I was appointed to
the Transit Police Department on May 3rd 1965 andretired on a regular service retirement on July 4th
1986. During my 21 years with the department,
I was assigned primarily to District 20. In December 1983, I was
awarded “The Cop Of The Month Award” for apprehending a suspect that
had held up 13 banks in the New York area over the past year.
From 1980 to 1986, I served on the executive board of the Columbia
Association as Recording Secretary.
like to see the Retiree Association grow and bring back the members who
left us over the years.
Mike Lanning 1st
I came on the job April
1965 and retired in September of 1986, without VSF. I served as
Trustee for the TPBA for 12 years in Queens. I also worked in Dist.
1,20,21,22. I served on the Retiree Executive Board for 6 yrs as
your recording secretary. I’ve been employed at St. Francis
Hospital for the last 4 yrs. and I’m happily married to my wife Doris
for the past 40 years and we have 5 beautiful grandchildren. I
love the Transit Police Department and will always be Retired Transit
Police. I think that the new board will do great
as long as we keep focused on what we want to do for the Membership
because they are the ones who run this. We have to listen to what
road they want us to follow and try to do it, but we also have to head
where it is best for the organization
Harry Hassler 2nd Vice
Sad to report, Harry passed away on June 12th, 2018
I am very honored
to have been asked to serve as your 2nd Vice President. I promise that, with God's help, I will serve this association of
heroes to the best of my ability.
I was asked to
write a short bio to introduce myself, so here it is: I was appointed
on May 3, 1965 at the age of 21. After graduating from the Jamaica
Armory, it was steady 8Ps on the No.7 Flushing line for the remainder
of the Worlds Fair. Then it was District 3 for a few months, then
District 1 for a year. At the end of 1966, I went to District 22 and
steady 8Ps for two years. In 1967, it was train and station
patrol in District 20 that lasted until I made Sergeant in 1974 when I
served as a Sergeant in District 4 until 1980.
During 1980 & 1981, I was an instructor at the Gold St. Academy and
the Academy annex at 20th Street. I went back to District 4 at the end
of 1981 and continued in uniformed patrol until 1985. I was planning my
retirement, but in February of 1985, I was indicted with five other
cops in the case of Michael Stewart vs. NYCTP.
After 20 years on
patrol, I finally got a detail and was transferred to the
Communications Unit. After being acquitted, I was kept on modified duty
pending other investigations. After being passed over for promotion
three times, I was promoted to Lieutenant on the last day of the Lt's.
list. I stayed in the C.U. until 1988 when I became C.O. of that
prestigious and legendary unit, the Revenue Protection Division. In
1991, I was promoted to Captain. My last day on the job was my son
Bill's first day on the job. On July 2, 1992, I swore my son in and
said "Good bye" to a great police department. They swore me in on May
3, 1965, but they never swore me out. That's why, in my heart, I am
still a Transit Cop, and always will be!
Ron DiMaio Executive Secretary
There is an old saying,
that when at work, “If you like what you’re doing, you will never work
a day in your life”. I know the feeling.
When I was 14 years old,
growing up in Brooklyn, I joined the Metropolitan Rod and Gun Club with
my friend Bob. I would take my rifle in a case and travel by
subway to the club where I learned rifle marksmanship. I enjoyed the
sport so much that I competed in matches and even brought home some
trophies. Back then, I also went hunting with my friends, my son,
brother-in-law and father-in-law. Unfortunately, climbing mountains to
hunt is too strenuous for me now, but since then, target shooting has
been my life-long hobby. I also taught my wife, Rita, my son,
Raymond, and my daughter, Lauren, how to shoot. When I moved out to
Long Island, I joined the Freeport Rifle and Revolver Association,
where I practice rifle and pistol target shooting. I make this my time
out with my son.
My career with the NYC
Transit Police Department spanned nearly 21 years. (Class of June 21,
1965) During that time, I worked on patrol in the following
Districts: 30, 33, 31, 34, 22, 11, Records, Communications and
Operations Units and met many good people. But when the opportunity
arose to be assigned to the Range and the Firearms Training Unit at
Gold Street, I jumped at it. I will never forget my first day at
the Range; I was happy because I was given six .38 Spl. service
revolvers to clean by Rudy Zubikowski. Rudy could not understand why I
was happy for this assignment as I truly enjoyed handling the tools of
my hobby, therefore, it didn’t seem like work to me. During
almost three years at the Range, I met some celebrities like Sylvester
Stallone and Billy D. Williams in the making of the movie Night
Hawks and Meredith Vierra from the media who interviewed us.
But most of all, I worked with some great guys including: Sgts. John
Cullen, Bob White and William Carroll and P.O.s Rudy Zubikowski, Tony
Borgese, Henry Melchiona, Dick Sorge, Cardinal (Tony) Campbell, Donald
Parks, and I.W. Smith who was killed in the line of duty.
My most rewarding
accomplishment on the job was to train new recruits, some of whom had
never handled a gun before. A few of them, especially the women, almost
quit “the job” because they were fearful of the gun and they were also
afraid of not being able to qualify. I trained them to use the tool
they needed to master in order to qualify, the revolver. The recruits
were grateful for my patience and skills in training them so they were
able to qualify. After being promoted to Sergeant in April 1982, I had
to leave my “Home on the Range”, where I felt like I wasn’t
really working because I was doing what I liked to do. I
was reassigned to TPF Patrol and four years later, on January 31, 1986,
Robert Valentino 2nd Vice President &
Bio to follow
Gregory Stripp Financial Secretary
Bio to follow
Lomanto Treasurer & Webmaster
I was appointed
to the NYC Transit Police Department on December 1, 1965 as part of the
largest class ever in the Department. After graduation, I was assigned
to rotating in Dist. 1 then into the O/U on restricted duty thanks to a
bleeding ulcer. After getting back to full duty, I remained in
the O/U for a while then went back to Dist. 1, and eventually back to
the O/U. That lasted until 1969 when I was sent to TFU in Dist.
34A until its' end in 1976. After a short stay in Dist. 32, I
finally came "home" to Dist. 34, Stillwell Avenue, the "End of the
line." During my time in D/34, I was elected Delegate, area
Trustee, and ended as Delegate until my retirement in January, 1986. I
also served as a Trustee of the Annuity Fund of the PBA for several
years. I was married to my second wife, Shirley, from 1982 until her death in 2012. Between
us, we have four children and four grandchildren. After a stint in the
limousine business, jewelery industry security and six years in retail (Woodworker's Warehouse, Home
Depot, Lowe's) I went back into uniform, and completed 15 years working security at
St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, LI, NY, alongside many fine retired
Transit Police Officers. I finally retired in Febriary, 2018 to enjoy life with my fiance, Emily sicoli, and do some travelling. I hold to the philosophy of doing it while you are able to.
I am happy to have been asked to be this web
site's Webmaster and hope to utilize what skills I have to maintain
this site for the enjoyment of our members, friends, and Internet
visitors. In a final thought, I would like to see all retired Transit
Police Officers united under the banner of this association.In
2004, I took over the office of Treasurer, following in the
foot steps of John Regan and Frank Crisa. I now know how hard a
job they encountered and I appreciate all the help they have and wil l
be giving me, but I can say that I do enjoy the time at the
computer. Best to all.
appointed to the Transit Police Department on December 1st,
1965, and Dist.1 was my first assignment after graduation. This
was a great place to learn the job; I got most of my experience right
there. I remember getting off the downtown A train at 42nd
& 8th on my first tour of duty in my brand new blue
uniform. When I got to the upper mezzanine to make my on-post ring
someone yelled “Man with a gun." There I was, right in the thick of it.
Making an arrest in those days was a trial and error learning
process. I learned quickly!
Later on I volunteered for assignment to the Coney Island Summer
Squad. I really enjoyed getting out of the “hole” and into the
fresh air every summer. I don’t know how many summers I did there, but
they were all great and I made many great friends. I hoped that maybe
someday I would have the seniority to pick Dist 34. When I
finally made it to the “Country Club”, I got a call from (then) Lt.
Rodney Ward. He told me I was being assigned to City Wide Anti-Crime.
Damn, I just got the District of my dreams and I didn’t want to go.
Anyway, as I had no choice, I packed my bags and headed back to
Manhattan and The Bronx. This assignment turned out to be the best five
or six years on the job for me. Thanks Rodney.
that unit was disbanded, I wound up back at the “34 House." To make a
long story short; Chief James Ferry (then Lt. Ferry) took me under his
wing and assigned me to many administrative duties in the command.
Under his very capable stewardship I learned the techniques
necessary to become a good administrator. Thanks Jim. This knowledge,
the ability to get along with people and, of course, being a Transit
Cop, afforded me the experience that I took with me into my civilian
career. I’ve been pretty lucky in that area. I became the Director of
Security at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. I’ve served at
Pratt since October of 1987, first as the Assistant Director of
Security then in May 1995, I was promoted to Director.
finally retired to "the good life" in 2007. No regrets, a great wife,
great kids and great grand-kids; life is good.
closing, I should say that I was honored to serve for seven years as
Treasurer of our fine association. During that time I enjoyed
putting together “Beyond the Line” as our Association’s
newsletter. It really caught on and the feedback I get tells me the
troops enjoy reading it. However, the demands of being on the executive
board consumed too much of my personal time, so I decided not to seek
re-election. Your new executive board asked me to stay on and continue
to do the newsletter and I’m happy to do it. I think this
organization should get the respect and loyalty it deserves. Many good
things have come directly from the hard work of past administrations
that directly affect the quality of our lives. Please continue to
support us so we can move forward.