Andrew Lazzaretto still has a voice recording from his son — slain Glendale Police Officer Charles “Chuck” Lazzaretto — that was left 15 years ago on an answering machine.
He originally saved the recording to listen to his son’s voice, but he hasn’t played it in years. Still, the recording, along with his son’s uniforms and U.S. Marine Reserve memorabilia, are just some of the items he holds onto to keep Chuck Lazzaretto’s memory alive.
“I think it’s impossible to get closure or completely move on,” Andrew Lazzaretto said.
This month, he biked alongside three Glendale police officers from Ground Zero in New York City to the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Washington D.C. in memory of fallen officers, including his son, who was gunned down 15 years ago while investigating a case in Chatsworth.
“We ride for those who died,” the Burbank resident said. “Their lives will not be forgotten. Behind every service-related death there is a family.”