Daniel Richard Samrow, 75, died Thursday, January 9th at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana after a long illness. He was born September 1st, 1944 in Kentfield California, the son of Steve Joseph Samrow and Eugenia Konstantopoulos. He moved to Harahan, Louisiana as a child and later lived in Metairie, Louisiana.
Danny was a Devoted father and loyal husband. His honesty and love of God was incredible. He worked hard to support his family his entire life. His passions were hunting and fishing along with building and fixing things.
Danny earned a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from Loyola University in 1974. He was awarded for his High Scholastic Achievement during basic training with the Police Academy. He received Honorable Discharge from the United States Army where he served as Military Police until 1968. He was an experienced lecturer for academy classes as well as conferences aagainst the citizens of Jefferson Parish. He also supervised undercover officers and informants for longterm investigations concerning radical groups.
Daniel was an active member of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office since 1968. He was so dedicated to his career, he returned after retirement to work part-time. The positions he held were Captain and Commander of the intelligence Division, Supervisor of Public Disorder Section, Sergeant of Internal Affairs Division, First District Patrol Division of Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Deputies. Daniel conducted firearms traces for all firearms confiscated by Jefferson Parish deputies. He worked closely with ATF conducting straw purchase and convicted felons in possession of firearms investigations for Federal prosecution. He provided VIP security for various heads of state and dignitaries, and worked with U.S. Secret Service with suspects making threats against heads of state. He assisted Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies with various investigations and worked closely with other local, state and federal agencies. He was involved in monitoring pro and anti-abortion demonstrations and meeting with Union Representatives and Company Management concerning strikes and monitoring union strikes were also among the positions he held. Daniel created the Sheriff's Office directive for all firearms confiscated and created the Sheriff's Office MOU with the Jefferson Parish Consolidated Fire Department and all of the Jefferson Parish Volunteer Fire Departments. As a commander of Intelligence, he was instrumental in the intelligence gathering of various Right and Left Wing groups, street gangs, Asian gangs, motor cycle gangs, Occult activity, and Gypsy groups. Daniel was also a Department Hostage Negotiator conducting several successful negotiations with barricaded suspects.
Danny is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy (Crisci) Samrow, daughter Shelley Marie Samrow, son Steve Joseph Samrow, all of Metairie; his granddaughter whom he adored Madalyn Abigail Parks; two sisters Susan Louis Greder (Thomas J. Greder) and Stephanie Rebecca Samrow of Picayune, MS. Daniel had one nephew, Mark Gauthier; 3 nieces Christine Saball, Sandy Hughes, and Nancy Crawley; his in-laws, Susan Doiron, Danny Crisci, Ginny Elliot, and David Crisci; his aunt, Louise McClelland and one uncle, Earl Samrow. He is preceded in death by his father Steve Joseph Samrow and his mother Eugenia Konstantopoulos.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Friday, January 17, 2020 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 105 Bonnabel Blvd, Metairie, LA. Visitation will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. until service time, followed by Mass at 12:00 p.m. Inurnment will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to https://tunnel2towers.org.
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