Jose Oscar Rodriguez-ReyesUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs Police, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Wednesday, April 24, 2002
Reflections for Police Officer Jose Oscar Rodriguez-Reyes
April 24th 2012 @ 1950 hrs, marks the 10th anniversary of the death of P.O. Jose O. Rodriguez Reyes, a VA Police Officer the first Federal Law Enforcement Officer shot and killed in the line of duty in Puerto Rico, shot at the San Juan VA Medical Center. My brother in Christ, who the very same day was observed reading the Holy Word at 1600 hrs in a desk at the main lobby!! We were the best of friends, brothers in Christ who joined in prayer circles, shared lunch and dinner, and old war stories from the Puerto Rico State Police. You my brother will never be forgotten!!!
Jose O. Rodriguez was a people person always going above and beyond for veterans, employees, and the general public, a man who survived Vietnam, left the PR State Police due to the amount of ambushes of fellow SPD officers, was a country boy from the mountains of Canovanas, Puerto Rico!!
"The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!'
The LORD is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD.
For the Lord does not abandon anyone forever. Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion according to the greatness of his unfailing love."
Lamentations 3:22-26; 31-32
May the Lord grant strength and eternal comfort to Nancy and her 6 kids!!!!!
Hector L Guzman Rivera
PO Hector L Guzman Rivera
US Department of Veterans Affairs Police Gainesville Fl
April 24, 2012
As a vet I see a lot of the VA cop's I have always viewed them as our protectors. Watching over us. The senseless murder over what his gov issued sidearm. RIP Ofc
September 28, 2011
Officer Rodriguez-Reyes, today marks the 7th anniversary of your senseless murder at the hand of two filthy thugs. You served your country on U.S. soil by helping to protect those who served their country all over the world. These brave men and women who use the services of V.A. hospitals as well as those who provide those services need protection and you did so valiantly. You are a hero.
God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Hermano.
Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
April 24, 2009
Thinking of your loved ones today and everyday. I know the daily struggles they face without you and the terrible pain within their hearts. God, wrap your loving arms around them and help them with their grief and let them feel your presence.
Your sacrifice has not been forgotten.
Mother of Chief Anthony D. Lucas, EOW 2-4-2005
April 24, 2009
I had just read what Hector had said, we talk about you you know, and typed his name on your message. You are not forgotten.... you did so much, gave so much. Rest in peace brother, we WILL take it from here.
Dept of Veterans Affairs
April 12, 2009
Hector, it has been seven years since you gave your life, and you are remembered today as if it was yesterday. Your death brought changes to your family, your friends and the department, even your state. Your service to your country, your department, your veterans, will never be forgotten.
Rest in peace brother, we'll carry on from here.
PO BJ Heckman-Sauer
Dept of Veterans Affairs
April 12, 2009
Years may go by but you will never be forgotten, you made awsome possible contributions to the San Juan VA Medical Center and consequently the US Department of Veterans Affairs, but not only there you were also known as an awsome State Police Officer in our Commonwealth of Puerto Rico State Police.
Today on the books in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a Peace Officer Amendment signed on the second anniversity of your sacrifice where federal officers as we are finally considered "Peace Officers" by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico! Your legacy lives on my brother!!!!!
PO Hector L Guzman Rivera
Coatesville VAMC Pennsylvania
August 8, 2008
On today, the 6th anniversary of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
April 24, 2008
It has been six years since the end of your watch and you are not forgotten. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones. Rest in peace my brother.
State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables
April 24, 2008
Hero's are never forgotten! Continue to rest in peace brother.
Police Officer - Paul Bodenhamer
Dept of Veterans Affairs
April 10, 2008
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
March 31, 2008
Ofcr. Reyes, thank you for your service! Rest in Peace. I hope your friends, family and co-workers never forget your courage and honor your memory!
Former USVAPD #2326
September 28, 2007
I WAS STATION IS VA SAN JUAN PUERETO RICO, FROM OCT 2003 TO OCT 2006, DURING MY WATCH ALL CO-WORKER IN SAN JUAN JUST SAID HOW GOOD FRIEND OFFICER RODRIGUEZ WAS. EL OFICIAL RODRIGUEZ TOCO A MUCHAS PERSONAS EN EL HOSPITAL DE VETERANOS EN SAN JUAN Y A TODOS SUS COMPANEROS. AL DIA DE HOY TODAVIA SE HABLA DEL CONPANERO RODRIGUEZ. QUE DESCANSE EN PAZ Y EL SENOR LO TENGA EN SU GLORIA.
/V/R OFFICER GIRAUD #3715
POLICE OFFICER GIRAUD
July 30, 2007
We honor you for you bravery and dedication. You will be truly missed by all of us. We are one big family and when one of ours falls, a peice of all of us goes with him. You will always be in our thoughs and look forward to seeing you again when we all come home. Rest in Peace my brother.
Sergeant R.L. Thompson
April 25, 2007
Always remembered by your brothers from Boston.
VA Police, Boston, Mass
February 3, 2007
You discharged your duties for eighteen (18) years and gained the admiration and respect of all those you served with. You will always be remembered as an Officer who paid the supreme sacrifice. You brought great credit to your family the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and upheld the highest traditions of the Law Enforcement profession. God Bless you and your family.
Retired Police Chief
U.S. Dept. Veterans Affairs Police
December 31, 2006
April 12, 2006
Though I did not have the honor to meet you, you are the ultimate HERO. Putting you life on the line day end and day out. For people you don't even know. May you walk your eternal beat on heaven's street's.
OFFICER PAUL BODENHAMER
ROSEBURG V.A. POLICE DEPT
November 28, 2005
To the family and friends of Officer Rodriguez-Reyes and his fellow officers, and most especially to Officer Rodriguez-Reyes:
On behalf of our entire family, we extend our sincerest condolences for the grievous loss you suffered when Jose was brutally murdered three years ago. His valor and bravery will not be forgotten.
This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of service Jose gave to his community and to his country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 24, 2002.
Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 1, 2005
You made the ultimate sacrifice, we will remember you and honor you and your family's scrifices. REST IN PEACE Brother!
Officer James Aldridge
US Dept of Veterans Affairs Police
May 21, 2005
As the spouse of a law enforcement officer, I know what it is like to worry about your loved one when he is out working the streets. It is a cruel world. However, the cruel truth hit home even more when a deputy and friend was killed from my husband's department 6 months ago. I no longer live thinking that it won't happen to us.
While I know losing a friend was hard for my family, I can't even imagine what it would be like to lose your husband or father. I pray that your family has found peace. His service will never be forgotten. He is a HERO>
Marion County SO, Ohio
April 24, 2005
Years may go by, but "Little Brother" you will never be forgotten. My brother in Christ, cheerfull cop! Everyone loved you in gratitude for your excellent service to our Veterans, Visitors, and Employees.
The green mountains of Canovanas will always hug your memory, as we your peer members, ALWAYS! in San Juan.
PO Hector L Guzman
DVA Police San Juan
March 11, 2005
On behalf of all the Police Officers here at McGuire VAMC, rest in peace brother, you will never be forgotten. God bless.
Police Officer Donny A. Smith #4040
Veterans Affairs Police Richmond,VA
March 4, 2005
Workers and vistors always say we don't need guns. If they only knew what we see and deal with here, and knew all the things that is kept from them so they can come to work thinking that every thing is always safe and that nothing could or would happen in the V.A. You gave your life for that noble cause my brother and you are a hero. To some of these people your are just another name on a ever growing wall, But to your fellow brothers in blue, you are a fallen brother. The V.A is not well known Police Dept but we are federal Police Officers, we are professional and we are brother. We carry on in honor of our fallen brother I never knew you but but you are one of us, a family and we never leave a fallen brother behind. we are love by few and are looked down on by most, but you still gave your life for them oyu are a true hero. To the family of this officer your loved ones patrols a new beat that God has assigned to him, and he waites for you, and his fellows brothers and sisters. Rest in peace my brother and may God watch over us all.
Officer Phillip Reid
V.A.P.D Louisville Ky
September 16, 2004
Rest in Peace brother
Officer Charles Roberson
VA Police, St Louis
August 4, 2004
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