Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Guillermo Salinas

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, July 7, 1998

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Reflections for Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Guillermo Salinas

Agent Salinas,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for our Country. I was detailed down to McAllen Sector for Operation Rio Grande and I remember seeing the ambulances carrying you and Agent Rodriguez along with the Border Patrol vehicles speeding past us on the highway in the opposite direction as we were driving to Harlingen for our orientation briefing and wondering what had happened. When we got to the hotel we were told about you and Agent Rodriguez being shot and we couldn’t believe it. At that point in my career I had only been in Law Enforcement a little over two years and it really opened my eyes. I’ve also been to the Border Patrol Memorial Service at the Border Patrol Museum in El Paso that is held every May on the anniversary of the Border Patrol being created and have met some of your Family Members.

R.I.P. Agent Salinas you and your Partner are 10-7 10-42 Tour of Duty completed.

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

July 8, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 20th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 7, 2018

Rest in Peace Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Guillermo Salinas. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the borders of The Great State of Texas & the USA.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the scum that caused your death shall forever burn in the lake of fire.

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

July 8, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

July 15, 2015

Your memory lives within our hearts and we miss you so much! Your are our hero and we pray and honor you with great dignity. I know you are an angel guarding and protecting us in our daily life.

Janie
Aunt

July 10, 2015

My grandson, my angel, I am so proud of you. I carry you in my heart and in my prayers. I miss you dearly son.

Love, Grandpa Juan Sustaita

Julia Alderete

July 9, 2015

He is always in our hearts. Such a great role model. We miss you.
Thank you for being there for me when I was sick. I truly believe you were there through my illness. I wore the shirts with your picture on it every night. I still wear those shirts. Love you!

Julia Alderete

July 9, 2015

You're always in my thoughts and prayers. I always wonder if you are watching over us. I hope so. I often get little signs and I like to believe they're from you :) I can't believe it's been 17 years since you've been gone. Seems just like yesterday. I'll cherish the memories of you forever.

Loving you and missing you always,

Lisa

Elisa Salinas Martinez
Sister

July 8, 2015

Love you and miss you Ricardo, I know you are my son's guardian angle. ..Thank you!

Love,
Teri and Andy

Theresa Sustaita
aunt

July 7, 2015

We hide our tears, when we say your name, but the pain in our hearts is still the same. We love and miss you Ricardo! -love Aunt Esther, Uncle Jimmy, Pedro Alejandro, Isaac, and Kimberly

Rodriguez Family
Relatives

July 7, 2015

Arturo, my heart goes out to you. Ricardo was a winner in every endeavor he undertook and I was proud to have known him. I wont tell you he is in a better place because you are a strong family and he had all the love and support he needed. My best to you, Lisa, and Lisa.

Alberto I. Sanchez, CMSgt, USAF (ret.)
Family friend

July 7, 2015

Ricardo,
You were and always will be my best friend, I remember hanging out and talking to you about everything. My fondest memories while living in Spain will always be of hanging out with you, joking and laughing. I will never forget playing baseball together and the last time I visited Texas to see you. You will always be in my thoughts, I miss you man.

MSgt Courtney Jones

January 12, 2015

I'm a couple days late but we did remember your birthday. The big 4-0! Wow! That means I'll be 35 in two weeks. Yikes!! We miss you and think of you everyday. We know you're partying up in Heaven with God and Jesus. Well, at least that's what Pablo always says you're doing up there :) On your birthday he and Diego threw a birthday celebration for you with all of their stuffed animals. I talk of you often to the boys and they know exactly who you are. We love you and miss you always. See you on the other side Brother. XOXO. Continue to watch over us, especially the boys.

Elisa
Sister

May 1, 2014

Rest easy Ricardo. You were taken from us much to early. I know not of others but I will never forget you. Say hi to Mrs. Sanchez since she is up there now and she took your passing pretty hard.

CMSgt Al Sanchez
USAF, retored. Family friend.

May 1, 2014

Ricardo, you may be physically gone but you are not forgotten, not by far. Your spirit lives on beyond 24 years and will live on beyond 40 years. Until we meet again, Peace!

Juan Jose Sustaita
Uncle

April 29, 2014

You are our hero and you are truly missed. I was very proud of the man you became, a true role model which you continue to be. I thank God for the short time we had you in our lives but you are in our hearts forever.

Love,
Tia Teri

Theresa Sustaita
aunt

April 29, 2014

Art, I can certainly sympathize with you and your loved ones on this day, April 29th, Ric's 40th birthday. In losing my only son too, it's just not right. As we reflect on their death, first the hours, then the days, then the months and the years pass by but it still leaves such a deep vast scar in our lives and we'll never be the same. Our son's untimely deaths aren't right, shouldn't happen. The only thing I feel we have to cling to which no one can take away is the precious memories of our sons. You have my deepest sympathy.

retired PAIC John Brinning
US Border Patrol

April 29, 2014

I remember this day like it was yesterday. I cannot and will not forget this day for it was my agency that was responsible for the weapon being out. I fought for the truth and it took some time but it was finally out when a Federal jury found that the city and my agency were at fault. It was hard to turn your back on my agency and officers but I had to prove that a true officer is there to "protect and serve" and follow his oath to the end. This should have never happened. R.I.P. fellow officers

Dennis M. Zamarron, Retired Police Off.
Harlingen Police Department

April 28, 2014

Ricardo, I remember you as a very polite and hard working young Agent. I know you were not given an opportunity to expand in your career as an Agent. Knowing you I can guarantee, by now you would have been a Supervisor. Every time you came in from the field you were the first to ask if there was anything to process. Never heard you complain about the amount of work we always had. Now that I know your family, I know you were trained by the best. WE WILL NEVER FORGET BROTHER!!!!!

Supervisor
US Border Patrol

April 27, 2014

"Wind Beneath My Wings"
Bette Midler

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.
It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that's your way.
You always walked a step behind.

So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you're my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I've got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you.

Did you ever know that you're my hero?
You're everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Did I ever tell you you're my hero?
You're everything, everything I wish I could be.
Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle,
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings,
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Oh, the wind beneath my wings.
You, you, you, you are the wind beneath my wings.
Fly, fly, fly away. You let me fly so high.
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.

Fly, fly, fly high against the sky,
so high I almost touch the sky.
Thank you, thank you,
thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings.

A. Salinas, retired USAF, father

March 12, 2014

RICARDO
My handsome, smart nephew is still in our hearts. Not a day goes by that we don't see him as his graduation picture hangs by the entrance of grandpa Juan's house, a picture he took grandma Julia when she was sick. Many memories are left with us. I first heard rap music with him when he came from New Mexico. I couldn't understand anything, but he knew all the words. He made us all proud with all his achievements, and accomplishments. He was a great and loving person, now an ANGEL watching over us.
Ricardo Guillermo Salinas
A Blessing, A Hero, An Angel

Miss you!

Julia Susatiat Alderete
Aunt

July 7, 2013

I remember Ricardo when he was about 5 or 6 years old at Spain. I remembered him wearing gray shorts, shirtless, and bare footed while running at the military housing unit known as Royal Oaks back in 1983. Even back then, he was stocky and built like a linebacker. He turned out to be a handsome young man who joined the Border Patrol agency and unfortunately had his life ended tragically while performing his duty. I still remember that his death anniversary is the 1st week in July. To Art, Elisa and sister, may the memories of him last you a lifetime.

Arturo Rivas
Friend

July 4, 2013

I think of you often. I never met you...but I was one of so many officers sent to San Benito that day.

There were so many of us at your funeral, we took turns listening to the eulogies and standing guard outside.

"In valor there is hope." —Tacitus

Thank you.

Anonymous Officer

June 17, 2013

Rest in Peace brother, we have the Watch

Policeman
Phoenix Police, Brother in Blue

May 7, 2013

In our journey of life, some of us are very fortunate to meet people that will leave a lasting impression on us. Such is the case with Ricardo Salinas and Susan Rodriguez. Both were very young and in the prime of the lives and careers, when they were gunned down by a ruthless killer. Rick and Susan were Border Patrol Agents actively serving their country when the lost their lives in the line of duty.
Rick and Susan were dedicated professional Federal Agents with the United States Border Patrol that swore allegiance to protect and preserve the Constitution of the United States from foreign and domestic enemies at all cost. Like many others before them, they paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that all citizens of the United States enjoyed their freedom and liberties. Liberty is not free! Constant vigilance must be maintained by our military and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to promote domestic tranquility, ensure for the public welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty as per our Constitution.
Rick and Susan leave a legacy of honor and heroism that has inspired and gave courage to those that follow in their footsteps. Rick and Susan exemplified the true meaning of sacrifice, honor, integrity and pride. I am proud and honored to have known and worked with these two great American heroes.

Honor First!!!

Uvaldo Garcia, Retired Assistant Chief
RGV Sector, U. S. Border Patrol

February 20, 2013

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