett
August 3, 2019
Thank you for all you've done for Cherokee County. You were always visible for folks to meet and talk with you.
You've earned your wings!
My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones, may they find comfort in the memories, you leave behind.
Janet Woodall
August 2, 2019
Thank you JJ for all you did for this county. I like so many others appreciate all the fighting you did for us.
Also for helping us find a temporary home
for St. Michael the
Archangel Church.

Prayers for all of his family especially
Barb, Alex & Ross.
Kathi Varenhorst
August 2, 2019
JJ will remain to me a strong and enduring example of what a man and father can be. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the life he led and the selfless contributions he made to his community. Our prayer is for comfort and peace for the Biello family. Although not often enough, I will miss talking with JJ and listening to his stories.
Nate Mobley
August 2, 2019
We've loved and appreciated JJ and Barbara since the earliest days of our meeting--His son, Ross, wanted to marry our daughter, Katie! So, it was a little uncertain at first. But that quickly dissolved into respect and appreciation. When our twin granddaughters were born we were together quite often--especially for soccer, birthday parties and various holiday events. I marveled at his wrork ethic, his drive and persistence and his unfailing sense of pride in his family and his community! We will miss you, JJ, but look forward to reunion in heaven one day! -Ron & Dee Mobley
August 2, 2019
We were on a particularly bad Robbery scene, I don't remember details but what I will never forget is everyone connected with JJ's confidence and ability to impress good energy into us all. That's what he always had for everyone. The special positive energy that was JJ. I'm sure he will continue this way when we meet again.
Carl Smith
August 1, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Barbara and your family. Rest in peace JJ
Roxanne Wilhelm
August 1, 2019
Worked with his sister at SJH and had the great opportunity to meet JJ. He was a believer in slow growth for Cherokee Country. He will be greatly missed! RIP
August 1, 2019
A wonderful father, friend and mentor for many. You are remembered here at Shepherd Center.

Free from pain and in the arms of God.
james shepherd
August 1, 2019
Keith and Debra Watkins
August 1, 2019
I am a sales rep for Window World. Mr Biello bought windows from me. Ive been at Window World for eight years. Mr Biello was the nicest and most inspirational customer I have ever had. A true hero. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Steve Stoltz
August 1, 2019
John Caldwell
July 31, 2019
Run JJ. Run My Friend. That old chair is not needed now. You are free of all that pain and suffering. I will miss you greatly but know you are in a much better place. Love you Brother. Keith Barber
July 31, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the Biello family. I had the pleasure of getting to know J,J, when he worked as APD security officer for Houston's restaurant in the 1980's. I was a waitress at the time working nights which is when J.J. worked. He was always so much fun to me around always having something to say that would make me laugh. Even though I haven't seen him in over 30 years he is just one of those special people that is hard to forget. Thinking of J.J. just brings a smile to my face and I'm so glad to have gotten to know him.
Cindy Nyen Hufler
July 31, 2019
Our prayers are with you Alex, Ross, and Barbara! Alan and I had some great fun with JJ! JJ never feared anything! We will never forget him! He was loved by so many! RIP!
Judy Shinall
July 31, 2019
Our prayers are for Barbara and the family. I remember Jimmy going on field trips with Alex and Angie Parks in the first grade in Ms Potter's class. She loved having Jimmy along and the kids loved him even more. May God watch over you in the upcoming days and years. Nancy Fowler, Angie & Matt Parks Mother
Nancy Fowler
July 31, 2019
We were grateful for JJ's slow growth
approach. He and others were very
supportive when called upon to battle the
over development in our ever growing county.
Prayers go out for him and all his loved ones.
JJ was quite the character - one who will be missed, remembered and admired.

Scott and Ann Head
Cherokee County
July 31, 2019
John & Wanda Peterson
July 31, 2019
Truly, a cop's cop. J.J. will be remembered by many metro Atlanta police officers for his "never give up" stance on everything he undertook. He will be missed by many.

Former Lieutenant, East Point, GA. Police Department
T.D. Barge
July 31, 2019
I worked with him indirectly and had two inservice training classes with JJ. I knew and worked under AJ Biello for several years. JJ was a dedicated officer and good public servant in Cherokee Co.
My deepest regards and thoughts are with all the family.
Ronald Whittle
July 31, 2019
Biello family, our deepest condolences and prayers for you at this time. May you find strength & comfort knowing JJ continues to live on in spirit, is whole in body & no longer suffering. I believe God has healed him of his wounds & hope you take comfort knowing you'll see him again in heaven. JJ helped our family w/improvements@Fields Landing Park. He will always be remembered for the kind man he was & the way he gave of himself in order to help others. God Bless You!
Debbi Anthros
July 31, 2019
JJ and I worked in the Detective Dept of APD together our whole careers
A true friend and wonderful co-worker. God bless JJ and his wonderful family and friends.
Joe Straka
July 31, 2019
My condolences to the family. May God's armor continue to surround everyone at this difficult time. I presently live in Atlanta, but I have followed this story for years. I used to live in The Bronx and over the years I have heard about Mr. Biello while reading The New York Daily News from my home and work here in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Biello's warm heart and love for his city and mankind resonates through pages and articles written about him. Stay strong because his blood soars to the marrow of your blood! Again, my condolences!
July 31, 2019
My condolences to his son Ross. What a great father, friend and human being.
Ariana Ramirez
July 31, 2019
On behalf of the CBSO Team (Lenovo) let me pass our condolences to the Biello Family on the recent passing of a real hero, J.J. Biello.

Ross, our hearts are with you in this time of sorrow.
Rafael Bartolome
July 31, 2019
This is a police office that I got to know personally because of his bravery. I mourn his passing and offer comfort to his grieving family.
Myrtle Davis,
Former Councilwoman for the City of Atlanta
Myrtle Davis
July 31, 2019
Sir, thank you for your service and sacrifice. I am retired now from law enforcement but remember very well the news that day about you being shot. My prayers are for all those whom you loved and loved you that now will miss you.
curtis veal
July 31, 2019
What a kind man never once did I not see him with a smile on his face REST WELL IN HEAVEN! Sherri Hall Piedmont Heart
Sherri Hall
July 31, 2019
Fondest memories and affection for JJ as he watched out for us in the early 1980's in Inman Park. Caring thoughts for his family. Carol Higgins and Elizabeth Morgan
Carol Higgins Fair
July 31, 2019
A super guy, we had some real fun working an extra job back in the day in underground Atlanta. You never had to ask or you there for me, he was generally leading the way.
Fred Huffman
July 31, 2019
We are deeply saddened by the passing of J.J. We worked with him in the A.P.D for many years.He was a genuine character and outstanding undercover police officer.
May God bring comfort to his family during this time. He will never be forgotten.
Bob and Gail Taylor
July 31, 2019
I remember working the street with you sir. You have always been an example for all of us. Rest In Peace my friend.
John Zimmer
July 31, 2019
I remember JJ teaching me to count to three;

I remember recently seeing a man in a wheelchair driving down the middle of Main Street in Woodstock with absolutely no fear, seeing it was my friend, I left my office and spoke to him;

I remember his quiet and concerned advice before Cherokee County Commission meetings;

I remember him asking if I wanted my name on some government building for supporting his recreation agenda, and when I said not, he said, now you have may respect;

I remember closing the door to his Board of Commissioners office and grabbing a bottle he kept hidden in his desk and sharing a shot of a little something to calm the nerves;

My utmost condolences and prays for his family, his close friends on these sad days ... and the remembrances that many of us have of a great man.

I will always remember my friend, Commissioner J.J. Biello!

Respectfully, Larry G. Singleton, Jr.
Larry Singleton
July 31, 2019
Truly his light will shine forever. He used his concern for others to give him strength to carry one. J J was a genuine hero, both as a cop and as a man. Rest In Peace
Sandra Padgett
July 31, 2019
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of this great man who leaves an amazing legacy for all who knew him. My prayers for all for comfort and peace as you lay Mr. Biello to rest.
Lois Willson
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