Pair Try To Rob 70-Year-Old Retired Cop At Home, Learn They Picked Wrong Target

Tom Gantert

Joseph Zurolo fought with the two robbers to came to his home.

Elkton, MD A 70-year-old retired law enforcement and fire department official fought off two would-be robbers Aug. 21 with the help of his dog who scared off the suspects.

But Joseph Zurolo Sr. says he isnt a typical retired person.

He started his career with the Elkton Police Department and then worked for the Maryland State Fire Marshals Office after suffering an injury.

Zurolo was elected to the Hartford-Cecil County Firemans Association Hall of Fame in 2017 and is a widely known first-responder, according to the Cecil Whig.

Zurolo keeps a Blue Lives Matter bumper sticker on his front door and a blue light in his window with an American flag over the front steps, according to WMAR-TV.

Hes probably not the best target for a robbery.

"You ain't messing with some retired cop. I've got news for you," Zurolo said, according to WMAR.

In a Facebook post, Zurolo said he was watching the TV show Blue Bloods when there was a knock at his door. He got up and there was a 20-something man who said he wanted money and drugs.

The man pushed his way into Zurolos house and ripped Zurolos shirt in the process.

Zurolo punched the robber in the face a couple time and then a second man showed up and started attacking Zurolo.

The men began banging Zurolos head into the door, he wrote.

I thought for sure they were going to kill me, Zurolo wrote.

Thats when Max, Zurolos 11-year-old dog, came to the rescue.

He barked so loud that the two guys fled without taking anything, Zurolo wrote. Max saved my life.

"He's got a bark on him that would scare anybody to death, said Zurolo, according to WMAR. "I've raised him from a puppy. He's very protective of me. He's my true hero in this."

Zurolo said he went to the emergency room the next morning. Doctors said he suffered a mild concussion and gave him medication.

On his Facebook account, Zurolo said the pain got worse the next day and he took an ambulance back to the hospital. He received more treatment, which he said helped.

And he said he gave Max a steak for saving his life.

He enjoyed it, Zurolo wrote. Thats the least I can do for him.

Zurolos nephew is a captain with the Elkton Police Department and shares the same name as his 70-year-old uncle.

My uncle's is retired law enforcement for 35 years, Captain Joseph Zurolo told WMAR. It's not in his makeup to yield. His law enforcement training, knowledge and experience kicked in. I'm sure he held his own even for a 70-year-old gentleman."

Police are looking for the two suspects.

You can see video of Zurolo describe the attack below:

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Officer Zurolo, Max, Way To Go!!


Way to go Max and Officer Zurolo. I hope the perps get caught soon !


Good job Officer Zurolo and Max. Wouldn't mind having the two of you as my neighbors.


WTG from a fellow retired member of Team Blue!


Max said


One for the good guys! 👍👍👍🤣🤣🤣🤗


We've always said that criminals are generally dumber than a bag of rocks.