Submitted by the Fulton Police Department
Sergeant Joseph Pappalardo retired from the Fulton Police Department on September 11, 2010 after 21 years of service with the City of Fulton Police Department. Pappalardo followed his father, Sergeant Ross Pappalardo into law enforcement in Fulton, when he began his career at the police academy in Watertown in August, 1989.
He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June of 2005
Pappalardo was chosen to command the Fulton Police Department’s Training and Traffic Division where he oversaw all departmental training as well as all the traffic issues that arose in the city. He also headed up the department’s firearms program as the lead instructor, supervising the firearms training of all department members.
Pappalardo was recognized for his hard work and dedication several times during his career. He was named the City of Fultonâ€™s Police Officer of the Year in 1999.
Pappalardo has also been honored with 2 honorable service awards, 2 unit citations, a meritorious service award and an exceptional duty award.
During his career, Sergeant Pappalardo worked on several major investigations, including both the Donald Havens and Dianna Cooper homicides.