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Sgt. Steve Noonan of the South Bend Police Department was hobbling to the ambulance with a gunshot wound to his knee when a buddy lent him his shoulder.

It was Cpl. Nick Polizzotto.

"He asked me if I’d been shot, and I said I had but that I was OK," Noonan recalls of that evening in September 2003.

"Nick helped me to the corner (of Twyckenham Drive and Ewing Avenue) where the ambulance was and also called in on the radio about my status," Noonan adds.

A tough cop, Polizzotto showed a gentle touch that night in helping his fellow officer to safety.

"Nick was one of those officers you could always count on, who didn’t back off and would put himself in harm’s way if he had to," Noonan says.

And now he is gone, mortally wounded early Tuesday morning in a shoot-out at the Wooden Indian Motel on Lincoln Way East. The suspect also was killed, and Ptl. Michael Norby was wounded.

Noonan, who worked the midnight shift with Polizzotto, was off Tuesday.

"But at 1:45, my wife woke me up and said, ‘The police department is on the phone,’ " he says. "Those have become dreaded words."

He absorbed the news about Polizzotto and Norby and quickly put on his uniform to do whatever he could to help a scrambling and grieving department.

"I responded to a burglary-in-progress call on the northeast side, which ended up not being anything, and then backed up (another officer) on another call before heading to the hospital," Noonan says.

His emotions were in overdrive, his heart in his throat.

He couldn’t help but think of his own brush with death almost four years earlier and how Polizzotto had taken care of him before returning to the scene and helping catch the shooter.

"I just had to think how lucky I was," said Noonan, who was shot in the knee through a door while responding to a 911 call about a disturbance in the house.

Three suspects were later arrested without further gunshots, and five officers, including Polizzotto, were honored for their professionalism and courage in handling the situation that night.

"I talked to the chief myself about Nick and how I wanted to make sure his actions were acknowledged," Noonan says.

Noonan himself was honored with the Chief’s Award of Valor for that night; he had continued to supervise on the scene after he was shot until he was sure that others were safe.

If only it could always end that way.

"It’s just so hard to believe what has happened, just a year and a day after Scott (Severns) was killed."

Noonan was at the candlelight vigil Monday night in honor of Severns, who died from injuries suffered during a robbery attempt a year ago on Monday.

"And then just hours later, we find out about Nick and Michael," Noonan says. "One of the veteran officers, John Szuba, said that it seemed this kind of tragedy used to happen about every 10 years. Now it’s as if it is happening every year."

With hardly any sleep, Noonan was at the police station much of Tuesday as part of the Critical Incident Support Team.

But he needed to take time to call his 17-year-old daughter, Erin, to soothe her feelings before she left for school.

"She was crying, obviously very upset at what had happened."

She also was probably thinking back to when her dad, an 18-year veteran, was shot.

"I was off the street from September until December and then the second night I was back, (Mishawaka police officers) Tom Roberts and Bryan Verkler were killed."

On Tuesday, Noonan was able to talk to some of his fellow officers who also had been shot: Ray Wolfenbarger, Kelly Waite and Rick Ruszkowski.

"When things like this happen, we come together as a family," he says. "But it is getting so dangerous out there."

Will he retire after 20 years?

"Probably not," he admits.

He loves his job. Just like Scott Severns did. Just like Nick Polizzotto apparently did, too.

God bless them all.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 24, 2007.
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May 18, 2009
Dear Mr. Polizzotto and Family,

I am so saddened to hear about the loss of your son Nick. Please know that you and your family in are in my thoughts and prayers.
* Elise Gaston Brady
Clay High School * Class of 1985
Elise Brady
March 25, 2009
Dear Polizzottos,

Please accept my deepest condolences, Nick was a great man. God bless you all
Theresa Laurence
March 27, 2008
Dan & the entire Polizzotto Family

Please know that I have felt a deep sadness ever since the shock of it all. Mr. Polizzotto, 'Pollie', you have 'remained close' while being in my fond recollections, following graduation. Now that Nick has been swept away, Nick and your family are now in my thoughts and prayers as well.
Mark'Mag' Magliola (Clay 78')
January 25, 2008
Dan & Tony,

I heard about the tragic occurrence with Nick. My heart goes out to you and your families. I am sure Nick grew up to be a great man like his Dad, and a great friend like his brother. Dan, you have impacted many lives as a coach and teacher in ways you don't know. I have thought about you many times during the 24 years since we last were together. As a coach, you helped shape who I am today. From the tributes written, you can see Nick had the same type of impact on the people he met. God Bless!

Bryce Currie (S.B. Clay 1984)
July 4, 2007
I have two friends that knew your son nick polizzotto and their names are Ashly connell,and Kathleen Tomlinson.

god speed nick polizzotto
meghan pluta
June 28, 2007
Mr. Polizzotto and family,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of your terrible loss. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Jennifer Norborg
Clay High School
Class of 1988
Jennifer Norborg
June 18, 2007
To the entire Polizzotto family:
It was with great sadness that I heard of the untimely death of Nick in the line of duty. I went to LaSalle with both Nick & Michele, & was honored to attend their wedding. What a great guy he was. My thoughts & prayers go out to you all during this time, with the hope that you will always remember his love for you. God Bless.
Nikki (Ballinger) Dayton
May 30, 2007
I have been reading all of the articles on-line, and it has truely broken my heart to hear all of the stories and pictures of this great man. I hope his son Joe will find comfort in the days and months to come. I will be praying for the whole family at this time of need. GOD BLESS!!!!!!
Kerry Montague
May 30, 2007
What a tribute to the fallen officer. Our family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May his memory live forever in your hearts.
John Cook
May 30, 2007
I hope the Polizzotto family find comfort in the days to come. May Nick rest in peace.
Jill Anderson
May 29, 2007
As a former police officer, I want to give you my deepest sympathy's. My heart deeply aches for your family. May God hold you in his hand and give you comfort. God Bless you all.
Matt Farnham
May 25, 2007
To the Polizzotto family,I would like to express my deepest sympathy for your untimely loss of your fine son.I am a firefighter and paramedic,who also plays the drums in the Cleveland Firefighter's Pipe & Drum Memorial Band.We have had the dubious task of playing in this type venue too many times.Please know that ALL OF US send our prayers and sympathy to your entire family.May God Bless you in the days and weeks to come. Respectfully and Fraternally, Raleigh Hughes III, ( Warren, Ohio )
Raleigh Hughes III
May 23, 2007
May 23, 2007
May 23, 2007
I am very sad that you are gone now. You were a very nice and kind man.My heart goes out to the family.
-God Bless-
Josh Horvath
May 22, 2007
Dan & Rosemary

We cannot fathom what you are going through. Our heart felt prayers are for you and your family.
Joe & Julie Kreitzman
May 21, 2007
As a brother Officer, I extend my most sincere thoughts and prayers, to Nick and all of his family and friends.
I was with the department 42+ years, and retired in 2002. During the last five years on the department I was privileged to know Nick as a brother officer, and his dedication, friendliness, and people oriented demeanor showed itself on all occassions.
He obviously had the respect of all he knew and all who truly knew him.
Her did not deserve to have his life taken. His brother officer, Officer Norby I am sure is also suffering from the loss of Nick on this earth.
There is no doubt that Nick will be in the hands of the Lord forever. He was just that kind of guy!
forest milbourn
May 19, 2007
nick polizzotto family

I am sorry for your loss in the family and he loves you alot.
meghan pluta
May 18, 2007

Our heart goes out to your family. I am sure that he was a great man like his father. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, your family, and Nick.


Scott and Alyson, Johnny, Chris, and Connor
Scott & Alyson Kreitzman
May 14, 2007
I was greatly saddened by the news of Nick. Your family played an important role in my life and I hate to see you go through this. God bless.
Michael Spiher
May 13, 2007
my prayers are with you at this time. may god bless your family .i never met Nick but we were touched by his loving spirit. my family also wishes too send their sympathy. we love the Polizzotto family from Connie Lingus Norma and Candy lee. and Elizabeth. and jJohnathan.
connie lingus
May 13, 2007
My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all involved.
Heather Lawles
May 10, 2007
For the entire Polizzotto family, my heart aches for you. You all have touched many, many lives just as Nick did and I pray that the support of those you have touched will somehow help carry you through this time of grief.

Amy, I hope you can still find that wonderful smile and laugh that is yours and that it will help lift your family's spirit as well your own.

Matthew 5:4 states, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." May you all receive an abundance of comfort from the Lord, as well as those you have touched.
Mike Conley
May 10, 2007
I did not know Nick but my heart goes out to you, the family. I am a bagpiper with the Lake County Sheriff. We were honored to play at the funeral. May God Bless you all as we remember your hero as well. To be absent from the body is to present with the Lord 2Cor5:7. I pray that as we think on that verse we can be joyful that Nick is now in His presents'
Robert Girard
May 8, 2007
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.AMEN
May 8, 2007
Father we entrust our brother Nick to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Nick in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy.
Michael Iezzi
May 4, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with the family, God please keep special watch over Nick's son. I never personally knew Nick, but I did attend LaSalle with him. I had him in a math class and his mother taught me English. I remember him as a tall lanky kid with a birthmark on his face, pretty smile for what I could tell pretty polite and a decent person. God Bless You!!
May 4, 2007
May 4, 2007
My husband and I were in Berrien Springs, MI, on April 22, when we caught the 7:00 news coverage of Cpl.Severns' service being held on Monday night (April 23) marking the one year anniversary of his death. My husband wanted to attend the service, but due to the time (9:00 pm) we were unable to make it. Then on Tuesday morning (April 24) we turn on the TV to catch the early morning news and learned that South Bend had lost another officer.

Oh how this broke our hearts after just hearing about Cpl. Steverns' death on Sunday. You see, my husband is an officer and has been for 27 plus years and I too work for the department in Gadsden, Alabma.

We were in Michigan to attend a Defensive Driving School. Granted we don't know a soul from the South Bend Police Department, but the news of your loss last year and again a year and a day later truly was devasting to the both of us. We simply couldn't earse it from our minds or our heavy hearts then or now after returning to Alabama.

No matter where you are the news of an Officer loosing their life in the line of duty hits home and the death of Cpl. Polizzotto was as if we lost a member of our family, because all officers are consider one big family.

May his family, friends, and the South Bend Police Department find peace and comfort from the many memories you have of Cpl. Polizzotto.

When "any" officer looses their life in the line of duty it's one to many! May God keep all the men and women in blue safe.

In our thoughts and prayers in Alabma.
James & Cherie Venn
May 4, 2007
My prayers go out to you and your family in this sorrowful time. Though I never met Nick, and have not lived in South Bend since 1983 I am still saddened by this. Be at Peace - LHS '81
Chuck Hauger
May 3, 2007
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Polizzotto and Family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Nick will be missed. God bless you and your family.
Mike, Carolyn, Brian and Janet (Yuen) Pang--LHS '89
May 3, 2007
I send my prayers to nick's friends and of course his family from what I heard he must of been a great son,friend and dad. Even though I never met him but when I seen him on the news i couldn't help but feel sad. Once again im am truely soory to the loved ones of Nick.
courtney A
May 3, 2007
I wanted to send my condolences to the family of Nick. I didn't know him but it touched close to home. My mother was murdered to years ago and it has been very hard for my family. An when an officer that protected his community is killed it bring back memories of the day my mother was killed. I hope that your memories of Nick get you through these hard times. My thought and prayers are with the family and friends of Nick Polizzotto.
Leslie Carr
Leslie Carr
May 3, 2007
Like many others, I did not know Nick. But the sadness still weighs heavily in my heart. Such a tragic loss. My heart aches for his young son, whose father was taken so quickly and far too soon. My thoughts and prayers to all of Nick's family and friends and the officers of SBPD.

God Speed, Nick
You will always be a hero
May 3, 2007
Dear Polizzotto Family,
We would like to extend our
sympathy to each of you. We thank
Nick for his service and sacrifice.
We know he is with The Lord.
We wish you His Peace and Blessings.
The Duffy Family
Holly Duffy
May 2, 2007
It's been forty years since we last crossed paths and I still think of the positive influence you had on my life. Although I never met Nick, I am sure that he received the same positive coaching as I did.

Words can't express my sorrow for you and your family but, rest assured, time will heal the tremendous hurt you are feeling. My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Dan.
Gerry Peterson
May 2, 2007
He will always be in a better place and he will alway be in you hearts forever and ever.

god speed
nick polizzotto
meghan pluta
May 2, 2007
He will always be in a better place.
meghan pluta
May 2, 2007
I am truly saddened at the loss of yet another police officer. Such a young man with a long future ahead of him. It seems so unfair to see him killed after his choice to protect and serve. I am sure he was needed more by God in heaven than we can ever begin to understand.

God has left his family, colleagues and friends with an open wound in their hearts, which will heal with time. The wound will be replaced by a scar for everyone to remind us of Nick's value to his family and the community.

God Bless and Take Care,

The Shevetz's, supporters of all law enforcement...
Dianne Shevetz
May 2, 2007
Rosemary, Dan, Tony and Family:
I am so sorry to hear about Nick. I rember how all of you treasured him and how proud of him you were when he was at LaSalle. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Cathy Nowicki
May 2, 2007
Dear Polizzotto Family,
Sorry for your loss. I knew Nick back in high school, and was saddened to read about this on line.
Raj Rai
May 2, 2007
Dear Polizzotto family,
I am Very sorry for the lost of this great hero, Nick was a very great friend and hero May god bless you and keep you safe your son was a hard worker!!!

Remember we love you!!!
Theresa LeeAnn Laurence
May 2, 2007
Dear Polizzotto family,
Thank you for giving us your wonderful son, he was a hard worker, and a really good friend. May god bless you and keep you safe
Sorry for the loss. YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS ALWAYS!!!!
Theresa Laurence
May 1, 2007
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Terra (Bradshaw) Yakim
May 1, 2007
I wanted so badly to show my support to the family yesterday during the funeral processional. Due to circumstances, I was not able to be there, but I was in spirit. I did not know nick, but I can't get him and his family out of my mind. God bless his family and know that there are even complete stranagers praying for you!
May 1, 2007
Dear Polizzotto Family,
I met Nick when I worked as a St. Joe County deputy prosecutor. He was always friendly and professional. He was one of the officers that I was always happy to see. He seemed to have such a great attitude about his job. I never saw him in a bad mood or grumpy, even if he had to be in court at 8am after having done a midnight shift. It has been over four years since the last time I saw him, but that didn't lessen the saddness I felt when I learned of his death.
Your family has been and will continue to be in my prayers.
Godspeed, Kate Singer
Kate Singer
May 1, 2007
MY condolences goes out to your family at a time like this. I Didn't know your son but I Respect him for what he did for our community.
Erica DEE
May 1, 2007
To the Polizzotto Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I had Mrs. Polizzotto as my English teacher at LaSalle and I had a few classes with Nick. He was such a great guy and will be missed. My thoughts are with you.
Michelle (Early) Strobeck
May 1, 2007
May you rest in peace and God Speed.
Love the Mishawaka Police Dept.
May 1, 2007
When I first heard the news and saw the picture of the fallen police officer, I insisted I knew that kind face. I did not know how or when our paths crossed, only that they had crossed. Then I read he, too, attended LaSalle High School. I had to have interacted with him during my 4 years because he has a face I could not forget. My prayers go out to his family and friends through this difficult time. God Bless.
Stacey (Carter) Evans
May 1, 2007
Mr. & Mrs. Polizzotto and Family,

Do know that you all have been in my thoughts and prayers. Your son touched many hearts in many ways. His ministry of life will be continued in the hearts of those he loved.

A former Clay High School student,
Kaylene Fink
May 1, 2007
To the family, my sympathy across the miles from San Diego to South Bend/Mishawaka, Indiana. I keep in the news with the area from here. Remember the great times, they will last forever. My prayers to all.
Frank Misch
May 1, 2007
Mr. & Mrs. Polizzotto, my heart and prayers have been with you over the past week. I am so sorry for your loss! Mr. Polizzotto, I can remember the good times we had in your class at Clay High School way back in 1980! You made it fun and I can't help but think Nick was the same way just by looking at his picture! What a great guy he must have been! Stay well my friend! Tom Severs, Clay High, Class of 1980.
Tom Severs
May 1, 2007
margarete siler
May 1, 2007
My sincere sympathy and prayers go out to your family, friends, fellow officers. Please know that even though I did not know you, I feel a sense of personal loss because I know you would have been there for me if I ever needed you.
Sue Mansfield
May 1, 2007
I want to extend my condolences to Nick's family and friends and tell you that you have been in my prayers. I know there are not enough words that can be spoken to ease your pain at this difficult time, but the memories you have of Nick will hopefully give you some solace. Although he is not here in body, he will always be with you in spirit. May God bless you all and keep you close.
Tiffaney Dempsey
May 1, 2007
To the Polizzotto family;

I just want to extend my deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. I hope each and every one of you will be touched from above and given an inner peace to help transition through this time.

Dave Wills
LHS Class of 1989.
Dave Wills
May 1, 2007
To the Polizzotto Family,
I was one of the many people standing in honor of Nick yesterday, at Johnson and 31. All of the sudden, dozens of school children from Hay School came walking down the road to stand in honor also. They kept coming and coming...I am guessing the entire school was there. All of them holding signs and made me cry. As the cars slowly passed, some officers turned their sirens on for a brief second. Some officers had cameras and stopped to take their was truly amazing. Then slowly they turned to return to school, as it was time for their bus to arrive. You had not yet passed these children, and had not been able to see this wonderful sight in honor of your son. I hope that those officers who took pictures share them with you. It was a tribute to your son that words cannot express. God Bless all of our men and women in uniform....God Bless Nick.
Kelly Rizzo
May 1, 2007
So so sad to hear of your son's death. Our daughter knew him and said was a terrific man he was. Our prayers and thought are with you. Please know that we are thinking or you and your family at this difficult time. John and Sue (Foli) Wuthrich
Sue (Foli) Wuthrich
May 1, 2007
So so sad to hear of your son's death. Our daughter knew him and said was a terrific man he was. Our prayers and thought are with you. Please know that we are thinking or you and your family at this difficult time. John and Sue (Foli) Wuthrich
Sue (Foli) Wuthrich
May 1, 2007
My heart breaks for the entire Polizzotto family. I hope that it comforts you in some small way to know that so many people are praying for you. Nick is now in the most glorious place and someday we'll all see him again. The Good Lord will wrap his loving arms around all of you at this time. Take Care of each other.
Julie King (Diane's sister)
May 1, 2007
God looked around his garden,
And He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this Earth,
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you,
And lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.

He knew you were suffering.
He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never,
Get well on Earth again.

He saw that the road was getting rough,
And the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered, "Peace by Thine."

It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn't go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

A former South Bend Resident(Yukon Territory,Canada)
May 1, 2007
To Michelle and the Polizzotto Family,
I was shocked and deeply sadden to hear the tragic news about Nick. I can still recall our days in high school together. Whether it was working on the school paper, quiz bowl, or jamming to U2 songs, Nick always had a smile on his face and was fully dedicated to what he was doing. He was one of the friendliest and kindest individuals I’ve ever met, and a role-model to us all. He was true to himself and to his friends. During this fast-paced world we live in, Nick always took the time to stop and help whether it be a friend or a complete stranger. He will be greatly missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pete Yuen
May 1, 2007
The first time I met Nick was at about 1am on a very dark, windy Saturday night in November when I was pregnant with my son and home alone since my husband worked the midnight shift at the dispatch center. We had an alarm system in our home and it went off suddenly, and I called the police. The dispatcher on the line gave me to my husband, and he talked to me while I saw the lights of a squad car stop in front of our home on Ewing Av and heard foot steps all around the yard. After several minutes, a knock came and there was the sweet face of Cpl Polizotto, someone whose name I had heard since my husband knew him from work, and thought highly of him. He was very comforting to me and checked my house and let me know that there were some footprints outside but it didn't look like the doors had actually been disturbed, so our alarm system had done its job and actually kept the bad guy outside. I know he was just doing his job, but his smile and understanding made a scary moment on a long night much easier for one lone pregnant woman. I'll never forget him.
Tinnekke Bebout
April 30, 2007
Our prayers and condolences to the family of Cpl. Polizzotto. Our sincerest wish was that we could help ease the suffering with our music. We hope that our playing helped to celebrate his life and honor his memory. We are also truely sorry for your loss, South Bend PD.
Band of Brothers Pipes and Drums
April 30, 2007
Words can not express the grief you feel. The loss of your father, son, brother, uncle, friend, in time the good memories will be more often than the sadness of now. May Nick live on through all who know him. May he give you guidance from Heaven.
Hilah Martin
April 30, 2007
Nick was a little before my time at LaSalle but my sister (class of 93') had nothing but nice words to say about him. His mother was my senior English teacher and the Nnational Honors Society sponsor. What a horrible tragedy for people who were so involved in our community. My heart goes out to you Mrs. Polizzotto and to your family. I can see the same community who you served is now returning the favor and that is wonderful. Please seek comfort in them.
Danielle Lipp-Korver
April 30, 2007
Rosemary, Dan, Amy and Tony: Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless Nick and God bless you all.
Ann, Art, Colleen and Todd Bowers
April 30, 2007
Sorry to hear about Nick Polizzotto i dont know him personally but he was a brave guy. He is in God's care and someday we will all be with him! Im sure he will be missed!! may god be with his family and friends and the SBPD!!! May Nick rest in peace!!
Linda compagnari
April 30, 2007
April 30, 2007
To the family of Nick my prayers are with you. Your son is a HERO. The LaSalle family is behind you as you enter some hard days. The lions pride will always be with you
Tawna Galbreath Class of 1993
April 30, 2007
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Nick but I do know of his dedication of service to those he served and protected. Our prayers are with the family and friends of this fine young man. As a retired SBPD Officer I give him my respect for his service to his community.
Harold McMichael
April 30, 2007
April 30, 2007
To the Polizzotto family my most sincere of condolences, I share in your loss as a fellow law enforcement person. It is never easy to see our love ones go on. However the loss is compounded in instances of tragedy. Know that God loves you and share in your loss.
Lt. L.C. Anderson
April 30, 2007
I didn't know Nick personally but his dad was an inspirational figure in who I am today. I'm sure he was a man of character and honor. Something his dad taught to all he came in contact with. May God continue to bless you all. Its comforting to know we all have angels like Nick looking out for us. Sincerely Mark Perkins and Family.
Mark Perkins
April 30, 2007
Former residents of South Bend now living in New Braunfels, Texas wish to add our prayers, thoughts and tears are with you and your family now at this time. May God watch over all of you.
Larry and Barbara Griffin
April 30, 2007
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Jan Miller
April 30, 2007
Mr. Polizotto and Family,

I am sending my heartfelt condolences to your family over the loss of your son. Your were my Social Studies teacher at Clay High School. Your were a funny and kind person whom I have never forgotten. From all the entries in this guest book, that I have read, Nick was loved and quite an exceptional individual. It is difficult to imagine the sorrow your family has been going through. Your family is in my prayers.

God Bless,
Marie Burke-Chynoweth
1974 Clay High Grad.
Marie Burke-Chynoweth
April 30, 2007
To Cpl. Polizzotto and his family your are in my thoughts and I thank you for the job you have done for this city and lives you have safed. To all the officers still with us I thank you for your everyday work that you do to make our lives safer for us and our children. Thank you so much Cpl. Polizzotto and all police officers every where for just waking up everyday and doing you the job you love.
Alexia Hodgson
April 30, 2007
Dear Cpl. Polizzotto,

You made the supreme sacrifice so others may remain safe.
God bless you, your son, and entire family.
I have no doubt you will forever be in the hearts and minds of your brother and sister Officers in the SBPD.
I have and will continue to pray to our Blessed Mother for you.
Rest in peace to a true Guarian Angel.
Ret. Det. Peter Mulroy
April 30, 2007
My deepest sympathy to the Polizzotto family and loved ones during this tragic time. I did not know Nick, however I am forever greatful for his service to the South Bend Community. God Bless.
Trisha Brazelton
April 30, 2007
I am just so overcome with emotion. In Iraq I have seen, known and mourned many heros, but to have such a terrible thing happen here, where I thought we were safe is just so overwhelming. I am grateful that the family is getting such great community support. I am so very sorry for your loss. There are no words of sympathy that can make sense of it all. God Bless America and those who serve. Another hero goes to heaven.
LTC Kristen Janowsky
April 30, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. To all of the officers that remain on duty We THANK YOU. Are Hearts go out to you all
Susan Dell
April 30, 2007
My family sends our deepest sympathy at this time. Our prayers are with you. Your tears will turn to laughter as time passes, You will remember why Nick was so special.
Heather Cowan
April 30, 2007
No words, No words, can express my sorrow for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this so difficult time
Kimberly Ross
April 30, 2007
I remember meeting Nick at Clay Park Babe Ruth field, we sat in the scorekeepers booth and just cracked jokes and laughed, he was one of the nicest people I have ever met. Even walking the halls of LaSalle he would always go out of his way to say hello, and I would do the same. My prayers and thoughts go out to the entire Polizzotto family. We truly lost a great officer, father, son, brother, and kind person.
Brian Richardson
April 30, 2007
You will be safe now Nick Polizzotto, our prayers are with the Polizzotto family..Brooke, Heather, Jeremy and Mary....
April 30, 2007
Our deepest sympathies to Nick's family, friends and fellow officers. You are all in our prayers.
Frank and Sharon Struck
April 30, 2007
Mr Polizzotto and Family

I woul like to express my sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to you all during this hard time . 34 yrs ago my family had a tragic death of a son and so we now can relate our feelings to you all. deepest regards to you all.
April 30, 2007
Dear Polizzotto Family,
There are no words to express how deeply saddened we are to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. And to Joe, always remember that your Dad is a hero. Remember all the great times you spent together. We are always here for you. God Bless You.
Bill, Michelle, Gabriella and Angelina Tartaglia
April 30, 2007
Please know he is with the Lord and you will see him again. He gave the ultimate sacrifice and he will be rewarded in Heaven for being the hero that he is. My prayers and thoughts to the family, and the police department family as well.
April 30, 2007
I went to LaSalle with Nick and I remember him as a quiet and very cool guy. Be proud of what your son,brother,and father stood for. He will be truly missed. God bless the family. It will take time but you will heal from this. Remember that God is the greatest comforter in your time of sorrow.
Deidre Taylor
April 30, 2007
To the Polizzotto family and especially Nick's son. Always be proud of Nick he died a hero doing what he loved to do, and remember that he will always be with you in your heart. The community thanks you for sacafrice that your family has made. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Cheryl Hatfield
April 30, 2007
It is far too often that we are seeing this kind of event and that is part of the reason we need heroes like Nick Polizzotto. The loss of this exemplary officer surely leaves a large void in the security of South Bend, the State of Indiana and the United States of America.
Michael Norred
April 30, 2007
To the Polizzotto family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Nick gave his life for what he loved being-a police officer. We did not know Nick but knew Amy. She was friends with Kim Y. and my twins-Joe and Greg Horvath. The name Polizzotto was known in our home-from their high school days to the phone call after a certain party.
I can't imagine losing one of our children. It is one of the hardest things a parent has to do. Please remember his smile, his laughter, and his dreams because then he will always be with you.
Joseph and Merrill Horvath and family.
Merrill Horvath
April 30, 2007
We share in the families pain. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!!
Rob and Tammy York
April 30, 2007
Dear Dan, Rosemary, Tony and Amy:
We remember Nick from Christ the King. He was in Brian's class and Tony was in Jamie's class. We are all deeply saddened by your loss. We still picture Nick as a young boy serving at Mass or playing soccer and baseball. He grew into a wonderful young man, and we know you are proud of him. Our deepest sympathy to you. Please know that Nick and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Karen, Jamie, Brian and Kristin Bennett
April 30, 2007
I am so very sorry for the loss of this great man. My heart goes out to the family of Nick and you are in my prayers. I lived in South Bend for a while and worked for a grocery store. I met Nick there. Firsthe purchased items and was so kind and warm spirited. Then everytime I had a problem there, he came. One night, he returned some kids home that were out late. We had a conversation for a while. He made me smile. When I was preparing to move back to Gary, to take care of my mother, he made me feel good by saying how honorable it was for me to make that move for my mother. He wished me luck and said that he wishes me nothing but success. He was a great person. In the little contact I had with him, his character stood out. What a warm, nice, brave, and stand-up man he was. He wil be missed.
April 29, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with the Polizzotto family, and also with the South Bend Police Department. I didn't know Nick, but from the newpaper articles I have read these past few days, he was a very special person, and loved by all who knew him. God bless his family, and friends. My heart goes out to each of you.
Carol England
April 29, 2007
Our Deepest Sympathies To The
Polizzotto Family For Their Great Loss Of Mr. Nick Polizzotto. Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With You.
toni costanzo/silletta
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