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Detective John Reifel

Galveston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 5, 1948

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Reflections for Detective John Reifel

Det. Reifel,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Galveston. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 5, 2023

Rest in peace Detective Reifel.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 28, 2022

Grandpa, I never got to call you that or meet you, but I have heard about you all my life. Thank you for giving all you had in protecting others. Your life story began my life long passion in Genealogy. I have heard many stories from mom about hunting and fishing with you when she was young. Thank you for having been a fantastic father and husband and leaving all your family with the honor of being your family. You are surely in many hearts and on many minds.
Love, your granddaughter

Andrea Macik Cheatham

June 28, 2019

So happy that you are enjoying time with your brother, Walter Reifel, in Heaven.
Rest in Peace,
Your great niece,

Cindy Reifel

December 24, 2018

Rest in Peace Detective John Reifel. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Galveston, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the bones of the scum that murdered you. May he rot in hell.


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

June 5, 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

June 6, 2015

Heroes live forever, Detective Reifel, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Galveston and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

June 5, 2013

Det. John W Reifel, I never got the chance to meet you but my mother (your daughter) made sure I knew you and what I have heard made me realize what a strong and couragious blood line I have. I hope I have made you proud by following you in your footsteps in Law Enforcement.

Sgt. John W Giblin
Bexar County Sheriff's Office

June 19, 2012

Rest in peace, Detective Reifel. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Galveston and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

June 5, 2012

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 64th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

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

June 5, 2012


June 5, 2006

Detective Reifel,
On today, the 58th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Galveston.



June 5, 2006

Rest in Peace Sir knowing you have been remembered.Thank you for your service.

June 5, 2006

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