Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Donald F. Reis

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, February 28, 1975

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Donald F. Reis

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

February 28, 2021

You are a constant reminder of what could happen when the gates close behind me every day. Rest in Peace Officer Reis and know that you are never forgotten here at FCI ERE.

B. Bowers
Disturbance Control Team Member

July 9, 2018

Rest in Peace

I ask one thing - that in still, far-off days,
Someone who knew me should in their daily rounds,
Suddenly pause, caught by some sight or sound,
Some glance, some phrase, some trick of memory's ways
which brings me to mind, then I shall wait,
eager with hope, perhaps to hear -
“how great if he were with us still!”
And then at the end, all that I wish for is just -
“he was my friend!”

From “A Soldier's Epitaph” by David McNicholl

N Elias
Federal Law Enforcement Officer, USDOJ
Former Security Police Officer, USAF

May 28, 2017

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace.

Dennis Holmes, Lieutenant
Federal Bureau of Prisons

October 22, 2014

Officer Reis,
On today, the 39th anniversary of your death 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. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

February 28, 2014

You were a part of my life from 1948 until your passing in 1975. Your wife Stella and daughter Becky as well. I have warm memories of your family's visits to our family through all of those years. I miss you terribly to this day.

Cyndi Wyant
Family Friend in Pace, FL

February 26, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 3, 2013


James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 28, 2012

Thanks for your services.


February 28, 2012

Rest in peace Officer Reis and Olav Hashalom, your courage will not be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 28, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 28, 2012

Today we rang a bell for You this Correctional Officers Week. God Bless


May 5, 2010

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

God bless you and all who mourn you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


February 28, 2009

Officer Ries
You are not forgotten. I was a young officer at ERE and used to hear the older hands talk about you. They talked about how solid you were and how you would take a younger hand under your wing to train the lessens needed. I wish I had met you in person but I know what type of man and officer you were. Rest in peace brother

Officer B. Jackson

June 26, 2008

Officer Reis, We have not forgotten you.

Officer RM Taylor
BOP F.C.I. Terminal Island

February 26, 2008



February 21, 2008

I miss you, Dad, and I love you so much. You left me with such a legacy; you are remembered by many people who will never forget your kind and humble ways. I hope I carry in me some of your many wonderful qualities. I think you would be proud of your family and the grandchildren and great-grandchildren you never got to meet. We didn't have enough time together. But one day, I know I will see you in heaven. Until then, Dad, you are in my heart.


March 11, 2007

Officer Revis, Thank you for your service.

R M Taylor
FCI Terminal Island

February 28, 2006

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"


February 28, 2005

Rest in peace Brother Don, you are a true hero and will not be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

October 30, 2003

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