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Patrolman Manuel Olivas

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Friday, February 1, 1985

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Reflections for Patrolman Manuel Olivas

Manuel - rest in peace brother. We worked together with the Roswell NM Police Department for a short time, as Field Training Officers. I resigned and went back to school and you resigned to go back to NMSP. It was an honor to have worked with you.

Special Agent John Fischer
Federal Investigative Services

April 11, 2024

Dad, I don’t forget about you and I don’t forget about mom. Help me guide my son and help me with my family. Pray for me up there. I know you’re watching. Thank you. Unfortunately, I fell short being able to wear the uniform that you once wore but only God says he has his reasons so I trust Him. Life is overwhelming and my prayers are deep so with one deep breath i give my prayers. I love you! DAD…MOM!…I LOVE YOU TOO AND I MISS YOU!!!

Manuel Olivas Jr

February 1, 2024

Hey grandpa it's me Angel. Your grandson. Im 13 now! And just came back to visit your page. It's an honor that you're my grandpa. Maybe one day I could get to meet you and grandma in heaven.


Angel Olivas

November 22, 2022

I love you Mom and Dad

Manuel Olivas Jr

February 25, 2022

Dear Grandpa and Grandma. I hope one day I get to meet you in heaven. I never got to meet you but I know one day I will get to meet you and grandma. I know both of you would be the best grandparents. Hopefully one day we could see each other. I have a little brother. His name Aden. Also I have a big sister and a big brother. Aden is 7 years old and I am 8. Next year I will be in 3 grade. You both mean much to me. I hope you are happy with grandma. I love you grandpa and grandma. ❤️
Your grandson Angel.

Angel and Aden Olivas

April 5, 2018

Well Manuel another couple of years have passed since my last posting and, I would like your family and friends to know that I think of you often and. that I will always have fond memories of you. I'm an old man now and wish with all my might that you would have lived to see your children grow up. Now that your name has been engraved on NLEO wall your sprit and devotion will live on.May God Bless your family and Police Officer everywhere.

Sgt.Ed Hoffman {Ret}
Michigan Department of Corrections

October 24, 2016

Veronica and Manuel,

I just returned from the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC as we added Officer Daniel S. Webster (APD) and Officer Greg Benner (RRPD) to the Memorial Wall. I visited the location where your dads name is engraved to the NLEOM wall. Your dad would be proud of both of you. Stay strong and watch over each other and those grand-kids.

Gorden E. Eden, Jr.
Chief of Police, Albuquerque Police Dept

May 23, 2016

It has been 31 years now, Dad. I must say that it is still hard for me. I wish your grandchildren could've had the opportunity and pleasure to know you. And now, your great-grandson. Many times I sit watching them, and wonder how much fun they would've had with you. The wisdom and morals that you would've instilled in them. But I know that you are with them in spirit.

Thank you to everyone for the thoughtful words and for sharing your memories of my father. It is a blessing to know he had such wonderful friends that valued his friendship as well. May God bless you all and keep you safe.

Veronica Olivas Gonzales

April 11, 2016

Is served with Officer Olivas on the Roswell New Mexico Police Department. It's been 30 years since he went EOW. I still think of Manny every time another Officer anywhere goes down. I for one will always miss him. He was a fine and gentle man,and a really good partner when things got tough.

Sgt. Ed Hoffman
Michigan Dept of Corrections Ret

November 17, 2015

May God Bless your family sir, you are not forgotten. May God grant them peace.

Captain Arsenio Jones
Eddy County Sheriff's Office
Eddy County, New Mexico USA

February 1, 2015

Dad...Things went up and things went down. I was not the man I needed to be...but within time I learned that I needed the to be the father that I once missed. I don't have Christian anymore, but I still have the kids knowing who there daddy is. I tried to keep us all together but it just didn't happen the way I hoped. We move on and both go our separate ways, but I still realize that someday I may still be able to wear what you once wore. Ive seen you in my dreams while I slept, and Ive seen mom too. I miss you both very much and I still know that Yall are watching. I run full of emotions like a river runs water...and I am stubborn for I never give up until its over. I love you and Mom very much, and I know you see me looking to the sky every day...and night.

Manuel Olivas Jr

August 6, 2014

Patrolman Olivas,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Mexico. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 1, 2014

28 years have passed since you went EOW Manuel and I think of you everytime another Officer goes EOW. You are not forgotten Sir. I served with you on the Roswell Police Department and shed tears at your funeral. You where a shining example of what a Police Officer should be. May GOD bless your family and ALL law enforcement and Public Safety Personnel.

Sgt E. Hoffman
Michigan Department of Correctoion (Ret)

April 25, 2013

Manuel was my FTO when I started on the Roswell Police Department in 1982. He was one of best FTO'S anyone could have, Manuel would always tell me officer safety, officer safety, officer safety and now I still enforce this with my students now. Like Ed Hoffman stated it was a sad day when we learned about Manuals death we were called into the PD at which time Sgt. Davis, briefed the shift of his death. I still recall all the good times we had responding to calls for service or going deer hunting togather or going to the range. No matter where he went I can remimber always having his daughter Veronica and his brother with him. As Veronica stated "He was truely an amazing man"

Commander L.J. Montano(Ret)
Roswell Police Department

December 28, 2012

Thank you to everyone for the kind words and for sharing your memories of my father. It makes me proud and happy to know that my dad touched so many lives. He was truely an amazing man. May God bless you all and keep you safe, especially all the men and women in law enforcement. Thank you for serving and protecting....

Veronica Olivas Gonzales

July 10, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered. . I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Veronica and Manuel, thanks for sharing a daughter and son's devotion to a beloved father.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 1, 2012

It's been almost twenty six years since you passed Manny. I still remember being crushed when we at the Roswell PD got the news. I attended your funeral and paid my final respects. I can still recall some of the calls we responded to together. I think of you often and wish the best for your family . You where an outstanding Officer.

Sgt Ed Hoffman
Michigan Department Of Corrections

January 4, 2011

Dad not a day goes by that I dont think about you and MOM. I am thankful that you and mom are togther. Yall have always been together because she ALWAYS kept you there with her. I never understood HOW much she loved you until these days in my life. Some day I will see you both and Veronica too. I had not been so honoring in my life after mom left. I tried, but I fell. I felt like I had let EVERYBODY in the family down. (as well as your friends) I am not perfect, but some day I HOPE to be where you were in life. I HOPE to serve some day and wear the badge like you. Its just that I never got to know you...especially physically as a Dad. I know you are watching and I knoew youre working for Him. I hope to get to where I want for the family now. I have Christian by my side and I have little Angel now with his brothers and sister. Aden is coming. Regardless of what I had done I hope its not too late, but I PROMISE that I would not disrespect the badge as a dishonest, untrusting, crooked man behind the badge. I WOULD HONOR IT DAD!. PLEASE GUIDE ME< AND I missed you!. we missed eachother here. BBUT I want it dad, but what ever happens...I love you. I am sorry for what I had done. I see myself more of a man than yesterday...i just hope its not too late. guide me in my steps, and guide all the true hearted police men here. Protect them, and protect us Dad. Mom, I miss you, and I love you too!

manuel olivas jr

September 23, 2010


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 28, 2008

"The Badge"

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.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 17, 2007

We went to go see your vfriends today Dad, and we finally planted the tree. I was happy to see your friends, and i was happy to be there. Veronica helped too, and she was the strongest. God made a strong family, and I see how powerful He really is. You ARE remembered, and you ARE loved Dad. You always will be. I had been living my life, still learning and I have been living it as close to Him as I can be. I am finally off to basic, and i know you are watching. When we got there I could feel something very special. It was something SO strong. I began to see everything linking together. The mountains, Jesus, the county, St. Michael, and La Virgen, as well as all the Saints. I know God renews everything and eveybody everyday, but today was something very special. It was different. I could feel Him stronger than usual. I wont forget Him, and I will Always remember. I will work harder than yesterday. Dad, I know Mom was there even though she was at Apas and Amas. Dad...I love you.

Manuel Olivas Jr.

April 15, 2007

Hi - I remember Manuel very well, he had been one of my training officers at the Roswell PD before he went back to the State Police. He was a really great guy, good sense of humor, very sharp / dedicated to his work and his fellow officers. I was very sad when I heard that he had been killed. No doubt he carries on for the rest of us in a better, higher place. Best wishes -

C.J. Payne
Roswell PD

January 29, 2007

Hi Dad its me. I had been thinking about you and St. Michael. I went to go clear your stone, as well as Panchos. They has Gods snow on them. I had mailed your friends a little while back and i know you see whats going on in our lives. I want to continue to plant a tree in memory of you. Captain Toby Dolan said that it would be a great idea, and i think it would be a great pleasure and honor to meet him. I have yet to learn more about love and honor dad. I guess the heart can learn a great deal more and more each day. I had been working on a speech just in case I get to say something, which I would love to, and I would need to. I hadnt been loyal in the past dad, and I need to appoligize to your friends...Our friends. I didnt mean to take advantage, but I did. I feel that I will pay the price in the future, but I feel that i deserve it. BUT I will not get down. I hadnt been loyal, respectful, nor loving to myself lately, but I will get back up. I had disrespected myself. I know you see, and I wont let it get the best of me. I will Look up to Him and realize what he has done for me. I will learn. I will try my HARDEST. I realized that God has you in his possession, and he has us in his possession too. I saw what Veronica had to say. One day we will all be united as one. I just KNOW we will, but we all have tasks to complete in the meantime. I know you see mom in her condition, and i know you see me and how im doing. We had NO idea it would come to this. I keep my faith and trust in God. I dont look down on the situation, and I dont think bad of anything. If anything I thank Him for what he has done for me and for what he has given me. I know he made mom strong, but I wont take advantage of that. I love mom, and I love you too. I know she misses you because I can see it in her face. I know she does. I know I have to do what i am supposed to do with the heart with love. I havent tried as hard as I should be, but I will try harder now. i Plan on keeping in touch this way as well as in my thoughts, my feelings, my prayers, and my Smiles. i will keep you in my heart, and in my thoughts forever until we get to see eachother, and I know that You would want me to keep God first, and keep Mom next to him. Ill keep in touch Dad. Happy New Year Dad. I Love You

" see that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you; that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven." Matthew 18:10

Manuel Olivas Jr.

December 31, 2006

It has been about 21 years since my daddy was taken away from us. I still remember like it was yesterday. I remember my dad so well. He would always take me everywhere and we would do so much together. We would go fishing and he even took me hunting. I still remember smelling his after shave and the smell of the tobacco from his pipe. After coming home from work, I would run up to him and give him a big hug. His badge and the buttons on his uniform felt so cold up against my cheek. I miss that feeling. I felt so secure knowing that he was with me. My dad would always joke around and he was always laughing. I think I inherited that trait from him. My dad was the world to me. I love you daddy!

Veronica (Olivas) Gonzales

October 28, 2006

Hi dad. It has been a while since I have visited this site, and it has been a while since i have visited your friends. I have realized what true love is now. and I know what i have to do. I know what I want to do too. I want to make it up to you, and I want to make it up to your friends fotr that is what you told me to do. I have learned the measning of discipline, as each day goes by, and i have learned the meaning of a smile as well. I have seen you in my heart, and i know MOM and Veronica see you there too. I want to ask for forgiveness, and i know you would want me to ask God for forgiveness first. And that is what i do. I will go to your friends, and I will make it better. I know that I cannot make it all right, but I do know this....That I can make things better. And i know to do it with a smile. I want to ask your friends if they would let me plant a tree in memory of you. I want to ask them if they would like to do it with Mom, Veronica, and me, as well as with God. I would like to do so for a tree is of renewal. Renewal came for the family, and it came for the heart by the love of God. He showed me, and i look back at all the horrible, rotten things I did. I want to tell you that I am sorry with all my heart, but that I am not a sorry person with a sorry heart. I want a weeping willow planted in memory of You, St. Michael, and God. He showed me to straighten out, and I KNOW you are there watching because i felt you. I want a weeping willow tree too because it is mom's favorite tree. I know she still has you there, and I know Veronica has you there too. I have you there too, and i know that you know that. I just wanted to puit it down on paper so i could see it next to You, St. Michael, The Vigin Mary, Jesus, and God when i see you in heaven. I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART, and we miss you. I will see you some day...Love, Manuel Jr.

Manuel Olivas Jr

August 3, 2006

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